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Additional Tour Outreach Activities

24 CSO musicians performed in 17 outreach events including recitals, masterclasses, chamber music performances, private lessons, and serving as Guest Principals with other orchestras during and after the tour.


The CSO and Pops, led by Music Director Louis Langrée and Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, embarked on a tour of Asia in March, serving as Cincinnati’s ambassador in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tainan and Taipei. The Orchestra’s touring activity continued in the late summer of 2017 with a three-week CSO tour of Europe. 

The CSO had more than personality working in its favor. It took only a few seconds to realize that the orchestra's well-honed sound and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center's excellent acoustics were a perfect match. -Seen and Heard International 

• Seen and Heard International
• Shanghai Radio LOVE 103.7
• Taipei Times
• Review in Hong Kong Economic Journal
• TV & Facebook Live in Taiwan - TVBS
• Shanghai Newspaper

One sell-out and three near sell-outs in major Asian cultural capitals

The CSO’s 2017 touring activity was made possible by Tom and Dee Stegman and the estate of Chuck Yeiser, and the major underwriter for the Pops appearances in Asia was Edyth B. Lindner. These major underwriters were also joined by the following supporters of the Asia tour: Susan Friedlander; Tom Garber and Family; Flo and Ron Koetters; The Harold C. Schott Foundation/Francie and Tom Hiltz, Trustees; and Western Pacific Holdings. 



 In the fall of 2016, the CSO released its second recording under Louis Langrée's leadership. Concertos for Orchestra garnered critical acclaim from such outlets as Gramophone, ResMusica, WWFM and more. This recording was made possible by Tom and Dee Stegman and Mace Justice.


This season the CSO launched CSO In Concert in partnership with radio station 90.9 WGUC. The program offers free online streaming of all CSO subscription concerts and select special concerts on the CSO’s website for one week following their air date on WGUC.

 Over 28,350,000 listeners experienced the CSO through 26 national radio broadcasts (AS OF AUGUST 1, 2017) 


Louis Langrée and the CSO continued a three-year collaboration with director James Darrah focused on the Maeterlinck play, Pelléas et Mélisande. The second installment was supported by Ginger and David W. Warner.


While the CSO regularly attracts some of the world’s most renowned musicians as soloists and members of the Orchestra, for this critical transition year, three luminaries of the music world joined the Orchestra, each for a special, one-night-only performance. Pianist Lang Lang, violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma each performed to enthusiastic crowds. These extraordinary performances were underwritten by the Harold C. Schott Foundation/Francie and Tom Hiltz, Trustees. Other international stars that joined the CSO and Pops at the Taft Theatre included Hilary Hahn, Emanuel Ax, Vanessa Williams, Ben Folds, Jennifer Koh, Juanjo Mena, Christian Tetzlaff, Smokey Robinson, Alexander Gavrylyuk and Midori.


The CSO is the official orchestra of the Cincinnati May Festival, Opera and Ballet, helping elevate the artistry of these great organizations.