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Welcome to Our Summer Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2016 Festival Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 -9 About Blossom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-14 Cuyahoga Valley National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16 Blossom Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Blossom Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Blossom by the Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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The Cleveland Orchestra is grateful to the following organizations for their ongoing generous support: National Endowment for the Arts, State of Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council, and the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The Cleveland Orchestra is proud of its long-term partnership with Kent State University, made possible in part through generous funding from the State of Ohio.

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concert 1 — July 2-3 1812 Overture About the Music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 -27 Conductor: Johannes Debus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 concert 2 — July 4 A Salute to America Introducing the Concert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Blossom Festival Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Conductor: Loras John Schissel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 concert 3 — July 9 Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony Introducing the Concert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 About the Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74-84 Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68-69

Supporting the Orchestra Sound for the Centennial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 - 45 Annual Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-59

About the Orchestra

Board of Trustees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Get Involved — Volunteering,   Making Music, and More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-43 About the Orchestra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61-63 By the Numbers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Roster of Musicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66- 67


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Learn More Gourmet Matinees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 News: Star-Spangled Spectacular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Blossom Information and Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89-94 Blossom Grounds Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Buying Tickets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

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Welcome to Our Summer Home! I am extraordinarily pleased to welcome you to The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual summer Festival here at Blossom Music Center in the heart of Summit County. In my first year as executive director, I am learning so much — and enjoying getting to know all of you. Part of what intrigued me about accepting this job was, in fact, the people of Northeast Ohio, who created this great Orchestra and have sustained it for the past century. Not only have you supported a remarkable group of musicians, you have also built two of America’s most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed concert halls — Severance Hall in Cleveland, and this extraordinary summer home here at Blossom. Indeed, I am amazed at the incredible treasure that The Cleveland Orchestra and the people of this region have in Blossom Music Center, with its natural beauty perfectly paired with the acoustically and aesthetically stunning Pavilion designed by local architect Peter van Dijk. While the summer homes of many American orch­estras are shoehorned into urban locations, or far removed from their home cities, Cleveland’s is idyllically situated in the center of Northeast Ohio between two major metropolitan areas, Cleveland and Akron. Surrounded by Ohio’s own Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blossom offers the best of all worlds, proximity and escape, ideal acoustics and natural splendor, with superb symphonic performances in a family-friendly setting. Having Cuyahoga Valley National Park as our next-door neighbor has also created a special opportunity and lasting relationship, helping us to safeguard the unique qualities of the Orchestra’s summer home for future generations. The combined experiences offered in this Valley allow Ohioans to enjoy summertime to the fullest — with hiking, birdwatching, and biking during the day complemented with evening picnics set to splendid music at night. Half a million people attend musical performances at Blossom each summer, underlining just how meaningful music is to young and old alike. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Blossom Music Center in 2018, it is remarkable to reflect on how Blossom has become an essential part of what the Orchestra does in and for Northeast Ohio. Our vision of having the youngest audience of any orchestra started at Blossom when we launched the “Under 18s Free” program on the Lawn five years ago. Today, over 40,000 young people each year have the chance to fall in love with The Cleveland Orchestra year-round through this program, which subsidizes the cost of tickets through the vision and generosity of the Maltz Family Foundation through the Orchestra’s endowment fund. Whether this is your first Blossom season or your fortieth, I am looking forward to experiencing with you this summer’s unique offerings — of symphonic hits, Broadway and movie classics, from Sousa and Sibelius, from Thomas Adès to Led Zeppelin — of magical summer twilights punctuated by fireworks and fireflies. With special thanks to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, The J.M. Smucker Company. Welcome and enjoy!

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A SALUTE TO AMERICA Blossom Festival Band Loras John Schissel, conductor





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The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor


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MOZART UNDER THE STARS The Cleveland Orchestra Michael Francis, conductor David Fung, piano


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THIBAUDET PLAYS GRIEG The Cleveland Orchestra Jahja Ling, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano


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Blossom Music Center has provided an inviting and gracious summer home for The Cleveland Orchestra since it opened in 1968. Located just north of Akron, Ohio, and about 25 miles south of Cleveland, Blossom is situated on 200 acres of rolling hills surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Its beautiful outdoor setting is an integral part of the Blossom experience — and unrivaled among America’s summer music festival parks for the clear sightlines from across Blossom’s expansive Lawn and the superb acoustics and architectural beauty of the famed Blossom Pavilion. Come early to savor the summer weather. Bring your own picnic, or purchase from a variety of onsite options available, including a wide selection of wines, spirits, and beers.

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MENDELSSOHN’S SCOTTISH The Cleveland Orchestra Nicholas McGegan, conductor Jeffrey Rathbun, oboe


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LED ZEPPELIN: A ROCK SYMPHONY Windborne’s Music of Led Zeppelin Blossom Festival Orchestra Brent Havens, conductor Randy Jackson, vocalist


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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS The Cleveland Orchestra Bramwell Tovey, conductor Javier Perianes, piano


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The Cleveland Orchestra Michael Krajewski, conductor Capathia Jenkins, vocalist Blossom Festival Chorus







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The Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Music Center is located just north of Akron, Ohio, and about 25 miles south of Cleveland. Blossom is situated on rolling hills surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which protects 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland. Blossom lies within the city limits of Cuyahoga Falls, an Ohio community founded two-hundred years ago. Blossom was planned and built between 1966 and 1968 by the Musical Arts Association (the non-profit parent organization of The Cleveland Orchestra) at a total cost of approximately $8 million. The Center’s name honors the Dudley S. Blossom family, major supporters of The Cleveland Orchestra throughout its history. (Mr. Blossom served as president of the Musical Arts Association 1936-38. His son, Dudley Jr., served as a trustee 1946-61.) In 2002, Blossom Music Center underwent the first major capital improvements project in the history of the facility, which serves 400,000 visitors each summer. The Blossom Redevelopment Project featured a major renovation of the facility and enhancement of patron amenities, and was completed prior to the beginning of the 2003 Blossom Festival. Additional upgrading has continued since that time, including major accessibility work within an ongoing Americans with Disabilities Act project generously funded by the State of Ohio. With initial phases completed in 2013, this has included the construction of new rest­rooms and walkways, and the introduction of new trams. The first Blossom season in 1968 consisted of six weeks of performances by The Cleveland Orchestra, gaining enthusiastic reviews for the Orchestra and its new summer home from critics throughout the country. The schedule expanded in subsequent seasons to feature the Blossom Music Festival of orchestral and band music from the Fourth of July to Labor Day weekend alongside a summer-long season of concerts devoted to rock, jazz, country, and other Blossom Music Festival

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At the heart of Blossom is the Blossom Pavilion, situated at the base of a natural bowl. The design architect for this award-winning structure, widely celebrated for its distinctive architecture and superb acoustical qualities, was Peter van Dijk, who also served as At the Blossom groundbreaking on July 2, 1967, from left architect for the Blossom Redevelopin foreground are Frank Joseph (then president of the ment Project in 2002-03 and continues Musical Arts Association), Elizabeth Bingham Blossom (Mrs. Dudley Sr.), Benjamin Gale (Blossom grandson), to help direct Blossom upgrades and Betsy Blossom (youngest Blossom grandchild),and changes. The seating capacity of the Charles Bingham Blossom (Blossom grandson). Pavilion is now 5,470 — and another 13,500 patrons can be accommodated on the expansive hillside lawn seating area. Surrounding the Pavilion, the Blossom grounds encompass a number of other unique facilities. Near the Main Entrance from Steels Corners Road is Porthouse Theatre. Here summer theatrical productions are presented by the Porthouse Theatre Company, a professional repertory company affiliated with Kent State University under the Kent/Blossom Theatre program. In addition to the Blossom Pavilion, the main grounds include the Band­ wagon Gift Shop, the Blossom Grille (open before and after each Festival concert), the Knight Grove (a party center accommodating groups of 25 to 450), and Eells Gallery, which is used by the Kent/Blossom Art program to exhibit works by regional and national artists. Three landscaped gardens also are located on the main grounds. The Frank E. Joseph Garden was named in honor of the president of the Musical Arts Association at the time of Blossom’s construction and opening. Emily’s Garden was opened in 1992 to commemorate Emily (Mrs. Dudley S. Jr.) Blossom’s many contributions to Blossom Music Center. New in 2003 was the addition of the Herbert E. Strawbridge Garden, named in memory of Musical Arts Association trustee and civic leader Herb Strawbridge. The Blossom Redevelopment Project redesign of Emily’s Garden, as well as the design of the Herbert E. Strawbridge Garden, are by Michael Van Valkenburgh. PARTNERING WITH CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK and the Trust for Public Land

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park to help preserve the natural beauty of the area chosen as The Cleveland Orchestra’s permanent summer home. Created as a recreational preserve in 1974, the land was designated as a National Park in 2000. In the past decade, The Cleveland Orchestra worked with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to conserve more than 500 acres of Blossom Music Center land into Cuyahoga Valley National Park through a sale funded by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. This transfer helps protect the park experience for concertgoers at Blossom, conserves the land for preservation, and provided one-time funding for the Orchestra. This sale of Blossom Music Center land now connects over 5,000 acres of forest ecosystems within the park. Read more about the Park and nearby attractions on the following pages, or visit to learn more.

Blossom Contact Numbers Orchestra Schedule & Ticket Information (216) 231-1111

or 800-686-1141 toll-free outside local calling areas or online at The Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall Administrative Offices (216) 231-7300 Blossom Music Center is owned by the Musical Arts Association, the nonprofit parent organization of The Cleveland Orchestra. Live Nation has been contracted to operate Blossom and to book and promote the summer’s non-orchestral attractions.




Blossom Administrative Offices   (330) 920-8040 Blossom Grille   (330) 916-6063 Group Sales and Knight Grove Reservations   (216) 231-7493 Bandwagon Gift Shop   (330) 916-6090 Eells Art Gallery   (330) 672-7853 Porthouse Theatre   (330) 929-4416

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National Park Service celebrates 100 years of natural beauty, conservation, and public access . . . Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite National Park in 1903.

t h e d r e a m and reality of a system of outdoor parks for the people of the nation is being celebrated across the country this summer with the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. Although the first National Park — Yellowstone — was created by Congress in 1872, and a few more were designated over the next several decades, the founding of the National Park Service in 1916 brought management of all the National Parks together under one agency, as well as codifying the purpose and aim of the National Park System to conserve parkland for the enjoyment and benefit of the nation’s people and for future generations. Today, NPS embraces over 450 natural, historical, recreational, and cultural areas throughout the United States, with sites designated in every state.

Northeast Ohio’s own: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Recreational development and restoration of the Cuyahoga Valley took on new meaning with the opening of Blossom Music Center in 1968 as The Cleveland Orchestra’s summer home. And Cuyahoga Valley National Park soon followed, established in 1974 as recreational preserve and nextdoor neighbor to Blossom. Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, these 30,000 acres seem worlds Blossom Festival 2016

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away. Designated as a National Park in 2000, the land serves as a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery, recreation, and enjoyment for all ages. Across its land, the winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands.

Conservancy for C.V.N.P.   The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park works in partnership with the National Park Service to engage the Northeast Ohio community and visitors in enjoying and supporting the park and its programs — with the Conservancy’s advocacy and passion aimed at helping C.V.N.P. rise to its full potential. For more information about volunteering or donating time or money, contact 330-657-2909 or visit

way, you may catch a glimpse of whitetailed deer, wild turkey, bald eagles, blue heron, and much more. The train operates year-round, with seasonal schedules. For more information, visit

Ohio & Erie Canalway The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area — designated by Congress in 1996 — to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns, and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow. The Towpath offers over 80 miles of hiking, biking, birding, and exquisite scenery. For more information and hours, please visit Hale Farm & Village

Along with attending concerts at Blossom Music Center, explores these attractions to experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the fullest:


All Aboard! for a fascinating and fun way to experience the beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Enjoy the trip between the Rockside Station in Independence and the Akron Northside Station. Along the


This one-of-a-kind family experience is an outdoor living history museum set in the Cuyahoga Valley. At Hale Farm & Village, everyday life from the era of Abraham Lincoln is depicted through 32 historic structures, farm activities and animals, heritage gardens, cooking, and early American craft and trade demonstrations. Café dining and museum store shopping on location. The Farm is located at 2686 Oak Hill Road, in Bath, Ohio. For more information, visit, or call 330-666-3711.

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Blossom Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra    The Blossom Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra is an advisory group created to support the development and priori­ti­za­tion of initiatives to connect The Cleveland Orchestra in new and meaningful ways with the Blossom community. The Committee is comprised of business and community leaders from Cuyahoga, Portage, Stark, and Summit Counties. (Listing as of June 10, 2016.) Paul A. Rose, Co-Chair Iris Harvie, Co-Chair Thomas Waltermire, Vice Chair Ronald H. Bell Carolyn Bialosky William P. Blair III Laurel Blossom Daniel C. Colantone Joanne Dannemiller Helen Dix* Barbara Dietrich Barbara Feld John Fickes Claire Frattare Linda Gaines Barbara Gravengaard

C. Thomas Harvie Faye A. Heston Laura Hunsicker Mary Ann Jackson Michael J. Kaplan Philip S. Kaufmann Phyllis Knauf

Janice R. Leshner Mary Ann Makee John McBride Margaret Morgan* Sandra R. Smith Paul E. Westlake Jr. *Honorary Member for Life


Dennis W. LaBarre, President, Musical Arts Association Richard J. Bogomolny, Chairman, Musical Arts Association André Gremillet, Executive Director, The Cleveland Orchestra Carol Lee Iott, Director, Strategy and Special Initiatives, The Cleveland Orchestra Elisabeth Hugh, President, Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra Peter van Dijk, Westlake Reed Leskosky

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Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra    This state-wide volunteer organization is dedicated to promoting and financially supporting The Cleveland Orchestra’s summer home and annual summer Music Festival at Blossom. Established as a womens’ volunteer committee with the opening of Blossom Music Center in 1968, the group was recently renamed Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra and is today open to women and men of all ages. A series of fundraising, learning, and social events are presented each year to promote the Friends’ ongoing work devoted to sustaining the beauty of Blossom and the magic of great summertime music under the stars.    For additional information about joining Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra or attending the group’s year-round fundraising and promotional events, please contact Lori Cohen, Community Leadership Liaison at 216-231-7557 or

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Elisabeth Hugh, President Elizabeth McCormick, Vice President Mary Walker Sprunt, Recording Secretary JoAnn Greiner, Corresponding Secretary Patricia Rice, Treasurer Claire Frattare, Ex-officio, Past President

AREA CHAIRS — Jean Mathews — Sue Kenney canton / stark county — Elizabeth McCormick, Donna Paola, Faye Heston hudson — Robert Valente kent — Sylvia Armstrong, Donna DiBiase northeast — Nancy Cruikshank Each year, Blossom Friends presents a range members-at- large — Connie van Gilder akron


of events, including (at far left) an introduction of new Cleveland Orchestra executive director André Gremillet (interviewed by WCLV announcer Robert Conrad) hosted by the Hudson Chapter in April 2016, and a summer series of Gourmet Matinee Luncheons showcasing the artistry and stories of musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra.

