Monday, May 01, 2006

Last CSO Concerts of Season Feature Change in Guest Artist


Well, I just spent a long afternoon in the company of a Mac genius who makes housecalls, a charming Frenchman named Thierry, and now can report that my computer is well on the road to regained health--thank God! (Of course, there is still that little matter of an eerie tone we heard which may be the harbinger of further problems; still, hope springs eternal!)

In my fervor of new browsing around the web, I have just discovered that, due to violinist Akiko Suwanai's illness, the young Norwegian musician Henning Kraggerud, one of Scandinavia’s most important artists, will be taking her place this week. Mr. Kraggerud performs on the famous Guarneri del Gesu 1744 violin "Ole Bull," once owned by the famous Norwegian violinist of the same name, which has been generously loaned to him by Mr.Wen-Long Shi, owner of the Chi Mei Cultural Foundation, Tainan, Taiwan.

It is hard to believe that another season -- Paavo's fifth already! -- of the Cincinnati Symphony is already drawing to a close. And after the past two weeks of super high attendance, it must be extremely gratifying to the musicians to feel so appreciated by their hometown audience.

This week's program features Bartok's Dance Suite; Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Minor; and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Scottish. The concerts take place Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 8 pm. Click here for ticket information or call the CSO Sales Office at (513)381-3300 to order.

Listen to Paavo's Notes on this concert and read the Program Notes before you go. This concert will air on 90.9 FM, Classical WGUC on Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 pm.

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