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Performances | Tickets from $20 adult/$8 children
FRI MAR 15, 2013 | 7:30PM

John Morris Russell conductor
Branford Marsalis saxophone


Reserve your tickets today for this one-night-only concert experience! A spectacular celebration of
uplifting classical, jazz and choral works featuring
the CSO Classical Roots Community Mass Choir!

Cincinnati Pops Conductor, John Morris Russell leads the 2013 Classical Roots concert celebrating African-American contributions to music with a look at America’s unsung heroes and their musical influences.

CSO Creative Director and jazz legend Branford Marsalis joins the CSO and singers from over 30 area churches to pay tribute to visionaries whose passion, courage and perseverance has left an indelible mark on classical and jazz music throughout the world!


Arrive early to enjoy pre-concert entertainment by members of the CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players in the lobby.

VIP ticket holders are invited to attend a post-concert reception hosted by the CSVA Multicultural Awareness Council in Music Hall’s Corbett Tower. Enjoy entertainment, cash bar and complimentary appetizers. Space is limited.

Buffalo Soldier Museum –

Tuskegee Airmen -


Music Selections include:

Summon the Heroes
"The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha
Soul Saga (Song of the Buffalo Soldier)
Hey There! (Hi There!)
"Take the "A" Train"
America the Beautiful

and more...

Program | Music Hall 513.381.3300

Presenting Sponsor
World Pac Paper, LLC

Chorus Sponsor
The Kroger Company

Youth Education Ticket Sponsor
CES/Link Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Cincinnati Chapter of The Links Inc., housed at GCF

Show Sponsor
Coolant Control
Environmental & Safety Solutions, Inc.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Hightowers Petroleum Company

Fellowship Reception Sponsor
Paul & Cynthia Booth, COBCO Enterprises, LLC

Pre-Concert Reception Sponsor
The African American Chamber of Commerce

Benefactor Sponsor
Aunty's Homemade Food
Deloitte LLP
Diversified Facility Solutions
Elsons International
Fifth Third Bank
The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
MEGEN Construction Company
Roper's Southern Food Restaurant & Catering
Sheila Williams and Bruce Smith
South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council
Start 2 Finish, LLC
Tier One Payment Processing, LLC

Patron Sponsor
Joyce and Howard Thompson
The Voice of Your Customer

Community Sponsor
AFA Associates
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Sigma Omega Chapter
Che International Group, LLC
Volta Tax Center

Artistic Partner
The Cincinnati May Festival

Classical Roots is a presentation of Sound Discoveries: Music for the Community and is made possible in part thanks to The Corbett Educational Endowment established by Mrs. Patricia Corbett and The Corbett Foundation.

Additional support of Creative Director Branford Marsalis provided by The Johnson Family Foundation

Media Partner
WDBZ-AM The Buzz
The Cincinnati Herald

Classical Roots concerts and activities serve the community in non-traditional ways and create bridges between the CSO and the neighborhoods of Greater Cincinnati. As part of the CSO Community Engagement and Learning program, Classical Roots presents world-class artists in residence for area school music programs including master classes, student coaching and other community presentations.



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