Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CSO 2010-11: Wow, Wow, Wow!

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2010-2011 schedule. It is, easily, the most impressive lineup of CSO concerts in one season in the ten years I've lived here.

Both Janelle Gelfand and Mary Ellyn Hutton have the scoop. (A note here: until this weekend, I was unaware that Ms. Hutton, the outstanding reporter/critic formerly of the Cincinnati Post, had a site where she continues to write and blog. Griff: get a link up!) The highlights of the season include:
  • a cycle of all five Beethoven concertos;
  • five commissioned fanfares;
  • an opening weekend featuring Kathleen Battle;
  • a "farewell gala" featuring Yo-Yo Ma; and
  • Vadim Repin performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
Because Paavo will be a busy man (CSO is just one of four gigs worldwide for him in the upcoming season), Music Hall will also host a great variety of guest conductors. Since all of the guest conductors are rising stars, that may play a pivotal role in the CSO's search for post-Paavo leadership.

Paavo will conduct nine of the season's concerts. (At least, I count nine. Gelfand and Hutton both say eight, but I think they're referring to subscription series concerts, which doesn't include the Yo-Yo Ma farewell gala.)

It's a season to look forward to, and will no doubt be one to remember.

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