CLEVELAND 2016 HOST COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES “A COMMUNITY THANK YOU PARTY” FOR NORTHEAST OHIO RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

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The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee recently announced that it will host a post-Convention community-wide weekend celebration July 29-31 on the newly renovated Public Square and throughout Downtown Cleveland to recognize Northeast Ohio residents and volunteers for their contributions to Cleveland’s hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The primary elements of the weekend programming will be “A Community Thank You Party,” on Saturday, July 30, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Public Square, as well as free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. for residents of Northeast Ohio.

The party and the free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are made possible through the generous support of JobsOhio, The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, The Kulas Foundation and theJohn P. Murphy Foundation.

Those who attend the party, which is open to all, can enjoy family-friendly live entertainment, kid’s activities, giveaways, including Mitchell’s Ice Cream, and snacks for purchase from many of Cleveland’s great food trucks. Local visitors can also enjoy live music at the Rock Hall’s new outdoor beer garden and experience the museum’s featured summer exhibit “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics” – an experience of exclusive video interviews, interactives, photography and never-before-seen artifacts that explore how music has shaped and reflected our culture through the lens of rock music. Rock Hall admission on July 30 is free for Northeast Ohio residents who live in ZIP codes beginning with 440, 441, 442 or 443 and have a valid ID.

“Hosting this Convention requires an immense amount of collaboration, support from our community leaders, thousands of man hours from the Host Committee’s 8,000 volunteers and cooperation and patience from the residents of Northeast Ohio,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee. “We hope people from across Northeast Ohio will come Downtown throughout the weekend to commemorate the unprecedented effort that is going into hosting this Convention. Its impact far exceeds the economic benefits. It validates the strength of this community and what we can achieve when we come together in support of our beloved city.”

In addition to the Host Committee’s party, another highlight of the weekend celebration includes the return of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Star Spangled Spectacular concert to Public Square, which is scheduled to kick off the weekend of festivities on Friday, July 29, at 9 p.m. The Orchestra’s annual, free community concert in Downtown Cleveland will mark the first major activation of the restored space and is emblematic of the future programming that will occur in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

In addition to The Cleveland Orchestra’s performance, many other activities will bring a vibrancy and excitement to the city’s core following the Convention:

  • Friday, July 29:
    • VeloSano Kickoff Party on Mall B, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)
    • The Cleveland Orchestra Concert on Public Square, 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30:
    • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame open to public for FREE, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Cleveland 2016 Host Committee’s “A Community Thank You Party” on Public Square, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)
  • Sunday, July 31:
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 1:10 p.m.

Those attending each of these events Downtown during the celebration weekend are encouraged to take the RTA Rapid; trips can be planned using www.riderta.com. Riders can park for free and buy a $5 All-Day Pass.

The Host Committee would like to thank The Cleveland Orchestra, the Group Plan Commission,Cleveland Clinic, RTA, the Cleveland Indians and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for their partnership in creating a cohesive and exciting weekend for Clevelanders.


To learn more about Cleveland 2016 Host Committee or to keep up-to-date on new developments, please visit www.2016cle.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Photo Recap: Star Spangled Spectacular

Although I was at the Star-Spangled Spectacular, I opted to not bring my camera out partially because I was sure that some of my IG friends were going to cover this event with photos taht’d likely put mine to shame, as they often do.. Luckily, I was correct as my guy Stephen Leonardi (photographer, graphic designer) sent some awesome photos of last night’s festivities!

So here’s a brief recap of what I hope you didn’t miss.. Enjoy!

You can check out more or Stephen’s photos here.

July Centennial Gift: Cleveland Foundation Day with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom on Sunday, July 20

 

As part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s 25th annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert tonight (7/2) on Public Square, music lovers will become part of the Cleveland Foundation’s year-long birthday celebration. The foundation’s July centennial gift to the community will be publicly announced live on stage while the Orchestra plays “Happy Birthday.”

Halfway through the concert, Cleveland Foundation Executive Vice President Robert E. Eckardt will join conductor Loras John Schissel onstage to announce that 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. 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 will remain open until all lawn tickets have been reserved for the concert (click here after 10 a.m. July 7).

“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.

The Cleveland Orchestra is the 11th nonprofit organization the Cleveland Foundation has partnered with for its centennial gifts to the community. The gifts are meant to highlight organizations the foundation has played a role in establishing or enhancing throughout its 100-year history.

Concert Details:

Cleveland Foundation Day with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom
Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m.
Blossom Music Center
1145 West Steels Corners Road
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano

This Sunday evening concert features musical works created in three centuries — from Mozart’s final masterful and melodic Piano Concerto No. 27 (written in 1791) to Carl Maria von Weber’s dramatic Overture to Der Freischütz (1821), and concluding with Dmitri Shostakovich’s soul-stirring and powerful Symphony No. 5 (1937).

