Cuyahoga Falls ,Ohio- The historic Blossom Music center is the summer home for the Cleveland Orchestra and a perfect setting under the stars ,can we say ” The Force is Strong in North East Ohio ” Okay bad pun but great music and the renowned Cleveland Orchestra was the catalyst to a great night of fun, music and stories .
The night was led and conducted by Richard Kaufmann who himself has appeared on six scores as a violinist composed by John Williams and knows the man personally .( it is safe to say if you can call him at home you know the person well )He led the night and filled it with humor,history and charm and he definitely added a touch of Hollywood to the night ( but without the ego typically found in the movie industry .
The evening started off with the ” Olympic Fanfare and Theme” and proceeded faster then a speeding bullet as the music from “Superman The Movie ” filled out ears with delight .Some of the material i was not familiar with such ” Minority Report : A New Beginning ” and”If We Were In Love ” from ” Yes, Georgio “. Memories came flooding back as scores from Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark delighted my senses along with newer work from Harry Potter and of course “Star Wars” had to be mentions as a John Williams retrospective with not be complete with out it . On a side note even thou it was not played I love his original ” Lost In Space ” score as well .
The Cleveland Orchestra will soon be ending the summer session but they can always be found at Severance Hall and on the official website for further information https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/