The Fanfare Project

New works for a new world.

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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.

Fanfare Commissions

Pour les Soignants, Mvt. III

Enjoy Pour les Soignants, Mvt. III, composed by Bryce Dessner and performed by CSO Principal Cello Ilya Finkelshteyn.

The Fanfare Project commission by Bryce Dessner has been made possible by Louis D. Bilionis and Ann Hubbard.

Fanfare For The Unimpressed

Enjoy Fanfare For The Unimpressed, composed by Missy Mazzoli and performed by CSO Concertmaster Stefani Matsuo. WATCH: Missy Mazzoli introduces her work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Missy Mazzoli has been made possible by Kari Ullman.

Fanfare For The Ups And Downs

Enjoy Fanfare For The Ups And Downs, composed by Georgia Stitt and performed by CSO Principal Clarinet Chris Pell. WATCH: Georgia Stitt introduces her work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Georgia Stitt has been made possible by Kathy Grote.

The Luminous Road

Enjoy The Luminous Road, composed by Ted Hearne and performed by Nathalie Joachim. WATCH: Ted Hearne introduces his work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Ted Hearne has been made possible by Betsy and Paul Sittenfeld celebrating the life of Dr. James M. Marrs.

For Peter Evans (Apologies for the Brevity)

Enjoy For Peter Evans (Apologies for the Brevity), composed by Tyshawn Sorey and performed by CSO Principal Trumpet Robert Sullivan. WATCH: Tyshawn Sorey introduces his work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Tyshawn Sorey has been made possible by Paul Sittenfeld in honor of Betsy on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

KIIVETÄ KOTIIN (fanfare for the trees)

Composed by Gabriel Kahane, KIIVETÄ KOTIIN (fanfare for the trees) was inspired by "Thinking ahead to, hopefully, brighter tomorrows for all of us." WATCH: Gabriel Kahane discusses his work. View the score.

Salute in Solo

Enjoy Salute In Solo, composed by Michael Abels and performed by CSO Principal Viola Christian Colberg. WATCH: Michael Abels introduces his work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Michael Abels has been made possible by Linda and James Miller.

Fanfare for Tomorrow

Composed by Peter Boyer, Fanfare for Tomorrow was inspired by "Thinking ahead to, hopefully, brighter tomorrows for all of us." WATCH: Peter Boyer discusses his work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Peter Boyer has been made possible by the Healey Liddle Family Foundation.

vitres (fragment...)

Composed by CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher, vitres (fragment…) was inspired by the tremendous power of the stained glass windows in the cathedral of Chartres. WATCH: Matthias Pintscher discusses his work. View the score.

The Fanfare Project commission by Matthias Pintscher has been made possible by Dr. Lesley Gilbertson and Dr. William Hurford.

Composers

The CSO and Pops are excited to collaborate with a diverse group of talented composers. Check back as more artists join The Fanfare Project.