The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, now under the leadership of Maestro Eckart Preu, will bring to Cincinnati music lovers a 2017 lineup that is both varied and innovative.

The CCO opens its Summermusik season on August 5 with Scottish Landscapes, featuring Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony and Peter Maxwell Davies’s An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, with Karen May as soloist on the bagpipes and violinist, Angelo Xiang Yu  playing the Mozart Violin Concerto No.3.

Three more concerts follow: Celestial Voyage (August 12) will include music by Rebel, Preu, Bowie and again, Mozart, along with pianist Ran Dank as soloist in the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. Dean Regas will be the narrator.

Venetian Madcap Musica (August 19) will have among other compositions 17th century Venetian music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli and a 20th century piece by Stravinsky, a suite from his Pulcinella, which will have the participation of Madcap Puppets in the program.

Immortal Beloved, on August 26 includes music about love by Beethoven, Glass, Mozart and Silvestrov, with Eckart Preu, conducting the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and  pianist, Alon Goldstein, and dancers from MamLuft&Co. Dance, as featured soloists.

In addition to its four main concerts, the CCO continues to expand its reach in both repertory and  venues in which to play, with intimate A Little Afternoon Musik events, that range in location from Mariemont’s The Barn Art Gallery, to The Sanctuary, to the Drake Planetarium, to the Hotel Covington. Those and four other early evening Chamber Crawl food, drink and music pairings promise to make the CCO’s 2017 Summemusik season its best yet, now under the sterling leadership of Eckart Preu.

A detailed schedule follows below.

A Little Afternoon Music and Chamber Crawl Concerts:

Royal Strings  August 6, at 4pm, at Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington KY.

CCO with music director Eckart Preu and violinist Angelo Xiang Yu celebrate the relationships of composers and royalty with music by Mendelssohn, Johann Strauss, Sr., Handel, Haydn, Paganini and Elgar

Chamber Crawl: Death by Chocolate  August 11, at 7:30pm at The Cabaret at Below Zero, 1120 Walnut St., Cincinnati

Manami White, violin leads a string quartet with members of the CCO in an exploration of compositions by Cohen, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Lowry dealing with death.

A Little Afternoon Musik: Moonlight Sonata               

August 13 at 4pm at Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave., Norwood. OH A musical and visual armchair trip to remote corners of the universe with music director Eckart Preu and pianist Ran Dank and students, with music by Beethoven, Brahms, Franck, Chopin, Mozart and Schoenfeld, accompanied by a visual trip with images of the planets and the stars.

Chamber Crawl: MicroBrass@MadTree

August 15 at 7:30pm at Mad Tree Oakley, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley

Brass players and a percussionist from the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, led by CCO’s Wesley Woolard, share music to keep your heart beating and your toes tapping by Claude Gervaise, Johann Pezel, Johnn Strauss, Jr., Leonard Bernstein, Astor Piazzolla, Jacob Gade and Walk the Moon, as all the while you can savor light bites from Catch-A-Fire Café.

Chamber Crawl: Winds on the Seine August 18 at 7:30pm at The Sanctuary, 2110 St. Michael St., Cincinnati

Enjoy a tasting of French wines and cheeses from Dutch’s Cincinnati as bassoonist Hugh Michie and woodwind-playing friends take you to France with by music by Rameau, Ibert, Bizet, Ravel, Milhaud and Debussy.

A Little Afternoon Musik: The Vivaldi Effect August 20 at 4pm at The Barn Art Gallery, 6980 Cambridge Avenue, Mariemont

CCO’s Eckart Preu hosts a concert of Baroque music by Antonio Vivaldi, the Venetian master teacher, genius composer and opera impresario who revolutionized music and influenced Galuppi, Handel, Albinoni, and Bach. The program, curated and narrated by Maestro Preu will feature some of the principal string players from the CCO in virtuoso solo turns.

Chamber Crawl: Summer of Love August 25 at 7:30pm at The Redmoor , 3187 Linwood Avenue, Mt. Lookout, Cincinnati

Guitarist Roger Klug and violist Heidi Yenney invite the CCO audience to join them in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, with a special cameo appearance by pianist, Alon Goldstein.

All other CCO concerts will be detailed in our next post.

For information and tickets – Call 513-723-1182 or visit the CCO online at





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