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December 22, 2013
John Nelson, conductor
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
New Year’s Eve 2013: The Big Easy
December 31, 2013
John Morris Russell, conductor
The CSO and Pops will ring in 2014 with the annual New Year’s Eve Concert and Ball. Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell again leads the Orchestra in a program celebrating the Preservation Hall big band favorites, including the timeless “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
Louis Conducts Beethoven 8
January 10 & 11, 2014
Louis Langrée, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
A welcome encore performance for Cincinnati favorite Hélène Grimaud, who played Brahms’ turbulent, dramatic and entirely captivating First Concerto to glowing reviews when she last performed here in 2007.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 09, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Shakespeare and Legend
January 16 & 18, 2014
John Storgårds, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Brian Isaac Phillips, director
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Fantasy-Overture
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite
An eclectic and brilliant artist described as “probably the most engaging maverick in classical music today,” Pekka Kuusisto will beautifully convey the many contrasts found in Prokofiev’s thrilling Second Concerto—from the often dramatic, yet strikingly melodious, opening movements, to the brash, almost demonic passages of the finale.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Drums & Dvorák
January 31 & February 1, 2014
Christoph König, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz
James MacMillan: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
Dvorák: Symphony No. 5
Colin Currie, the extraordinary percussionist whose performances of MacMillan’s gripping Veni, Veni, Emmanuel have elicited comments such as “showstopping,” “gymnastic,” “staggeringly dexterous” and “breathtaking,” returns to Music Hall this weekend.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Love and Beethoven
February 7 & 8, 2014
David Afkham, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with the illustrious Radu Lupu, a leading interpreter of Beethoven whose playing has been described as “simply sublime: intelligent, authoritative and innately felt.” He returns to Music Hall to perform Beethoven’s elegant and expressive Third Piano Concerto.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Paavo Conducts Mahler
February 20, 21 & 23, 2014
Paavo Järvi, conductor
Zhang Zuo, piano; Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
Berlioz: “Love Scene” from Roméo et Juilette
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Music Director Laureate Paavo Järvi introduces Zhang Zuo, a vibrant young pianist described as “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth,” to play Mendelssohn’s dazzling Concerto No. 1. Closing the program is Mahler’s radiant Fourth Symphony, whose theme of “The Heavenly Life” culminates with the soprano’s declaration that “There is just no music on earth that can compare to ours. The angelic voices gladden our senses, so that all awaken for joy.”
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 8:00 pm
February 28 & March 1, 2014
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Angel Blue, soprano; Julia Gertseva, mezzo-soprano; Aquiles Machado, tenor; Riccardo Zanellato, bass; May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
A journey through the range of human emotion, Verdi’s dramatic and deeply felt masterpiece expresses everything from mournful cries for mercy to the fiery terror of Judgment Day to impassioned prayers for everlasting light and eternal rest.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm
March 7, 2014
John Morris Russell, conductor
Galway Plays Mozart
March 14 & 15, 2014
Louis Langrée, conductor
Sir James Galway, flute
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
Irishman Sir James Galway—a musical master whose exuberant personality and definitive treatments of works by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and others have earned him the title “legend”—returns to Music Hall in time for St. Patrick’s Day. He’ll grace the stage with his interpretation of Mozart’s lyrical Second Concerto.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm
March 21 & 22, 2014
Louis Langrée, conductor
eighth blackbird, ensemble-in-residence; Bryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner, electric guitars; MusicNOW, Bryce Dessner, artistic director
Musical worlds merge when Louis Langrée and the CSO embark on a groundbreaking
Artistic collaboration with Cincinnati’s premier new music festival, Music NOW, and Artistic Director Bryce Dessner. With unique programs on Friday and Saturday evenings, explore heart-pounding music of pure intensity, gorgeous melodies and sheer genius.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Midori and the Ring
March 27, 29 & 30, 2014
Jun Märkl, conductor
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
Wagner: Orchestral Suite from The Ring
Majestic. Mythic. Vividly picturesque. The esteemed conductor Jun Märkl stirs drama without words with music from Wagner’s epic Ring operas, based on stories from ancient German and Icelandic mythology and brimming with rich character motifs and instrumental effects. Every concert with superstar violinist Midori is a hot ticket.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Mendelssohn and Mena
April 11 & 12, 2014
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin (artist-in-residence)
Gabriel Pierné: Overture to Ramuntcho
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is always an audience favorite, especially in the hands of artist-in-residence Augustin Hadelich, a rising star whose recent performance of this work were deemed “a compelling interpretation that effortlessly and naturally combines fiery passion, sensual sound and virtuosic elegance.”
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Barber and Bernstein
April 25 & 26, 2014
David Robertson, conductor
Orli Shaham, piano
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Steven Mackey: Stumble to Grace
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety
American composer Steven Mackey dedicated his Stumble to Grace—which cleverly mimics five stages in the development of his and Orli Shaham’s respective young children—to this weekend’s pianist, Orli Shaham, an artist of remarkable musicality and flawless technique.
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Star-Crossed Season Closer
May 2 & 3, 2014
James Gaffigan, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin; CCM Drama Departments, Richard Hess, chair
Berlioz: King Lear Overture
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
Nicola Benedetti, the 20-something Scottish sensation of Italian heritage, plays Bruch’s delightful fantasy on Scottish folk tunes, music that will leave you humming tunes like “Scots Wha Hae” (which once served as the unofficial national anthem of Scotland), “Auld Rob Morris” and “The Dusty Miller.”
WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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