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Signature Supporters

Our Signature Supporter program recognizes generous donors who give gifts of $2,500 or more annually. In celebration of their critical role in supporting The Cleveland Orchestra each year, these donors are recognized as members of special Signature Supporter Societies named to honor important and inspirational leaders in the Orchestra's history.

We are sincerely grateful to the growing list of individuals who have provided generous gifts of cash or pledges to the Annual Fund, benefit events, tours and residencies, and special program support.

Become a Signature Supporter

To join the generous donors who support The Cleveland Orchestra at the Signature Supporter level each year, follow this link to donate now or call Justine Porter, Leadership Gift Officer, at 216-231-7556.

We are pleased to recognize the generosity and leadership of our Signature Supporters with the following benefits:

Composer’s Circle: gifts of $2,500 to $4,999

  • 15% discount at the Cleveland Orchestra Store at Severance Hall
  • Recognition in the Severance Hall and Blossom Music Festival programs
  • Invitation for you & a guest to all four donor-exclusive open rehearsals at Severance Hall
  • Special meet & greet opportunity with musicians before an open rehearsal
  • Access to Kulas Plaza, the private donor space at Blossom Music Center
  • Exclusive access to private dining in the Frank Hadley Ginn Suite for all Thursday Cleveland Orchestra subscription concerts
  • Exclusive access to private intermission service in the Frank Hadley Ginn Suite during Cleveland Orchestra evening subscription concerts (benefit exclusive to the 2019-20 season only)
  • Exclusive access to pre-concert bar service in the Frank Hadley Ginn Suite two hours before Saturday subscription concerts

The 1929 Society: gifts of $5,000 to $9,999

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Invitation to two exclusive behind-the-scenes speaker events during the season

Frank H. Ginn Society: $10,000 to $14,999

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Invitation to join domestic and international Orchestra Patron Tours

Dudley S. Blossom Society: $15,000 to $24,999

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Exclusive invitation to a season closing party in early summer 2020

Elisabeth DeWitt Severance Society: $25,000 to $49,999

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Blossom Music Festival concert dedication
  • Access to electronic or printed version of the season Listening Guide at request

George Szell Society: $50,000 to $74,999

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Severance Hall or Blossom Music Festival concert dedication

Lillian Baldwin Society: $74,999 to $99,999

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Severance Hall or Blossom Music Festival concert dedication with opportunity to interact with guest artists, conductors, and other special guests around your concert date

Adella Prentiss Hughes Society: $100,000 and more

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Personalized experiences to honor your visionary gift

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Signature Supporter SOCIETIES

The Adella Prentiss Hughes Society honors the Orchestra's founder and first manager, who from 1918 envisioned an ensemble dedicated to community service, music education, and performing excellence.

The George Szell Society is named after the Orchestra's fourth music director, who served for twenty-four seasons (1946-70) while refining the ensemble's international reputation for clarity of sound and unsurpassed musical excellence.

The Elisabeth DeWitt Severance Society honors not only the woman in whose memory Severance Hall was built, but her selfless sharing, including her insistence on nurturing an orchestra not just for the wealthy but for everyone.

The Dudley S. Blossom Society honors one of the Orchestra's early and most generous benefactors, whose dedication and charm rallied thousands to support and nurture a hometown orchestra toward greatness.

The Frank H. Ginn Society honors the man whose judicious management of Severance Hall's finances and construction created a beautiful and welcoming home for Cleveland's Orchestra.

The 1929 Society honors the vibrant community spirit that propelled 3,000 volunteers and donors to raise over $2 million in a nine-day campaign in April 1929 to meet and match John and Elisabeth Severance's challenge gift toward the building of the Orchestra's new concert hall.

Leadership Patron CommittEE

Brinton L. Hyde, Chair
Robert N. Gudbranson
, Vice Chair
Barbara Robinson, Past Chair

Ronald H. Bell
James T. Dakin
Karen E. Dakin
Henry C. Doll
Judy Ernest
Nicki N. Gudbranson
Jack Harley
Iris Harvie
Faye A. Heston
David C. Lamb
Larry J. Santon
Raymond T. Sawyer

The Cleveland Orchestra extends special thanks to the Leadership Patron Committee for their commitment to each year's annual support initiatives.

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