The Cleveland Foundation

Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2013 grants of $89 million. For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, visit http://www.ClevelandFoundation.org/purpose and follow us at Facebook.com/ClevelandFoundation or @CleveFoundation on Twitter.

Details On The Cleveland Orchestra’s “Star-Spangled Spectacular”

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The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Loras John Schissel, will perform in “The Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and KeyBank,” the Orchestra’s 25th annual free community concert in downtown Cleveland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, on Public Square.

The annual “Star Spangled Spectacular” kicks-off Cleveland’s Fourth-of-July holiday weekend.  The 2014 concert marks the 25th that The Cleveland Orchestra has presented a free community concert in downtown Cleveland — in what has become a popular and much-loved tradition for many people from across Northeast Ohio.  The concerts have been made possible by a public-private partnership of funders over the years, with the residents of Cuyahoga County providing lead support through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in recent years.  For the 2014 concert, KeyBank has become the official corporate sponsor, through a new grant to the Orchestra.

“We are delighted to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our first free concert on Public Square in 1990,” says Gary Hanson, executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra.  “This annual event has become such a beloved holiday tradition, and we are grateful to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to KeyBank, and our other producing partners who make this event possible each year.  We are proud to bring Northeast Ohio together to celebrate a great city and a great nation.”

“KeyBank is thrilled to present this incredible gift to the community,” says Margot James Copeland, Chairman and CEO, KeyBank Foundation.  “We are so pleased to partner with one of the finest Orchestra’s in the world as we celebrate, together with all of Northeast Ohio, the 25th anniversary of the Orchestra’s free downtown concerts.”

Beginning at 9:00 p.m., The Cleveland Orchestra and Loras John Schissel perform a program featuring popular American favorites including The Star Spangled BannerThe Battle Hymn of the Republic and Stars and Stripes Forever.  The program also features “Superman March” by John Williams, commemorating the hero’s origins and creation in Cleveland.  The concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, with a fireworks display following, weather permitting.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., selected “Make Music!” videos made by the Northeast Ohio community will be featured on a giant screen on Public Square.  Also, in the hours leading up to the Orchestra’s concert, a line-up of Cleveland’sgourmet food trucks will provide a variety of cuisines to concertgoers.  The 9:00 p.m. concert will be broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9.

MAKE MUSIC! — In conjunction with the July 2 concert, The Cleveland Orchestra invites musicians of all ages to contribute their talents to Make Music!, the Orchestra’s initiative to encourage community music-making.  Any and all ensembles —  from a bell choir to a church choir, or barbershop quartet to a string quartet, garage band, or a marching band  —  are invited to submit a video.  High resolution videos will compete for a spot on the giant Jumbotron in Public Square.  You can also submit “Make Music” videos using your favorite video apps (Instagram, Vine, YouTube, Facebook etc.).  Those submitting recordings are urged to use the hashtag #makemusic in order to be entered for a special Blossom Music Center prize pack.

For Jumbotron consideration, or to be featured on the Orchestra’s social media outlets go to http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/education-and-community/community-engagement/public-square-concert/make-music/

Also in conjunction with the July 2 concert, the Orchestra is partnering with Cuyahoga County Public Library, who will host several interactive, hands-on family workshops during June where young people can explore the instruments of the orchestra, practicing singing the National Anthem and learn more about the music to be featured on the July 2 concert.  Please see below for more information on events at CCPL locations.


 

The Star-Spangled Spectacular 
Brought to You by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and KeyBank
with The Cleveland Orchestra


 

Date:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Time:
Concert begins at 9:00 p.m. and ends at approximately 10:15 p.m., followed by fireworks (weather permitting).  Community videos will be shown prior to the concert, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Where:
Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
Superior Avenue and Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

What:
The Cleveland Orchestra
Loras John Schissel, conductor

Program:

TRADITIONAL                           The Star-Spangled Banner                    
JERRY GOLDSMITH                 The Generals March                               
WILLIAM SCHUMAN              Chester
TRADITIONAL                           The Wide Missouri (Oh Shenandoah)                  
JOHN WILLIAMS                       Superman March from Superman
GEORGE GERSHWIN               Prelude No. 2
JACQUE PRESS                       Wedding Dance from the Hassaneh Suite
RICHARD RODGERS                Symphonic Portrait: Victory at Sea 
TRADITIONAL                           Armed Forces Salute (arr. Loras John Schissel)
TRADITIONAL                           Battle Hymn of the Republic 
PYOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY          “1812” Overture                          
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA                March: The Stars and Stripes Forever      


Cleveland Food Trucks

Time:
5:00-10:00 p.m., prior to and during the Orchestra’s performance

Where:
Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
Superior Avenue and Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114