19/20 CSO Full Season

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AT THE SUMMIT: Strauss + Dessner

Fri Sep 20, 2019 | 11:00 am

Sat Sep 21, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Katia & Marielle Labèque, pianos

 

Richard Strauss’ last orchestral odyssey leads us to the summit of experience and music from Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner takes us home. Learn more.

ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER PLAYS BEETHOVEN

Sat Sep 28, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Sun Sep 29, 2019 | 2:00 pm

Eun Sun Kim, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

 

One of the world's most sought-after violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Beethoven’s beloved Violin Concerto as we celebrate the composer's 250th birthday. Learn more.

UNLIMITED COLOR: Bolero + Rouse Premiere

Fri Oct 18, 2019 | 11:00 am

Sat Oct 19, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Guy Braunstein, violin, artist-in-residence

 

Ravel's Bolero and the birth of a new symphony by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse. Learn more.

DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

Fri Oct 25, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Sat Oct 26, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

 

Dvořák muses on styles from America, blending Old and New Worlds. Learn more.

PETROUCHKA + TCHAIKOVSKY

Fri Nov 8, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Sat Nov 9, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

 

Gil Shaham plays Tchaikovsky’s remarkable Violin Concerto and Stravinsky pulls the strings on Petrouchka. Learn more.

AMERICAN LIFE

Fri Nov 15, 2019 | 11:00 am

Sat Nov 16, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, piano

 

The CSO follows the thread of great African American composers. Learn more.

CSO PROOF: AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

Fri Nov 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Timo Andres, curator, composer and pianist

Andre de Ridder, conductor

John Heginbotham, choreographer

Inbal Segev, cellist

We hold up a mirror to ourselves and explore American musical identity. Learn More.

WINTER DAYDREAMS: Tchaikovsky and Schumann

Sat Nov 30, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Sun Dec 1, 2019 | 2:00 pm

James Conlon, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano

 

May Festival Music Director Laureate James Conlon leads a lavishly expressive program this Thanksgiving weekend. Learn more.

SCHUMANN'S PARADISE

Fri Dec 6, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Sat Dec 7, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor
Miah Persson, soprano
May Festival Chorus

 

A fallen angel makes three sacred attempts at the gates of heaven. Learn more.

RENÉE FLEMING AND RACHMANINOFF

Fri Jan 10, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Sat Jan 11, 2020 | 7:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano
Behzod Abduraimov, piano

 

The most beloved soprano of our time, Renée Fleming, brings her incredible artistry to the CSO with two different programs across two evenings. Learn more.

125th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Sat Jan 18, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Sun Jan 19, 2020 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano
Vadym Kholodenko, piano

Tal Rosner, video artist

May Festival Chorus

 

Celebrate with us as the CSO ignites spark of creativity. George Gershwin takes the stage and Music Hall gets loud with color. Learn more.

SCHUBERT'S THE GREAT

Fri Jan 24, 2020 | 11:00 am

Sat Jan 25, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Simone Young, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello

 

Encounter Schubert’s once-lost masterpiece, a cornerstone of orchestral music. Learn more.

CSO PROOF: SINGULIS ET SIMUL

Wed Jan 29, 2020 | 7:30 pm

Frédéric Nauczyciel, curator

Keitaro Harada, conductor

House of HMU

Baroque music meets vogue ballroom culture. "Be oneself, together." Learn More.

PLAY OF LIGHT: Ravel's Enchantment

Fri Feb 7, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Sat Feb 8, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
In collaboration with CCM

 

Louis Langrée conducts Ravel’s fantastical story—a fully staged production that blooms with illustrated animations and imagination, starring Isabel Leonard in her Grammy-winning role as "the child." Learn more.

BEETHOVEN AKADEMIE 1808

Sat Feb 29, 2020 | 4:00 pm

Sun Mar 1, 2020 | 2:30 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano
May Festival Chorus

Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

 

Louis Langrée leads the CSO in a recreation of Beethoven’s legendary 1808 Akademie concert, a once-in-a-lifetime Beethoven experience. Learn more.

CLASSICAL ROOTS 2020

Fri Mar 6, 2020 | 7:30 pm

John Morris Russell, conductor
Classical Roots Choir

 

Our community comes together to celebrate the rich and diverse African American musical experience. This is what joy and inspiration sound like!

HANDEL IN ROME: The Delirium of Love

Fri Mar 13, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Sat Mar 14, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Jonathan Cohen, conductor
Thomas Dunford, lute
Joélle Harvey, soprano

 

Revel in music by Handel and Venetian master Vivaldi in a program of Italian-inspired Baroque music. Learn more.

MANNY AND MOZART

Fri Mar 27, 2020 | 11:00 am

Sat Mar 28, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

 

Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax is an ideal interpreter of the Mozart concerto that Beethoven and Brahms admired and performed. Learn more.

BEETHOVEN NO. 8 + Sō PERCUSSION

Fri Apr 3, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Sat Apr 4, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Sō Percussion

 

Musical futurists Sō Percussion return and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 follows the mystery of creation. Learn more.

RACHMANINOFF AND PROKOFIEV

Fri Apr 17, 2020 | 11:00 am

Sat Apr 18, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Xian Zhang, conductor
Sergio Tiempo, piano

 

Rachmaninoff’s immensely popular Rhapsody pairs with Prokofiev’s heroic Fifth Symphony. Learn more.

CSO PROOF: SURREALIST EL TROPICAL

Wed Apr 22, 2020 | 7:30 pm

Rosie Herrera, curator and choreographer

Clyde Scott, video designer

Luke Kritzeck, lighting designer

Fellini stumbles down an alley in old Havana, and music washes over him like a primordial soup of neon and tropical heat. Learn More.

TRANSFIGURED NIGHT

Sat Apr 25, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Sun Apr 26, 2020 | 2:00 pm

Guy Braunstein, conductor, violin, artist-in-residence

 

Artist-in-residence Guy Braunstein both conducts and performs as violin soloist in a program that pulls music from thin air. Learn more.

MOZART'S PARIS

Fri May 8, 2020 | 11:00 am

Sat May 9, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Philippe Bernold, flute
Emmanual Ceysson, harp

 

Outsiders Mozart and Gluck imbibe and reinvent the music of France. Learn more.

SEASON FINALE: MAHLER 3 + ADOLPHE PREMIERE

Sat May 16, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Sun May 17, 2020 | 2:00 pm

Louis Langrée, conductor

Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
Women of the May Festival Chorus
Cincinnati Boychoir

 

Mahler puts his ears to the world and hears a symphony as big as dreams. Learn more.

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