2023-2024 Event Schedule

We’re thrilled to welcome audiences into Music Hall! Join us for an upcoming performance before we close out our current season and browse a brand new season of performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops coming this fall.

Individual tickets to performances beginning in Fall 2023 will go on sale in July!

BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

Fri Mar 24, 2023 | 11:00 am

Sat Mar 25, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 26, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Anna Rakitina, conductor

Sterling Elliott, cello

 

Russian conductor Anna Rakitina leads works by two composers who have lived with hearing loss—Beethoven, whose hearing struggle began a decade before the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, and British composer Richard Ayres, whose No. 52 explores, in the composer’s words, “one specific subject: Ludwig van Beethoven’s hearing loss and its effect on him.” Soloist Sterling Elliott, in his CSO debut, brings “impeccable technique and musicality” to Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING MAESTRO

Sat Mar 25, 2023 | 10:30 am

When the orchestra is ready to begin their concert and suddenly discover the Maestro is nowhere to be found they begin to panic. Thankfully the world's greatest detective is available and agrees to take the case.

All the musicians are suspects and thus Sherlock Holmes must investigate each of the instrument families to deduce who is behind this mystery.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Maestro features classical and modern orchestral favorites while teaching the audience about the different instrument families of the orchestra. Will Sherlock be able to solve the mystery of who kidnapped the Maestro?

CSO PROOF: SURREALIST EL TROPICAL

Wed Mar 29, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Thu Mar 30, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
Rosie Herrera, choreographer
Clyde Scott, video and production designer
Luke Kritzeck, lighting and production designer

 

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.

These CSO Proof performances are supported by The Haile Foundation, Irwin & Melinda Simon, and the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO. 5

Fri Apr 7, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 8, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Stephen Hough, piano

 

If there is any symphony that operates like a “double agent,” it is Shostakovich's Fifth. Having found himself targeted by Stalin, Shostakovich composed himself out of a dangerous situation−with immensely gripping results. Stephen Hough returns for Rachmaninoff and Louis Langrée begins the program with another work by Rachmaninoff — his brief yet beautiful, Vocalise.

CLASSICAL ROOTS

Fri Apr 14, 2023 | 7:30 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Donald Lawrence, featured guest artist

Classical Roots Community Choir

 

Love and community ring throughout Music Hall when the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Classical Roots Community Choir celebrate a much-beloved Queen City tradition. JMR leads a program that’s guaranteed to inspire—an evening of powerful performances that will fill your heart with joy and bring you to your feet!

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Sat Apr 15, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Apr 16, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Ramón Tebar, conductor

Steven Banks, saxophone

 

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is an epic musical stroll through an eclectic gallery of paintings, from a drawing of unhatched dancing chickens to an image of towering city gates. Originally for piano, Ravel’s version for orchestra adds a bursting palette of instrumental color. Saxophonist Steven Banks, who “has the potential to be one of the transformational musicians of the 21st century,” plays a new concerto by GRAMMY-winning pianist and composer Billy Childs.

Schumann's Quartet & Schubert's Octet

Fri Apr 21, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Schumann and Schubert, titans and virtuosos of chamber music, are at the pinnacle of their writing in this program. Schumann called his string quartet a “beautiful and even abstrusely woven conversation among four people” while Schubert’s Octet explores a deeply rich and melodic tale that ends in a rhythmic dance of joviality.

 

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 7

Fri Apr 21, 2023 | 11:00 am

Sat Apr 22, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor

 

If Mahler’s symphonies are like worlds, the Seventh is like the universe in a single night. Patterned in gigantic symmetry, the opening and closing movements are packed with enormous sounds, each like symphonies in themselves. The interior music is lighter by contrast, pivoting at the center with a ghostly dance. CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher returns to conduct the huge orchestral forces needed for Mahler’s dusk-to-dawn universe, from clanging cowbells to titanic brass.

Sponsored by Peter Landgren and Judith Schonbach Landgren.

BEN FOLDS

Tue Apr 25, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Ben Folds, singer-songwriter-pianist
Lucas Waldin, conductor

 

After a sold-out performance with the Pops in 2017, Ben Folds is back! Widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation, this genre-bending, multi-platinum selling artist brings his brilliant lyrics, moving melodies, and clever wit for this one-night-only performance.

