Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Presents Summermusik 2019

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Presents Summermusik 2019

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra marks its 45th anniversary this year. To celebrate the occasion, as well as the highly successful 2018 Summermusik festival season that saw a dramatic 50% increase in subscriptions, this year music director Eckart Preu has again programmed three weeks of innovative and entertaining concert events.

"Each performance of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra will bear it’s inimitable mark of funk and fun… delivered with style and dedication to the highest artistic quality," said Preu. "Covering 500 years of music history - from the heavenly music of the Renaissance to the wild virtuoso percussion solos of our time - each program is designed to surprise, captivate, and entertain."

Summermusik will again offer three different concert experiences - each designed to provide something special for everyone’s musical tastes. Our festival season includes full chamber orchestra performances at the School for Creative & Performing Arts in OTR, as well as A Little Afternoon Musik concerts and Chamber Crawl concerts, which are a fun and interactive series held at popular bars and restaurants around Greater Cincinnati.

Come and hear "the most imaginative and entertaining three weeks on the classical music calendar."

Summermusik Concert Events

Visions of da Vinci    Saturday, August 3, 2019

7:30pm | SCPA Corbett Theater

Prelude Talk: 6:45pm | SCPA Mayerson Theater | Eckart Preu, conductor

Leonardo da Vinci exemplifies the term ‘Renaissance man’. To mark the 500th anniversary of his passing, visual artists from Liquid Video Solutions will wrap the hall in some of da Vinci’s most famous paintings and drawings, creating an immersive experience that will enhance the musical performance. One of the top percussion virtuosos of our time, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic will perform Vivaldi’s dazzling Concerto in C Major arranged by Dame Evelyn Glennie. The CCO will also premiere a work by Zivkovic based on the famous hidden melody in da Vinci’s "The Last Supper." A grand finish to opening night will be highlights from Handel’s Water Music.

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, percussion and composition     

Liquid Video Solutions, visual artists

GIUSEPPE TORELLI: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 8: No. 6 ("Christmas Concerto") (CCO Premiere)

MICHAEL NYMAN: FROM Concerto Suite from Prospero’s Books (CCO Premiere)

LUDOVICO EINAUDI: Experience (CCO Premiere)

HANS PETER PREU: Commissioned work based on da Vinci’s hidden music in "The Last Supper" (World Premiere)

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, percussion

ANTONIO VIVALDI, ARR. DAME EVELYN GLENNIE: Flautino Concerto in C Major, RV 443 (CCO Premiere)

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic

NEBOJSA JOVAN ZIVKOVIC – FROM Concerto No. 2 for marimba and orchestra, Op. 25: III. Kovács Árpád

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, percussion


Suite in F Major, HWV 348

Suite in D Major, HWV 349

{un}Natural Rhythms: Angels + Demons    Sunday, August 4, 2019

4pm | Cincinnati Nature Center Groesbeck Lodge Patio 

Performance Curator: Eckart Preu, CCO music director

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, percussion

Join CCO musicians and percussionist Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic at the Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC). An afternoon of music will take the listener from the darkness of Danse Macabre to the light of "Ave Maria." CNC conservationist Cory Christopher will partner with Eckart to share some fun ties between the repertoire and nature, and will lead attendees on a private tour of their new native plants greenhouse.

ALEXANDER AGRICOLA : Belles sur toutes

FRANZ SCHUBERT : Ave Maria, D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6 ("Ellens Gesang III")


Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, percussion

ARVO PÄRT: Fratres

Celeste Golden Boyer, violin


Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, percussion



BILLY JOEL, ARR. NICHOLAS BUC: Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

Battle of the Bands: Strings vs MicroBrass    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

7:30pm | Fretboard Brewing 

Performance Curators: Manami White, CCO principal second violin

Wesley Woolard, CCO second trumpet

It’s strings versus brass in a concert featuring favorites from Gabrieli to Guns N’ Roses, and Mozart to "My Shot" from the Tony Award winning musical Hamilton. Who will be crowned as Battle of the Bands crowd favorite?

Midnight in Paris   Friday, August 9, 2019

7:30pm | Metropolitan Club  (sold out)

Performance Curator: Susan Magg, CCO second flute

Savor an evening of French mixed ensemble works with an incredible city view as the backdrop from the top of Covington, The Metropolitan Club. Where else will you find music composed by Debussy and Dan Fogelberg performed in the same concert?

