Cleveland Orchestra announces eleven concerts for summer 2021 return of Blossom Festival

Posted on: April 12, 2021

The Cleveland Orchestra will return to the Blossom Center this summer, with social distancing and other health protocols. Photo by Roger Mastroianni

“After canceling last season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cleveland Orchestra on Sunday unveiled its 2021 Blossom Music Festival,” writes Mark J. Price in Sunday’s (4/11) Akron Beacon Journal (OH). “The festival will feature 11 concerts from July 3 to Sept. 5 at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Orchestra officials said the concerts will be in compliance with county, state and federal health guidelines…. The festival will begin July 3 with ‘An American Celebration’ [led by] former Cleveland Orchestra associate conductor Brett Mitchell…. Rafael Payare, music director of the San Diego Symphony, will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut July 25 in a concert featuring Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 … Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt will return to Blossom on Aug. 1 for a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.… Karina Canellakis … will make her Cleveland Orchestra debut Aug. 15 with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4…. Elim Chan … will lead a concert Aug. 28 featuring … Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations.’ The Labor Day weekend program ‘Hollywood Under the Stars’ on Sept. 4-5 will feature movie conductor Richard Kaufman in a concert featuring music from … blockbuster films…. Additional repertoire and guest artists will be announced in May.”