Whether you are going to an afternoon matinee or an evening concert, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is bringing Summermusik, the region’s newest music festival, to a venue near you. 

“It’s held during a time when a lot of music and art organizations are not performing. We are filling the gap,” says Kelly Kuo, interim music director of the nearly 30-musician Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. 

A series of 13 events spread out over 20 days, Summermusik encompasses three different concert experiences: the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concerts, A Little Afternoon Musik gatherings and the Chamber Crawl performances. 

“The performances range from intimate gatherings designed for those who want to be closer to the musicians to traditional concerts,” he says. 

For example, for each of the Chamber Crawl performances, the CCO is aiming for 40-70 attendees, depending on the size of the venue. “The intimacy of the venue feels like the musicians are performing just for you,” says Kuo. 

During the CCO concerts, attendees can enjoy the full concert experience with performances by coloratura soprano Sarah Coburn, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, double bassist DaXun Zhang and jazz artists like the Faux Frenchmen conductor Karina Canellakis.

“You have to actually hear [DaXun Zhang] to believe he’s playing double bass,” says Kuo. 

As an added bonus to the CCO concerts, Kuo will be hosting “Prelude Talks” in the Mayerson Theater before the 8 p.m. concerts that mix humor and history in a video, audio and slideshow presentation about the composer and the evening’s musical choice. 

“There is a duty to know about the composer and why it was composed,” says Kuo. 

CCO concerts will be held at the School for Creative and Performing Arts Corbett Theater. 

One of the new parts of Summermusik is the A Little Afternoon Musik, which will be held Sundays in venues like the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Werner Recital Hall, the Mercantile Library and Unwind Bar in Hyde Park. There will be performances by 2015 National Chopin Competition winner Eric Lu; a trio-performance from Kelly Kuo on the piano, the CCO string quartet and soprano Sarah Coburn; and the CCO woodwinds. 

Also, new to Summermusik are Chamber Crawl performances to be held in bars and restaurants in the Tristate area. 

Attendees can relax and grab a drink while listening to the talents of CCO musicians as they perform classical pieces, Beatles songs and more. 

Kuo says that the ability to have an alcoholic beverage while listening to the music of the CCO and its guest performers is a highlight and that some of the events will have a drink specially made to go with the performance. “Everyone hopes that this festival will ensure the longevity of the organization,” he says. 

Summermusik kicks off Aug. 15 with an opening night concert called “The Food of Love,” which is a play off of Shakespeare’s quote from the play Twelfth Night. For more information, visit ccocincinnati.org or call 513-723-1182.