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A Letter from the President | March 2018


The world is full of interesting and beautiful destinations. So when The New York Times presented “52 Places to Go in 2018—A Starter Kit for Escaping Into the World” and selected, out of all the places to see on the planet, Cincinnati as number eight, we knew it had to be related to our region’s vibrant arts scene.

Right there—in The New York Times’ big beautiful spread showing the world’s most enticing destinations— is a giant photo of the audience at a CSO concert in the renovated Music Hall. You might even be in this photo…. It was taken by New York Times photographer Kevin Miyazaki on November 18.

The accompanying paragraph describes a neighborhood “enlivened” by both renovated and newly built performing arts venues. According to New York Times reporter Elaine Glusac, “Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is already home to microbreweries, farm-to-table restaurants and a streetcar linking it to downtown. In late 2017, a trio of new theaters heightened its cultural allure. The 1878 landmark Music Hall—home of the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera—reopened after a $143-million renovation.”

It was just in October that BBC Music magazine, the most widely read classical music publication in the world, called out Cincinnati as a musical destination city. So maybe our fair city is not one of the best-kept secrets anymore.

As a relative newcomer, I’ve very much enjoyed exploring all Cincinnati has to offer. Attending CSO and Pops concerts is a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to do the same.

Enjoy the performance!