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Dear Friends,

Looking toward The Cleveland Orchestra’s second century, I am filled with enormous pride in the one hundred year collaboration between the Orchestra and this community. The exceptional musicianship and dedication of this Orchestra are acclaimed anew with each passing season — here at home and around the world — and are bolstered by your incredible interest in what we do. Your devotion inspires us each and every day. Your musical curiosity and intellect drive us forward, to study more, to dream beyond the past, and to continue exploring new boundaries in music. Conducting each performance is as exciting an adventure as the first time I stepped on the podium at Severance Hall.

Our 100th season serves as an historic milestone, not only to celebrate our rich history, but to look forward to everything this institution will accomplish in the century to come. All of this is only possible because of you, through the passionate and devoted hometown that supports us, seeks answers, and eagerly attends our concerts. Against the ever-increasing and fractious challenges of today, I believe that we have an obligation to harness the life-changing power of music to make the world a better place — to push the limits of our art to create deep, meaningful experiences.

Music is an incredible tool for good — to inspire people, as Beethoven believed, in the “fight for good,” for what is right and true. Music inspires creativity, engages the imagination, and fosters learning and understanding. I truly believe that our plans for The Cleveland Orchestra’s next 100 years will indeed be exceptional. Together, we will launch a century filled with extraordinary, unexpected, and emotionally-charged musical experiences for everyone. Please join us for the adventure!

Best wishes,