RAGTIME IN CONCERT

Fri Apr 28, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 29, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Apr 30, 2023 | 2:00 pm

JMR and the Pops wrap up the 22/23 season with a Broadway musical reimagined for the concert hall! The brainchild of renowned writing team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime, which follows three pursuits of the American Dream, became an instant classic. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards and two GRAMMY Awards in 1998, the show beat out The Lion King for the Tony for Best Original Score. Now you can experience the celebrated smash hit in a whole new way—in concert with the Cincinnati Pops!

SAINT-SAËNS ORGAN SYMPHONY

Fri May 5, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat May 6, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun May 7, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

 

Louis Langrée and the CSO explore works that have sounds all their own. Berlioz's music from an unfinished opera adds voices in extreme ranges. Through darkest doubt and brightest love, the music expresses Saint-Saëns' entire being and his skill as an organist with moments that pull out all the stops. Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, “an arresting artist who…creates unique aural landscapes” (LA Times), debuts with Ravel's Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra.

Quartet for the End of Time

Fri May 12, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Inspired by the Book of Revelations, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was written while the composer was in a prisoner-of-war camp during the early days of World War II. Composed based on the instruments available to him at the time, each movement of the piece relates to the apocalyptic literature and the quartet’s fury unfolds alongside hauntingly beautiful patches of ethereal wonder. Opening the program is Bozza's complex and virtuosic duet for bassoons and Brahms' Horn Trio, his only dedicated chamber work for the horn.

 

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Fri May 12, 2023 | 11:00 am

Sat May 13, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Courtney Bryan, piano and composer

 

Louis Langrée and the CSO end the 22/23 season with jazz-infused musical visions. New Orleans native Courtney Bryan, “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (The New York Times), premieres her new concerto. Milhaud's opening music evokes African folk mythology while Duke Ellington, who was both a prolific composer and famed jazz pianist, summons musical images of night creatures. Gershwin closes the program by dropping you into the sights and sounds of Parisian streets.

The CSO is grateful to Kari and Jonathan Ullman for their support of the Courtney Bryan Co-Commission.

The Princess Bride

Sat Sep 9, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Sep 10, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Sarah Hicks, conductor

The great Peter Falk narrates the romantic tale of the beautiful maiden, Buttercup, and her one true love, a young farm hand named Westley. After Westley's captured by a ruthless pirate and presumed dead, Buttercup’s unhappy marriage to the horrible Prince Humperdinck seems inevitable. But before the wedding can take place, she’s kidnapped by three outlaws and it’s up to a mysterious Man in Black to come to her rescue. Missing this cinematic concert experience would be inconceivable! So, in the words of Miracle Max… “Have fun stormin’ the castle!”

DEFYING GRAVITY: An Evening with Stephen Schwartz & Friends

Fri Sep 22, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat Sep 23, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Sep 24, 2023 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Stephen Schwartz, piano

Grammy and Oscar-winning composer and musical icon Stephen Schwartz joins conductor John Morris Russell and the Pops for breathtaking performances of his exquisite songs in an unforgettable evening of musical theatre from Godspell to Wicked and beyond. Featuring award-winning Broadway vocalists, the legendary songwriter and his friends open the season with classics like “Day by Day,” “Popular,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Beautiful City” and “Defying Gravity.”

THE RITE OF SPRING

Sat Sep 30, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Oct 1, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Christian Reif, conductor

Clara-Jumi Kang, violin

 

The 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was perhaps the most famous opening-night scandal in history. Confronted with its primal and untamed nature, its first audience was ignited into a riot, instantly cementing its reputation as a work that, to this day, triggers visceral responses. Conductor Christian Reif sets the stage for our wild encounter with a light and airy dance by Manuel de Falla and violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, bringing her poise to Bartók's second violin concerto.

Nina Simone Piano Concerto Competition Finals

Fri Oct 6, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

 

Created to give a platform to talented young African American pianists, the Competition will take place this summer in Cincinnati on the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music campus. The Competition aims to get more African American artists on concert stages, to commission new works, and to add more African American pianistic voices to the classical canon. Join the competition's three finalists as they come together with Louis Langrée and the CSO to compete for the grand prize on Music Hall's stage.

Audra McDonald

Sun Oct 8, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Andy Einhorn, conductor
Audra McDonald, vocalist

Audra McDonald returns to the Music Hall stage, after her sold-out performance with the Pops in 2018! The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammys, an Emmy, and the National Medal of Arts, Audra is unparalleled in her versatility as both a singer and actor. Audra has appeared on the Broadway stage in Carousel, Ragtime and Sweeney Todd, and film and television credits include, The Good Fight, Respect and The Gilded Age. This one-night-only event is sure to sell out! Subscribe now and get first access to this performance.

