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CSO Initiatives to Involve Listeners

Mary Ellyn Hutton
Posted: Sep 18, 2014 - 3:13:48 PM in news_2014

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players
Talk about up close.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players is inviting its audience to join them onstage during the upcoming season.

Onstage will be at Music Hall, new home for the Chamber Players, which is made up of members of the CSO.

Audience members will be seated around the musicians on the stage, giving them the opportunity to witness both their individual and group performance.

The Chamber Players season opens at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 with works by Mozart and Bartok.

The 2014-15 CSO Chamber Players season.

Oct. 26. 4 p.m. Mozart, Quintet in E-Major for Piano and Winds. Lon Bussell, oboe. Jonathan Gunn, clarinet. Lisa Conway, French horn. Martin Garcia, bassoon. Michael Chertock, piano. Bartok, String Quartet No. 2. Gerald Itzkoff and Kun Dong, violin. Rebecca Barnes, viola. Ted Nelson, cello. Mozart, Clarinet Quintet. Ronald Aufmann, clarinet. Michele Dugan and Lois Reid Johnson, violin. Marna Street, viola. Norman Johns, cello.

Jan. 11. 4 p.m. Ravel, Piano Trio in A Minor. Rebecca Culnan, violin. Daniel Culnan, cello. Julia Siciliano, piano. Astor Piazzolla, Five Tangos for Violin and Double Bass. Anna Reider, violin. Boris Astafiev, contrabass. Debussy, String Quartet in G Minor. Janet Carpenter and Stacey Woolley, violin. Rebecca Barnes, viola. Susan Marshall-Petersen, cello.

Feb. 6. 7:30 p.m. Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1. Rebecca Kruger Fryxell and Chika Kinderman, violin. Stephen Fryxell, viola. Matthew Lad, cello. Brahms, Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor (“Werther”). Minyoung Baik, violin. Gerald Itzkoff, viola. Alan Rafferty, cello. Sandra Rivers, piano.

April 24. 7:30 p.m. Beethoven, String Quartet No. 16 in F Major. Kun Dong and Lois Reid Johnson, violin. Steven Rosen, viola. Matthew Lad, cello. Martinu, Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola (Duo No. 1). Janet Carpenter, violin. Marna Street, viola. Grieg, String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor. Cheryl Benedict and Chika Kinderman, violin. Julian Wilkison, viola. Susan Marshall-Petersen, cello.

All concerts are at Music Hall. Single tickets (general admission) are $35. Save 10% by purchasing all four concerts. Call (513) 381-3300. Further information at www.cincinnatisymphony.org/chamber

In other news:

The CSO will continue its popular “One City, One Symphony” series in November with a concert saluting heroes. Performances are Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at Music Hall and will feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (subtitled the “Titan”), Beethoven’s “Coriolan” Overture and the “Hymne à la justice” by French composer Albéric Magnard. Magnard became a national hero when he died defending his home and family from German soldiers in World War I. CSO Music director Louis Langrée will conduct. Tickets begin at $12, available by calling (513) 381-3300, or visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org

CSO assistant conductor Will White at a CSO "listening party"
The event will again feature free neighborhood listening parties, designed to explore the repertoire for the concert at locations throughout the Tri-state. The sessions will be moderated by CSO musicians and conductors. For a schedule of listening parties to date, visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org/onecity/party.

In addition, radio station WGUC 90.9 will present six radio broadcasts featuring works on the program according to the following schedule:

Magnard, “Hymne à la justice.” Oct. 6 at 11:44 a.m. Oct. 30 at 2:44 p.m.

Beethoven, “Coriolan” Overture. Oct. 22 at 1:05 p.m. Nov. 7 at 10:06 a.m.

Mahler, Symphony No. 1. Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

In conjunction with the concert and its heroes theme, the CSO is sponsoring an initiative entitled “One Symphony, One Symphony: Many Hands.” The effort invites the community to give back this fall through volunteer service, whether helping a neighbor or a charitable organization of choice. Volunteers may track their community service hours between Sept. 13 and Nov. 7 via an online form on the CSO website. Adults logging eight or more hours and students 17 and under logging four or more hours will earn a voucher redeemable for one free ticket to the Music Hall concerts Nov. 14-16.

Partners with the CSO in providing organizations and causes with which to volunteer are Welcomers Community Volunteer Network, United Way and Give Back Cincinnati.
For the online volunteer log, or for ideas on how to get involved, visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org/onecity/manyhands.

Volunteers may also choose to participate in the CSO’s own “Day of Service” Nov. 3, with Langrée, the CSO musicians and staff and fellow audience members. Details will be announced at a later date.

A Volunteer Celebration and Launch Party will be held from 5:30-7 P.M. Sept. 24 in the Music Hall lobby, during which attendees can learn about volunteer opportunities and meet fellow volunteers. To register, visit www.myvolunteerpage.com, or send an e-mail to volunteer@cincinnatisymphony.org/onecity/party