The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that the Saturday, March 22 program of the MusicNOW Festival will feature enhanced lighting by Meagan Metcalf. Ms. Metcalf will design choreographed concert lighting which will complement two works on the program: Penderecki’s Polymorphia and Jonny Greenwood’s 48 Responses to Polymorphia. These original visual enhancements will reflect the dynamic qualities each work presents. The program also includes Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite and a world premiere by David Lang.
The CSO’s pioneering MusicNOW collaboration represents a spirit of experimentation permeating Louis Langrée’s inaugural season as CSO Music Director. The Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, March 21-22 at historic Music Hall. In addition to two main concert performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, opening acts will be performed by local band Little Lights (Friday evening) and singer-songwriters Olga Bell and Will Oldham (Saturday).
Both performances will take place at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall. Tickets for each concert (which include the opening acts) are still available and start at $12. More information and tickets are available by calling the CSO Box Office at (513) 381-3300 or visiting www.cincinnatisymphony.org/musicnow.
The eighth blackbird residency is made possible by Dan and Jan Lewis and Ginger and David Warner. The Muhly and Lang commissions are supported through the generosity of Ann and Harry Santen. Additional support provided by Ann Hubbard and Louis D. Bilionis in honor of Bryce Dessner, Louis Langrée and the partnership between MusicNOW and the CSO. These concerts are part of the CSO’s Boundless subscription series, sponsored by Macy’s. The CSO is grateful to Illori for its generous sponsorship of these concerts. The ArtsWave partner company for these performances is the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Trustee.
Cincinnati’s MusicNOW, under the leadership of founder and artistic director Bryce Dessner, is known around the country for its eclectic and thoughtful combinations of contemporary chamber music, world premiere commissions, indie rock performances and visual art installations. The festival’s mission is to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks and commission new work. The celebrated artists and composers who have gathered at past festivals include Sufjan Stevens, Kronos Quartet, Grizzly Bear, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, The National, Glen Hansard, eighth blackbird and Steve Reich.