Digital Streaming and Innovation

Early in the pandemic, the imperative to continue to provide service to and stay connected to its audiences, donors and the wider community was clear. In May, 2020 the CSO was the first major American orchestra to broadcast live music from its concert hall after the COVID-19 shutdown. This first livestream catalyzed an investment in the Orchestra’s digital future. By fall 2020, the CSO had created a digital innovation department and began livestreaming free concerts from Music Hall.

Excerpts from our digital content are highlighted below.

The Fanfare Project

New music for a new world.

What is The Fanfare Project? Building on a 125-year legacy of commissioning and premiering new works, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops are commissioning new music from a diverse range of more than a dozen composers. The aim: To inspire and uplift, and to help us make sense of this moment in our shared history through the universal language of music.

Each short work will feature a solo musician recorded at home and will be released digitally—one by one—over the coming weeks.

The back story: During an earlier era of global disruption, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra launched its first Fanfare Project, commissioning and premiering 18 fanfares in support of the Allied troops in World War II. Aaron Copland's iconic Fanfare for the Common Man, premiered by the CSO in 1943, has endured as a tribute to all humankind in the face of challenges and an uncertain future.

Listen to the Fanfare Commissions!