Press Releases

April 10, 2024

Announcing American Dreams Album, out May 3

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announced the release of its newest recording, American Dreams, conducted by Music Director Louis Langrée. American Dreams features live performances from Langrée’s final two seasons and was specially curated and released to celebrate his finale season as the Orchestra’s Music Director. This digital-only release includes Night Creature by Edward K. “Duke” Ellington (trans. David Berger) featuring pianist Courtney Bryan, An American in Paris by George Gershwin (ed. Mark Clague) and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront.

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March 3, 2024

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Announce 2024-25 Season

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops have announced the 2024-25 season, highlighting the breadth and versatility of the Orchestra’s musicians. Over the course of the season, the Orchestra will perform concerts spanning celebrated works from the symphonic repertoire, Broadway, Hollywood, jazz, the Harlem Renaissance, plus sensory-friendly concerts designed for people on the autism spectrum. Under the guidance of CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher, Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton, the season, enriched by featured artists like the Orchestra’s Principal Cello Ilya Finkelshteyn and Principal Horn Elizabeth Freimuth, extends its global influence with a residency at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and free Live from Music Hall digital concerts. The 2024-25 season also reprises the Orchestra’s recital series and will feature world-renowned artists Joshua Bell with Larisa Martínez, Hilary Hahn and Conrad Tao.

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November 8, 2023

Announcing Ben Rector & Cody Fry Live with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

The Cincinnati Pops announces the addition of Ben Rector & Cody Fry Live with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on March 26, 2024 at Cincinnati Music Hall. Following sold-out performances at The Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, indie superstar Ben Rector and singer-songwriter-composer-producer Cody Fry will unite with the Cincinnati Pops for a one-of-a-kind acoustic show that features the intimacy of guitar and piano as well as the versatility and strength of a full symphony orchestra.

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September 28, 2023

CSO Announces the Appointment of Five New Musicians as it Heads into the 2023-24 Season

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announced the appointment of five new full-time musicians to the Orchestra roster for the 2023-24 season. Following extensive auditions that attracted candidates from around the world, the following individuals have won positions with the Orchestra: Drew Dansby, Section Cello; Anthony Limoncelli, Principal Trumpet; Nicholas Mariscal, Section Cello; Alexander Pride, Second Trumpet (one-year position); and Gerald Torres, Section Double Bass, who joined the Orchestra in November 2022.

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August 22, 2023

CSO Partners with Apple Music Classical and Releases Two New Recordings Led by Music Director Louis Langrée

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s audio recordings of David Lang’s man made, a concerto written for the percussion quartet Sō Percussion, and Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 6, commissioned by the Orchestra for its 125th anniversary, will be available beginning on Friday, September 15, 2023 exclusively on Apple Music, home to one of the world’s largest catalog of music. The recordings, both led by Music Director Louis Langrée, were recorded in Dolby Atmos spatial audio, which provides listeners with an immersive 3D listening experience. They are the Orchestra’s first full-orchestra Fanfare Cincinnati releases since its Grammy-nominated Transatlantic album in 2019, adding to more than 200 commercial albums released by the Orchestra since 1917.

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May 25, 2023

Felecia Tchen Kanney of the CSO One of Six Women and Non-Binary Orchestra Professionals Selected to Participate in League of American Orchestras’ Anne Parsons Leadership Program

Felecia Tchen Kanney, Vice President of Communications for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is one of only six women and non-binary orchestra professionals from across the country to join the first cohort of the League of American Orchestras’ Anne Parsons Leadership Program, the League has announced.

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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 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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