Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season
Conductor Kazem Abdullah debuts with the CSO on October 9 & 11, 2014. A graduate of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Mr. Abdullah previously served as the Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, during which time he worked with such esteemed conductors as Mr. Langrée, James Levine, Fabio Luisi and more. During his debut he leads the CSO and the May Festival Chorus in Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and King of the Stars, as well as Dvo?ák's Eighth Symphony.
Conductor Han-Na Chang previously performed with the CSO as cello soloist during its 2001 tour and makes her CSO conducting debut February 6-7, 2015.
The CSO's second collaboration as part of the MusicNOW Festival flaunts an exciting artist debut in Caroline Shaw, who will perform violin during the world premiere of her own work on the program.
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, known as the first "YouTube star" of classical music, has converted her Internet success into a global concert career performing at the world's most important venues. "Her essential attribute is a fevered urgency, an almost desperate desire to suck the expressive marrow from a piece," notes The Daily Telegraph. Ms. Lisitsa makes her CSO debut January 30-31, 2015 performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.
Other notable debuts include violinist Alina Ibragimova; pianists Alexander Gavrylyuk, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Igor Levit and Khatia Buniatishvili; soprano Erin Morley and baritone Matthew Worth.
Percussionist Martin Grubinger and clarinetist Martin Fröst will also serve as artists-in-residence during the 2014-15 season. These sought-after musicians will each participate in separate Cincinnati residency weeks comprised of performances, master classes, workshops, appearances and more that will benefit the community in myriad ways.
The CSO's upcoming MusicNOW Festival collaboration will undoubtedly break new ground in classical music this March, and plans are underway to continue this collaboration with the Festival's Artistic Director Bryce Dessner next season.
For the 2015 MusicNOW Festival, Mr. Langrée will conduct the CSO in two world premieres by violinist and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, as well as Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnsason. More details about the 2015 MusicNOW Festival will be announced at a later date.
"With our MusicNOW partnership, we're expanding the repertoire and introducing the CSO to new audiences," said Mr. Langrée. "This year's MusicNOW Festival will push the boundaries of concert music, and I'm thrilled to be continuing the Orchestra's collaboration with Bryce."
The CSO's wildly popular One City, One Symphony community engagement initiative returns for the 2014-15 season. This year's theme will be "heroes." Headlining the program will be Mahler's First Symphony, nicknamed Titan. Also on the program is Hymne à la justice by French composer Albéric Magnard, who died a national hero in 1914, refusing to hand over his property to German invaders. Rounding out the program is Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, written for the tragedy about ancient Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus.
A new element to the 2014 One City, One Symphony program will be a special Sunday afternoon performance on November 16 entitled "Louis' Listening Party." On the first half of the program, Mr. Langrée will explore the theme of "Heroes" in Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Titan, accompanied by musical excerpts by the Orchestra. The Orchestra will then perform the full work on the second half of the program.
The CSO will also continue to present many of the previous elements embedded in One City, One Symphony including neighborhood listening parties, listening guides, educational materials and dozens of community partnerships. More details about the entire initiative will be announced at a later date at cincinnatisymphony.org/onecity. "There's so much to discover and share in great works of music, and so much we can learn from a community conversation that is inspired by music," said Mr. Langrée. "One City, One Symphony will explore the theme of 'heroes'-people who stood up for their beliefs, or for their art. It's a theme that we can all relate to."
The CSO pays tribute to the 175th anniversary of beloved Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky during the 2014-15 season. Several of Tchaikovsky's works appear on the season including his Suite No. 3 (October 30-November 1, 2014) and Méditation for Violin performed by Joshua Bell (May 7&9, 2015). The celebration peaks on November 28-29, 2014 with an all-Tchaikovsky program conducted by Mr. Langrée that includes two of the composer's most popular works-the Piano Concerto No. 1 (with soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk) and Symphony No. 5.
In addition to the special One City, One Symphony performance on Sunday, November 16, the CSO will perform two additional Sunday afternoon concerts including Mr. Langrée conducting Carmina Burana on January 18 and Peter Oundjian conducting The Planets on February 22.
Subscription packages go on sale beginning January 10, 2014. Subscribers who purchase ten or more concerts receive the Season Opener with Lang Lang free. Single tickets go on sale August 8, 2014. Subscription packages start at $60 and subscribers enjoy a number of benefits. Single tickets will start at $12.
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