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O f f i c er s a nd e xec ut ive c ommit t ee   Dennis W. LaBarre, President   Richard J. Bogomolny, Chairman   The Honorable John D. Ong, Vice President

  Norma Lerner, Honorary Chair   Hewitt B. Shaw, Secretary   Beth E. Mooney, Treasurer

  Jeanette Grasselli Brown   Matthew V. Crawford   Alexander M. Cutler   David J. Hooker   Michael J. Horvitz

  Douglas A. Kern   Virginia M. Lindseth   Alex Machaskee   Nancy W. McCann   John C. Morley

Larry Pollock Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Audrey Gilbert Ratner Barbara S. Robinson

r esiden t tr u s tees   George N. Aronoff   Dr. Ronald H. Bell   Richard J. Bogomolny   Charles P. Bolton   Yuval Brisker   Jeanette Grasselli Brown   Helen Rankin Butler   Irad Carmi   Paul G. Clark   Robert D. Conrad   Matthew V. Crawford   Alexander M. Cutler   Hiroyuki Fujita   Paul G. Greig   Robert K. Gudbranson   Iris Harvie   Jeffrey A. Healy   Stephen H. Hoffman   David J. Hooker   Michael J. Horvitz   Marguerite B. Humphrey   David P. Hunt   Betsy Juliano   Jean C. Kalberer

  Nancy F. Keithley   Christopher M. Kelly   Douglas A. Kern   John D. Koch   S. Lee Kohrman   Charlotte R. Kramer TE   Dennis W. LaBarre   Norma Lerner   Virginia M. Lindseth   Alex Machaskee   Milton S. Maltz   Nancy W. McCann   Thomas F. McKee   Loretta J. Mester   Beth E. Mooney   John C. Morley   Donald W. Morrison   Meg Fulton Mueller   Gary A. Oatey TE   Katherine T. O’Neill   The Honorable John D. Ong   Rich Paul   Larry Pollock   Alfred M. Rankin, Jr.

Clara T. Rankin Audrey Gilbert Ratner Charles A. Ratner Zoya Reyzis Barbara S. Robinson Paul Rose Steven M. Ross Raymond T. Sawyer Luci Schey Hewitt B. Shaw Richard K. Smucker James C. Spira R. Thomas Stanton Joseph F. Toot, Jr. Daniel P. Walsh Thomas A. Waltermire Geraldine B. Warner Jeffery J. Weaver Meredith Smith Weil Jeffrey M. Weiss Norman E. Wells Paul E. Westlake Jr. David A. Wolfort

N on - r esiden t tr uS t ees   Virginia Nord Barbato (NY) Wolfgang C. Berndt (Austria)

    Richard C. Gridley (SC) Loren W. Hershey (DC)

t r u s tees e x- o f f ic io   Faye A. Heston, President,    Volunteer Council of The Cleveland Orchestra   Dr. Patricia Moore Smith, President,    Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra   Elisabeth Hugh, President,    Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra

Herbert Kloiber (Germany)

  Carolyn Dessin, Chair,    Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Operating Committee   Beverly J. Warren, President,     Kent State University   Barbara R. Snyder, President,     Case Western Reserve University

hono r a ry tr u s tees for l ife   Dorothy Humel Hovorka   Gay Cull Addicott   Robert P. Madison   Allen H. Ford   Robert F. Meyerson   Robert W. Gillespie pa s t p r esiden t s   D. Z. Norton 1915-21   John L. Severance 1921-36   Dudley S. Blossom 1936-38   Thomas L. Sidlo 1939-53

TE Trustee Emeritus

  Percy W. Brown 1953-55   Frank E. Taplin, Jr. 1955-57   Frank E. Joseph 1957-68   Alfred M. Rankin 1968-83

James S. Reid, Jr.

Ward Smith 1983-95 Richard J. Bogomolny   1995-2002, 2008-09 James D. Ireland III 2002-08

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André Gremillet, Executive Director

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Saturday evening, July 2, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening, July 3, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.

THE CLEVEL AND ORCHESTRA johannes debus , conductor

nikolai rimsky-korsakov

Scheherazade, Opus 35 (Symphonic Suite after The Thousand-and-One Nights)


1. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship

2. 3. 4.    

The Story of the Kalandar Prince The Young Prince and the Young Princess Festival at Baghdad — The Sea — The Ship Goes to Pieces on a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior — Conclusion

Solo Violin: peter otto

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dmitri shostakovich (1906-1975)

Suite No. 1 for Variety Stage Orchestra

March — Dance No. 1 — Dance No. 2 — Little Polka — Lyric Waltz — Waltz No. 1 — Waltz No. 2 — Finale

pyotr ilyich tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Festival Overture: The Year 1812

A fireworks display by American Fireworks Company will take place immediately following the concert, weather permitting.

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Scheherazade, Opus 35

 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)   composed 1888





dat in g f r o m the summer of 1888, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a symphonic suite of exotic inspiration, deriving its ideas from the evocative Arabian tales of The Thousand and One Nights. Ancient Arabic stories from an oral tradition, including the adventures of Sinbad and Ali Baba, became widely known in Europe during the 1800s, thanks in part to the popular translations of Sir Richard Burton. A genius of orchestral nuance, the Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov recognized in these stories a perfect canvas for his art. “A kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images,” he called it and, in an introductory note to this work, recalled how the Sultana Scheherazade enchants the cruel Sultan Schahriar with fascinating stories, delaying her death sentence night after night and thereby saving her own life.    Each of the four movements has its own sequence of subtitles derived from the original stories, yet Rimsky-Korsakov always insisted that his music was not intended as any actual portrayal of the physical action. Beyond the sinuous violin solo, which is meant as the shadow of Scheherazade herself, there are no character motifs and no themes specific to the imagery of the storyline for each movement. As far as the composer was concerned, this is not music to which one might read the stories aloud in perfect synchronization. “In composing Scheherazade,“ Rimsky-Korsakov wrote in his memoirs, “I meant these hints to direct but slightly the hearer’s fancy on the path that my own fancy had traveled, and to leave more minute and particular conceptions to the will and mood of each listener.“ This is indeed music that can unleash our own imaginations to tall tales of love and daring, of natural forces and beguiling beauty, deftly told as great musical entertainment. Rimsky-Korsakov was a great practitioner and artist of orchestration (he taught Glazunov and Stravinsky, among many others) — and here he stitches together an array of beguilingly beautiful sounds, soothing and searching, smiling and scaling the heights of wonder.

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Suite No. 1 for Variety Orchestra  by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)   composed late 1950s

t h is f u n wo r k is a set of mostly dance-style pieces of the

kind that might be performed by a café band as light “background music” for an evening, perhaps before a featured soloist’s set of numbers. The name comes from the makeup of the ensemble it was written for, typical of a 20th-century theater or “house” (or radio station) orchestra that was well able to play a wide “variety” of works — dance, symphonic, popular, swing, jazz, ethnic genres, and so forth. Here Shostakovich’s scoring features several saxophones, giving the suite a decidedly jaunty and non-symphonic flavor. Many of the movements borrow musical ideas from some of the composer’s previous film and ballet scores — recycling ideas in new forms is a constant refrain of musical creation, and one that allows ideas to shine in new ways and contexts. Some listeners will find some of this music familiar. The sensuously slinky “Waltz No. 2” appeared in the Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, as well as in an episode of the A&E television series Nero Wolfe. Others may be certain that this is actually the music of one of Shostakovich’s so-called Jazz Suites. Indeed, a number of recordings were made of this music under the title “Jazz Suite No. 2.” Since those recordings appeared, however, new evidence has revealed the confusion of titles. Shostakovich himself thought of this piece as his “Suite No. 1“ for variety orchestra. After World War II, the score that he called his Jazz Suite No. 2 was lost to history — until 1999, when a piano score surfaced, clearly showing that tonight’s score was not what many of us had thought it was. And so, step by step, this music got its original name back, for all to enjoy just the same.




The “BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra” performing a radio show in 1942.

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Festival Overture: The Year 1812, Opus 49  by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)   composed 1880

“ I T W I LL B E L O U D .” With these words, Tchaikovsky summed

up what he was intending to write in his 1812 Overture. His musical commemoration of the victory of Russian forces over Napoleon at the gates of Moscow — defeated as much by the Russian winter as by the Russian artillery — was written in the autumn of 1880, although its premiere was delayed until August 20, 1882, on the 70th anniversary of the battle. The first performance was part of an outdoor festival held in one of Moscow’s great squares. Because the square was ringed by historic churches that had largely survived the victory battle, Tchaikovsky decided to incorporate church bells at dramatic moments in the composiby tion, just as in wartime church bells might ring out to announce Pyotr Ilyich an important victory. Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky’s score quotes several pre-existing melodies, at least some of which would have been familiar to his listeners at the time. These include the sacred hymn “Spasi, Gospodi, lyudi Tvoya” [God, Preserve Thy People] intoned at the opening by low strings, the folk dance “U vorot” [By the Gates] often performed around army campfires, and the Tsar’s anthem “Bozhe, tsarya khrani” [God, Save the Tsar] declaimed by brass — and optional chorus — at the closing. The latter tune was not written until after Napoleon’s defeat, but Tchaikovsky was writing for his audience, not for historical authenticity. Thinking ahead to other occasions, the composer doubled the chorus lines with orchestral parts, so that his “Festival Overture” could be performed without a vocal ensemble.    Similarly, to depict the French forces, Tchaikovsky used phrases from La Marseillaise, which did not, in fact, gain official status as the French national anthem until after Napoleon’s time. In the closing pages, this tune is quite thoroughly blasted away by thunderous cannon fire. (As above Napoleon retreating from Moscow the original performance was to be outdoors, after the Battle of Borodino in 1812, Tchaikovsky requested actual cannons, not just in a painting by Adolf Northern pounding percussion.) from the mid-19th century.    So what does this have to do with American Independence? Nothing at all, really. We had our


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own “War of 1812,” distantly related to the larger conflict in Europe, but Russia vs. France was decidedly unrelated to America’s Revolutionary War won a generation or two earlier. Nevertheless, with or without chorus — but with cannon and fireworks and much noise and heart-thumping excitement — the 1812 Overture has become a traditional staple of Fourth-of-July concerts across the United States and makes for a magnificent conclusion to any program on this most patriotic of holiday weekends. —program notes by Betsy Schwarm © 2016 Betsy Schwarm spent twenty years as a classical radio announcer and producer. She teaches music at Metropolitan State College of Denver, and has served as recording engineer for Colorado’s Central City Opera.


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The Cleveland Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous organizations listed here whose support is recognized in connection with this summer’s Blossom Music Festival:

The J.M. Smucker Company — 2016 Blossom Festival Presenting Sponsor Akron Community Foundation BakerHostetler The William Bingham Foundation Blossom Friends   of The Cleveland Orchestra The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros   Charitable Trust Eaton FirstEnergy Foundation Forest City GAR Foundation Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. NACCO Industries, Inc. KeyBank

Victor C. Laughlin M.D.   Memorial Foundation Trust The Lehner Family Foundation Littler Mendelson, P.C. The Lubrizol Corporation Medical Mutual of Ohio The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The M.G. O’Neil Foundation PNC Bank The Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie   Memorial Foundation The Sisler McFawn Foundation Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith   Memorial Foundation Timken Foundation of Canton The Welty Family Foundation

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Additional selections during the evening and/or encores will be announced from the stage.

The Star-Spangled Banner

words by francis scott key (1779-1843) to the tune of the “Anacreontic Song� by John Stafford Smith (arranged for band by Loras John Schissel) the audience is invited to join in singing.

Resplendent Glory

by rossano

galante (b. 1967)

Irish Tune from County Derry

setting by percy

aldridge grainger (1882-1961)

March: Jack Tar

by john

philip sousa (1854-1932)

Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial by john williams (b. 1932) arranged for band by Paul Lavender

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Sea Songs

by thomas knox (1937-2004) created to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city of Boston in 1630

Tone Poem on Taps

by douglas f. hedwig (b. 1952) created in honor of the 150th anniversary of the bugle call “Taps� during the American Civil War

March-Past of the U.S. Armed Forces traditional arranged for band by Thomas Knox Performed in tribute to the men and women, past and present, of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force

Overture: The Year 1812

by pyotr

ilyich tchaikovsky


A fireworks display by American Fireworks Company will take place immediately following the concert, weather permitting.

This concert is sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.

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A SAlUtE TO AMeRicA f o u r t h - o f - j u ly b a nd c onCe r t

si n ce 1 9 6 9 , each Blossom Music Festival has featured a concert band performance to help celebrate the creation of the United States and the Fourth-of-July holiday weekend. Whether filled with Sousa marches, folksong Americana, or newer wind serenades, such concerts echo earlier hometown performances that sounded across the nation, bringing together neighbors and friends in towns small and large to reflect on the blessing of freedom that this country bestows, and the sacrifice of those gone before us who have secured or defended that freedom. Both the celebration and the defense of liberty — and the sacrifice for it or because of it — continue to the present day.    The Founding Fathers could not have foreseen the big “parties for a nation” that we have turned the Fourth-of-July into, although John Adams (the second President, not today’s living composer of the same name) did imagine fireworks to mark this annual occasion. Not unlike the personal taking-stock that occurs each New Year with resolutions for change and betterment, the Fourth-of-July has become a regular reassessment of our own democracy, of its costs and hard-won benefits, and its demands of each of us to participate and work together to improve the old and embrace the new.    As for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, now a traditional part of this day, it of course has nothing whatsoever to do with it. But Americans know a good thing when they see (or hear) it, and are talented at repeating things for effect — sometimes to excess. But today is not about a Russian victory over the French in 1812. It is a celebration of a people taking their fate into their own hands, and responsibly forging a nation together, through thick and thin, through understanding and disagreement, deference and compromise, companionship and community. Let freedom unite us, rather than become a divide. —Eric Sellen

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Blossom Festival Band C o n si d ere d o n e of the fi n est ensembles of its kind in the nation, the Blossom Festival Band performs each summer in Northeast Ohio, continuing a long and wellloved tradition of outdoor band concerts in the United States. The ensemble has its roots in historic American band music and some of its legendary leaders.     Band music has been a part of each summer’s musical offerings at Blossom since 1969. That year, a Fourth-of-July band concert was presented as part of the second annual Blossom Music Festival. From 1969 to 1973, these band concerts were conducted by Meredith Willson (composer of Broadway’s The Music Man), who at age 17 had toured with the Sousa Band as a flutist. Based on the success of these concerts, a genuine symphonic band and concert program was organized under the direction of Leonard B. Smith, another of this country’s most respected band directors (he was music director of the nationally known Detroit Concert Band for many years and a widely acclaimed cornet soloist). Mr. Smith made his Blossom debut conducting “The Golden Symphonic Band of Blossom Music Center” in “A Salute to Labor Day” on September 4, 1972. The success of that concert provided the impetus to schedule a series of concerts during the 1973 summer season, with a newly selected band of 65 instrumentalists from the Cleveland area. David Zauder (1928-2013), a former student of Smith and a longtime member of The Cleveland Orchestra’s trumpet and cornet section, served as a guiding spirit for the Band and regularly performed as cornet soloist with the ensemble. Leonard B. Smith served as director from 1972 until his retirement in 1997. Since 1998, the Blossom Festival Band has been conducted by Loras John Schissel.

