Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s three-week Summermusik festival: Piazzolla, women composers, chamber crawls, new “Symphonie fantastique” arrangement

Posted on: August 8, 2022

“Coming out of Covid, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Eckart Preu has a new motto: Joy. ‘It’s not just another season. It is a joyful occasion, and I think everyone will be excited to be playing again,’ said the German-born music director,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Friday’s (8/4) Cincinnati Business Courier. “The Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Summermusik’ festival, Aug. 6 through Aug. 27 … includes four mainstage concerts with the full, 32-piece orchestra…. There are also ‘Chamber Crawls’ and ‘(A Little) Afternoon Musik’—an inventive menu of short concerts for small ensembles in unexpected venues, such as Fretboard Brewing, New Riff Distillery and Newport Aquarium. They are curated by the orchestra’s own musicians…. The musical selections in this year’s mainstage programs [include] [Astor] Piazzolla’s Concerto for Bandoneon, ‘Aconcagua.’ [with] Hector Del Curto [on] button accordion. Tango dancers will also enliven the concert…. There will be nods to women composers [Gabriela Lena Frank, Florence Price, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Nadia Boulanger]…. On Aug. 13, the orchestra will give the North American premiere of Berlioz’s famous ‘Symphonie fantastique,’ as arranged by Arthur Lavandier…. The orchestration will include a midi keyboard, electric guitar and alphorn…. The season will conclude Aug. 27 with … ‘Water Concerto’ by Chinese composer Tan Dun.”