Mission: to seek and share inspiration

Paavo Järvi + Grieg's Piano Concerto

November 17 - 18


CSO Music Director Laureate Paavo Järvi returns to conduct Schumann’s expansive Third Symphony. Better known as the Rhenish, this romantic symphony paints Schumann’s impressions of Germany’s Rhineland. Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, bravely written during the rise of Nazi Germany, glorifies artistic freedom of expression over oppression. Pianist Alice Sara Ott, full of “crystalline tone and prodigious range of color” (The Guardian), performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto, an audience favorite.

One City, One Symphony: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

November 24 - 25


EMILY COOLEY: World Premiere
SHOSTAKOVICH:  Cello Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

In the face of injustice, music can be a tool to reclaim an artist’s voice. Without words, Tchaikovsky’s heartbreaking Pathétique Symphony expresses his inner turmoil, and Shostakovich’s work rebels against the oppression he faced. As part of our annual One City, One Symphony initiative, we welcome the inimitable Truls Mørk and feature a world premiere by composer Emily Cooley for an evening honoring the visionaries who use music to Speak Truth.

May Festival Announces Details for its 2018 Return to Renovated Music Hall

New Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena makes exciting May Festival debut


Welcome to the May Festival’s first season in Music Hall following the building’s incredible renovation. We are thrilled to invite you back to this treasured National Historic Landmark, originally constructed for the May Festival.

Andrey Boreyko conducts Pictures at an Exhibition

December 02 - 03


This concert is a brass lover’s dream. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a treasured suite of orchestral scenes, a sweeping collection of musical images inspired by an exhibition of paintings by one of the composer’s good friends. Conducted by the world-renowned Andrey Boreyko, this program includes Arutunian’s famous Trumpet Concerto, performed by Norwegian superstar Tine Thing Helseth. Stravinsky’s emotional Funeral Song opens the program in one of its first American performances following its recent discovery.

One City, One Symphony: Speak Truth

Meghan Berneking


More often than not, the greatest composers are influenced by the people, places and cultures they engage with in their lives, as well as the ideas and emotions that they provoke.

Pre-order American Originals Volume 2

Recorded Live at Music Hall


Pre-order your copy of American Originals Volume 2, available Fall 2018, and relive the magical performance with your Cincinnati Pops, Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Pokey LaFarge!

Letter from the President | November 2017


It is an honor to be the new President of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and I am delighted to have moved back to Ohio. I'm especially thrilled to be a part of the Cincinnati community. 

Music Comes Home


This October, #MusicComesHome. Join us back at the renovated Music Hall for this historic season!

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