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A Letter from the President | November 2018


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Dear Friends,

This month marks the release of the Cincinnati Pops’ 95th album, American Originals: 1918. Conducted by John Morris Russell, this record draws inspiration from America’s cultural awakening at the end of the First World War 100 years ago, and the new popularity of American musical styles that reflect our country’s diversity. Recorded live at Cincinnati Music Hall last season, American Originals: 1918 celebrates and reimagines popular songs of this era with musical collaborators including Rhiannon Giddens, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Pokey LaFarge. If you attended one of the performances last year, you might even hear a little of yourself on the album!

A recording legacy is a mark of an accomplished orchestra. In Cincinnati, the CSO was the third American orchestra to make a commercial recording 101 years ago, and between the CSO and Cincinnati Pops, this Orchestra has sold over 10 million recordings around the world. Recordings speak to our core value to be Cincinnati’s Ambassador and help foster opportunities for the Orchestra to tour nationally and internationally.

Of course, the record business has changed dramatically in the past decade. The sale of compact discs continues to be supplanted by digital delivery of music through streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and Amazon Music. CSO and Cincinnati Pops recordings are available in all of these digital spaces as well as traditional CDs.

Beyond music subscription services, CSO IN CONCERT offers a different audio stream each week on the CSO website, and the American Soundscapes series features Cincinnati Pops performance videos for music fans around the world.

We are glad you are here to experience live music. Enjoy the performance!

Sincerely,