Arts Enliven Neighborhoods
LUMENOCITY returned for its fourth and final year for three nights, Aug. 5-7. From this year’s theme, Re-Imagine, a new LUMENOCITY emerged unlike what anyone had experienced before. The CSO and Pops presented the overwhelmingly popular concert inside the Taft Theatre, to introduce the community to the Orchestra’s “home away from home” during the Music Hall renovation. The live performance by the Orchestra combined with thrilling 3-D projection-mapped visuals by artist-collaborators at Lightborne, an internationally renowned creative studio located in Cincinnati.
The Orchestra lit up Fifth Street in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati. The LUMENOCITY Block Party featured immersive, interactive art installations, including a Virtual Reality Dome,“Instrument 112,” a soundand audio-responsive installation, an opening Lantern Parade, lighted costumes worn by dancers from Pones Inc., community art projects and more. Kids of all ages delighted in the Family Fun Zone with lanternmaking, face-painting, bubble-blowing, jump-roping and more. In all, 22,000 people experienced LUMENOCITY: Re-imagine and many thousands more experienced the Block Party, broadcasts and webcasts.
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The Saturday, Aug. 6 television broadcast on WCPO and WCET reached 68,000 viewers throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. RE-IMAGINE Live webcasts were viewed by HUNDREDS of fans on 3 CONTINENTS on Friday and Saturday.
THANK YOU to the wonderful sponsors who made LUMENOCITY: Re-imagine happen.
The Orchestra actively engages communities throughout the region on a regular basis.
Ranging from concerts with full orchestra to small chamber groups and one-on-one interaction, performances by CSO and Pops musicians are part of the fabric of the neighborhoods they serve.
Students from MYCincinnati, an El Sistemainspired music education program located in Price Hill, frequently learn from and perform with CSO and Pops musicians and conductors
One City, One Symphony is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s community-wide project that connects communities through “listening parties” in underserved neighborhoods.
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This year’s One City, One Symphony listening parties took place in the five LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Place Matters communities (see map above) and attracted 173 attendees. CSO musicians co-presented these parties with Dr. C. G. Newsome and Dr. Michael Battle of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, fostering fruitful dialogue on the relationship between music (particularly Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony) and freedom and what that means today
New, immersive residency in Walnut Hills called
“POPS NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION”
“We are looking forward to the residency and the unique partnership designed especially for our community… Walnut Hills is a small community of about 6,000 residents that has been a diverse neighborhood since 1800. Our neighborhood sees this residency as a cultural resource, as we have very few cultural centers in Walnut Hills…” —Kathryne Gardette, community advocate
PRINCETON COMMUNITY CONCERT
The CSO performed a Community Concert at Princeton High School in fall of 2015. The performance, led by Music Director Louis Langrée, attracted students and families from the surrounding area and opened with a performance by the Princeton High School Orchestra, who had been training with CSO musicians in the weeks leading up to the concert. The concert served as a fundraiser for the school’s music programs. The Pops also performed in Troy, OH and at Miami Whitewater Forest during the summer of 2016.
SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES
CSO and Pops musicians regularly perform either solo or in small ensembles at community events and venues such as public libraries, retirement communities, club meetings and more.
POPS HIGH SCHOOL COACHING
John Morris Russell led an initiative over several months with the combined high school orchestras of Mariemont, Madeira and Indian Hill High Schools. Several coaching sessions with JMR and Pops musicians culminated in a performance led by JMR at Indian Hill High School featuring well over 200 students, thanks to the leadership of CSO Board Member Myra Chabut and her husband, Lou.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
John Morris Russell and the Pops celebrated Christmas in July at Great American Ball Park on July 15. The post-game performance treated 30,680 Cincinnati Reds fans to a live orchestral experience in sync with the weekly fireworks show over the Ohio River.