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Beethoven + Bartók

January 27 - 28

Over three seasons, Louis Langrée and the CSO will explore all of Beethoven’s groundbreaking symphonies—paired with pieces that cast light on his genius. Beethoven’s influence is reflected in Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a masterful showcase for individual musicians as well as the ensemble. And while you may not be familiar with the music of Koussevitzky, his Double Bass Concerto, featuring CSO principal bassist Owen Lee, conjures pure Russian romance.

Juanjo Mena Conducts The Leningrad

February 02 - 03

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

Spanish conducting sensation Juanjo Mena, the recently appointed Principal Conductor of the May Festival, leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, Leningrad. Written in 1941 in passionate response to oppression and censorship, it remains one of the composer’s most enduring and powerful works. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes performs Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 21—known as the Elvira Madigan, this majestic work will be familiar to audiences.

Ravel's La Valse

February 16 - 17

Refresh your Valentine’s Day with Ravel’s wheeling La Valse, a whirling dervish of a waltz. The drama and delight continue with Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major, in the masterful hands of pianist Jeffrey Kahane, as well as scenes from Stravinsky’s ballet The Fairy’s Kiss(based on Hans Christian Anderson’s tale The Ice Maiden).

CSO's Concertos for Orchestra Recording Earns Two Grammy Nominations

The Recording Academy announced nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards, which included two nominations for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) recording, Concertos for Orchestra.

Q&A with Owen Lee

Fanfare Cincinnati: Tell us about your history with the Koussevitzky concerto. What does this piece have to offer?

Owen Lee: Koussevitzky was one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. 

Symphony Cast - Lang Lang with the CSO

This week's edition of SymphonyCast, enjoyed by radio listeners across the country, features Lang Lang - 郎朗 and the CSO. Louis conducts Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2.

Music Comes Home

This October, #MusicComesHome. Join us back at the renovated Music Hall for this historic season!

Video by Drive Media House

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