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Arts Enliven Neighborhoods



The Orchestra launched a new immersive and engaging music experience for communities that desire additional local arts resources and events. The Pops Neighborhood Connection residency is a true collaboration between the Orchestra and each neighborhood partner. With the inaugural partnership in Walnut Hills, community members found Cincinnati Pops musicians, guest artists, and community artists engaged in schools, businesses, libraries and churches, all to enliven places where neighbors gather.


The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras presented their annual Memorial Day concerts at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park on May 29. Parents, families and neighbors spent the holiday enjoying music from these talented student musicians. A record estimated audience of 900 attended this free outdoor concert featuring pops and light classical selections by the CSYO Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras.


The Orchestra continued its collaboration with the combined orchestras and bands from Indian Hill, Mariemont and Madeira High Schools. Rehearsals and coaching with CSO and Pops conductors and musicians culminated in an April concert conducted by John Morris Russell with nearly 250 young musicians performing works inspired by the Ohio Valley.

 Amazing talent! JMR commands the audience with his storytelling and sheer passion for music and teaching. LOVE this opportunity for my son, a cellist with Mariemont’s Chamber Ensemble. - parent survey comment



The CSO traveled to Oxford, Ohio for a special concert at Miami University. The Oxford community responded warmly, forcing the Miami University Performing Arts Center to add overflow seating for the soldout concert.


For the fourth consecutive summer, the Cincinnati Pops performed live for a Fireworks Friday with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 21. Though the fireworks were cancelled due to weather, the Pops still delivered some fiery tunes, closing with the James Brown classic, “I Got You (I Feel Good).” John Morris Russell also threw out the first pitch to daughter Alma before the game.


CSO and Pops musicians are part of the fabric of Cincinnati. They attend and perform in worship ser vices around town, teach in the region’s universities and are otherwise committed citizens. CSO and Pops ensembles regularly perform in schools, local libraries and other community events like Downtown Dazzle, museum openings and more, demonstrating the joys of musicianship while connecting the community with the Orchestra in personal, meaningful ways. In June, the Pops returned to Troy, Ohio—an annual highlight for this town—and in July, Great Parks of Hamilton County hosted the Pops at Woodland Mound Park along the Ohio River. In August, the Orchestra returned to Greenacres Arts Center for its annual celebration alongside the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera. 24