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September 20, 2007

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Susan E Smith

Thank you so very much for your beautiful performance last of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 (3 movements with the Cincy Chamber Orch).

With your "flamboyant" dress, I knew you could "take on" Beethoven's flash. But what I didn't expect (and keep thinking about) was that you made a piano whisper.

I thought you were fantastic.

All best,
Susan

Scott Provancher

Great concert! It's a small world...Long story short, I am currently a VP at the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund and know Pete Blackshaw through Leadership Cincinnati. Before coming to Cincy, I was the Executive Director of the Louisville Orchestra and have worked at several orchestras where you have performed. Until I met Pete, I didn't relaize that you lived in Cincy. Glad to have you here and look forward to more of your performances.

Pete Blackshaw

The concert was superb. In every respect. We all had a great time.

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