Orchestral concert riders mandate adequate supplies of performance necessities like trumpet valve oil, emergency harp string replacements, and bags of Cooler Ranch 3D Doritos. Reap the auditory benefits of happy musicians with today’s Groupon: for $54, you get a ticket to three shows of your choice at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s for the 2010-2011 season.
For over two centuries, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has regaled eager ears of all ages with professional symphonic sounds and high quality musical performances. Grammy Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi bids adieu to his much beloved orchestra in this, his final season, which boasts an impressive performance listing of classical favorites by Handel, Tchaikovsky, and more. Notable talents featured this season include Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn plucking the strings of her small, wooden, hourglass-shaped guitar to Mozart, and André Watts skillfully tickling, and then impassionedly smashing, his Beethoven-tuned ivories. For casual listeners looking to venture deeper into the wilds of frontier symphony orchestra territory, the CSO provides an interactive collection quiz that helps visitors choose the musical program best suited to their ear canal proclivities. Performances are held in acoustically gifted Music Hall, with full-view seating in Gallery D.
Because classical music is a dish best served alongside edible dishes, Thursday evening performances include a free dinner buffet starting at 6:15 p.m. designed to sate talkative tongues and prevent inappropriately timed Stravinsky sing-alongs.
- As if it had been [Music Director Paavo Järvi's] goal throughout, he poured all of his ardor into the final melody, then charged lickety-split to the end. Bear hugs, bravos and a standing ovation followed… – Mary Ellyn Hutton, Enquirer
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1895, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra—under the direction of Louis Langrée—has matured into one of the nation's melodic heavyweights. Not only was the ensemble the first American orchestra to tour the world, backed by the US Department of State, it also hit the road stateside, playing Carnegie Hall 47 times since 1917. With such an enormous history, it's no surprise that some of classical music's biggest names are associated with the institution. It has housed famous conductors such as Leopold Stokowski and Max Rudolf, and has premiered the works of Debussy, Mahler, Ravel, and Bartók. It's not only responsible for introducing Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait to audiences, it also commissioned his Fanfare for the Common Man into existence. Attracting only the finest players from Ohio and around the world to its stable of musicians, the orchestra continues its second century as an ambassador of symphonic culture.