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Why I Support The Cleveland Orchestra

Janet Kramer

"I'm proud to know that our story and our legacy live in the music."
—Janet Kramer

My name is Janet Kramer, and I'm a proud supporter of The Cleveland Orchestra.

My first Cleveland Orchestra concert was in the winter of 1979 when I moved here from Cincinnati. A friend invited me to the Orchestra's singalong of Handel's Messiah. Severance Hall was packed! Singing along with the Orchestra and my friends, I was so moved. It was the first thing that really connected me to this community. And it kindled one of my favorite traditions: sharing The Cleveland Orchestra with people I love.

Over 20 years later, I attended the Orchestra's Gala Evening with my late husband, Bob. It was just after Severance Hall underwent a major renovation. Walking in, side by side, we were stunned by the beauty of the hall. We always knew we had one of the best orchestras in the world, and now we had a hall to match! That will always be one of my favorite nights. It made me proud to call myself a Clevelander.

Bob and I shared many special evenings together with The Cleveland Orchestra. We met musicians and conductors, listened to our favorite pieces and developed relationships with the staff. Even after Bob's passing, spending time with the Orchestra makes me feel at home.

That's why I've chosen to create my legacy with The Cleveland Orchestra. It just feels right. When I give to the Orchestra, I know I'm supporting something bigger than myself.

I'm proud to know that our story and our legacy live on in the music, and I hope future generations will enjoy The Cleveland Orchestra just as Bob and I did for decades.

Donors like Janet make a lasting impact with their gifts to The Cleveland Orchestra, and you can, too. To learn how you can offer long-term support for the Orchestra, please contact Katie Shames at 216-231-8006 or kshames@clevelandorchestra.com.