Black Lives Matter

Our city and our nation are in anguish, catalyzed by systemic injustice and inequality. Violence against Black citizens, perpetuated by individuals and institutions, betrays the interlocking covenants to build an equitable society, and to serve and protect. The range of emotions we are experiencing—fear, anger, sadness, confusion—has once again been laid bare and must be addressed.

The mission of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is to seek and share inspiration and at its essence, the CSO exists to serve our community. Our entire community.

At this crossroads, the question has become “How can we best serve?” In the past we have responded to tragedy with the inspirational, healing power of music, and we will continue to use that power. As racism and inequity continue to plague our nation, however, it is clear that music isn’t enough. Words are not enough.

Where do we go from here? We must go forward with an evolving purpose to continue to fulfill our longstanding mission.

We see you. We hear you. We realize we must do better, and today we reaffirm our commitment to push for justice and equality, elevate our role as a voice of positive change, and amplify the voices of those who can help us realize that change.

Moving Forward

The CSO has developed and is implementing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Action Plan to immediately prioritize the organization’s deepening commitment to better representing and serving the entirety of its community. This Action Plan is designed to complement and coalesce with the longer-term strategic plan.

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