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2018-19 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS


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YOUR MUSIC HALL EXPERIENCE

Prepare to be transported by the beauty, grandeur and glory of Music Hall, renewed and transformed with updated audience amenities to make your concert experience sing. With new comfortable seats, increased legroom, improved sightlines and accessibility, and richer, more evenly distributed acoustics, your concert experience will be more intimate, comfortable and satisfying than ever before.

Music Hall’s historic character has been enhanced—and in some cases, revealed again. The building’s grand façade will be more inviting, as bricked-in windows are opened up upon their original state to bathe the building in natural light and cast up a view to beautiful Washington Park across the street. Architectural details such as original windows, coved ceilings and historic stenciling have been rediscovered and restored. In Music Hall you will find a delicate blend of the familiar and the surprising—the building you love, and the building that will take your breath away.


LOUIS LANGRÉE’S BEETHOVEN REVOLUTION

“Beethoven started a musical revolution that pushed the boundaries of orchestral music and opened a world of musical possibilities.” —Louis Langrée.

While Beethoven’s music is essential today, much of it was considered revolutionary in its time. We continue this three-year exploration of all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Second, Third and Ninth—and pair them with works that are modern mirrors for Beethoven’s influence or set the stage to hear Beethoven's works in a new way.

 

FRIDAY ORANGE

Three Friday evenings include guest-curated experiences taking place pre-concert and during intermission, to illuminate the music and make your concert experience surprising and different. 

 

COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE

The CSO welcomes its first-ever Composer-in-Residence, Jonathan Bailey Holland whose world premiere commission for chorus and orchestra opens the One City performances NOV 9-10. This is Jonathan’s fifth piece commissioned by the CSO and will be a response to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  Mr. Holland, whose Stories of Home premiered at Music Hall’s Grand Opening performances this past October, will have a presence in Cincinnati throughout the season and participate in community engagement activities. Halcyon Sun, another CSO commission, will be performed MAR 30-31.

 

CSO MUSICIANS TAKE CENTER STAGE

During the 2018-19 season, six members of the Orchestra are featured in prominent solos. Principal Oboe Dwight Parry and Principal Harp Gillian Benet Sella perform on the September 22 season-opening gala concert; Principal Violist Christian Colberg performs his own Viola Concerto OCT 20-21, and is featured along with Principal Cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn in Strauss’ Don Quixote; Principal Flute Randolph Bowman is highlighted in Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 JAN 11-12; and Principal Trumpet Robert Sullivan is featured in Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra FEB 1-2.

 

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Louis Langrée conducts the CSO in the new critical edition of Gerswhin’s An American in Paris—a repeat performance of its world premiere given by Louis and the CSO in Paris during the CSO’s European Festivals Tour in 2017.“Conducting the world premiere of this new critical edition…was one of the highlights of my musical life and I am thrilled to bring this great American work home to Cincinnati,” said Louis.  The concert program closes with Varèse’s Amériques.