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LumenoCity ticket controversy prompts call for probe

CINCINNATI, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- More than 37,000 tickets for LumenoCity were made available to the public on Monday morning but they were gone within minutes -prompting the city's Vice Mayor to call for an investigation into how the tickets were distributed. Some people who got the free tickets took advantage of the demand and posted ads on Ebay selling tickets for as much as $199 a pair. "The individual selling those tickets might not have tickets to sell so I would be cautious buying tickets online," said Chris Pinelo, vice president of Communications for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The CSO allowed each person to reserve four tickets but Pinelo believes some people registered for more. Those tickets could be voided and made available to other people. "If we are seeing people ordered more than four tickets per performance we will be making those tickets available again," said Pinelo. Jen Day tried to reserve tickets Monday morning. When she logged on she saw the message stating that all of the tickets had been reserved. Tickets being handed out at Hamilton County Public Library branches also went quickly. "I live here in Over-the-Rhine so I was disappointed that I like live right down the street and I can't be a part of this event," said Day who attended last year's inaugural event. The laser light show set to the music of the CSO and the Pops was so popular that a third night was added this year. Vice Mayor David Mann, a CSO season ticket holder, circulated a motion to city council members Monday asking for an investigation into how the tickets were distributed. "Let's see what happened and see if there's a better way to do it that makes sure there's a fair distribution. And when you hear that tickets are being sold on Ebay already something is very, very wrong," Mann said. Jen Day is still hoping that she may be able to get a free ticket. "Now that I know that they may be releasing some more tickets I'll probably be checking up on it because It's something that I really did enjoy last year and I'd love to do it again," Day said. LumenoCity was streamed on the web last year. This year, a LumenoCity village will be set up on the south side of Washington Park. It will be open to the public without tickets and concessions will be available along with live music. The village will not have a direct view of Music Hall. Follow Angenette Levy on Twitter @angenette5 and LIKE her on Facebook
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