LumenoCity: How was the show in 2014 and what does the future hold for the Over-the-Rhine event?

More than 40,000 people ventured to Washington Park over the weekend to take part in the second annual LumenoCity concert series.

Over four days, the thousands of people with tickets, and hundreds without, ventured to the Over-the-Rhine park to enjoy the sights, the sounds, the tastes and the community that were part of the one-of-a-kind event.

But even while most flocked to social media to praise the beauty of this year’s performances, the question has to be asked: Was it better than last year’s show?

"It has been incredible, we really couldn't have asked for anything better," said Meghan Berneking, communications manager for the Cincinnati Symphony Pops Orchestra. "You know, every year we can just imagine this will get bigger and better."

WCPO talked to attendees, organizers and those who performed to find out what made this year’s event special and different compared to the inaugural performance in 2013.

"The ticketing was new this year -- that seemed to work very well," said Berneking who admitted with change comes a few road blocks. "There are always some issues with ticketing, but overall it was very positive."

It's never too early to start thinking about next year, though. What's in the works? Is is true that the "show must go on"?

Organizers said they plan to meet with sponsors in the coming months about the future of LumenoCity. That question is especially relevant considering the uncertainty surrounding Music Hall due to issues concerning paying for much-needed renovations.

However, conductor John Morris Russell seems positive there will be a show in 2015 and likely beyond that.

"Once all the dust settles after this event, I'm sure we've got some glorious things in the future," he said, crediting the residents of the city for supporting LumenoCity and the symphony.

"All of these forces can come together and people love it," he said. "So many people say the performing art are passé, but no, they're alive and well and living here in Cincinnati."

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