FRANÇOIS COUPERIN : Le Rossignol en Amour (The Nightingale in Love)

FRANCIS POULENC: Sonata for clarinet and bassoon, FP 32a

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Sonata for flute, viola and harp

GEORGES BIZET, ARR. MICHAEL WEBSTER: Selections from Jeux d’enfants, Op. 22 (Children’s Games)

DAN FOGELBERG: Paris Nocturne

Hidden Genius    Saturday, August 10, 2019

7:30pm | SCPA Corbett Theater

Prelude Talk: 6:45pm | SCPA Mayerson Theater |  Eckart Preu, conductor

Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant sister Fanny was often overshadowed by her brother’s fame. Many common musical threads tie together her Overture and his Italian Symphony. Although lesser known than her brother, Nannerl Mozart was arguably the most musically talented member of the family and served as Wolfgang’s inspiration for his Concerto in E-flat Major for two pianos written for them to perform together. Playing as a duo for over two decades, the husband and wife Silver-Garburg Piano Duo of Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg have been praised for their "pianistic fireworks" and "exceptional sensitivity" at the keyboard. Actors from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will share excerpts from composers’ letters and diaries that will provide insights into their interpersonal relationships.

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, piano      Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, actors

FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL: Overture in C Major (CCO Premiere)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Concerto No. 2 for two pianos in C Major, BWV 1061

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Concerto No. 10 in E-flat Major for two pianos, K. 365/316a

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, pianos

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 ("Italian")

It’s All Relative   Sunday, August 11, 2019

4pm | CCM Werner Recital Hall

Performance Curator: Eckart Preu, music director

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, piano      Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg

Composers are commonly supported by musical family members and colleagues. Continuing our family theme, we will play works by famous related composers – Felix + Fanny Mendelssohn, Leopold + Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Clara Schumann. The Silver-Garburg Duo will perform works for four-hand piano, several alongside CCO musicians.

FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL: FROM String Quartet in E-flat Major

FELIX MENDELSSOHN, ARR. UNKNOWN: FROM String Octet, Op. 20 (arr. for piano, four hands + string quartet)

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in D Major, K. 521

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, piano

CLARA SCHUMANN: FROM 3 Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22

Celeste Golden Boyer, violin 

Sivan Silver, piano

JOHANNES BRAHMS, ARR. RICHARD DÜNSER: FROM Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, piano

Rivermusik  Tuesday, August 13, 2019

7:30pm (sold out) & 9:15pm | Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park Pavilion

Performance Curator: Sujean Kim, CCO assistant concertmaster, violin

Shareese Johnson, soprano

The Pedigos, bluegrass duo

Ben and Harry Pedigo

CCO assistant concertmaster Sujean Kim leads a mixed ensemble in a concert featuring famous musical works about water and rivers. Repertoire will range from pieces made popular by bluegrass artists such as Alison Krauss, to classical favorites such as The Moldau, The Blue Danube Waltz and Water Music. Bluegrass duo The Pedigos will be featured along with soprano Shareese Johnson. The CCO is pleased to be partnering with Cincinnati Parks historian Michael George who will share interesting facts and historical photos about the heritage of our beautiful riverfront parks.


JOHANN STRAUSS II: An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (The Blue Danube Waltz)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Selections from Water Music

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Selections from Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 ("Trout Quintet")

TRADITIONAL: "Down to the River to Pray"

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Selections from Die Schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795

VARIOUS: Selections of bluegrass music to be announced from the stage

ESPAÑA      Saturday, August 17, 2019    

7:30pm | SCPA Corbett Theater

Prelude Talk: 6:45pm | SCPA Mayerson Theater |  Eckart Preu, conductor

Welcome one of the true legends of classical guitar to Cincinnati: Pepe Romero. Pepe will perform a composition his father dedicated to him, the Concierto de Málaga. Inspired by exotic and fiery Spanish sounds that incorporate flamenco elements, the CCO will feature internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer Arleen Hurtado. Providing a rhythmic center to the orchestral fabric will be palmero and vocalist Gabriel Osuna, showcasing this unique style of hand clapping. From glimmering strings to flamenco guitar, enjoy an evening of music that is brilliant, joyful and quintessentially Spanish.

Pepe Romero, guitar

Arleen Hurtado, flamenco dancer

Gabriel Osuna, palmas and vocalist

CARLOS SURINACH: FROM Ritmo Jondo, Flamenco for Orchestra (CCO Premiere)

LUIGI BOCCHERINI: La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid, Op. 30, No. 6 (G. 324)

ISAAC ALBENIZ, ARR. IOAN DOBRINESCU: FROM Suite Espanola No. 1, Op. 47 (CCO Premiere)

Asturias (Leyenda)

MANUEL DE FALLA: El Sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat): Scenes and Dances from Part I


CELEDONIO ROMERO, ORCH. FREDERICO MORENO TORROBA: Concierto de Málaga: por soleares (CCO Premiere)

Pepe Romero, guitar

Spanish Dances    Sunday, August 18, 2019

4pm | Cincinnati Art Museum   (sold out)

Performance Curator: Eckart Preu, music director

Pepe Romero, guitar

Arleen Hurtado, flamenco dancer

Gabriel Osuna, palmas and vocalist

Enjoy an intimate performance with guitar legend Pepe Romero as he is joined by exhilarating flamenco dancer Arleen Hurtado and vocalist and palmero Gabriel Osuna. Come early to enjoy a specialized Spanish and music-themed art tour led by an Art Museum docent.

