Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Announces Programming and Featured Artists for its 2022 Classical Roots Concert

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has announced the program and featured artists for its annual Classical Roots concert on April 22, 2022 at 7:30pm at Cincinnati Music Hall. Led by conductor John Morris Russell, the CSO will celebrate “Black Voices and Stories from American Music and Theater” with selections from opera, film, and Broadway. Highlights include the music of Ragtime and The Wiz and arias from Terence Blanchard’s highly-acclaimed opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Gregory Spears’ Castor and Patience, which will receive its world premiere with Cincinnati Opera this July. The Classical Roots program will also pay tribute to Cincinnati’s Grammy Award-winning gospel group, Charles Fold Singers, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021.

The CSO will be joined by the Classical Roots Community Choir with choir soloists Ciara Harper and Noël Walton, led by Resident Conductor William Henry Caldwell; talented young musicians of the CSO’s Nouveau Program, coached by Felipe Morales-Torres and Artistic Advisor Marion Peraza de Webb; opera sensation Talise Trevigne; and Emmy, Tony and SAG award nominee Norm Lewis, the first African American actor to perform as the Phantom in Broadway’s long-running production of Phantom of the Opera. Lewis recently starred in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Da 5 Bloods.

“It’s always a joy to present our annual Classical Roots program,” said John Morris Russell. “The blend of history, storytelling, and remarkable music is unique among CSO concerts. There is always something new, profound, and thrilling that we all discover together as we celebrate Black musical traditions, and it is an honor and privilege to share it with everyone.”

Tickets to the in-person performance of Classical Roots at Music Hall start at $15 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Box Office at 513.381.3300, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the in-person performance, the concert will be simultaneously livestreamed for free on the CSO’s website, Facebook page, and CSOvideo Youtube channel on April 22 beginning at 7:30 p.m.