At Wednesday night's Star-Spangled Spectacular concert on Public Square, the Cleveland Foundation announced its July gift to the community.
July's gift will be Cleveland Foundation Day with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom.
On July 20, up to 15,000 Northeast Ohioans will be able to enjoy The Cleveland Orchestra concert featuring the music of Weber, Mozart and Shostakovich while sitting on the Blossom Music Center lawn -- for free.
Tickets are required to attend the concert. The public will be able to reserve free lawn tickets through the Cleveland Foundation's website starting Monday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at www.clevelandfoundation.org/orchestra. The Cleveland Foundation says anyone who has trouble accessing the website should call (216) 231-1111.
With each of up to 5,000 free adult lawn tickets reserved, two additional free tickets for children 17 and under can also be reserved through the Orchestra's Under 18s Free program for families. Ticketing through the foundation's website will remain open until all lawn tickets have been reserved for the concert.
"Enjoying the world-class music of The Cleveland Orchestra under the stars in the beautiful park-like setting of Blossom is something that everyone in our area should experience," Eckardt said. "We are so pleased our July centennial gift to the community will make these two community assets accessible to families across Northeast Ohio."
The July gift celebrates the special role the foundation, through its donors, has played in helping support the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra and the ensemble's ongoing commitment to play more music for more people across Northeast Ohio. In just the past four decades, the foundation has granted more than $38 million to the orchestra, including a $10 million grant in 2013, the largest single grant to an arts organization in the foundation's history.
"The Cleveland Orchestra is extraordinarily grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for making possible this special offer of music for Northeast Ohio," said Gary Hanson, Executive Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. "We are honored to take part in celebrating the 100th anniversary of an organization so committed to the strength and vitality of Greater Cleveland. We owe special thanks to all those who support our region through the Cleveland Foundation, enabling the Orchestra and other arts organizations to create and sustain the thriving cultural community of Northeast Ohio."
Cleveland Orchestra concertgoers at Blossom are welcome to bring food and beverages for picnics before the concert. Parking is free, and shuttles transport visitors from the parking lots to the main gate. Ticketed concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early on July 20 for the 7 p.m. concert. Gates to the Blossom grounds will open at 4:30 p.m.