October 1, 2016                                  


Dear Civic Orchestra Supporter:


Welcome to the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra’s 88th season.  This year we will celebrate “The Magical Musical Number Five”.  Our season opening Fall Concert on Sunday, October 23rd at the Glendale Lyceum will feature the immortal 5th Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.  The concert will include Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss Jr., written in the very place Beethoven took long walks that inspired his greatest works, and end with John William’s powerful music from Star Wars episode five, The Empire Strikes Back.  We would like to invite you to a special fundraiser at BJ’s Restaurant at Tri-County Mall on the same day as the Fall Concert.  Dine with many of the orchestra members after the concert or visit the restaurant any time that day, give the enclosed flyer to your server, and BJ’s will make a donation to the Orchestra.  Please join us!

At the Winter Concert the orchestra will perform, for our first time, the lyric and forceful Symphony No. 5 in e minor by Peter Tchaikovsky and also the waltz from his opera Eugene Onegin. The concert will conclude with the delightful music from MGM’s feature animated film, Anastasia.  The Spring Concert will feature Antonin Dvorak’s beloved Symphony No. 5, From the New World, which epitomizes the joy of listening to classical music.  With it we will perform Aaron Copland’s Saturday Night Waltz from Rodeo and also his Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring.  We will end the season and kick off our Summer Pops series with Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. 

Our Holiday Concert will give a nod to the number five with a new arrangement, The Twelve Days of Christmas Carols by our own Edward F. Howard, a delightful and fun filled medley based on the traditional Five Golden Rings.  Each performance this season will include a great concert waltz and we present the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite at the holiday concert. 

We enclose the Patron page as it appeared in last year’s programs, acknowledging the individuals and businesses that have generously supported our orchestra.  Please consider supporting the orchestra at the Conductor’s Circle ($125 or more), Symphony Supporter ($50) or Proud Patron ($25) level.  All Honor Roll members will receive a CD of our exciting “Sounds of Summer 2016” pops series, The Magical Musical Door to Fantasy.  A complete list of benefits is included.  What isn’t on the list is most important – our genuine gratitude for your financial and personal support for our efforts.  Donations of less than $25 are also appreciated.  All donations are tax deductible; the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra is an IRS 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. 

Honor Roll donations and the Kroger Neighborhood Rewards Program are our major fundraisers and allow the Orchestra to continue performing free concerts in the greater Cincinnati area.  It is simple to register your Kroger Plus card to the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra on the Kroger website and we will receive a contribution from Kroger in recognition of your purchases.  Please remember that it is necessary to re-enroll each April. If you shop at Kroger, the Neighborhood Rewards Program is an easy way to support the Civic Orchestra. 

We thank you for your consideration and support.  Please fill out the confirmation form with any address or email changes or if you wish to be a patron for our 88th season.  Feel free to call Laurence Bonhaus, Music Director, at 861-9978 with your questions or comments.  As always, your attendance, smiles and applause are the greatest gifts we can receive. We look forward to sharing our music with you as we continue our tradition of “Great Music, Great Fun”. 




Laurence A. Bonhaus                                                   Joyce Benge

Music Director                                                             Board Chairperson




780 Congress Avenue   Cincinnati, Ohio  45246   (513) 861-9978

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