The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra begins its 20-day Summer Festival season with Musik de la Nuit, a kick off party at the historic Maxwellton House on August 12, 2016. Things then get down to musical business with a series of concerts that will also function as auditions for the coveted post of music director of the CCO. Four candidates are in line for the post: Daniel Meyer, Christopher Zimmerman, Sarah Ioannides and Eckart Preu.

The concerts will be given at the SCPA (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) and in various locations around town.

Opening Night: Saturday August 13, 8 pm. SCPA.

Haydn – Symphony No. 85, La Reine; Ravel – Piano Concerto in G Major, with Joyce Yang, piano; Copland – Music for Movies; Ravel – Mother Goose Suite. Daniel Meyer, conducts.

A Little Afternoon Musik: C’est si Bon-Bon: Sunday, August 14, 4 pm. Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

Debussy – First movement from String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10; Debussy – Twelfth movement from Preludes; Ravel – Second movement from String Quartet in F Major; Massenet – Meditation from Thais; Gershwin – Prelude No. 2 in C-sharp Minor; Ravel – Second movement from Violin Sonata No. 2; Faure – Third and fourth movements from Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor. Joyce Yang, piano, CCO String Quartet

On Tuesday, August 16 at 8 pm at Bromwell’s Harth Lounge, and on Friday, August 19 at 8 pm at The Cabaret at Below Zero, there will be the CCO’s now traditional Chamber Crawls featuring woodwind and brass players from among the ranks of the CCO, mixing it up with crossover fare from the classical, jazz and pop worlds.

The second full concert of the CCO on Saturday August 20th will be led by Christopher Zimmerman. Titled Rhythmic Strings, it will bring the music of Elgar’s Opus 47, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and climax with Beethoven’ s Symphony No. 7. The violin soloist, Chee Yun will return the following day for a 4 pm concert at the Greenacres Art Center in which more Piazzolla will balance out the Central and Eastern European strains of Kodály and Prokofiev along with movements for strings by Handel and Ravel.

More Chamber Crawls and more Little Afternoon Music programs will provide the informality that is gaining a growing and younger audience for SUMMERMUSIK. For complete program details it is best to visit the SUMMERMUSIK website at

Sarah Ioannides will lead the CCO in an eclectic program that includes Rossini’s Overture to La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Poulenc’s Sinfonietta, Milhaud’s The Creation of the World and a world premiere: Roberto Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody, featuring saxophonist James Carter. The following day at 4 pm at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Carter will play in another groove when joined by the jazz trio of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra in more Poulenc, Claude Bolling, Paquito D’Rivera and a couple of Carter’s own compositions.

SUMMERMUSIK’s final concert in this summer’s lineup will be helmed by Eckart Preu. The program begins with Miguel del Águila’s Conga-Line in Hell, and has as its centerpiece the world premiere of Daniel Bjarnason’s Bow to String, with cellist Joshua Roman as soloist. Also offered, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 again with Roman in the spotlight and Mozart’s Paris Symphony round out the program.

Hats off to the CCO’s Director of Artistic Planning, Peter Landgren, who carefully planned the festival with its French through-line, and to all at the CCO for their innovative, eminently down-to-earth style of presenting and marketing good music in Cincinnati.

Rafael de Acha

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