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Lyle Steelman

Dylan Moffitt

John Rautenberg Madeline Lucas Sally Sherwin

e-flat alto clarinet

Heather Zweifel Michael Mergen John Brndiar


Lisa Antoniou




Terry Orcutt  


David Adamson bass clarinet



Bruce Golden  





James Albrecht  

Jody Guinn


b-flat clarinet

Howie Smith

Kent Engelhardt John Perrine George Shernit

Thomas Reed Alix Reinhardt Stanislav Golovin James Kalyn Blair Hotz Lindsay Charnofsky Denise Soulsby Heidi Aufdenkamp Peck Joseph Minocchi

Todd Jelen

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Loren Toplitz

Mark DeMio

Kristina Belisle Jones

Frank Del Piano Jack DiIanni Matthew Larson Thomas Morris

Thomas Moore Thomas Moore


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Dennis Nygren

George Pope



Hans Clebsch  


Robert Rearden Meghan Guegold David Brockett Kent Larmee

Mark Maliniak principal


Paul Ferguson Martin Gelwasser Edward Zadrozny euphonium

Travis Scott  


Rebecca Ciabattari


string bass

Terry Rowell  


piano / celesta

Luwen Chen  


librarian tuba

Kenneth Heinlein  


Yasuhito Sugiyama J.c. Sherman William Ciabattari

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Rebecca Vineyard Allison Richards

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Loras John Schissel  Conductor   Blossom Festival Band

l oras joh n schisse l has served as conductor of the Blossom Festival Band since 1998. He also regularly conducts the Blossom Festival Orchestra and, this summer, he leads The Cleveland Orchestra’s free annual community concert in down­ town Cleveland for the fourth time, on the newly-renovated Public Square on Friday, July 29th.    Mr. Schissel has travelled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia con­ducting orchestras, bands, and choral ensembles in a broad range of musical styles and varied programs. A native of New Hampton, Iowa, Loras John Schissel studied brass instruments and conducting with Carlton Stewart, Frederick Fennell, and John Paynter. In the years following his studies at the University of Northern Iowa, Mr. Schissel has distinguished himself as a prominent conductor, orchestrator, and musicologist. Loras John Schissel recently complet ed his 21st season as founding music director of the Arlington-based Virginia Grand Military Band, an ensemble comprised of current and former members of the four major U.S. service bands. In 2005, he was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. As a composer and orchestrator, Mr. Schissel has created an extensive cata-

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logue of over 500 works for orchestra, symphonic wind band, and jazz ensemble, published exclusively by Ludwig/ Masters Music. His musical score for Bill Moyers: America’s First River, The Hudson received much acclaim. He has also created musical scores for two films for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park, New York. As a recording artist, he has amassed a large discography with a wide variety of ensembles and musical genres. Loras John Schissel is a senior musicologist at the Library of Congress and a leading authority on the music of Percy Aldridge Grainger, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bern­stein, and Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Schissel and John Philip Sousa IV (greatgrandson of the composer) have co-authored a book titled John Philip Sousa’s America: A Patriot’s Life in Images and Words. 20th Century Fox reissued the Clifton Webb classic The Stars and Stripes Forever in conjunction with the SousaSchissel book. Mr. Schissel is currently working on a study of the famed impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Deeply committed to young musicians, Loras John Schissel has appeared as conductor of All-State music festivals and of festival bands and orchestras in more than thirty states. He has led many local and community bands here in Northeast Ohio, and has appeared regularly as conductor of the Summer Band Camp at Baldwin Wallace University. In July 2008, Mr. Schissel made his debut with “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Band, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. An online masterclass with the Army Band was viewed in more than 30 countries.






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The Cleveland Orchestra performs all varieties of music, gathering family and friends together in celebration of the power of music. The Orchestra’s music marks major milestones and honors special moments, helping to provide the soundtrack to each day and bringing your hopes and joys to life. From free community concerts at Severance Hall and in downtown Cleveland . . . to picnics on warm summer evenings at Blossom Music Center . . . From performances for crowds of students, in classrooms and auditoriums . . . to opera and ballet with the world’s best singers and dancers . . . From holiday gatherings with favorite songs . . . to the wonder of new compositions performed by music’s rising stars . . . Music inspires. It fortifies minds and electrifies spirits. It brings people together in mind, body, and soul.

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Changing Lives The Cleveland Orchestra is building the youngest orchestra audience in the country. Over the past five years, the number of young people attending Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Blossom and Severance Hall has more than doubled, and now makes up 20% of the audience! • Under 18s Free, the flagship program of the Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences (created with a lead endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation), makes attending Orchestra concerts affordable for families. • Student Advantage and Frequent FanCard programs offer great deals for students.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the world’s most acclaimed and sought-after performing arts ensembles. Whether performing at home or around the world, the musicians carry Northeast Ohio’s commitment to excellence and strong sense of community with them everywhere the Orchestra performs. The ensemble’s ties to this region run deep and strong: • Two acoustically-renowned venues — Severance Hall and Blossom — anchor the Orchestra’s performance calendar and continue to shape the artistic style of the ensemble. • More than 60,000 local students participate in the Orchestra’s education programs each year. • Over 350,000 people attend Orchestra concerts in Northeast Ohio annually. • The Cleveland Orchestra serves as Cleveland’s ambassador to the world — through concerts, recordings, and broadcasts — proudly bearing the name of its hometown across the globe.

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Inspiring Minds Education has been at the heart of The Cleve­land Orchestra’s community offerings since the ensemble’s founding in 1918. The arts are a core subject of school learning, vital to realizing each child’s full potential. A child’s education is incomplete unless it includes the arts, and students of all ages can experience the joy of music through the Orchestra’s varied education programs. The Orchestra’s offerings impact . . . . . . the very young, with programs including PNC Musical Rainbows and PNC Grow Up Great. . . . grade school and high school students, with programs including Learning Through Music, Family Concerts, Education Concerts, and In-School Performances.

• Convening people at free community concerts each year in celebration of our country, our city, our culture, and our shared love of music. • Immersing the Orchestra in local commun­ities with special performances in local businesses and hotspots during our annual “At Home” neighborhood residencies. • Collaborating with celebrated arts institutions — from the Cleveland Museum of Art and PlayhouseSquare to Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet — to bring inspirational performances to the people of Northeast Ohio. • Actively partnering with local schools, neighborhoods, businesses, and state and local government to engage and serve new corners of the community through neighborhood residencies, education offerings, and free public events.

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Sound for the Centennial TH E C A M PAI G N fo r The C levelan d O rchestr a

Dennis W. LaBarre, President, Musical Arts Association   Richard J. Bogomolny, MAA Chairman and Fundraising Chair Nancy W. McCann, Fundraising Vice Chair   Alexander M. Cutler, Special Fundraising Beth E. Mooney, Pension Fundraising   John C. Morley, Legacy Giving   Hewitt B. Shaw, Annual Fund

In anticipation of The Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th anniversary in 2018, we have embarked on an ambitious fundraising campaign. The Sound for the Centennial Campaign seeks to build the Orchestra’s Endowment through cash gifts and legacy commitments, THE while also securing broad-based and increasing annual support from across Northeast CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Ohio. The generous individuals and organizations listed on these pages have made longterm commitments of annual support, endowment funds, and legacy declarations to the Campaign. We gratefully recognize their extraordinary commitment toward the Orchestra’s future success. Your participation can make a crucial difference in helping to ensure that future generations of concertgoers experience, embrace, and enjoy performances, collaborative presentations, and education programs by The Cleveland Orchestra. To join this growing list of visionary contributors, please contact the Orchestra’s Philanthropy & Advancement Office at 216-231-7558. Listing as of June 15, 2016. gifts of $5 million and more

The Cleveland Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Alexander M. Cutler Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Nancy Fisher and Randy Lerner in loving recognition of their mother, Norma Lerner

Maltz Family Foundation Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Ratner Anonymous

gifts of $1 million to $5 million

Art of Beauty Company, Inc. BakerHostetler Mr. William P. Blair III Mr. Richard J. Bogomolny and Ms. Patricia M. Kozerefski Mrs. M. Roger Clapp* Eaton FirstEnergy Foundation Forest City The George Gund Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz Hyster-Yale Materials Handling NACCO Industries, Inc. Jones Day The Walter and Jean Kalberer Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Keithley KeyBank Kulas Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. LaBarre Mrs. Norma Lerner The Lubrizol Corporation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Ms. Beth E. Mooney John C. Morley John P. Murphy Foundation David and Inez Myers Foundation The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund Ohio Arts Council The Honorable and Mrs. John Doyle Ong The Payne Fund PNC Bank Julia and Larry Pollock Mr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. James and Donna Reid Barbara S. Robinson The Leighton A. Rosenthal Family Foundation The Sage Cleveland Foundation The Ralph and Luci Schey Foundation The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker The J. M. Smucker Company Joe and Marlene Toot Anonymous (3)

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gifts of $500,000 to $1 million

Gay Cull Addicott American Greetings Corporation Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Glenn R. Brown Robert and Jean* Conrad Dr. and Mrs. Hiroyuki Fujita GAR Foundation Richard and Ann Gridley The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Myra Tuteur Kahn Memorial Fund of The Cleveland Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Kern James and Gay* Kitson

Virginia M. and Jon A. Lindseth Ms. Nancy W. McCann Medical Mutual of Ohio Nordson Corporation Foundation Parker Hannifin Foundation Charles and Ilana Horowitz Ratner Sally and Larry Sears Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP Thompson Hine LLP Timken Foundation of Canton Ms. Ginger Warner Anonymous (4)

gifts of $250,000 to $500,000

Randall and Virginia Barbato John P. Bergren* and Sarah S. Evans The William Bingham Foundation Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Buchanan* Cliffs Natural Resources The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation The Helen C. Cole Charitable Trust The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Matthew V. Crawford William and Anna Jean Cushwa Nancy and Richard Dotson George* and Becky Dunn Patricia Esposito

Sidney E. Frank Foundation Albert I. and Norma C. Geller The Gerhard Foundation Mary Jane Hartwell David and Nancy Hooker Mrs. Marguerite B. Humphrey James D. Ireland III* Trevor and Jennie Jones Elizabeth B. Juliano Mr. Clarence E. Klaus, Jr. Giuliana C. and John D. Koch Dr. Vilma L. Kohn* Mrs. Emma S. Lincoln Mr. and Mrs. Alex Machaskee Robert M. Maloney and Laura Goyanes

Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund Mr. Donald W. Morrison Margaret Fulton-Mueller National Endowment for the Arts Roseanne and Gary Oatey William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill Quality Electrodynamics (QED) Mr. and Mrs. James A. Saks Hewitt and Paula Shaw The Skirball Foundation Richard and Nancy Sneed R. Thomas and Meg Harris Stanton Mr. and Mrs. Jules Vinney* David A. and Barbara Wolfort Women’s Committee   of The Cleveland Orchestra

gifts of $100,000 to $250,000

The Abington Foundation Akron Community Foundation Mr. and Mrs. George N. Aronoff Jack L. Barnhart Fred G. and Mary W. Behm Madeline & Dennis Block Trust Fund Ben and Ingrid Bowman Dr. Christopher P. Brandt and Dr. Beth Sersig Buyers Products Company Mr. and Mrs. David J. Carpenter Mary Kay DeGrandis and Edward J. Donnelly Judith and George W. Diehl Ernst & Young LLP Mr. Allen H. Ford Frantz Ward LLP Dr. Saul Genuth The Giant Eagle Foundation JoAnn and Robert Glick Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP Iris and Tom Harvie Jeff and Julia Healy The Hershey Foundation Mr. Daniel R. High Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Jack, Jr. Bernie and Nancy Karr

Blossom Music Festival

Mr. and Mrs.* S. Lee Kohrman Kenneth M. Lapine and Rose E. Mills Dr. David and Janice Leshner Litigation Management, Inc. Jeffrey Litwiller Linda and Saul Ludwig Dr. and Mrs. Sanford E. Marovitz Mr. Thomas F. McKee The Miller Family: Sydell Miller Lauren and Steve Spilman Stacie and Jeff Halpern The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The Nord Family Foundation Olympic Steel, Inc. Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. Helen Rankin Butler and Clara Rankin Williams The Reinberger Foundation Amy and Ken Rogat Audra* and George Rose RPM International Inc. Mr. Larry J. Santon Raymond T. and Katherine S. Sawyer

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Mrs. David Seidenfeld David Shank Naomi G. and Edwin Z. Singer Drs. Charles Kent Smith and Patricia Moore Smith Sandra and Richey Smith George R. and Mary B. Stark Ms. Lorraine S. Szabo Virginia and Bruce Taylor Tucker Ellis Dorothy Ann Turick The Denise G. and Norman E. Wells, Jr. Family Foundation Mr. Max W. Wendel Paul and Suzanne Westlake Marilyn J. White The Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation Katie and Donald Woodcock William Wendling and Lynne Woodman Anonymous (3)

* deceased


cultivating a family tradition . . .

“Hearing an extraordinary performance by The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom is unforgettable — and even more special when you share it with others.” For half a century, The Cleveland Orchestra has given Dr. Arthur Lavin many of his most treasured memories. His parents became subscribers in the 1940s, driving up from Canton to attend Orchestra concerts as part of their social routine — and included their son from an early age — instilling in him a lifelong love of symphonic music and The Cleveland Orchestra. Today, Arthur fondly recalls going to Blossom as a youth with his best friends, lying on the lawn and watching the stars, mesmerized by the extraordinary music. In turn, Arthur and his wife, Diane, introduced their three children to the singular beauty of being entranced by The Cleveland Orchestra on summer evenings at Blossom — where the music sounds almost supernatural, the dark forest flashes with fireflies, and the night air feels like velvet. Arthur vividly remembers one night when a thunderstorm burst over the Lawn during the tempestuous Presto section of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The Lavins scrambled for cover amid musical dissonance and natural fury. “And then, when the Ode to Joy itself began, I will never forget our kids dancing with all the other children in the sort of joy I think Beethoven hoped would animate all who hear this music.” THE


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Gourmet Matinees are a series of summertime meetthe-artist luncheons showcasing the individual stories and artistry of musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra. Each event features a lively discussion session with a small group of musicians, including a musical performance. Lunch is included, reservations are required. Presented at Knight Grove at Blossom Music Center by Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra.

