A Letter from the President | May 2016
Yes, we’re bringing it back for one last time.
Four years ago CSO Music Director Louis Langrée was introduced to Cincinnati through an orchestral concert experience like no other, LUMENOCITY. An incredible fusion of great orchestral music with living animation projected onto the façade of historic Music Hall drew 15,000 people to the park the first night alone, and a second performance drew 20,000. For the Orchestra, the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and the city, LUMENOCITY represented what the Enquirer called “a tipping point.” According to an editorial, “Before the glow was even off Music Hall, people were beginning to ascribe meaning to the music-and-light show,” and LUMENOCITY has continued to shine brightly.
This year, an all-new, reimagined LUMENOCITY (details at lumenocity2016.com) will serve as the introduction to our highly anticipated season packed with amazing performances and welcome audiences to our “home away from home” for one year, the Taft Theatre. Managed by our Music and Event Management Inc. subsidiary since 2011, the Taft Theatre is a revitalized gem in the city’s central business district, contributing to the cultural life of Cincinnati’s Downtown, and we are embracing this exciting opportunity to further enliven this neighborhood with riveting CSO and Pops performances throughout the season as well as exciting new initiatives.
“Enlivening Neighborhoods” is part of ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action with its call “to enhance the vibrancy of communities, in particular those that are underserved and/or undergoing revitalization, by increasing the accessibility and availability of arts organizations and experiences across the region.”
We embrace this call and look forward to engaging not only the Downtown neighborhood in the coming season, but seeking and sharing inspiration in neighborhoods across the Tri-state.
And of course as we bid farewell to Music Hall for now, we look forward to our return to this iconic hall and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in October of 2017. In the meantime, we’ll see you around the region this summer and at the Taft Theatre next season.