A Letter from the President | January 2016
Has it ever happened to you? While traveling out of town, you’ve heard the CSO or Pops on the radio, seen our CDs in a store, or stumbled upon a review of your hometown orchestra in a newspaper or magazine. With a great touring legacy, over 10 million recordings sold around the globe, and a regular presence on the broadcast airwaves, we have a particular appreciation and understanding that arts put Cincinnati on the map.
As many of you know, the CSO performed at the beginning of this month at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall for the 50th anniversary season of the Great Performers series, and your CSO under the direction of Louis Langrée was in fantastic company for New York’s premier classical music series. Among the prestigious list of other invitees this season are Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Joshua Bell leading the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Valery Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Pops’ American Originals album, led by John Morris Russell and released this past fall, also cracked the top five in two of Billboard’s charts and garnered praise from The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure and NPR’s Here & Now, shining a bright light on Cincinnati’s vibrant arts scene.
One of our core values is to be Cincinnati’s ambassador, committed to demonstrating that this city is a center of culture and excellence. This is important for many reasons, not the least of which is to attract talent, visitors and businesses to Greater Cincinnati.
With that, we are aligned strategically with our partners and supporters from ArtsWave to be a more competitive region for talent attraction by leveraging arts experiences perceived as extraordinary. That performance we presented in New York this month and the popular American Originals album certainly met the definition of extraordinary, as will the concert you’re experiencing with us now.
The CSO and Pops are proud to be ambassadors helping to put Cincinnati on the map.