Mission: To Seek and Share Inspiration


Impact Summary


85+ UNIQUE ARTISTIC COLLABORATIONS including Yo-Yo Ma’s impassioned performance of Dvorák’s Cello Concerto

20 SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES ranging from CSO classical programs to Pops explorations of great American music to Lollipops Family Concerts

Five Diversity Fellows from across the country and around the world came together to seek and share inspiration through a program that's “CHANGING THE FACE OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS”

A diverse array of musical experiences brought joy and lasting memories to over 642,000 fans through the CSO’s MUSIC AND EVENT MANAGEMENT INC. (MEMI) subsidiary

The MUSICNOW FESTIVAL COLLABORATION continued to push the envelope, broadened the orchestral palette, and garnered praise and national attention

The CINCINNATI ENQUIRER called the 2016 installment of the groundbreaking, genre-crossing Pelléas Trilogy, with its innovative incorporation of music, visual effects and theater, “A REVELATION”

THE CONCERTOS FOR ORCHESTRA RECORDING, featuring three new major works now part of the orchestra canon, was praised as “AN AMBITIOUS AND BRAVE PROJECT”

FRIDAY ORANGE reimagined the concert experience with curated surprises and enhancements beyond the artistry on stage

A global audience reached digitally through the new CSO IN CONCERT streaming service and AMERICAN SOUNDSCAPES videos from the Pops

Six concerts in five cities performing for 10,000+ AUDIENCE MEMBERS marked the historic CSO and Pops tour of ASIA in March

24 CSO musicians embodied Cincinnati’s artistry and generous spirit though 17 OUTREACH EVENTS including recitals, masterclasses, guest appearances and chamber music performances while on tour in Asia

26 national radio broadcasts thrilled 28,350,000 LISTENERS coast to coast, and across the globe

Imaginative and inspiring community engagement and education programs reached over 56,000 individuals in the 2016-2017 season, with an additional 11,000 repeat contacts with regular program participants

The Nouveau Chamber Players program reached an important 10-YEAR MILESTONE, affirming a decade of meaningful impact for aspiring young musicians

The CLASSICAL ROOTS COMMUNITY MASS CHOIR presented expanded opportunities for Cincinnatians from area churches to come together and make music

LOUIS LANGRÉE became the third CSO Music Director in history to lead Cincinnati Opera performances with the lavish, celebrated production of LA BOHÈME

…nothing said so much about Yo-Yo Ma as the unassuming way he returned after intermission to sit at the back of the cello section, where he poured his heart and soul into playing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 with his colleagues. - The Cincinnati Enquirer


…a clear, committed performance that was a credit to the eager, courageous Cincinnati Symphony. - The New York Times