This is a new way to experience the CSO. Artists and audience share the same space in shorter, casual, intermission-less performances featuring elements of theater, lighting and dance.
Each concert offers a fresh collaboration with different artists, who each craft a theme that connects orchestral music to listeners with new dimensions of color.
CSO PROOF: SUN DOGS
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Daniel Wohl, composer and orchestrator
Kate Nordstrum / Liquid Music, creative producer
Inspired composer and filmmaker pairs create short-format films with new music performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with conductor and CSO Creative Partner, Matthias Pintscher. Produced in collaboration with Liquid Music as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record, Sun Dogs seeks to understand the natural world that can’t be touched or measured. Typically a composer responds to a director’s ideas in a film scoring capacity, or a filmmaker is given music to respond to visually, but Sun Dogs explores how stories can be told with music and film from equal footing.
World Premieres by:
Arooj Aftab and Daniel Wohl, co-composers
Rafiq Bhatia, composer
Josephine Decker, filmmaker
Dev Hynes, composer
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, filmmaker
CSO PROOF: THE RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN
Gabriel Kahane, composer and voice
Nathalie Joachim & Alex Sopp, flute and voice
Holcombe Waller, guitar and synth
Do you remember your brain before the internet? Before you became tethered to a tiny computer that travels on an infinite loop from nightstand to pocket to purse to your hand and back again? Were your dreams different? Did you wander the streets of a strange city, and did you delight in the terror of getting lost? In a new song cycle, Gabriel Kahane examines our cultural and economic obsessions with convenience and efficiency, and the debts that accrue as a result: debts to labor, to the planet, to privacy and, increasingly, to our free will.
CSO PROOF: SURREALIST EL TROPICAL
Choreographer Rosie Herrera wants you to imagine that, after a night of gleefully overindulging in absinthe cocktails, filmmaker Federico Fellini stumbles down an alley in old Havana. A door cracks open and music washes over him like a sticky sunrise in September. He steps inside into a primordial soup of neon and sound and tropical heat. A wild undercurrent pulses through the room, whispering that anything (and everything) might happen.
CSO Proof: Singulis et Simul
FEB 5, 2021
CSO Proof: Creative Conversation
MAY 2, 2021
CSO Proof: The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1
October 7-8, 2021
CSO Proof: ANNO
April 20, 2022
CSO Proof: Black Being
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.
CSO Proof is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.