Disney at 100: The Sound of Magic

Fri Oct 20, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat Oct 21, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Oct 22, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Damon Gupton, Conductor

 

Join Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton and the Cincinnati Pops for a symphonic celebration of Disney music, animation, and memories — 100 years in the making! Favorite characters and soundtracks from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Parks come together live on stage and on the big screen at Music Hall in a live-to-film concert like never before. Journey on a magic carpet ride through the most memorable song, score and movie moments of the first 100 years of The Walt Disney Company, including Peter Pan, Moana, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Frozen, The Lion King, Fantasia, Encanto, Disney Parks classics and more.

BERNSTEIN, PRICE & COPLAND

Fri Oct 13, 2023 | 11:00 am

Sat Oct 14, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
George Takei, narrator

 

The CSO performs music of American composers representing a variety of perspectives. Bernstein’s optimistic Candide and gripping score to the Oscarwinning film On the Waterfront frame a program including Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, a reprise from Louis Langrée’s first CSO subscription concert as Music Director, and Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1. In 1933, Price’s magnificent, tour de force Symphony No. 1 was the first symphonic work by a Black woman to be played by a major American orchestra.

RING WITHOUT WORDS

Fri Oct 27, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat Oct 28, 2023 | 7:30 pm

James Gaffigan, conductor

 

Fantasy kingdoms, scandalous love affairs, dwarfs, giants, and powerful music. Game of Thrones? Tolkien? Actually, before those came the Ring cycle, Wagner’s master achievement in his quest to create an all-encompassing theatrical experience. Conductor James Gaffigan returns to lead the CSO in a concert compilation of Wagner’s four epic operas, on a program that opens with two musical gems: Bacewicz’s delightfully bracing Overture and Mozart’s well-known Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

Halloween Spooktacular

Sat Oct 28, 2023 | 10:30 am

Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Costumes are encouraged for this family-friendly event featuring spooktacular music sure to thrill and delight our youngest listeners, and even those who are young at heart.

 

Lollipops Family concerts introduce young ones to the world of orchestral music with fun, interactive concert experiences—perfect for children, ages or ability, of 2-9. Come early for activities and crafts!

TETZLAFF & TCHAIKOVSKY'S FIFTH

Fri Nov 10, 2023 | 11:00 am

Sat Nov 11, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, violin

 

“One of today’s most in-demand violinists” (NPR), Christian Tetzlaff returns to Music Hall after last showcasing his “jaw-dropping virtuosity” (Cincinnati Enquirer) here in the Queen City in 2017. Conductor Gustavo Gimeno leads Tetzlaff and the CSO in Szymanowski’s sweepingly lyrical Violin Concerto and a world premiere from Daníel Bjarnason’s multi-part commissioned work. Tchaikovsky’s wellspring of melodies is on display in his Fifth Symphony — opening with a fateful funeral march, winding through a sonorous solo horn song and lilting waltz, then finishing with bombastic brass.

THOMAS' HAMLET

Fri Nov 17, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Nov 19, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Jodie DeVos, Ophélie

Stéphane Degout, Hamlet

Béatrice Uria Monzon, Gertrude
Laurent Alvaro, Claudius
Cyril Teste, stage director
Céline Gaudier, stage assistant
Julien Boizard, lights
Mehdi Toutain-Lopez, Vidéo

May Festival Chorus

 

"To be or not to be….” French composer Ambroise Thomas’ grand opera is a musical setting of Shakespeare’s tragic story of the melancholic Prince Hamlet, his murderous uncle, ghostly father,and lover driven to madness. Louis Langrée leads the CSO and May Festival Chorus in this new touring production created in collaboration with Paris’ famed Ópera Comique.

SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 5

Sat Nov 25, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Nov 26, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Davóne Tines, baritone

 

Dalia Stasevska returns to lead a Thanksgiving weekend of music that calls us home. Music drawn from the American heartland opens the program, with the beloved “Goin’ Home” theme from Dvořák’s New World Symphony, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and baritone Davóne Tines performing Saariaho’s True Fire, a work based on Native American texts and Emmerson’s Spiritual Laws. Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony provides a finale of sweeping and grand themes, evoking the spirit of Stasevska's own Finnish homeland.

CSO PROOF: El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered

Thu Nov 30, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Christian Reif, conductor

Julia Bullock, soprano
Jasmin White, mezzo-soprano

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor

Davóne Tines, baritone

 

In a new arrangement created by conductor Christian Reif, John Adams' massive revisionist opera-oratorio is transformed into an intimate setting for chamber orchestra. Interweaving biblical verse with poetry by Latin American writers, El Niño considers the Nativity story from Mary's perspective and explores in Adams' words, "what is meant by a miracle."

