How Lumenocity’s success may help create a cohesive arts community

Posted on: August 6, 2014

In Tuesday’s (8/5) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio), John Faherty and Janelle Gelfand report that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Lumenocity 2014, held this past weekend in Cincinnati’s Washington Park, “was a success by nearly every measure.… But will the tens of thousands of people sitting and watching a show help create a cohesive arts community? … The center of the show, both literally and figuratively, was Music Hall. The musicians played in front of it, the lights played on it, the fans faced toward it. The building is also the center of a political debate about putting a sales tax levy on the November ballot to help renovate Music Hall and Union Terminal…. During the final show Sunday, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Louis Langrée spoke briefly to the audience about Music Hall…. ‘In Paris, when I go in front of the Louvre, or the Notre Dame de Paris, I don’t notice it anymore,’ he said. ‘Many people have told me, “Oh my God, I never saw it (Music Hall) like that before.” Now, when they come, they will remember this moment.’ … There are other issues to consider for next year and moving forward. Namely how to make the next Lumenocity even better and where to put all the people who want to go.”

Posted August 6, 2014

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