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BEETHOVEN & WAGNER - Cleveland Orchestra / Blossom Music Festival









It is officially summertime and what better way than to celebrate the warm breezes with the Cleveland Orchestra, good wine and great friends.

Who: The Cleveland Orchestra @ Blossom Music Center,

When: Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.), ending at 9:45 p.m.;
What: BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH and a picnic on the lawn;

With: Music Cleveland! and the German Language Group

TICKETS: $25 NOPE!  Just $15 for Music Cleveland! Members!  Use the DISCOUNT CODE you will get in the RSVP process.  Please do answer all of the questions and confirm that you have the code so we don't have to hunt you down :)

The Discount applies to ADVANCE PURCHASE ONLY!

Individual tickets go on sale by telephone, in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at on MEMORIAL DAY - Monday, May 26.  The Blossom Box Office opens for the season beginning on Saturday, May 31, and will be open throughout the summer on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 1 p.m. through intermission on concert days.

Blossom Music Center

The Cleveland Orchestra

WAGNER  Overture to The Flying Dutchman
MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Asher Fisch, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut 
Isabelle Faust, violin – Cleveland Orchestra debut


We’ll begin gathering around 6 p.m. on the lawn for a classical picnic with the group. Bring a blanket, folding chairs, gourmet picnic treats and your selection of wine to a location near the upper center of the lawn. We’ll try to stakeout a prime listening spot on the hillside for tonight’s concert.

Finding the group at large events can be challenging so we recommend an early arrival to avoid disappointment.  Also, if you have a cell phone with texting that would be ideal.

To find us:  look at section 35 and then scroll up on the lawn.  We will be positioned as close as possible on the hillside.

MC! organizers always try to obtain something special for group members.; tonight is no exception. We have obtained a 40-percent ticket discount for LAWN SEATING for Music Cleveland! and the German Language Group. Regular Lawn Tickets go for $25.  Use the Members-Only Discount Code that you'll see when you RSVP and your price will be just $15. There is no limit on the number you may purchase. Please indicate the number of guests when you RSVP. This will apply to ADVANCE Internet or Telephone purchases for lawn tickets ONLY.

Tickets purchased at the gate will be the standard $25.

When you RSVP, you will be asked several questions. During that process you will be given a code to use when purchasing tickets. You must apply that code when you order tickets. It cannot be applied retroactively.

This is a members-only discount code and should not be shared outside of your guests. Of course, as always you may bring guests. Please do indicate the number of guests on your RSVP so organizers have some idea of our group size.

This discount applies only to ADVANCE PURCHASES and will not apply to walk-up sales.  Lawn tickets purchased at the gate will be full price - $25.

The Severance Ticket Office will mail tickets purchased in advance without an additional service fee. But you must purchase far enough in advance.

Call the Ticket Office at[masked] or[masked], M-F, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for details.

Lawn Tickets Give You More Seating Options

Lawn tickets also allow you to sit in the General Admission areas of the Pavilion.  That's especially valuable in the event of inclement weather.
Pavilion seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Under 18s Free” on the Lawn

Family-friendly “Under 18s Free” tickets continue at every Blossom Music Festival concert

The Cleveland Orchestra continues its mission to offer free tickets to young people 17 and under for every Blossom Music Festival concert again this season.  Nearly 50,000 young people have attended Blossom Music Festival concerts since the “Under 18s Free” ticket program began at Blossom in 2011.

“Under 18s Free” is a program supported by The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences. The Center, created with a lead endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, was established to fund programs to develop new generations of audiences for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland Orchestra is offering free Lawn tickets to
young people 17 and under for all Blossom Festival concerts, aside from July 2.
Two “under 18s” will be admitted with each paid adult admission.

GOOGLE MAP (click here)

For each Blossom Music Festival performance, Blossom staff make every effort to allow patrons to park in paved lots.  On busy concert nights, however, Lawn ticket buyers and patrons without a parking pass may be directed to grass lots.  

