Look Around

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Meredith said she’d be coming into town for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s event called Look Around. This was my first clue that it was something special. (She has a good spidey sense for these things. )

It was a hard event to grok… Artists spread around Washington Park, with more along a route from Ziegler Park… All told? About 600 musicians, poets, and dancers staggering performances throughout the spaces.

In some ways it was difficult to get from point A to point B, but the journey always had something to see or hear. It didn’t hurt that the weather was pretty great, creating a fine backdrop for the entire experience.

In hindsight, I’m glad it wasn’t a traditional show where you sit there and have the musicians move into view. It was active and demanded a bit more from the audience. That said, sometimes it was hard to see the artists.

With such things, there’s always a bit of the feeling that you’re missing something. You have to make choices. The good thing? There were no wrong answers.

But let me tell you, finding a bench to rest up when all was said and done? That moment came at just the right time.

Bi-Okoto on the south lawn.