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:
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Tickets on sale now! Download the 21/22 season catalog. Below is a comprehensive, all-new schedule of events, including free Digital Concerts and in-person live performances. 

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HOLIDAY POPS

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. 

STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI 
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….”

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT MUSIC HALL: SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED

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!

DAWSON, BEETHOVEN & BERNSTEIN: A Shared Humanity

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.

LA VALSE & SIMPSON PREMIERE

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.

CIRQUE GOES BROADWAY

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. 

PINTSCHER PREMIERE & RACHMANINOFF

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.

MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS

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. 

MOZART, BEETHOVEN & PIAZZOLA

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. 

TANGO & CITY NOIR

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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DANIIL TRIFONOV IN RECITAL

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."

BRAHMS 1 & ELGAR CONCERTO

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.

LOLLIPOPS FAMILY CONCERT

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.

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MOZART & MAZZOLI PREMIERE

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.

RESPECT: A TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN

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. 

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

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.

CYNTHIA ERIVO

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!

BEETHOVEN IN SPRINGTIME

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.

BARTÓK & PROKOFIEV 5

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.

BRONFMAN & LA MER

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.

ITZHAK PERLMAN IN RECITAL

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

Flutronix

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.

CLASSICAL ROOTS

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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JMR'S GREATEST HITS

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. 

STRAVINSKY'S SOLDIER'S TALE

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.

CONNESSON PREMIERE & RACHMANINOFF

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.

TRANSCENDENT BRUCKNER

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.

RED, WHITE AND BOOM!

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!

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