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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in program featuring Dvok's Symphony No. 8 at the Blossom Festival on August 2

Johannes Moser is soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1

Tito Muoz conducts Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra in works by Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky

CLEVELAND, July 14, 2009 Jahja Ling, music director of the San Diego Symphony and former Blossom Festival Director, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in an extended-length program at the Blossom Festival on Sunday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. The program presents The Cleveland Orchestra and the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra separately and in a side-by-side performance of Dvok's Symphony No. 8. Cellist Johannes Moser will be featured with The Cleveland Orchestra in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.

Mr. Ling will return to conduct the Orchestra at Blossom on Sunday, August 9, in a different program.

The August 2 program begins with two works performed by the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra led by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Tito Muoz. They are: Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (arranged by Arnold Schoenberg) and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, Opus 90 ("Italian"). After the first intermission, The Cleveland Orchestra's portion of the program, conducted by Jahja Ling, begins with Modest Mussorgsky's Prelude to Khovanshchina, followed by Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107, featuring Johannes Moser as soloist. After a second intermission, members of the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra will join The Cleveland Orchestra for Antonn Dvok's Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88.

Program notes are available at by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kids' Lawn Pass. Kids' Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at Kids' Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The August 2 concert is co-sponsored by the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust and by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zekan.

Biographical information is available on request, as well as at for Jahja Ling and at for Tito Muoz.

Johannes Moser, cello

To hear audio clips of Johannes Moser, visit his website at

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra's website at The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestra's website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossom's paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.


Sunday, August 2, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center



JAHJA LING, conductor

TITO MUOZ, conductor


DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

(arranged by Arnold Schoenberg)

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 ("Italian")

Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra, Tito Muoz conducting

MUSSORGSKY Prelude to Khovanshchina

SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1

The Cleveland Orchestra, Jahja Ling conducting

DVOK Symphony No. 8

The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra,

Jahja Ling conducting

Concert Co-sponsors: Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust and

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zekan

TICKETS: Pavilion $82 (box), $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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