Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s outdoor Summermusik festival, spotlighting women composers

Posted on: July 22, 2021

“Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s summer festival Summermusik returns from pandemic shutdown beginning Aug. 6, with performances running through Aug. 20 at outdoor venues throughout the city,” writes Anne Arenstein in Monday’s (7/19) CityBeat (Cincinnati). “Cellist Sujari Britt and violinist Caroline Goulding … head a roster of soloists that includes CCO principals…. CCO music director Eckart Preu [said] the program lineup spotlights women as composers and performing artists as well as music’s therapeutic potential…. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, written in the midst of devastating hearing loss, [and] Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme’ [will be performed on a program including] ‘Lyric for Strings’ by George Walker… On Aug. 8 … in addition to excerpts from chamber works by Smetana, Beethoven and Hummel, cellist Britt performs the world premiere of her composition ‘No One’s Driving,’ and Preu will be the pianist for Nico Muhly’s ‘Allen & Lucien.’ … Another world premiere: British composer Lilian Elkington’s ‘Romance, Op. 1’ [on an] Aug. 15 concert, titled ‘Her Voice.’ In addition to Elkington, composers include … Jennifer Jolley, Reena Esmail, Elena Kats-Chernin, Shelley Washington and Gabriela Lena Frank.… Summermusik’s final mainstage concert on Aug. 20 [includes] works by Esmail, Gabriella Smith and Jessie Montgomery.”