Summer Music Under The Stars

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Over 400,000 visitors each summer enjoy music at Blossom Music Center. Located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 25 miles south of Cleveland, just north of Akron, Ohio, Blossom’s name honors the Dudley S. Blossom family, major supporters of The Cleveland Orchestra throughout its history. Cuyahoga Valley National Park generally receives more than 2.2 million recreational visits each year, making it one of the most-visited national parks in the United States.

This year, the Orchestra’s Blossom season runs from Fourth of July weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Tickets are on sale by telephone or in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at clevelandorchestra.com. Subscriptions and Create-Your-Own series, and Lawn Books are currently available for purchase.

A major highlight is the July 17 Cleveland Orchestra concert which commemorates Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Blossom Music Center was planned and built by The Cleveland Orchestra on 800 acres of rolling hills now surrounded by Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The concert will include Aaron Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring alongside works by Gershwin and Ravel.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2016 Blossom Music Festival season comprises 16 concerts: 12 by The Cleveland Orchestra. Festival highlights include:

  • July 4: “A Salute to America” with the Blossom Festival Band*
  • July 9: Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting Beethoven Symphony No 3 (“Eroica”) and works by Thomas Adès and Strauss*
  • July 24: Magic of the Movies, the greatest film scores performed live
  • August 13: Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
  • August 27: All-Bach concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • August 20: Blossom Festival Orchestra The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony
  • September 3 & 4: Raiders of the Lost Ark* is shown on the big screen to a live orchestral accompaniment by The Cleveland Orchestra

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.

Complete details of the 2016 Blossom Music Festival season are available here.