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Gourmet Matinees

July 12 — Tuesday at 12 noon Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra The Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra — starring Trina Struble (fiddle), Mark Dumm (banjo), Jeffrey Zehngut (mandolin), Henry Peyrebrune (guitar), and Derek Zadinsky (bass) — opens the 2016 Gourmet Matinee series with music that is guaranteed to make your toes tap and put a smile on your face.

August 3 — Wednesday at 12 noon Trombone and Cello Duo Enjoy the melodious tones of two favorite instruments, with musical selections performed by Shachar Israel (trombone) and David Alan Harrell (cello). This will be a duo performance that stirs your soul and sparks your imagination.

September 1 — Thursday at 12 noon Cleveland Trumpeter The 2016 Gourmet Matinee series ends on a delightful note with Cleveland native Michael Miller. Revel in the brilliant and bold sound of the trumpet as Michael presents a lively program to close the season. For more information or to make reservations, please call Nancy Cruikshank at 440-354-8603 or visit presented by

Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra

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2016 Gourmet Matinee Luncheons



Individual Annual Support The Cleveland Orchestra gratefully recognizes the individuals listed here, who have provided generous gifts of cash or pledges of $2,500 or more to the Annual Fund, benefit events, tours and residencies, and special annual donations.

Lifetime Giving

Giving Societies

$10 MILLION and more

In celebration of the critical role individuals play in supporting The Cleveland Orchestra each year, donors of $2,500 and more are recognized as members of special Leadership Giving Societies. These societies are named to honor important and inspirational leaders in the Orchestra’s history.   The Adella Prentiss Hughes Society honors the Orchestra’s founder and first manager, who from 1918 envisioned an ensemble dedicated to community service, music education, and performing excellence. The George Szell Society is named after the Orchestra’s fourth music director, who served for twenty-four seasons (1946-70) while refining the ensemble’s international reputation for clarity of sound and unsurpassed musical excellence. The Elisabeth DeWitt Severance Society honors not only the woman in whose memory Severance Hall was built, but her selfless sharing, including her insistence on nurturing an orchestra not just for the wealthy but for everyone. The Dudley S. Blossom Society honors one of the Orchestra’s early and most generous benefactors, whose dedication and charm rallied thousands to support and nurture a hometown orchestra toward greatness. The Frank H. Ginn Society honors the man whose judicious management of Severance Hall’s finances and construction created a beautiful and welcoming home for Cleveland’s Orchestra. The 1929 Society honors the vibrant community spirit that propelled 3,000 volunteers and donors to raise over $2 million in a nine-day campaign in April 1929 to meet and match John and Elisabeth Severance’s challenge gift toward the building of the Orchestra’s new concert hall.

JOHN L. SEVERANCE SOCIETY Daniel R. Lewis (Miami, Cleveland) Jan R. Lewis (Miami, Cleveland) Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin, Sr. $5 MILLION to $10 MILLION

Mr. Richard J. Bogomolny and Ms. Patricia M. Kozerefski Mr. and Mrs. Alexander M. Cutler Mrs. Norma Lerner and The Lerner Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Ratner $1 MILLION to $5 MILLION

Irma and Norman Braman (Miami) Mr. Francis J. Callahan* Mrs. M. Roger Clapp* Mr. George Gund III * Francie and David Horvitz (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz Mr. James D. Ireland III * The Walter and Jean Kalberer Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Keithley Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. LaBarre Sue Miller (Miami) Sally S.* and John C. Morley The Family of D. Z. Norton The Honorable and Mrs. John Doyle Ong Mr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Charles and Ilana Horowitz Ratner James and Donna Reid Barbara S. Robinson Peter B. Lewis* and Janet Rosel Lewis (Miami) The Ralph and Luci Schey Foundation Mr.* and Mrs. Ward Smith Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker Anonymous (2) The John L. Severance Society is named to honor the philanthropist and business leader who dedicated his life and fortune to creating The Cleveland Orchestra’s home concert hall, which stands today as an emblem of unrivalled quality and community pride. Lifetime giving listing as of June 2016.

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Leadership Council Adella Prentiss Hughes Society gifts of $100,000 and more INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $500,000 AND MORE

Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Ratner Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $200,000 TO $499,999

Irma and Norman Braman (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. James A. Haslam III The Walter and Jean Kalberer Foundation Mrs. Norma Lerner and The Lerner Foundation Daniel R. Lewis (Miami) Jan R. Lewis (Miami) Peter B. Lewis* and Janet Rosel Lewis (Miami) Sue Miller (Miami) James and Donna Reid INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $100,000 TO $199,999

George* and Becky Dunn Dr. and Mrs. Hiroyuki Fujita David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation (Miami) James D. Ireland III* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Keithley Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Kloiber (Europe) Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. LaBarre Mrs. Emma S. Lincoln Milton and Tamar Maltz Elizabeth F. McBride Mary M. Spencer (Miami) Ms. Ginger Warner (Cleveland, Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Franz Welser-MĂśst Janet* and Richard Yulman (Miami)

The Leadership Council salutes those extraordinary donors who have pledged to sustain their annual giving at the highest level for three years or more. Leadership Council donors are recognized in these Annual Support listings with the Leadership Council symbol next to their name:

INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $50,000 TO $74,999

Sheldon and Florence Anderson (Miami) Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Glenn R. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Alexander M. Cutler Hector D. Fortun (Miami) T. K. and Faye A. Heston Giuliana C. and John D. Koch Dr.* and Mrs. Jerome Kowal Toby Devan Lewis Robert M. Maloney and Laura Goyanes Ms. Nancy W. McCann Sally S.* and John C. Morley Margaret Fulton-Mueller Roseanne and Gary Oatey (Cleveland, Miami) The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation (Miami) Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin, Sr. Charles and Ilana Horowitz Ratner Sally and Larry Sears Hewitt and Paula Shaw Barbara and David Wolfort (Cleveland, Miami) Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra Anonymous (4)

Elisabeth DeWitt Severance Society gifts of $25,000 and more

George Szell Society

INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $30,000 TO $49,999

gifts of $50,000 and more INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $75,000 TO $99,999

Mr. William P. Blair III Mr. Richard J. Bogomolny and Ms. Patricia M. Kozerefski Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz Elizabeth B. Juliano Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Kern Ms. Beth E. Mooney The Honorable and Mrs. John Doyle Ong Mr. Patrick Park (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Barbara S. Robinson (Cleveland, Miami)

Daniel and Trish Bell (Miami) Dr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Berndt (Europe) Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Bolton The Brown and Kunze Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David J. Carpenter Robert and Jean* Conrad Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Gund Mrs. John A. Hadden, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Healy Milton A. and Charlotte R. Kramer Charitable Foundation Virginia M. and Jon A. Lindseth Julia and Larry Pollock The Ralph and Luci Schey Foundation Rachel R. Schneider Richard and Nancy Sneed (Cleveland, Miami) R. Thomas and Meg Harris Stanton The Denise G. and Norman E. Wells, Jr. Family Foundation listings continue

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LEADERSHIP PATRON PROGRAM Barbara Robinson, chair Robert Gudbranson, vice chair

listings continued INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $25,000 TO $29,999

Ronald H. Bell Henry C. Doll Judy Ernest Nicki Gudbranson Jack Harley Iris Harvie

Mr. and Mrs. William W. Baker Marsha and Brian Bilzin (Miami) In dedication to Donald Carlin (Miami) Martha and Bruce Clinton (Miami) Mr.* and Mrs. Gerald A. Conway Judith and George W. Diehl JoAnn and Robert Glick Mr. Loren W. Hershey Mrs. Marguerite B. Humphrey Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Jack, Jr. Junior Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra Thomas E Lauria (Miami) Susan Morgan Martin, Patricia Morgan Kulp, and Ann Jones Morgan Mrs. Jane B. Nord William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill Mr. and Mrs. James A. Ratner Mr. and Mrs. David A. Ruckman Mr. and Mrs. James A. Saks Marc and Rennie Saltzberg Mr. Larry J. Santon Jim and Myrna Spira Paul and Suzanne Westlake Anonymous (2)

The Leadership Patron Program recognizes generous donors of $2,500 or more to the Orchestra’s Annual Campaign. For more information on the benefits of playing a supporting role each year, please contact Elizabeth Arnett, Manager, Leadership Giving, by calling 216-231-7522.

Dudley S. Blossom Society gifts of $15,000 and more INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $20,000 TO $24,999

Gay Cull Addicott Randall and Virginia Barbato Mr. Yuval Brisker Mr. and Mrs. Matthew V. Crawford Mr. Mike S. Eidson, Esq. and Dr. Margaret Eidson (Miami) Jeffrey and Susan Feldman (Miami) Dr. Edward S. Godleski Mary and Jon Heider (Cleveland, Miami) Allan V. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kelly Jonathan and Tina Kislak (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Meidar (Miami) The Miller Family Sydell Miller Lauren and Steve Spilman Stacie and Jeff Halpern Kim Sherwin Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stelling (Europe) Rick, Margarita, and Steven Tonkinson (Miami) Gary L. Wasserman and Charles A. Kashner (Miami) The Denise G. and Norman E. Wells, Jr. Family Foundation Anonymous gift from Switzerland (Europe) INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $15,000 TO $19,999

William Appert and Christopher Wallace (Miami) Art of Beauty Company, Inc. Dr. Christopher P. Brandt and Dr. Beth Sersig Dr. Ben H. and Julia Brouhard Irad and Rebecca Carmi

Faye A. Heston Brinton L. Hyde David C. Lamb Larry J. Santon Raymond T. Sawyer

Jill and Paul Clark Mr. and Mrs. William E. Conway Mrs. Barbara Cook Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings (Miami) Do Unto Others Trust (Miami) Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ehrlich (Europe) Mr. Allen H. Ford Ms. Dawn M. Full Richard and Ann Gridley Kathleen E. Hancock Gary Hanson and Barbara Klante Sondra and Steve Hardis Jack Harley and Judy Ernest David and Nancy Hooker Richard and Erica Horvitz (Cleveland, Miami) Trevor and Jennie Jones Tati and Ezra Katz (Miami) Mr. Jeff Litwiller Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. McGowan Mr. Thomas F. McKee Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Meisel Edith and Ted* Miller Lucia S. Nash Mrs. David Seidenfeld Mr. and Mrs. Oliver E. Seikel Howard Stark M.D. and Rene Rodriguez (Miami) Joe and Marlene Toot Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Walsh Tom and Shirley Waltermire Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Weaver Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Weiss Florence and Robert Werner (Miami)

Frank H. Ginn Society gifts of $10,000 and more INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $12,500 TO $14,999

Mrs. Barbara Ann Davis Robert K. Gudbranson and Joon-Li Kim Eeva and Harri Kulovaara (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manuel* James and Virginia Meil Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Myers Paul A. and Anastacia L. Rose Joseph and Gail Serota (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Umdasch (Europe) Margaret and Eric* Wayne Sandy and Ted Wiese listings continue

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THE CLEVELAN D ORCHESTRA listings continued INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $12,499

Mr. and Mrs. George N. Aronoff Mr. and Mrs. Dean Barry Drs. Nathan A. and Sosamma J. Berger Jayusia and Alan Bernstein (Miami) Laurel Blossom Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Bowen Mr. D. McGregor Brandt, Jr. Paul and Marilyn Brentlinger* Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Brown J. C. and Helen Rankin Butler Scott Chaikin and Mary Beth Cooper Drs. Wuu-Shung and Amy Chuang Richard J. and Joanne Clark Jim and Karen Dakin Henry and Mary* Doll Mr. and Mrs. Paul Doman Nancy and Richard Dotson Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Duvin Mary Jo Eaton (Miami) Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Ellis Jr. Mr. Brian L. Ewart and Mr. William McHenry Nelly and Mike Farra (Miami) Mr. Isaac Fisher (Miami) Kira and Neil Flanzraich (Miami) Sheree and Monte Friedkin (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Garrett

Albert I. and Norma C. Geller Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Gillespie Mr. David J. Golden Patti Gordon (Miami) Mary Jane Hartwell Mr. and Mrs. James A. Haslam II Thomas H. and Virginia J. Horner Fund Joan and Leonard Horvitz Ruth and Pedro Jimenez (Miami) Cherie and Michael Joblove (Miami) Andrew and Katherine Kartalis Alan Kluger and Amy Dean (Miami) Mrs. Elizabeth R. Koch Tim and Linda Koelz Stewart and Donna Kohl Shirley and William Lehman (Miami) Dr. David and Janice Leshner Elsie and Byron Lutman Mr.* and Mrs. Arch J. McCartney Mr. Donald W. Morrison Joy P. and Thomas G. Murdough, Jr. (Miami) Brian and Cindy Murphy Mr. Raymond M. Murphy Dr. Anne and Mr. Peter Neff Mrs. Milly Nyman (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. William M. Osborne, Jr.

