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Friday, July 24, 2009

Jayce Ogren conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

David Fray makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25

Jayce Ogren conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in “Mozart Masterpieces” program featuring Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41 (“Jupiter”) at the Blossom Festival on August 15

CLEVELAND, July 24, 2009 – Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Jayce Ogren will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program titled “Mozart Masterpieces” at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, August 15, at 8:00 p.m. The program features Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41. French pianist David Fray will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25. The concert will mark Mr. Ogren’s final performance with the Orchestra as one of its assistant conductors.

The August 15 program begins with Wolfgang Amadè Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550. Next on the program is Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503, with David Fray (pronounced FRY) as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”).

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.

Prior to the concert, The Cleveland Orchestra will offer patrons an All-American Cookout on the Blossom grounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Concertgoers may purchase grilled fare including hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs as well as potato salad, baked beans, and more, prepared by Blossom chefs. As usual, patrons are welcome to bring their own picnics, packed with everything needed to make the evening complete.

The Blossom Grille will be open for pre-concert dining also. Dinner reservations may be made by calling (330) 916-6063 Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or after 4:00 p.m. on Festival concert nights.

The August 15 concert is sponsored by The Sherwin-Williams Company. David Fray’s appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra is made possible by a contribution to the Orchestra’s Guest Artist Fund from The Hershey Foundation.

Biographical information on Jayce Ogren and David Fray is available on request.

A video clip from a documentary film on David Fray and his CD recording of Bach keyboard concertos is available on YouTube.

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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.

CALENDAR LISTING

Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

JAYCE OGREN, conductor

DAVID FRAY, piano

“Mozart Masterpieces”

MOZART Symphony No. 40, K. 550

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503

MOZART Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”), K. 551

Concert Sponsor: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Guest Artist Fund: The Hershey Foundation

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

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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