Each flower comes with a naturally occurring song, from the crystalline arias of the rose to the rap-rock of the moneyflower. Enjoy the melody of a different kind of blossom with today’s deal: for $15, you get one pavilion ticket (a $32 value) to the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival’s Independence Day concert on Sunday, July 4, at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. You can exchange your Groupon for a ticket starting June 29 at either the Severance Hall ticket office (open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or at the Blossom box office (open Friday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
Nestled within the acoustic splendor of the Blossom Music Center's pyramid-shaped pavilion, you’ll be close enough to taste the high notes of the piccolos, the vibrato of crashing cymbals, and the sass of brassy fanfares as the Blossom Festival Band fills the air with patriotic music. Led by conductor Loras John Schissel, the program will include the toe-tapping marches of John Philip Sousa, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. As long as the weather allows, fireworks will follow the concert—an exploding cherry bomb on top of the sweet sundae evening.
The Blossom Music Center has played host to the Cleveland Orchestra since 1968, when the annual summer music festival first arrived windswept and full of song. Surrounded by the rolling hills and verdant landscape of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blossom is a local gem and an ideal place to take in an evening of quality time with family, friends, or time-traveling Founding Fathers. Bring a crisp white wine and pre-packed dinner to take part in the tradition of picnicking on the lawn prior to the start of the show (all potables welcome), or enjoy comestibles from The Blossom Grille, which opens for dinner 2.5 hours before the concert.