Wednesday May 1, 2019
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The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Solstice 2019

exterior of the CMA building

Member tickets go on sale Monday, May 13; if available, public tickets for sale Tuesday, May 14


Cleveland, OH (May 1, 2019) — The Cleveland Museum of Art’s signature summer event, Solstice, takes place Saturday, June 22, from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. This annual celebration is an energy-filled night of music and art with multiple groups performing simultaneously on two stages. This forward-looking, global-minded festival is unlike any other event in Cleveland. 

Throughout the evening, attendees can enjoy free admission to the special exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art and explore Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950. Additionally, the museum’s permanent collection galleries will be open late into the night. 

Museum members receive advance access to discounted tickets beginning Monday, May 13, at 9:00 a.m. If tickets are still available after the member pre-sale, general public sales begin Tuesday, May 14, at 9:00 a.m. Member tickets are $80 (limit 4); public tickets $90 (limit 4).

Become a member for a first chance to reserve your pre-sale tickets. Available online at or by phone at 216-421-7350.  

New this year is the museum’s guest curator, celebrated DJ and electronic musician King Britt, who is organizing a night of music that reflects his extraordinary range and taste across all genres of creative music. 

“Solstice is the night we all look forward to, marking the official start of summer with a celebration of music and art,” said Tom Welsh, director of performing arts, music, and film. “I’m especially thrilled that the remarkable artist King Britt joins us as our first-ever guest curator.” 

“I’m honored to be a guest curator for this year’s Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art,” said King Britt. “Contributing to the always groundbreaking festival, on this level, exemplifies the commitment the museum has to continue creative programming for Cleveland’s most progressive audience.”

Artist Lineup

Solstice 2019 performers include: 

Tribu Baharú: blends champeta of their native Colombia with dance music

Rafiq Bhatia: guitarist and first-generation American son of Muslim immigrant parents who trace their ancestry to India by way of East Africa; draws influences from Coltrane, Madlib, and Vijay Iyer 

RJD2: nom de dance floor of hard-hitting DJ (and Ohio native) Ramble Jon Krohn

Sun Ra Arkestra: intrepid space travelers under the direction of Marshall Allen

Forest Management: spacious electronica

Shigeto Live: beat-driven, vividly beautiful electronic music 

Turning Jewels into Water: Haitian electronic music composer, percussionist and turntablist Val Jeanty and percussionist and composer Ravish Momin, who together create Afro-electronica warped through jazz and South Indian traditions

Anbessa Orchestra: a staple in New York’s rich Afro-groove scene, this seven-piece band takes the listener from Addis Ababa to Brooklyn, cultivating a unique sound of their own while retaining a deep understanding of the tradition of Ethiopian music

Food and Beverage

Vouchers for food and beverages will be available for purchase during the member and public ticket sales and during the event.  

Preorder pricing: a book of four vouchers is $25

Event day pricing: a book of three vouchers is $20

Cocktails, wine, beer and food items are one voucher each. Complimentary soda, water and select snacks will also be available.

Solstice is sponsored by:

Medical Mutual 

The Official Airline of Solstice



Contact the Museum's Media Relations Team:
(216) 707-2261