CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that as part of the culmination of its inaugural “One City, One Symphony” project, it has released the live recording from the November 15, 17-18 concerts, available as a free download on the CSO’s website as a gift to the Cincinnati community during this holiday season. The downloads, which include all four movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as well as Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, feature Music Director Designate Louis Langrée conducting the Orchestra, the mighty May Festival Chorus and soloists Twyla Robinson, Kelley O’Connor, Dimitri Pittas, Morris Robinson and Brad Jungwirth.
Please visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org/onecity to download these groundbreaking pieces of music. The CSO performance will also reach over a million radio listeners coast to coast on a future broadcast of Performance Today.
These downloads have been made possible by the CSO’s partnership with 90.9 WGUC, one of dozens of community partners for “One City, One Symphony.” The files were engineered by Chelsea VandeDrink, WGUC Mastering and Production Engineer.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Mr. Langrée launched the exciting new “One City, One Symphony” initiative in October. Modeled on successful reading programs around the country, the CSO and community partners engaged people from all walks of life throughout the Tri-state region to experience together Arnold Schoenberg’s haunting short piece, A Survivor from Warsaw, and Beethoven’s timeless Ninth Symphony, an immensely popular work celebrating universal brotherhood. The seven-week initiative culminated in three CSO performances of A Survivor from Warsaw and the Ninth Symphony with its “Ode to Joy” finale featuring the May Festival Chorus on November 15, 17 and 18 at Music Hall. These performances were led by Mr. Langrée, who officially begins his tenure as CSO Music Director in 2013, and will took audience members on a journey from tragedy to triumph.
Sponsored by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, “One City, One Symphony” featured free neighborhood “listening parties” designed to explore and discuss the pieces at locations throughout the Tri-state and moderated by CSO musicians, five full radio broadcasts of different recordings of the Ninth Symphony leading up to the CSO performances hosted by 90.9 WGUC, support materials through a partnership with The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, an exciting community video project produced by CET, and the live CSO concert on November 17 beamed to select locations across the region. The CSO also hosted a post-concert “One City Celebration” open to the community in the Music Hall lobby following the November 17 performance complete with opportunities to “sound off” and share reactions to the music.
The Orchestra also plans a local television broadcast, to be announced at a later date.
“One City, One Symphony” supports the CSO’s mission to create deep community engagement within the region, and is made possible by support from the The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, as well as the following community partners: Artswave; The Center for Holocaust Humanity Education; CET; Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; Classical 90.9 WGUC; May Festival.
The November 15, 17 and 18 concerts were sponsored by Fort Washington Investment Advisors, and the Masterworks Series sponsor is US Bank.