Create Your Own Subscription Suggestions


Not sure what concerts to select for your Create Your Own Subscription? We're here to help! Take a look at a few of our recommendations below.


Sample the acoustics of Music Hall!

Grand Opening Weekend (Oct 6 & 7)

Add on this concert to experience the full sonic splendor of Music Hall. The program includes Beethoven's energetic Piano Concerto No. 1, Scriabin's visionary Poem of Ectasy, John Adams' frenzied Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and a world premiere commission by composer Jonathan Bailey Holland.


I'm in the mood for . . . 

Music of resistance

Hindemith: Mathis der Maler (Nov 17 & 18)

Bravely written during the rise of Nazi Germany, "Matthias the Painter" glorifies artistic freedom over oppression

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad (Feb 2 & 3)

Leningrad was written in 1941 in passionate response to censorship

Strauss: Metamorphosen (Mar 23 & 24)

Strauss wrote his Metamorphosen at the close of World War II; its commission was a plot to help the composer travel out of Germany


"You'll know it when you hear it" music

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 (Feb 2 & 3)

The famous Andante movement has been borrowed for James Bond films, Neil Diamond songs, and more

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Dec 2 & 3)

Inspired by a gallery of paintings, Pictures at an Exhibition includes familiar vignettes such as "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks" and the "Promenade" scenes

Bach: "Sleepers Wake" (Jan 6 & 7)

Based on a hymn, this sacred cantata is a popular choice for weddings


Something new

Debussy: Pelléas et Melisande (Oct 20 & 21)

The third and final installation of the Pelléas Trilogy, this creative and visual program calls for a partnership with the Cincinnati Opera to create a staged version of this tragic love story.

Friday Orange

It's back! This series adds a special twist to Friday night concerts. Each one is a surprise. This year's dates: Oct 20, Feb 16, Apr 6. Shh — wear orange!

•World premiere commissions

To mark this glorious moment in history, the CSO has commissioned a brand new work by each of four composers: Jonathan Bailey Holland (Oct 6 & 7), Emily Cooley (Nov 24 & 25), Enrico Chapela (April 6 & 7), and Pierre Jalbert (Apr 14 & 15)


To turn Beethoven on his head

•Louis Langrée and the CSO embark on a new cycle that examines Beethoven in a different light. Through innovative musical pairings and responses, experience the Beethoven Revolution in these programs:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (Jan 27 & 28)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (Apr 14 & 15)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (May 11 & 12)


I'm a newcomer! Where should I start?

•You are welcome at any time, at any concert — but here are a few audience favorites to get you started.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Dec 2 & 3)

·Laid out like a gallery of musical painting, Pictures at an Exhibition is a series of short and often funny scenes, including "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks"

Ravel: La Valse (Feb 16 & 17)

·Ravel turns the traditional waltz into something wild and whirling. A great way to refresh your Valentine's Day. This is also a "Friday Orange" (see above)!

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (Apr 6 & 7)

·A popular work full of Russian romanticism. This is also a "Friday Orange" (see above)!

Brahms: Violin Concerto (May 11 & 12)

·A beautiful closing for the Music Hall season. Bonus: you might also enjoy Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, on the same program.


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