The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Solstice 2019
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).
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.”
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:
The Official Airline of Solstice
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About the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 63,000 artworks and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship and performing arts and is a leader in digital innovations. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation, recognized for its award-winning Open Access program and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the University Circle neighborhood.
The museum is supported in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and made possible in part by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. For more information about the museum and its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit cma.org.