About Executive Director Blossom

Welcome to Our Summer Home

Few settings offer a more spectacular selection of ingredients for a magical and memorable evening than Blossom Music Center during a summer concert.  And if you’re reading this, chances are you already have an abiding appreciation for both The Cleveland Orchestra and this breathtaking amphitheater under the stars.  Every year, people of all ages are introduced to the beauty and power of symphonic music through visits to Blossom.  This world-class ensemble and its summertime home also play an extraordinary role in impacting the lives and creative spirit of countless students.  Last season, 20% of our audience was under the age of 25. With the creation of our Center for Future Audiences in 2011, Cleveland Orchestra concerts now attract and inspire more than 40,000 young people each year

Look no further than the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding each night’s performance at Blossom for a glimpse into what this marvelous orchestra and its summer home mean to the people of Northeast Ohio.  They both have a deep-seated connection to the community they represent — the type of connection normally reserved for friends and family members. We can all flip through the many snapshots in our mind’s eye for memorable moments spent with loved ones on the soft grass at Blossom.  Maybe you heard Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overtureand watched fireworks with your children at one of our annual Fourth-of-July celebrations? Or you shared a bottle of wine on a blanket with a special date for Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony?  Or peered up at the sky’s inky darkness during Star Warsand considered the universe’s infinite possibilities?

As we share in Blossom’s fifty-second glorious summer, The Cleveland Orchestra remains grateful for the ongoing support from our Blossom season sponsor, The J.M. Smucker Company, and for the generous people of Summit and Stark Counties and the entire region. Blossom is as much our home as Severance Hall, and we appreciate the good fortune of having a pair of remarkable concert halls in which these talented musicians can present enduring performances.  Perhaps some of you aren’t aware that The Cleveland Orchestra owns Blossom and, as a result, continues to oversee and shape the longterm vision of this summer arts park for future generations.  Our longtime affiliation with Live Nation, who books and promotes the various non-orchestral events at Blossom, and who operates the facility for us, has been a rewarding partnership for both organizations.  This season Live Nation is welcoming a diverse roster of musical acts, including Santana, Wiz Khalifa, Smashing Pumpkins, Luke Bryan, and Peter Frampton.

Meanwhile, in the weeks ahead, your brilliant orchestra will continue playing joyful and inspiring music for the people of Northeast Ohio.  And there’s no more wonderful place to experience these unforgettable performances than here at Blossom, in our own backyard.

André Gremillet
President & CEO
The Cleveland Orchestra