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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou through music and poetry.


The One City, One Symphony 2015 program centers on the theme of freedom, featuring a new CSO commission that sets the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou to music, and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World.

What is One City, One Symphony?

One City, One Symphony is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s community-wide project that brings us together through music. By connecting music the CSO performs at Music Hall to themes relevant to each of us in our everyday lives, One City, One Symphony inspires us, provokes our thinking, and celebrates our shared humanity. Amplified by the enthusiasm of dozens of community partners, One City, One Symphony has inspired people and created community conversation since its debut in 2012.


Freedom Poetry Contest



New this year, we asked the community to tell us what freedom means to them through the Freedom Poetry Contest. We are proud to announce the six winners! Winning poems will be read at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County during FREE Poetry Readings on NOV 7 & 11.





Grand Prize: Dana Schneider of Edgewood, KY - "Is Freedom Just Not That into Me?"
1st Prize: Bridget Bill of Cincinnati, OH - "A Snow Globe Sky"
2nd Prize: Alison Maniace of Columbus, OH - "Are We There Yet?"

Grand Prize: Mark Flanigan of Cincinnati, OH (Prospect Hill) - "The Bell Ringer’s Song"
1st Prize: Richard Hague of Cincinnati, OH (Madisonville) - "Finding Freedom"
2nd Prize: Elese Daniel of Cincinnati, OH (Mt. Auburn) - "Self-portrait at 25"

SAT, NOV 7 2 PM         Poetry Reading (Grades 9-12 Winners), Corryville Branch Library
WED, NOV 11 7 PM      Poetry Reading (Adult Winners), Main Library

Jori An Cotton, Spoken Word Instructor at Elementz
Pauletta Hansel, Writer-in-Residence at WordPlay

Alysia Nicole Harris, Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at Taft Museum of Art
Carl Phillips, Poet-in-Residence at University of Cincinnati



Concerts at Music Hall


The November 13 -14 concerts have passed, but thanks to our broadcast partners, you’ll still be able to experience this powerful and moving program. Stay tuned for One City, One Symphony concert broadcasts dates on CET and Classical 90.9 WGUC.

Louis Langrée, conductor

Regina Taylor, narrator
Music Hall

Concert program:
- Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2
- Jonathan Bailey Holland, T.J. Cole, and Kristin Kuster create a world premiere of short works based on the poems Equality, Elegy, and Forgive by Dr. Maya Angelou
- Dvorák's Symphony No. 9, From the New World






The Literature of Freedom


Celebrate Dr. Maya Angelou's legacy with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County by reading the Featured Book of the Month for November 2015, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Become a member of the public library and place a hold on the November Book of the Month, or peruse the library catalog for various works by and about Dr. Maya Angelou.


Listening Parties


Explore the theme of FREEDOM as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and our community commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and celebrate the legacy of the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Leaders from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will discuss freedom through the lens of classical music— Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World as well as newly commissioned pieces featuring the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou. Listen to recorded musical excerpts, hear the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou that will be featured in a newly commissioned orchestral work, and enjoy a Q&A with the speakers. Light refreshments to follow.

MON, OCT 19 7 PM       
Walnut Hills | Church of the Advent | 2366 Kemper Lane, Walnut Hills, 45206
Speakers: Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President of NURFC & Stacey Woolley, CSO violinist

THU, OCT 22 7 PM      
Avondale | Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church | 3655 Harvey Avenue, Avondale, 45229
Speakers: Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President of NURFC & Isaac Thompson, CSO Director of Artistic Administration 

TUE, OCT 27 7 PM        
Madisonville | Madisonville Recreation Center | 5320 Stewart Avenue, Madisonville, 45227
Speakers: Dr. Michael Battle, Vice President & Provost of NURFC & Stacey Woolley, CSO violinist

MON, NOV 2 7 PM      
Covington | Kenton County Public Library | 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011
Speakers: Dr. Michael Battle, Vice President & Provost of NURFC & Chris Philpotts, CSO Principal English hornist

THU, NOV 5 6:30 PM    
Price Hill | MYCincinnati | 3120 Warsaw Avenue, Price Hill, 45205
Speakers: Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President of NURFC & Chris Philpotts, CSO Principal English hornist


Or, host your own Listening Party like our friends at the Amelia Branch of Clermont County Public Library.

TUE, OCT 20 6:30 PM    
Amelia | Clermont County Public Library | 58 Maple St. Amelia, 45102
This library branch is hosting their own Listening Party during their Tune Talk program. 


Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 on WGUC

Listen to Dvořák at home, in your car or on your phone! Tune into 90.9 WGUC to listen to some of the most revered recordings of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony in the weeks leading up to the concerts:

TUE, OCT 6, 3:14 PM           Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
WED, OCT 14, 11:18 AM     Los Angeles Philharmonic, André Previn
FRI, OCT 23, 2:16 PM          Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch
MON, NOV 2, 10:15 AM       Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Libor Pesek
THU, NOV 12, 6:00 PM        Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi


Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 on Spotify

Want to listen on demand? Access our One City, One Symphony playlist on Spotify. 
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Community Partners & Sponsors


One City, One Symphony 2015 Community Partners

Please learn more about our Community Partners and their related events in our neighborhood!

Classical Roots
Join us for an uplifting celebration of the musical heritage that has inspired millions, featuring the CSO Classical Roots Community Mass Choir and your Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This event sells out annually, so plan early!

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 
Visit the Emancipation Proclamation on exhibit, right here in Cincinnati! And on Nov 12 at 6:30 PM join the CSO's Multicultural Awareness Council for an Open Reception featuring Golden Globe Award-Winning Actress Regina Taylor.

Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement
Check out the lecture by Eric Jackson, associate professor and director of Black World Studies Program at NKU and his talk "Race and Race Relations in the U.S." Tickets an info at sixatsix.nku.edu

Taft Museum of Art
The "Heroism in Paint: A Master Series by Jacob Lawrence" exhibit offers the rare opportunity to see one of his most important series in its entirety -- the dramatic story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, revered as the founding father of Haiti, is recounted through 41 tempera paintings. 


ArtsWave & ArtsWave’s Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts
Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation 
The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington
CET (Channel 48)
Church of the Advent
Cincinnati Union Bethel
Clermont County Public Library
Community Builders
Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Kenton County Public Library
Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Madisonville Recreation Center
Price Hill Will
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Walnut Hill Historical Society
Walnut Hills Area Council
WordPlay Creative Writing Center
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
90.9 WGUC

 One City, One Symphony 2015 Sponsors