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The Cleveland Orchestra announces The J.M. Smucker Company as season sponsor for Blossom Music Festival

Three summers of Blossom Music Festival through 2017 to be “presented by The J.M. Smucker Company”

The J.M. Smucker Company’s generosity to the Orchestra’s Sound for the Centennial Campaign continues longstanding support for Blossom and family-friendly initiatives

Release Date:  May 7, 2015

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that a major commitment from The J.M. Smucker Company will be recognized through a three-year season sponsorship of the Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival, beginning with this summer’s Festival and extending through the 2017 Festival.

“We are delighted to honor The J.M. Smucker Company’s generous contribution with this extended sponsorship of our summer season,” says Cleveland Orchestra executive director Gary Hanson. “We are very grateful to Smucker’s for their many years of support for Blossom, and for their advocacy of our efforts to welcome families and young people to the Orchestra’s summer home.”

The J.M. Smucker Company has supported The Cleveland Orchestra for decades with annual contributions as well as capital gifts for improvements at Blossom Music Center. The company’s ongoing, generous support has been recognized through concert sponsorship at Blossom for the past decade, and has earned them recognition as a member of the Orchestra’s John L. Severance Society —  a group of the Orchestra’s most dedicated and generous corporate, foundation, and individual supporters.

“We are honored to support The Cleveland Orchestra’s commitment to great work in the community,” says Richard Smucker, CEO of The J.M. Smucker Company and member of The Cleveland Orchestra’s board of trustees. “We are truly fortunate to have one of the world’s great orchestras performing in Northeast Ohio, and we are pleased to be multi-season sponsor of the Blossom Music Festival.”


Sound for the Centennial Campaign

The recent generous commitment from The J.M. Smucker Company supports the Orchestra’s Sound for the Centennial Campaign. The ten-year comprehensive campaign, which runs through the Orchestra’s centennial in 2018, ensures the financial strength necessary for the Orchestra to continue serving more people in the community through the power of music by growing its endowment and expanding its base of annual support.  The J.M. Smucker Company’s Campaign commitment helps close the gap between ticket sales and expenses, ensuring the Orchestra’s ongoing financial stability while the Orchestra achieves its endowment goal. 

The Cleveland Orchestra has renewed its longstanding commitment to serving the residents of this community through musical performances, education programs, and community activities of the highest quality. The Orchestra’s longterm goals include removing all practical, perceptual, and experiential barriers to attending Orchestra concerts, so that every member of the community can hear and see live performances in Severance Hall, at Blossom Music Center, and in local neighborhoods and schools; continuing to set standards for music education, and to develop a culture of life-long musical appreciation in younger generations; and inspiring community ownership and pride in the Orchestra through cutting-edge innovations and far-reaching programs that embrace all of Northeast Ohio. A listing of the top individual, corporate, and foundation supporters of the Sound for the Centennial Campaign can be found at clevelandorchestra.com and in the Orchestra program book.


The Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival

Blossom Music Center opened in 1968 as the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra has performed more than 1,000 concerts at Blossom. The Festival also features annual concerts by the Blossom Festival Band along with other orchestral presentations, and runs from the Fourth of July to Labor Day weekend alongside a summer-long season of concerts devoted to rock, jazz, country, and other popular music presentations. Live Nation operates the Blossom facility, and books and promotes each season's non-orchestral attractions. 

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2015 Blossom Music Festival, presented by The J.M. Smucker Company, features 17 concerts: 15 by The Cleveland Orchestra, including the Festival Opening concert on July 11 with Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting Beethoven’s epic masterpiece, Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”), with the Blossom Festival Chorus and soloists; the Blossom Festival Band performing a series of patriotic selections (July 4); Michael Feinstein: A Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra (July 18); the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (August 29); and concluding with a family-focused John Williams celebration (September 5 & 6) exclusively sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company – allat Blossom Music Center from Fourth of July weekend through Labor Day Weekend (July 2 – September 6, 2015). Details of the 2015 Blossom Music Festival season, including soloist and conductor debuts, are available online at clevelandorchestra.com.


The Cleveland Orchestra

As it nears the centennial of its founding in 2018, The Cleveland Orchestra is undergoing a new transformation and renaissance. Universally acknowledged as among the best ensembles on the planet, its musicians, staff, board of directors, volunteers, and hometown are working together on a set of enhanced goals for the 21st century – to develop the youngest audiences of any orchestra; to renew its focus on fully serving the communities where it performs through concerts, engagement, and music education; to continue its legendary command of musical excellence; to build on its tradition of community support and financial strength; and to move forward into the Orchestra’s next century with a strong commitment to adventuresome programming and new music.

The Cleveland Orchestra divides its time each year across concert seasons at home in Cleveland’s Severance Hall and each summer at Blossom Music Center. Additional portions of the year are devoted to touring and to a series of innovative and intensive performance residencies. These include an annual set of concerts and education programs and partnerships in Florida, a recurring residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, and regular appearances at Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival, at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, and at Indiana University.