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Friday, March 12, 2010

The Cleveland Orchestra showcases timeless masterpieces, world music, and popular American music to welcome new audiences to the 2010 Blossom Festiva

The Orchestra will perform symphonic masterpieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and more; Music Director Franz Welser-Möst to conduct Brahms and Schubert

Continuing a renewed tradition of ballet at Blossom, The Joffrey Ballet returns

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma makes its Blossom debut – Yo-Yo Ma’s first appearance at Blossom in more than 20 years

Pops programs offer family-friendly programs:  American Spectacular, Broadway Swings, DISNEY IN CONCERT: Magical Music of the Movies, Music of the ’40s, and the Canadian Brass

Children 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn with an adult Lawn ticket purchase; 1,500 Pavilion seats offered at Lawn ticket admission prices; New Create-Your-Own Subscriptions


CLEVELAND, March 1, 2010 – The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2010 Blossom Festival at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls begins Friday, July 2, with an American Spectacular Cleveland Orchestra concert and continues through Sunday, September 5, with performances by The Cleveland Orchestra and The Joffrey Ballet on Labor Day weekend.  This season’s programming offers symphonic masterpieces, ballet, world music, popular music, and film music, to attract new fans to Blossom.

Masterworks Galore
            The Cleveland Orchestra will perform 12 concert programs at the Blossom Festival, including many of the symphonic literature’s most popular Baroque, Classical, and Romantic works.  Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead two programs, featuring Brahms’s Second Symphony, Schubert’s Fourth Symphony, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, or A Hero’s Life.
            The music of Tchaikovsky figures prominently in the Festival, including the “1812” Overture, the Violin Concerto with guest artist Giora Schmidt in his Cleveland Orchestra debut, and the First Piano Concerto with Arnaldo Cohen.  Additional audience favorites throughout the season include Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, and Rossini’s William Tell Overture.  Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan returns for a program featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with First Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto in his first Blossom Festival appearance as soloist, and Karen Gomyo will make her Cleveland Orchestra debut in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, led by former Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Andrew Grams.  Returning guest conductors include Jahja Ling and Stéphane Denève (in his Blossom Festival debut), as well as Cleveland Orchestra Director of Choruses Robert Porco.  Violinist Gil Shaham will perform Barber’s Violin Concerto led by Pablo Heras-Casado (in his Cleveland Orchestra debut), and David Zinman will conduct Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with Stephen Hough as soloist.

The Joffrey Ballet Returns to Blossom
            The 2010 Blossom Festival season will conclude on Labor Day weekend with two performances featuring The Joffrey Ballet in repertoire to be announced.  Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Tito Muñoz will lead the performances. 
            The Joffrey Ballet’s appearances renew a long-standing tradition of ballet at Blossom. Ballet companies appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra in the pit at Blossom annually from 1968 through 1984.  Last season, the Joffrey collaborated with the Orchestra for the first time since 1988, for an audience of 10,000 people over two evenings. 
             
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Making their Blossom Festival debut, the Silk Road Ensemble will perform with Yo-Yo Ma, artistic founder and director.  Yo-Yo Ma last appeared at Blossom in 1989.  Musicians from multiple nations collaborate in a multi-media experience to present music from the Silk Road, a series of land and sea trade routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium B.C.E. through the middle of the second millennium C.E.  The intersections among people from diverse cultures along the way promoted an unprecedented sharing of commodities, ideas, arts, sciences, and innovations.
The Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of internationally renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries.  Each Ensemble member’s career illustrates a unique response to what is one of the artistic challenges of our times: nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition.
Many of the musicians first came together under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma at a workshop at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 2000.  The ensemble has since made five recordings.  Several musicians in the Silk Road Ensemble performed with Yo-Yo Ma on his 2010 Grammy Award-winning recording, Songs of Joy & Peace. The Silk Road Ensemble performs around the world in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Chicago’s Millennium Park, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the Shanghai Stadium.

Pops Concerts Include The Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band,
Blossom Festival Orchestra, and Canadian Brass
            The Blossom Festival Band and conductor Loras John Schissel appear in traditional Fourth-of-July Band Concerts on July 3 and 4.  The concerts will feature a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Sousa marches, Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, and fireworks (weather permitting).
Broadway Swings will be led by pops conductor Jack Everly, who returns to conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program of music by Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, and others, with vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway.  Ms. Callaway is a New York cabaret star, appearing frequently at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Algonquin Room, and the Blue Note in New York City and at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, and is known for her orchestral appearances, including concerts with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops.
The DISNEY IN CONCERT: Magical Music of the Movies program with the Blossom Festival Orchestra takes place on Saturday, August 21, under the direction of Richard Kaufman, in his Blossom Festival debut.  Mr. Kaufman, a former music supervisor at MGM Studios, has led The Cleveland Orchestra in two popular concerts of film scores at Severance Hall.  The program includes music from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, among other classic Disney hits.  Excerpts of the films will be projected on giant screens above the stage and in front of the Lawn. 
Loras John Schissel will conduct a program of American popular music of the 1940s on Sunday, August 29, with the Blossom Festival Orchestra.  From the music of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, this concert will celebrate the era of the Greatest Generation.
The Canadian Brass will make their ninth appearance at Blossom this summer.  The “fabulous five” brass players entertain with music ranging from baroque to jazz and pop, served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects.  Seen by millions on The Tonight Show, Today, and Entertainment Tonight, their time-honored tradition of excellence over the past 40 years never ceases to amaze audiences around the world.

