Concerts: April and May 2021


Jazz at the MEMO presents Brasilia Plays Jobim

April 26 at Memorial Hall
Brasilia is a Cincinnati based band that fuses the improvisational influences of American jazz with the wide pallet of Brazilian musical styles, featuring an all CCM Jazz faculty lineup. For this concert they feature the music of Brazil’s most internationally celebrated composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Featuring Phil DeGreg (piano), Kim Pensyl (trumpet), Rusty Burge (vibraphone), Aaron Jacobs (bass) and John Taylor (drums).

Spring Serenade by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

May 2 at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
Back by popular demand, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is bringing the music to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park! Three CCO ensembles will sit alongside sculptures performing several short works on rotation so that guests can continue to move between the groups safely and at their leisure. Guests will have a chance to purchase a beverage or two at the large outdoor Pavilion and then make their way to any of the stops along the mile-long path. Maps of performance locations will be handed out upon entry to the event.

The Great Film Scores by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

May 7 – May 9 at Music Hall
Grab your popcorn and go! Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton leads in a collection of celebrated film scores. Settle in for a program of music from cinematic favorites including Forrest GumpSchindler’s ListLincolnThe Mission and more. Note: This is an all-orchestral program with no film clips.

Reinhardt Conducts Mendelssohn’s Italian

May 14 – May 16 at Music Hall
Conductor Ruth Reinhardt has quickly grown a reputation for her musical intelligence, programmatic imagination, and elegant performances. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, composed without a piano to express “more transparent orchestral colors,” derives its nickname from the composer’s wish that one day the symphony “might itself turn out to be a classic.” Grażyna Bacewicz’s Concerto for String Orchestra is explosive and sweeping, commonly regarded as her opus magnum or even her “Ninth Symphony.” Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 recounts the composer’s time in Italy, evoking the vast Italian countryside and interpreting traditional Italian dance music in a whirlwind finale.


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