Blossom Music Festival to usher in 50th year with Roger Daltrey and “The Who’s Tommy”

Posted on: February 1, 2018

“The centennial may be all the rage at the moment, but a second Cleveland Orchestra milestone is right around the corner: the 50th anniversary of the Blossom Music Festival,” writes Zachary Lewis in Tuesday’s (1/31) Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH). “One month after the 100th Severance Hall season festivities die down, the party will pick right back up in honor of the orchestra’s summer home.… On Monday, the orchestra announced that to kick off its 50th anniversary at Blossom, it will join forces with singer Roger Daltrey and members of The Who for a performance of ‘The Who’s Tommy’ rock opera beginning … July 8…. Like the orchestra, ‘Tommy’ itself is nearing its 50th anniversary. The concept album, composed by The Who’s Pete Townshend and later canonized in the Grammy Hall of Fame, was released in 1969. Daltrey played the title role in the film production of 1975. A spokeswoman for the orchestra said the version presented here will be an orchestral adaptation of the concept album. The remainder of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary Blossom Music Festival is to be announced in February.”

Posted February 1, 2018