Douglas and Noreen Powers AndrĂŠs Rivero (Miami) Audra* and George Rose Dr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Ross Steven and Ellen Ross Michael and Chandra Rudd (Miami) Dr. Isobel Rutherford Dr. and Mrs.* Martin I. Saltzman Drs. Michael and Judith Samuels (Miami) Raymond T. and Katherine S. Sawyer Carol* and Albert Schupp Seven Five Fund David* and Harriet Simon Dr. Marvin* and Mimi Sobel Richard and Penny Stair Lois and Tom Stauffer Bruce and Virginia Taylor Mr. Joseph F. Tetlak Dr. Russell A. Trusso Anonymous (5)

The 1929 Society gifts of $2,500 to $9,999 INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $7,500 TO $9,999

Robert and Alyssa Lenhoff-Briggs Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Cohen (Miami) Ellen E. & Victor J. Cohn Supporting Foundation Marjorie Dickard Comella Mrs. Lois Joan Davis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Davis Bob and Linnet Fritz Linda and Lawrence D. Goodman (Miami) Harry and Joyce Graham Mr. Paul Greig AndrĂŠ and Ginette Gremillet Iris and Tom Harvie Mrs. Sandra L. Haslinger Henry R. Hatch Robin Hitchcock Hatch Amy and Stephen Hoffman

Elisabeth Hugh Mr. David and Mrs. Dianne Hunt Mr. and Mrs. Brinton L. Hyde Pamela and Scott Isquick Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig Joela Jones and Richard Weiss James and Gay* Kitson Kenneth M. Lapine and Rose E. Mills Judith and Morton Q. Levin Mr. and Mrs. Alex Machaskee Claudia Metz and Thomas Woodworth Georgia and Carlos Noble (Miami) Mr. J. William and Dr. Suzanne Palmer Pannonius Foundation Nan and Bob Pfeifer Dr. and Mrs. Michael Rosenberg (Miami) Rosskamm Family Trust

Mrs. Florence Brewster Rutter Patricia J. Sawvel Dr. and Mrs. James L. Sechler Dr. Gerard and Phyllis Seltzer and the Dr. Gerard and Phyllis Estelle Seltzer Foundation Drs. Daniel and Ximena Sessler Bill* and Marjorie B. Shorrock Mrs. Gretchen D. Smith Dr. Gregory Videtic Robert C. Weppler Dr. and Mr. Ann Williams Anonymous (2)

Frank and Leslie Buck Mr. and Mrs. William C. Butler Augustine* and Grace Caliguire Ms. Maria Cashy Dr. William and Dottie Clark Kathleen A. Coleman Diane Lynn Collier and Robert J. Gura Maureen and George Collins (Miami) Corinne L. Dodero Foundation for the Arts and Sciences Mr. Kamal-Neil Dass and Mrs. Teresa Larsen Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Daugstrup Pete and Margaret Dobbins Mr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Eckstein Dr. and Mrs. Robert Elston

Mary and Oliver* Emerson William R. and Karen W. Feth Joseph Z. and Betty Fleming (Miami) Scott A. Foerster Joan Alice Ford Barbara and Peter Galvin Joy E. Garapic Dr. and Mrs. Adi Gazdar Joyce and Ab* Glickman Brenda and David Goldberg Mr. Albert C. Goldsmith Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Goodman Mr. and Mrs. Randall J. Gordon Robert N. and Nicki N. Gudbranson David and Robin Gunning


Dr. and Mrs. D. P. Agamanolis Susan S. Angell Mr. William App Agnes Armstrong Mrs. Elizabeth H. Augustus Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Baker Montserrat Balseiro (Miami) Jennifer Barlament and Ken Potsic Fred G. and Mary W. Behm Mr. and Mrs. Jules Belkin Mr. William Berger Dr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Blackstone Suzanne and Jim Blaser Dr.* and Mrs. Jerald S. Brodkey Dr. Thomas Brugger and Dr. Sandra Russ

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Alfredo and Luz Gutierrez (Miami) Douglas M. and Amy Halsey (Miami) Clark Harvey and Holly Selvaggi Dr. Robert T. Heath and Dr. Elizabeth L. Buchanan Janet D. Heil* Anita and William Heller Thomas and Mary Holmes Ms. Carole Hughes Ms. Charlotte L. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hyland Donna L. and Robert H. Jackson Carol S. and William G. E. Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Janus David and Gloria Kahan Rudolf D. and Joan T. Kamper Milton and Donna* Katz Dr. Richard and Roberta Katzman Mr. John and Mrs. Linda Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Kestner Dr. and Mrs. William S. Kiser Jacqueline and Irwin* Kott (Miami) Mr. and Mrs.* S. Lee Kohrman Mr. Clayton R. Koppes Mr. James Krohngold Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Kuhn Dr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Kushnick Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Lafave, Jr. David C. Lamb Mrs. Sandra S. Laurenson Anthony T. and Patricia A. Lauria Ivonete Leite (Miami) Irvin and Elin Leonard Mr. Lawrence B. and Christine H. Levey Dr. Alan and Mrs. Joni Lichtin Mr. and Mrs.* Thomas A. Liederbach Ms. Grace Lim Mr. Jon E. Limbacher and Patricia J. Limbacher Mr. Rudolf and Mrs. Eva Linnebach

Anne R. and Kenneth E. Love Robert and LaVerne* Lugibihl Mr. and Mrs.* Robert P. Madison Ms. Jennifer R. Malkin Mr. and Mrs. Morton L. Mandel Alan Markowitz M.D. and Cathy Pollard Mr. and Mrs. E. Timothy McDonel Dr. and Mrs. Eberhard Meinecke Ms. Betteann Meyerson Mr. Robert Miller Mr. and Mrs. William A. Mitchell Curt and Sara Moll Dr. R. Morgan and Dr. S. Weirich (Miami) David and Gayle Noble Richard and Kathleen Nord Mr. Thury O’Connor Mr. Henry Ott-Hansen Jay Pelham (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. John S. Piety Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Pogue In memory of Henry Pollak Martin R. Pollock and Susan A. Gifford Dr. and Mrs. John N. Posch Ms. Rosella Puskas Mr.* and Mrs. Thomas A. Quintrell Drs. Raymond R. Rackley and Carmen M. Fonseca Dr. James and Lynne Rambasek Mr. and Mrs. Roger F. Rankin Brian and Patricia Ratner Ms. Deborah Read Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Reid Mrs. Charles Ritchie Amy and Ken Rogat Robert and Margo Roth Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Ruhl David M. and Betty Schneider Linda B. Schneider Ms. Adrian L. Scott Lee and Jane Seidman Mr. Eric Sellen and Mr. Ron Seidman

Ms. Marlene Sharak Mrs. Frances G. Shoolroy* Naomi G. and Edwin Z. Singer Family Fund Bruce Smith Drs. Charles Kent Smith and Patricia Moore Smith David Kane Smith Mr. and Mrs. William E. Spatz George and Mary Stark Dr. and Mrs. Frank J. Staub Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Strang, Jr. Stroud Family Trust Dr. Elizabeth Swenson Ms. Lorraine S. Szabo Mrs. Jean H. Taber Robert and Carol Taller Kathy* and Sidney Taurel (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Bill Thornton Mr.* and Mrs. Robert N. Trombly Miss Kathleen Turner Robert and Marti Vagi Don and Mary Louise VanDyke Teresa Galang-Viñas and Joaquin Viñas (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Mark Allen Weigand Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Weil, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Weinberg Charles and Lucy Weller Dr. Edward L. and Mrs. Suzanne Westbrook Tom and Betsy Wheeler Nancy V. and Robert L. Wilcox Sandy Wile and Susan Namen Bob and Kat Wollyung Katie and Donald Woodcock Tony and Diane Wynshaw-Boris Anonymous (4)

Lilli and Seth Harris Mr. Robert D. Hart Mary S. Hastings In Memory of Hazel Helgesen Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Herschman Dr. Fred A. Heupler Mr. Robert T. Hexter Vernon and Gwen Higaki David Hollander (Miami) Dr. Keith A. and Mrs. Kathleen M. Hoover Dr. and Mrs. Scott R. Inkley Robert and Linda Jenkins Barbara and Michael J. Kaplan Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Kaufman Mrs. Natalie D. Kittredge Dr. Gilles* and Mrs. Malvina Klopman Mr. Donald N. Krosin Charles and Josephine Robson Leamy Ronald and Barbara Leirvik Dr. Edith Lerner Mary Lohman Mrs. Idarose S. Luntz Herbert L. and Rhonda Marcus Martin and Lois Marcus Ms. Nancy L. Meacham Dr. Susan M. Merzweiler Bert and Marjorie Moyar Susan B. Murphy Richard B. and Jane E. Nash

David and Judith Newell Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Osenar Dr. Lewis and Janice B. Patterson Dr. and Mrs. Gosta Pettersson Maribel A. Piza (Miami) Mr. Carl Podwoski Dr. Marc A. and Mrs. Carol Pohl Alfonso Rey and Sheryl Latchu (Miami) Dr. Robert W. Reynolds Carol Rolf and Steven Adler Fred Rzepka and Anne Rzepka Family Foundation Mr. Paul H. Scarbrough Ginger and Larry Shane Harry and Ilene Shapiro Mr. Richard Shirey Mr. Robert Sieck Howard and Beth Simon Ms. Ellen J. Skinner Mr. Taras G. Szmagala, Jr. Mr. Karl and Mrs. Carol Theil Erik Trimble Drs. Anna* and Gilbert True Mr. and Mrs. Les C. Vinney Richard Wiedemer, Jr. Mrs. Henietta Zabner (Miami) Marcia and Fred* Zakrajsek Max and Beverly Zupon

INDIVIDUAL GIFTS OF $3,500 TO $4,999 Ms. Nancy A. Adams Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Amsdell Dr. Ronald and Diane Bell Margo and Tom Bertin Howard R. and Barbara Kaye Besser Mr. and Mrs. David Bialosky Carmen Bishopric (Miami) Lisa and Ronald Boyko Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Broadbent Ms. Mary R. Bynum and Mr. J. Philip Calabrese Dr. and Mrs. William E. Cappaert John Carleton (Cleveland, Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Carpenter Drs. Mark Cohen and Miriam Vishny Mr. Owen Colligan Mr. and Mrs. David G. de Roulet Mrs. April C. Deming Erich Eichhorn and Ursel Dougherty Peter and Kathryn Eloff Mr. William and Dr. Elizabeth Fesler Richard J. Frey Peggy and David* Fullmer Loren and Michael Garruto Dr. and Mrs. Edward C. Gelber (Miami) Dr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Gould The Thomas J. and Judith Fay Gruber Charitable Foundation Nancy and James Grunzweig

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Pamela Jacobson Mrs. Carol Lee and Mr. James Iott Mr. Norman E. Jackson (Miami) Ms. LaVerne Jacobson Dr. Michael and Mrs. Deborah Joyce Mr. Peter and Mrs. Mary Joyce Mr. Stephen Judson Rev. William C. Keene Angela Kelsey and Michael Zealy (Miami) The Kendis Family Trust: Hilary and Robert Kendis and Susan and James Kendis Bruce and Eleanor Kendrick Mr. James Kish Fred* and Judith Klotzman Marion Konstantynovich Ellen Brad and Bart Kovac Dr. Ronald H. Krasney and Vicki Kennedy Dr. Michael E. Lamm Mr. and Mrs. John J. Lane, Jr. Michael Lederman Judy and Donald Lefton (Miami) Mr. Gary Leidich Michael and Lois A. Lemr Dr. Stephen B. and Mrs. Lillian S. Levine Robert G. Levy Ms. Mary Beth Loud Janet A. Mann Mr. and Mrs. Raul Marmol (Miami) Dr. and Mrs. Sanford E. Marovitz Ms. Dorene Marsh Dr. Ernest and Mrs. Marian Marsolais Mr. Fredrick Martin Ms. Amanda Martinsek Mr. Julien L. McCall William C. McCoy Mr. and Mrs. James E. Menger Stephen and Barbara Messner Loretta J. Mester and George J. Mailath Mr. Michael and Mrs. Lynn Miller Drs. Terry E. and Sara S. Miller Jim and Laura Moll Steven and Kimberly Myers Deborah L. Neale Marshall I. Nurenberg and Joanne Klein Richard and Jolene O’Callaghan Dr. Guilherme Oliveira James P. Ostryniec (Miami) Mr. Robert D. Paddock Dr. Dean and Mrs. Kathy Pahr George Parras Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Tommie Patton Henry Peyrebrune and Tracy Rowell Dr. Roland S. Philip and Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus Dale and Susan Phillip Mr. Robert Pinkert* (Miami) Mrs. Elinor G. Polster Mr. Robert and Mrs. Susan Price Kathleen Pudelski Ms. C. A. Reagan David and Gloria Richards Michael Forde Ripich Mr. and Mrs. James N. Robinson II (Miami) Mr. Timothy D. Robson Ms. Linda M. Rocchi Dr. Robert and Mrs. Lauryn Ronis Miss Marjorie A. Rott* Mr. Kevin Russell (Miami) Mrs. Elisa J. Russo Dr. Harry S. and Rita K. Rzepka Peter and Aliki Rzepka Dr. Vernon E. Sackman and Ms. Marguerite Patton Fr. Robert J. Sanson Ms. Patricia E. Say Mr. James Schutte

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Mr. and Mrs. Alexander C. Scovil Dr. John Sedor and Ms. Geralyn Presti Don Schmitt and Jim Harmon Ms. Kathryn Seider Charles Seitz (Miami) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Seitz Ms. Frances L. Sharp Larry Oscar and Jeanne Shatten Dr. Donald S. Sheldon Dr. and Mrs. William C. Sheldon Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Shiverick Mr. Grover Short Laura and Alvin A. Siegal Lois H. Siegel (Miami) Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Simpfendorfer The Shari Bierman Singer Family Grace Katherine Sipusic Robert and Barbara Slanina Roy Smith Sandra and Richey Smith Ms. Barbara Snyder Mr. Jorge Solano (Miami) Lucy and Dan Sondles Mr. Louis Stellato Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Sullivan Ken and Martha Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Timko Steve and Christa Turnbull Mrs. H. Lansing Vail, Jr. Robert A. Valente Brenton Ver Ploeg (Miami) Dr. Michael Vogelbaum and Mrs. Judith Rosman Barbara and George von Mehren Alice & Leslie T. Webster, Jr. Mr. and Mrs.* Jerome A. Weinberger Mr. Peter and Mrs. Laurie Weinberger Richard and Mary Lynn Wills Mr. Martin Wiseman Michael H. Wolf and Antonia Rivas-Wolf Elizabeth B. Wright Rad and Patty Yates Dr. William Zelei Mr. Kal Zucker and Dr. Mary Frances Haerr Anonymous (5)

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The Cleveland Orchestra is sustained through the support of thousands of generous patrons, including members of the Leadership Patron Program listed on these pages. Listings of all annual donors of $300 and more each year are published in the Orchestra’s Annual Report, which can be viewed online at clevelandorchestra .com

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Corporate Support

The Cleveland Orchestra gratefully acknowledges and salutes these corporations for their generous support toward the Orchestra’s Annual Fund, benefit events, tours and residencies, and special projects.

Cumulative Giving


KeyBank PNC Bank $1 MILLION to $5 MILLION

BakerHostetler Bank of America Eaton FirstEnergy Foundation Forest City The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Hyster-Yale Materials Handling NACCO Industries, Inc. Jones Day The Lubrizol Corporation / The Lubrizol Foundation Medical Mutual of Ohio Parker Hannifin Foundation The Plain Dealer PolyOne Corporation Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich (Europe) The J. M. Smucker Company UBS The John L. Severance Society recognizes the generosity of those giving $1 million or more in cumulative support. Listing as of June 2016.

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gifts of $2,500 or more during the past year, as of June 10, 2016 The Partners in Excellence program salutes companies with annual contributions of $100,000 and more, exemplifying leadership and commitment to musical excellence at the highest level. PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE $300,000 and more

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling NACCO Industries, Inc. KeyBank Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich (Europe) The J. M. Smucker Company PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE $200,000 to $299,999

BakerHostetler Eaton FirstEnergy Foundation Jones Day PNC Bank PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE $100,000 to $199,999

American Greetings Corporation Forest City The Lincoln Electric Foundation Medical Mutual of Ohio Nordson Corporation Foundation Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP Thompson Hine LLP White & Case (Miami) $50,000 to $99,999

Dollar Bank Foundation Parker Hannifin Foundation Quality Electrodynamics (QED) voestalpine AG (Europe) Anonymous $25,000 to $49,999 Buyers Products Company FirstMerit Bank Adam Foslid / Greenberg Traurig (Miami) Litigation Management, Inc. The Lubrizol Corporation Olympic Steel, Inc. RPM International Inc.

