Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras Present Busy Spring Concert Programs


The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) and Cincinnati Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra (CSYO Concert Orchestra) present their final concerts of the 2013-14 season throughout April and May. Highlights of the spring schedule include the CSYO’s annual Side-by-Side concert on stage at Music Hall with Conductor John Morris Russell and the world-class musicians of the full Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the CSYO Concert Orchestra’s participation in the New Richmond Bicentennial Celebration, and both orchestras’ annual Memorial Day concerts.

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
John Morris Russell, conductor *
William White, conductor**
Jackie Tso, violin
Music Hall
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tickets are $10 and are available by calling: CSO Box Office (513) 381-3300 or visiting

On Wednesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m., the CSYO takes the stage with the musicians of the world-renowned CSO for the annual Side-by-Side Concert at historic Music Hall. This inspiring concert boasts an enormous spectacle of over 200 musicians on stage. The program begins with Wagner’s Rienzi Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (First Movement) both led by CSYO conductor William White.

CSYO Concertmaster Jackie Tso, winner of the CSYO Concerto Competition, will be featured as a soloist for the violin concerto. This is the second time Ms. Tso has performed as soloist on the Side-by-Side concert (she also won the competition in the 2012 season) and the fourth time she has performed as a soloist with the CSO (2005 at age 8 and again in 2009 on the Young People’s Concert series). Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell ends the program leading the combined orchestras in “Baba Yaga” and “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Mussorgsky’s classic Pictures at an Exhibition (as orchestrated by Ravel).

The annual CSO/CSYO side-by-side concert gives these talented student musicians the rare opportunity to perform next to professional musicians, offering invaluable guidance and experience. The additional leadership of Mr. Russell and Mr. White allows these students superlative instruction that cannot be gained in their high school music programs.

This concert is open to the public. Tickets are just $10 and are available through the CSO Bo Office or by visiting

CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players present Spring Recital On Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m., the CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players will perform its spring recital at Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church. This performance is free and open to the public. Presented by Queen City (OH) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, CSVA Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) and Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, this recital features a mosaic of classical and contemporary music! A special reception hosted by the Queen City (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and MAC follows the recital. For more information, please contact the CSO Community Engagement and Diversity Department at 513.744.3254. Comprised of African-American middle and high school string students, the CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players have performed as pre-concert entertainment at CSO concerts and at numerous community gatherings. Designed to be a springboard for careers in classical music, CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players is an important part of the CSO’s commitment to diversity and education.

CSYO Concert Orchestra adds to New Richmond Bicentennial celebration On Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m. the CSYO Concert Orchestra will perform at the New Richmond Bandstand Pavilion as part of the New Richmond on the Ohio Bicentennial kick-off celebration. In case of rain, the Orchestra will perform at the New Richmond High School gym. This performance is free and open to the public. The CSYO Concert Orchestra expands the CSO’s youth orchestra program with slightly younger students, allowing introductory experience, often in preparation for the CSYO. Dale Swisher and Tim Holt conduct this ensemble.

CSYO and Concert Orchestra perform annual Memorial Day concerts On Monday, May 26 at 3 p.m., the CSYO will perform its popular Memorial Day concert at Seasongood Pavilion in Cincinnati’s picturesque Eden Park. The Orchestra will perform popular, classical and patriotic classics ranging from Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The program also includes the world premiere of David H. Johnson’s “Saturnalia.” Later that day, at 6 p.m., the CSYO Concert Orchestra performs at 6 p.m. in Blue Ash Towne Square as part of the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s program. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The CSYO is grateful to Coney Island for its generous sponsorship of this season’s CSYO concerts. The Artist Sponsor for these performances is George Margaret McLane Foundation.

The CSO gratefully acknowledges the extraordinary support of Mrs. Patricia A. Corbett and the Corbett Foundation. The Corbett Educational Endowment supports and expands a strong, comprehensive instructional program to educate young people in music.