The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Reprises One City, One Symphony Initiative With “Heroes”-Themed Program


The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Louis Langrée announce the reprisal of the wildly popular One City, One Symphony initiative, designed to bring people together through music. The Orchestra, along with dozens of community partners, will provide opportunities for audiences to connect and discuss music in-depth, leading up to the CSO’s performances on November 14, 15 & 16, 2014 at Music Hall. This year’s program centers around the theme of “Heroes,” culminating with Mahler’s expansive First Symphony, known simply as “Titan.” Also on the program are Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, as well as the Hymne à la justice, written by French composer Albéric Magnard (who became a national hero when he died defending his home and family from German soldiers in World War I).

One City, One Symphony will again feature community listening parties, dozens of community partners and collaborations, educational materials, radio broadcasts and more.

One City, One Symphony: Many Hands
In the spirit of heroism inspired by the concert program, the CSO introduces for the first time “One City, One Symphony: Many Hands.” Recognizing that the smallest acts of kindness can change the world, the CSO is inviting the entire community to give back this fall through volunteer service. Whether helping a neighbor or a favorite charitable organization, between September 13- November 7, volunteers can track community service hours via an online form on the CSO’s website. Adults logging eight or more hours and students 17 and under logging four or more hours will earn a voucher redeemable for one free ticket to the CSO’s November 14-16 performances at Music Hall. The CSO has partnered with Welcomers Community Volunteer Network, United Way and Give Back Cincinnati, collectively providing hundreds of organizations and causes with which to volunteer.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the CSO as part of One City, One Symphony: Many Hands. The Orchestra is one of Cincinnati’s top ambassadors to the world, and it’s amazing to watch our community rally together around the joy of music,” said Shannon Carter, co-founder of the Welcomers Network. “The Welcomers Network is all about showcasing the Queen City’s world class hospitality, and this volunteer initiative, in tandem with the city’s largest arts organization, is indicative of the best Cincinnati has to offer.”

“United Way Volunteer Connection is excited to partner with the Symphony to build volunteerism in our community,” says Kathy Buckley, director, United Way Volunteer Connection. “It’s just one more example of the great things that happen when we live united.”

“Give Back Cincinnati is excited to partner with the One City, One Symphony: Many Hands program to offer Young Professional volunteers the opportunity to attend this CSO program,” said Adam Pulskamp, President of Give Back Cincinnati. “Give Back has been providing YP’s the opportunity to volunteer and develop their skills in Cincinnati for 14 years now. We are excited to partner with the CSO, Welcomers Community Volunteer Network and United Way to provide volunteers recognition for their hard work throughout Cincinnati and invite them to enjoy all the city has to offer.”

For the online volunteer log or ideas on how to get involved, visit

Day of Service: In addition, volunteers may also choose to participate in the CSO’s “Day of Service” on Monday, November 3, joining Louis Langrée, CSO musicians, staff and fellow audience members in a rewarding service experience. More details on the Day of Service will be announced at a later date.

Volunteer Celebration & Launch Party: A Volunteer Celebration and Many Hands Launch Party, hosted by the Welcomers Network, will be held on September 24, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Music Hall lobby. Attendees can learn more about different volunteer opportunities and celebrate the beginning of the “Many Hands” initiative. The party will also recognize the dozens of volunteers who helped with this year’s LUMENOCITY®. To register for the launch party, visit or email [email protected]

Listening Parties
One City, One Symphony will once again feature free neighborhood “listening parties” designed to explore and discuss the pieces at locations throughout the Tri-state and moderated by CSO musicians and conductors. Over a dozen listening parties are scheduled throughout Greater Cincinnati beginning in September. More details on Listening Parties will be available at a later date.

For a current list of Listening Parties visit

Radio Broadcasts
Radio station 90.9 WGUC will present six radio broadcasts of the works by Beethoven, Magnard and Mahler leading up to the CSO performances. The station will play Hymne à la justice on Monday, October 6 at 11:44 a.m. and Thursday, October 30 at 2:44 p.m., Coriolan Overture on Wednesday, October 22 at 1:05 p.m. and Friday, November 7 at 10:06 a.m., and Titan Symphony Tuesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, November 13 at 6 p.m.

A full schedule of One City, One Symphony events, along with other information about Beethoven’s, Magnard’s and Mahler’s music is available at the Orchestra’s webpage.

The November 14, 15 & 16 concerts are part of the Masterworks Series, which is sponsored by U.S. Bank. The Concert Sponsor is HORAN. The sponsor for the “Many Hands” initiative is the Louis Taft Semple Foundation. The ArtsWave Partner company for these concerts is Duke Energy. Tickets for these performances start at $12 and are available now by calling (513) 381-3300 or visiting