2024/25 Event Schedule

We’re thrilled to welcome audiences into Music Hall! Join us for an upcoming performance. Tickets for individual performances in the fall of 2024 and spring of 2025 go on sale in July 2024. Season tickets are on sale now for the 2024/25 season!


Sat Apr 20, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Apr 21, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Daniel Wiley, 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.

Please note: Music Director Louis Langrée has suffered an injury due to a fall yesterday and will not be conducting the APR 21 CSO program, Hadelich & Holland. Assistant Conductor Daniel Wiley will step in to lead the Orchestra in his CSO debut. The pre-concert talk with Wiley has been cancelled to accommodate for the conductor change. The program will remain intact.

Spotlight on Winds & Strings

Thu Apr 25, 2024 | 7:30 pm

The Winstead Chamber Series concludes its 23/24 season with a collection of music highlighting the CSO’s winds and strings. From the folk-inspired Schulhoff Concertino and the reflective Reinecke Trio, to the rhapsodic and rhythmic Trio from Khachaturian and the crafted harmonies of Schumann’s String Quartet, there is something for every chamber music fan to love.


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, our 2024 MAC Music Innovator, for Shostakovich's raw and rhythmic first Cello Concerto.


Fri May 3, 2024 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Bryce Dessner, composer

Katia and Marielle Labèque, duo pianos


“Wires that connect us, wires that make sound and wires that separate us from one another.”
– Bryce Dessner


Like an interwoven tapestry of wires, both literal and metaphorical, composer Bryce Dessner — member of Grammy-winning band The National — along with piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque join Louis Langrée and the CSO to explore the 21st century sound.


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.



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


In his final program as Music Director, Louis Langrée and the CSO share the stage one more time for a performance that will pay tribute to highlights of their time together over the past 11 years. Grammy Award-winning soprano Latonia Moore will join the CSO for the world premiere of a new orchestral song cycle by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis, whose piece You Have the Right to Remain Silent profoundly impacted Louis and left a poignant impression on livestream viewers at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program also includes Ravel’s mythical and airy Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, a work that Louis and the Orchestra performed on tour in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai in 2017; Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2, which was last performed in 2015 as part of that season’s One City, One Symphony initiative; and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which was a part of an all-French program that opened the Orchestra’s 2018-19 season at the newly renovated Music Hall.

Expect moving music and memories, celebrating the final performances of the CSO’s beloved Music Director.


Thu Jul 4, 2024 | 8:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


Join JMR and the Cincinnati Pops for its annual July 4 celebration, featuring patriotic favorites and a spectacular post-concert firework show! Complete with ample space to picnic and play at Riverbend, there’s no better way to celebrate.

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: A Symphonic Journey

Fri Sep 13, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Sep 14, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Sep 15, 2024 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


Usually, you'll find Rick Steves touring the great destinations of Europe for his acclaimed PBS television series or within the pages of his numerous travel guides. Now you can join him on a different journey: A Symphonic Journey. From Italy, England, Austria, Norway and beyond, Steves combines Europe's most stirring orchestral classics with beautiful high-definition cinematography and his own insights into European history.


Fri Sep 27, 2024 | 11:00 am

Sat Sep 28, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Dalia Stasevska, conductor  

Bruce Liu, piano


The CSO’s emotional range emerges in Mahler’s First Symphony a world-building Titan that rises from ethereal beginnings to tectonic eruptions of orchestral light. The finale is truly an enormous treat. Bruce Liu, First Prize Winner of the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition, makes his Music Hall debut with Prokofiev’s colorful and fantastically cinematic Third Piano Concerto. 


Fri Oct 4, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Oct 5, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Thomas Wilkins, conductor  

Béla Fleck, banjo  


16-time Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck joins the CSO for a celebration of the American sound. Fleck’s reimagining of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue pays homage to the legendary composer while redefining an all-time classic. Contemporaries Florence Price and Aaron Copland did the same in their time, shaping, contextualizing and creating indelible music that feels like it was always here. Copland’s ballet music to Rodeo, featuring the rip-roaring and instantly recognizable "Hoe-Down," became a new soundtrack to the American West. Florence Price, merging traditional African American themes with the latest music of her day, established a singular voice all her own.

