CLASSICAL ROOTS: 20th Anniversary Concert

August 15, 2021 | 4:00 pm | Music Hall

This is what joy and inspiration sound like!


John Morris Russell, conductor


Music Hall

What's Interesting

  • In 2001 the vision of Classical Roots as set forth by the CSO Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) became a reality. A lasting collaboration among the CSO and several prominent African-American church partners produced concerts to celebrate and amplify the many contributions of Black composers, artists and musicians to the American musical landscape.
  • John Morris Russell, who was CSO Associate Conductor at the time, along with CSO staff members Kathy Jorgensen-Finley and Anne Cushing-Reid were driving forces in the establishment and growth of Classical Roots. In fact, JMR conducted the first of many Classical Roots performances and returns to the podium for this 20th anniversary concert.
  • CSO musicians and soloists from the community will perform during Classical Roots celebrations at three of the original partner churches. Reservations are free and open for congregation members first, and available to the public starting July 6. A unique reservation link will be provided to each church for congregation members to RSVP. Congregation members are also welcome to RSVP by calling the Box Office at 513.381.3300 (M-F, 10-2).
  • A culminating 20th anniversary concert at Music Hall will pay homage to the rich history and 20th anniversary of Classical Roots. Tickets start at just $14.