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The Cleveland Orchestra announcers ‘The Circle’ for young professionals

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Inaugural event to take place prior to The Cleveland Orchestra’s January 17 concert at Severance Hall

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a new group geared for the young Cleveland professional between the ages of 21-40 called “The Circle”. The group is designed to attract those who share a deep love of classical music as well as an interest in supporting the Cleveland Orchestra.

Among the benefits of being a member of the circle is exclusive access to the Orchestra, opportunities to meet the musicians as well as socialize at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center. Members will also be supplied with bi-monthly concert tickets along with opportunities to attend social gatherings in order to network with friends and cultural business leaders of Northeast Ohio.

The purpose of “The Circle” is to increase opportunities for young people ages 21-40 to engage with each other in a social atmosphere as well as develop a core of future volunteer community leaders.

On Friday, January 17, 2014 the official launch of “The Circle” will take place prior to the Cleveland Orchestra’s concert conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. The concert will feature Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony, and a United States premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Teufel Amor. The reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Cost of membership inThe Circle is $15 per month for one membership and $20 per month for two memberships and includes bi-monthly tickets. New members join for a minimum of six months.

A launch event was held in December at the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Mackenzie Hutton, president of The Circle and Program Management Specialist for Forest City Enterprises said, “The event at the Great Lakes Brewing Company was the perfect way to introduce our new group and we are excited to hold our first event at Severance Hall on January 17th. The Circle is a great addition to the Cleveland Young Professionals scene and will provide an unparalleled opportunity to become involved with a world-class orchestra and a true cultural gem.” Additional leaders of The Circle include Kristen Grabenstein, Forest City Enterprises; John Pal Siemborski, Ernst & Young LLP; Mary LaVenia, Great Lakes Brewing Company and Sherry Yu, CWRU Medical Student.

Tickets for the reception and concert on Friday, January 17 are $15. To order tickets contact thecircle@clevelandorchestra.com. Updates about The Circle will be available on the Orchestra’s website clevelandorchestra.com and Facebook page.

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