Hit all the right notes with this orchestral evening.
A picnic at the Blossom Music Center has all the right chords playing. Whether it’s the moving second movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 by the Cleveland Orchestra or the edgy rhythm of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, classical music becomes a powerful love potion. when paired with a picnic basket filled with wine, meats, cheeses and crackers. Blossom’s expansive and relaxing lawn offers something for everyone. “There is a very deep connection that you can have,” says Andrew Singer, chairman of the board of directors of the orchestra’s young professional group, the Circle. “Your minds can wander a bit about what you hear and how it can affect you with different emotions.” The singer, who met his three-year-old girlfriend at a Blossom show, has a pro tip for aspiring picnickers keen to impress: ground stakes that double as glass cup holders to wine. 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com
After: Head to Jilly’s Music Room in Akron for a rousing encore with no cover charge. Hit the dance floor at the trendy and sophisticated venue for local bands that scramble everything from folk and jazz, to funk and R&B. 111 N. Main St., Akron, 330-576-5960, jillysmusicroom.com