Cincinnati Symphony LumenoCity event proves hugely popular

August 24, 2013 by  

Cincinnati residents were recently treated to “LumenoCity”, a sound-and-light show put on by the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra along with the Cincinnati Ballet.

The event proved to be so popular that organizers scrambled to make changes for the crowd anticipated for the Sunday night performance. The orchestra anticipated a turn-out of perhaps 10,000 people, but the actual figure was estimated at between 12,000 and 15,000.

The Sunday night performance started at 8.30pm, with performances by the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Pops. Next came the Cincinnati Symphony, which provided the music for the LumenoCity light show projected onto the Music Hall facade. The light show required 10 projectors spanning a city block to produce the effects, which were designed to work with the music.

The program, which took place in Washington Park, included many musical favorites, some familiar to audience members because of their appearance in film. Among the pieces featured were Strauss’ Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra, familiar to film fans from its use in 2001, and the famous Bolero of Ravel. The LumenoCity program is the start of a city-wide celebration welcoming Louis Langrée to the post of Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Langrée, who is French, is also music director of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, a post he holds through 2014. Langrée was guest conductor at the CSO in 2011 and based on that, was appointed to his new post.

The orchestra could work with brochure printers to create a booklet that describes these concerts, gives the new conductor’s biography, and outlines the next season.