The Cleveland Orchestra, in partnership with the 2014 Gay Games, in Northeast Ohio, will host a kick-off welcome at Blossom July 27.

The concert, Broadway Standing Ovations, conducted by Jack Everly, includes Broadway highlights from The Phantom of the Opera (featuring Broadway's "Phantom" Ted Keegan), Wicked, Rent, Les Miserables, and more. A special promo code for discounted tickets is available for the concert through the GG9 website,

The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation takes place Aug. 9 through 16 in venues around Cleveland and Akron. More than 35 sports and culture events will Also, during Games Week, The Cleveland Orchestra takes up the entertainment baton at Severance Hall for a special Summers@Severance concert on Aug. 15. The all-Beethoven concert, conducted by Jahja Ling and titled "The Beethoven Experience," features pianist Orion Weiss performing in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Blossom Festival Chorus. The concert features a pre-concert "happy hour," an early start time of 7 pm for the performance, with musical selections running about an hour, followed by a casual post-concert "conversation and celebration" on the front terrace of Severance Hall. Specially discounted tickets for this are also available by obtaining a promo code through the GG9 website