Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's Summermusik Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

The festival — which will take place throughout August — features nine concerts in venues across Greater Cincinnati

click to enlarge The Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, one of many performers in the Summermusik lineup. - Provided
The Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, one of many performers in the Summermusik lineup.

Entering its 45th-anniversary season, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has rolled out its Summermusik festival lineup, which includes performances by legendary Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero and the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo.

Music Director Eckart Preu made the announcement last night, following a concert fittingly titled "A Walk in Paris", in which the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra woodwind quintet performed tunes from the French music scene at the turn of the (19th) century. (The show was in coordination with Cincinnati Art Museum’s current ticketed exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment.)

Preu noted that 2018’s festival season saw a 48 percent increase in subscriptions; with shows slated throughout August, audiences can expect three weeks of concert events in 2019's iteration of Summermusik.

The season will offer three different kinds of concert experiences: Full chamber orchestra performances, which will be held at the School for Creative and Performing Arts; A Little Afternoon Musik concerts; and chamber crawls, a series held at bars and restaurants in Greater Cincinnati.

As Preu put it, here’s the “dope” on the upcoming season:

  • Visions of Da Vinci — Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., SCPA Corbett Theater

This show marks the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death — Preu joked, “We don’t celebrate death… well, maybe we do” — and incorporates the visual art of Liquid Video Solutions. Da Vinci’s most famous works will wrap around the hall, immersing audiences both musically and visually.

“The Last Supper” — which supposedly has a hidden musical score — acts as the basis of Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic's work (this will be its premiere). Zivkovic will also perform Vivaldi’s "Concerto in C Major," as arranged by Dame Evelyn Glennie. Highlights from Handel’s "Water Music" will act as the night’s finale.

  • {un}Natural Rhythms: Angels + Demons  — Aug.4, 4 p.m., Cincinnati Nature Center’s Groesbeck Lodge Patio

Zivkovic will also perform at this afternoon of music, which ranges from the dark "Danse Macabre" to the light-infused “Ave Maria.” CNC conservationist Cory Christopher, along with Preu, will explore the works’ ties with nature. Plus, he’ll give a private tour of the CNC’s greenhouse.

  • Midnight in Paris  —  Aug.9, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Club

This concert comes with views from Covington’s Metropolitan Club. Unwind to French mixed ensemble works, including ones by Claude Debussy and Dan Fogelberg.

  • Hidden Genius  — Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., SCPA Corbett Theater

Many brilliant musicians were overshadowed by their more famous siblings. See: Felix Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny; Johann Sebastian Bach; and Nannerl Mozart — who served as Wolfgang’s inspiration for his "Concerto in E-flat Major" for two pianos. The latter will be performed by the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, the husband-and-wife team Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg. Actors from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will also share excerpts from the composers’ letters and diaries. 

  • It’s All Relative — Aug. 11, 4 p.m., CCM Werner Recital Hall

The Silver-Garburg duo will return for this show, as will the family theme. Alongside CCO, the duo will perform works for four-hand piano, and all works will be by famous related composers.

  • Rivermusik  — Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park Pavilion

Sujean Kim, CCO’s assistant concertmaster, will lead this mixed ensemble concert along the riverfront that will feature famous musical works about water and rivers. Pieces performed will include everything from works made popular by contemporary Bluegrass legend Alison Krauss to classics like "The Moldau," "The Blue Danube Waltz" and "Water Music." The Pedigos — a Bluegrass/Roots duo — will perform alongside soprano Shareese Johnson.

  • ESPAÑA — Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., SCPA Corbett Theater

Pepe Romero — a legendary classical and flamenco guitar player — will perform a composition his father dedicated to him, "Concierto de Málaga." Inspired by “exotic and fiery Spanish sounds,” the performance will feature flamenco dancer Arleen Hurtado. Gabriel Osuna will act as a “rhythmic center” to the orchestra through a unique style of hand clapping.

  • Woodwindstock — Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., The Redmoor

This program at the Mount Lookout venues, created by CCO’s principal oboe Christopher Philpotts and Cincinnati Pop Rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Roger Klug, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat and Sly and the Family Stone.

  • Blissful Mozart — Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m., SCPA Corbett Theater

Acting as Summermusik’s finale, this concert seeks to “re-establish a level playing field for some of the famous composers of the era” — from Joseph Bologne to Leopold Mozart to Antonio Salieri. Clarinetist Julian Bliss will perform Mozart’s clarinet concerto, featured in the movie Out of Africa. Mozart’s father Leopold’s “Peasant Wedding” features commonly-heard instruments of the time, including the bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy. To close, the CCO will perform Mozart’s "Symphony No. 39."

Single-concert tickets are $30 ($10 for kids and students). Flex passes — which allow you to choose four performances — are $100 ($32.50 for students/kids). Full festival passes are $245 ($82.50 for kids/students). For more info visit:

Mackenzie Manley

Mackenzie Manley is a freelance journalist based in Greater Cincinnati. She currently works as Campbell County Public Library’s public relations coordinator, which means most of her days are spent thinking about books and community (and making silly social media posts). She’s written a bit of everything, including...
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