Executive Director, Blossom

From the Executive Director

Welcome to Our Summer Home!

Thank you for joining us to celebrate and enjoy The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Blossom Music Festival, a beloved summer tradition that brings the Northeast Ohio community together to experience great music in the great outdoors. These magical evenings at Blossom Music Center — here in the heart of Summit County — are made possible by your support, enthusiasm, and attendance. Together, our community created and has sustained an extraordinary Orchestra for the past century. Together, we have also built two of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed concert halls in the country — Severance Hall in Cleveland and this remarkable summer home here at Blossom. Making music here, for you, is a great honor and extraordinary pleasure.

Each summer season is an incredible treasure for all of us. Blossom’s natural outdoor beauty is perfectly paired with the acoustically and aesthetically stunning Pavilion designed by local architect Peter van Dijk. Idyllically situated in the center of Northeast Ohio between two major metropolitan areas and surrounded by Ohio’s own Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blossom offers the best of all worlds, proximity and escape, familiarity and adventure, ideal acoustics and natural splendor — with superb symphonic performances in a family-friendly setting.

Having Cuyahoga Valley National Park as our next-door neighbor has also created a special opportunity and lasting relationship, helping us to safeguard the unique qualities of the Orchestra’s summer home for future generations. Between our own Festival concerts and those touring acts presented by Live Nation, half a million people attend musical performances at Blossom each summer. Over 20 million have enjoyed musical performances here since Blossom opened in 1968. These numbers underline just how meaningful music is to our community — and also highlight our good fortune of being able to enjoy summertime to the fullest, from hiking and birdwatching to evenings filled with great musical experiences.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Blossom Music Center in 2018, it is remarkable to reflect on how Blossom has become an essential part of what the Orchestra does in and for Northeast Ohio. Six years ago, our vision for having the youngest audience of any orchestra started at Blossom when we launched the “Under 18s Free” program on the Lawn. Today, over 40,000 young people each year have the chance to fall in love with The Cleveland Orchestra year-round through this program, which subsidizes the cost of tickets through the vision and generosity of the Maltz Family Foundation and other donors.

Whether this is your first Blossom season or your fortieth, I am looking forward to experiencing with you this summer’s unique offerings — of symphonic masterpieces and popular musical hits, of Broadway and movie classics — of magical summer twilights teaming with fireworks or fireflies, filled with the stars above and the stars onstage. With special thanks to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, The J.M. Smucker Company. Welcome and enjoy!

André Gremillet