The first annual Winter Spree to benefit The Cleveland Orchestra transported the glittering wintertime markets of Europe into the warm glow of Severance Center.
The 225 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the Smith Lobby with live music, while perusing a boutique marketplace filled with artisanal goods. Attendees were encouraged to wear semi-formal cocktail attire with a festive twist, bringing out sequins, satin and velvet to enhance the holiday mood.
A private concert by The Cleveland Orchestra in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall followed, conducted by Brett Mitchell. After the Winter Spree concert, guests were treated to a three-course, seated dinner in Severance’s Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer.
The event, co-chaired by Kathy Coleman and Judith Matsko, raised
more than $119,000 to support orchestra programs. Each year, The Cleveland Orchestra provides audiences with memorable, world-class music experiences at its venues, Severance Music Center and Blossom Music Center, on tour, and on its digital platform, Adella. In addition, the orchestra’s education and community programs reach more than 100,000 people annually and have been a cornerstone of the institution since its’ founding in 1918. They continue to evolve to reach people of all ages and backgrounds. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN