CCO adds innovation to 'chamber' definition

Start with some Beethoven, add in a free performance at a local acoustic gem and a newly commissioned concerto for saxophone and chamber orchestra played by a local jazz legend. All together, it's a recipe for the 39th Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra season, dedicated to celebrating the Queen City in different locales, starring new and returning favorites.

CCO, directed by Mischa Santora, is known for innovative collaborations with arts groups and organizations including the VAE: Cincinnati's Vocal Arts EnsembleMadcap PuppetsCincinnati Ballet and The Mercantile Library

In addition to a performance at the acoustically pitch-perfect St. Catharine of Siena Church in Westwood, this winter, the orchestra launches a new holiday tradition with a production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in partnership with Madcap Puppets. And the group's education program, Footnotes , incorporates subjects like math, geography and poetry into musical presentations.

With a nimble 32-musician base, the CCO ends its 2012-2013 season with a program selected by its members and fans. The orchestra's June performance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, includes a few pre-programmed pieces, but leaves its finale open, awaiting the selections of audience members.

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