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Longtime CSO and Pops Supporter Anne Heldman Honored With 2017 Voices of Giving Award

Anne Heldman

Anne Heldman, a longtime supporter of the CSO and Lollipops Concert Series, recalls when John Morris Russell was hired as fulltime conductor for the Pops. Her generous gifts help ensure the continued success of the CSO's performances and programs.

For over 25 years, Anne Heldman has been an active supporter of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. In addition to support for the CSO's endowment and recording initiatives, Anne's generous financial contributions have been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Lollipops Concert Series.

The Lollipops Family Concerts are specifically designed to introduce children ages 2-9 to the world of orchestral music.

Anne has noted that her support is due to her "grandchildren's love of the Lollipops concerts." In fact her granddaughter, now a 28-yearold accountant, still talks about how much she enjoyed the concerts, and Anne is always pleased to see how it engenders a love for music in young children.

She also fondly remembers when John Morris Russell, assistant conductor at the time of the first Lollipops concerts, was being hired as the full time conductor for the Pops. "I remembered how great he was in conducting these concerts and immediately offered my support."

Says Anne, "I still get a kick out of seeing all the kids at the concerts and their excitement about hearing orchestra music for the first time."

Anne has also been a supporter and advocate for several organizations in Greater Cincinnati throughout the years, and the impact of the foundation she established with her late husband, the George and Anne Heldman Foundation, has proven extremely beneficial for several nonprofit businesses throughout the community.

On June 14, 2017, Anne was honored at the 19th Annual Voices of Giving Awards Ceremony, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council at the CET studios. The Voices of Giving Awards pay tribute to those Greater Cincinnatians who—out of selflessness, generosity and foresight—have chosen to make a bequest or planned gift to a favorite charitable organization.

Anne's gift will support one of the core values of the Orchestra as "Cincinnati's Own" by ensuring that our orchestra is an accessible and welcoming resource for the broader community. Her gift will provide family-shared access to the orchestra at Music Hall for generations to come.

The CSO is immensely grateful to Anne for her ongoing support and dedication to helping the Orchestra achieve its mission of seeking and sharing inspiration. Her gift will ensure that the CSO remains a model for orchestras and arts organizations around the world, with steadfast commitment to extraordinary artistry.

To learn more about supporting the CSO in the future, contact Kate Farinacci at 513.744.3202 or

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