Lots in store for OTR when LumenoCity lands in Washington Park

CINCINNATI -- Anyone who experienced LumenoCity in the summer of 2013 can do it all over again in 2014 - but with more speakers, more performances and a packed punch of lights and sound from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

LumenoCity 2014 is set to take Washington Park by musical and visual storm August 1 - 3.

For 2014, the lineup adds a third performance. Beginning at 8:30 each evening, John Morris Russell will conduct the Orchestra as the Cincinnati Pops. A short intermission will lead into music director Louis Langrée guiding the Orchestra through a display of sound and lights.

Take note, folks, LumenoCity is free to attend.

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“The energy and excitement around LumenoCity last summer took my breath away,” Langrée said. “I can’t imagine a better way to have started my music directorship then a park full of people enjoying an incredible shared experience with the CSO. Everyone involved—the musicians, artists, technical crew, the audience and myself—experienced a deeply profound joy, one that touched and reawakened our very humanity.”

The second half of LumenoCity's plans will give a sneak peak into the CSO's 2014-15 season, along with some visual flare. Projected onto the front of Music Hall, music fans can watch animation that moves with the CSO beat. Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," commissioned and first shown by the CSO in 1942, is ready for LumenoCity.

Also on board is "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," by John Adams, the fourth movement from Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Elgar's moving "Nimrod" from Enigma Variations, and Borodin's "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor.

Cincinnati-based Brave Berlin is working on visuals for the second portion of LumenoCity, so that animation will be projected onto Music Hall from trailers set up on Race Street.

What if you want to hang out at LumenoCity, but not so close to the music? There's a village for that.

For 2014, LumenoCity Village will offer a few pre-concert shows, arts and crafts, and a selection of food and beverages, with more choices than what was offered in 2013. The Village opens at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 1, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3. More details of happenings in LumenoCity Village have yet to be released.

“The inaugural LumenoCity far exceeded attendance projections, and the Orchestra is working diligently to safely accommodate as many people as possible for this summer’s concerts,” Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra President Trey Devey said. “This is an important community event, and we’re expanding LumenoCity by adding a third performance and including other elements like LumenoCity Village that will enhance the overall experience.”

Producers of LumenoCity 2014 are adding a few touches to make sure everyone enjoys a safe experience. Viewing areas in Washington Park will be fenced off, with a maximum of 12,500 people allowed in each area at one time.

Tickets will first be available for reservation to CSO or Pops 2014-2015 season ticket holders and those who have donated at least $250 to the Ochestra's annual fund since Sept. 1, 2013. Those individuals can purchase tickets starting May 19.

Tickets will then go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, June 9 at 8 a.m. They can be purchased online , and one household can buy up to four tickets. Until capacity is reached, tickets will be up for grabs. Tickets can also be obtained by calling (513) 744-3372.

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