Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops are announcing plans to live stream seven free Live From Music Hall concerts this fall as well as additional digital content and physically distanced, in-person events across the region under the CSO In Your Neighborhood banner in lieu of the originally scheduled performances at Music Hall. Louis Langrée will conduct four CSO programs andJohn Morris Russell will conduct three Pops programs, including a special digital version of the beloved Holiday Pops. The CSO will also produce educational content for the virtual learning environment as a digital continuation of their longstanding commitment to Young People’s Concerts (YPCs). Louis Langrée will conduct the first of the Live From Music Hall concerts on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
The seven Live From Music Hall digital events will feature all new material performed live and recorded by musicians from the CSO and POPS in accordance with safety protocols. The live streamed performances will be available on the Orchestra's website and social media channels.
The full schedule of of programs will be announced at the end of August.
In addition to to its virtual presence, the CSO and POPS will look to increase its robust schedule of neighborhood and community events with the expansion of CSO In Your Neighborhood, pop-up concerts in unexpected places and spaces throughout Greater Cincinnati featuring small ensembles of CSO musicians.
"It's more important than ever for us to be a resourceful and accessible to our entire community, which is why we made the decision to make our seven Live From Music Hall events free," said CSO President Jonathan Martin. "We are actively reimagine our fall season and looking through the lens of diversity and inclusion as we showcase the exceptional talent and determination of the Orchestra and our artistic leadership. Music and art and are vital to our well-being, and thanks to unwavering support from sponsors and donors, Live From Music Hall will help us continue to make meaningful connections with our audiences, our community, and well beyond Cincinnati this fall. We very much look forward to the day we can all be together again, and pledge to do do as soon as we can. In the meantime, we are committed to the safety and well-being of our musicians, staff, and audiences until it is responsible for us to return to Music Hall for public performances."