21/22 CSO Full Season

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Jewish Culture & Inspiration

Thu Sep 30, 2021 | 7:30 pm

CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher and Jay Schwartz, installation artist of Music for Autosonic Gongs presented at Music Hall OCT 1-3, discuss their personal histories, influences and inspiration through the lens of Judaism. This conversation highlights a weekend of performances featuring Jewish composers by the CSO at Music Hall and Plum Street Temple in celebration of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial.

The Sound & The Ecstasy

Fri Oct 1, 2021 | 7:30 pm

CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher and pianist Inon Barnatan return to Music Hall for a special collaboration with the CSO. The CSO’s own Henrik Heide brings the Aello (‘harpy’) character to life in Olga Neuwirth’s flute concerto, while Pintscher’s Nur (“Fire”) explores the transformative power of fire. A rare U.S. performance of Lachenmann’s Tableau studies “non-music, which is again music” and Scriabin’s sublime Poème de l’extase close out the program.

Preceding the performance in the Music Hall Foyer is Jay Schwartz’s Music for Autosonic Gongs, an installation for 8 electro-acoustically controlled tam-tams.

Modern Music in a Timeless Space

Sun Oct 3, 2021 | 7:30 pm

CSO Musicians deliver a one-of-a-kind chamber music performance at the breathtaking Plum Street Temple.

featuring CSO Brass

Sat Oct 9, 2021 | 2:00 pm

Splendor in the brass! The full CSO Brass section steps front and center on Music Hall's stage for the rare treat of an all-brass program.

CSO PROOF: ANNO Anna Meredith & Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Thu Oct 7, 2021 | 8:00 pm

Fri Oct 8, 2021 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Anna Meredith, electronics

Eleanor Meredith, video

Simon Hendry, sound design

Charles Morey, violin


At times haunting and achingly beautiful, at others punchy and bombastic, ANNO intertwines sections from Vivaldi's hugely famous Four Seasons with newly composed electronic and acoustic music by Anna Meredith. Learn more.


Fri Oct 29, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sat Oct 30, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Stefani Matsuo, violin
Drew Petersen, piano


Our opening concerts symbolize the freedom and joy in being able to gather together to share live music. The program features Brahms’ blockbuster Third Symphony—an outburst of freedom and joy. Pianist Drew Petersen joins concertmaster Stefani Matsuo for Brahms’ Scherzo movement from the collaborative F-A-E Sonata and then performs Andrew Norman’s enigmatic Suspend, which explores melodic fragments from both of Brahms' works.

This program is part of CSO Series 2.


Wed Nov 10, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Daniil Trifonov, piano


Daniil Trifonov wowed sold-out Music Hall audiences with his 2019 CSO debut. Now, Cincinnati will get a chance to experience a rare solo recital showcasing the remarkable talent of the famed Russian pianist—an artist The London Times calls “without question the most astounding pianist of our age."


Sat Nov 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sun Nov 14, 2021 | 2:00 pm

James Gaffigan, conductor
Robert Sullivan, trumpet
Catherine Trottmann, soprano


Conductor James Gaffigan returns with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, a work depicting the stunning grace often found amid tragedy. Soprano Catherine Trottmann makes her CSO debut, and Principal Trumpet Robert Sullivan takes center stage with a rarely heard 18th-century gem by the little-known Czech composer Johann Baptist Georg Neruda.

This program is part of CSO Series 3.


Fri Nov 19, 2021 | 11:00 am

Sat Nov 20, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano


Emanuel Ax, a perpetual audience favorite, performs Haydn's shimmering Concerto in D. Composer Sebastian Currier took Louis Langrée’s CSO commission instructions literally: each of the four movements in Track 8 parallels a movement of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, in what Currier calls “a Beethoven remix.”

This program is part of CSO Series 1.


Fri Nov 26, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sat Nov 27, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Roderick Cox, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano


Roderick Cox’s CSO debut takes us into the sound world of the imagination, with works by composers who used the full palette of orchestral colors to illustrate their vision. Mallarmé’s poem depicting a faun’s ephemeral fantasies inspired Debussy’s most famous work. Pianist Conrad Tao performs Ravel’s concerto inspired by jazz and Basque folk music, and Mendelssohn’s Scottish evokes the dramatic landscapes of the British Isles.

This program is part of CSO Series 2.


Sat Jan 8, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun Jan 9, 2022 | 2:00 pm

James Conlon, conductor


James Conlon, May Festival Music Director Laureate, returns with works by three composers who touch on universal themes of cultural identity and our shared humanity. Dawson, a pioneering composer in his time, expresses the Black American experience while Beethoven's and Bernstein’s works illustrate the conflicts between cultures thrown together through circumstance.

This program is part of CSO Series 3.


