A Letter from the President | October 2016
It was 50 years ago this month that the CSO wrapped up an extensive, ten-week, first-of-its-kind world tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Stops on this 40-concert tour included Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Bombay, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul, among other great cities, and undertaking this world tour was a testament to the Orchestra’s core value of being Cincinnati’s Ambassador. You can read much more about this important moment in CSO history on page 12 in this edition of Fanfare Cincinnati.
Given this anniversary, it’s appropriate that we announced last month highly anticipated international tours to Asia this coming March, with six performances in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan, and to Europe in August and September. The Orchestra will perform both as the CSO with Music Director Louis Langrée conducting and as the Cincinnati Pops with John Morris Russell conducting, and will raise Cincinnati’s vibrant cultural profile with 17 concerts in 12 cities across seven countries on two continents. We look forward to showcasing the artistry and versatility of our musicians and the visionary leadership of Louis and John.
Both CSO international tours are made possible by Tom and Dee Stegman and the estate of Chuck Yeiser, and the major underwriter for the Pops appearances in Asia is Edyth B. Lindner. These major underwriters are 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. Additional underwriters for the European tour are Sheila and Chris Cole; Tom Garber and Family; David Herriman; Sandra and Stephen Joffe; Marilyn and Jack Osborn; Dianne and J. David Rosenberg; The Harold C. Schott Foundation/Francie and Tom Hiltz, Trustees; and Randolph and Sallie Wadsworth.
The significant commitment these funders have provided makes it possible for the Orchestra to continue a great legacy as Cincinnati’s Ambassador.
Through extraordinary concert experiences both here at home and on the other side of the world, the CSO and Pops are proud to play a key role in putting Cincinnati on the map.