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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.

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 1

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. 

GERSHWIN, PRICE & COPLAND

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.

SIBELIUS & SAINT-SAËNS

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.

MOZART & BRUCKNER

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.

BERNSTEIN & SHOSTAKOVICH

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. 

THE THREE-CORNERED HAT

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.

HOME ALONE

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.

 

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

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. 

HOLIDAY POPS

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.

RACHMANINOFF & COPLAND

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.

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!

THE MAGIC CELLO

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.

STRAUSS & DEBUSSY

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.

DVOŘÁK NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

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.

BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 4

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.

FOUNTAINS & PINES OF ROME

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.

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.

SHEHERAZADE

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.

STRAUSS ALPINE SYMPHONY

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.

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 3

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.

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 6

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!

GRIEG & ELLINGTON

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.