The Blossom Music Festival is underway for the 41st year!

The Cleveland Orchestra performs at Blossom Music Festival.
The Cleveland Orchestra performs at Blossom Music Festival.

Highlights of the Blossom Music Festival season include a concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in the Elgar Cello Concerto, a performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana, “A Beatles Tribute: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Their U.S. Arrival,” and two different programs to close the season on Labor Day weekend, beginning with “Family Funfest at Blossom” featuring the Blossom Festival Orchestra performing tunes from The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, and other movie favorites, plus family-friendly pre-concert activities, and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting The Cleveland Orchestra in the final program of the season, a European Festivals Tour send-off concert.

In addition to Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, conductors returning to Blossom are Johannes Debus, Jack Everly, Andrew Grams, Richard Kaufman, Michael Krajewski, Bramwell Tovey, Jahja Ling, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Asher Fisch, Matthew Halls, and John Storgårds make their Cleveland Orchestra debuts. Jeffrey Kahane, who has appeared with the Orchestra numerous times as piano soloist, makes his Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut. Conductor Jaap van Zweden and Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell make their Blossom Music Festival debuts. Returning guest soloists include pianist Stephen Hough, soprano Kristen Plumley, violinist Karen Gomyo, and vocalists Ben Crawford, Whitney Claire Kaufman, and Ted Keegan. Debut artists include soprano Nadine Sierra, baritone Brian Mulligan, pianist Francesco Piemontesi, and violinists Renaud Capuçon and Isabelle Faust. Tenor Christopher Pfund, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and narrator Pat Sajak make their Blossom Music Festival debuts.

Also, this summer, Broadway stars will take the stage in a Broadway Standing Ovations program, led by Jack Everly. Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman conducts Hollywood under the Stars, a blockbuster tribute to music from many favorite movies.

2014 Blossom Music Festival Calendar

Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. The Magic of Mozart

The Cleveland Orchestra
Matthew Halls, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut
MOZART Overture to Idomeneo
TCHAIKOVSKY Suite No. 4 (“Mozartiana”)
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik 
MOZART Symphony No. 36 (“Linz”)

Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut
Peter Otto, violin

STRAVINSKY Suite from Pulcinella
HAYDN Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major
MENDELSSOHN Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”)

Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. Yo-Yo Ma

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Program includes:
ELGAR Cello Concerto
DVORÁK Symphony No. 6

Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. Carmina Burana

The Cleveland Orchestra
Andrew Grams, conductor
Nadine Sierra, soprano – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Christopher Pfund, tenor – Blossom Music Festival debut
Brian Mulligan, baritone – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Blossom Festival Chorus
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
ORFF Carmina Burana

Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. 

A Beatles Tribute: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Their U.S. Arrival
The Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Classical Mystery Tour – Cleveland Orchestra debut

Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

Family Funfest at Blossom -- Labor Day fun for the whole family!
Blossom Festival Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Whitney Claire Kaufman, vocalist
Pat Sajak, narrator – Blossom Music Festival debut
*Fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.

Sunday, August 31, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra European Festivals Tour Send-off
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
WIDMANN Con brio: Concert Overture for Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Pavilion tickets range in price from $23 to $120. Tickets for the Lawn and the General Admission sections of the Pavilion for Blossom Music Festival concerts are priced at $23 or $25. Information about individual tickets can be found at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at The Blossom Box Office will be open throughout the summer on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. through intermission on concert days. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Call the Cleveland Orchestra Group Sales Office at Severance Hall at 216-231-7463 for more information.