Good news for music lovers: Summermusik is back

Good news for music lovers: after a pandemic silence of nearly two years, Summermusik –  the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s brainchild is back.

An interesting lineup of concerts has been announced in its website ( and Cincinnati music lovers are encouraged to visit it or call 513 723 1182 (x2) during business hours to learn the what, where, when of it all.

Most notably the indispensable ensemble, led by Eckart Preu is moving its events outdoors – a prudently cautious and innovative change from the much admired organization.

Here are just a few highlights of their summer of 2021 activities:

  • August 6, 8 pm – The young cellist Sujari Britt solos with the full CCO orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. The musical lineup also includes the Cincinnati premiere of George Walker’s Lyric for Strings. The 90-minute, no intermission program is rounded out with Beethoven’s light-hearted Fourth Symphony.
  • August 20, 8 pm – Violinist Caroline Goulding is the featured soloist in Mozart’s “Turkish” violin concerto in the same program with three premieres by women composers: Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Reena Esmail’s Teen Murti, and Gabriella Smith’s Brandenburg interstices.

In addition to the opening and closing full orchestra concerts, the CCO will feature several of its musicians playing everything from the Beatles to Bach in various intimate performances. Under the omnibus titles Chamber Crawls and A Little Afternoon Musik, the out-of-doors festival will feature concerts at the Cincinnati Zoo, at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, and at Coney Island.

It sounds like a prescription for a healthy and fun out of doors celebration of music.


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