BACH'S FOURTH & MAHLER'S FIFTH

Fri Dec 1, 2023 | 11:00 am

Sat Dec 2, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Case Scaglione, conductor
Randolph Bowman, flute
Henrik Heide, flute
Stefani Matsuo, violin

 

Two extremes of orchestral scale combine for a showcase of the CSO that’s both intimate and expansive. Conductor Case Scaglione makes his CSO debut with Bach’s beautifully playful Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, which highlights individual virtuosity within a smaller ensemble, alongside Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. First performed in the U.S. by the CSO, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony employs an orchestra of impressive proportions, from its iconic trumpet opening to the beloved, emotional Adagietto.

 

HOLIDAY POPS

Fri Dec 8, 2023 | 11:00 am

Fri Dec 8, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 9, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Sat Dec 9, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sun Dec 10, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Sun Dec 10, 2023 | 7:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with JMR, the Pops and Cincinnati’s beloved Holiday tradition! Music Hall will be decked-out as choruses, dancers, and Queen City favorite Capathia Jenkins bring festive favorites and holiday classics to life.

STAR WARS: The Last Jedi

Fri Dec 29, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 30, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Anthony Parnther, conductor

The fate of the Resistance hangs in the balance! New heroes and galactic legends join forces as Rey seeks the aid of Luke Skywalker to thwart the rise of Kylo Ren and the First Order. The Last Jedi unlocks mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past on the big screen as the full force of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs John Williams’ acclaimed score live to film.

New Year's Eve: Ellington at 125

Sun Dec 31, 2023 | 8:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Denzal Sinclaire, vocalist

 

JMR and The Pops ring in 2024 with the sophisticated jazz stylings of Edward “Duke” Ellington to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the legendary pianist and composers’ birth. Swing to the classic and elegant sounds of “Duke” as we celebrate New Year's Eve in style.

BRAHMS: RUNNICLES & TRIFONOV

Fri Jan 5, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Jan 6, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Jan 7, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

 

Sir Donald Runnicles, celebrated for his interpretations of Romantic symphonic repertoire, leads an all-Brahms program, joining forces with powerhouse pianist Daniil Trifonov, following his stunning solo Music Hall performance in 2022. Together, they explore Brahms’ more brooding and emotional side in his Piano Concerto No. 1. Runnicles then conducts the CSO in Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, from its iconic “lullaby” to its cheerfully triumphant and brass-filled finale.

Steve Hackman's
Notorious B.I.G. x Tupac x Mahler

Wed Jan 10, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Steve Hackman, conductor and creator


A transformative exploration of life, death, legacy, struggle and triumph, Notorious B.I.G. x Tupac x Mahler fuses the groundbreaking music of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur with Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection. As the symphony unfolds, the words of Biggie and Tupac ring out, speaking of the hard road they faced in ’Everyday Struggle,’ the ravaging of their communities in ‘Ghetto Gospel,’ and social justice in ‘Changes.’ This mixtape reminds us all of the profound legacy of these two artists, who, twenty-five years after their deaths, are as relevant and essential as ever.

RACHMANINOFF & ADAMS

Fri Jan 19, 2024 | 11:00 am

Sat Jan 20, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Kevin John Edusei, conductor
George Li, piano

 

Conductor Kevin John Edusei leads a program that invites you to explore the concept of harmony and its many forms, beginning with Elysium by Samy Moussa, a composer who has a “gleeful sense for…shocking harmony” (Los Angeles Times). John Adams describes his rhythmically and harmonically complex Harmonielehre as a parody “without the intent to ridicule”, with “shades of Mahler, Sibelius and Debussy.” Both pieces frame George Li's performance of the Second Piano Concerto from Rachmaninoff, arguably the hero of the lush, romantic style.

Goldilocks & the Three Dinosaurs

Sat Jan 27, 2024 | 10:30 am

“Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur ... and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway” (Goldilocks & the Three Dinosaurs). Original music by Ben Folds brings author Mo Willems’ fractured and funny iteration on Goldilocks & the Three Bears to life on the Music Hall stage

 

Lollipops Family concerts introduce young ones to the world of orchestral music with fun, interactive concert experiences—perfect for children, ages or ability, of 2-9. Come early for activities and crafts!

