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May 17, 2023

Chamber Music Series Endowed By and Named for Beloved Bassoonist William Winstead

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Chamber Players series will be known as the Winstead Chamber Music Series beginning in the 2023-24 season. The change commemorates the vivacious legacy of longtime CSO bassoonist William “Bill” Winstead, who played with the CSO for 32 years. Highly respected as an educator, composer, mentor, and friend to many, Winstead generously left the CSO a financial gift following his passing in 2020.

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April 6, 2023

Announcing All-Star Cast for New Symphonic Concert Adaptation of the Musical Ragtime

The Cincinnati Pops has announced the cast for its new symphonic concert adaptation of Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical Ragtime on April 28-30 at Music Hall. Directed by Alton Fitzgerald White, the all-star cast will include a vibrant array of talent, from Broadway veterans who originated roles in the 1998 Broadway production of Ragtime to Cincinnati-based actors, students and rising musical theater stars from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the American Spiritual Ensemble. The full cast will be accompanied by John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops.

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March 31, 2023

CSO Seeks Nominations for the 2022-23 MAC Award for Diversity and Leadership in the Arts

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) is seeking nominations for the 2022-23 MAC Award for Diversity and Leadership in the Arts. The award recognizes local artists, administrators, and innovators who have trailblazed and established pathways for inclusion of underrepresented communities in the arts. Nominations for the MAC Award are due Friday, April 28, 2023.

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February 9, 2023

Internationally-Renowned Gospel Music Trailblazer Donald Lawrence to Headline Classical Roots Concert

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announced internationally-renowned gospel music trailblazer Donald Lawrence as the headlining artist for its Classical Roots concert on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at Music Hall. Lawrence will make his CSO debut alongside his band, the Classical Roots Community Choir directed by Jason Alexander Holmes, and the CSO led by conductor John Morris Russell.

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May 19, 2022

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Announce Details of the Inaugural Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops are proud to announce details for the inaugural Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert Series. Named in honor of Andrew J. Brady, longtime Cincinnati orchestra and band director at Western Hills High School from 1944-1976. The free outdoor concert series will take place throughout the summer in neighborhoods across Greater Cincinnati, including Westwood (June 19), Price Hill (June 26), Bond Hill (July 14), West End (July 16), and Evanston (August 6). Programs will celebrate each neighborhood’s distinct musical heritage with music ranging from orchestral classics and jazz to Latin, R&B, and soul.

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March 8, 2022

Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, and May Festival to Lift Covid-19 Requirement for Audiences Amid Declining Cases

The Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, and May Festival announced today that they will adjust their COVID-19 protocols for audiences as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline across the region. Effective on March 14, 2022, audience members will no longer be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test certification to attend performances, and the wearing of masks in Music Hall will be optional.

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