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WGUC is pleased once again to present broadcasts of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season. You can find a schedule of our broadcasts here.

Louis Conducts Beethoven 2 Louis Conducts Beethoven 2
January 9 & 10, 2015
Louis Langrée, conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

LUTOSLAWSKI: Funeral Music (In memory of Bela Bartók)
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

A soulful and affecting offering is in store this weekend, starting with Lutoslawski’s Funeral Music, which he wrote to celebrate the composer who had been an important influence on his own career. Also, pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, whose playing of Bartók’s final work, the carefree and exceptionally lovely Third Concerto, has been called “pure, unaffected delight all the way through” (San Francisco Chronicle) makes his CSO debut. The program concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, a surprisingly carefree and innocently sunny work considering that he composed it while facing the inevitability that he was going deaf. Immediately before each performance of the Symphony, a member of Ensemble Theatre will read Beethoven’s “Heiligenstadt Testament,” in which the composer expresses his profound inner struggles with his deafness.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 08, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Louis Conducts Carmina Burana Louis Conducts Carmina Burana
January 15, 17 & 18, 2015
Louis Langrée, conductor
Sarah Tynan, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Matthew Worth, baritone; Ilya Finkeysteyn, cello; May Festival Chorus; Cincinnati Children's Choir

SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto
ORFF: Carmina Burana

CSO Principal Cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn takes center stage this weekend for performances of Schumann’s Cello Concerto, a rich, romantic work filled with a beautiful lyricism perfectly suited to Mr. Finkelshteyn’s exceptional talents. Then vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra join forces for Orff’s Carmina Burana, his raucous and perennially popular depiction of love, lust, the pleasures of drinking and the heightened moods evoked by springtime.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Romantic Rachmaninoff Romantic Rachmaninoff
January 30 & 31, 2015
Michael Francis, conductor
Valentina Lisitsa, piano

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
ELGAR: Symphony No. 1

With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the Web, using digital innovation to champion classical music and performance.This weekend she’ll lend her remarkable talents to performances of the deeply romantic, soaring, richly textured—and technically demanding—“Rach 3.” Also on the program is Elgar’s extraordinary Symphony No. 1, whose premiere elicited the following review: “It is quite plain that here we have perhaps the finest masterpiece of its type that ever came from the pen of an English composer.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Pictures at an Exhibition Pictures at an Exhibition
February 6 & 7 ,2015
Han-Na Chang, conductor
Simone Lamsma, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: Romance for String Orchestra
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto
MUSSORGSKY (ARR. RAVEL): Pictures at an Exhibition

After fleeing Europe for America during World War II, Korngold made a significant impact as a Hollywood film score composer. His violin concerto, which Simone Lamsma performs with “beautiful sonority, heavenly high notes and a perfect technique (Jornal do Brasil),” was a compilation of music from his scores for Another Dawn, Juárez, Anthony Adverse and The Prince and the Pauper. The concerts close with the marvelous Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky’s whimsical and imaginative depictions of sketches and watercolors created by his recently deceased friend, Victor Hartmann.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The Planets The Planets
February 19, 21 & 22, 2015
Louis Langrée, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; Women of the May Festival Chorus

KHACHATURIAN: Waltz from Masquerade Suite
KHACHATURIAN: Piano Concerto
HOLST: The Planets

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, acclaimed the world over for his technical brilliance and pure artistry, returns to Music Hall for what will surely be unforgettable performances of Khachaturian’s virtuosic and passion-filled Piano Concerto. This follows another work of Khachaturian’s, the beloved Masquerade Waltz. Holst’s seven brilliantly scored and wildly popular portraits of the planets—from the cold brutality of Mars, the Bringer of War to the ethereal Neptune, the Mystic—will provide an exciting ending to this attractive program.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 05, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Paavo + Piano Power Paavo + Piano Power
February 27 & 28, 2015
Paavo Järvi, conductor
Khatia Buniatshvili, piano

NIELSEN: Aladdin 7 Pieces
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1

Paavo Järvi, the CSO’s Music Director Laureate, returns to lead a dynamic program featuring Khatia Buniatishvili, “one of today's most electrifying performers of Romantic piano music” (Limelight). She’ll play Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, music whose thematic metamorphosis is revealed through passages of uncommon lyricism—pure poetry! The infectious rhythms and intense colors of the East, as magnificently represented in Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite, and the youthful vigor of a young Shostakovich evident in his bright and energetic Symphony No. 1 complete the program.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Louis + MusicNOW Louis + MusicNOW
March 13 & 14, 2015
Louis Langrée, conductor
Caroline Shaw, violin

Musical worlds merge as this ground-breaking collaboration with the MusicNOW Festival continues. Two unique programs—different on each evening—will feature world premieres by award-winning composers Daníel Bjarnason and Caroline Shaw; Ms. Shaw will also perform as soloist. Details to be announced.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Beethoven + Barber of Seville Beethoven + Barber of Seville
March 20 & 21, 2015
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano; Gillian Benet Sella, harp

ROSSINI: Barber of Seville Overture
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2
TURNIA / arr. Frühbeck: Theme and Variations for Harp and Orchestra
RESPIGHI: Feste Romana

Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter, a favorite of CSO audiences, brings her elegance and impressive virtuosity to the delightful, witty and brilliantly imaginative Concerto No. 2.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm

John Adams Conducts Pines of Rome John Adams Conducts Pines of Rome
April 17 & 18, 2015
John Adams, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

BARTÓK: Romanian Folk Dances
John Adams: Sheherazade.2 - Symphony for Violin and Orchestra
LIADOV: Enchanted Lake
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

The influential and acclaimed American composer and conductor John Adams returns to lead the CSO in an attractive program featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz, who brings her “gleaming sound and supple technique” (The New York Times) to Mr. Adams’ own Sheherazade.2. Respighi’s phenomenal guidebook to Rome’s majestic pines closes the program with the sounds of laughing children, nightingales and soldiers marching along the Appian Way. Also: Bartók’s spirited Romanian Folk Dances and Liadov’s captivating Enchanted Lake.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 03, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Norrington + Beethoven Norrington + Beethoven
April 24 & 25, 2015
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

ELGAR: Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4

For his CSO debut, an artist hailed as “the most fascinating young pianist on today’s classical music scene” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) employs his remarkable expressive powers in Beethoven’s most serene and reflective piano concerto. Also, the eminent English conductor, Sir Roger Norrington, brings the music of the most beloved composers of his native country to Music Hall: Elgar’s Cockaigne, which the composer described as “cheerful and Londony,” and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5, evocative music that its dedicatee, Jean Sibelius, declared was “…a marvellous work.”

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Joshua Bell Returns Joshua Bell Returns
May 7 & 9, 2015
Louis Langrée, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY (Arr. Glazunov): Méditation from Souvenir d’un lieu cher (“Memory of a Dear Place”)
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905

Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Joshua Bell is one of the world's most celebrated violinists and a favorite of CSO audiences. He’ll perform Glazunov’s soulful Violin Concerto, music filled with expressive longing and plaintive romanticism, as well as Tchaikovsky’s achingly beautiful Méditation, a favorite of Mr. Bell’s. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, whose subtitle, The Year 1905, refers to events of the Russian Revolution and whose themes come directly from revolutionary songs cherished by the people of Russia.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Louis Conducts Sheherazade Louis Conducts Sheherazade
May 15 & 16, 2015
Louis Langrée, conductor
Martin Grubinger, percussion

BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
AVNER DORMAN: Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!

Borodin’s poetic Polovtsian Dances, including the “Stranger in Paradise” theme, opens this exotic season finale, and an artist dubbed by critics as “a wizard of percussion,” the Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger, makes his CSO debut. He’ll perform Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, whose title the composer says refers to “three substances that are extremely appealing yet filled with danger” and which combines Middle Eastern drums, orchestral percussion and rock drums with orchestral forces. Rimsky-Korsakov’s enthralling tale of a young Sultana who saved her own life by entertaining her husband night after night with the story of the 1,001 Arabian Nights closes the concerts.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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