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Thoughts from a Pops Pianist

    Posted: May 7, 2009 - 2:12:06 PM in: commentary_2009
Many people paid tribute to Erich Kunzel as he was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame May 7 in Cincinnati.  One of them was Charles Manning, Pops Pianist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, who headed East over I-74 to join a festive crowd in Memorial Hall, home of the hall of fame in historic Over-the-Rhine.  Manning's perceptive and eloquent remarks are those of someone who played under Kunzel from 1982-2002 while he served as ISO Pops Music Director.
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Decreased Political Awareness

    Posted: Mar 18, 2009 - 10:45:54 AM in: commentary_2009
Do newspapers  matter?  According to a new study by economists at Princeton University based on evidence from the closing of the Cincinnati Post in December, 2007, they can have "a substantial and measurable impact on public life."  After the Post closed, fewer candidates ran for public office in Cincinnati's Northern Kentucky suburbs, where the Post was historically dominant.  Incumbents were yielded an advantage and voter turnout fell.  The March 2009 study from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs may be found at http://wws-roxen.princeton.edu/wwseconpapers/papers/dp236.pdf

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Some Burning Questions for the Arts in Cincinnati

    Posted: Jan 5, 2009 - 9:44:23 PM in: commentary_2009
What can Cincinnati's arts organizations do to help themselves and each other during these straitened economic times?  Much, based on a simple premise:  connect the dots. Some thoughts and observations on how it could have and might still be done.
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