The Cleveland Orchestra Unveils 2022 Blossom Festival Lineup

By Chris Ruel
Photo: Roger Mastroianni

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its 2022 Blossom Music Festival, presented by The J.M. Smucker Company. The Festival, which features 10 weeks of concerts from Fourth of July through Labor Day, comprises nineteen concerts, with programs ranging from Beethoven to film scores to Broadway.

All concerts will take place at Blossom Music Center and attendance is free for those 18 years old or younger.

Here’s the lineup of this year’s Festival’s vocal performances.

The Orchestra explores the music of Paul Simon, performing hits from his Simon and Garfunkel days to his solo career. The Paul Simon Songbook will highlight such songs as “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Graceland,” and “The Sound of Silence,” sung by pop/rock vocalists.

Performance Date: July 10, 2022

Composer Howard Shore’s epic, Academy Award-winning score “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” will be presented in this live-to-picture performance. Ludwig Wicki will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra along with the Blossom Festival Chorus and Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus in what will be stunning evenings of film and music.

Performance Dates: July 22-24, 2022

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and Leonard Bernstein, along with numbers from contemporary Broadway, will comprise an evening of Broadway Legends. Leading the orchestra in a program featuring songs from “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” and more. On the podium will be film conductor, Richard Kaufman.

Performance Date: July 31, 2022

Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Chorus, led by Jahja Ling, will present Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9, featuring returning vocalists Elizabeth DeShong and Raymond Aceto, along with Leah Hawkins and Issachah Savage, both of whom will make their Cleveland Orchestra debuts.

Performance Date: Aug. 7, 2022

The second of The Cleveland Orchestra’s live-to-picture concerts showcase iconic film composer John Williams’ Grammy-nominated score “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Conductor Justin Freer will conduct the Orchestra and its Youth Chorus.

Performance Dates: Aug. 20-21, 2022

Rounding out the Festival will be a semi-staged production of Roger and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” performed by students from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music’s Music Theatre program. Victoria Bussert will direct and conductor Andy Einhorn will be on the podium.

Performance Date: Sept. 3-4, 2022