Cincinnati Symphony musicians to live-stream socially distanced concert at Music Hall, May 16, with world premiere

Posted on: May 15, 2020

On May 16 at 8 p.m., four Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians will perform a live, socially distanced concert in Music Hall, the orchestra’s home, representing the first live performance there since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the orchestra to cancel its 2019-20 season. Musicians will observe recommended health and sanitization practices for rehearsals and the live performance; they will use separate dressing rooms and sit at least six feet from one another onstage. The concert will be performed to an empty auditorium and live-streamed at the orchestra’s website and Face-book and YouTube pages. Music Director Louis Langrée will host the event, which will include the world premiere of virtues (fragment) for solo oboe by Matthias Pintscher, the CSO’s creative partner, featuring Principal Oboe Dwight Parry. CSO Concertmaster Stefani Matsuo, Principal Viola Christian Colberg, Principal Cello Ilya Finkelshteyn, and Pianist Michael Chertock will perform Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor. The streamed event takes place on what would have been the finale of the CSO’s 125th anniversary season. The Pintscher work is the first premiere in the CSO’s recently announced Fanfare Project, featuring thirteen commissions by composers including Peter Boyer, Bryce Dessner, Laura Karpman, Caroline Shaw, Tyshawn Sorey, Georgia Stitt, and Du Yun. More information is available at the Cincinnati Symphony’s website.