the blossom Grounds
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 architect for the blossom Redevelopment Project in 2002-03 and continues to help direct blossom upgrades and changes . The seating capacity of the Pavilion is now 5,470 — and another 13,500 patrons can be accommodated on the expansive hillside Lawn seating area . (Claimed records of up to 32,000 people attending a single concert are, perhaps, exaggerated, while modern safety and security codes would preclude admission for such large numbers today .) Surrounding the Pavilion and Lawn seating area, the blossom grounds encompass a number of other unique facilities . near the main Entrance from Steels Corners Road is Porthouse Theatre . here, a season of outdoor summer musical theater is presented with a cast of professional actors and a college-age student ensemble . The Porthouse Theatre Company is affiliated with Kent State university’s School of Theatre and Dance . In addition to the blossom Pavilion, the main grounds include the Blossom Grille (open before and after each Festival concert), and Knight Grove (a party center accommodating groups of 25 to 450) . Blossom Festival 2019
photograph by peter hastings
summer-long season of concerts devoted to rock, jazz, country, and other popular music presentations . (Live nation now operates blossom, and books and promotes each season’s non-orchestral attractions .) all together, more than 21 million people have attended live musical performances at blossom in its first half century — with 400,000 enjoying symphonic and rock concerts each summer . In 2002, the facility underwent the first major capital improvements project in At the Blossom groundbreaking on July 2, 1967, from left the park’s history . The blossom Redevelin foreground are Frank Joseph (then board president opment Project featured a major renovaof The Cleveland Orchestra), Elizabeth Bingham Blossom (Mrs. Dudley Sr.), Benjamin Gale (Blossom grandson), tion of the facility and enhancement of Betsy Blossom (youngest Blossom grandchild), and patron amenities, and was completed Charles Bingham Blossom (Blossom grandson). prior to the beginning of the 2003 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, new enhancement projects have continued almost every year, including the construction of new restrooms and walkways, and the introduction of new trams .
August 17 – Symphonic Dances August 24 – South Pacific in Concert Labor Day Weekend – The Empire Strikes back