Mindful Musik

Festival Sponsor: Austin E. Knowlton Foundation
Mainstage Series Sponsors: Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust

Mindful Musik

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 | 8:00pm

1600 Art Museum Dr, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Prelude Talk: 7:00pm | Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion
Eckart Preu, conductor

As we open Summermusik Under the Stars, we examine the link between music, creativity and mental health. Throughout musical history many composers battled through isolation, anxiety and depression to compose some of their most beloved works. To open the season, the orchestra will perform the deeply emotional Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. At a time when his mental state was fragile, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky battled through his depression by composing the sunny and lighthearted Variations on a Rococo Theme. Performing on the piece is cello prodigy Sujari Britt, a Manhattan School of Music graduate who has performed for both President Obama and on the National Public Radio program From the Top! Ludwig van Beethoven’s fourth symphony was written in the midst of his despair about his impending hearing loss, helping him find solace in music. 

As our world struggles with our own mental health crisis, this program will explore the healing quality of music as we come together to enjoy live music once again. 

Eckart Preu, conductor

Sujari Britt, cello


GEORGE WALKER: Lyric for Strings (CCO Premiere) | More Info | YouTube

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, ED. LEONARD ROSE: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 | More Info | YouTube

I. Moderato quasi Andante
II. Var. I: Tempo del Thema
III. Var. II: Tempo del Thema
IV. Var. III: Andante sostenuto
V. Var. IV: Andante grazioso
VI. Var. V: Allegro moderato
VII. Var. VI: Andante
VIII. Var. VII: Allegro vivo

Sujari Britt, cello

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 | More Info | YouTube

I. Adagio- Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
with no intermission

Eckart Preu, conductor

Sujari Britt, cello


Check out this video of George Walker’s Lyric for Strings


Concert Sponsors
Dave & Gale Beckett

Artist Sponsor
Karlee Hilliard

Music Sponsor

Event Production Sponsor


Stacy Sims, founder and executive director


Serving a variety of white and red wines, sodas and bottled waters

Delicious and diverse empanadas for any tongue palate

Hand-crafted artisan pops made with love

Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion

1600 Art Museum Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202

  • A five-minute walk from the Seasongood Pavilion, guests are welcome to park in Playhouse in the Park’s free parking garage reserved for Summermusik guests and walk down to the pavilion. The parking garage entrance is located at 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
  • Additionally, Eden Park has multiple parking lots available if you would like to walk through the park on your way to the Pavilion.
  • There is also limited street parking in Mt. Adams available just a short walk away from the Pavilion.
  • There will be a drop-off zone for guests which will be announced closer to the concert date.
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Aug 06 2021


8:00 pm

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Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion


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