The Cleveland Orchestra Announces Select Performances for 2023 Blossom Music Festival

By Chris Ruel
Photo: Roger Mastroianni

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced select performances for Blossom Music Festival 2023. The concerts will take place at the Blossom Music Center in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park from July 1-Sept. 3, 2023. Blossom Music Center is the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra.

For this article, only vocal music is listed.

The performances kick off with a presentation of Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (Choral). The symphony will star Elizabeth DeShong, Felicia Moore, Issachah Savage, and Solomon Howard. On the podium, leading The Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Chorus will be Jahja Ling. Also on the program is Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”

Performance Date: July 1, 2023

Later in July, the Orchestra will present “She’s Got Soul” with vocalist Capathia Jenkins. The program contains soulful hits by contemporary artists such as Adele, Toni Braxton, The Jackson 5, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan, and Stevie Wonder. Lucas Waldin conducts the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Date: July 16, 2023

In August, The Orchestra will showcase six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald performing Broadway favorites. The program features Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, and many others, along with songs from McDonald’s latest album, “Sing Happy.” Andy Einhorn conducts.

Performance Date: Aug. 13, 2023