One City, One Symphony


From our friends at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a way to engage with classical music:

One City, One Symphony is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s community-wide initiative that brings us together through music. This year’s theme: FREEDOM!

How can you participate?

— Join the discussion at a FREE CSO LISTENING PARTY near you OCT 19–NOV 5. Explore the theme of FREEDOM as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and our community commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and celebrate the legacy of CSO creative collaborator, the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Leaders from the CSO and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will discuss freedom through the lens of classical music— Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World as well as newly commissioned pieces featuring the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou. Listen to recorded musical excerpts, hear the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou that will be featured in a newly commissioned orchestral work, and enjoy a Q&A with the speakers.

OCT 22, 7:00 PM: Avondale: Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church | 3655 Harvey Ave, 45229
OCT 27, 7:00 PM: Madisonville: Madisonville Recreation Center | 5320 Stewart Ave, 45227
NOV 2, 7:00 PM: Covington: Kenton County Public Library | 502 Scott Blvd, 41011
NOV 5, 6:30 PM: Price Hill: MYCincinnati | 3120 Warsaw Ave, 45205

— Winning poets of the CSO’s Freedom Poetry Contest (winners announced NOV 1) will be invited to read their poems at FREE POETRY READINGS at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. At these special events you will also learn about Dr. Maya Angelou’s poetry and how it inspired composers to create new pieces of music.

NOV, 7 2:00 PM: Grades 9-12 Winners, Corryville Branch
NOV, 11 7:00 PM: Adult (Age 18+) Winners, Main Library

— Want to learn more about Dr. Maya Angelou? Participate in The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s November BOOK OF THE MONTH program as our community collectively reads Dr. Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Enjoy a pre-concert Classical Conversation and a live CONCERT by the CSO at Music Hall on NOV 13-14. The concert program features a CSO commission of three world premiere works inspired by the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World. Concert tickets from $12! We will celebrate the completion of One City, One Symphony 2015 with a post-concert celebration in the Music Hall lobby after the SAT, NOV 14 concert, free to concert ticketholders. This concert will be broadcast on WGUC on Feb 7, 2016.

For more information visit We hope you will participate and spread the word.

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