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 Louis Langrée leads Orchestra during critical transition period during Music Hall’s long-awaited renovation  Returning guest artists include Hilary Hahn, Branford Marsalis, Gil Shaham, Jennifer Koh, Edo de Waart  Three-year Pelléas Trilogy collaboration continues with James Darrah  Widely celebrated One City, One Symphony initiative returns with theme of “Home” and world premiere of symphony by Cincinnati composer  MusicNOW Festival collaboration will continue to develop multi-genre inspiration  Continuation of two-year Brahms Festival dives into composer’s work and inspiration

CINCINNATI, OH – For his fourth season as Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony

Orchestra (CSO), Louis Langrée has curated a subscription season tailor-made for Downtown Cincinnati’s historic Taft Theatre, the CSO’s “home away from home” while Cincinnati Music Hall undergoes a major renovation during the 2016-17 season. (The CSO will return to the renovated Music Hall for the 2017-18 season.) The star-studded season is a testament to the Orchestra’s steadfast commitment to innovation and extraordinary artistry. “Looking at this season and the excellent, intimate acoustic space that the Taft Theatre provides, I wanted to program concerts that not only catered to this venue, but also to the Orchestra’s strengths,” said Mr. Langrée. “In addition to the Brahms, Strauss, Beethoven and Mahler repertoire that the CSO commands with such authenticity, this season really lends itself well to the breadth of repertoire ranging from Baroque masters to music being written today. I am also thrilled to welcome back so many friends of the CSO who will help make this one of our most inspiring seasons yet.” “We have invested over $3 million in improvements to the Taft Theatre since 2011 and have made additional, significant investments in the concert experience at the Taft for the coming season thanks to generous support from donors,” said CSO President Trey Devey. “With concerts that include the best artists performing today, the continuation of the groundbreaking Pelléas Trilogy, free parking for subscribers and much more, I am confident this will be one of the most spectacular seasons in the history of the CSO.” -more-

-2Robust List of Guest Artists Brings International Stars to Downtown Cincinnati The CSO helps put Cincinnati on the global cultural map by regularly hosting some of the most famous and admired musicians on the planet for performances. This year, cellist YoYo Ma, pianist Lang Lang and violinist Itzhak Perlman headline a season full of the world’s most in-demand guest artists. Each of the three aforementioned stars will perform one-night-only non-subscription concerts with the CSO and Louis Langrée during the 2016-17 season (Lang Lang on Wednesday, Sept. 21, Yo-Yo Ma on Friday, Oct. 28, and Itzhak Perlman on Tuesday, April 18, 2017). Subscribers to ten or more concerts will receive one of these concerts (of their choosing) free with their subscriptions on a first-come, firstserved basis. The repertoire for these performances will be announced at a later date. The subscription season begins Sept. 8 & 10 with revered pianist Emanuel Ax performing Beethoven’s beloved “Emperor” Concerto. Mr. Langrée also conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony on this program. Violinist Hilary Hahn returns to the CSO’s stage with Mr. Langrée Sept. 23-24, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto following the Orchestra’s performance of Schumann’s Fourth Symphony. Another violin legend, Gil Shaham, brings his strong artistry to the Taft Theatre on Oct. 7-8 to perform Mendelssohn’s richly romantic Violin Concerto. Neeme Järvi, one of today’s most highly respected conductors and father of CSO Music Director Laureate Paavo Järvi, leads the program, which also includes Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. On Oct. 27 & 29, the CSO will be joined by guest conductor (and Principal Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic) Juanjo Mena, whose previous performances with the CSO have earned rave reviews by critics and audiences, and the May Festival Chorus for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Music Director and founder of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Ton Koopman makes his CSO debut Nov. 11-13 in an all-Baroque program featuring Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 1 and Royal Fireworks Music and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Orchestral Suite No. 3, from which the famous “Air on the G String” is frequently excerpted. -more-

-3Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year (2015), Jennifer Koh, performs Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto Nov. 18-19. Rising Finnish conductor and Principal Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Santtu-Matias Rouvali leads this program reflective of his homeland, which also includes Sibelius’ Sixth and Seventh Symphonies and Smetana’s hugely popular “Moldau” from Má vlast. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and guest conductor John Storgårds (Principal Guest Conductor of Ottawa’s National Art Centre Orchestra) return Jan. 27-28, 2017 for Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Nielson’s Fourth Symphony (The Inextinguishable) and Schumann’s Manfred Overture. The distinguished Dutch conductor, and former Music Director of such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic among many others, Edo de Waart returns to the CSO Feb. 3-4, 2017, leading Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony and Schreker’s Prelude to Die Gezeichneten (“The Branded”). As one of the most revered conductors performing today, Mr. de Waart’s strong presence on the podium has gained the reputation of drawing unmatched sound out of top orchestras around the globe. The program also features the CSO’s own principal oboist Dwight Parry as soloist for Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto. Pianists and sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque return Mar. 3-4, 2017 to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. This Stravinsky-Mozart program led by Mr. Langrée includes Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Concerto in D (“Basel”) for string instruments and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. On Mar. 9, 11-12, 2017 pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk returns to perform Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. Mr. Gavrylyuk’s previous performances with the CSO—which include a tour to Lincoln Center—have earned glowing reviews. “The performances were feisty, colorful and well played” (The New York Times). Mr. Langrée leads this program which also includes Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2. (Photo credit: Richard Termine) Mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and one of the world’s foremost tenors (and graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) Stuart Skelton join the CSO for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) on Apr. 21-22, 2017. Mr. Langrée also conducts Schubert’s moving Symphony No. 4. On May 4 & 6, 2017 violinist Midori, a favorite guest of Cincinnati audiences, performs Britten’s Violin Concerto. Former CSO Associate Conductor Robert Treviño returns to the CSO’s podium also leading Ligeti’s Concert Românesc and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra (“Also spoke Zarathustra”). -more-

-4The CSO’s season at the Taft Theatre closes May 12-13, 2017 with Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite (1919 Version), led by guest conductor and Principal Conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra Gilbert Varga in his CSO debut. Also on the program is Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Anna Vinnitskaya, as well as Bartók’s Two Portraits (Op. 5) and Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2. Pelleas Trilogy Collaboration with James Darrah Continues In October 2015, the CSO launched a threeyear groundbreaking new collaboration with director/curator James Darrah and projection designer Adam Larsen. The first installment, which included stunning dance videography choreographed to Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande, was heralded as “a work of art like no other” (Cincinnati Enquirer). On Sept. 30Oct. 1, 2016, the trilogy continues, this year set to incorporate powerful spoken word elements with the theme of “water” with Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande. The collaboration will reach a conclusion in fall of 2017, in one of the first weeks of the CSO’s return to a newly-renovated Music Hall, with a full-scale production in partnership with Cincinnati Opera of Debussy’s operatic telling of the same story. One City, One Symphony: Home The CSO’s One City, One Symphony initiative, the goal of which is to forge deep community relationships and foster city-wide dialogue, has become a model for other arts institutions around the country. In the fall of 2016, the Orchestra continues this initiative, this time exploring the theme of “Home.” In support of Greater Cincinnati’s collective objective of retaining residents in the region, the CSO will again host neighborhood listening parties and other events leading up to concerts on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 2526. This all-American concert program, led by Mr. Langrée, will feature saxophonist Branford Marsalis performing John Williams’ Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra derived from the film, Catch Me If You Can. Also on the program is the world premiere symphony by composer and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty member Michael Fiday, as well as Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Copland’s music from the film Our Town and Suite from The Tender Land.


-5MusicNOW Festival Returns for fourth season The CSO’s collaboration with MusicNOW, Cincinnati’s premier new music festival, began in March 2014 and continues to stretch the conventions of orchestral music. Mr. Langrée and the Festival’s Artistic Director, Bryce Dessner, engage some of the most exciting musicians who straddle the line between musical genres. The CSO’s portion of the 2017 MusicNOW Festival will be conducted by Matthias Pintscher on Jan. 13-14, 2017. In addition to being a composer and conductor, Mr. Pintscher is also the Music Director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, the enterprising Parisbased new music ensemble founded by Pierre Boulez. Further details of the 2017 MusicNOW Festival will be announced at a later date. Brahms Fest continues “Brahms was composing his symphonies at the same time Over-the-Rhine was built,” said Mr. Langrée. “OTR is a romantic place, as its soul resists the industrialization of that time. Although people came to the new world for the opportunities industry provided, people needed art and spirituality, the heart and soul of home more than ever. So they built their temple for music—Music Hall—in the middle of that district.” The CSO’s Brahms Fest, which begins during the 2015-16 season, continues in the 2016-17 season. On Jan. 5 & 7, 2017, Mr. Langrée conducts the composer’s striking Fourth Symphony in a program that also features Bach’s Cantata No. 150 (with the May Festival Chamber Choir) and Webern’s Passacaglia. Brahms Fest concludes Apr. 14-15, 2017 when Mr. Langrée conducts the composers Third Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 2 with acclaimed soloist Hélène Grimaud. Other Concerts and Special Events On Friday, Sept. 9, the CSO will host its annual Season Opening Gala, the details of which will be announced at a later date. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, folk rock duo Over the Rhine will perform a special Christmas concert with the Pops, and on Friday, Dec. 23, the Pops will perform Polar Express with the film in synch with live orchestra. The Orchestra will also again perform its annual New Year’s Eve concert. Subscribers who add New Year’s Eve to their subscription by April 1, 2016 will have the opportunity to take advantage of a discount package with 21c Museum Hotel. Classical Roots returns Friday, May 5, 2017, this time moving from Music Hall to Crossroads Church in Oakley. The Orchestra also performs three Lollipops Family Concerts each season, geared towards children ages 2-10 and their families. For the 2016-17 season, these concerts will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 and Saturday, June 10, 2017. Information About the Taft Theatre In order to select a venue for the season away from Music Hall, the CSO undertook a comprehensive analysis of all possible options. The Taft Theatre was selected for its wonderful historic characteristics, including its neo-classical/art deco architecture, its history as a performance venue for important classical artists (Vladimir Horowitz, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Fritz Kreisler and other legends have performed in unamplified recitals here), and its proximity to downtown amenities and to Music Hall. Also importantly, it allows the CSO to perform in one venue for entire 2016-17 season. -more-

