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Perspectives Spring 2019 Not long ago, Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern suggested that “Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” But following The Cleveland Orchestra’s recent three-week visit to Asia (March 26 to April 14), I’ve come to believe that home can be both a place and a feeling. Although we had a marvelous journey, featuring eleven unforgettable performances in seven cities, and exposing legions of new fans to the extraordinary experience of André Gremillet hearing this remarkable orchestra for the first time, I found myself overcome with gratitude upon returning to our hometown of Cleveland — a special place that always seems poised to provide the warm and welcome embrace we need after an extensive trip across the globe. At the airport in Cleveland, I was asked what it’s like to work for the Orchestra — a question I hear daily, whether navigating the streets of Shanghai or wandering the sidewalks near University Circle. Music lovers across Northeast Ohio — and around the world — seem excited to peek behind the curtain and learn about the day-to-day operations of this legendary organization. Of course, it’s impossible to distill more than a century’s worth of tremendous performances, education programs, and ground-breaking initiatives into a brief conversation. But after several years of practice, I’m able to detail a few of the reasons why I remain honored and humbled to work for this incredible institution: Great Music. The primary goal of the musicians onstage, our staff, and volunteers is for the Orchestra to play more great music for more people — presenting breathtaking and inspirational concert experiences for audiences of all ages. Whether handing out program books, operating the lighting at Severance Hall, or serving drinks at one of our concession areas, every member of the Orchestra family feels a wave of pride when these spectacular musicians begin to play. Regardless of how you ended up here — maybe you’re a subscriber, you’re coming to celebrate a special occasion, or you received tickets as a gift — we know many of you choose to share important moments in your life with us. And we’re committed to doing everything in our power to make each concert performance a magical and memorable event. Enthralling Education and Community Programs. In the Orchestra’s longstanding commitment to serve this city, few initiatives have greater impact or importance than our education programs. Created to engage people in concert halls, classrooms, and everyday life, these initiatives are responsible for inspiring thousands of students and adults through the power and passion of music. From personal experience, I can assure you there’s nothing more rewarding than watching a young person transfixed and transported by these wonderful musicians — and knowing the joy of music has been sparked in future generations. Unparalleled Community Support. For more than a century, the people of Cleveland have consistently proven themselves to be one of the most generous music-minded communities in the country. An impressive-sized group of individual donors from across the region form the bedrock of our annual support campaign with gifts, large and small. We’re also grateful for the ongoing patronage provided by corporations and members of our Heritage Society, who’ve earmarked legacy gifts to help continue growing the Orchestra’s Endowcontinues

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