The CCO provides a vibrant and fresh musical experience in an intimate and informal setting for the seasoned patron and new audience. The CCO is committed to spreading the joy of music by providing high-quality classical music in an accessible manner through performance, community outreach and education. The orchestra's core values are artistic excellence, innovative programming, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability, accessibility and affordability, and fiscal responsibility.
About the CCO
Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1974 and celebrating its 40th season in 2013-14,
is widely recognized as one of the leading performing arts organizations in the
Tri-State, providing a vibrant and fresh musical experience in an intimate and
informal setting, for both the seasoned and novice concert patron. Under its
music director Mischa Santora, the organization has established an impressive
record of presenting highly creative programming. The CCO’s size allows for
flexibility and creativity in programming, the ideal ensemble for presenting
orchestral works from the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as commissioned
works by contemporary composers.
include operatic and choral productions as well as innovative collaborations with
renowned arts organizations like the VAE: Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble, Madcap Puppets,
Cincinnati Ballet and The Mercantile Library, as well as a partnership with the
newer Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts. The CCO and Madcap Puppets launched a uniquely innovative and wildly succesful production of Menotti’s
Amahl and the Night Visitors
in December 2012 and hope to continue this as an annual holiday
event. The CCO’s trailblazing education program,
, incorporates subjects like math, geography and poetry
into musical presentations for the students.
In addition to its
downtown Cincinnati presence, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is increasingly
in demand by communities and concert halls around the region. Since 2008, the
CCO has successfully served as Orchestra-In-Residence at the Anderson Center. In
the 2011-2012 season, the orchestra made its celebrated debut performance in
Wilmington’s historic Murphy Theatre with a concert combining music by Duke
Ellington and Michael Daugherty in a performance with violinist Alexandre Da
Costa. In the following season, the ensemble performed in venues across town including to a packed house at St. Catharine of Siena Church in Westwood, several sold out performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors in partnership with Xavier University, and a collaborative performance with VAE: Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble at a new venue for both organizations, Covenant First Presbyterian Church located in Downtown Cincinnati.
Special features of
the CCO include
a pre-concert conversation which is
an informal introduction to the concert program; intimate conversations by the
Maestro with the audience during the performance; and free post-concert
receptions with conductor, orchestra members and guest soloists.
annual Pinnacle Award recognizes persons whose generous contributions and gifts
have had major impact on the Cincinnati arts scene. Former recipients include
Norma Peterson, Melody Sawyer Richardson, Keith Lockhart, Ruth and Bob Conway and
Winner of the 2009
Scripps-Corbett Award for Artistic Excellence, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
enjoys the support of ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and a wide pool of
uniquely generous supporters, subscribers, fans and friends. Additionally, the
Orchestra’s Board of Trustees and its President serve as tireless advocates for
this dynamic and flexible organization. The ensemble employs 32 musicians from
the greater Cincinnati area whose dedication and artistry ensure energizing and
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has grown in size and scope to become one of the
cultural cornerstones of the Greater Cincinnati area.
The CCO is committed
to spreading the joy of music by providing high-quality classical music in an
accessible fashion, through performance, community outreach and education.
The Cincinnati Chamber
Orchestra looks back on an impressive lineup of former music directors,
including CCO founder Paul Nadler, Gerhard Samuel, and most recently, Boston
Pops Music Director Keith Lockhart.
Founded as a
volunteer organization in 1974 by Paul Nadler, the artistic goal of the Chamber
Orchestra is to perform music that is not generally heard when attending
concerts presented by a large symphony orchestra, and thereby offer a unique
musical experience to the listener.
In February 1997,
the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra made its New York City debut in Town Hall,
under the direction of renowned conductor CCO Music Director Keith Lockhart, current conductor of the Boston Pops.
In July 2000,
Mischa Santora assumed position as CCO Music Director. In addition to leading
the CCO, Maestro Santora guest conducts many of the leading orchestras in North
and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The CCO is proud to be a partner of Enjoy the Arts.