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HEAR ME ROAR: A Celebration of Women in Song Runs Sept. 16-18

CPO_Hear Me Roar logoHEAR ME ROAR: A Celebration of Women in Song
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Sept. 16-18
Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

John Morris Russell, conductor
Aubrey Logan, vocalist
Erica Gabriel, soprano
Mandy Gonzalez, vocalist

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 of the most popular songs made famous by the likes of Adele, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and others. Three powerhouse singers join the Pops for an inspiring display of vocal fireworks sure to make you say, “I’m with HER!”

We believe that great music is for everyone, regardless of your budget. This concert is eligible for Pay What You Wish Pricing, as well as other discounts. To learn more visit Music for All.

  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 16-17 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 18 at 2pm

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Concert Runs Sept. 10-11

CPO_Beauty and the Beast logoDisney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Concert
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Sept. 10-11
Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Be our guest as the Cincinnati Pops performs the score to Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, live to the complete, beloved film! Featuring unforgettable characters and Academy Award®-winning music (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1991), Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale that’s been capturing hearts for generations. Now’s your chance to watch the spellbinding story unfold at Music Hall.

  • Sat-Sun, Sept. 10-11 at 2pm

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2022-2023 Season Announced by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

CSO_logo2We’re thrilled to welcome audiences into Music Hall.

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.


DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

  • Sat Sep 10, 2022 | 2:00 pm
  • Sun Sep 11, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Be our guest as the Cincinnati Pops performs the score to Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, live to the complete, beloved film! Featuring unforgettable characters and Academy Award®-winning music (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1991), Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale that’s been capturing hearts for generations. Now’s your chance to watch the spellbinding story unfold at Music Hall.


HEAR ME ROAR: A Celebration of Women in Song

  • Fri Sep 16, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Sep 17, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Sep 18, 2022 | 2:00 pm

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 of the 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!”


MAHLER’S RESURRECTION SYMPHONY

  • Sat Sep 24, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Sep 25, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo

May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony is a transformative experience of liberating power, flowing from despair to reassurance. The May Festival Chorus, approaching its 150th anniversary, plus GRAMMY-winning mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor and the “pure, refined tone” (The New York Times) of soprano Joélle Harvey join Louis Langrée and the CSO for an epic 22/23 Season opener.

Program
GUSTAV MAHLER: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

TCHAIKOVSKY & ROUSE: FINAL SYMPHONIES

  • Fri Sep 30, 2022 | 11:00 am
  • Sun Oct 2, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Louis Langrée leads powerful farewells by two great symphonists. “I have put my whole soul into this,” Tchaikovsky said of his Sixth, a work full of drama and beauty. Christopher Rouse’s Sixth, which he knew would be his last, was commissioned by the CSO and posthumously premiered in 2019. Like Tchaikovsky’s Sixth, this is music that is highly personal and opts for intimacy, finishing in darkness. Said Rouse: “great forms and great concepts always have something new to offer.”

Program

  • PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, Pathetique
  • CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Symphony No. 6

CSO PROOF: SUN DOGS

  • Fri Oct 14, 2022 | 6:30 pm
  • Sat Oct 15, 2022 | 6:30 pm
  • Sun Oct 16, 2022 | 6:30 pm
  • Sun Oct 16, 2022 | 8:30 pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Daniel Wohl, composer and orchestrator
Kate Nordstrum / Liquid Music, creative producer

Inspired composer and filmmaker pairs create short-format films with new music performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with conductor and CSO Creative Partner, Matthias Pintscher. Produced in collaboration with Liquid Music as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World RecordSun Dogs seeks to understand the natural world that can’t be touched or measured. Typically a composer responds to a director’s ideas in a film scoring capacity, or a filmmaker is given music to respond to visually, but Sun Dogs explores how stories can be told with music and film from equal footing.

Presented by the CSO and FotoFocus as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record.

Supported by the David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Program

World Premieres by:

  • Arooj Aftab and Daniel Wohl, co-composers
  • Rafiq Bhatia, composer
  • Josephine Decker, filmmaker
  • Dev Hynes, composer
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, filmmaker

LANGRÉE CONDUCTS ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

  • Fri Oct 21, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Oct 22, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Oct 23, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano

The famous ascending brass passage that opens Zarathustra is just the tip of this orchestral iceberg. Prepare yourself for a wild ride of big moments that show the range of the CSO musicians’ virtuosity. French pianist Hélène Grimaud—a virtuoso in her own right whose “performances attempt, whenever possible, to shake up conventional pianistic wisdom” (The New Yorker)—reunites with Louis Langrée for Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

Program

ROBERT SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
RICHARD STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra (“Thus Spake Zarathustra”)


RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI

  • Sat Oct 29, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Oct 30, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Michael Francis, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Michael Francis leads Vaughan Williams’ war-torn Sixth Symphony 150 years after the English composer’s birth. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov shares his “prodigious technique and rhapsodic flair” (The New York Times) in Rachmaninoff’s variations on an iconic melody by legendary violinist-composer Paganini—a brilliant showcase of stunning moments and orchestral thrills. Panufnik’s trumpet fanfare signals the start of the program, while Ives’ somber trumpet ponders the “perennial question of existence.”

