CSO Spectrum and CSO Encore bringing Orchestra fans together to benefit Orchestra
By Meghan Berneking
The Cincinnati Symphony Volunteer Association provides unique opportunities for members of the community to get involved with the Orchestra—all while promoting a cause they care about. Two such groups are CSO Spectrum and CSO Encore.
CSO Spectrum (formerly Pride Night) began in 2003 and has grown to support LGBT artists and programs with the CSO and Pops. The group has since garnered a reputation of hosting some of the most highly anticipated and unique events in support of the Orchestra. “In addition to the incredible events we’ve seen over the years—which include everything from a flaming donut bar to happy hours—we’ve been able to sponsor such renowned artists as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet through our fundraising efforts,” said William Stenger, CSO Spectrum Presenting Sponsor and co-chair along with Tim Giglio, Kathy Nardiello and Jared Queen. “It’s inspiring to see so many people come together to support the CSO and equality in the arts in such a meaningful way.” Next up for CSO Spectrum is the back-by-popular-demand T-Dance, complete with food, drinks and dancing, at The Transept on Jan. 24 prior to the Pops’ performance with Pink Martini and longtime CSO Spectrum friend Steven Reineke.
CSO Encore began several years ago as a way for young professionals living in Cincinnati to mingle with other YPs who shared their love for the CSO. Since then, the group has grown tremendously, often attracting over 200 people to post-concert parties, happy hours, fundraising events and learning sessions. “While CSO Encore is definitely about introducing YPs to the CSO and offering opportunities to get to know classical music, it’s also a place to meet other YPs who have an interest in the arts,” said Robert Bartz, CSO Encore co-chair along with Megan Selnick and Elisha Roser. “There is a lot of competition for the attention of young professionals—everything from sports to nightclubs and bars—so it’s great to see so many people in our generation lining up to experience the CSO in a fun, social way.” On Jan. 17, the group will try a first foray into every YP’s favorite meal—brunch—with a gathering at Taft’s Ale House prior to the CSO’s 2 pm “Stories in Concert” performance.
Visit cincinnatisymphony.org/support/get-involved for more information on these and other ways to get involved with the Orchestra.