You can guarantee a paved parking spot by purchasing a Lot A parking pass in advance for $20.  To purchase a Lot A pass, please contact the Severance Hall Ticket Office at[masked]-1111.

Free parking is available for all Blossom Music Festival concerts.

Lawn ticket holders park free on grass lots.

Pavilion ticket holders receive complimentary dated parking hang tags for Blossom’s paid parking lots C-D-E when tickets are purchased ten days prior to concert.

All Blossom Music Festival season ticket holders receive an undated parking pass for Subcriber Lot B, the lot closest to the pedestrian bridge.

All Box Seat holders receive complimentary dated parking hang tags for Blossom’s paid parking lot, First Energy Lot A.

(A limited number of dated Lot A parking passes may be available for sale at $20 per car per night. Please call the Severance Hall Ticket Office for availability and purchase. Allow ample time for US first-class postal delivery.)

For more information about parking, please call the Severance Hall Ticket Office at[masked] or toll free at [masked] on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

View Blossom Grounds Map

Free Tram Service

Free trams circulate throughout the Blossom grounds, providing convenient transportation between the parking lots and several locations inside the entrance, including the Pavilion and Smith Plaza. The trams are all wheelchair-accessible and operate continuously before and after each concert. Tram stops are clearly marked. You may wish to drop off passengers and picnic supplies at the parking lot tram stops before you park.

Traffic and Alternate Routes

Every effort has been made to expedite traffic flow in and around Blossom, and for most concerts, you will experience little delay. Occasionally, however, high attendance strains the capacity of the rural roads around Blossom. If traffic becomes congested after a concert, we suggest using an alternate route through the Cuyahoga Valley which adjoins Blossom to the north and west. This well-marked route may speed your trip and is accessed by turning right on Steels Corners Road out of Blossom’s main entrance.

For more information about parking, please call the Severance Hall Ticket Office at[masked] or toll free at[masked] on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you would rather not prepare your picnic, Blossom can do that too(click here)

Chefs will even pack an entire picnic basket for you (click here)

Dining at Blossom (click here)










About the Music


The Cleveland Orchestra comes to the stage at 8 p.m. for

The Cleveland Orchestra

Asher Fisch, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut 
Isabelle Faust, violin – Cleveland Orchestra debut

Beethoven’s Seventh

WAGNER  Overture to The Flying Dutchman
MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

At a Glance

Asher Fisch, conductor

In March 2014, Israeli conductor Asher Fisch becomes Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth. Mr. Fisch is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Opera, where he conducted its quadrennial Wagner Ring Cycle in summer 2013, and his former posts include Music Director of the New Israeli Opera [masked]) and the Wiener Volksoper [masked]).

A seasoned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, and a frequent guest to the great orchestras and the most renowned opera houses, his appointment to WASO is Mr. Fisch's first chief artistic position with a symphony orchestra. Known best for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era, in particular Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, and Verdi, he also conducts a wide variety of other repertoire from Gluck to contemporary works, and serves as an advocate of such composers as Avner Dorman and others.  

Mr. Fisch began his conducting career as Daniel Barenboim’s assistant and kappellmeister at the Berlin Staatsoper. After making his United States debut at the Los Angeles Opera in 1995, he has since conducted at the Metropolitan Opera  (Rigoletto, Parsifal), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.  Now a regular guest at leading European opera houses, Mr. Fisch has conducted all the major German and Austrian opera houses including Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Leipzig, and Vienna; Milan's Teatro alla Scala; Paris Opera; the Royal Opera House, and Covent Garden.

Among North American symphony orchestras, Mr. Fisch has conducted those of Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, St. Louis, Toronto, Montreal, Minnesota and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. In Europe he appears regularly at the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and has also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France, among others. Australia was first introduced to Mr. Fisch through his appearance conducting State Opera of South Australia's Wagner Ring Cycle in 2005 in Adelaide, which won ten Helpmann Awards, Australian's premiere music prize, including best opera and best music direction. A live recording of this production was subsequently released to rave reviews.

