Cleveland Orchestra Returns to Blossom for Summer Shows With Live Audiences


  • Courtesy Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra returns to its summertime home at Blossom this year with 11 concerts that will welcome live audiences.

That, only in the year of 2021, seems like a weird sentence, but it's true and newsworthy even more than usual.

While masks will be required and the orchestra/Blossom will follow all health guidelines, the affairs will feel much the same, with attendees invited to bring along their own picnics to enjoy the classical shows. Social distancing will be emphasized, but the scenic lawn setting basically has provided distancing during regular years anyway. Except last year, of course, when everything was canceled thanks to Covid.

“It has been more than a year since the Cleveland Orchestra played live concerts for the devoted people of our hometown community, and we’re eagerly looking forward to performing for music lovers across Northeast Ohio this summer,” André Gremillet, president and chief executive officer of the Cleveland Orchestra, said in a press release.

“Although this has been a challenging and, for so many, a tragic time, we believe that the upcoming Blossom Music Festival season will provide a measure of joy and relief — offering an opportunity for our community to come together again through the extraordinary power of music. Enjoying picnics and music at Blossom is a beloved summertime tradition, and we hope this year’s concerts will mark a joyful reunion for all of us — musicians, audience, staff, volunteers, and our entire Northeast Ohio community.”

Tickets for the shows, which run in July, August and September, go on sale to the public on May 3.

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