The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Community Engagement is proud to announce that the remarkable talents of the Starling Chamber Orchestra are embarking on a tour in southern China this summer. Between June 13 and June 24, 2016, these young artists will perform a total of six concerts in professional venues.

Starling Chamber Orchestra

Starling Chamber Orchestra. Photo by Gary Kessler.

The program features a refreshing variety of composers, classical periods and regional styles. Among the selections are Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Bartok’s Romanian Folkdances and Spring of Xinjiang, a Chinese traditional piece, to name a few.While on tour the Starling Chamber Orchestra will perform in six professional venues: the Hunan Radio and Television Center studio, Shantou Arts Grand Theatre, Shenzhen Poly Theater, Huizhou Poly Culture and Arts Center and Heyuan Theatre.

While on tour the Starling Chamber Orchestra will perform in six professional venues: the Hunan Radio and Television Center studio, Shantou Arts Grand Theatre, Shenzhen Poly Theater, Huizhou Poly Culture and Arts Center and Heyuan Theatre.

The Starling Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is a 25-member string ensemble of young artists from the Cincinnati Starling Project. CCM Violin Professor and Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin, Kurt Sassmannshaus, founded the Starling Project in 1989. It offers unprecedented opportunities for young artists to perform as soloists, tour internationally, and make recordings. These young virtuosi have attracted widespread attention, including feature articles in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Branded as “The World’s Youngest Chamber Orchestra” by the Münchner Merkur, the orchestra has been featured on From the Top, Performance Today and on Robert Sherman’s Young Artists Showcase program in New York. The SCO maintains a busy touring and recording schedule. Since 1992, the orchestra has performed frequently at the Aspen Music Festival and has toured Europe, Korea, Russia, and the People’s Republic of China and at Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. The orchestra also performs an annual series of concerts at CCM.

The members of the Starling Chamber Orchestra also participate in the Cincinnati Starling Project, a specialized educational program for talented young string players. Its mission is to pass on the rich tradition of classical music to the next generation of performers and audiences by training exceptional students. In addition to private lessons, students participate in a comprehensive program that includes chamber music and music theory.

Starling Project students and alumni have won awards such as the International Tchaikovsky Competition, The China International Violin Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

The Cincinnati Starling Project and Starling Chamber Orchestra are generously funded through a grant from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, as well as a number of generous donors. The program is also supported by the Starling Project Foundation, Inc. and the Preparatory Department of CCM.

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Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies

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