Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s 2021 festival brings you Summermusik Under the Stars. Click on our frequently asked questions below to help clarify some of the changes for our very unique 2021 festival season. Don’t see your question answered? No problem! You can always contact our Box Office at 513.723.1182 or by email at

Our FAQs are organized in four sections:

  • Ticketing and Pricing
  • Festival Events
  • Seating
  • Health & Safety Protocols

Ticketing and Pricing

+ When will I be able to purchase tickets?

You can purchase tickets now!

+ How much will tickets costs for Summermusik Under the Stars 2021?

It is important to the Chamber Orchestra that we maintain affordable ticket prices. Ticket prices are set at $35-$45 for Adults and just $10 for Students/Children.

+ Can I purchase a Festival or Flex Pass?

Due to limited capacities, we are not offering subscriptions this summer.

+ Can I come to the Box Office in-person?

We are happy to assist you by phone at 513.723.1182 or by email at between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. The Box Office is currently closed to the public for in-person service. Thank you for understanding.

Festival Events

+ What types of events will there be at the festival?

We will be presenting two Mainstage orchestra concerts, two Sunday matinée A Little Afternoon Musik events and three evening Chamber Crawls.

+ What artists and collaborators will be in this year’s lineup?

Our opening night artist is cellist Sujari Britt and our closing night artist is violinist Caroline Goulding. We are also partnering with several other local organizations as part of panel discussions and as venue and beverage partners at our festival events. More details can be found on each individual event page on our website.

+ Where will the 2021 festival events take place?

Our 2021 Mainstage events will take place at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion. Our A Little Afternoon Musik series events will take place Coney Island’s Moonlite Pavilion. Our Chamber Crawls will take place one each at Coney Island’s Moonlite Pavilion, Cincinnati Zoo’s Wings of Wonder Amphitheater and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park’s Pavilion.

+ When will the 2021 festival events take place?

The festival will run from August 6 through August 20. If our final Mainstage rain date is needed, the festival would instead end on August 21. Please visit our website’s events page for individual event details:

+ Why are you moving outside?

We are committed to creating a safe environment in accordance with state and federal mandates that allows all patrons, orchestra members, staff and volunteers to feel comfortable as possible. We look forward to returning to our eclectic concert venue lineup as soon as we are safely able to do so.

+ Will you still hold your Prelude Talks prior to the Mainstage events?

Yes! We will still offer our pre-concert talks with Eckart and our artists and partners prior to each Mainstage event beginning at 7:00pm. New this year, our Prelude Talks will feature community panels discussing topics relevant to that evening’s programming and give the audience a chance to interact directly with our guest artists and with Eckart.

+ What if it rains?

All events in covered venues will go on rain or shine. We are holding the following Saturday evenings as rain dates for Mainstage events and the following Monday evening for the Saturday Zoo event. If we must postpone or cancel an event due to weather, notifications will be emailed to all ticket buyers as well as posted on our website and social media pages. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled event, you can request an account credit or a full refund.

+ Is parking available at all of the event sites?

Detailed information about the parking at each event site will be sent to ticket holders in our Performance Prep emails approximately 24 hours prior to the show. There will also be designated drop-off points close to each event venue for guests with mobility concerns. Please note that the grade of the concert bowl at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion is quite steep in some areas.

+ Will there be physical program books this year?

No. In order to limit the number of physical touchpoints as much as possible, we will not have printed program books this year. We will have single pieces of paper to hand out that include information about that evening’s program, performers and supporters. After the program, you may take the paper handouts home or dispose of these directly into provided recycling bins. Full program books will be available digitally and will include further festival details, program notes and artist bios as well as clickable advertisements from our supporters.

+ Will you offer concessions?

Mainstage Series: We are planning to offer food and beverage concessions (non-alcoholic beverages as well as red and white wine) at our Mainstage performances. You may bring your own cooler to events at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion, though no outside alcohol is permitted. We also have vendor offerings from Empandas Box, Chamoda’s Gourmet Candies and Honey Child Artisan Pops in addition to drinks by longtime partners First Call Bartending.

Chamber Series: Beverages will be available for purchase at our events at Coney Island and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. At Organic MicroBrass at Pyramid Hill, we will also offer BBQ from Best Thing Smokin’ Food Truck & Catering.


+ What is the plan for seating for 2021?
  • Please note we recently updated our seating options to follow the latest CDC and State of Ohio event guidelines.
  • Mainstage events at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion offer three seating options. Our limited spacious bench seating on the terraces and turf near the stage will be separated into two sections: regular festival seating and distanced seating pods. There will be open seating on the lawn behind. Guests with lawn tickets are encouraged to bring low profile lawn chairs and blankets, but should be aware of the incline of the amphitheater hill. Guests are encouraged to maintain distance between parties.
  • For our Chamber Crawl and A Little Afternoon Musik events, seating will be provided either on folding chairs or on benches at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Wings of Wonder Amphitheater.
+ How will lawn seating work?
  • Guests on the lawn are encouraged to maintain distance between parties.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring low profile lawn chairs or blankets.
+ What if I need accessible seating?

Wheelchair accessible seating will be available at all venues. Please contact our Box Office directly at 513.723.1182 for further information.

+ If I arrive late, can I sneak into my pod?

Late arrivals will be held at the entrance and seated during a break in the programming.

Health & Safety Protocols

+ What measures will be in place this season to ensure everyone remains safe at Summermusik events?

The safety of everyone at CCO events has been central to the organization’s planning process. We will continue to follow all CDC guidelines as well as local, state and federal restrictions and mandates to ensure everyone has a wonderful concert experience.

These are just a few of the safety measures we have implemented for Summermusik this August:

  • All events will be held outdoors to ensure maximum ventilation and air flow.
  • Ticketing capacity at all festival events will be limited.
  • In light of current CDC guidelines, face masks are welcome but not required at Summermusik performances for fully vaccinated guests. Face coverings continue to be strongly recommended at all times for guests who are not fully vaccinated, including children under 12.
  • While our Chamber Series events have always been shorter in duration, the length of each Mainstage performance has been shortened and all intermissions have been eliminated to reduce audience congregating.
  • We are eliminating as many touchpoints as possible by reducing the use of paper, moving to digital program books and continuing to use scanners to check in guests instead of physically touching tickets.
  • In addition to all of these measures, we are also implementing COVID protocols on-stage to keep all of our artists and musicians safe.
+ Will I have to wear a face mask?

In light of current CDC guidelines, face masks are welcome but not required at Summermusik performances for fully vaccinated guests. Face coverings continue to be strongly recommended at all times for guests who are not fully vaccinated, including children under 12. We will carefully monitor guidelines should they shift as we get closer to the festival.

+ What should I do if I suspect I do not feel well prior to a performance?

If you feel unwell prior to an event, we ask you to respect the safety of everyone at the event by staying home. We will do our best to offer an exchange for a future event, create an account credit for future events or refund your ticket.