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     The Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra was formed during 1997 and presented its inaugural concert on October 2, 1997 in collaboration with the 25th anniversary of UC Clermont College. Clermont College, the cultural center of Clermont County, is the home of the orchestra for rehearsals and concert hall performances. The CPO orchestra and chamber players have performed many concerts at local schools and other social institutions. The CPO Pops has performed numerous outdoor summer concerts at various parks throughout Clermont County. Performances have included such international musical stars as Sandra Rivers, piano, Pip Clarke, violin, John Hendrickson, piano and Alex DePue, the fiddler. The CPO has combined with the West Clermont Schools Strings Orchestras in several performances.

The CPO League was formed in 2002 and currently has around 20 members. This is an all-volunteer group, which assists the Orchestra with many necessary functions including publicity, mailings, and assistance with logistics at concerts. The CPO League encourages additional membership. 

Angelo Santoro, receiving award from the CPO

On August 17 during a concert in the Union Township Amphitheater, Angelo Santoro was honored with an award for his many years of service as general manager of the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra. Tom Niehaus, former State Senator and County Commissioner Bob Proud were present and each spoke briefly on the history of the orchestra and their long standing relationship with Angelo as a friend and a musician. Angelo is stepping down as general manager at the end of August. His new role will be development director and community liaison for the orchestra.
Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra is in its sixteenth season of bringing symphonic music to Clermont County and the surrounding area. Originally the dream of one man, Angelo Santoro, that dream has become reality and exceeded even Angelo’s vision. 
History: Angelo, Tom Niehaus and Paul Stanbery, music director of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, got together in early 1997 to discuss the possibility of bringing a symphony orchestra to Clermont County. In October 1997, the CPO performed its first concert at the Oasis Convention Center in Loveland as part of the U.C. Clermont College twenty-fifth anniversary celebration. Clermont College has always been the “home venue” of the orchestra and the host to most of our spring and fall concerts. In 1999, the CPO began performing outdoor concerts. The first was held in Veterans Park in Union Township. Other venues have included Miami Township, Batavia, New Richmond, Loveland, Felicity, Village of Batavia, Anderson Township, and the Gaslight Theater in Georgetown.
The CPO is “Dedicated to enriching lives through musical performance, education and collaboration.”
Music is a universal language. It does not matter if the composer was Italian, German, Austrian or American, there is something in the piece that appeals to each of us. Music sets a mood, lifts our spirits, excites us, brings out feelings of national pride, or makes us want to sing and dance. What a joy to be able to bring this gift to others.
By exposing students and young people to music with its various styles and sounds, we hope to instill a love of and appreciation for music and the fine arts that will last a life time.



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