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Choose from eight weekends, including evenings with composer John Adams and acclaimed violinists Joshua Bell and Leila Josefowicz

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The Season

  • Gustav Holst—The Planets (February 19–22): The seven movements of this grand piece are named for different bodies in the solar system, and nod to the planets’ supposed astrological effects—from the sinister, bellicose strains of “Mars” to the ethereal melody of “Neptune.”
  • Paavo and Piano Power (February 27–28): Paavo Järvi, the CSO’s Music Director Laureate, conducts Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.
  • MusicNOW (March 13–14): Each concert premiers a different array of new and contemporary works, including world premiers from award-winning composers Daníel Bjarnason and Caroline Shaw.
  • Beethoven and Barber of Seville (March 20–21): The overture to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opens the program, followed by Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 and Turnia’s Theme and Variations for Harp and Orchestra. Then, Respighi’s Roman Festivals imagines the ancient celebrations and rituals of Rome.
  • Pines of Rome (April 17–18): The orchestra continues its exploration of Respighi’s Roman trilogy with the title piece. Earlier in the evening, composer John Adams conducts his own Scheherazarde.2, which highlights the “gleaming sound and supple technique” (New York Times) of violinist Leila Josefowicz. Liadov’s Enchanted Lake and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances round out the program.
  • Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 4 (April 24–25): The quiet notes of a piano open Beethoven’s first movement, later blending with the orchestra as it weaves in and out of the limelight. The program also features Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture and Vaughan Williams’ 1947 Symphony No. 6, whose opening blasts of brass evoke the sound of bombs over London.
  • Joshua Bell Returns (May 7 and 9): The evening’s solo violinist is a CSO favorite renowned for his lyrical touch. He’ll take the lead on Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11.
  • Louis Conducts Scheherazade (May 15–16): Louis Langrée leads not only Scheherazade—Rimsky-Korsakov’s retelling of 1,001 Arabian Nights—but also Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor and Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time.

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.

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