Richard McKay Conducts Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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Honored to be a Semifinalist for the position of Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2011, Richard McKay has been invited to conduct the Orchestra in live audition. Repertoire includes Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The fifth oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, the CSO has played a leading role in the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest since its founding in 1895. A champion of new music, the Orchestra has given American premieres of works by such composers as Debussy, Ravel, Mahler and Bartók and has commissioned works that have since become mainstays of the classical repertoire, including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The CSO was the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience (1921) and the third to record (1917).

The Orchestra continues to commission new works and to program an impressive array of music. Most recently, the CSO performed the world premieres of Nico Muhly’s Pleasure Ground, David Lang’s mountain, Caroline Shaw’s Lo and Daniel Bjarnason’s Collider as part of the groundbreaking collaboration with the MusicNOW Festival, Cincinnati’s premier new music festival, as well as the world premiere of André Previn’s Double Concerto in November 2014. During the 2015-16 season, the CSO continues this tradition of commissioning new music with the world premieres of seven works including three Concertos for Orchestra by composers Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich and Zhou Tian, as well as Gunther Schuller’s Symphonic Triptych.

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