In lieu of its usual month-long Summermusik festival, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has 13 virtual events on tap to enjoy at home, Aug. 8 through Aug. 29.
Three will be three “live” events — online performances in real time, with stars including the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, who wowed us in person at the festival in 2019 (Aug. 9); the superb young cellist Coleman Itzkoff, a Cincinnati native and CCO principal violist Heidi Yenney’s son (Aug. 16); and pianist Alon Goldstein, one of the stars of the 2017 festival (Aug. 23).
Those “eConcerts” will be hosted by music director Eckart Preu, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions.
Other events include “virtual watch parties” with local collaborators, a special WGUC Music Cincinnati Broadcast (Aug. 16), and “CCO2GO Rewind” events that were taped around the region earlier this summer.
Best of all, it’s all FREE. Access begins on Aug. 8th on the CCO’s website, ccocincinnati.org. Here’s the full lineup.
Sat. Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.: CCO2GO Rewind | Zoo Review, Virtual Watch Party
Collaborator: Cincinnati Zoo. A CCO string quartet brought live music to our furry friends to help them craft their new favorite summer playlists.
Sun. Aug. 9, 4 p.m.: eConcerts with Eckart | Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, Virtual Live Event
CCO music director Eckart Preu will be joined by Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg, the husband-and-wife Silver-Garburg Piano Duo. Guests will also have a chance to ask questions of the duo, Summermusik 2019 artists, and Eckart.
Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m.: eCrawl | Creative Compositions, Virtual Watch Party
Join musicians Christopher Philpotts, principal oboe, and Wesley Woolard, CCO second trumpet, who will perform music while artist Cedric Michael Cox creates a canvas inspired by the music. At the end, learn how you can bid on the final work of art to support both Cedric and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
(Check out my column about it here.)
Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: CCO2GO Rewind | Music @ the Climb Virtual Watch Party
Collaborator: Cincinnati Art Museum. A harmonious homecoming was held outside of the Cincinnati Art Museum to celebrate their grand reopening on June 20. At various landings on the beautiful new Art Climb – 164 steps nestled into the hillside at the corner of Gilbert Avenue and Eden Park Drive – a variety of CCO ensembles performed a socially-distanced event to welcome guests back to the Art Museum.
Aug. 16, 4 p.m.: eConcerts with Eckart | Cellist Coleman Itzkoff, Virtual Live Event
Coleman Itzkoff, cello joins CCO music director Eckart Preu for music and conversation.
Aug. 16, 8 p.m.: WGUC Music Cincinnati Broadcast
Enjoy a mashup broadcast of selected pieces and movements from several Summermusik events from past years conducted by CCO music director Eckart Preu.
Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.: eCrawl | Bugs That Buzz, Virtual Watch Party
Collaborator: Gorman Heritage Farm. Violinist Sujean Kim, CCO assistant concertmaster performs a mix of music about our natural world and some of its tiniest inhabitants. Gorman Heritage Farm’s Director of Education Nicole Gunderman will walk you through some of their animals, agriculture, sustainability and environmental efforts on their 122-acre working farm.
Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.: CCO2GO Rewind | The Wind(s) in the Trees, Virtual Watch Party
Collaborator: Cincinnati Nature Center. Cincinnati Nature Center welcomed the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra woodwind quintet back for a pop-up concert in June. Enjoy this lookback video of the performance in the beautiful environs of the Nature Center’s Krippendorf Lodge patio.
Aug. 23, 4 p.m.: eConcerts with Eckart | Pianist Alon Goldstein, Virtual Live Event
Summermusik 2017 pianist Alon Goldstein wraps up the orchestra’s eConcerts with Eckart series. Alon and CCO music director Eckart Preu will host a virtual round-table where you can ask questions live and enjoy a couple of works performed by Alon.
Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.: eCrawl | Cosmic Clarinet, Virtual Watch Party
Collaborator: Dean Regas with Cincinnati Observatory. CCO principal clarinetist John Kurokawa visits with Cincinnati Observatory Astronomer Dean Regas at the oldest professional observatory in the United States. Enjoy celestial music and fun facts as John and Dean take you on a musical trip to outer space.
Aug. 38, 7:30 p.m.: eCrawl | Rockin’ on the River with Roger, Virtual Watch Party
Collaborator: BB Riverboats. Guitarist Roger Klug is ready to rock and roll down the river. Joining Roger on the sightseeing tour down the “Beautiful Ohio” with BB Riverboats will be pianist Julie Spangler.
Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. CCO2GO Rewind | Summer Evening Reverie, Virtual Watch Party
Collaborator: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra partnered with Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park to create a socially-distanced evening of assorted musical ensembles playing amid the natural landscapes and sculptures of one of the largest sculpture parks in the United States.
P.S. Read my column here about my lovely afternoon at Pyramid Hill recently, and the park’s plans for their holiday light show with Brave Berlin, the folks who brought us Blink.
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