SYMPHONIC MOZART

Sat Jan 27, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Jan 28, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Dame Jane Glover, conductor
Stefani Matsuo, violin
Christian Colberg, viola

 

Dame Jane Glover is widely regarded as a preeminent conductor of Mozart’s music. She leads an “all-Amadeus” program, showcasing CSO Concertmaster Stefani Matsuo and Principal Viola Christian Colberg in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364. Their performance is folded between works illustrating Mozart’s evolution of the symphony from the lighter style of early composers such as Haydn to the more emotionally-infused music of Beethoven.

SHOSTAKOVICH: 1905

Fri Feb 2, 2024 | 11:00 am

Sat Feb 3, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Cristian Mǎcelaru, conductor
Kian Soltani, cello

 

Grammy-winning conductor Cristian Măcelaru joins the CSO for music of two Slavic luminaries. Cellist Kian Soltani brings his expressive and charismatic presence to Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto, frequently interpreted as an escalating struggle between the seemingly heroic soloist and the orchestra representing totalitarian authority. The acclaim and popularity of his Symphony No. 11 helped Shostakovich, who had weathered criticism and persecution from the Soviet regime, win back State approval. It offers a depiction of the 1905 Russian Revolution, from the first shots of Bloody Sunday to funeral marches lamenting those who were lost.

BRAHMS' REQUIEM

Fri Feb 9, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Feb 10, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Feb 11, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano 
Will Liverman, baritone
May Festival Chorus

 

With prayerful music for both the living and the dead, the source of comfort in Brahms’ German Requiem is as much human as it is the divine. Louis Langrée leads the CSO along with the May Festival Chorus in Brahms’ large-scale masterpiece. Though Brahms was often discreet in nature, this is a deeply personal work. Spurred by the loss of his mother, and influenced by lingering emotions of self-doubt, he turned to his true religion – music – as a way to console not only himself, but others as well.

CSO PROOF: From the Canyons to the Stars

Fri Mar 1, 2024 | 8:00 pm

Sat Mar 2, 2024 | 8:00 pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Hicham Berrada, video art

 

Inspired by his visits to Utah's Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles ("From the Canyons to the Stars") depicts the birdsong and red rock hues he experienced during his time in the desert. Messiaen – who was also synesthetic – heard colors and saw sounds. Accompanied by immersive video-art from Hicham Berrada, Springer Auditorium will be transformed, allowing listeners to escape into the southwestern landscape and experience a synesthesia of their own.

SPRINGS OF COPLAND & SCHUMANN

Fri Mar 8, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 9, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 10, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor

Conrad Tao, piano

 

As the winter winds quell and the flowers of spring begin to blossom, CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher conducts the Orchestra in works capturing the feeling of life beginning anew. Copland’s Appalachian Spring shines with the “Simple Gifts” of the season. After wowing CSO audiences in 2021 and 2022, pianist Conrad Tao returns for the world premiere of a CSO commissioned work from composer inti figgis-vizueta, whose music “feels sprouted between structures” (The Washington Post). Then, Schumann's Symphony No. 1 triumphantly ushers in the spring season.

The Doo Wop Project

Fri Mar 15, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 16, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 17, 2024 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor

 

Love the classic sounds of Frankie Valli, The Drifters, The Del Vikings? Join conductor John Morris Russell and the Pops for The Doo Wop Project. From foundational tunes of groups like the Crests and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to Doo Wop-ified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson and Jason Mraz. Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!

HEROIC STRAUSS & MELODIC MOZART

Sat Mar 23, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 24, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

 

Stories of glory, chivalry and adventure abound as conductor Sir Mark Elder joins the CSO. Wagner’s Tannhäuser is a musical story of lust, love, and deliverance, as the opera’s title character makes a pilgrimage from the magical realm of Venus to his final redemption in Rome. Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben is an epic portrayal of the hero that exists in all of us, along with the accompanying joys and struggles, depicted through battling brass and tender string melodies. Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov brings his “fluid, fine-toned” (Gramophone) playing to Mozart’s melodic Piano Concerto No. 17.

THE INEXTINGUISHABLE

Fri Mar 29, 2024 | 11:00 am

Sat Mar 30, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Ryan Bancroft, conductor

Inon Barnatan, piano

 

“Music is life, and like it, it is inextinguishable.” With this declaration written at the top of his score, Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 pits the everlasting spirit of life against the horror of World War I with dramatic music leading to, what else, but a battle between two timpani! Making his CSO debut, conductor Ryan Bancroft opens this program with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade for Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, displaying the virtuosity of guest pianist Inon Barnatan, heralded by The New York Times as “one of the most admired pianists of his generation.”

