CSO and POPS Orchestra Announces Summer Performances

Large and small ensembles performing across Tri-State region throughout June, July and August. Concerts to be conducted by John Morris Russell and Robert Treviño

 CINCINNATI The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra announces an exciting, multi-faceted summer concert lineup, featuring performances in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky throughout June and July. In addition to the previously announced Pops concerts at Riverbend Music Center, the Orchestra will present a number of family-friendly community parks concerts and small ensemble performances this summer. Among the highlights of this lineup are the annual Concert on the Green on Monday, July 1 on the grounds of the Union Central Life Insurance Co. in Forest Park, OH, and the Concert in the Park on Saturday, July 6 at Cottell Park in Deerfield Township, OH, both of which will be led by Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. Both of these concerts include repertoire ranging from Blockbuster movie themes to Verdi, classic Americana to the Beatles and feature vocalist Steven Morgan.

Our summer community concerts are some of the coolest ways that the Orchestra reaches both new audiences and seasoned fans,” said Anne Cushing-Reid, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Learning for the Orchestra. A performance with a full orchestra or a smaller ensemble right in one’s own backyard brings a lot of excitement to a neighborhood. It’s exciting to me to see families, friends and neighbors come to experience music together. Some of my first experiences with the CSO and Pops were in concerts like

these so I know these concerts can spark a lifelong love of music,” she said.
Outdoor Orchestra performances for August in Washington Park will be announced at a later date.

On July 3, Mr. Russell also joins the Pops Rhythm Section as part of the Crown Jewels of Jazz series in Washington Park. The Pops Rhythm Section includes Julie Spangler, keyboard, Marc Wolfley, drums, Timothy Berens, guitar, and Matthew Zory, bass.

This summer also includes the return of concerts in Liberty Park (Batesville, IN), Prouty Plaza (Troy, OH) and the Fayette County Fairgrounds (Washington Court House, OH). These concerts, themed “From Stage to Screen: Opera Classics and Film Favorites,” will be led by CSO Associate Conductor Robert Treviño and feature vocalist Amanda Pabyan.

The CSO is the official orchestra of the Cincinnati Opera, and will perform at all of the company’s Music Hall performances this summer. Additionally, the Orchestra performs with the Opera during a public concert in Washington Park on June 9.

In addition to these full orchestral performances, there are also several chamber ensemble events currently scheduled for the upcoming summer season. There are two CSO Chamber Ensemble performances scheduled at Greenacres Arts Center on June 26 and July 24. Tickets for these “Music Under the Starsseries concerts are available by calling the Greenacres Arts Center ticket office at (513) 793-2787. On June 29, a CSO Brass Trio will perform at the Main Branch Library in Downtown Cincinnati, while a CSO Woodwind Quintet plays at the Highland United Methodist Church summer concert series in Ft. Thomas, KY on July 3. Finally, a chamber ensemble will perform at the Cincinnati Zoo on July 17 as part of the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival.

All of these concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra summer concert lineup (as of May 20, 2013; does not include

performances with Cincinnati Opera in Music Hall):

  •   June 8, 8:00 PM Pops with Smokey Robinson, Riverbend Music Center (For tickets call (513) 381-3300 or visit cincinnatipops.org)

  •   June 9, 7:00 PMCSO with Cincinnati Opera, Washington Park

  •   June 20, 8:00 PM Pops concert, Liberty Park, Batesville, IN

  •   June 21, 8:00 PM Pops concert, Prouty Plaza, Troy, OH

  •   June 22, 8:00 PM Pops: Broadway Night with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Riverbend Music Center

    (For tickets call (513) 381-3300 or visit cincinnatipops.org)

  •   June 26, 7:00 PM CSO Chamber Ensemble, “Music Under the Stars,” Greenacres Arts Center (For tickets call (513) 793-2787 or visit green-acres.org)

  •   June 29, 2:00 PM CSO Brass Trio, Main Branch Library, Downtown

  •   July 1, 8:00 PM Pops “Concert on the Green,” Grounds of Union Central Life Insurance Co.,

    Forest Park, OH

  •   July 3, 7:00 PM Pops Rhythm Section, Crown Jewels of Jazz Series, Washington Park

  •   July 3, 7:00 PM CSO Woodwind Quintet, Highland United Methodist Church Summer Concert

Series, Ft. Thomas, KY

  •   July 4, 8:00 PM Pops “Red, White and Boom!” Riverbend Music Center (For tickets call (513) 381-3300 or visit cincinnatipops.org.)

  •   July 6, 7:30 PM Pops “Concert in the Park,” Cottell Park, Deerfield Township, OH

  •   July 14, 7:30 PM Pops concert, Fayette County Fairgrounds, Washington Court House, OH

  •   July 17, TBA CSO Chamber Ensemble, Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival,

    Cincinnati Zoo

  •   July 24, 7:00 PM CSO Chamber Ensemble, “Music Under the Stars,” Greenacres Arts Center

    (For tickets call (513) 793-2787 or visit green-acres.org)

    John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops Conductor

    2013-2014 will mark John Morris Russell’s third season as Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, to which he has brought both creative artistry and boundless energy. Consistently winning international praise for his extraordinary music-making and visionary leadership, he leads the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in concerts at Music Hall, Riverbend Music Center, additional locations throughout the region and on tour. He is an important musical ambassador for the community, promoting Cincinnati’s reputation as one of the world’s leading cultural centers. He is also a passionate local advocate for music and the performing arts in Cincinnati. Mr. Russell’s first recording with the Pops, Home for the Holidays, was released worldwide in 2012 to rave reviews, and his second recording, Superheroes, will be released in September.