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$2,500 to $24,999 Akron Tool & Die Company American Fireworks, Inc. ArtsMarketing Services Inc. Bank of America BDI Brothers Printing Co., Inc. Brouse McDowell Eileen M. Burkhart & Co. LLC Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Carlton Fields (Miami) The Cedarwood Companies Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Steel Container Corporation The Cleveland Wire Cloth & Mfg. Co. Cohen & Company, CPAs Consolidated Solutions Dominion Foundation Ernst & Young LLP Evarts Tremaine The Ewart-Ohlson Machine Company Feldman Gale, P.A. (Miami) Ferro Corporation Frantz Ward LLP Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The Giant Eagle Foundation Great Lakes Brewing Company Gross Builders Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP Huntington National Bank KPMG LLP Lakewood Supply Co. Littler Mendelson, P.C. Live Publishing Company Macy’s Materion Corporation Miba AG (Europe) MTD Products, Inc. North Coast Container Corp. Northern Haserot Oatey Ohio CAT Ohio Savings Bank, A Division of New York Community Bank OMNOVA Solutions Oswald Companies Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. The Plain Dealer PolyOne Corporation The Prince & Izant Company The Sherwin-Williams Company Southern Wine and Spirits (Miami) Stern Advertising Agency Struktol Company of America Swagelok Company Tucker Ellis UBS United Automobile Insurance (Miami) University Hospitals Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A. (Miami) WCLV Foundation Westlake Reed Leskosky Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC Anonymous (2)

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Foundation & Government Support The Cleveland Orchestra gratefully acknowledges and salutes these Foundations and Government agencies for their generous support toward the Orchestra’s Annual Fund, benefit events, tours and residencies, and special projects.

Cumulative Giving


The Cleveland Foundation Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Kulas Foundation Maltz Family Foundation State of Ohio Ohio Arts Council The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation $5 MILLION to $10 MILLION

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gifts of $2,500 or more during the past year, as of June 10, 2016 $1 MILLION and more

The Cleveland Foundation Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $500,000 to $999,999

The George Gund Foundation Ohio Arts Council Timken Foundation of Canton $250,000 to $499,999

Knight Foundation (Miami) Kulas Foundation John P. Murphy Foundation The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund $100,000 to $249,999

The George Gund Foundation Knight Foundation (Cleveland, Miami) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John P. Murphy Foundation

GAR Foundation Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund David and Inez Myers Foundation The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation


$50,000 to $99,999

The William Bingham Foundation The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation GAR Foundation Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund David and Inez Myers Foundation National Endowment for the Arts The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund The Payne Fund The Reinberger Foundation The Sage Cleveland Foundation The John L. Severance Society recognizes the generosity of those giving $1 million or more in cumulative support. Listing as of June 2016.

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Paul M. Angell Family Foundation The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (Miami) The Gerhard Foundation, Inc. Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Myra Tuteur Kahn Memorial Fund of The Cleveland Foundation Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs (Miami) The Nord Family Foundation The Payne Fund The Sage Cleveland Foundation

$20,000 to $49,999 Akron Community Foundation The Batchelor Foundation, Inc. (Miami) Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation Mary E. and F. Joseph Callahan Foundation The Helen C. Cole Charitable Trust The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust The Helen Wade Greene Charitable Trust National Endowment for the Arts The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation The Frederick and Julia Nonneman Foundation Peacock Foundation, Inc. (Miami) The Reinberger Foundation Sandor Foundation Harold C. Schott Foundation The Sisler McFawn Foundation The Veale Foundation

$2,500 to $19,999 The Abington Foundation The Ruth and Elmer Babin Foundation Dr. NE & JZ Berman Foundation The Bernheimer Family Fund of The Cleveland Foundation Elisha-Bolton Foundation The Conway Family Foundation The Cowles Charitable Trust (Miami) The Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation Funding Arts Network (Miami) The Hankins Foundation The William Randolph Hearst Foundation The Muna & Basem Hishmeh Foundation Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation The Laub Foundation Victor C. Laughlin, M.D. Memorial Foundation Trust The Lehner Family Foundation The G. R. Lincoln Family Foundation Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Foundation The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The M. G. O’Neil Foundation Paintstone Foundation The Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation The Leighton A. Rosenthal Family Foundation SCH Foundation Albert G. & Olive H. Schlink Foundation Jean C. Schroeder Foundation Kenneth W. Scott Foundation Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation The South Waite Foundation The George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust The S. K. Wellman Foundation The Welty Family Foundation Thomas H. White Foundation, a KeyBank Trust The Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation The Wuliger Foundation Anonymous (2)

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of its founding in 2018, The Cleveland Orch­ estra is undergoing a new transformation and renaissance. Under the leadership of Franz Welser-Möst, entering his fifteenth year as the ensemble’s music director with the upcoming 2016-17 season, The Cleveland Orchestra is acknowledged among the world’s very best orchestras. With Welser-Möst, the ensemble’s musicians, board of directors, staff, volunteers, and hometown are working together on a set of enhanced goals for the 21st century — to continue the Orchestra’s legendary command of musical excellence, to renew its focus on fully serving the communities where it performs through concerts, engagement, and music education, to develop the youngest audience of any orchestra, to build on its tradition of community support and financial strength, and to move forward into the Orchestra’s next century with an unshakeable commitment to innovation and a fearless pursuit of success. The Cleveland Orchestra divides its time each year across concert seasons at home in Cleveland’s Severance Hall and each summer at Blossom Music Center. Additional portions of the year are devoted to touring and to a series of innovative and intensive performance residencies. These include an annual set of concerts and education programs and partnerships in Miami, Florida, a recurring residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, and regular appearances at Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival, at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, and at Indiana University. Each year since 1989, The Cleveland Orchestra Musical Excellence. The Cleveland Orchestra has presented a free concert in downtown Cleveland. The 27th free performance down­ has long been committed to the pursuit of musical town takes place this summer on Friday eveexcellence in everything that it does. The Orchesning, July 29, in partnership with Cuyahoga tra’s ongoing collaboration with Welser-Möst is Arts & Culture, and celebrates the reopening of a redesigned and renovated Public Square. widely-acknow­ledged among the best orchestraconductor partnerships of today. Performances of standard repertoire and new works are unrivalled at home, in residencies around the globe, on tour across North America and Europe, and through recordings, telecasts, and radio and internet broadcasts. Its longstanding championship of new composers and commissioning of new works helps audiences experience music as a living language that grows and evolves with each new generation. Performances with Baroque specialists, recording projects of varying repertoire and in different locations, fruitful re-examinations and juxtapositions of the standard repertoire, photo by Roger Mastroianni

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and acclaimed collaborations in 20thand 21st-century masterworks together help finetune and enable The Cleveland Orchestra’s ability to give musical performances second to none in the world. Serving the Community. Programs for students and community engagement activities have long been part of the Orchestra’s commitment to serving Cleveland and surrounding communities, and have more recently been extended to its touring and residencies. All are being created to connect people Franz Welser-Möst to music in the concert hall, in classrooms, and in everyday lives. Recent seasons have seen the launch of a unique “At Home” neighborhood residency program, designed to bring the Orchestra and Northeast Ohio together in new ways. Additionally, a new Make Music! initiative is underway, championed by Franz Welser-Möst in advocacy for the benefits of direct participation in making music for people of all ages. Future Audiences. Standing on the shoulders of more than nine decades of presenting quality music education programs, the Orchestra made national and international headlines through the creation of its Center for Future Audiences in 2010. Established with a significant endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, the Center is designed to provide ongoing funding for the Orchestra’s continuing


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generosity of thousands each year that drives the Orchestra forward and sustains its extraordinary tradition of excellence onstage, in the classroom, and for the community. Evolving Greatness. The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918. Over the ensuing decades, the Orch­estra quickly grew from a fine regional organization to being one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. Seven music directors have guided and shaped the ensemble’s growth and sound: Nikolai Soko­loff, 1918-33; Artur Rodzinski, 1933-43; Erich Leins­dorf, 1943-46; George Szell, 1946-70; Lorin Maazel, 1972-82; Christoph von Dohnányi, 1984-2002; and Franz Welser-Möst, since 2002. The opening in 1931 of Severance Hall as the Orchestra’s permanent home, with later acoustic refinements and remodeling of the hall under Szell’s guidance, brought a special pride to the ensemble and its hometown, as well as providing an enviable and intimate acoustic environment in which to develop and refine the Orch­estra’s artistry. Touring performances throughout the United States and, beginning in 1957, to Europe and across the globe have confirmed Cleveland’s place among the world’s top orchestras. Year-round performances became a reality in 1968 with the opening of Blossom Music Center, one of the most beautiful and acoustically admired outdoor concert facilities in the United States.    Today, concert performances, community presentations, touring residencies, broadcasts, and recordings provide access to the Orchestra’s acclaimed artistry to an enthusiastic, generous, and broad constituency around the world. Blossom Festival 2016

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Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors. The upcoming 2016-17 season marks his fifteenth year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with the future of this acclaimed partnership now extending into the next decade. Under his direction, the New York Times has declared Cleveland to be the “best American orchestra“ due to its virtuosity, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion. The Cleveland Orchestra has been repeatedly praised for its innovative programming, support for new musical works, and for its recent success in semi-staged and staged opera productions. In addition to an unprecedented annual residency in Miami, Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra are frequent guests at many prestigious concert halls and festivals, including the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival. The Cleveland Orchestra has been hugely successful in building up a new and, notably, a young audience through its groundbreaking programs involving students and by working closely with universities. As a guest conductor, Mr. Welser-Möst enjoys a close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic. Recent performances with the Philharmonic include critically-acclaimed opera productions at the Salzburg Festival (Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier in 2014 and Beethoven’s Fidelio in 2015) and a tour of Scandinavia, as well as appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, at the Lucerne Festival, and in concert at La Scala Milan. He has conducted the Philharmonic’s celebrated annual New Year’s Day concert twice, viewed by millions worldwide. This past season, he led the Vienna Philharmonic in two weeks of subscription concerts, and will conduct a new production of Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae with them this summer at the 2016 Salzburg Festival.    Mr. Welser-Möst also maintains relationships with a number of other European orchestras, and the 2015-16 season includes return engagements to Munich’s Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. In December, he led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm and conducted the Filarmonica of La Scala Milan in a televised Christmas concert. This past season, he also made his long-anticipated debut with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for two weeks of concerts.    From 2010 to 2014, Franz Welser-Möst served as general music director of the Vienna State Opera. His partnership with the company included an acclaimed new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle and a series of critically-praised new productions, as well as performances of a wide range of other operas, particularly works by Wagner and Richard Strauss. Prior to his years with the Vienna State Opera, Mr. Welser-Möst led the


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Zurich Opera across a decade-long tenure, conducting more than forty new productions and culminating in three seasons as general music director (2005-08). Franz Welser-Möst’s recordings and videos have won major awards, including a Gramophone Award, Diapason d’Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy nominations. The Salzburg Festival production he conducted of Der Rosenkavalier was awarded with the Echo Klassik 2015 for “best opera recording.“ With The Cleveland Orchestra, his recordings include DVD recordings of live performances of five of Bruckner’s symphonies and a recently-released multi-DVD set of major works by Brahms, featuring Yefim Bronfman and Julia Fischer as soloists.    For his talents and dedication, Mr. Welser-Möst has received honors that include the Vienna Philharmonic’s “Ring of Honor” for his longstanding personal and artistic relationship with the ensemble, as well as recognition from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, honorary membership in the Vienna Singverein, appointment as an Academician of the European Academy of Yuste, a Decoration of Honor from the Republic of Austria for his artistic achievements, and the Kilenyi Medal from the Bruckner Society of America. at left

Franz Welser-Möst was invited to lead the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert with the Stockholm Philharmonic in December 2015. Other recent accolades include being singled out in a year-end review of notable performers and performances in 2015 by Deutschland Radio.

“Right now The Cleveland Orchestra may be, as some have argued, the finest in America. . . . The ovations for Mr. Welser-Möst and this remarkable orchestra were ecstatic.”       —New York Times “Franz Welser-Möst has managed something radical with The Cleveland Orch­ estra — making them play as one seamless unit. . . . The music flickered with a very delicate beauty that makes the Clevelanders sound like no other orchestra.”       —London Times “There were times when the sheer splendor of the orchestra’s playing made you sit upright in awestruck appreciation. . . . The music was a miracle of expressive grandeur, which Welser-Möst paced with weight and fluidity.”       —San Francisco Chronicle Blossom Music Festival

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Saturday evening, July 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.

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Overture, Waltz, and Finale from Powder Her Face

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Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

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Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) in E-flat major, Opus 55

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Allegro con brio Marcia funebre: Adagio assai Scherzo: Allegro vivace — Trio — Coda Finale: Allegro molto — Poco andante — Presto

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this co n cert brings together three works that touch on mortality and, in two of them, on morality, as well as on changing reputations — each composer’s, and also within the storylines as to what each work is “about.” To begin the evening, Franz Welser-Möst has chosen a suite from a late 20th-century opera that helped catapult a young English composer’s career forward. Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face, premiered in 1995, tells the peculiar story of an eccentric duchess, whose sexcapades and life of privilege were splattered publicly through court proceedings and helped mark Great Britain’s changing mid-century sense of morals and the boundaries for public behavior. The musical suite, premiered in 2007, updated the original chamber orchestra scoring to large orchestra, giving Adès new depth in his modern musical canvas. The concert continues with Béla Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta. Franz believes that this work is Bartók’s greatest masterpiece. Written in 1936, this uniquely titled composition calls for a specific group of instruments (divided and seated onstage into specific groupings). Here, the composer followed careful patterns and relationships of musical keys and chords — casting movements in traditional forms of fugue, rondo (variations), etc. — to derive a piece of perfected proportions. It offers intriguing soundscapes and interplays, and an unusual but very satisfying experience for players and audience alike. The evening closes with one of Beethoven’s biggest battle-works, the Third Symphony, nicknamed “Heroic.” This mighty piece, born from alternating thoughts of admiration and disgust for Napoleon Bonaparte, and conceived simultaneously as the composer wrestled fate’s choice of stealing his hearing away to deafness, did much to launch Beethoven’s greatness for posterity — and solidified his own resolve to “fight for good” through his music. Here politics and philosophy, heroics and will, might and right, are blended together into one of the greatest symphonies ever written. This is music filled with joy and heartache, fun and confrontation — and pure genius. —Eric Sellen “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” — a painting from 1805 by Jacques-Louis David, portraying Napoleon as a fearless and heroic leader.


