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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


The Cincinnati Symphony was established in 1896 and is the sixth oldest symphony in the US. At that time, Haydn and Beethoven were still living and Cincinnati was only a small village surrounding Fort Washington. The Cincinnati Orchestra gave its first concert in December of 1872. The nucleus of that group went on to become the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The Cincinnati Pops, which also performs as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is under the direction of John Morris Russell and presents a diverse array of musical styles, all bathed in the world-renowned “Cincinnati Sound.” The Pops was officially founded in 1977 with the late Erich Kunzel, and since 1980, the Orchestra has sold ten million recordings around the globe.

The CSO was the first American orchestra to be featured on a national radio broadcast in 1921 and continues to reach millions of listeners across the country and around the world annually through radio broadcasts and online streaming.

While very rich in history and accolades worldwide, the Cincinnati Symphony is just now coming off another extraordinary season. The Orchestra returned to Cincinnati Music Hall after a $143 million renovation and a three-week European Tour that included debuts at the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC Proms. The CSO was also the first international orchestra to perform at the new Paris concert hall, La Seine Musicale where they premiered a new acclaimed edition of Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

The CSO’s Concertos for Orchestra album, which features three pieces commissioned by the orchestra, was nominated for two Grammy Awards and the CSO introduced the world to five new commissions this past week alone.

In the coming season, Music Director Louis Langree and the CSO are pleased to welcome such acclaimed artists as Joshua Bell, Danil Trifonov, Alisa Wellerstein, Donald Runnicles, Yefim Bronfan, Sir Mark Eder and composer in residence Jonathan Bailey Holland.

The Cincinnati Pops has had more albums on the Billboard charts than any other orchestra on the planet. Their latest project American Original Volume 2 was recorded live at Music Hall last November and will be released in the fall of 2018. The Pops’ American Soundscapes series of online videos has a global audience.

In the coming season, Conductor John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops welcome acclaimed artists such as; Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr., Indigo Girls, Ashley Brown, Amy Grant and Ms. Lisa Fischer, among others.

A “Pops In Space” program coming in January 2019 will feature dazzling visuals curated by Cincinnati’s own Lightborne and a co-commission with NASA and the National Symphony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing by celebrated Hollywood composer Michael Giacchino.

As you can see, both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and The Cincinnati Pops are highly regarded worldwide and continue to lead the way in innovative ways of staying current and involved in the local community.
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