    Mr. Russell also serves as Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Conductor Laureate of the of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada.

    No stranger to Cincinnati audiences, for many seasons John Morris Russell served as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He was recognized for his innovative programming and commitment to attracting new and diverse audiences to orchestral music, creating the Classical Roots: Spiritual Heights series, which brought the music of African-American composers and performers to thousands of listeners in area churches, and was also the co-creator of the Christmas spectacular, Home for the Holidays.

    As a guest conductor, Mr. Russell has worked with many of North America’s most distinguished ensembles, leading Canadian orchestras that include Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and Orchestra London. In the US he has conducted the orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Miami’s New World Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New York Pops, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Abroad he conducted at the famed Musikverein in Vienna in a concert that featured the Harlem Boychoir, the Vienna Choir Boys and the actor Gregory Peck. The performance continues to be televised throughout Europe, Japan and in the USA on PBS.

    2011-2012 marked Mr. Russell’s eleventh and final season as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. While at Windsor he fostered a decade of unprecedented artistic growth and invigorated the musical life of the Windsor-Essex region.

John Morris Russell is widely considered one of North America’s leaders in orchestral educational programming, and leads the Lollipops Family Concerts in Cincinnati.. From 1997 to 2009 he conducted the “LinkUP!” educational concert series at Carnegie Hall, the oldest and most celebrated series of its kind, created by Walter Damrosch in 1891 and made famous by Leonard Bernstein.

The “Sound Discoveries” series Mr. Russell developed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra remains a leading model for educational concerts. In Windsor, his commitment to education was evidenced by his creation of concert series and projects that included Peanut Butter n’ Jam, Family Jamboree and One Community—One Symphony plus he spearheaded the creation of The Windsor-Essex Youth Choir and the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra.

He received a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Williams College in Massachusetts. He has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine.

Robert Treviño, CSO Associate Conductor

Since his professional debut in 2003 at the age of 20, Robert Treviño has become an emerging force on the international music scene. The 2012/2013 season marks the second season as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Further engagements this season include a debut with the California Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, re-engagements with the Bolshoi Theatre, and Cincinnati Symphony. Maestro Treviño ends his season with a residencyat the Shippensburg Music Festival as principal conductor.

Treviño’s past symphonic and instrumental work includes numerous engagements with orchestras, festivals, and ensembles across North America, Europe, and Asia including the Symphonies of Cincinnati, Boston, St. Louis, Tallahassee, Napa Valley, New World, California, the Philharmonics

of Los Angeles, Chicago, Louisiana, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic of South Korea, Wuppertal Symphony of Germany, Montpellier National Orchestra of France, Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico Philharmonic of Mexico, the Millennium Chamber Players, and the Jusqu’aux Oreilles Festival of Canada. Of particular note was Treviño’s month-long residency with the Helsinki Philharmonic where he has assisted Music Director Leif Segerstam on the complete symphonies of Sibelius.

In addition to his great volume of work in the instrumental realm, an important component of Treviño’s career has been his work in opera. Treviño made an acclaimed debut with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia conducting Puccini’s Tosca in the 2011/2012 season. His success with this production led to the orchestra bestowing upon him the title of ‘Honorary Maestro of the Bolshoi”. He was also immediately reengaged for two more seasons by the Bolshoi to conduct performances of Puccini’s Tosca as well as a new production and residency in the 2013/14 season. Treviño served as Associate Conductor and Guest Conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center from 2009 – 2011, where he led the company in world premieres of five operas as part of the annual VOX: American Opera Series, in addition to his work on productions: Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Additionally, In 2011 Robert conducted the Tanglewood Music Festival Opera Center’s production of Milhaud’s Trios Operas Minutes, directed by Mark Morris.

An avid advocate and performer of contemporary music, Maestro Treviño has commissioned, premiered, and worked closely with many leading composers of today such as: Augusta Read Thomas, Jennifer Higdon, Charles Wuorinen, Bernard Rands, Shulamit Ran, George Walker, David Felder, and John Zorn among others. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Gene Gutche Foundation, Soli Deo Gloria, the Renaissance Society, the Canadian Consular General to the USA, and the University of Chicago. Treviño has conducted the Ensemble Modern Academy Orchestra at the Klangspuren Festival (Schwaz, Austria), the Jusqu’aux Oreilles Festival, as well as the Slee Sinfonietta at the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music.

Robert Treviño is a laureate of the 2010 Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition and was awarded the 2009 James Conlon Prize for Excellence in Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School by David Zinman. He also won a 2010 Career Assistance Award and the 2012 Career Development Award from the Sir George Solti Foundation, and was a featured conductor at the 2011 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. In summer 2011, Mr. Treviño was selected by James Levine to be one of three conducting fellows at the Tanglewood Music Festival as the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow where he worked with artists such as Mark Morris, Kurt Masur, and Emanuel Ax.

Mr. Treviño has studied with Maestros David Zinman, Leif Segerstam, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Kurt Masur. Robert is under general management by IMG Artists NYC & by Productions Albert Sarfati in France and East Europe. For further information can be found at his website: roberttrevino.org