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THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

Richard K. Smucker elected as new President of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Board of Trustees At its regular meeting on Friday, March 3, Franz Welser-Möst and André Gremillet — and 2017, The Cleveland Orchestra‘s Board of Trustall my colleagues on the Board of Trustees, most ees elected long-time board member Richard especially the untiring efforts and far-sighted work K. Smucker to be the organization’s thirteenth that Richard Bogomolny and Dennis LaBarre have Board President. In this role, he will oversee brought in their leadership roles.” direction and governance for The Cleveland Or“It has been and will always be a privilege and chestra, working with the Board’s officers, Exan honor to serve this extraordinary institution,” ecutive Committee, and Trustees, alongside the said Dennis W. LaBarre. “As I hand the presidency Orchestra’s executive director, André Gremillet, to Richard K. Smucker, I remain fully committed and music director, Franz Welser-Möst. Smucker to The Cleveland Orchestra and its success, and was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1989. will be actively involved as chairman as we move Smucker succeeds Dennis W. LaBarre, forward into a Second Century of great music and who has led the group as Board great pride for our community — here President since 2009. LaBarre has at home and across the globe. Our work served on the board for 29 years. together is truly a team effort, and I am As part of the planned succession thankful to all my teammates, past, and leadership transition, LaBarre present, and future.” was elected as board chairman. “There is no institution or organRichard J. Bogomolny, who ization dearer to my heart than The served as President for eight years Cleveland Orchestra,” said Richard J. and most recently as Chairman for Bogomolny. “I will continue to do evthe past fifteen years, was honored erything I can to support The Cleveland with the title chairman emeritus, Orchestra’s unrivalled success, for future a first in the Orchestra’s history. generations and for the greater good RICHARD K. SMUCKER Both LaBarre and Bogomolny will and enrichment of this community.” remain actively involved in the Almost alone among America’s Board’s ongoing work for the Orchestra. top symphony orchestras, The Cleveland The Cleveland Orchestra is in final stages of Orchestra has a long tradition of leadership planning to celebrate its centennial and launch continuity across all three institutional arenas into its Second Century. Smucker has chaired — artistic, board, and staff. In 99 years, the the group’s Centennial Planning Committee, Orchestra has been led by only seven music and the Orchestra is announcing details of its directors, thirteen board presidents, and eight 100th season for 2017-18 on March 17. executive directors. Such long tenures and con“I am first and foremost indebted to everyone tinuity, coupled with well-planned and orderly who has come before me,” commented Richard K. transitions at each level, have helped deliver Smucker, upon his election as president. “There a remarkable cohesion and stable platform of is no better or finer orchestra in the world than The planning and support for the Orchestra as it rose Cleveland Orchestra, and that is due not just to to national and international fame to become, the extraordinary talent and dedication onstage, and continue as, one of the world’s greatest and but to the ongoing support and generosity of this most-acclaimed music ensembles. Franz Welsercommunity, and to the incredible hard work of Möst became the Orchestra’s seventh music staff members, Board members, and volunteers director in 2002, with his contract now extendacross a century of excellence. I am appreciative ing beyond 2020. André Gremillet joined the to have been chosen to help lead this great instituOrchestra as executive director in January 2016, tion forward into what I know will be an extraorsucceeding Gary Hanson, who had served as the dinary future. I am also so very thankful to have Orchestra’s eighth staff executive from 2004 to such great partners for the years ahead, including the end of 2015. Severance Hall 2016-17

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The Cleveland Orchestra March 16, 18 Concerts  

All-Stravinsky

The Cleveland Orchestra March 16, 18 Concerts  

All-Stravinsky