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CSO, two other Ohio orchestras collaborate on a ‘first’ for schools

Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Business Courier |

Three Ohio orchestras are collaborating for the first time on a new piece of music that is inspired by schoolchildren.

Members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and Columbus Symphony are recording one movement each of a new, 12-minute piece composed by Brian Raphael Nabors. The music will be played over loudspeakers or virtually to children in 229 schools in Ohio – in May.

The project is part of Mindful Music Moments, a program of the Well, a local nonprofit funded by ArtsWave. It brings classical music to schools so children can prepare their day with three minutes of calming focus. 

Students were asked for input on what kind of music they wanted to hear. Talise Wallace of Turpin High School asked for smooth and calming music. “Smooth sounds and music that flows well has helped me through the pandemic because it reminds me of a better time. It also reminds me of the hope that we as a musical community bring to the world during a pandemic,” she wrote.

Cincinnati filmmaker Asa Featherstone is documenting the process. The music is being mastered by Cincinnati Public Radio recording/master engineer Stephen Baum.

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