Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

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105 West Fourth Street, Suite 810
United States

About Us

Recipient of the prestigious 2009 Scripps-Corbett Award, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has grown in size and scope to become one of the cultural cornerstones of the Greater Cincinnati area over the past 36 years.

Founded as a volunteer organization in 1974 by Paul Nadler, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra today has a core membership of 32 paid union musicians. The artistic goal of the Chamber Orchestra is to perform music that is not generally heard when attending concerts presented by a large symphony orchestra, and thereby offer a unique musical experience to the listener. The orchestra's size allows for flexibility and creativity in programming and represents the ideal size group for orchestral works from the Baroque and Classical eras as well as commissioned works by contemporary composers.

In February 1997, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra made its New York City debut in Town Hall, under the direction of renowned conductor Keith Lockhart, former CCO Music Director and current conductor of the Boston Pops.

In July 2000, Mischa Santora assumed position as CCO Music Director. In addition to leading the CCO, Maestro Santora guest conducts many of the leading orchestras in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

In March 2008, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra was named “Orchestra-In-Residence” at the new Anderson Center in Anderson Township and performs a four-concert subscription series at Anderson Center during the 2010-11 Season.

Special features of the CCO include Tune-up! — a pre-concert conversation which is an informal introduction to the concert program; intimate conversations by the Maestro with the audience during the performance; and free post-concert receptions with conductor, orchestra members and guest soloists.

Mission Statement

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra provides a vibrant and fresh musical experience in an intimate and informal setting for the seasoned and novice concert patron.

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is committed to spreading the joy of music by providing high-quality classical music in an accessible manner through performance, community outreach and education. The orchestra’s core values are: -- artistic excellence -- innovative programming -- collaboration -- flexibility and adaptability -- accessibility and affordability -- fiscal responsibility