Russian Music Resounds When Cleveland Orchestra Plays Blossom


Sat 6/13 @ 8PM

Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, first performed in 1878, like many now-popular works didn’t get a good reception when it was first performed. But contemporary audiences love its potent melodicism which, like many works of the era, incorporates eastern European (in this case, Russian) folk themes.

That symphony highlights the Cleveland Orchestra’s program this week at Blossom Music Center, conducted by Jahja Ling, who recently retired as music director of the San Diego Symphony. He’s well-known to local audiences from his stint on the conducting staff of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1985-2002 and his role as music director of the Blossom Festival from 2000-2005.

Also on the all-Russian program: Modest Mussorgksy’s “Dawn on the Moskva River” from Khovanshchina and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring 25-year-old American pianist Conrad Yiwen Tao (pictured) as soloist.

Tickets are $25-$89.

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