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Monday, July 13, 2009

David Zinman conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

David Zinman conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on August 1

Ingrid Fliter is soloist in the Schumann Piano Concerto

Aspen Academy conductor James Feddeck makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut with a Mendelssohn overture

CLEVELAND, July 13, 2009David Zinman, music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, August 1, at 8:00 p.m. The program also features the Schumann Piano Concerto with pianist Ingrid Fliter as soloist. James Feddeck will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut conducting the opening work on the program, Mendelssohn’s Overture: “The Fair Melusina.”

James Feddeck, a participant at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen for the summers of 2006-2008, and assistant conductor there this summer, was selected to conduct the Orchestra through a partnership between The Cleveland Orchestra and the Aspen Festival and School, where David Zinman created and leads the American Academy of Conducting. In March 2009, Mr. Feddeck was appointed an assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, to begin in September 2009.

Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, recipient of the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of the most prestigious awards for pianists, made her Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Festival in August 2007. Ms. Fliter made her major American orchestra debut with the Atlanta Symphony in January 2006, just days after the announcement of her Gilmore Award. Since then, in addition to The Cleveland Orchestra, she has made debut appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Toronto, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and at the Aspen, Grant Park, and Mostly Mozart festivals. Equally busy as a recitalist, Ms. Fliter has recently performed in New York at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall and at the Metropolitan Museum, in Fort Worth for the Van Cliburn Foundation, and in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Vancouver.

The August 1 program will begin with Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture: “The Fair Melusina,” Opus 32, conducted by James Feddeck. David Zinman will conduct the remainder of the program, which continues with Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 54, with Ingrid Fliter as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64.

Program notes are available at www.clevelandorchestra.com by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kids’ Lawn Pass. Kids’ Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at BlossomLawnFun.com. Kids’ Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The August 1 concert is sponsored by National City, now a part of PNC, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.

Biographical information on David Zinman, James Feddeck, and Ingrid Fliter is available on request. For a recent interview with James Feddeck in The Aspen Times, see http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20090708/NEWS/907079955/1060

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra’s website at clevelandorchestra.com. The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestra’s website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossom’s paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

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