The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that Richard and Emily Smucker have pledged $15 million to the orchestra in celebration of its 100th season and the launch of its second century. The gift will be used to fund artistic and education programs, with an emphasis on programs for young people. A significant portion of the gift will also support the orchestra’s endowment. The Smuckers have designated $3 million of their pledge as challenge grants. “The work these musicians do inspires audiences and young people throughout our community, across the nation, and around the world,” stated Richard K. Smucker, who is president of the Cleveland Orchestra’s board of directors. “From my own life experience, I know that music has the power to change lives.” Richard Smucker was elected board president of the Cleveland Orchestra in March 2017, and has served on the board of trustees since 1989. He stepped down as chief executive officer of the J. M. Smucker Company in 2016, after serving in leadership positions with the family-owned business for more than four decades.
Posted November 8, 2017
Pictured: The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall