The Cleveland Orchestra will present its 30th annual free community concert in downtown Cleveland, which takes place rain or shine on Wednesday, August 7 at 9 p.m. This year’s Star-Spangled Spectacular, brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and sponsored by KeyBank, will be held on Cleveland’s Mall B, located at 300 St. Clair Ave., between the Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Public Auditorium.
Led by guest conductor Loras John Schissel, the concert program includes music by John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson and John Williams.
Before the orchestra takes the stage, audience members will have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities, including:
- Photo Ops: Take posed pictures against star-spangled themed cut-out boards. In addition, there will be an information tent at the top of the hill with volunteers prepared to answer questions and provide complimentary brochures about The Cleveland Orchestra and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
- Pre-concert Musical Presentations: From 7-8 p.m., listen to live music by special guest performers, including Cleveland Police Pipes & Drums, featuring a unique blend of music and marching skills.
- Dining Options: Dotting Mall B will be an assortment of local food trucks, including Beckham’s B&M Barbeque, 216 Bistro, Barrio Tacos, Chef Grey Wolf, East Coast Custard, and Nom Nom Popcorn.
The Star-Spangled Spectacular will be streamed live on clevelandorchestra.com, The Cleveland Orchestra Facebook page and YouTube channel. The concert also will be broadcast by radio on 90.3 WCPN, WCLV 104.9, and online at ideastream.org.
In case of inclement weather, the Star-Spangled Spectacular will be held at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, located next to Mall B at 500 Lakeside Ave.