-6“When faced with some time away from their home venue during periods of renovation, many orchestras are left playing in sub-par venues that just barely meet their needs. The CSO is incredibly fortunate to have access to the Taft Theatre as its ‘home away from home’ during the 2016-17 season,” said Mr. Langrée. “The new expertly crafted acoustic shell has transformed this Theatre into an extraordinary place to perform. The acoustics are excellent, and the Orchestra’s sound is remarkably cohesive and intimate in this space. We’re also incredibly fortunate to be able to perform in the same venue throughout the entire season, which will allow the Orchestra to continue to develop its signature sound.” As part of a $3.2 million renovation in 2011, the CSO integrated 21st-century comfort while returning the historic ambiance and character of Cincinnati’s downtown gem. The renovation included new custom seating, the addition of air conditioning, and fully renovated restroom facilities that tripled the women’s restroom capacity and doubled the men’s capacity. The Orchestra remains committed to providing unparalleled concert experiences for audiences at the Taft Theatre. Cincinnati’s Own The CSO also performs as the Cincinnati Pops under John Morris Russell (Pops season to be announced in February) and continues to serve as the official orchestra for the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati World Piano Competition, elevating the City’s rich cultural offerings. In addition, the CSO performs dozens of Young People’s Concerts and other community concerts both at Music Hall and throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. Subscription and Ticket Information Subscription packages go on sale beginning Friday, January 15, 2016. Subscribers who purchase ten or more concerts receive either the Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma or Itzhak Perlman concert free on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers receive the best seating at the best pricing, along with other benefits including free guaranteed parking generously donated by Western & Southern Financial Group and free unlimited ticket exchanges, among various other exclusive benefits. Most importantly, subscribers to both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season also receive priority seating both at the Taft Theatre and the newly-renovated Music Hall during the 2017-18 season. Subscribers who are unable to attend performances at the Taft Theatre for any reason are encouraged to renew their subscriptions for the 2016-17 season and donate their tickets back to the Orchestra for a tax credit, and thus maintain seating priority for the 2017-18 season at Music Hall. -more-

-7Single tickets for the subscription series go on sale to the general public August 1, 2016. Single tickets for Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman go on sale to the general public June 1, 2016. Subscription packages start at $60 while single tickets will start at $12 for most concerts. The CSO is grateful to Masterworks Series Sponsor U.S. Bank, Ascent Series Sponsor Paycor and Boundless Series Sponsor Macy’s. The appearances of Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman is made possible by a generous gift from The Harold C. Schott Foundation. The Pelléas Trilogy Act II: Water collaboration is supported by Ginger and David W. Warner. Free guaranteed parking for subscribers is made possible compliments of Western & Southern Financial Group. About Louis Langrée The French conductor Louis Langrée is Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg and Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. He has worked with many other orchestras around the world including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Philharmoniker, NHK Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Sao Paulo, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Budapest Festival orchestras. Festival appearances have included Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozartwoche and Whitsun, BBC Proms and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has held positions as Music Director of the Orchestre de Picardie (1993-98) and Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (2001-06). Louis Langrée’s recordings have received several awards from Gramophone and Midem Classical. He was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2006 and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2014. About the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra The CSO is one of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles. With a determination for greatness and a rich tradition that dates back over 120 years, the internationally acclaimed CSO has performed the American premieres of works by the likes of Debussy, Mahler, Ravel and Bartók, and commissioned important compositions that have since become mainstays of the classical repertoire including Aaron Copland’s iconic Fanfare for the Common Man. With new commissions and groundbreaking initiatives like LUMENOCITY, One City, One Symphony, and the MusicNOW Festival collaboration, the Orchestra is committed to being a place of experimentation. As Cincinnati’s ambassador, the Orchestra has toured extensively and sold millions of recordings around the globe, and as Cincinnati’s own, the Orchestra elevates the City’s vibrant cultural scene not only through CSO and Cincinnati Pops performances, but also by serving as the official orchestra for the Cincinnati Ballet, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati World Piano Competition.


-8The CSO gratefully acknowledges support from the following:

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