June-May 2022 Event Schedule

We’re thrilled to welcome audiences into Music Hall once again at full capacity. Tickets for summer events are on sale now via our website or by phone:
513.381.3300 (MON-FRI 10-5; SAT 10-2).

Season ticket packages are on sale now for OCT 2021 - MAY 2022 season performances. Download the 21/22 season catalog. Tickets for individual performances for the 2021-22 season go on sale September 27, 2021. Below is a comprehensive, all-new schedule of events, including free Digital Concerts and in-person live performances. 

IMPORTANT: Please review our health and safety information and current protocols at cincinnatisymphony.org/safety.

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.

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.

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.

AOIFE O'DONOVAN: America, Come

Tue Oct 19, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Inspired by the lives, letters and speeches of the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association Carrie Chapman Catt and United States President Woodrow Wilson during the summer of 1920, GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Aoife O'Donovan joins the Pops for her musical exploration of voting rights for women.

Film with Live Orchestra

Sat Oct 23, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sun Oct 24, 2021 | 2:00 pm

Christopher Dragon, conductor


“This is Halloween!”


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.


Fri Dec 3, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 4, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sun Dec 5, 2021 | 2:00 pm

Fri Dec 10, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 11, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sun Dec 12, 2021 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Aubrey Logan, vocalist
Michael Preacely, vocalist


Joy to the world! Cincinnati’s beloved holiday tradition returns with music, warmth, laughter and seasonal inspiration for the entire family. Gather those dear to you to share unforgettable memories in the grandeur of a Music Hall adorned with wondrous decorations and joyful song.

This program is included in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Pops Series. 

Film with Live Orchestra

Wed Dec 29, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Thu Dec 30, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Damon Gupton, conductor


“I am a Jedi, like my father before me….”


Fri Dec 31, 2021 | 8:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor

Capathia Jenkins, vocalist

Ron Bohmer, vocalist


The countdown stops at 007. John Morris Russell leads a thrilling Top Secret program featuring iconic themes and famous music from the longest-running franchise in movie history. Shake things up with all things James Bond, including hits like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, The World Is Not Enough and more. Ring in this New Year in style!


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 21, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Jan 22, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun Jan 23, 2022 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Cirque de la Symphonie


Dizzying heights and Broadway lights come together for a captivating Pops & Cirque mashup. Marvel at the eye-popping feats of Cirque’s mesmerizing acrobats with JMR and the Pops performing top Broadway hits to accompany contortionists, balancers, tumblers, and athletes on aerial silks defying gravity and doing the seemingly impossible.

This program is included in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Pops Series. 


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 4, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Feb 5, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun Feb 6, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Damon Gupton, conductor


Happy Birthday, John Williams! Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton and the Pops treat us to a slice of John Williams’ most beloved scores—just in time for his 90th birthday. Experience selections from Superman, Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Witches of Eastwick and more by one of the greatest composers of our lifetime.

This performance does not contain film clips.

This program is included in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Pops Series. 


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.


Sat Mar 5, 2022 | 10:30 am

Set young hearts and minds aglow! For many audience members, a lifelong love and appreciation of music began with Lollipops Family Concerts at Music Hall. Introduce someone you love to the world of orchestral music with a fun, interactive concert experience—perfect for children, ages or ability of 2-9.

Tickets on sale now.


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 18, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 19, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 20, 2022 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor

Tamika Lawrence, vocalist

CoCo Smith, vocalist
Blaine Krauss, vocalist


JMR and the Pops join with three powerhouse vocalists to pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin, “the #1 singer of all time” (Rolling Stone). Come celebrate the life and music of an American icon featuring your favorite hits from the Queen of Soul!

This program is included in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Pops Series. 


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.


Tue Mar 29, 2022 | 7:30 pm

One night only! Experience the extraordinary talent of Grammy® Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actress and singer Cynthia Erivo. After bursting onto West End and Broadway stages in THE COLOR PURPLE, she has taken the world by storm! Erivo wowed Cincinnati audiences at Classical Roots in 2017, and, back by popular demand, she now brings her powerful and soul-stirring vocals to Music Hall’s stage, reuniting with JMR for her Cincinnati Pops debut!


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.

Tickets on sale now.


Fri Apr 29, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 30, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sun May 1, 2022 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


We're celebrating 10 years of JMR by pulling out all the stops—and the stars! Join the Pops and a host of guest artists from some of the past decade's most memorable performances to celebrate JMR, JMR-style—with music from every genre, including iconic movie themes, pop, classics, Broadway and jazz, plus a cache of musical memories. We'll also look ahead with a new work commissioned from Grammy Award-winning composer Eric Whitacre.

This program is included in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Pops Series. 


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.


Mon Jul 4, 2022 | 8:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


Come together and celebrate America's birthday from sea to shining sea. Join JMR and the Pops for a showcase of American favorites inspired by the beauty of this land and its peoples. This is America the Beautiful for all—with music to lift your spirit and set your heart aglow. Stick around for the post-concert fireworks!

Having trouble deciding?

Let us help you with these concert suggestions for all types of music lovers.

In-Person Concerts

We’re thrilled to welcome audiences back to Music Hall at full capacity for an exciting new season. Join us in-person at Music Hall and return to the music you love.

Free Premieres

Watch digital concerts free of charge on the day of their premiere and for 24 hours afterwards.


Purchase access to individual CSO & Pops digital concerts for $15 and Lollipops Family Concerts for $10.

CSO & Pops On Demand

Donate $125 or more to receive full access to a growing archive of all past livestream concerts. (Current subscribers and donors of $125+ already have full access. Just log in to your account.)