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Annual Report 2016

Dear Friends,

As we look back on an extraordinary 2015-16 season featuring groundbreaking artistic initiatives, commissions, recordings, collaborations, partnerships, and an acclaimed performance at New York’s Lincoln Center, we are also entering one of the most intricate and delicate moments in the life of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.

Arts put Cincinnati on the Map

Fall of 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the CSO’s historic world tour—the first American orchestra to be sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Stops on the 40-concert trip included Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Bombay, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul and more. In 2017, the CSO and Pops will again bring the “Cincinnati sound” around the globe.

Music Hall Renovation

Music Hall, one the nation’s most treasured performance venues and home to the Orchestra, is undergoing a major renovation that will realize long-awaited updates and upgrades throughout this iconic structure, building upon its world-class acoustics and retaining the hall’s historic grandeur.

Transition to the Taft Theatre

As the renovation of Music Hall continues, the CSO and Pops will perform the 2016-17 season at its home away from home, the historic Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati. The Orchestra’s subsidiary Music and Event Management, Inc. (MEMI), took on management of this art deco gem in 2011, making more than $3 million in improvements.