A backstage shot of members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing onstage

The Outreach Program has always been invested in engaging new audiences and bringing them closer to what we love most: Classics. This is our mission, but we need to step out of our comfort zone, if we want to offer to the public an unforgettable experience. The pandemic may have forced us behind a screen, but did not stop us from envisioning the future. And the future is multimedia and it happens..now!
We came together with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera for a new, exciting project: offering talks with musical content. Everyone loves music and its power to sweep us away to a different world: why not combine it with our talks? 
CSO and Cincinnati Opera agreed on offering high quality performances, recorded specifically on request by their talented and passionate artists. Outreach talks will start regularly and end with a beautiful surprise: a captivating musical selection, created from partner organizations, just for our audiences! Technology offers so many avenues that we can tailor each one to the specific public we want to engage: seniors will listen to the recordings made at Cincinnati Music Hall on the spot, whereas students can enjoy them anytime through their Spotify accounts or on their Youtube. If you believe this is too good to be true, think again: on February 11th, a small group of artists from the CSO and the Cincinnati Opera recorded the first small program we will debut in March at OLLI. The selection includes a versatile repertoire: two joyous pieces by Debussy (Syrinx and Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune) and a haunting aria by Purcell (“When I am laid in Earth”), a perfect match to conclude our talk on Aspasia and evoke her tormented life in Classical Athens.
This is only the beginning: Stay tuned!