About Executive Director Summers

Welcome:  Summers@Severance

I am delighted to welcome you to The Cleveland Orchestra’s Summers@Severance concert series — performed here at Severance Hall in the heart of University Circle, the center of Cleveland’s cultural life.  As urban counterpoint to Blossom’s bucolic performances, Summers@Severance celebrates the year-round vitality of both The Cleveland Orchestra and our home neighborhood. 

A Great City, A Vibrant Cultural Center.  These are exciting times in Cleveland.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the arts, where Cleveland holds its own compared with any of the great arts cities of the world.  And nowhere is this more apparent than in University Circle.  Surrounding the Orchestra’s home at Severance Hall, this neighborhood offers one of the highest concentrations of cultural attractions and performing arts venues found anywhere in the United States. The proximity here of artistic, cultural, educational, medical, historical, culinary, and scientific resources — at unrivaled levels of quality and value — is truly remarkable.  With new construction and developments surging to welcome a workforce attracted here from around the globe, The Cleveland Orchestra is delighted to be part of this world-class setting for world-class music.

Serving Our Hometown Community.  There is a renewed confidence and pride throughout Northeast Ohio — and a sense that tomorrow will hold great promise for future generations.  Across the past half-dozen years, a number of civic institutions, including The Cleveland Orchestra itself, have celebrated 100th anniversaries.  This “coming of age” of so many storied institutions — including the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Cleveland Play House — underscores the fundamental and deep-rooted strength of Northeast Ohio as a robust and desirable place to work and live.  The Cleveland Orchestra’s own commitment to quality and service continues as the cornerstone of all we do, from onstage music-making to neighborhood and civic partnerships, from education programs and community activities inspiring a love of music in new generations to musical presentations second to none in the world.  We carry the name of Cleveland proudly, here and around the world, representing not only who we are but as the essence of everyone who has helped this Orchestra flourish for over a century.  

A Summer Filled with Music.  As we look forward to the start of a new season in September, Summers@Severance’s casual invitation to great art offers a relaxing seasonal respite — cool drinks on a warm evening, exhilarating music, and inspired conversations lit by sunset on the terrace.  Alongside the Orchestra’s summer home at Blossom, I like to think of these concerts at Severance Hall as the kind of rewarding indulgences that summer in Ohio is supposed to be all about.  Come early, stay late, and enjoy.  Cheers to a summer filled with music!

André Gremillet
President & CEO
The Cleveland Orchestra