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Cleveland Orchestra will host Roger Daltrey and members of The Who for ‘Tommy’ at Blossom Music Center

January 29, 2018 GMT

Cleveland Orchestra will host Roger Daltrey and members of The Who for ‘Tommy’ at Blossom Music Center

CLEVELAND – The centennial may be all the rage at the moment, but a second Cleveland Orchestra milestone is right around the corner: the 50th anniversary of the Blossom Music Festival.

That’s right. One month after the 100th Severance Hall season festivities die down, the party will pick right back up in honor of the orchestra’s summer home.

If anything, the second party’s going to be louder. On Monday, the orchestra announced that to kick off its 50th anniversary at Blossom, it will join forces with singer Roger Daltrey and members of The Who touring band for a performance of “The Who’s Tommy” rock opera beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 8.

Tickets are being released Monday (January 29) to current Cleveland Orchestra subscribers and patrons. The general public will have access beginning 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2.

Lawn tickets are $35 and pavilion seats range from $45 to $250 (with parking). Parking passes, $20 and $40, also can be purchased in advance. To order, visit clevelandorchestra.com or call 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141. Note that this performance is not eligible for the orchestra’s “Under 18s Free” program.

Like the orchestra, “Tommy” itself is nearing its 50th anniversary. The concept album, composed by The Who’s Pete Townshend and later canonized in the Grammy Hall of Fame, was released in 1969. Daltrey played the title role in the film production of 1975. A spokeswoman for the orchestra said the version presented here will be an orchestral adaptation of the concept album.

A range of additional security policies will be in force that evening. A complete list can be found on the orchestra’s website, but among the most notable for regular patrons of the Cleveland Orchestra are the following:

No umbrellas, wagons, or large, hard-sided coolersNo outside beer or soft drinksLawn chairs must be low to the groundBags will be inspected, and can be no larger than 14″ x 12″ x 6″Picnic food must be carried in one-gallon, clear, zip-top bags; One bag per personWater bottles must be sealed or empty and hold less than one gallonGuests over 21 may bring one factory-sealed bottle of wine with plastic drink ware; No other glass containers will be permitted

The remainder of the Cleveland Orchestra’s 50th anniversary Blossom Music Festival is slated to be announced in February.