Rob Richardson Jr. is chair of the University of Cincinnati’s board of trustees. What’s behind the ascent of this former academic “underachiever” to the summit of power at UC?
If it’s true, as they say, that opposites attract, Pappano and Küchle are living proof of it. He’s a champion of new music, of pushing – or pulling, perhaps – opera into the 21st century. She, on the other hand, is devoted to early music. For her, 16th- and 17th-century composers like Claudio Monteverdi, Richardo Rogniono and Jacopo Peri are not relics of past cultures. They are very much alive.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that over the 147-year history of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, hundreds of students have found their other half while attending the Art Academy. Even one of the AAC’s most distinguished alumni, Charley Harper, met his wife, Edie, at the Art Academy, “in the same class, in the same row.”
It would be easy to look at Jill Meyer and Awadagin Pratt and see two Cincinnatis. Meyer is small and blond and business. Pratt is big and dreadlocked and music. But the two see the interdependence of those two worlds. Pratt and Meyer know you cannot have strong arts without significant support from business and that you cannot attract and retain talented people to work in the region without vibrant arts.