GASPAR SANZ: Pavanas and Canarios​

JUAN CRISÓSTOMO ARRIAGA: FROM Quartet No. 1 in D Minor         

Arleen Hurtado, flamenco dancer

Gabriel Osuna, palmas


Pepe Romero, guitar


Arleen Hurtado, flamenco dancer

ISAAC ALBENIZ, ARR. PEPE ROMERO: FROM Suite Espanola No. 1, Op. 47

Asturias (Leyenda)

LUIGI BOCCHERINI: FROM Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D Major, G. 448 ("Fandango")

Pepe Romero, guitar

Arleen Hurtado, flamenco dancer

Commentary & Film Screening of Amadeus

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 7:30pm | Esquire Theatre

Lecturer: Eckart Preu, Music Director

Tickets available directly through Esquire Theatre

The 1985 winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Amadeus is a film that Roger Ebert called "magnificent." Based on a play by Peter Shaffer, who also wrote the script, the film is set in Vienna during the latter half of the 18th century. It details a fictionalized biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Before the show, hear commentary about the film from CCO music director Eckart Preu.

Woodwindstock    Friday, August 23, 2019

 7:30pm | The Redmoor    (sold out)

Performance Curator: Roger Klug, guitar, and Christopher Philpotts, CCO principal oboe

Julian Bliss, clarinet

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a special program crafted by CCO principal oboe Christopher Philpotts and fan favorite guitarist Roger Klug. Hear songs from Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, and Sly and the Family Stone. Plus, clarinetist Julian Bliss will take the stage with the group.

Blissful Mozart    Saturday, August 24, 2019

7:30pm | SCPA Corbett Theater

Prelude Talk: 6:45pm | SCPA Mayerson Theater | Eckart Preu, conductor

From Joseph Bologne to Leopold Mozart to Antonio Salieri of Amadeus fame, we will try to re-establish a level playing field for some of the famous composers of the era. Routinely described as a "prodigy," clarinetist Julian Bliss has performed with orchestras around the world. He will perform Mozart’s beautiful clarinet concerto, featured in the movie Out of Africa. A composer who preferred his works to feel true-to-life, Mozart’s father Leopold’s "Peasant Wedding" features commonly heard instruments of the time, including the bagpipes and hurdy gurdy. To close Summermusik the CCO will perform Mozart’s emotional Symphony No. 39.

Julian Bliss, clarinet

Karen May, bagpipes

Tomas Lozano, hurdy gurdy

JOSEPH BOLOGNE, CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES : L’Amant anonyme (The Anonymous Lover): Overture (CCO Premiere)

DOMENICO CIMAROSA: Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage): Overture (CCO Premiere)

JOSEF MYSLIVEČEK: Overture No. 2 in A Major, F. 27 (CCO Premiere)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622

Julian Bliss, clarinet

LEOPOLD MOZART: FROM Sinfonia for Bagpipe & Hurdy Gurdy in D Major ("Peasant Wedding") (CCO Premiere)

Karen May, bagpipes

Tomas Lozano, hurdy gurdy

ANTONIO SALIERI: Cublai gran kan de’ Tartari: Overture (CCO Premiere)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543

Ticket Information:.

Flex Pass - $100: Enjoy 15% savings when you choose tickets to any four performances throughout the festival.  ($32.50 for children/students)

Festival Pass - $245: Enjoy 25% savings when you purchase this pass which allows you to attend all 11 ticketed CCO concerts.  ($82.50 for children/students)

Single tickets: $30 for adults and $10 for children/students.

For information and tickets –

Call 513-723-1182 or visit the CCO online at

About the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra: The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is an independent ensemble of 32 professional musicians that is marking its 45th anniversary this year, and launched the critically acclaimed summer music festival Summermusik in August, 2015. Eckart Preu was named as music director in October, 2016. The CCO offers a vibrant and informative musical experience in an intimate and informal setting, for both the seasoned and novice concert patron. The CCO’s size allows for flexibility and creativity in programming, the ideal ensemble for presenting orchestral works ranging from the Baroque and Classical eras to commissioned works by contemporary composers. Collaborations have become a hallmark of the CCO, including ongoing partnerships with VAE: Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and Madcap Puppets. Summermusik concerts are presented in various beautiful venues all around Greater Cincinnati, and the August festival has experienced unprecedented growth under the exciting leadership of Maestro Preu.

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is supported by the generosity of over 40,000 businesses and individuals who give annually to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, the Ohio Arts Council, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, and The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund.

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