Kids Free on the Lawn and General Admission Tickets Continue
Continuing last year’s new policy, children 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn with an adult Lawn ticket purchase.  The Kids Lawn Passes are available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office and the Blossom Box Office. 
Blossom patrons holding Lawn tickets may sit on the Lawn or can choose from among 1,500 seats at the rear of the Pavilion that are general admission – first come, first seated – and are priced individually at $19 and $21 for most concerts.  This change was welcomed last season by thousands of concertgoers who value Blossom’s low Lawn prices but also enjoy the comfort and shelter of the Blossom Pavilion. 

New Lawn Ticket Book Discounts and Create-Your-Own Series
An affordable way to enjoy Blossom Festival concerts, Lawn Ticket Books of ten tickets and two free Pavilion upgrade coupons, which can be used at any concert, are now available at an advance discount of $130.  As of June 1, the price will be $139.
A Create-Your-Own Series package is being offered this season for the first time.  When purchasing 4 or more concerts, there is a savings of 10% off the single-ticket price.  There is no limit to the number of Create-Your-Own Series purchases.

2010 Series, Ticket, and Sponsor Information
Individual concert Pavilion tickets range in price from $19 to $93.  Lawn tickets for the Lawn and the rear Pavilion for most Blossom Festival concerts are priced at $19 or $21.  Individual tickets go on sale by telephone, in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at www.clevelandorchestra.com on Tuesday, June 1.  The Blossom Box Office opens for the season on Friday, June 4, and will be open throughout the summer on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. through intermission on concert days.
            Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.  Call the Cleveland Orchestra Group Sales Office at Severance Hall at (216) 231-7463 for more information.
The 2010 Blossom Festival features a five-concert Saturday evening “Classics A” subscription and a five-concert “Classics B” series Sunday evening subscription; a four-concert “Celebrations” subscription; and a four-concert “Pops” subscription.  Subscription package prices, which are not increasing this season, represent approximately 20% savings from single-ticket prices.  Subscription prices range from $88 to $185.  Box-seat subscriptions are priced at $272 and $340.  The renewal deadline for returning subscribers is Monday, April 12, 2010.  New subscription inquiries should be directed to the Cleveland Orchestra Subscription Office at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141.  New subscriptions also can be purchased online at www.clevelandorchestra.com.
VIP subscriber benefits are offered at Box-seat-level pricing and include the closest available parking in Lot A and access to Kulas Plaza, adjacent to the Pavilion, with pre-concert dining, intermission refreshments, and dedicated restrooms. 
The Blossom Festival is supported only in part through ticket sales.  For more information about contributing to support the Blossom Festival, please call (216) 231-7521.  The Cleveland Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following generous organizations whose sponsorship makes possible the summer’s Blossom Festival concerts and presentations:
Akron Community Foundation
Baker Hostetler
Blossom Women’s Committee
The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust
Dix & Eaton
Eaton Corporation
Ernst & Young LLP
Ferro Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
FirstMerit Bank
Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
Frantz Ward LLP
GAR Foundation
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hudson Blossom Women’s Committee
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
NACCO Industries, Inc.
Ohio Arts Council
Parker Hannifin Corporation
PNC
The Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation
The J.M. Smucker Company
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
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            Blossom Music Center, which opened in 1968 as the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, is located 25 miles south of Cleveland just north of Akron, Ohio.  The Center’s name honors the Dudley S. Blossom family, major supporters of The Cleveland Orchestra throughout its history.  Blossom is situated on 800 acres of rolling hills adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which protects 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland.  Blossom lies within the city limits of Cuyahoga Falls, an Ohio community first settled in the early 1800s, at 1145 West Steels Corners Road.  Blossom reopened in 2003 following the completion of the Blossom Redevelopment Project, which featured a highly-acclaimed renovation of the facility and improved patron amenities.  The Blossom Redevelopment Project was the first major capital improvements project in the history of the facility, which serves more than 400,000 visitors each summer. The Blossom Festival is a smoke-free environment.  Smoking is not permitted at concerts and other events during the Blossom Festival.
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Contact:       
Ana Papakhian, (216) 231-7476/ Email: anp@clevelandorchestra.com
Jennifer Schlosser, (216) 231-7518/ Email: jschlosser@clevelandorchestra.com

2010 Blossom Festival Calendar
Friday, July 2, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Porco, conductor
Blossom Festival Chorus

American Spectacular

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring
Grofé: “On the Trail” from Grand Canyon Suite
Traditional: Three Spirituals
Steffe:  Battle Hymn of the Republic
Ward: America the Beautiful
Tchaikovsky: “1812” Overture

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83.  Pavilion tickets for children ages 12 and under are half the adult price.

