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Music Performance Ensembles in Cincinnati

One of the best parts of life in Cincinnati is the rich cultural tradition on this area. Since its founding – even back when it was Losantiville and then Porkopolis – music and performance culture have been a core part of this area’s charm. 

These days, many of these musical performances center around downtown and Clifton, though some are closer to the 275 ring.

Here are a few of the best:


The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a world-class organization that tours all over the globe, and has recorded internationally-acclaimed albums for decades. Music director Louis Langrée programs a varied season for the CSO. While Music Hall is undergoing renovation, the CSO is performing at Taft Theatre, along with occasional other locations. Learn More:

CCM’s ensembles

The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati is where several of Toedtman’s teachers learned their trades, and their choral and instrumental ensembles are always performing at a high caliber. Here are 17 of their ongoing student ensembles. Learn More:

Xavier’s ensembles

Xavier has many vocal groups, as well as a Jazz Orchestra, a Percussion Ensemble, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Chamber Orchestra. The University’s groups present more than 60 concerts each year. Learn More:

Cincinnati Opera

The Cincinnati Opera is the second-oldest opera company in the United States. Its performances at the Aronoff Center are spectacular, and the opera chorus and instrumental ensemble that support these productions are top-notch. Every June, the Opera presents a free performance in Washington Park as well. Learn More:

Blue Wisp Big Band

Since 1980, this 16-piece big band – co-founded by drummer John Von Ohlen, who continues to perform with the group – has delighted audiences with its hard bop-oriented arrangements. Learn More: