January & February 2023
“Sometimes we forget what music means. It’s not simply about dramatic intensity, or beautiful melodies. We need to be nourished not just by the music’s beauty but also by its meaning and context.”
Odds are you have heard the tail end of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The unforgettable rhythms of its explosive climax are a popular choice for Independence Day celebrations and have played a prominent role in pop culture, ranging from The Muppet Show to V for Vendetta.
Welcome from the President and CEO
With each new year, it is natural for us to reflect on the previous one and make resolutions for the year ahead. We set personal goals and make plans to reach those goals. The time bank returns to full, and we decide how best to use that time. An institution like ours is no different.
Bill Barclay discusses how he reshaped Grieg’s Peer Gynt for the modern concert hall
Back in 1876, Peer Gynt marked an historic collaboration between two of Norway’s most illustrious artists, but in practical terms the marriage didn’t last. Edvard Grieg’s music went on to become a wordless favorite on the concert stage, while most revivals of Henrik Ibsen’s play do away with Grieg’s score altogether. Writer/composer Bill Barclay cites the cause of divorce as “irreconcilable differences.”
Relationships: A Bridge Between Communities
"Community engagement is about developing relationships for the sake of the relationship…it’s about creating a space where we can coexist together to the mutual benefit of all of us.”
Meet the Orchestra’s New Assistant Conductors
The CSO welcomes two new Assistant Conductors to the podium this season. Samuel Lee and Daniel Wiley will assist Music Director Louis Langrée and Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, as well as help lead various educational and community engagement activities throughout the season.
Meet Our New Orchestra Musicians, Part II
In this month’s profile, we meet Principal Librarian Christina Eaton, violist Dan Wang, violist Emilio Carlo and cellist Isabel Kwon. Three of these four musicians are familiar faces to CSO audiences: Christina was promoted from her previous role as Associate Principal Librarian, and Emilio and Dan are both alumni of the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship. Each of these talented additions to the CSO’s roster enjoys a variety of diverse interests outside of their careers, and all are thrilled to be with the CSO this year.
Why We Give, Part I
From full concerts at Music Hall to small pop-up performances in local neighborhoods and everything in between, our generous and dedicated donors, sponsors and concertgoers make it all possible. Over the next several issues, we will share the special stories behind why our donors give to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.
Forging a New Path
“It is our honor to support the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program. We have a great passion for music and music’s ability to transform lives, and we can see the transformation through the Diversity Fellowship program.”
—Scott Weiss and Dr. Charla Weiss
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