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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Classical Roots

April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Cincinnati Music Hall

$25 – $55
Classical Roots 2018

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots 2018 Returns to Cincinnati Music Hall on April 20!

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO)’s Classical Roots 2018 performance captures the original spirit of Classical Roots by shining a spotlight on Greater Cincinnati’s rich musical heritage including the great artists who performed at the Greystone Club. Selections this year will include music by iconic African-American composers such as Eubie Blake and James Reese Europe.


Angelique Clay

Tickets for Classical Roots range from $25  – $55 for full view seating ($10 for youth 17 and under). Limited view seating tickets are only $10. Tickets are available online, by calling 513-381-3300 or visiting the Cincinnati Music Hall Box Office. Use promo code VOICE to save $5 on tickets. Not valid with any other discount or offer such as partial view or for tickets purchased previously.


The soloists are acclaimed soprano and Kentucky native Angelique Clay, Michael Preacely, who recently thrilled audiences at Music Hall during the Cincinnati Pops’ Cirque de la Symphonie performances in March, and the multi-talented Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield who performed as part of the Pops’ celebrated “I’m Every Woman” program in 2016.


Michael Preacely

These vocal powerhouses join the already announced Classical Roots Community Mass Choir and CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players to pay tribute to legendary African-American musicians who graced the stages of Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium and the famed Graystone Ballroom – “under one roof.” Performances include Aaron Copland’s “Boatmen’s Dance” from Old American Songs¸ Eubie Blake’s “I’m Just Wild About Harry” from Shuffle Along¸ and selections from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.


Tatiana “Lady May” Mayfield

About CSO’s Classical Roots 2018

Classical Roots is an annual Cincinnati tradition that celebrates African American musical heritage and brings together friends and neighbors. Also, Classical Roots returns to historic Cincinnati Music Hall, following the iconic hall’s extensive $143 million renovations.  An unwritten portion of Music Hall’s rich and diverse history will only be available for a one-night-only performance. This year’s theme, conducted by John Morris Russell, is “Under One Roof.”


The Classical Roots Community Mass Choir is made up of more than 150 volunteer singers that represent dozens of area churches. Director William Henry Caldwell with local music ministers, returns as a staple for the annual concert.


Classical Roots 2018
In addition, Classical Roots features the CSYO Nouveau Chamber Players, a string ensemble made of talented African-American and Latino student musicians. Furthermore, seven CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows will perform together on stage for the first time since Music Hall’s grand reopening in October.


Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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