Wind in their sails, patrons of Cincinnati orchestra and chorus follow the music to New York City

'They come because they give a damn'

NEW YORK CITY—Lawyers, physicians, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, arts patrons, world travelers.

Those who trekked to New York City this week to support the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus can now add one more title to their biographies: Groupies.

Two nights after filling Music Hall for the launch of the annual May Festival, hundreds of Cincinnatians flew themselves to New York City to hear the same program again Friday, May 9, at Carnegie Hall. In between, on Thursday, they paid $200 each for the privilege of celebrating together at the storied New York Yacht Club.

The party was part of “Cincy in NYC” week, a coordinated set of performances and events featuring a handful of Cincinnati’s leading arts institutions, along with the business interests looking to capitalize and build on them.

“None of these people had to come to New York just after hearing the same concert last night,” said Jack Rouse, who sits on the boards of the orchestra and Playhouse in the Park. “They come because they give a damn.”

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