When the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra takes the stage to perform Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony on Sept. 8 and 10, there will be five new faces within the celebrated ensemble.
CCM graduate students Emilio Carlo (viola), Diana Flores (cello), Blake-Anthony Johnson (cello), Vijeta Sathyaraj (violin) and Maurice Todd (double bass) will make their debut appearances as CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows during the CSO’s season-opening program with internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax. Four of the five Fellows will then join the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for a concert of action and adventure movie music on Sept. 16, 17 and 18.
During these performances, Cincinnati audiences will get their first glimpse of a new collaborative program that is already garnering national attention. Often referred to as the “Bravos Without Barriers” program, the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship is a four-year pilot program designed to foster an environment that promotes greater diversity on the stages of American orchestras. The Fellowship program is made possible by a $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.