Multicultural Awareness Council

The Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC), celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2019/20 season, is a group of diverse community volunteers whose mission is to foster and increase awareness of CSO programs through diverse music programs, educational and community partnerships, scholarships for talented, underrepresented student musicians and audience development initiatives.

MAC volunteers support the work of the CSO in a number of ways, including:

  • Providing leadership, fundraising and guidance for CSO diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Helping increase awareness of CSO and Pops programs
  • Hosting special events and receptions
  • Volunteering at CSO and Pops concerts and events

Help us recognize local leaders who are champions for diversity and inclusion in the arts through our MAC Award for Diversity and Leadership in the Arts.

MAC Award Details     MAC Music Innovator

Meet the 2019-20 MAC Co-Chairs

Headshot of Daphney Thomas

Daphney Thomas

MAC Chair

Headshot of Quiera Levy Smith

Quiera Levy-Smith

MAC Co-Chair

Attend MAC Concerts

Join us for MAC Series concerts, highlighting artists and composers who have been traditionally underrepresented in orchestral music. Explore the 2019/20 MAC Series

Get Involved with MAC

We welcome anyone to join us as we spread the word about the CSO and Pops in our community. To learn more about MAC and to receive notifications on upcoming concerts, events and volunteer opportunities submit your information below. For questions, please contact mac@cincinnatisymphony.org. Receive Notifications

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MAC Celebrates 30 Years!

With the leadership of African-American Board members Dr. Lee Etta Powell and Earnest James, a committee formed to create the CSO Multicultural Awareness Council in 1989.

MAC marks its 30th anniversary in 2019/20 with a series of special public events.

400 Years Suite

Drummer Mark Lomax and the Mark Lomax Quartet, alongside CSO musicians, performs an excerpt from Mark’s project 400: An Afrikan Epic.

Date/Time: October 27, 2019 at 3 pm
Location: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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Celebrating Florence Price

A look at the life and music of composer Florence Price.

Date/Time: November 1, 2019 at 6 pm
Location: Music Hall
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Gospel Celebration!

A special performance by the Classical Roots Community Choir. FREE with registration.

Date/Time: November 9, 2019 at 4 pm
Location: Allen Temple AME Church
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Musical Matinee

Enjoy a matinee performance with the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows.

Date/Time: May 9, 2020 at 3 pm
Location: Music Hall
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