Maybe that’s an overstatement.
|Photo courtesy of phansticphotos|
The Summer Solstice Party celebrates the longest day of the year (easy to remember for next year! Mark your calendar now, trust me.) Thousands of guests from across the world descend upon the CMA and kick off the summer season with a night-long affair of art, live music, food and cocktails. Party guests toast a welcome to summer as the clock ticks to midnight and continue well into after-hours. The event literally takes over the entire Cleveland Museum of Art including galleries, the front lawn and everywhere in between. On June 26 this year, I attended my first Cleveland Museum of Art Summer Solstice Celebration. It surpassed my expectations, set high by the passionate stories spun by friends.
What To Expect?
Gate Times (or as I call it, Levels of Fun)
GATE TIME #1: Eventide 6pm to 2am
General admission = $175
CMA members = $125
Includes Mediterranean style hors d'oeuvers and open bar.
Audience: Refined, distinguished. Guests feel that they're truly part of a benefit for the Cleveland Museum.
GATE TIME #2: Twilight 7:30 to 2am
General admission = $60 per person
CMA members = $40
Includes Latin American style hors d'oeuvers and cash bar.
Audience: Younger guests mingle with earlier crowd.
GATE TIME #3 Solstice, 10pm to 2am
Advance = $15 per person
Limited availability $20 tickets at the door (Never seen any available at the door. It sells out every year.)
Includes snacks and cash bar.
Audience: Look - it starts at 10pm. You can do the math.
Music and Piazza Party
|Photo courtesy of CMA website.|
|Courtesy of CMA website.|
Music: The best performance was Mucca Puzza. An attempt to summarize their music (if the photos don't visualize it for you): A very cool, hipster circus marching band.
A full line-up of the world-class musicians is profiled over at my friend’s blog, Cleveland’s A Plum.
|Performers took to lighted and raised platforms throughout the audience.|
Here's a video of a performance of Mucca Pazza in NYC. Get a taste of their awesomeness.
If you know me, you know I love to travel. I’m ashamed to say I’ve not yet gotten my passport. The Museum gives anyone the chance to travel the world through art. Cross the globe through the museum’s new galleries of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Byzantine, medieval and African art.
The CMA is known as having one of the best collections in the entire world. While transforming the Museum over course of several years may have been seen as a challenge, the results are breath taking. Summer Solstice Celebration gives you the chance see the CMA makeover of the West Wing in mouth-gaping awe. Wall Street Journal expounds upon the multi-phase project with more eloquence (plus fabulous photos.) The entire renovation is slated to be complete in 18 months and it will become a beacon of architectural showmanship when the unveiling is complete.
I've been called Cleveland's biggest cheerleader.
|No, that's not me. That's the Mucca Pazza cheerleader.|
So consider this my cheer to you to join the Summer Solstice Celebration in 2012. I'll be there.