Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops bring back in-person concerts in January

First look inside the renovated Cincinnati Music Hall
Posted at 6:08 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 17:12:32-05

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops will welcome back a limited number of guests for in-person concerts starting Jan. 11.

Both organizations announced in a post on the CSO's website they will host live concerts with a 15% seating capacity inside Musical Hall.

"We are following all state and CDC safety protocols for these in-person performances, which will be 60-80 minutes in length with no intermission," the release stated.

Both the CSO and Pops will continue to offer a series of online performances through Aug. 21, 2021. Those concerts are free for anyone to watch within the first 24-hours in which the performances are conducted.

CSO Music Director Louis Langrée will conduct seven of the CSO’s ten programs. Assistant Conductor François Lopez-Ferrer and guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt also make their CSO subscription concert debuts this season. Pops Conductor John Morris Russell will conduct the annual Red White & Boom July 4th concert at Riverbend as well as three Pops programs, and Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton will lead one program, the release said.

Pops concerts will stream live from Music Hall beginning on the Saturday of each series. The CSO Proof series also returns online with two digital offerings, and the Lollipops Family Concerts series will present one digital concert, according to the release.

The CSO is currently offering subscriptions to all performances, which includes a first-come-first-serve opportunity to attend the live performances that begin in January.

“We have been living through an extraordinarily challenging time, and as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are thrilled to begin the process of returning to live concerts at Music Hall. We know we will cherish even more the moments when we can be together to experience live music,” said President & CEO Jonathan Martin in the release.