Program

ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK: Sinfonia Sacra
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
CHARLES IVES: The Unanswered Question
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 6


GET HAPPY: Judy Garland Centennial

  • Fri Nov 11, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Nov 12, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Nov 13, 2022 | 2:00 pm

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.


NOV 18, 2022 LOLLIPOPS CONCERT

  • Sat Nov 19, 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.

Concert theme and program to be announced.


SIBELIUS & BARTÓK CONCERTOS

  • Fri Nov 18, 2022 | 11:00 am
  • Sat Nov 19, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Esther Yoo, violin

The talents of CSO musicians are on full display in Bartók’s Concerto, the epitome of an orchestra showpiece. Similarly, it’s “easy to see what all the fuss is about” (The Guardian) when guest soloist Esther Yoo performs Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Principal Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Dalia Stasevska leads the program, beginning with inventive music that composer Missy Mazzoli says is “in the shape of a solar system.”

MISSY MAZZOLI: Sinfonia for Orbiting Spheres
JEAN SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto
BELA BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra


RACHMANINOFF THIRD CONCERTO & ENIGMA VARIATIONS

  • Sat Nov 26, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Nov 27, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Elim Chan, conductor
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, an engine of lush melodies, churning energies and Russian romanticism, is performed by Khatia Buniatishvili, a “shining pianist at the height of her abilities.” Elgar’s Enigma Variations are sketches of his dear friends, each containing, as Elgar noted, “a distinct idea founded on some particular personality.” Elim Chan, “an impressive young conductor who makes an occasion of orchestral writing” (The New York Times), takes us through each heartfelt journey.

Program

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
EDWARD ELGAR: Enigma Variations


GERSHWIN & THE PLANETS

  • Fri Dec 2, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Dec 3, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Michelle Cann, piano

Treble Voices of the May Festival ChorusRobert Porco, director

Holst’s The Planets has a gravity all its own—from the merciless rhythms of Mars to the magnificence of Jupiter. Caroline Shaw’s The Observatory acts like a musical telescope—in her words, exploring “some very large spaces…chaos and clarity.” Michelle Cann, former CSO MAC Music Innovator and featured soloist on the 20th anniversary of Classical Roots, is known for delivering “knockout” performances (Philadelphia Inquirer), and shines in music by Gershwin.

CSO Co-Commission by Caroline Shaw is made possible by Irwin and Melinda Simon.

Program
  • CAROLINE SHAW: The Observatory [CSO Co-Commission]
  • GEORGE GERSHWIN: Rhapsody No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra
  • GUSTAV HOLST: The Planets

HOLIDAY POPS

  • Fri Dec 9, 2022 | 11:00 am
  • Fri Dec 9, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Dec 10, 2022 | 2:00 pm
  • Sat Dec 10, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Dec 11, 2022 | 2:00 pm
  • Sun Dec 11, 2022 | 7:00 pm

It’s not the holidays until it’s Holiday Pops! Experience the splendor of Music Hall decked out like a winter wonderland, and feel the warmth as JMR and the Pops perform beloved holiday classics. The Annie Moses Band, who wowed Pops audiences at Riverbend last summer, adds to the joy that makes Holiday Pops the perfect tradition.


STAR WARS: The Force Awakens

  • Thu Dec 29, 2022 | 7:30 pm
  • Fri Dec 30, 2022 | 7:30 pm

30 years after the defeat of the Empire, a new threat has arisen. The Resistance and unlikely heroes are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the full forces of the Cincinnati Pops performing John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score live to the complete, acclaimed film.


NEW YEAR’S EVE: BILLIE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK

Sat Dec 31, 2022 | 8:00 pm

Damon Gupton and the Pops give the holidays an afterglow and keep the celebration going into the New Year! Quiana Lynell, “a vocalist comfortable and commanding in styles including pop, jazz classics and the blues” (DownBeat), makes her Cincinnati Pops debut with timeless classics from the Billie Holiday songbook—songs like “I Cover the Waterfront,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” and “In My Solitude.”


SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 2

  • Fri Jan 6, 2023 | 11:00 am
  • Sat Jan 7, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Thomas Søndergård, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

It’s no surprise to Cincinnati audiences that “the essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty” (The Washington Post). Experience the inimitable violinist’s return in Britten’s Violin Concerto along with esteemed Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård’s CSO debut. Themes of Sibelius’ Second Symphony coalesce into sparkling waves of sound for the work’s breathtaking finale.

Program

ETHEL SMYTH: On the Cliffs of Cornwall
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Violin Concerto
JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2


GRIEG: PEER GYNT IN CONCERT

  • Fri Jan 13, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Jan 14, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin

Camilla Tilling, soprano (Solveig)
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
Concert Theatre Works, Bill Barclay, director

A Norwegian fairy tale comes to life in Music Hall with a concert staging of Grieg’s enchanting score to Ibsen’s play, created and directed by Bill Barclay, former Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe. Louis Langrée leads the Orchestra and cast, including soprano Camilla Tilling and the May Festival Chorus. Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto opens the program with whimsical whistling by soloist Pekka Kuusisto, for whom the concerto was written.

Program

  • DANÍEL BJARNASON: Violin Concerto
  • EDVARD GRIEG:Peer Gynt [concert-staged production]

TCHAIKOVSKY & PROKOFIEV

  • Sat Jan 21, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Jan 22, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin

Julia Perry’s Homunculus C.F. starts off whisper-quiet, tinkering in a laboratory of percussion. The program’s crescendo builds with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and acclaimed American soloist Randall Goosby—an artist with “exquisite tone and sheer virtuosity” (The New York Times). The concert reaches its zenith in Prokofiev’s Third Symphony as the muscle of the Orchestra is unleashed to its brassy and boisterous max.

CSO PROOF: THE RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN

  • Wed Jan 25, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Gabriel Kahane, composer and voice
Nathalie Joachim & Alex Sopp, flute and voice
Holcombe Waller, guitar and synth

Do you remember your brain before the internet? Before you became tethered to a tiny computer that travels on an infinite loop from nightstand to pocket to purse to your hand and back again? Were your dreams different? Did you wander the streets of a strange city, and did you delight in the terror of getting lost? In a new song cycle, Gabriel Kahane examines our cultural and economic obsessions with convenience and efficiency, and the debts that accrue as a result: debts to labor, to the planet, to privacy and, increasingly, to our free will.

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.


TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR: 1812 OVERTURE

  • Fri Jan 27, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Jan 28, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Jan 29, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Romantic themes that stand the test of time? Check. Epic moments so powerful they give you goosebumps? Oh, absolutely. Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton leads a spectacular orchestral mixtape featuring some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits, including Romeo & Juliet, selections from Swan Lake, and of course, the 1812 Overture.


THIBAUDET PLAYS LISZT

  • Fri Feb 3, 2023 | 11:00 am
  • Sat Feb 4, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Louis Langrée leads works inspired by a fusion of cultures. Qigang Chen and GRAMMY-nominated Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian discover new sounds through the combination of Eastern and Western styles. Ravel, who cherished Liszt’s music, pulls from his Basque heritage for Rapsodie espagnole. French Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, celebrated for playing with “both clarity and freedom” (The New York Times), returns for Liszt’s jubilant Second Concerto.

DEATH & TRANSFIGURATION

  • Sat Mar 4, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Mar 5, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Elizabeth Freimuth, horn

Richard Strauss conducted Death and Transfiguration at Music Hall in 1904. More than a century later, Louis Langrée and the CSO once again bring Strauss’ vivid musical image of the infinite to Music Hall. The program features Elizabeth Freimuth, the CSO’s Principal Horn, and an expansive world premiere by ascendant American composer Samuel Adams.

MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER

  • Fri Mar 10, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Mar 11, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sun Mar 12, 2023 | 2:00 pm

In 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what superhero films could be. Rolling Stone raved, “The film lights up the screen with a full-throttle blast of action and fun. That’s to be expected. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film’s racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.” Now you can relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger all while the Cincinnati Pops performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar-winning score live to picture.


THE MERMAID

  • Fri Mar 17, 2023 | 7:30 pm
  • Sat Mar 18, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Kevin John Edusei, conductor
Simone Lamsma, violin

Mermaid tales inspired thrilling musical adventures from Mendelssohn and Zemlinsky. Mendelssohn’s work is brief but fiery, while Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau takes us through the dramas of Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid. Kevin John Edusei leads the CSO, and Simone Lamsma, whose playing is “absolutely stunning” (Chicago Tribune), returns to perform Korngold’s gorgeously cinematic Violin Concerto.