CSO RECITAL SERIES: Voice & the Violin

Sun Oct 6, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Joshua Bell, violin

Larisa Martínez, voice
Peter Dugan, piano


Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and renowned soprano Larisa Martínez are joined by celebrated pianist Peter Dugan for “Voice and the Violin,” an evening of beloved romantic arias and modern classics, featuring music by Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Puccini and more.

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Lollipops: Music, Magic & Mayhem

Sat Oct 19, 2024 | 10:30 am

Spark your child's love for orchestral music at an early age with these fun, interactive family events. Each concert lasts just under an hour, with themes specially chosen to engage children ages 2-9. Come early for crafts and activities in the Family Fun Zone.

Tickets are just $10 for children and $15 for adults. Lap seat children ages two and under are free.


Sat Oct 26, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Oct 27, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Ramón Tebar, conductor

Benjamin Beilman, violin


Sibelius’s First Symphony arrives with the composer’s icy and expansive musical language fully formed, forged from influences by Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz and Beethoven. Violinist Benjamin Beilman joins the CSO for Saint-Saëns’ Third Concerto, a piece that oozes melodic and technical exuberance. Wang Lu’s Surge bottles the rush of hearing an orchestra for the very first time.


Fri Nov 8, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Nov 9, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Marek Janowski, conductor


Mozart and Bruckner’s late symphonies explore drama on radically different scales. Mozart’s compact and wonderful Symphony No. 39 opens with plenty of pomp, interweaving effortless genius, elegance, and playfulness to the very end. Taking nearly a decade to write, Brucker’s last symphonic statement is a gloriously vast cathedral of sound built on foundations of infinite brass.


Sat Nov 16, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Nov 17, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Marin Alsop, conductor

May Festival Chorus


Conductor Marin Alsop leads the CSO in essential classics by Leonard Bernstein and Dmitri Shostakovich. The May Festival Chorus joins for Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, sacred music that illuminates a path to eternal peace, and which notably includes music cut from the Prologue of West Side Story. Shostakovich’s Leningrad martials every artistic defense, and might of the whole Orchestra, against a merciless and tyrannical siege threatening to consume all. 


Fri Nov 22, 2024 | 11:00 am

Sat Nov 23, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Francesco Piemontesi, piano
Catalina Cuervo, soprano


A trio of influencers had hands in creating the Three-Cornered Hat — the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, Pablo Picasso and composer Manuel de Falla. De Falla’s ballet score stands apart, setting a lighthearted story (a love triangle) to dances full to the brim with Spanish flair and castanets. Gabriela Ortiz’s Téenek transcends place and time, and pianist Francesco Piemontesi joins the CSO for Beethoven’s gentle and poetic Piano Concerto No. 4.


Sat Nov 30, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Dec 1, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Damon Gupton, conductor

“KEVIN!” Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the whole family! This Thanksgiving weekend, experience holiday hijinks and mayhem with Kevin, Harry and Marv as John Williams’ charming score is performed live by your Cincinnati Pops with the film projected on a giant screen in stunning high definition above the stage.



Fri Dec 6, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 7, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Joélle Harvey, soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

Paul Groves, tenor

John Relyea, bass

May Festival Chorus


The trumpet shall sound. Join the CSO, the May Festival Chorus with Director of Choruses Matthew Swanson, and an all-star cast of soloists for the return of Messiah to Music Hall. Sir Andrew Davis leads his own orchestration of Handel’s masterwork, bringing out the glories of movements like the Hallelujah Chorus with new depths of orchestral color from winds and percussion that were not present in the original. It will be an uplifting event for making forever and ever holiday memories. 


Fri Dec 13, 2024 | 11:00 am

Fri Dec 13, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 14, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Sat Dec 14, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sun Dec 15, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Sun Dec 15, 2024 | 7:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Norm Lewis, vocalist


There’s nothing quite as magical as the memories made during the holiday season and, thanks to you, Holiday Pops has allowed us to share and create those memories year after year. With sold-out performances in a decked-out Music Hall, we invite you to join us again this year as Broadway star Norm Lewis joins JMR and the Pops with choruses, vocalists and dancers from around the city bringing festive favorites and holiday classics to life!

LET'S MISBEHAVE: The Music of Cole Porter

Tue Dec 31, 2024 | 8:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Tony Desare, piano & vocals
Aubrey Logan, trombone & vocals
John Manzari, tap dance & vocals


Ring in the New Year with the Pops and the sophisticated and timeless music of Cole Porter! Join Tony DeSare and his guests Aubrey Logan (trombone/vocals) and John Manzari (tap dance/vocals) as they give their fresh spin on such hits as: “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” and many more.


Sat Jan 11, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sun Jan 12, 2025 | 2:00 pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor

George Li, piano


Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto churns with uber-romantic melodies and Unsuk Chin’s music delights in contrasts. Copland’s last symphony, ringing with bells and brass, brings us home. The finale builds on Fanfare for the Common Man — an enduring masterpiece written for and premiered by the CSO at Music Hall — signaling the culmination and convergence of the composer’s entire career.


Tue Jan 14, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Hilary Hahn, violin


Violinist Hillary Hahn’s playing is “at once impetuous and authoritative, brilliant and beautiful,” (The New York Times). The 3-time Grammy Award-winner returns to Music Hall for the first time since 2016 to perform timeless solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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SIMPLY THE BEST: The Music of Tina Turner

Fri Jan 17, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Jan 18, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sun Jan 19, 2025 | 2:00 pm

Damon Gupton, conductor


All hail the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll." Tina Turner’s singular voice provided the soundtrack of a generation and her story inspired hearts and minds around the world. With a career including 12 Grammy wins and more than 100 million records sold worldwide, she was simply “better than all the rest.” Join the Pops for a tour of Turner’s iconic musical legacy featuring hits like “Proud Mary,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Disco Inferno” and more!


Fri Jan 24, 2025 | 11:00 am

Sat Jan 25, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Christian Reif, conductor
Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello

The richness and beauty of the cello comes through brilliantly when CSO Principal Cello Ilya Finkelshteyn plays the spellbinding melodies of Saint-Saëns’ firework First Concerto. The magical evening ties-in music by Mozart and Jimmy Lopez Bellido, each inspired by fairy tales. Prokofiev’s poignant and profound orchestral farewell provides a thrilling showpiece for the entire Orchestra.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra world premiere commission of a New Work by Jimmy López Bellido is made possible by a generous gift from Kari and Jon Ullman.


Fri Jan 31, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Feb 1, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Jun Märkl, conductor

Elizabeth Freimuth, horn


Till Eulenspiegel follows the exploits of a noted trickster but doesn’t fool around. The super virtuosic work is a freewheeling tour de force for every member of the Orchestra, beginning with a famous French horn solo. CSO Principal Horn Elizabeth Freimuth steps into the spotlight with a popular early concerto by Strauss, and Debussy’s impressionistic Images create the musical equivalent of a Monet masterpiece.

LOLLIPOPS: Lost in Space!

Sat Feb 1, 2025 | 10:30 am

Spark your child's love for orchestral music at an early age with these fun, interactive family events. Each concert lasts just under an hour, with themes specially chosen to engage children ages 2-9. Come early for crafts and activities in the Family Fun Zone.

Tickets are just $10 for children and $15 for adults. Lap seat children ages two and under are free.


Sat Feb 8, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sun Feb 9, 2025 | 2:00 pm

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

Randall Goosby, violin


Dvořák’s New World Symphony moves with magnificent energies and melodies that feel like home. Hearing it performed by the CSO at Music Hall is a must-have experience. Randall Goosby, a new champion of Florence Price’s solo works, returns for the composer’s Second Violin Concerto plus Chausson’s most popular work. Selections from Wynton Marsalis Blues Symphony trace the blueprints of a quintessential American style.


Fri Feb 14, 2025 | 11:00 am

Sat Feb 15, 2025 | 7:30 pm

John Storgårds, conductor

Gil Shaham, violin


This Valentine’s weekend, fall in love with the intensity and driving pulse of Brahms’ last symphony, an exhilarating bouquet of heart-on-sleeve melodies and relentless passion. Violin virtuoso Gil Shaham brings his signature joy and pitch-perfect technique to Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and conductor John Storgårds returns, starting the program with the CSO premiere of music by Victoria Polevá.


