21/22 CSO Full Season

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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.


Fri Feb 11, 2022 | 7:30 pm

How do composers say thank you? With music. Enjoy a trio that's elegant and sunny—in other words, pure Mozart—written in gratitude to a friend. We get one of Piazzola's biggest Nuevo Tango hits before some quintessentially angsty sounds from Beethoven. The CSO Principal Strings then join in for Osvaldo Golijov’s tribute to fellow Argentinian geniuses, giving Piazzolla one last round. 


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.

DIE STADT OHNE JUDEN (“The City without Jews”)

Mon Feb 21, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Presented with support from the Cincinnati Jewish Bicentennial, CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher conducts Ensemble Intercontemporain in Olga Neuwirth’s newly composed score to accompany Hans Karl Breslauer’s silent film Die Stadt ohne Juden (“The City without Jews”). Released in 1924, the film was intended to be a satire/social commentary on the antisemitic political and cultural movement of the 1920s, but today it serves as a shockingly visionary look at the fear of multiculturalism and the normalization of antisemitism more than a decade before The Holocaust. Neuwirth’s score is an interconnected web of sound and image that draws the audience into a nearly 100-year-old world.

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Tue Mar 1, 2022 | 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."


Fri Mar 4, 2022 | 11:00 am

Sat Mar 5, 2022 | 7:30 pm

David Danzmayr, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello


Spellbinding and intense, Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour showcases the low strings and winds of the Orchestra in all their cinematic glory. Then, cellist Alban Gerhardt returns to the CSO stage for Elgar’s fiery and elegant Cello Concerto. To close the program, conductor David Danzmayr and the Orchestra bring to life the piece Brahms took decades to perfect—his Symphony No. 1 an homage to symphonic giant, Beethoven.

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 | 7:30 pm

Beethoven’s endlessly listenable Septet debuted at the composer’s first Viennese Akademie, on April 2, 1800. Those of you who experienced the CSO’s 2020 recreation of the Akademie of 1808 know how epic that must have been. Adding contrast, musical dialogues from two Hungarian pioneers. Bartok’s trio, fully premiered in April 1940 and commissioned by Benny Goodman, features CSO Principal Clarinet Christopher Pell in the King of Swing’s role.


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

Thu Apr 14, 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 | 7:30 pm

Mozart’s first Quintet is all fun and musical games. The same goes for American composer Morton Gould’s swing-era collaboration with Benny Goodman. Cinematic cuts of ballet and film scores by Shostakovich effortlessly entertain while Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale dives headlong into theatrics—complete with one cautionary story, many devilish tricks and a balance of virtuosity from all sections of the CSO.


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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