Veteran rock act Styx will take the stage May 25 with Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra as part of the Rock the Orchestra series at the Blossom Music Center.

Veteran rock act Styx will take the stage May 25 with Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra as part of the Rock the Orchestra series at the Blossom Music Center.

The nonprofit orchestra, which is in residence at Cleveland State University, includes 115 musicians and a 50-member chorus between the ages of 13 and 19, all directed by Liza Grossman. HDNet will capture the show in high definition for broadcast and a later DVD is likely.

"We have had offers over the last 10 years to perform with an orchestra again, but frankly we had not been inclined to accept," Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw writes in a commentary in the May 27 issue of Billboard (on newsstands today, May 19). "But this new offer was different."

Shaw explains that the orchestra has previously worked with such guest performers as the Doors Ray Manzarek, Graham Nash, Yes' Jon Anderson and Pat Benatar, "but a whole band had never performed with them; we'd be the first," he says. "This was too sweet to ignore.

"So inspired, we've written two new songs that we will premiere live that night," he adds. "The excitement level is spreading like wildfire. It's going to be a one of a kind evening of Styx music that I believe we will be talking about for the rest of our days."