A Letter from the President
A Letter from the President | September 2015
On the heels of another electrifying LUMENOCITY, we are delighted to welcome you to our 2015–16 season at Music Hall!
You might have read the May article in The New York Times declaring, “The orchestra world is all too familiar with vicious cycles of mounting deficits, dwindling audiences, difficulty raising money and cuts. But at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, things are moving happily in the opposite direction: think crescendo, not diminuendo.”
Toward the end of this past season I announced that we had just concluded a quiet endowment campaign to restore 14 full-time, tenure-track musicians to the Orchestra, eliminate our structural deficit and endow two additional weeks of Orchestra services for the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. As other major orchestras across the country struggle to maintain a 52-week year round season and some have in fact lost their 52-week standing, this campaign, which exceeded a $20 million goal, reaffirms our place as a city that supports a world-class orchestra year round, which is so essential to attracting and retaining the very best musicians.
With that, we also announced in May that our musicians and Board ratified a five-year contract agreement that takes us through the 2019–20 season, which is the 125th anniversary of our great orchestra. This contract was ratified four months before the expiration of our existing contract.
All of this reflects a culture of openness where we come together—musicians, management, Board members and supporters—to work on solving problems and looking to the future. And every step along the way, we never lose sight of our mission to seek and share inspiration with this extraordinary community we are honored to serve.
None of what we achieve would be possible without our great audiences. Thank you for being here, and we look forward to sharing many experiences with you throughout this fantastic season.