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2016 Season Highlights

  • Elgar’s Enigma Variations (January 22 and 23): Electrifying percussionist Colin Currie returns to the CSO to perform works written specifically for him by American composer Julia Wolfe. And don’t expect him to stick to the drums—these works have him slapping his chest, stomping his feet, and banging on found objects for a “street percussion” sound.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody (February 25 and 27): Conrad Tao, a pianist deemed “furiously talented” by the New York Times, breathes life into Rachmaninoff’s varied Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Bookending that performance are Cinq Études-tableaux and The Bells, an interpretation of Poe’s poem of the same title that will feature the May Festival Chorus.
  • Stories in Concert – Berg Violin Concerto (March 13): CSO Music Director Louis Langrée has some stories to tell. While he casts light on Berg’s life and inspiration, the orchestra will play illustrative snippets of his works. Then it will launch into a full-fledged performance of Berg’s celebrated Violin Concerto, capping off the night with Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz.
  • Latin Passion (April 8 and 9): Flamenco dancing, giant orchestral swells, and the fierce direction of conductor Juanjo Mena combine to conjure Falla’s La vida breve. Afterward, the spritely Spanish guitar of Pablo Villegas will color Rodrigo’s bright and lovely Fantasia for a Gentleman.
  • Beethoven’s Eroica (May 13 and 14): This is one of the final concerts the CSO will perform at Cincinnati Music Hall before scraping the old quarter notes off the ceiling and beginning renovations. Inspired by the French Revolution, Beethoven originally dedicated his ambitious yet melodically accessible Eroica Symphony to Napoleon. But when that hero of the people became a tyrant, the composer erased his name from the manuscript, declaring, “He’s just a rascal like all the others.”

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About 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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