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Overture, Waltz, and Finale from the opera Powder Her Face suite created in 2007 from the opera composed in 1995

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lowers of new music was the emergence of British composer Thomas Adès. Here was an artist who transcended all the ideological hang-ups at the end of the millennium, astounding with the dazzling ferocity of his imagination. The extravagant praise heaped on this enfant terrible back then might have squelched a composer of lesser gifts. But Adès has gone on to fulfill expectations in the new century with such artistic triumphs as his Shakespeare-inspired opera The Tempest (revived at London’s Royal Opera House, which originally commissioned it, and presented by New York’s Metropolitan Opera) and several instrumental works — including his violin concerto Concentric Paths, which The Cleveland Orchestra encored this past spring at Severance Hall with soloist Leila Josefowicz. The suite we are hearing on this evening’s program offers a fascinating opportunity to hear the Adès of today confronting his younger self. His debut theater work was the 1995 chamber opera Powder Her Face. Its occasionally sleazy aspects — appropriate for an opera satirizing our culture’s insatiable greed for sensationalism — sent the composer’s fame soaring. When he was searching for a topic for his first opera, Adès originally turned to Lolita before he and librettist Philip Hensher settled on the fall from grace of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (she had just died in 1993, at the age of 80). The so-called “Dirty Duchess” had once had it all (she was the inspiration for Cole Porter’s “You’re the Top”), but a scandalous divorce trial in 1963 publicized her sexual adventures and led to her downfall. Powder Her Face thus becomes an ironic morality tale — in the tradition of Weill and Brecht — of sex, hypocrisy, class privilege, and the tabloid media. For his concert suite, Adès has retooled parts of his chamber score for the full resources of a large orchestra. The original was conceived as a chamber opera calling for a cast of three (in addition to the Duchess), who play multiple roles, and a 15-piece band with a signature sound of accordion and saxophone. Adès’s economical scoring was a tour de force in its inventiveness. Yet the music itself amply sustains the amplification to its fuller orJuly 9: About the Music

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chestral garb in this latest iteration, premiered in 2007.    The Overture immediately springs to life with the composer’s Nabokovian delight in the fluid possibilities of his allusive musical language. It sets up the opera’s overall framework of flashbacks to a bygone era’s glitz, recalled from the Duchess’s degraded circumstances as a has-been, in which she nevertheless manages to maintain an oddly alluring sense of dignity. Adès works this contrast out with musical juxtapositions of a rhythmically punchy foxtrot against a leitmotif of mocking laughter (prominent in the swooping clarinets). These spiky, acerbic strains give way to the Waltz (taken from one of the Duchess’s flashbacks — of her wedding, where her maid, in a moment of her own, imagines herself enjoying such a life of luxury in the aria “Fancy, fancy being rich”). Echoes of Adès’s delicately nuanced orchestration for The Tempest abound in this fresh take on the waltz, with its Mahlerian kaleidoscope of restlessly dancing sonorities. The Finale brings back the caustic world of the Overture, rife with even more intriguing distortions. After the Duchess has been booted out of her hotel refuge for failure to pay the bill, the “help” remain for the final say in an epilogue interspersed with addled, taunting tango rhythms.   

—Thomas May © 2016 Thomas May writes and lectures about music and theater. He is the author of Decoding Wagner and The John Adams Reader.

Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, with one of her dogs in 1975.

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At a Glance

Adès composed his opera Powder Her Face in 1995. He extracted and reorchestrated this suite, titled “Overture, Waltz, and Finale,” from its music in 2007 as a co-commission from the Aldeburgh Festival, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. It was first performed on June 17, 2007, at the Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by the composer. It was next performed later that summer by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi as part of the 2007 BBC Proms season. The Cleveland Orchestra presented the United States premiere of this suite in January 2008 at Severance Hall. This suite runs about 15 minutes in performance. Adès scored it for 3 flutes (third doubling piccolo), 3 oboes, 3 clarinets (third doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, a large percussion battery (divided among 3 players), harp, piano, and strings.


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Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta composed 1936

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who was also interested in folk music. This is misleading — for his pursuit of folksong was an obsession that gripped him all his life. Years were entirely devoted to the collection and recording of folk music in various countries of eastern Europe, not to mention Turkey and northern Africa. He was thus a nationalist both in his standing as Hungary’s leading composer and also as an authority on Hungarian national music. (He was equally drawn to related traditions in other countries, and published books on music from Romania, Serbo-Croatia, and Slovakia, among others.) During the years when he was regularly touring Europe and America as a performer, he held a position as teacher at the Budapest Academy of Music. He did not, however, enjoy teaching — neither composition nor the piano — and he was greatly relieved when, in 1934, he was employed as ethnographer by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and could devote himself fulltime to his musical research. He arranged a collection of 2,500 Romanian folksongs, traveled to Turkey and Anatolia, and gave lectures on his findings. He was also, piece by piece, composing his collection Mikrokosmos, a set of graduated piano pieces begun when his young son Peter began to learn the piano. That Bartók had little self-urge to compose “serious” music at this time is borne out by the fact that all the major compositions of this period were written in response to commissions. The Fifth String Quartet (1934) was composed for Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937) for the Basel ISCM, and the Violin Concerto No. 2 (1938) for the violinist Zoltán Székely. Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (1936) and the Divertimento for string orchestra (1939) were commissioned by the Swiss conductor Paul Sacher. Sacher was a leading arts patron of the period, who devoted millions of dollars to commissioning works from all the prominent composers of the time and to establishing an archive in Basel which is today a major center for the study of 20th-century music. (Sacher’s money came through his marriage to Maja Stehlin, a widow whose first husband, Emannuel Hoffmann, had inherited shares in the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical companies; following World War II, Sacher captured a majority stake in the firm, eventually July 9: About the Music


This is a work from the height of Bartók’s maturity, in which his full genius is on display. Many musicians would describe it as his masterpiece, flawless in proportions and structure, in its creativity and contrasts, and utterly secure in its uniqueness.


becoming one of the wealthiest men in the world.)    The somewhat awkwardly titled Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta could perhaps have been titled a symphony. Its four parts fit the symphonic model of contrasting movements reasonably well, but for Bartók the word “Music” was a suitably abstract title and the fact that no wind instruments are involved is at least implied in the name.    Even without winds, the palette of colors in this piece is remarkably rich, in part because the percussion includes a xylophone and the strings include a harp, and the overall ensemble includes a piano, which can be classed as either strings or percussion. The strings themselves are divided into two full bodies in five parts each. Bartók specified that the two string orchestras should be positioned respectively at the left and right sides of the platform, with the percussion in between and the double basses at the back. t h e m u si c

This is a work from the height of Bartók’s maturity in which his full genius is on display. Many musicians would describe it as his masterpiece, flawless in proportions and structure, in its creativity and contrasts, and utterly secure in its uniqueness. Bartók would have seen it more simply as a tribute to the nameless inhabitants of central Europe who had inspired him with their playing, singing, stamping, shouting, and dancing. The natural rhythms and common intervals of folksong are evident throughout the work. Bartók’s grafting of these materials on to traditional procedures of classical music — including fugue, canon, and variation — is masterly, and the resulting musical language has a truly modern flavor. The first and third movements are slow, the second and fourth fast. The first movement opens with a Bach-like fugue on a tight, angular theme that generates a marvelously atmospheric cloud of sound. Percussion is introduced in light touches; the theme is inverted, the entries get closer together, and the ending is a perfect resolution of the argument. The division of two string orchestras is important in the brusque second movement. Piano and timpani are important too, the latter exploiting the glissando effect obtained from pedal timpani. The strings have “snap” pizzicatos from time to time. The tempo changes constantly without losing the high energy created by bracing rhythms of every kind. July 9: About the Music

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The slow third movement is a superb example of the kind of “night music” style that Bartók adopted on several occasions. He was a passionate lover of nature and could sometimes be found absorbed in studying the wings of a butterfly or a single blade of grass. In this music, the eerie sounds of nature are captured over an intense dialogue of the strings. When celesta, harp, and piano all set up a whirring sound, Bartók’s brilliance as an orchestral painter is at its peak. The movement leads to a climax and finally back to the lonely music of the night. How much can be made from a simple scale descending then ascending is revealed in the vigorous finale, with its strumming and stamping on jerky lop-sided rhythms, recalling the peasant dances Bartók had studied, recorded, and participated in all his life. In this case, he is mixing together folksong ideas from different nationalities, creating a truly new mix.

—Hugh Macdonald © 2016 Hugh Macdonald is Avis H. Blewett Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University in St. Louis. He has written books on Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet, and Scriabin.

At a Glance

Bartók wrote his Music for Stringed Instruments, Percussion, and Celesta in 1936, on a commission from Swiss conductor Paul Sacher, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Basel Chamber Orchestra. The premiere was given by that orchestra, under Sacher’s direction, in Basel on January 21, 1937. This work runs about 30 minutes in performance. Bartók scored it for strings (divided in two groups), piano, harp, timpani, percussion (snare drum, side drum, cymbals, tam-tam, bass drum, xylophone), and celesta.



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Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) in E-flat major, Opus 55 composed 1802-04

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forty years. The reality of a united continent has had some notable setbacks in the past decade, including this summer’s nailbitingly close Brexit vote for Britain to leave the European Union. Still, it is amazing to consider just how far this disparate group of nations has come — a single currency (with a few notable holdouts, and perhaps some new question marks) and an extensive list of common regulations and cross-border agreements. All of this accomplished quietly, almost behind the scenes, largely by a group of new bureaucrats focussed on common goals and the common good. Whether the “people” can come to understand and embrace the long-term value of such shared commonality remains to be seen, with the Brexit vote now pushing the entire continent toward uncharted and untested paths forward. In 1803, things were swinging in different directions, too. Europe was intoxicated by ideas — or at least its artists and intellectuals were — and of a raucous kind. The interest then was Revolution, the Rights of Man, and the importance of the individual. Their central myth was that of Prometheus, a solitary man who defiantly brought fire (“power”) to the people. Real life is not so tidy as myth, and Napoleon Bonaparte was no Prometheus. Yet even as observers at the time suspected that Napoleon had hijacked the French Revolution and turned it into a war of global conquest, they were fascinated by his inexorable rise. What better emblem for the worth of the individual than this “little corporal” who bestrode the world? “He put me under a spell, as a snake does a bird,” the Austrian playwright and patriot Grillparzer recalled later. In 1806, the philosopher Hegel called Napoleon “a soul of worldwide significance.” Long after the general’s death, Goethe drew a musical analogy: “Napoleon played the world as Hummel his piano; both achievements appear miraculous . . . [yet] the whole is done before our eyes.” It is another musical analogy that we associate with Napoleon today, however — Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, or Sinfonia eroica, per festiggiare il sovvenire d’un gran’ uomo [“Heroic symphony, to celebrate the memory of a great man”], as the composer ultimately called it. The famous anecdote about Beethoven tearing up the title page dedicated to Napoleon, which eloquently expresses both Beethoven’s atJuly 9: About the Music

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traction to power and defiance of tyranny, is nevertheless only one chapter in the historical and personal saga that led to this revolutionary work of music, an “achievement” more “miraculous” than anything any of his contemporaries even imagined. c on f r on t a t ion a nd c r isis

“I am not satisfied with my works up to the present time,” Beethoven confided to his friend Krumpholz in 1802. “From today I mean to take a new path.” That path necessarily led away from his teacher Haydn (whom Beethoven even began to avoid socially), away from such popular successes as the First and Second Symphonies and the Septet — away, in fact, from the entire musical old order. Like the policies of French First Consul Napoleon (who was just a year older than the composer), Beethoven’s path led toward confrontation and crisis. Beethoven’s feelings of isolation were deepened at this time by the first signs of advancing deafness. At a doctor’s suggestion, he escaped the stress of city life for six months in the bucolic village of Heiligenstadt. In October 1802, near the end of his stay there, Beethoven poured his despondent thoughts into an extraordinary confessional document, found among his papers after his death and now known as the Heiligenstadt Testament. This rambling discourse on his malady, ostensibly addressed to the composer’s two brothers, reads like a suicide note (“Farewell, and do not wholly forget me when I am dead”) yet rejects that solution (“I would have ended my life — it was only my art that held me back.”), yearning instead for “but one day of pure joy” in the life remaining to him. “Beethoven here enacted his own death in order that he might live again,” writes the astute biographer and psychoanalyst Maynard Solomon. “He re-created himself in a new guise, self-sufficient and heroic.” Death was a preoccupation of those times. Art, literature, and music were full of the deaths . . . of Mirabeau, Marat, Danton, and other heroes, from which the Revolution flamed up more brightly than ever. (In fact, death was nearly a prerequisite for enshrinement as a hero, which may explain why “Napoleon’s funeral” takes place less than halfway through Beethoven’s symphony for him, composed when the real-life Napoleon was alive and kicking and considering an invasion of Austria. In 1821, when Beethoven was told that Napoleon had died on the island of St. Helena, he said, “I have already composed the proper music for that catastrophe.”) Blossom Festival 2016

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“From today I mean to take a new path,” wrote Beethoven in 1803. The path would have to lead away from his teacher Haydn, away from such popular successes as the First and Second Symphonies — away, in fact, from the entire musical old order. Like the policies of Napoleon (who was just a year older than the composer), Beethoven’s path led toward confrontation and crisis.


above and below — Differing accounts of Beethoven’s outrage at Napoleon.

The story tells of him tearing the paper in two. The manuscript (at top) shows a physical, maybe violent attempt to erase the word “Buonaparte.”

Bonaparte out, “Heroic” in    “In this symphony, Beethoven had Buonaparte in mind, but as he was when he was First Consul. Beethoven esteemed him greatly at the time and likened him to the greatest Roman consuls. I as well as several of his more intimate friends saw a copy of the score lying upon his table with the word ‘Buonaparte’ at the extreme top of the title page, and at the extreme bottom ‘Luigi van Beethoven,’ but not another word. Whether and with what the space between was to be filled out, I do not know. I was the first to bring him the intelligence that Buonaparte had proclaimed himself emperor, whereupon he flew into a rage and cried out: ‘Is he then, too, nothing more than an ordinary human being? Now he, too, will trample on all the rights of man and indulge only his ambition. He will exalt himself above all others to become a tyrant!’ Beethoven went to the table, took hold of the title page by the top, tore it in two, and threw it on the floor. The page had to be rewritten, and only then did the symphony receive the title ‘Sinfonia eroica’.” — from Recollections of Ferdinand Ries


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Certainly Beethoven was aflame with ambitious new ideas on his return to Vienna. Two works in particular from 1803 vastly expand their polite Classical genres: the “Kreutzer” Sonata for violin and piano, Opus 47, and the new symphony that Beethoven was already calling “Buonaparte.” By the end of the year, he was at work on the opera Fidelio. And still more heroic overtures, named for their protagonists, would follow — Egmont, Coriolan, King Stephen, and finally a very noisy ode (full of canon and battle clash) to Napoleon’s nemesis, Wellington’s Victory. Beethoven had come through the crisis, and was striding purposefully along his “new path.” The Heiligenstadt Testament, as Maynard Solomon writes, had proved to be “the literary prototype of the Eroica Symphony, a portrait of the artist as hero . . . a daydream compounded of heroism, death, and rebirth.” Solomon’s description is echoed in a newspaper review of the symphony’s first public performance, which took place in the Theater-an-der-Wien on April 7, 1805, with the composer conducting: “This long composition, extremely difficult to perform, is in reality a tremendously expanded, daring, and wild fantasia.” The review continues, less flatteringly, “It lacks nothing in the way of startling and beautiful passages, in which the energetic and talented composer must be recognized; but often it loses itself in anarchy.” Beethoven’s pupil Carl Czerny recalled a self-appointed critic at the premiere who expressed himself succinctly from the gallery: “I’ll give another kreutzer if only the thing will stop!” These reactions were normal enough on first hearing a symphony that was twice as long as any previous work in the genre. In any case, the dissatisfaction that evening was mutual. “The public,” wrote another journalist, “thought the symphony too difficult, too long, and [Beethoven] too discourteous, for he did not deign to give even a nod to the part of the audience that was applauding. Beethoven, on the contrary, did not find the applause sufficiently enthusiastic.” And so was confirmed what Beethoven already knew — his new path would be a lonely one.

At a Glance Beethoven composed his Third Symphony between 1802 and 1804. He conducted the first performance at a private concert in the home of Prince Lobkowitz, to whom the work is dedicated, in December 1804. The first public performance took place at the Theater-ander-Wien on April 7, 1805, again with the composer conducting. This symphony runs about 50 minutes in performance. Beethoven scored it for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings.

u l t i m a t e ly , the Symphony No. 3 needs no subtitle, no Na-

poleon, no Prometheus, no Heiligenstadt Testament. Even the proverbial person from Mars could not fail to be moved (or horrified, like some of those first hearers) by the organic force of the notes themselves. May familiarity never dull our awareness of the daring masterstrokes in the opening movement — the two mighty opening chords, like cosmic ticks of a god’s metronome, Blossom Festival 2016

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19th-century lithograph of Beethoven as a “gentleman.”


In 1803, Europe was intoxicated by ideas of a raucous kind. The interest then was Revolution, the Rights of Man, and the importance of the individual. Their central myth was that of Prometheus, a solitary man who defiantly brought fire (“power”) to the people. As a composer, Beethoven was aflame with ambitious new ideas himself — musical and political.

setting the pace for all that follows; the first theme, which seems placidly to affirm E-flat major, until it slides down to C sharp, opening a window onto a vast harmonic landscape; the graceful, wholly new theme that appears in the development in the remote key of E minor; the horn, unable to stand the suspense any longer, jumping the gun at the start of the recapitulation and seeming to come in four bars “early”; and the monumental architecture of this entire 691‑bar first movement, in which the tiniest musical motifs are linked to form themes, then groups of themes, then sections, and finally a single great edifice. Like other great buildings, it is easy — and a pleasure — to get lost in this. The second-movement Marcia funebre [“Funeral March”], on the other hand, tells its story vividly and directly. One can almost picture the formal gait of the marchers, the drums that gently urge them on, the reveries of happier times in the major-key middle section, the bugle corps that snaps us back to reality with its dire fanfare. The “disintegration” of the theme in the coda section nearer the end is a metaphor for death that Beethoven had used before, in his Joseph Cantata. And what could be a greater contrast to all this than the jolly chase of the third-movement Scherzo?! Impressions of a chaotic hunting scene (or the exhilaration of battle?), full of cries and exclamations near and far, are reinforced by the bold horn calls (literally a “trio”) at mid‑movement. Beethoven opens the fourth-movement finale, just as he did the first movement, with a proclamation of important events to come. Then, humorously, a barely audible bass line peeks around the corner. A countermelody is added, and finally the dance tune itself, which we now realize begins with the same notes as the opening theme of the first movement. Again, something is being built, the other foundation structure of the symphony’s triumphal arch, this time based on variation form, but with superimposed features such as a sonata-style development and rondo-like episodes. Near the end, there is a period of repose, marked with the tempo Poco andante, in which the hero — plainly Beethoven himself now — can survey his accomplishments at a distance, but even here the anxieties of the present intrude, and the symphony closes with a fresh burst of energy and determination. —David Wright © 2016 David Wright lives and writes in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He previously served as program annotator of the New York Philharmonic.


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Cleveland Orchestra returns to Public Square for annual free Cleveland event on July 29; concert features American music and fireworks The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Cleveland’s Public Square this summer for its 27th annual free downtown community concert, taking place on Friday evening, July 29. This year’s Star-Spangled Spectacular is brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and sponsored by KeyBank. The concert celebrates the completion of renovations of Public Square and is the first large-scale public event being held in the new space. Led by guest conductor Loras John Schissel, The Cleveland Orchestra’s program features patriotic works and American favorites including works by John Philip Sousa, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and George Gershwin, and features guest soloist baritone Norman Garrett. The performance is capped off with a special fireworks display. As part of the Orchestra’s ongoing partnership with ideastream toward providing greater access to music and culture of the region, the Star-Spangled Spectacular performance will be broadcast live on radio stations WCPN (90.3 fm) and WCLV Classical (104.9 FM). “The Orchestra is greatly looking forward to sharing the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular concert with Northeast Ohio,” says André Gremillet, executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra. “This celebration is one of Cleveland’s great annual traditions, and is extra-special with this year’s reopening of the newly renovated and redesigned Public Square. We are grateful to the people of Cuyahoga County, who make this event possible through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and to sponsor KeyBank and our other producing partners who make this event possible, including the City of Cleveland for their collaborative effort in hosting this special concert. We are excited to bring Northeast Ohio together with music to celebrate this great city.” “We’re proud to be in our tenth year of supporting The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual free downtown concert,” says Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO and executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “As we celebrate the tremendous redesign of Public Square, we hope this event will serve

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About Your Evening If you have questions about your evening at Blossom, feel free to ask an usher or staff member. In addition, Information Centers are staffed by volunteers of Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra to answer your questions in person. Please visit for additional information. You can also call The Cleveland Orch­estra’s administrative offices during weekday business hours at 216-231-7300 or send email to Blossom Music Center Blossom grounds and facilities are operated for The Cleveland Orchestra by Live Nation. Administrative Offices at Blossom are open during regular weekday business hours, but access to the grounds is not available to the public. For information, please call 330-920-8040. The Blossom Box Office is open on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from1 p.m. through intermission on days with concerts at Blossom. Information CenterS Questions? Members of Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra staff two Information Centers, located outside the Main Gate across from the Lawn Ticket Booth and inside the Main Gate on Smith Plaza next to the Joseph Garden. grounds open Gates to the Blossom grounds are open to the public 2½ hours before Festival concerts. PARKING Free parking is available with your ticket to any Festival concert. Access to paved parking requires a printed and dated hang-tag, which must be displayed in your vehicle. Cars without dated parking hang-tags are usually directed to non-paved parking. Free hang-tags for Lots C-D-E are available with Pavilion tickets purchased at least ten days in advance of a Festival concert. Paved Lots A and B are reserved for subscribers (Lot B) and Box Seat holders (Lot A). Anyone can upgrade to Lot A parking in advance, subject to availability, for $20 per vehicle per concert. Parking spaces for patrons with disabilities and special needs are in Lots B and E. A

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valid disability parking permit is required and must be displayed. A limited number of ADA parking spaces are also available in Lot A for $20 per vehicle per concert, with advance purchase. For further information, please contact Guest Services at 330-916-6068 on concert days (or 330-920-8040 on weekdays). Free TRAM Service Free transportation throughout the grounds is available to all patrons for Blossom Music Festival concerts. Tram service from parking lots to Smith Plaza and to the Pavilion is available on a continuous basis before and after each concert. Picnics Festival patrons are always welcome to bring your own picnics, packed with everything needed to make your experience a special and relaxing event — or let us cook for you (see the sections on concessions and the Blossom Grille). Blossom has plentiful picnic areas, including the Woods Picnic Area adjacent to Parking Lot B. Picnic areas cannot be reserved in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Lawn is a favorite picnic spot. In the interest of safety, open-flame grilling is not permitted anywhere on the Blossom grounds or parking areas. Also, sparklers and fireworks are strictly prohibited. Picnic Drop-Off Patrons with parking access to any paved lot can drop off a passenger or picnic near the tram stop in your parking lot. For safety reasons, there is no picnic/passenger drop-off at the Main Gate. Concessions Blossom offers a variety of food and beverage concessions throughout the grounds. Some of the items available include individual pizzas, grilled hot dogs, jumbo soft pretzels, drinks, coffees, ice cream novelties, and a selection of alcoholic beverages featuring domestic and imported beers as well as summer cocktails. Wines by the bottle can be purchased at the Wine Store, at the top of the Lawn (see grounds map). Blossom Grille This open-air restaurant located at the top of the Lawn seating area is the perfect place to start or end your evening. The full-service restaurant

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and bar offers a variety of freshly prepared appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts, plus wines, spirits, and beers. The Blossom Grille is open for dinner 2½ hours prior to all Blossom Music Festival concerts and is also open for Afterglow — coffee, spirits, and desserts for 1 hour after each concert. For more information or to make reservations, please call 330-916-6063. catering and group EVENTS With a welcoming natural setting, gracious gardens, and a summer full of music, Blossom is a great place to host a party. Our party pavilions at Knight Grove accommodate 25 to 450 people. Bring a few dozen friends, your favorite clients, or your whole company to a concert and let Blossom’s exclusive caterer help you create a memorable pre-concert event. From casual barbecues and informal receptions to elegant sit-down dinners, you can select a menu from our catering guide or request a unique menu for your event. Please note that arrangements must be made in advance. To request a catering menu, please call 330-916-6063. For information regarding group ticket packages for concerts, please call The Cleveland Orchestra’s Group Sales Office at 216-231-7493. Smith Plaza Patrons enter Blossom through Smith Plaza. The Plaza offers merchandise sales, ticket services, guest services, First Aid stations, gardens, Eells Art Gallery, ATM, and an Information Center staffed by Blossom Friends volunteers. Kulas Plaza Kulas Plaza is open to serve Cleveland Orch­ estra donors, series subscribers, and Box Seat holders at Festival concerts. Kulas Plaza guests have access to dedicated restrooms, concessions, and tables for pre-concert dining and intermission refreshments. First Aid First Aid is available at every performance. Contact the nearest usher or go to Smith Plaza. Lost and Found Visitors seeking to retrieve lost articles can inquire at Guest Services at the Smith Plaza.


Bandwagon Gift Shop At Blossom Music Festival concerts, the Bandwagon Gift Shop offers Blossom signature merchandise as well as Cleveland Orchestra clothing, gift items, and music CDs. The shop is open 2½ hours before the concert, through intermission, and for post-concert shopping. For more information, call 330-916-6090. Cameras and video recorders Cameras can be brought onto the Blossom grounds for Festival performances to take pictures of your family and friends, which you are welcome and encouraged to share through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. However, in accordance with contractual agreements with the performers, the taking of pictures inside the Pavilion during performances is not permitted. Noise, TEXTING, and Other Distractions Please keep in mind that a night at Blossom is a shared experience. Think about the comfort and safety of people around you while you are enjoying your own Blossom evening. Throughout the grounds, please silence or turn off your cell phone or pager. Please do not use your cell phone in a way that disturbs those around you from enjoying the musical performance or quiet darkness of twilight. During the performance, patrons are requested to refrain from talking or participating in activities that might interrupt others’ enjoyment. In the interests of ensuring a safe audience setting for all, the swinging of bats or the tossing hard objects (such as baseballs and footballs) is prohibited, as is playing soccer and kickball. Parents should supervise their children at all times. A free Blossom Young Person’s Guide is available to help our youngest listeners learn about music, with some suggested activities. NO Smoking All Blossom events are presented in a smoke-free environment. Smoking tobacco or e-cigarettes is not allowed anywhere on the grounds or in buildings once you have entered through the ticket gates. With required fire and safety precautions, limited smoking areas are sometimes designated outside the gates, closer to paved parking areas.

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Lawn chairs and rentals Guests on the Lawn enjoy different kinds of seating and sitting — but please keep in mind that how you sit can obstruct others’ views. Many patrons prefer lying back on a blanket and listening to music under the big summer sky, while others prefer to bring chairs to watch the evening’s activities. Short-legged beachstyle chairs make good neighbors. Suitable rental chairs are available at the top of the hill for a rental fee of $5 per evening. Tents or other structures are strictly prohibited. IN Case of Rain Blossom Music Festival concerts are performed rain or shine. In the event of rain, Lawn/ General Admission tickets will allow you access to the general admission sections of the Pavilion, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Curtain Time Every effort is made to begin concerts on time. On occasion, traffic or other conditions may force a delay of five to ten minutes. The dimming of lights in the Blossom Pavilion and the entrance of the Concertmaster onto the stage for the tuning of the Orchestra usually signal the imminent start of each concert. arriving late, leaving early If you have tickets for Pavilion seating and you arrive after the performance has begun, you will be asked to wait quietly until the first break between musical selections in the performance, when ushers will guide you to your seats. Lawn patrons can find a spot on the Lawn at any time. However, please be courteous to fellow patrons who are already enjoying the concert,

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Free Lawn Tickets are available for young people ages 17 and younger. Two Under 18s Free Lawn Passes can be requested with each paid admission. Under 18s must have a pass for entry and must be accompanied by an adult. Passes can be requested through the Ticket Office or online. The Under 18s Free Lawn Pass also permits FOR FAMILIES seating in the General Admission sections of the Pavilion. Seating in the General Admission sections of the Pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pavilion seating may not be appropriate for very young children if they are unable to sit quietly and enjoy the concert without disturbing those around them. Under 18s Free is a program for families, 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.

pavilion general admission areas   Certain areas of the Pavilion are designated for general admission seating on a first-come, firstserved basis (beginning two hours before each concert). Lawn Tickets and Under 18s Free Lawn Passes grant access to this area. Each person regardless of age must have a ticket to sit in this area. group discounts   Groups of 10 or more qualify for specially discounted tickets to most Festival concerts. Whether you are planning for your company picnic, a club or social group outing, or this year’s family reunion, Blossom offers a special setting. Call our Group Sales Office at 216-231-7493. Guaranteed Complimentary Paved Lot Parking    When you purchase Pavilion tickets to Festival concerts in advance, you receive a 2016 parking pass that guarantees you space in J U LY one of Blossom’s paved parking lots and access to these lots via the “Parking Pass” lane. To receive a parking pass, purchase C-D-E tickets in person or online at least ten days prior to the concert. BLOSSO



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wheelchair access    Accessible seating locations are available across all seating price levels. If assistance is needed, uniformed staff can help.



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2016 Blossom Music Festival July 2, 3, 4 & 9 Concerts  

Summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra

2016 Blossom Music Festival July 2, 3, 4 & 9 Concerts  

Summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra