CSO Announces Program Changes and Additions to May 10-12, 2024 Performances with Music Director Louis Langrée
Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2 and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Replace Stravinsky’s The Firebird
Additions to the Saturday, May 11, 2024 Performance to Include a
Free Post-Concert Reception in Celebration of Louis Langrée and a Free Livestream of the Concert
CINCINNATI, OH (November 22, 2023)—The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has announced a program change for its May 10-12, 2024 performances with Louis Langrée, his final appearance as Music Director of the CSO. Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 have replaced the Stravinsky Firebird collaboration with Janni Younge Productions, which will be rescheduled to a future season with Langrée as Music Director Laureate. Anthony Davis’ new orchestral song cycle, featuring soprano Latonia Moore, will remain on the program as originally planned. The CSO has also announced a free post-concert reception in celebration of Langrée as well as an addition to its free Live from Music Hall Digital Concert Series for the season, both scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2024.
“I look forward to collaborating with Janni Younge in the future,” says Langrée.
“The team of Firebird and I are excited to bring this work to your beautiful venue and look forward to our creative collaboration,” said Younge.
In the new program, Langrée and the CSO will pay tribute to high-water mark moments from Langrée’s tenure as Music Director of the Orchestra. Grammy Award-winning soprano Latonia Moore will join Langrée and the CSO for the world premiere of a new orchestral song cycle by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis, whose piece You Have the Right to Remain Silent profoundly impacted Langrée when it was prepared for digital release at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and catalyzed subsequent performances across the country. The program also includes Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, a work that Langrée and the Orchestra performed on tour in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai in 2017; Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2, which was last performed with Langrée in 2015 as part of that season’s One City, One Symphony initiative; and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which was part of an all-French program that opened the Orchestra’s 2018-19 season at the newly renovated Music Hall.
“These concerts will be a celebration,” says Langrée. “My tenure in Cincinnati has been one of the most fulfilling achievements of my life. Together, we have innovated and rediscovered the traditional, and this program is no different. The pieces on the program allow the musicians of this Orchestra to shine. Join us, it will be a great party!”
The updated concert listing follows:
LOUIS’ GRAND FINALE
Friday, May 10, 2024, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 2024, 7:30pm (FREE post-concert reception with reservation; FREE livestream)
Sunday, May 12, 2024, 2:00pm
Louis Langrée, conductor
Latonia Moore, soprano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2
Anthony Davis: New Orchestral Song Cycle (CSO Commission, World Premiere)
Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
TICKET INFORMATION & FREE POST-CONCERT RECEPTION
All previously issued tickets to Stravinsky’s Firebird will be accepted for the program on May 10-12, 2024.
In addition, ticketholders to the Saturday, May 11, 2024 performance are invited to a free post-concert reception to celebrate with Louis Langrée as the CSO honors his 11-year tenure as Music Director of the Orchestra. The event will be held in the Music Hall Ballroom immediately following the Saturday concert and will include light hors d’oeuvres as well as a cash bar. Reservations are required.
Audience members interested in attending the reception must have a ticket to the Saturday performance of the concert. Tickets can be purchased through the CSO Box Office or online at cincinnatisymphony.org; subscribers may exchange their tickets into this performance. In January, Saturday performance ticketholders will receive more information about how to make reservations for the post-concert reception.
FREE LIVE FROM MUSIC HALL DIGITAL CONCERT
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Louis Langrée catalyzed the Orchestra’s return to the stage in the fall of 2020 with a series of digitally streamed concerts. Since then, the Orchestra and May Festival have produced and streamed 33 full-length concerts on YouTube and Facebook, reaching over two million viewers and creating a global community of virtual concertgoers.
In honor of Langrée’s contributions to the Orchestra’s digital innovation and to share his final concert as Music Director of the CSO more broadly, the Saturday, May 11, 2024 performance has been added to the Orchestra’s 2023-24 Live from Music Hall Digital Concert Series and will be livestreamed for free on the CSO’s YouTube channel. Following the digital premiere, the concert will also be free and accessible to the general public for seven days; subscribers and donors will receive extended viewing privileges in the CSO and Pops On Demand portal.