The CSO is proud to feature LGBTQ+ artists and composers throughout the season, and to participate in events across the city celebrating diverse voices.

The CSO's commitment to inclusion

Walking the walk for 20+ years to celebrate equality and honor identity

  • Named a 2020 leader in gender equity by Queen City Certified
  • First arts organization in Cincinnati to extend same sex domestic partner benefits to employees
  • Pride-related events launched in 2000
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression included in the organization's equal opportunity employment statement in 2019
  • CSO staff and volunteers participate in the annual Cincinnati Pride Parade
  • LGBTQ+ representation on the CSO Board of Directors and senior management team
  • The CSO's Multicultural Awareness Council recently celebrated its 30th anniversary

20/21 Artists and Composers

While the full slate of LGBTQ+ programs for the 20/21 season were not possible due to COVID restrictions, we continue to acknowledge the 100+ year (r)evolution of the LGBTQ+ community in the arts and the broader community. During our re-scaled season of in-person and digital concerts JAN-MAY 2021, we welcome CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher, vocalist Darius de Haas and others who are able to live their lives out and proud. Join us to revel in the amazing artistry and reflect on the complicated history of the LGBTQ+ members of our world.


March 5-6, 2021 | 7:30 pm

CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher conducts Mahler’s penultimate work expressing the cruelty and beauty of life. Tickets + Info

This program will also premiere on our Digital Concert Series on MAR 27.


April 2-3, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Darius de Haas joins the Pops to deliver smooth and swinging tunes from Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke and more. Tickets + Info

This program will also premiere on our Digital Concert Series on APR 3.


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