The Cleveland Orchestra Receives Major Gift from Myrna & Jim Spira

By David Salazar

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a $4.6 million gift from Myrna and Jim Spira.

Per an official press release, the gift will support the organization’s artistic programming, pension fund, and annual fund. Additionally, the gift endows the Myrna and Jim Spira Bass Clarinet Chair.

“It’s a privilege to be part of a community that has supported the development of an orchestra of this caliber in a city of this size. It’s a remarkable civic accomplishment,” Jim Spira said. “I just grew up feeling that music is a very important part of human life. Music frees you from a confined space and allows your heart and soul to move freely. It touches your heart in a unique way.”

Spira joined the organization’s Board of Trustees in 2024.

“We are so grateful to Myrna and Jim for their generosity and continued support and are lucky to have them be part of our Cleveland Orchestra family,” said Cleveland Orchestra President & CEO André Gremillet said. “This incredible gift is not only inspiring but also essential in supporting our efforts to broaden and deepen relationships with Cleveland Orchestra audiences. This meaningful support also helps to ensure our sustainability and legacy for future generations.”