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Cleveland Orchestra announces Community Arts Partnership with 2014 Gay Games

Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Mark Horning & Co. Photography

GG9 kick-off event will be held at Blossom for “Broadway Standing Ovations” concert on July 27

The Cleveland Orchestra salutes the Gay Games at Summers@Severance “Beethoven Experience” concert on August 15

Gay Games take on cultural flair with Band and Choral events in Cleveland+Akron: August 9-16

This year, Cleveland, Ohio will play host to the Gay Games (presented by the Cleveland Foundation). In honor of this, the Cleveland Orchestra has announced a community arts partnership with the games. The games will take place from August 9 through 16, 2014 in various venues around the Cleveland and Akron area. In all there will be over 35 sports and cultural events held with over 20,000 people from more than 50 countries expecting to participate expected to attend.

The Cleveland Orchestra starts things off with a welcome for the 2014 Gay Games with a “Broadway Standing Ovation” concert conducted by Jack Everly on July 27, 2014. The concert will feature Broadway hits from “Phantom of the Opera” (featureing Broadway’s “Phantom” Ted Keegan), as well as selections from Wicket, Les Miserables, Rent and more.A special promo code for discounted tickets is available for the concert through the GG9 website, www.2014gaygames.com.

During Games Week, the Cleveland Orchestra will also be performing at Severance Hall for a special first time “Summers@Severance” concert on Friday, August 15, 2014. The concert is titled “The Beethoven Experience” and will feature pianist Orion Weiss performing Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” with the Blossom Festival Chorus. Prior to the show will be a pre-concert “happy hour” starting at 7:00 p.m. with musical selections being played for the hour. Post concert will feature “conversation and celebration” on the front terrace of Severance Hall.

The concert features a pre-concert “happy hour,” an early start time of 7 pm for the performance, with musical selections running about an hour, followed by a casual. Specially discounted tickets for this are also available by obtaining a promo code through the GG9 websitewww.2014gaygames.com.

The opening ceremony will take place on August 9, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena with a full scale “Rock’n Rubber” spectacular featuring Lance Bass, The Poi8nter Sisters, Broadway singers, community chorus, marching band and more. PlayhouseSquare becomes the focal point for the cultural side of the games on August 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. when the 100 member Lesbian Gay Band Association (a modern symphonic band led by Jadine Louie) performs “Personal Best”.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. is “The Big Cleveland Sing” as vocalists from around the world will perform as well as Cleveland’s North Coast Men’s Chorus, Windsong, and Good Company Women’s Chorus. The Gay Games Festival Chorus will be led by world-renowned artistic director Dennis Coleman from Seattle. Both performances will take place at the State Theatre.

Tickets information for Gay Games events are available at www.2014GayGames.com, where details about the discounted ticket offers for the two Cleveland Orchestra concerts can also be found. More than 100 community partners, including The Cleveland Orchestra, are supporting the event and planning activities leading up to and during Games Week.

For more information, visit www.2014GayGames.

Cleveland Orchestra Concert Details

“Broadway Standing Ovations”
Sunday, July 27, 2014
7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jack Everly,conductor
Christina Bianco, vocalist
Ted Keegan, vocalist
Ben Crawford, vocalist

Sponsor: PNC Bank

This concert has been designated as a kick-off event of the 2014 Gay Games, being held August 9-16 in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Orchestra is proud to be a Community Patron Partner of the Gay Games.

“The Beethoven Experience”
Friday, August 15, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Severance Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Blossom Festival Chorus
The Cleveland Orchestra’s new
Summers@Severance series of casual concerts
Beethhoven – Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Beethhoven – Symphony No. 4
Beethhoven – Choral Fantasy (for orchestra, chorus, and piano)

“Happy Hour” prices before the concert, an inspiring performance of great music inside America’s most beautiful concert hall, and a relaxed post-concert atmosphere for conversation outdoors.

Summers@Severance Sponsor: Thompson Hine LLP

This concert has been designated as an official cultural event of the 2014 Gay Games, being held August 9-16 in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Orchestra is proud to be a Community Patron Partner of the Gay Games.