Blossom Music Festival 2014
Five Reasons To Visit Blossom Music Festival in 2014
Every summer, The Cleveland Orchestra leaves the limits of the opulent Severance Hall in University Circle for a much more relaxed performance venue at Blossom Music Center near Akron, Ohio. (Fun fact: They even trade their tuxedos and evening gowns for more casual summer whites.)
Here, Cleveland visitors can experience captivating orchestral music (often with a more playful musical selection) surrounded completely by a national park.
So, why visit this summer?
5. The 2014 Schedule is Outstanding
Running weekends in July and August, Blossom Music Festival’s 2014 schedule includes many of the greats: Mozart, Weber, Brahms and Beethoven.
And, on Aug. 16, you can even play witness to the exquisiteness of a performance by the one and only Yo-Yo Ma.
But, sprinkled throughout the schedule are some light-hearted options.
- July 13: Sci-Fi Spectacular – music from popular sci-fi movies and TV shows
- July 27: Broadway Standing Ovations – music from Rent, Les Miserables and more
- Aug. 3: Hollywood Under the Stars – selections from Forrest Gump, Gone With The Wind and other classics
- Aug. 30: Family FunFest –kid-favorite songs from Frozen, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid and others
4. Kids under 18 are FREE!
“Free” is a nice word to read when you’re planning your Cleveland family vacation, eh?
Thanks to The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences, families don’t have to shrink their Cleveland vacation spending to experience the awesomeness that is an orchestra concert. The organization offers its “Under 18s Free” program, which is designed to expose more families to this art form.
That means that for every adult who purchases a lawn ticket to an orchestra concert at Blossom, they’ll receive free lawn admission for up to two children.
3. BYOBCPW – Bring Your Own Blankets, Chairs, Picnics, Wine
During Blossom orchestra concerts, visitors on the lawn are welcome and encouraged to bring their own seats. So, sit back in your cozy beach chair (bare feet in the grass, of course) or layback to enjoy the music (and star gaze) on your picnic blanket.
What’s even better is that a lawn seat means visitors can bring their own picnic dinner and bottle of vino.
But, if that’s too much work, you can always purchase boxed dinners on site or dine at the Blossom Grille offering food and a selection of wines, spirits and beers.
2. Location, location, location
Blossom Music Center is more than just an outdoor music venue. The 800-acre area is surrounding by the vast, rolling hills and deep, green valleys of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Visitors to Blossom, which is located just 25 miles south of Cleveland near Akron, wax poetic about the intoxicating combination of the natural beauty of the venue and the captivating music performed by the world-class Cleveland Orchestra.
Concertgoers can choose tickets for freestyle seating on the lawn or in the 5,700 seats inside the covered Pavilion.
1. It’s The Cleveland Orchestra for crying out loud!
Listen, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill, hokey little community band. This is The Cleveland Orchestra.
Throughout international orchestra circles, it’s widely known that The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the very best in the world.
But if you’re not schooled on the compositional method of a Mozart concerto or the execution of modulation in a Beethoven sonata, you might be asking yourself what that means to you.
It means that you’ll get to experience the sights and sounds of an orchestra that is consistently rated within the top 10 in the world.
You’ll have the opportunity to hear the slow draw of a bow across a set of strings, the deep pounding of a tympani drum, the clear crispness of a staccato section and the almost deafening sound of silence between movements – all performed by some of the world’s masters.
It’s just one of those experiences that cannot be reproduced at any other travel destination. And, that’s the truth.