Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

William C. White is the Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO). Last weekend he and the CSYO performed a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. William White is also a composer and arranger - Cincinnati Edition listeners should be familiar with his work, he composed our theme music.

Coming up this fall is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s fourth One City, One Symphony concert and community outreach effort. This year will feature works inspired by the late Maya Angelou and the CSO is currently seeking submissions of new, original poems that responds to the question “what does freedom mean to you?”

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced the popular “Lumenocity” event will be returning to Washington Park in August for a third year.  But unlike the previous two concerts, this year people will have to pay to attend.

The 2015 “Lumenocity” will take place for five-nights from August 5 through 9.  It features a 3-D image projection mapping on the front of Music Hall choreographed to music performed by the CSO. 

Bryce Dessner is the artistic force behind acclaimed band The National and the popular MusicNOW Festival which happens around Cincinnati March 11-15 and includes two concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Bryce Dessner speaks by phone with Frank Johnson about the 10 years of MusicNOW and this year’s line-up of music.

The annual Classical Roots concert from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a popular favorite, almost a certain sell-out. Joining Lee Hay to preview this year’s concert (which will feature jazz vocal group Take 6) are Conductor Charles Floyd and one of the concert’s music ministers, Eric Oliver.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced that the acclaimed conductor, composer and pianist Charles Floyd will lead its hugely popular annual Classical Roots concert on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Music Hall. 

Mr. Floyd will lead the full CSO, along with the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir which is comprised of over 100 singers representing dozens of area churches.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s latest CD, Hallowed Ground, was recorded live in Music Hall and features the late Dr. Maya Angelou in one of her last public appearances. Cincinnati Public Radio’s master recording engineer, Chelsea VandeDrink, tells Frank Johnson about the experience of recording these dynamic performances.

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The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra's Chris Pinelo calls LumenoCity a beautiful marriage of incredible orchestral music and remarkable technology and animation.  About 5,000 people gathered at Washington Park for Thursday night's rehearsal of the CSO's annual music and light show.

 The amazement that is LumenoCity returns to Washington Park next weekend. The event was so successful last summer, this year it’'s been expanded to three performances, will include an all-new visual and music program by the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, and provide multiple opportunities for audiences to watch, listen and experience. Joining us to explore what goes into the making of LumenoCity is Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra Vice President of Communications Christopher Pinelo, along with Steve McGowan and Dan Reynolds. Their creative design and production company, Brave Berlin, creates the digital animations, choreographed to the music of the CSO, that are projected onto the  front of Music Hall.

Prepare for the CSO's Opening Night Gala in September

Jul 11, 2014

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is in full planning mode for next season’s opening night gala on September 13. Frank Johnson gets a preview of the event from Kim Kline (co-chair) and Megan Berneking (communications manager).

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Cincinnati Public Radio and CET are partnering with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to provide live broadcasts of next month's Lumenocity 2014 at Washington Park.  It's scheduled for August 1, 2 and 3 and the free tickets for the music and light show with Music Hall as a backdrop went quickly.

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Free tickets for this year’s LumenoCity, happening August 1-3 in Washington Park, will be made available to the public starting Monday morning, June 9. Chris Pinelo from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra joins Frank Johnson to share the details on the second year of this event and how to go about getting tickets.

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The Cincinnati Symphony, Ballet, May Festival, CCM, most of the city’s major arts groups are joining members of the business community and heading to New York City for a week of performances and get-togethers. Cincy in NYC kicks off May 6, as Cincinnati struts its stuff in the Big Apple. Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau Vice President for Communications & Strategic Development, Julie Calvert, and Trevor Hamilton, vice president of Economic Development with REDI Cincinnati, the regional economic development initiative directed by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, talk about what went into the effort, and what New Yorkers can expect to see and hear from the Queen City.

Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner is not only one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed band The National, but is also founder and artistic director of the local MusicNOW festival, happening the weekend of March 21-22. This year’s event is a groundbreaking collaboration with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, presenting two completely separate nights of music involving world premiere compositions, special guest starts, and a Music Hall experience unique and provocative for traditional concert-goers. Bryce Dessner is on the phone with our Frank Johnson to discuss MusicNOW and his passion for both rock and classical music composition and performance.

The new CSO season kicks off with its annual gala

Aug 30, 2013

The annual Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Gala is fast approaching, and this year promises to be a very special evening with guest star and performer, Anne Sophie-Mutter, making her first appearance with the orchestra. Gala chair Vivian Schwab and CSO spokesman Chris Pinelo join Anne Arenstein with more details about this event along with some highlights of the upcoming 2013-14 season.

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