Within a couple of weeks the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra begins a new summer season. Leading the orchestra’s Summermusik is conductor Eckart Preu, who begins his tenure with the orchestra this summer.

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has been around since 1974. Initially an amateur group, the orchestra became a professional ensemble in 1976. The orchestra’s summer season is compressed into approximately four weeks, during which a variety of events are made available to Cincinnati music lovers.

A chamber orchestra is made up of approximately thirty musicians and it comprises the same instrumental groups as those of the larger symphony orchestras: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The average symphony orchestra is at least twice the size of the typical chamber orchestra, which equips it to play the larger works of the 19th century by Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Berlioz and Mahler, where as a chamber orchestra is better suited to play the music of the Baroque and Classical eras by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Mozart and Haydn.

A look at the CCO’s four Saturday evening programs for August shows that Music Director Eckart Preu has a clear vision for the orchestra’s new lease on life. Here’s a preview of the first of four Saturday evening concerts on August 5 at 7:30 pm

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”)Mendelssohn found the inspiration to write his Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”) on a visit to Scotland in 1829. He wrote in his diary: “In the deep twilight we went today to the palace were Queen Mary lived and loved…The chapel below is now roofless. Grass and ivy thrive there and at the broken altar where Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything is ruined, decayed, and the clear heavens pour in. I think I have found there the beginning of my ‘Scottish’ Symphony.”

Here’s the symphony’s second movement, with Kurt Masur conducting the Gewandhausorchestra: (start at 15:20)

W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
By contrast the Violin Concerto No. 3  is all about sunshine and joy, composed by Mozart when he was nineteen. Angelo Xian Yu will be the featured soloist.

Here is the complete concerto, with Anne Sophie Mutter playing and conducting the Camerata Salzburg:

Peter Maxwell Davies An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
The wedding of some friends inspired English composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to write An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, a musically humorous description of a Scottish country wedding where the whisky flows freely and the dancing gets livelier by the minute.

Karen May, Pipe Major of the Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band will be the solo bagpipes player.

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  1. Caro Don Rafaello:

    Just a reminder that CCM Opera Bootcamp performances this week include a Mozart scenes program this Friday at 7:00 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater at CCM and a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias at 4:00 pm this Sunday, also in Cohen. Both performances are with orchestra and are free to the public. I still hope to speak with you as well about “The Beat Stops Here” at your convenience. Best, Don Marco Gibsoni ________________________________


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