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The Cleveland Orchestra announces details for Star-Spangled Spectacular

Loras John Schissel conducts the Orchestra in its 25th consecutive annual free downtown concert
Loras John Schissel conducts the Orchestra in its 25th consecutive annual free downtown concert
Roger Mastroianni

Event is sponsored by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and will take place on Public Square on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

KeyBank joins as corporate sponsor for popular holiday event

Loras John Schissel conducts the Orchestra in its 25th consecutive annual free downtown concert

Selections include “Superman March” by John Williams “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Armed Forces Salute” on a family-friendly program

Concert is broadcast live on radio stations 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9 ideastream®

“Make Music!” — The Cleveland Orchestra invites the Northeast Ohio community to record themselves Making Music! Select videos will be featured on the Jumbotron on Public Square

Cleveland’s gourmet food trucks at Public Square from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra is celebrating the 25th anniversary of free community concerts in downtown Cleveland at Public Square on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Under the direction of Loras John Schissel the orchestra will perform in “The Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and KeyBank”.

This annual “Star Spangled Spectacular” officially kicks off Cleveland’s Fourth of July holiday weekend. The concerts are made possible by a public/private partnership of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Key Bank with additional support from The Avenue at Tower City Center, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, and Cuyahoga County Public Library in collaboration with media partners WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, and WCLV 104.9 ideastream and in coordination with logistical partners City of Cleveland and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

“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.”

The concert will begin at 9:00 p.m. as the Cleveland Orchestra with Loras John Schissel performing a program featuring such American classics as “The Star Spangled Banner”, The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Stars and Stripes Forever”. Also featured on the bill will be the “Superman March” by John Williams in commemoration of the hero’s creation in Cleveland. The concert concludes with the crowd favorite 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.

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

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.

Calendar Listing

The Star-Spangled Spectacular
Brought to You by
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and KeyBank
The Cleveland Orchestra
Loras John Schissel, conductor
Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
Superior Avenue and Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Wednesday, July 2, 2014


The Star-Spangled Banner
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith

Jerry Goldsmith
The Generals March

William Schuman

The Wide Missouri
(Oh Shenandoah)

John Williams
Superman March
From the movie “Superman”

George Gershwin
Prelude No. 2

Jacque Press
Wedding Dance
From the Hassaneh Suite

Richard Rodgers
Symphonic Portrait
Victory at Sea

Armed Forces Salute
Arranged by Loras John Schissel

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Words by Julia Ward Howe
Music by William Steffe

Pyotri Tchaikovsky
“1812” Overture

John Philip Sousa
March: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Cleveland Food Trucks

From 5:00-10:00 p.m., prior to and during the Orchestra’s performance various food trucks will be parked in Public Square in Downtown Cleveland at Superior and Ontario Streets

Events leading up to the July 2 concert at Public Square

Enter the “MakeMusic!” Video Contest
Deadline Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:00 noon

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.). Be sure to use the hashtag #makemusic to be entered for an awesome Blossom Music Center prize pack!

For more information go to

Related Events

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Cleveland Orchestra Connections
From Our (Instrument) Family to Yours!

Learn about the instruments of the Orchestra, sing the National Anthem, and march to Stars & Stripes Forever in this fun-filled, hands-on opportunity for your family to preview the music celebrating Cleveland on this year’s Public Square concert. Take home a Cleveland Orchestra “Make Music at Home” activity book and download a playlist provided by the library of the music to be featured on the Star-Spangled Spectacular!

Thursday, June 19
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Parma-Snow Branch
2121 Snow Road
Parma, Ohio 44134

Saturday, June 21
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Mayfield Branch
500 SOM Center Road
Mayfield, 44143

Tuesday, June 24
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Garfield Heights Branch
5409 Turney Road
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125

Thursday, June 26
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fairview Park Branch
21255 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, 44126

All artists and programs are subject to change.

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