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.

MAR 25, 2023 LOLLIPOPS CONCERT

  • Sun Mar 5, 2023 | 10:30 am
  • Sat Mar 25, 2023 | 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.

Concert theme and program to be announced.


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 conducts the first part of a new multi-year work by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason.

CSO Co-Commission by Daníel Bjarnason is made possible by Ann and Harry Santen.

CLASSICAL ROOTS

  • Fri Apr 14, 2023 | 7:30 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Classical Roots Community Mass Choir, William H. Caldwell, resident conductor

Love and community ring throughout Music Hall when the Cincinnati Pops and the Classical Roots Community Mass 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.


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.


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 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 music by Mark Simpson.

CSO Co-Commission by Mark Simpson made possible by Ann and Harry Santen.

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.



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Performance Cancellations for Fri, Feb. 4

Updated 2/4/22 3:45pm

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  • MISC_Snow Cancellations9:30am BEEHIVE the Musical [West Price Hill]
    Covedale Center for the Performing Arts through Feb. 20
    ALERT: the Friday (2/4) performance of BEEHIVE has been canceled to due weather conditions. Ticket holders for this performance can contact the box office at (513) 241-6550 to transfer to another performance. The show runs through 2/20. Stay safe, friends. Remember: you can’t hurry love.
  • 3:45pm CURVES, CURLS AND CHOREOGRAPHY [Downtown[
    Revolution Dance Theatre through Feb. 5
    Due to inclement weather, tonight’s performance of Curves, Curls & Choreography has been cancelled. All tickets purchased for tonight’s performance will be honored for tomorrow’s performance. For ticket exchanges or more information, please contact the Aronoff Center box office at 513-621-2787 or ticketing@cincinnatiarts.org. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you can join us tomorrow night at the Aronoff Center for the Arts!
  • 2:50pm MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS [Over-the-Rhine]
    Cincinnati Pops Orchestra through Feb. 6

    Due to circumstances caused by the inclement weather, we have cancelled the FRI FEB 4, 7:30PM performance of the Music of John Williams. The Friday performance will not be rescheduled.
    The SAT, FEB 5 and SUN, FEB 6 performances will proceed as planned.
    The livestream of the concert, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will now take place on SUN, FEB 6 at 2PM EST.
    All ticketholders for the Friday performance of the concert have the option to exchange into another CSO or Pops performance this season. (Exchange fees will be waived; additional charges may apply based on concert choice). Ticketholders may donate the value of their tickets and receive a tax acknowledgement. Ticketholders also have the option of returning their tickets for a gift certificate, account credit or full refund.
    Please use the form linked below, contact the box office at 513.381.3300 or email hello@cincinnatisymphony.org with your ticket option by Wednesday, February 9.
    We are happy to provide a solution that works best for you.
  • 12:20pm THE NORWEGIANS [Dayton]
    Dayton Theatre Guild through Feb. 20
    TONIGHT’S FEBRUARY 4 PERFORMANCE OF THE NORWEGIANS IS CANCELLED.

    Due to the compromised travel condition brought on by the weather we have cancelled tonight’s performance. Opening night is moved to tomorrow night. Those with reservations for tonight’s show can change their reservations to another night by calling 937-278-5993 or on line at https://www.daytontheatreguild.org/tickets/
  • 9:45am THE ODD COUPLE, FEMALE VERSION [Anderson]
    Beechmont Players Inc. through Feb. 12
    Friday, February 4th’s production of THE ODD COUPLE: FEMALE VERSION has been cancelled due to the Anderson Center being closed. Our box office will be reaching out to patrons with tickets for tonight. All other shows will occur as scheduled, pending weather conditions. Any changes will be announced closer to event time.
  • 10:20am PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE [Beavercreek]
    Beavercreek Community Theatre through Feb. 5
    For the safety of our cast, crew, and patrons, Friday’s performance (2/4) of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE has been cancelled. Performances will resume Saturday (2/5) and Sunday (2/6). We hope to see you then, safe and warm!
  • 1:20pm THE SOUND OF MUSIC [Covington]
    The Carnegie through Feb. 13
    The Friday performance of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (2/4) will be canceled due to weather – fortunately, we still have 7 performances to choose from. Your tickets will be honored at your show of choice. Please call the box office at (859) 957-1940 to choose your new date. Thank you so much for your patience, and if you have any other questions or concerns please give us a call.

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2021-2022 Season Announced by Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

CPO_logoHOLIDAY 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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

For more information visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org/tickets-and-events/buy-tickets/pops/2122-pops-season.

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