For Immediate Release

Louise­ D­ieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund Transformational
for Cincinnati’s Leading Musical Organizations

Response from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,
Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet

CINCINNATI – The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund will have a profound impact on Cincinnati’s musical performing arts organizations, promoting sustainability, artistic quality, and collaboration. The Fund will help sustain the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s vital role as the resident orchestra for the Cincinnati Opera and allow the CSO to expand its service as the orchestra for the Cincinnati Ballet. The support comes at a critical time when the major musical arts organizations are performing at an exceptionally high artistic level, but face substantial financial challenges.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra |
“Without this transformational gift, the CSO would be diminished over time,” said CSO President Trey Devey.  “Further budget cuts would likely have compromised the artistic product and the value we provide our patrons. The CSO is a world class orchestra that has been operating with a second tier capital structure.  The Nippert Fund changes this imbalance.”

“Louise Nippert has been a tremendous supporter and champion of our orchestra for many years and I thank her for this remarkable gift from the bottom of my heart,” said CSO Music Director Paavo Järvi. “I conduct orchestras around the world and can say with confidence that the CSO is one of the very best anywhere.  Mrs. Nippert has made a wise investment that will pay off in great music-making in Cincinnati for many years to come.”

The Fund helps the CSO balance its budget at the current level, which reflects expense cuts announced earlier this year.  These cuts, along with some extraordinary gifts, allowed the organization to finish the 2009 fiscal year in the black, but undercapitalization has resulted in an accumulated debt of over $3 million.  A combination of this remarkable gift from the Nippert Fund and a continuation of the outstanding support the CSO has been receiving in 2009 from around the community will allow for sustainability and a world class orchestra.

“‘Grateful’ does not begin to express our appreciation to Mrs. Nippert,” said Mr. Devey. “Her generosity is beyond words.  There is much work to be done and more financial support is needed, but one thing is certain: we pledge to be responsible stewards of the resources that Mrs. Nippert and the community entrust to the CSO.”

As one element of this gift, the CSO will restructure its season in order to dedicate its musicians to Cincinnati Ballet productions starting in the 2010-2011 season. This fosters collaboration and less competition as four CSO weeks will be dedicated to the Ballet.

Cincinnati Opera |
“For the past 90 years, the Cincinnati Opera has benefited from the exceptional artistic contribution of the CSO as our resident orchestra,” stated Patricia Beggs, Cincinnati Opera General Director & CEO. “Yet economic pressures and our company’s 20-year commitment to operating with a balanced budget have called into question our ability to engage an orchestra of this quality over a long-term basis. The support of Mrs. Nippert allows us to continue this essential artistic partnership and we could not be more appreciative.  The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund will allow us to continue to delight capacity houses with extraordinary musical performances at Music Hall for generations to come. With the CSO in our pit, a comparable opera experience cannot be found except at the leading opera houses of the world.”

“Opera as an art form relies on collaboration to succeed, and at the heart of that collaboration is the incredible synergy between great singing and great orchestral playing,” said Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera. “Having had the privilege in recent years to have ensembles like the Boston Symphony and the Vienna Philharmonic as the orchestras for opera performances and recordings under my supervision, I can say that one of the chief pleasures of being Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera has been working with the world class Cincinnati Symphony as our orchestral partner.”

The CSO will next perform for the Cincinnati Opera at its 90th Anniversary Gala concert on June 19, 2010 with James Levine on the podium.

Cincinnati Ballet |
“Live music is unfortunately one of the first elements to be cut in most ballet companies, diminishing the artistic quality,” said Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director/CEO of Cincinnati Ballet. “This gift not only ensures that we will have live music, but provides us with one of the best orchestras in the world.  I can think of no other ballet that boasts an orchestra as fine as the CSO and it will be one additional element that truly distinguishes the Cincinnati Ballet among our peers.”

“Throughout her life Mrs. Nippert’s kindness and generosity have nourished the musical arts in Cincinnati,” said Cincinnati Ballet Music Director Carmon DeLeone. “With this breathtaking gift, she has established an unprecedented ongoing method by which the Orchestra, Ballet and Opera can work together to provide our community with the very highest level of artistic excellence.”

The CSO will return to the Ballet pit for the first time since 1998 in the upcoming performances of Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The performances will take place between December 17 and December 27 at Aronoff Center for the Arts. It is expected that the CSO will collaborate with the Cincinnati Ballet in three productions in the upcoming 2010-11 season.

Community will benefit
“The incredible generosity of Mrs. Nippert benefits our organizations, but, even more important, those who attend our performances,” said Mr. Devey. “All of us living in the Greater Cincinnati community will benefit from Mrs. Nippert’s vision.”

“Mrs. Nippert’s incredible generosity to Cincinnati Opera, the Symphony and the Ballet will give Cincinnatians for decades to come the assurance of opera of the highest quality,” said Mr. Mirageas. “What a joy it is to work in a city where the arts still matter enough for one of its most generous philanthropists to make such a far-reaching investment in its future.”

Media contacts:
Chris Pinelo
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
(513) 744-3338 – direct
(859) 466-1089 – mobile

Katie Syroney
Cincinnati Opera
(513) 768-5504 – direct
(513) 675-7237 – mobile

Missie Santomo
Cincinnati Ballet
(513) 562-1106 – direct
(859) 466-5724 – mobile