From Music in Cincinnati

Summermusik to Debut in Cincinnati

Posted in: 2015
By Mary Ellyn Hutton
Aug 1, 2015 - 12:15:57 PM

A new summer festival, Summermusik, debuts in Cincinnati August 15-September 3.

Presented by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the three-part event opens August 15 with “The Food of Love,” a concert featuring a collaborative work by the CCO and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Guest artist will be 2015 National Chopin Competition winner Eric Lu, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.

Also performing with the CCO will be soprano Sarah Coburn, the Faux Frenchmen, violinist Cho-Liang Lin and double bassist DaXun Zhang. All concerts will take place in SCPA’s Corbett Theater and will be preceded by free interactive Prelude Talks, hosted by CCO interim music director, Kelly Kuo.

There will also be a Sunday afternoon chamber series, “A Little Afternoon Music,” with concerts at Werner Recital Hall at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Mercantile Library downtown and Unwind Wine Bar in Hyde Park.

Finally, there will be four “Chamber Crawl” events at bars in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The latter will include a collaboration with Classical Revolution, the casual monthly series at Northside Tavern in Northside. "Chamber Crawl" will also feature the CCO’s MicroBrass and the Fab Five, a CCO string quartet to be joined by guitarist Roger Klug. (Each event will include a food or beverage add-on with the ticket price.)
Note: Opening night will be preceded by a gala, “The Food of Love Fête,” August 15 in the Music Hall Ballroom. Cocktail hour is at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 p.m. Information at


Opening Night: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. “The Food of Love." Guest artists from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Eric Lu, piano. August 15. 8 p.m. Corbett Theater, School for Creative and Performing Arts. Prelude talk. 7:15 p.m. Mayerson Theater, SCPA. Program: Stephen Storace. Overture to Gli equivoci (“Comedy of Errors," CCO  premiere). Dmitri Shostakovich. “Hamlet,” Suite from the Theatre, Op. 32a. Chopin. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

A Little Afternoon Music: Summer Sonata. Eric Lu, piano. August 16. 4 p.m. Werner Recital Hall, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Program: Chopin. Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4. Barcarolle in F-sharp Minor. Op. 60. Mazurkas, Op. 59. Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52. Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42. Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2. Nocturne in B Major,   Op. 62, No. 1. Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22.

Chamber Crawl: CCO @ Classical Revolution. Musicians from the CCO and Classical Revolution. August 16. 8 p.m. Northside Tavern, Northside. Admission free. Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Piazzolla and Jimi Hendrix

Chamber Crawl: MicroBrass. CCO brass players. August 21. 9 p.m. York Street Café, Newport, Kentucky. Program: Tylman Susato. Flemish Renaissance Suite. Verdi, arr. Woolard. Drinking song (Libiamo ne’ lieti calici) from “La Traviata,” Ashley Hall, trumpet. Dvorak, Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 1. Eric Ewazen. Colchester Fantasy (“The Rose and Crown,” “The Marquis of Granby,” “The Dragoon,” “The Red Lion”). W.C. Handy. “St. Louis Blues”

CCO: “From Russia with Love.” CCO. Sarah Coburn, soprano. August 22. 8 p.m. SCPA Corbett Theater. Prelude Talk. 7:15 p.m. Mayerson Theater, SCPA. Program: Stravinsky. Concerto in E-flat (“Dumbarton Oaks”). Reinhold Gliere. Concerto for Coloratura Soprano (CCO premiere). Rachmaninoff. Vocalise. John Barry (arr. Scot Woolley). Music from “From Russia with Love” (world premiere). Tchaikovsky, Suite No. 4, Op. 61 (“Mozartiana”)

A Little Afternoon Music: Russian Serenade with Sarah. Sarah Coburn, soprano. Kelly Kuo, piano. CCO string quartet. August 23. 4 p.m. Mercantile Library, downtown. Program: Borodin. String Quartet No. 2. Rachmaninoff. “How fair this spot,” Op. 21, No. 7. “The Spring Waters, Op. 14, No. 11. “Oh, never sing to me again,” Op. 4, No. 4. Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57. Rachmaninoff. Vocalise

Chamber Crawl: The Fab Five. CCO string quartet. Roger Klug, guitar. August 28. 9 p.m. DownTowne Listening Room. Program: Lennon/McCartney. “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “I am the Walrus,” others to be announced

CCO: “Le Voyage European”  CCO. Karina Canellakis, conductor. The Faux Frenchmen. August 29. 8 p.m. Corbett Theater, School for Creative and Performing Arts. Prelude talk, 7:15 p.m., Mayerson Theater. Program: Mozart, Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 (“Prague”). Four original songs: Don Aren (arr. Bill Cunliffe).“Edna’s Knot.” George Cunningham (arr. Paul Patterson), “Daisy Allen’s Waltz.” Paul Patterson, “Chromatic Drag.” Brian Lovely, “Trading Knick-Knacks for Macaws”

A Little Afternoon Music: Unwind with Woodwinds. Rebecca Andres, flute. Chris Philpotts, oboe. John Kurokawa, clarinet. Hugh Michie, bassoon. Randy Gardner, horn. August 30. 4 p.m. Unwind Wine Bar, Hyde Park. Program: Mozart, Divertimento in B-flat. Beethoven, Rondo in F. Jacques Ibert, Trois Pieces Breves. Milhaud, La Cheminée du Roi René. Paquito D’Rivera, Aires Tropicales

Chamber Crawl: All About That Bass. CCO string quartet. DaXun Zhang, double bass. September 1. 8 p.m. Scene Ultra Lounge. Dvorak, String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 (“American”), Allegro ma non troppo. Yan-Jun Hua, “Moon Reflected on Spring.” Mongolian traditional, “Two Horses.” Dvorak, String Quintet No. 2, Op. 77. Scherzo: Allegro vivace. Finale: Allegro assai

CCO: Storm of Strings. CCO. Cho-Liang Lin, violin. DaXun Zhang, double bass. September 3. 8 p.m. Corbett Theater, School for Creative and Performing Arts. Prelude talk, 7:15 p.m., Mayerson Theater. Program: Jean–Philippe Rameau, Suite from “Les Boréades” (CCO premiere). Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K.218. Witold Lutoslawski, Little Suite (CCO premiere). Giovanni Bottesini, Gran Duo Concertante (CCO premiere)

Ticket information:

Flex Pass -- $80 (tickets to any four performances)

Festival Pass -- $150 (all ten ticketed concerts)

Single tickets -- $25, adults, $10 for children and students

For information and tickets, call (513) 723-1182, or visit

the CCO online at


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