Wed Mar 5, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Conrad Tao, piano


Conrad Tao is a Cincinnati fan favorite at this point. The pianist-composer returns for an all-solo program playing Debussy Études, a shimmery reimagining of Schumann’s haunting music for a weeping bride, and one of Tao’s own explosive explorations of the piano’s far-reaching potential.

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Sat Mar 8, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 9, 2025 | 2:00 pm

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, soprano


Take a musical tour of Rome with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Two of Respighi’s epic showpieces bring rushing fountains, towering pines, mysterious catacombs, and triumphant Roman legions to Music Hall. Richard Strauss’ final work, four hauntingly beautiful last songs, sing of acceptance, transformation, and fruition at the end of one’s long journey.


Sat Mar 15, 2025 | 7:30 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Classical Roots Community Choir


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

AMERICAN ORIGINALS: Harlem Renaissance

Fri Mar 21, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 22, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sun Mar 23, 2025 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


From Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker to Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington, the Harlem Renaissance was a period of Black creative cultural expression in the United States that greatly influenced the sound of Jazz and Blues as we know it today. JMR, the Cincinnati Pops and special guests celebrate the centennial anniversary of the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance, with the music, dance and poetry of an all-American movement known around the world.


Fri Mar 28, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 29, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Keitaro Harada, conductor

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin


Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade, based on the legendary stories of One Thousand and One Nights, is a wild ride full of big moments for brass plus a famous violin solo for CSO Concertmaster Stefani Matsuo. Arturo Márquez’ Fandango pays tribute to dances of Mexico, performed here by Anne Akiko Meyers, the soloist it was written for. Yuzo Toyama’s Rhapsody centers on folk songs from his native Japan.


Sat Apr 5, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sun Apr 6, 2025 | 2:00 pm

Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor
Maria Ioudenitch, violin


Sir Donald Runnicles leads a peak orchestral experience. Violinist Maria Ioudenitch brings elegance and poise to Mendelssohn’s soaring violin concerto. Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony follows the path of a mountain ascent, from dawn until night, through mist and storms, darkness and unfathomable heights, taking you to another world from the very first chords. Where it leads is nothing less than a total exploration of the possibilities of sound and the CSO at Music Hall.


Fri Apr 18, 2025 | 11:00 am

Sat Apr 19, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Case Scaglione, conductor

Simone Lamsma, violin


Beethoven’s symphonies are revolutionary, genre-defining triumphs. The Third, originally titled “Bonaparte,” in dedication to Napoleon, creates a conquering storm that doesn’t resolve until the very end. Soloist Simone Lamsma returns for Max Bruch’s astonishingly beautiful and ultra-challenging First Violin Concerto and the CSO begins with Lili Boulanger’s introspective ode to spring.


Fri Apr 25, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 26, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Jaap van Zweden, conductor


Conductor Jaap van Zweden leads the CSO in Mahler’s colossal Sixth Symphony. From the first ominous beat of the strings, the work builds to shocking intensity, full of soaring melodies and towering brass, abruptly contrasted by profoundly sweet interludes. It’s all the drama you need. In time, Mahler’s whole heartfelt world becomes obliterated by cataclysmic hammerblows.

MANDY GONZALEZ: La Vida Broadway

Fri May 2, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat May 3, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sun May 4, 2025 | 2:00 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor


Best known for starring on Broadway in Wicked and Hamilton, and for her portrayal of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, Broadway icon Mandy Gonzalez joins JMR and the Pops in a celebration of the Latine voices of Broadway, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno and Linda Ronstadt. Expect hits from In the Heights, Hamilton, Moana and many more!


Fri May 9, 2025 | 11:00 am

Sat May 10, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Damon Gupton, conductor

Michelle Cann, piano


Grieg’s Piano Concerto is a jewel that dazzles from every angle. One of the most famous and enjoyable works of all time, its radiant charms shine in the hands of pianist and former MAC Music Innovator Michelle Cann. Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton leads the CSO in a treasure trove of evocative works, from Dvořák's symphonic poem of Slavic mythology to Duke Ellington’s many hues.

The appearance of Michelle Cann is made possible by a generous gift from the William Hurford and Lesley Gilbertson Family Fund for Guest Pianists.

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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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