Cincinnati’s hills are alive… (as we are the seven hill city)

By Judy Rosenberger
As I write this, Cincinnati is midway through the 2012 World Choir Games. And to date, the event has been a success. Our international guests have enjoyed high caliber, spirited music, fun and engaging celebrations and Cincinnati hospitality that has made them feel happy, safe and welcome. Did I also mention that the event will impact the local economy to the sweet tune of $73 million?

To me, though, even more important than the immediate economic impact, is that Cincinnati is getting worldwide attention for something other than sports and tense racial relations — a city rich in musical tradition. Cincinnati truly is unique in that it’s a small, Midwestern city with a BIG musical presence. And I’m not kidding when I say “BIG.” From Cincinnati’s very own May Festival Chorus (the oldest continual chorus festival in the Western Hemisphere) to the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading conservatories of performing arts) to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States)/Cincinnati Pops/Cincinnati Opera, to the late, great Rosemary Clooney, to the Midpoint Music Festival and upcoming Bunbury Festival, to the Blue Wisp Big Band and the Macy’s Music Festival (originally known as the Cincinnati Music festival, one of the oldest running musical festivals in North America), Cincinnati is steeped in musical roots. But don’t take my word for it; just try to find a parking place downtown this weekend. Between the World Choir Games and the Bunbury Music Festival parking will likely come at a premium.

I know. I know. St. Louis is no slouch when it comes to blues and jazz. And Cleveland has rock and roll. But we literally have it all. Why not sing it about it?

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