Our ensemble’s smaller size allows you to get closer to the music and the musicians. This helps to melt the invisible divide between audience and musicians, connecting you to the art in a new way!
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra creates intimate, transformative experiences that connect the musically curious. The CCO is an independent ensemble of 32 professional musicians that will mark its 50th anniversary in 2024 and is widely recognized as one of the leading performing arts organizations in the region.
The CCO provides a vibrant 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 from the Baroque and Classical eras, as well as commissioned works by contemporary composers.
The CCO’s multi-disciplinary performances range from operatic and choral productions to collaborations with arts organizations in dance, musical theater, puppetry, literature, and visual art. Collaborators have included VAE: Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati Ballet, Madcap Puppets, School for Creative & Performing Arts, Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Revolution Dance Theatre, and Elementz, among many others.
In August 2015, the CCO launched the critically acclaimed summer music festival Summermusik. Summermusik concerts take place during the month of August and are presented in unique venues around Greater Cincinnati. The festival hosts three distinct series – Mainstage, A Little Afternoon Musik, and Chamber Crawls – each one a layer in the unique voice of the CCO, performing music from Bach to rock. Summermusik 2023 will be the 9th season of the annual festival that the Cincinnati Enquirer praised as “the most imaginative, most entertaining three weeks on the classical music calendar.”
In October 2016, Eckart Preu was named CCO Music Director, following in the footsteps of conductors Paul Nadler, Gerhard Samuel, Keith Lockhart, and Mischa Santora. In 2022, he would be awarded the prestigious 2022 Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming from the American Prize.
The CCO’s annual We Are One festival began in October 2022 and utilizes conversations and artistic expression as a method for exploring injustices within the Greater Cincinnati community.
Legal Name: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
Tax ID#: 31-0865998
Status: The CCO is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
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