The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra continues its two-year Brahms Fest Thursday and Saturday, Jan. 5 & 7 at the Taft Theatre with Music Director Louis Langrée. The two headlining Brahms Fest performances will feature the composer’s Fourth Symphony. Also on the program will be Bach’s exquisite Cantata No. 150 (featuring the May Festival Chorus) and Webern’s Passacaglia.
“It is fascinating to examine and consider the prismatic nature of the music of Johannes Brahms, a composer who paved his own way by absorbing the past, which in turn reframed music of the future,” said Mr. Langrée. This program explores these myriad influences through the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Webern, and of course, Johannes Brahms.”
Joining the CSO and the May Festival Chorus for these performances will be soprano Jasmin White, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Printz, tenor Dongwhi Baek and bass-baritone Jacob Kincaide.
These performances are part of the CSO’s two-year exploration of Brahms’ music and influences, in tandem with Cincinnati’s rich German heritage.
Ei8ht Ball Brewing’s Brahms Fest Boysenberry Hefeweizen: The CSO has partnered with Ei8ht Ball Brewing, located in Newport, KY, to brew a limited edition beer for these concerts. The beer will be available at the Taft Theatre for the concerts, as well as in various bars in restaurants in Downtown and Over the Rhine. The unfiltered brew is a classic German Hefeweizen with a twist from the minds of the brewers—fresh boysenberries.