Let Blossom Music Center’s grassy hillside, starry sky and breezy sounds be your soundtrack this summer. Back on stage, the Cleveland Orchestra is ready with its summer series at the iconic outdoor venue.
“These first Blossom concerts over the July Fourth weekend will be the first time the orchestra is actually together onstage as a full orchestra in a year and a half,” says Ilya Gidalevich, the orchestra’s artistic administrator. “That’s momentous, but also stresses how challenging and unpredictable things have been.”
This summer’s classical music lineup offers a welcome respite with performances like Mozart in the Meadows (July 11), Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony (Aug. 1), a Beatles tribute (Aug. 8) and Hollywood Under the Stars (Sept. 4 and 5).
“After last year it was important for us to offer something to the public that we feel they’ve been starved for, and that’s the greatest hits of classical music that they haven’t been able to hear in year and a half,” says Gidalevich.
For those who missed out on last year’s Live Nation concert lineup at Blossom, never fear. As of press time, almost every act that had to cancel last year will be at Steels Corners this year, including James Taylor (July 31), Hall & Oates (Aug. 17) and the Dave Matthews Band (Sept. 29).