The Fanfare Project
New works for a new world.
With the CSO's 1943 premiere of Fanfare for the Common Man as an inspiration, we've invited a new generation of composers to share musical reflections of our time. Welcome to The Fanfare Project.
What is The Fanfare Project? Building on a 125-year legacy of commissioning and premiering new works, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops are commissioning new music from a diverse range of more than a dozen composers. The aim: To inspire and uplift, and to help us make sense of this moment of our shared history through the universal language of music.
Each short work will feature a solo musician recorded at home and will be released digitally—one by one—over the coming weeks.
The back story. During an earlier era of global disruption, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered 18 fanfares in response to World War II. Aaron Copland's iconic Fanfare for the Common Man, premiered by the CSO in 1943, has endured as a tribute to all humankind in the face of challenges and an uncertain future.
Enjoy Pour les Soignants, Mvt. III, composed by Bryce Dessner and performed by CSO Principal Cello Ilya Finkelshteyn.
The CSO and Pops are excited to collaborate with a diverse group of talented composers. Check back as more artists join The Fanfare Project.