Strauss The Knight of the Rose

February 23 - 24


Explore the nature of love and life in this sparkling program book-ended by famous works by Richard Strauss: the music of the merry prankster Till Eulenspiegel, and the treasured Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose). Violin star Simone Lamsma, described as “polished, expressive and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), returns by popular demand to perform Bernstein’s Serenade to celebrate the composer’s 100th birthday.

Marek Janowski conducts German Masters

March 02 - 03


Marek Janowski, one of the most revered conductors in the world, leads a tour de force program that includes two works by Wagner: his Siegfried Idyll (originally a birthday gift to Wagner’s wife), and the best-loved moment from his Tristan und Isolde opera. Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, nicknamed Romantic, is rife with lush imagery; listen for a glorious daybreak, proud knights on horseback, a hunting party and more.

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SPECIAL CONCERT: Audra McDonald

February 25, 2018


The most decorated performer in Broadway history, six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway icon Audra McDonald (Carousel, Ragtime, Porgy & Bess) takes the Music Hall stage with the Pops for an evening of her signature songs, including favorites by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, and more. This one-night-only event is sure to sell out quickly!

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Seeking and Sharing Inspiration


A sound? An aural texture? A tune? How does the creation process of an orchestral composition begin?

Through a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concerts Melody Contest, students in grades 6–12 from throughout the Tristate were given the opportunity to provide the creative spark by writing their own melodies.

Q&A with Simone Lamsma


Fanfare Cincinnati: What is your experience with Bernstein’s Serenade? How do you approach this work? 

Simone Lamsma: It is a very exciting work to perform, and I have played it on quite a few occasions. I am very happy to bring it to Cincinnati in this Bernstein anniversary year!

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