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A Letter from the President | April 2017


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Dear Friends,

This month marks the end of my tenure as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra President, and I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to our CSO family.

Thank you to generations of Cincinnatians who created and have continued to support the CSO, allowing this revered ensemble and remarkable organization to grow and flourish.

Thank you to the community that welcomed my family and me with open arms eight years ago and for the great times we’ve had and deep friendships we’ve formed.

Thank you to the CSO musicians, not only for your extraordinary artistry that we all get to experience week after week, but also for your steadfast dedication to the health and long-term sustainability of this organization. From the moment I arrived amidst a financial crisis, we rolled up our sleeves and tackled difficult issues together. I must especially recognize Players Committee Chairs Dick Jensen, Stacey Woolley and Ted Nelson, and AFM, Local 1 Presidents Gene Frey and Paul Frankenfeld for your thoughtful partnership. The results speak for themselves, and you truly exemplify our core value to be determined for greatness.

Thank you to our artistic leaders, CSO Music Director Louis Langrée and Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, for continuing to bring excellence and innovation to our programming and to our stage. Few can fully appreciate the depth of your commitment to the Orchestra and this community.

Thank you to the Board of Directors for the opportunity to serve the organization and for your guidance and support these past eight years. Members from throughout my tenure have given their time, talent and financial resources to ensure the Orchestra is among the world’s greatest. I’m especially grateful to the Board Chairs for your leadership: Marvin Quin, Melody Sawyer Richardson, Jim Schwab and Francie Hiltz. Simply put, our successes would not have been possible without you.

Thank you to the hardest working staff among all orchestras, my wonderful assistant, Lauren Roberson, and the extraordinary senior management team for your inspired leadership. Every day I have marveled at your dedication, creativity, tenacity and ability to plan and execute amazing and often complex projects. The Orchestra’s success is a testament to your skill, passion and professionalism. You’ve made me a better leader.

Finally, I want to thank our audiences, volunteers and donors. People from outside the area often wonder how a metro region the size of Cincinnati maintains an acclaimed, full-time orchestra when many larger markets aren’t able to. The answer is you. You are the driving force. We are successful because of you. Please continue to make this great institution a priority in your life.

As I begin the next chapter of my professional life at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, I leave the Queen City with the confidence that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is primed for continued success. From the exciting grand opening of our renovated and beloved Music Hall in October to this year’s international tours, this is an exciting time for the CSO and Pops, and there’s much more to come. With many innovative projects and the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary on the horizon in 2019–20, outstanding leadership and talent at every level, and a dedicated and supportive community, the CSO will continue to thrive.

With appreciation and admiration,


Sincerely,


Trey Devey

This month marks the end of my tenure as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra President, and I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to our CSO family.Thank you to generations of Cincinnatians who created and have continued to support the CSO, allowing this revered ensemble and remarkable organization to grow and flourish.Thank you to the community that welcomed my family and me with open arms eight years ago and for the great times we’ve had and deep friendships we’ve formed.Thank you to the CSO musicians, not only for your extraordinary artistry that we all get to experience week after week, but also for your steadfast dedication to the health and long-term sustainability of this organization. From the moment I arrived amidst a financial crisis, we rolled up our sleeves and tackled difficult issues together. I must especially recognize Players Committee Chairs Dick Jensen, Stacey Woolley and Ted Nelson, and AFM, Local 1 Presidents Gene Frey and Paul Frankenfeld for your thoughtful partnership. The results speak for themselves, and you truly exemplify our core value to be determined for greatness.Thank you to our artistic leaders, CSO Music Director Louis Langrée and Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, for continuing to bring excellence and innovation to our programming and to our stage. Few can fully appreciate the depth of your commitment to the Orchestra and this community.Thank you to the Board of Directors for the opportunity to serve the organization and for your guidance and support these past eight years. Members from throughout my tenure have given their time, talent