OUR MISSION

We create intimate experiences that connect the musically curious.

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!

WE DO THIS BY:
UNEXPECTED VENUES
NONTRADITIONAL MASH-UPS
COLLABORATIONS
PRELUDE TALKS & ARTIST RECEPTIONS
EDUCATION PROGRAMS
WHAT MAKE US UNIQUE?
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    INTIMACY

    The ensemble’s smaller size allows you to get closer to the music and the musicians, helping to erase the invisible divide between audience and musicians, connecting you to the art in a new way!

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    COLLABORATIONS

    Bringing together artists to collaborate across genres and art forms leads to inspiration and innovation. Our size makes us the perfect partner, one who can be flexible and nimble.

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    DISTINCT REPERTOIRE

    Chamber orchestras have a unique range of repertoire, spanning from the classical music giants of yesterday to world premiere commissions. The CCO presents a musical experience you won’t have anywhere else!

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    UNEXPECTED VENUES

    Whether enjoying the beautiful acoustic in your neighborhood church or relaxing with a beverage in a hip nightspot, bringing music out of the concert hall creates an electric atmosphere, one where you can almost reach out and touch the music-making.

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    FUN FACTS

    The CCO stays curious, going beyond program notes, striving to share something more about the music, composer or historical context.

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    MORE THAN A CONCERT

    CCO is where audiences and artists come to share an experience. Whether it’s our free Prelude Talks with the music director or post-concert artist receptions, we always look for ways to create transformative experiences for our audiences.

“A vibrant, fresh musical experience
in an intimate and informal setting.”

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1974, is widely recognized as one of the leading performing arts organizations in the region. The CCO provides a vibrant and fresh musical experience in an intimate and informal setting, for both the season and novice concert patron. 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. The CCO’s often 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, Madcap Puppets, Cincinnati School for Creative & Performing Arts, MamLuft&Co. Dance, CCM Modern Dance, Cincinnati Ballet, The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band, Exhale Dance Tribe and The Mercantile Library, as well as a partnership with the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts. These have become a hallmark of the CCO, providing greater variety and depth to programming.

In December 2012, the orchestra developed a multi-disciplinary production with Madcap Puppets, performing Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in an annual holiday event. This unique collaboration brings together vocalists, instrumental music, dance, chorus and 10-foot tall puppets on the same stage. Partnerships for Amahl also include Xavier University and their Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble and Pones Inc. dancers.

OUR MUSIC DIRECTORS

PAUL NADLER

GERHARD SAMUEL

KEITH LOCKHART

MISCHA SANTORA

ECKART PREU

Photo credit: Michael Wilson

OUR MUSICIANS
CONDUCTORS
STAFF
BOARD OF TRUSTEES

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Wesley H. Needham | President

Christopher Sparks | Vice President

Ruth Schwallie | Treasurer

Daniel Pfahl | Secretary

Robert Chavez | Committee Member

TRUSTEES

Marina Abanto | Medpace

Terri Abare | Community Volunteer

Eric J. Allen | Xpertdoc Technologies Inc.

Robert Chavez | Chavez Properties

Gregory Coons | GE Aviation

Susan Esler | Community Volunteer

Linda Holthaus | Community Volunteer

Peter Hsi | Community Volunteer

Scott Lang | Orchestra Representative

Nancy Lippincott | Community Volunteer

Ed Lyon | Financial Gravity

Michael Moore | Wealthquest

Wesley H. Needham | Duke Energy

Reena Dhanda Patil | Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Daniel Pfahl | PNC

Rosemary Schlachter | 25th Hour

Ruth Schwallie | Community Volunteer

Christopher Sparks | U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management

Kaoru Suzuki | Thompson Hine LLP

Brian L. Tiffany | EXP Realty

William Tsacalis | Community Volunteer

LEGAL COUNSEL

Kaoru Suzuki

EMERITUS BOARD CHAIR

Richard Aft, Ph.D.

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Richard Aft, Ph.D. | Community Volunteer

Boris Auerbach | Community Volunteer

Barbara Bushman | Community Volunteer

Sally Connelly | Community Volunteer

G. James  Sammarco | Community Volunteer

Ruthann Sammarco | Sibcy Cline Realtors

Paul G. Sittenfeld | Sittenfeld Consulting, LLC

OUR PARTNERS

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

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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