Suburban Symphonies

I just wanted to tell you that I read your article "And the Bands Play On" in the Cincy Business issue distributed at the Athena awards luncheon (October/November). I really enjoyed reading this.

I actually play in two of the orchestras you mentioned"”CMO (Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra) and CCO (Cincinnati Community Orchestra). Several groups on the list do pay their players, and so that creates the need for ticket sales and constant fund-raising. Other groups, though, such as CMO and CCO, are membership orchestras: We all pay dues to play in the group, there is minimal fundraising, and concerts are free and include "passing the hat" for contributions.

Orchestras like this are really unaffected by the seemingly large number of groups in the area when it comes to survival issues. Also, the more groups there are, the more opportunities there are for musicians to play. I spent many years in Sandusky, Ohio, where there is one orchestra for the region (Firelands Symphony Orchestra). More average-ability players couldn't get into this group, so they were really out of luck with no other local group to play in.

The CMO did several summer concerts, and I was part of those performances of Wicked that you referenced. Very enjoyable to do!

Dr. Nancy Linenkugel, OSF
President, Chatfield College
St. Martin and Cincinnati

From the 'Burbs

I would like to thank you for the exceptional article on the "Suburban Symphonies" that are emerging in the Tristate.
Your angle and subsequent publicity of the Lebanon Symphony is truly appreciated. When we were notified that the Cincinnati Enquirer would no longer cover the arts in Lebanon, we were dumb-founded and frankly puzzled by their decision. We really have something good going on up here, and our audience certainly appreciates what we do. Because providing music in a safe environment, at a reasonable cost, is important to our families in the "burbs."

Carol Donovan
Managing Director
Lebanon Symphony Orchestra
& Chorus

Athena Award

You are all to be congratulated on a wonderful first-class event (the 2006 Athena Award banquet). Everything went so smooth. Your staff was so gracious.

I am still stunned at winning. There were so many wonderful and talented women competing. It's amazing I would receive an award for doing something I love and enjoy.

I have the Athena Award sitting on my desk in front of me, and it is just beautiful. Thanks for a wonderful, memorable day.

Marion Allman
The Art Institute of Cincinnati

Youth Opportunities

On behalf of Youth Opportunities United, thank you for Cincy Business's support of the 5th annual "Swinging & Cruising at Coney" gala. We were delighted at this partnership opportunity with your magazine, and appreciate your generosity and interest in helping make our annual fund-raising event a success.

Youth Opportunities United is a volunteer-intensive, local non-profit organization established in 1990 to create new options for community-based prevention and intervention into the problems confronting our youth. We are committed to reversing the trend of increasingly severe youth problems such as delinquency, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and truancy.

Again, thank you for your support of our mission to help Cincinnati's at-risk youth.

Cynthia S. Muhlhauser
Board Member
Youth Opportunities United


The Will McIntosh feature ("Where There's a Will," October-November) should have reported that he believes naming rights for the College of Business could be worth $50 million or more.

Photos of new Xavier University business faculty (Cincy Digest-Education, October-November) should have been credited to Greg Rust/Xavier University.

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