Fri Jan 14, 2022 | 11:00 am

Sat Jan 15, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin


At the turn of the 20th century, there were no greater orchestrators than Ravel and Strauss, whose works unleash the full force of the orchestra in all of its innumerable colors. Grammy-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti gives the U.S. premiere of Mark Simpson’s dazzling new violin concerto. Finished during the pandemic, the work “explodes with all those feelings—frustration, anger, restlessness, confusion, uncertainty—that have had nowhere to go during the lockdowns” (The Times, London).

This program is part of CSO Series 1.


Fri Jan 28, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Jan 29, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin


CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher and close collaborator, violinist Leila Josefowicz, premiere Pintscher's brand new concerto, written for the CSO. Completing the program is another composer who conducted his own works: Sergei Rachmaninoff, whose spirited Symphonic Dances are always an audience favorite.

This program is part of CSO Series 2.


Sat Feb 12, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun Feb 13, 2022 | 2:00 pm

John Storgårds, conductor
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion


The versatility of Glass, Piazzolla and Adams shines as conductor John Storgårds leads a program conjuring missing lovers, misspent youth, intrigue, and the early hours of Los Angeles. Piazzolla’s steamy, sultry Latin tangos are mesmerizing as performed by accordionist Ksenija Sidorova in her CSO debut.

This program is part of CSO Series 3.


Fri Mar 4, 2022 | 11:00 am

Sat Mar 5, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Karina Canellakis, conductor

Alisa Weilerstein, cello


Audience favorite Alisa Weilerstein brings her trademark intensity to Elgar’s fiery and elegant Cello Concerto. Full of energy, Augusta Read Thomas’ Brio is a joyous opening to the program, and the artistry of conductor Karina Canellakis and the CSO is on display with Sibelius' depiction of mythological dark Nordic waters, icy adventures and a sonorous swan song.

This program is part of CSO Series 1.


Fri Mar 11, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 12, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director


Jennifer Koh is a prolific champion of new works and stars in the premiere of a CSO co-commission by “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart,” Missy Mazzoli. The May Festival Chorus makes a triumphant return to Music Hall for Mozart’s poignant Mass, taking us from anxiety and darkness to glorious transfiguration.

This program is part of CSO Series 2.


Fri Mar 25, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 26, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 27, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Eighth Blackbird


GRAMMY Award-winning Eighth Blackbird joins the CSO for a premiere from
Kinds of Kings, a U.S.-based composer collective amplifying and advocating for underrepresented voices. A new fanfare by Wynton Marsalis shows off the Orchestra’s brass, and Symphonie fantastique completes the concert with a delirious dream fueled by Berlioz’s obsessive passion and unrequited love.

This program is part of CSO Series 3.


Fri Apr 1, 2022 | 11:00 am

Sat Apr 2, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Kazushi Ōno, conductor

Seong-Jin Cho, piano


Prokofiev’s powerful hymn to humanity anchors a program featuring the CSO debuts of conductor Kazushi Ōno and star pianist Seong-Jin Cho. The vivid musical imagery of Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu sets the stage for Bartók’s airy and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3.

This program is part of CSO Series 1.


Fri Apr 8, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 9, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano


Powerhouse pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to the CSO with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Julia Adolphe’s premiere evokes the power of nature and its malleable, playful, childlike qualities. With La Mer let your imagination soar—Debussy’s masterful use of orchestral colors makes this impressionistic work a perpetual audience favorite.

This program is part of CSO Series 2.


Sun Apr 10, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Itzhak Perlman, violin


The legendary Itzhak Perlman returns to Music Hall to dazzle audiences as the "reigning virtuoso" (The New York Times) performs a solo violin recital, putting Perlman’s renowned sound center stage.

CSO PROOF: Black Being

Wed Apr 20, 2022 | 8:00 pm


Nathalie Joachim & Allison Loggins-Hull, composers and soloists

Jaki Shelton Green, poet

Co-Commissioned by The Arts Club of Chicago and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


Black Being explores the African-American female experience through themes of fear, sacrifice, beauty, survival and strength in an immersive staged performance that provides a lens into Black cultural realities and human conditions. Learn more.


Fri Apr 22, 2022 | 7:30 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


Shout for joy, Cincinnati! JMR and the CSO celebrate 20+ years of Classical Roots, one of The Queen City’s most inspiring musical traditions. Experience the voices of the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir and let the powerful presence of song and spirit in beautiful Music Hall lift up your heart.

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Fri May 6, 2022 | 11:00 am

Sat May 7, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun May 8, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Dwight Parry, oboe


Rachmaninoff’s lush and romantic Second Symphony uses the full force of the orchestra to deliver one of the most popular symphonic works. Opening the concert is a world premiere by French composer Guillaume Connesson, written for CSO Principal Oboe Dwight Parry.

This program is part of CSO Series 1.


Sat May 14, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun May 15, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor


Louis Langrée calls Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony “a cathedral of sound—spiritual, soaring and transcendent." The concert opens with a new work by Gabriela Ortiz, identified by NPR as “one of Mexico’s most sought-after classical composers,” whose musical language stems from her heritage and yet is all her own.

This program is part of CSO Series 3.

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