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Cleveland Orchestra announces new “Summers@Severance” series for August 2014

6/2/2014, 4:09 p.m.

Orchestra expands its summer concert offerings with three Friday nights at Severance Hall

New series of classical concerts adds to the resurgent vitality of University Circle and Uptown neighborhoods

Thompson Hine LPP sponsors “Summers@Severance” as partner in the Orchestra’s ongoing initiatives to expand concert offerings

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra announces a new series of concerts, “Summers@Severance,” to be performed on three Friday nights at Severance Hall in August 2014. The series, sponsored by Thompson Hine LLP, takes place August 1, 15, and 29, with each concert beginning at 7 p.m. The series marks the first time in decades that the Orchestra is presenting its own series of ticketed summer concerts in Cleveland — and is designed to expand the ensemble’s summertime offerings and showcase the Orchestra as an integral part of its home neighborhood all year round.

“With the renewed vitality and ongoing success of University Circle and Uptown as a thriving urban neighborhood, we believe that The Cleveland Orchestra can be an active part of that growth and excitement throughout the year,” said Gary Hanson, the Orchestra’s executive director, in announcing the new series. “The Cleveland Orchestra has branched out in recent years. We are experimenting with different kinds of programming, and want to continue developing new series to serve Northeast Ohio. Summers@Severance expands beyond the Orchestra’s annual Blossom Music Festival concerts, giving classical concertgoers more options and more music.”

The Summers@Severance programs on three Friday evenings in August are being created to present popular orchestral programming at a friendly time in the acclaimed acoustics of Severance Hall. Each will be presented in collaboration with important Cleveland institutions, as the Orchestra continues to embrace its role as a major cultural partner across the life of Northeast Ohio. The entire series celebrates and adds to the diversity of summer cultural offerings in the University Circle area.

“The Cleveland Orchestra is a major cornerstone of the University Circle neighborhood,” commented Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. “We are extraordinarily excited to have the Orchestra opening its doors for Summers@Severance. These concerts will join together with a wide array of summertime activities and festivities, from the fun of Wade Oval Wednesdays to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s MIX event mingling, from Parade the Circle to special exhibits at museums and more unusual performances of theater and music with Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and to the new visual arts scene at MOCA and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Great arts make great neighborhoods.”

The August 15 concert is taking place in conjunction with Cleveland’s hosting of the 2014 Gay Games, August 9-16, and will be one of several official cultural events for the Games.

For the August 29 concert, the Orchestra is partnering with area colleges and universities as a special kick-off to the fall semester and the Orchestra’s ongoing and successful programs to draw young people to concerts throughout the year.

“As long-time supporters, we are delighted to be sponsoring The Cleveland Orchestra’s ongoing work in building new audiences and providing opportunities for younger audiences to connect with the Orchestra,” said Deborah Read, managing partner of Cleveland-based law firm Thompson Hine LLP, the corporate sponsor for the Summers@Severance series. “The Orchestra is having significant success developing new programming that has greater appeal to particular audiences, and we are pleased to be supporting this success. Music is uplifting and inspiring for all audiences — and no one plays it better than The Cleveland Orchestra.”