Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in 2022

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (, now in its 49th year, has announced its Summermusik – the annual summer music festival held every August, in which the orchestra presents music from all eras. Conducted by its music director Eckart Preu, the orchestra gives its main concerts at the School for Creative & Performing Arts in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood.

In addition to those Saturday evening concerts, the orchestra presents two series: the weekday evening Pub Crawls and the Sunday afternoon A Little Afternoon Musik – informal musical events, featuring guest artists and members of the orchestra in different venues throughout Greater Cincinnati.

This year’s main Saturday evening concerts of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, its informal Pub Crawls and its laid-back Sunday afternoon A Little Afternoon Musik miniconcerts feature a variety of music, including in its first event a concerto by New Tango creator Astor Piazzola, a commissioned work by Gabriela Lena Frank, a premiere of a composition by Osvaldo Golijov, and guest soloist Hector Del Curto playing various compositions for the Argentinian bandoneon, a compact instrument akin to the accordion.

Later in the month of August, Moldovan American harpist Ina Zdorovetchi solos in works by György Ligeti and Arturo Márquez, in a concert that climaxes with Hector Berlioz’s massive Symphonie Fantastique in an arrangement for chamber orchestra by Arthur Lavandier.

Still later the programming of Eckart Preu, includes a rarely heard concerto by Clara Schumann, with Indian American pianist Vijay Venkatesh as soloist, Lily Boulanger’s D’un Matin de Printemps, and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Victoria Okafors as the soprano soloist.

The final Saturday evening concert of this year’s Summermusik brings to Cincinnati the Japanese percussionist Yuri Yamashita as soloist in the Water Concerto by Chinese American composer Tan Dun. The program includes Claude Debussy’s La Mer, in Iain Farrington’s arrangement for chamber orchestra.

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Board of Directors, led by Board President Daniel Pfahl, recently appointed Evan Gidley as its executive director. The young Indiana native and Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music alumnus comes to its position with vast managerial experience as Orchestra Personnel Manager with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where he led the orchestra’s program that paired professional musicians in musical training with scores of underserved students. Gidley’s range of responsibilities will include overseeing the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s operations along with fundraising, outreach, and public relations.

With its ever-enterprising programming, its unpretentious approach to music of all kinds, and now with new management, the future looks bright for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Rafael de Acha © 2022

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