As Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concluded
its 40th anniversary season last June, the organization faced
significant challenges. In addition to seeking a new music director, the
CCO confronted losses in attendance, funding and visibility.
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes
its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis.
There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns
about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a
continually uncertain marketplace.
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra this week announced the appointment of Kelly Kuo as Interim Music Director. Kuo will oversee the CCO's new festival format that debuts in August 2015. Currently the artistic director of the Oregon Mozart Players and the music director and conductor of the Butler Opera Center at the University of Texas in Austin, Kuo has a growing reputation as an innovative leader, educator and conductor.Maestro Kuo has been part of the Cincinnati music scene since 2007, when he served as the CCO's assistant conductor between 2007-2009. He was the director of the Xavier University Chamber Orchestra and, in 2013, he conducted Phillip Glass' Galileo Galilei at Cincinnati Opera. His responsibilities working with the CCO board and staff to determine the course of the orchestra, its programming and community relations. The program for the August festival has yet to be announced. The CCO's next performances are Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors at Xavier University Dec. 19-22. Go here for more information.
Collaboration is the byword for many
arts organizations today, especially theaters where financial support is
tough to obtain and ticket revenues are seldom enough to support the
cost of productions. By working together, economies can be achieved and,
in some cases, multiple constituencies can be activated.