The Dream of America

Fri Apr 12, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 13, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Apr 14, 2024 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor

 

Conductor John Morris Russell and the Pops present Peter Boyer’s poignant Ellis Island: The Dream of America, celebrating the historic American immigrant experience and the American dream. Innovative in its format, bringing elements of theater and multimedia, including historical images from the Ellis Island archives, performers share real stories of those arriving to America and the circumstances surrounding their journey. The program opens by showcasing the vibrancy of Cincinnati’s international communities, with choruses and dancers presenting cultural traditions from around the world.

Classical Roots

Fri Apr 19, 2024 | 7:30 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor

 

Love and fellowship ring throughout Music Hall for one of Cincinnati's most anticipated musical traditions of each year! JMR leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Classical Roots Community Choir and Nouveau Players in an evening of powerful and inspirational music.

HADELICH PERFORMS BRAHMS

Sat Apr 20, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Apr 21, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Augustin Hadelich, violin

 

Schoenberg's music, before he became known as a father of 20th-century 12-tone composition, developed from the harmonic bedrock of Romantics like Brahms, Mahler and Richard Strauss. His "Transfigured Night" was further heightened when Schoenberg met the love of his life and found inspiration in poetry of hope and acceptance. Led by Louis Langrée, the CSO performs this, along with Brahms' Violin Concerto, which features the return of Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, and a co-commission from former CSO Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Bailey Holland.

DVOŘÁK SYMPHONY NO. 8

Fri Apr 26, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 27, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Katharina Wincor, conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

 

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 is filled with optimistic and lyrical music, leading to a finale of fanfares and dances. Conductor Katharina Wincor, who led the May Festival's 2022 production of Candide, returns to Music Hall and welcomes cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason for Shostakovich's raw and rhythmic first Cello Concerto.

CSO PROOF: RÉPONSE

Fri May 3, 2024 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

 

Lutosławski’s interpretation of music for a funeral, and Bryce Dessner's Réponse Lutoslawski, which was inspired by the Musique funèbre, open this enlightening program. In his Tenebre, Dessner shares his take on the typical music for a Tenebrae service, where the extinguishing of candles symbolizes Christ's death. But unlike the service's descent into darkness, Dessner inverts it and takes listeners on a journey from darkness to light.

BEETHOVEN 7 & DESSNER PREMIERES

Fri May 3, 2024 | 11:00 am

Sat May 4, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Alice Sara Ott, piano

 

If Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is known as a musical embodiment of fate, his Seventh carries the spirit of freedom and liberation, with catchy, dance-like melodies woven throughout. Bryce Dessner, founder of Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival and a member of the Grammy-winning band The National, shares two of his works for orchestra.

 

STRAVINSKY'S FIREBIRD

Fri May 10, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat May 11, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun May 12, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Latonia Moore, soprano

Janni Younge, director

 

This is a Firebird unlike any you’ve experienced before. Louis Langrée, in his final program as Music Director, leads the CSO in the premiere of a new song cycle by Anthony Davis, whose 2007 You Have the Right to Remain Silent made a poignant impression on CSO Livestream audiences in 2020. Then, Langrée concludes his tenure in collaboration with South African director Janni Younge of Janni Younge Productions, which is critically acclaimed for imaginative designs including their Tony Award-winning puppetry in War Horse. The result is a visually stunning performance of Stravinsky’s complete ballet score with music of enchantment, infernal dance, and a finale featuring the Firebird making a glorious appearance inside Music Hall.

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Past Performances

September 16-18, 2022

HEAR ME ROAR: A Celebration of Women in Song

JMR and the Pops open the new season with a powerful celebration of iconic divas of soul, pop, Broadway, R&B, jazz, opera and gospel that'll blow the roof off Music Hall. Experience some ofthe most popular songs made famous by the likes of Adele, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Three powerhouse singers join the Pops for an inspiring display of vocal fireworks sure to make you say, “I’m with HER!”

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November 11-13, 2022

GET HAPPY: Judy Garland Centennial

Join JMR, the Pops and audience favorite Michael Feinstein
for a tour through the life and songs of Judy Garland, in honor
of her 100th birthday. Enjoy big screen film clips, never-before-seen photos, rare audio recordings, good humor and, of course, great music. We’ll explore Judy’s early career through her trip over the rainbow, her time on TV and the unforgettable concert years—with songs you know and love like "Get Happy," "Over the Rainbow," and more.

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