Mr. Fisch is also an accomplished pianist, and released his first solo disc of Wagner piano transcriptions in 2012 on the Melba label. He often play-conducts, and also participates in chamber music and vocal recitals.

Isabelle Faust

Isabelle Faust is one of the most impressive violinists of the generation that emerged in the 1990s. She is known for exceptional technique and strong interpretive instincts.

She began taking violin lessons when she was five years old. By the time she was in her teens, she studied with the teachers Denes Zsigmondy and Christoph Poppen.

She began entering major international competitions and in 1987 won the International Leopold Mozart Competition of Augsberg (Leopold Mozart's hometown). Although she was the youngest entrant, she won the First Prize. In 1990, the City of Rovigo granted her its Premio Quadrivio Prize.

In 1993, she entered the Paganini Competition of Genoa and took First Prize, becoming the first German violinist ever to win it.

A busy concert career ensued. Over the next few years, she appeared with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Lord Yehudi Menuhin, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, the London Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Stuttgart, Cologne, Hannover, and Saarbrücken, and the orchestra of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

She made her U.S. debut in 1995 with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under Joseph Silverstein.

Faust is also an avid recitalist and chamber musician and has performed in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Paris, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Zürich, Milan, Tokyo, London, and Osaka and locations in the United States and Israel. Among her recital partners have been Clemens HagenPierre-Laurent AimardBruno CaninoStephen IsserlisBruno Giuranna,Boris Pergamenschikov, and Joseph Silverstein. One of her regular partners -- both in performance and in recordings -- is pianist Alexander Melnikov.

She has appeared at several major music festivals, including the Lockenhaus, Bad Kissingen, Berlin, Delft, Colmar, Schleswig-Holstein, the Rheingau Music Festival of Wiesbaden, Schwetzingen, Lyon, Sarasota (Florida), and Lanaudière Canada.

She made her debut album in 1997, playing the Bartók Solo Violin Sonata and Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, withEwa Kupiec, on the Harmonia Mundi label. This recording won the Gramophone Award of that year for "Young Artist of the Year," citing her "combination of musical intuition and technical finesse. Harmonia Mundi followed that success by engaging her to record other Bartók violin music, including the Second Violin and Piano Sonata. She recorded the complete Haydn Violin Concertos on the PAN Classics label with the Munich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen (her former teacher), and planned to record the complete violin sonatas of Robert Schumann.

Her instrument, loaned by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, is the Stradivarius violin of 1704 known as the "Sleeping Beauty Violin."

Members Note: Please don’t forget your annual Membership Fees. You may use the PayPal link in the upper left margin of the home page or pay the Organizer/Host in cash at your next event. Your dues help cover the costs of being on and related administrative costs. Organizers are not compensated and do this for their love of music, fine wine and food, and, of course, friendship. And, our sincere thanks to those members who are current with their dues!

And, your paid membership here includes membership in the Cine Arts Cleveland! group, our movie group!  That's a twofer!

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  • Chris Y.

    Beautiful evening

    July 13, 2014

  • Bill J.

    Excellent seats! Thanks Kevin for early arrival and staking out a great claim! Pleased to meet some new members and some prospective members from the German Group. Orchestra was, as expected, great. Unfortunately, the cloud cover prevented viewing the Great Moon but it was quite visible on my return to the country (Chagrin Falls). So pleased with the close-in parking in Lot A albeit at $20. The exit from Blossom was so easy and fast. Looking forward to our other Blossom dates. The summer goes by so fast ...

    July 13, 2014

  • Kevin_J

    Thanks for organizing this Bill-- it was a great evening under the stars with the Cleveland Orchestra.

    July 13, 2014

  • Bill J.

    WOW! I just discovered that the Blossom Grill is open after concerts for coffee and desserts - anyone interested?

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Kevin_J

      I think it's a great idea. Count me in if everyone else concurs.

      June 26, 2014

  • Bill J.

    + 11 new friends from the German Language group !!

    June 14, 2014

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