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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in program featuring works by Brahms and Schumann at the Blossom Festival on August 9

Garrick Ohlsson is soloist in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2

CLEVELAND, July 16, 2009Jahja Ling, music director of the San Diego Symphony and former Blossom Festival Director, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Garrick Ohlsson as soloist, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 at the Blossom Festival on Sunday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Ling, who is celebrating his 25th consecutive season of concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra, also will conduct the Orchestra at Blossom on Sunday, August 2, in a different program.

The August 9 program begins with Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C major, Opus 61. After intermission, the program concludes with Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Opus 83, featuring Garrick Ohlsson as soloist.

Program notes are available at 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 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 9 concert is sponsored by The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and co-sponsors The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

Biographical information is available on request and also at for Jahja Ling. Biographical information on Garrick Ohlsson and a video clip of an interview with him is available at

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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 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 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.


Sunday, August 9, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center


JAHJA LING, conductor


SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Concert Sponsors: The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and co-sponsors

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

TICKETS: Pavilion $82 (box), $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE



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