Cincinnati Symphony and Pops outline digital 2020 programs, focus on diversity

Posted on: September 16, 2020

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Louis Langrée at Music Hall, before the pandemic.

“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops will digitally stream the remainder of the 2020 season. Program details and dates were announced Monday,” writes Tana Weingartner on Monday (9/14) at Cincinnati radio station WVXU. “The seven ‘Live From Music Hall’ concerts will be free on the orchestra’s website, social media, and will be simulcast on large screens at Fountain Square and Washington Park for socially distanced audiences.… Music Director Louis Langrée will conduct four concerts and Pops Conductor John Morris Russell will conduct three…. The CSO in August unveiled a 10-point diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) action plan…. This fall’s musical selections were chosen with the orchestra’s new DE&I goals in mind, says Jonathan Martin, CEO. ‘We can elevate both the quantity and the breadth of programming by musicians of color, composers of color, (and) artists of color, and there’s such a wealth of programming out there that needs to be heard.’ ” Featured composers will include Jessie Montgomery, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, James Reese Europe, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Mack Gordon, Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky, Julia Perry, Richard Wagner, Anthony Davis, Marianna Martines, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel, and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.