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Saturday, July 3, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. *
Sunday, July 4, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. *

Blossom Festival Band

Loras John Schissel, conductor


Salute to the USA

The Blossom Festival Band performs patriotic holiday favorites, including a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Sousa marches, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture. 

Pavilion Tickets: $19, $27, $32; Box Seats: $43.  Pavilion tickets for children ages 12 and under are half the adult price.

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.

* Fireworks follow the concerts, weather permitting.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stéphane Denève, conductor – Blossom Festival debut

Franklin Cohen, clarinet

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Debussy: First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe
Berlioz: “Love Scene” from Romeo and Juliet
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83.  Pavilion tickets for children ages 12 and under are half the adult price.

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

Tito Muñoz, conductor

Giora Schmidt, violin – Cleveland Orchestra debut

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Elgar: “Enigma” Variations

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83.  Pavilion tickets for children ages 12 and under are half the adult price.

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Peter Otto, violin – Blossom Festival debut

Handel: Concerto Grosso No. 1
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Handel: Suite from Music for the Royal Fireworks

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83.  Pavilion tickets for children ages 12 and under are half the adult price.

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

Andrew Grams, conductor
James Feddeck, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra

Program includes:
Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Mendelssohn:  Violin Concerto
Respighi: The Fountains of Rome
Respighi:  The Pines of Rome

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83. 

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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 Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Gil Shaham, violin

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Barber: Violin Concerto
Falla: Suites Nos. 1 and 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83. 

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Arnaldo Cohen, piano

Schnittke: (Not) a Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83. 

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra

David Zinman, conductor

Stephen Hough, piano

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Prokofiev: Suite from Lieutenant Kijé
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83. 

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Sunday, August 1, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra

Jack Everly, conductor

Ann Hampton Callaway, vocalist – Cleveland Orchestra debu

Broadway Swings

New York cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway joins The Cleveland Orchestra in Broadway favorites by Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, and others including “From This Moment On,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Embraceable You,”  “Mack the Knife,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”   The Orchestra shines in music from Wonderful Town, Chicago, and West Side Story.

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83. 

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Saturday, August 7, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Ives: From the Steeples and the Mountains
Berg: Suite from Lulu
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83. 

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Schubert: Symphony No. 4
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”)

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83. 

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma, artistic director

Yo-Yo Ma, founder and artistic director of the Silk Road Ensemble, returns to perform at Blossom for the first time in more than 20 years.  Musicians from multiple nations collaborate in a multi-media experience to present music from the Silk Road, a series of land and sea trade routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium B.C.E. through the middle of the second millennium C.E. The intersections among people from diverse cultures along the way promoted an unprecedented sharing of commodities, ideas, arts, sciences, and innovations.

Pavilion Tickets: $32, $37, $48 Box Seats: $88. 

Lawn Tickets: $21; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.*

Blossom Festival Orchestra

Richard Kaufman, conductor – Blossom Festival debut

DISNEY IN CONCERT: Magical Music of the Movies

Bring the whole family to see and hear excerpts from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more – this musical program explores many of Walt Disney’s stories and characters through memorable melodies.  Plus, sing along to songs from Mary Poppins!  Video from these classic films will be projected on giant screens under the stars. 

Pavilion Tickets: $32, $37, $48 Box Seats: $88. 

Lawn Tickets: $21; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.

* Fireworks follow the concerts, weather permitting.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

The Canadian Brass

These “fabulous five” brass players entertain with music ranging from baroque to jazz and pop, served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects.

Pavilion Tickets: $27, $32, $43; Box Seats: $83

Lawn Tickets: $19; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Blossom Festival Orchestra
Loras John Schissel, conductor

The Greatest Generation
Music of the ’40s

Relive the music that defined an era with the Blossom Festival Orchestra under the direction of Loras John Schissel.  When Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington were on the radio, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific debuted on Broadway, our country’s heroes made us proud.  John Williams’s soundtrack to Saving Private Ryan will be featured in this evening celebrating history.

Pavilion Tickets: $32, $37, $48; Box Seats: $88. 

Lawn Tickets: $21; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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Saturday, September 4, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 5, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Joffrey Ballet
Tito Muñoz, conductor

Continuing a renewed tradition of ballet at Blossom, The Joffrey Ballet returns.
                       
Pavilion Tickets: $37, $42, $53; Box Seats: $93. 

Lawn Tickets: $23; Children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn.  Kids’ Lawn Passes are available at the Blossom Box Office and the Severance Hall Ticket Office with the purchase of an Adult Ticket.
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All artists and programs are subject to change.

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