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Star-Spangled Spectacular and Strongsville Community Band: Loras John Schissel

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Loras John Schissel conducts a number of concerts in the coming days, including

Friday, June 27 at 7:30pm:
Strongsville City Commons, at the corner of Pearl and Royalton roads.
Strongsville Community Band
Loras John Schissel, conductor

Sunday, June 29 at 7:00pm:
The Gazebo Green in Hudson, 27 E. Main St.
Strongsville Community Band
Loras John Schissel, conductor

Both concerts feature a program of patriotic-themed music by John Williams, Percy Grainger, Rodgers and Hammerstein, John Philip Sousa, and more.

Wednesday, July 2 at 9:00pm:
Star-Spangled Spectacular
Public Square
Downtown Cleveland

The Cleveland Orchestra
Loras John Schissel, conductor

This performance marks The Cleveland Orchestra’s 25th annual free community concert presented in downtown Cleveland.  Celebrate the Fourth-of-July with a patriotic program of Sousa, Superman, and more!  With fireworks and sing-alongs.

Thursday, July 3 AND Friday, July 4 at 8:00pm:
A Salute to America

Blossom Festival Band
Loras John Schissel, director

Northeast Ohio’s favorite Fourth-of-July concerts feature American classics and patriotic selections.  With fireworks!

CLEVELAND – 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 Banner, The 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’s gourmet 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. 

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