Cincy arts groups jet to New York City to bring love and money back home

Motives: Courting donors, business, connections

CINCINNATI—If you want to experience the best in Cincinnati arts and culture over the next week, you’ll have to go to New York City.

The Cincinnati Ballet has seven performances of mixed repertoire at the Joyce Theater. The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, bolstered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is performing at Carnegie Hall. Playhouse in the Park has booked a small studio for an intimate, staged reading of work in progress. A composer working with Cincinnati Opera is airing an evening of recent work, including the music Cincinnati Opera will premiere in 2015.

Alumni from the College Conservatory of Music’s jazz program have planned an evening through Jazz at Lincoln Center. The gold medalist from the World Piano Competition, which CCM hosts, is in recital at Zankel Hall. CCM artist in resident, the Ariel Quartet, is performing at the 92nd Street Y.

Not to be marooned, Cincinnati’s visual arts leaders have jumped onto the New York wave. The Taft Museum is lending work to the Metropolitan Museum, and a curator with the Cincinnati Art Museum is moderating a panel discussion on 21st century street photography. Even a handful of Cincinnati’s top chefs are leaping in, collaborating to cook an evening’s meal at the James Beard House.

Collectively, they’re calling the week, which runs May 6-12, “Cincy in NY.” The stakes are large enough to draw Cincinnati’s mayor and former Bengals linebacker-turned-entrepreneur Dhani Jones to New York, along with dozens of Cincinnati business executives, arts donors and board members and a coterie from the city’s chamber of commerce and tourism bureau.

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