Cleveland Orchestra Announces 2014 Blossom Music Festival Season, 7/3-8/31
The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the 2014 Blossom Music Festival season. The Festival comprises 18 concerts - including 15 by The Cleveland Orchestra, two Blossom Festival Band concerts, and one concert by the Blossom Festival Orchestra - at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from July 3 - August 31.
For the 41st consecutive year, the Blossom season begins with traditional Salute to America concerts by the Blossom Festival Band. Highlights of the season include the Festival opening concert featuring Dvo?ák's "New World" Symphony conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the return of conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, 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. The tour performances will be announced at a later date.
In addition to Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, conductors returning to Blossom are Johannes Debus, Jack Everly, Andrew Grams, Richard Kaufman, Michael Krajewski, Jahja Ling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Bramwell Tovey. 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, mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, 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.
A wide variety of popular music will be featured at Blossom this summer, including a "Sci-Fi Spectacular" program with music from the major science fiction TV shows and movies, under the direction of Jack Everly. Broadway stars will take the stage in a Broadway Standing Ovations program, also led by Jack Everly. Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman conducts Hollywood under the Stars, a blockbuster tribute to music from many favorite movies.
Franz Welser-Möst Conducts: Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Orchestra's closing night concert at Blossom on Sunday, August 31, with a European Festivals Tour send-off performance featuring Brahms's Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 along with Jörg Widmann's Con brio: Concert Overture for Orchestra.
Orchestral Masterworks: The Orchestra takes the spotlight at Blossom in performances of great orchestral masterpieces from the classical, romantic, and twentieth-century eras. Jaap van Zweden conducts Dvo?ák's "New World" Symphony and the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Renaud Capuçon as soloist in his Cleveland Orchestra debut. Asher Fisch makes his debut in a program including Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust, also making her debut. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducts Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony and a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 marking the debut of soloist Francesco Piemontesi. John Storgårds makes his debut in a program including Sibelius's Symphony No. 2. Jeffrey Kahane leads a program including Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 ("Italian"). Franz Welser-Möst conducts Brahms's Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.