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A Letter from the President | January 2018


Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

The Orchestra is starting off 2018 celebrating Grammy nominations for the most recent Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra recording, Concertos for Orchestra. The album was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée, conductor) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Zhou Tian, Concerto for Orchestra).

Not only are these nominations a great honor for the CSO, but they are also a testament to Louis Langrée’s artistic leadership, the Orchestra’s musicianship, the generosity that made the commissions and the recording possible, our commitment to new music and the tremendous recording legacy we have in Cincinnati that dates back to 1917.

Of course, there’s more to come. Later this year, we’ll be releasing the Cincinnati Pops’ American Originals, Volume 2, recorded live at Music Hall this past November and featuring John Morris Russell and the Pops performing with Rhiannon Giddens, Pokey LaFarge, and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

One of the organization’s core values is to be Cincinnati’s ambassador—to demonstrate that this city is a center of culture and excellence. The Grammy-nominated Concertos for Orchestra, heard by music fans around the world, along with other recordings, broadcasts, web streams and tours, affirms that core value.

We are also excited to see what 2018 has in store for the Orchestra and this amazing community we serve. There is a fantastic lineup of concerts from the CSO and the Cincinnati Pops on the second half of this current season right here at the renovated Music Hall, and the exciting announcements for the 2018–19 season are right around the corner. Louis Langrée, John Morris Russell, and the entire organization look forward to sharing that news with you.

Enjoy the concert!


Jonathan Martin