Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season
Cincinnati, OH -- Coming off the acclaimed and wildly popular LumenoCity event in August and the first half of Louis Langrée's blockbuster inaugural season as Music Director, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is positioned for an extraordinary 2014-15 season that will not only feature musical performances at the highest level, but also continue the Orchestra's focus on groundbreaking initiatives and collaborations that have garnered international attention. The CSO's 2014-15 season includes 20 subscription programs and reinforces Cincinnati's position as a richly diverse cultural destination in the United States.
"I am so honored to be Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and to be part of the vibrant Cincinnati community," said Mr. Langrée. "Our musical exploration together has just begun and we have much to look forward to in the 2014-15 season."
Kicking off the Orchestra's 2014-15 season is the highly anticipated return of pianist Lang Lang, who served as a CSO Creative Director during the 2011-12 season. He returns on Saturday, September 13, 2014 for the Opening Night Gala performance. Mr. Langrée will conduct the all-Beethoven program which includes the composer's Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 7.
The details of the gala event surrounding this concert will be announced at a later date. Lang Lang has skyrocketed to superstardom in recent years, performing to sold-out halls around the globe. Lang Lang's most recent performance with the CSO in 2012 sold out.
Mr. Langrée received a very warm Cincinnati welcome from 35,000 people from all walks of life at LumenoCity in August, and thrilled audiences again during his official inaugural concerts in November featuring Dr. Maya Angelou and eighth blackbird at Music Hall-the CSO's first back-to-back sellout in 17 years (1996). He is officially moving his residence to Cincinnati over this summer and will conduct ten subscription weeks during the 2014-15 season in addition to the season opener featuring Lang Lang for a total of 23 concerts.
The list of guest artists returning to the Music Hall stage includes some of the most popular conductors and instrumentalists from recent seasons with the CSO.Pianist Emanuel Ax last performed with the Orchestra in January 2012, and he returns September 26-27, 2014 to play Chopin's lushly romantic Piano Concerto No. 2. Internationally acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell collaborates with the world's best orchestras and ensembles, often experimenting across genres. In September 2012 he brought the audiences to its feet with Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 2, and on May 7 & 9, 2015 he returns to perform both Glazunov (Violin Concerto) and Tchaikovsky (Méditation) under the baton of Mr. Langrée, a longtime friend and collaborator of Mr. Bell's.
A favorite of Cincinnati audiences, pianist André Watts returns October 24-25, 2014 to perform the celebrated American composer Edward MacDowell's romantic Second Piano Concerto. Violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson return November 21-22, 2014 to perform the world premiere of Grammy-winning composer André Previn's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.
During the 2014-15 season, the CSO gives special focus to the dean of American composers, John Adams. Mr. Adams will conduct a program of Bartók, Lyadov, Respighi and his own work on April 17-18, 2015 in his first engagement with the CSO since 2008. Violinist Leila Josefowicz, a champion of new music and contemporary composers, returns to perform Mr. Adams' Sheherazade.2 - Symphony for Violin & Orchestra. The subscription season also opens with Mr. Langrée conducting Mr. Adams' epic Harmonielehre on September 19 and 20.
Other notable returns include the CSO's Music Director Laureate Paavo Järvi; conductors Juraj Val?uha, Andrey Boreyko, Michael Francis, Peter Oundjian, former CSO Creative Director Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Sir Roger Norrington; clarinetist Martin Fröst; violinist Simone Lamsma; pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Ingrid Fliter; cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn (the CSO's principal cellist who will perform as soloist for Schumann's Cello Concerto January 15, 17-18, 2015); and harpist Gillian Benet Sella (the CSO's principal harp who will perform Turina's Theme and Variation for Harp and Orchestra March 20-21, 2015).
The May Festival Chorus, under the direction of Robert Porco, will also perform Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms (October 9 and 11), Orff's Carmina Burana (January 15, 17 and 18, 2015) and the Women of the May Festival Chorus will perform in Holst's The Planets (February 19, 21 and 22, 2015) during the 2014-15 season.
Percussionist Martin Grubinger, "a master of the high-speed chase" (New York Times), performs with the CSO for the first time in the May 15-16, 2015 season closer. His recording projects and dynamic concerts with the world's top ensembles have made him one of the most sought-after artists on the planet. He performs Avner Dorman's Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! under the baton of Mr. Langrée.