The Fanfare Project

New music for a new world.

With the CSO's 1943 premiere of Fanfare for the Common Man as an inspiration, we've invited a new generation of composers to share musical reflections of our time. Welcome to The Fanfare Project.

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.

Fanfare Commissions

Fanfare for Tomorrow

Composed by Peter Boyer, Fanfare for Tomorrow was inspired by "Thinking ahead to, hopefully, brighter tomorrows for all of us." WATCH: Peter Boyer discusses his work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Peter Boyer has been made possible by the Healey Liddle Family Foundation.

vitres (fragment...)

Composed by CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher, vitres (fragment…) was inspired by the tremendous power of the stained glass windows in the cathedral of Chartres. WATCH: Matthias Pintscher discusses his work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Matthias Pintscher has been made possible by Dr. Lesley Gilbertson and Dr. William Hurford.


More than a dozen composers representing a diverse range of personal and musical backgrounds have stepped up to collaborate with us for The Fanfare Project. More artists will be announced soon. 

News & Media

Coming Soon

Over the coming weeks, we'll release new Fanfare Project performance videos right here. Until then, visit the Let the Music Play page for ways to enjoy the Orchestra at home.