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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Cleveland Orchestra performs weekend concerts featuring Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Respighi's "The Pines of Rome" at Blossom

July 17: Conductor Nicholas McGegan and violinist Peter Otto appear in program featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks

July 18: Karen Gomyo makes her Cleveland Orchestra debut in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto under the direction of Andrew Grams

Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra opens July 18 concert and performs side-by-side with The Cleveland Orchestra in Respighi’s The Pines of Rome

SATURDAY, JULY 17:

When Nicholas McGegan recently conducted the New York Philharmonic, The New York Times commented, “When it comes to conveying the vital spark in Handel’s music, Mr. McGegan has few peers.” Music director of the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for the past 25 years, Nicholas McGegan leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a concert on Saturday, July 17, at 8 p.m., featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, with Cleveland Orchestra First Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto as soloist in the four concertos, among the most popular in the violin repertoire. The concert also features a suite from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks.

In June 2010, Nicholas McGegan was made an Officer of the British Empire for “services to music overseas” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Click here for a video clip of Mr. McGegan conducting music by Handel.

SPECIAL EVENT ON JULY 17:

Winetasting Festival: Saturday, July 17, from 5:30-7:45 p.m. in the Special Events Center, located in Smith Plaza at Blossom. Sample the best of the best from local wineries. 10 tasting tickets for $18; 4 tasting tickets for $8; 1 tasting ticket for $2.50.

Brandon Chrostowski, manager and fromagier at Cleveland’s L’Albatros Brasserie + Bar, will select cheeses to pair with the wine. (There will be an additional charge for the cheeses.)

SUNDAY, JULY 18:

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity,” violinistKaren Gomyo makes her Cleveland Orchestra debut performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto on Sunday, July 18. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performing works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn under the direction of Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor James Feddeck.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s portion of the program, beginning at 8 p.m., will be led by Andrew Grams, who served as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004 to 2007. The program includes Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome. For the latter work, the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra will join The Cleveland Orchestra for a side-by-side performance.

SELECT YOUR OWN SEATS
This summer, for the first time, Blossom patrons can select their own seats online. Clicking on any “Buy Ticket” button at
clevelandorchestra.com will link to the Ticket Reservations page. This ticket ordering page automatically displays the new “Select Your Own Seat” option (if applicable). Patrons may alternatively select the “Choose Best Available” option.

PRINT-AT-HOME TICKETS
This summer, for the first time, Blossom patrons have the option of printing their tickets at home. Choose the new “Print-at-Home” option on the Delivery Method page during checkout at
clevelandorchestra.com.

The July 17 concert is sponsored by Eaton Corporation, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence. The July 18 concert is co-sponsored by Dix & Eaton and The Sherwin-Williams Company.

Media Partner for July 18 is WCLV 104.9 FM.

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