Bold new Summermusik festival returns

CCO candidates

Summermusik conductors: Daniel Meyer, Christopher Zimmerman, Sarah Ioannides, Eckart Preu

The upcoming Summermusik 2016, Aug. 13-Sept. 1, is the second annual festival for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. It is also a critical time for the organization, as four of five candidates for the position of music director will be leading programs: Eckhart Preu, Sarah Ioannides, Daniel Meyer and Christopher Zimmerman. The fifth candidate, Kelly Kuo, served as interim music director and led the inaugural festival in August 2015.

Audiences are invited to provide input into the selection process. Learn about the candidates and how they plan to approach this new position in an exclusive Q&A.

Summermusik is made up of three different series of concerts, aimed to attract varied audiences:

  • The full 32-member CCO will perform four concerts – Aug. 13, 20, 27 and Sept. 1 – each led this season by a conductor vying for the open position of music director.
  • “(A Little) Afternoon Musik” consists of three Sunday afternoon (4 p.m.) chamber music performances – Aug. 14, 21 and 28 – each curated by a music director candidate.
  • Four “ChamberCrawl” concerts – Aug. 16, 19, 26 and 30 – allow the CCO to stretch the boundaries of chamber music in terms of repertoire and performance setting. The final of these has been curated by candidate Eckart Preu, with the others being put together by CCO members.

The festival opens Aug. 12 with “Musik de la Nuit,” an evening of elegant food, beverages and music, held at Maxwelton House in East Walnut Hills, and featuring the music of The Faux Frenchmen. Proceeds benefit the CCO.

“Summermusik” was inspired by New York’s “Mostly Mozart Festival,” of which the Cincinnati Symphony’s Louis Langrée is music director. This move allowed the CCO to fill a gap in the annual classical music calendar and claim that as its own, making it easier to market a concentrated bundle of concerts, and to attract classical music fans who might have been distracted by competing events within the traditional “season” schedule.

CCO’s trustees announced the bold new Summermusik concept in 2014 at the end of the organization’s 40th anniversary. The change would take the CCO from a traditional “school-year” subscription season to a late summer music festival. It debuted in August 2015 to great success.

NOTE: Some chamber music performances have or are close to being sold out, but patron waiting lists are being created with the hope of adding additional performances.

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