Friday, May 05, 2006

Paavo to Lead CSO on 2007 California Tour

Paavo and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will tour California in April 2007, performing five concerts, including a concert at the new hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos will be the featured soloist for the Brahms Violin Concerto which he recently performed with Maestro Järvi and the CSO in September.

"I am so proud of this orchestra and the work we are doing together," said Järvi. "It is an honor to travel with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and demonstrate our artistry in California — a vital arts market."

The tour repertoire is representative of Järvi’s programming — a blend of classical masterworks, new music, the Nordic tradition and his Estonian heritage and the inclusion of exciting talent. Three of the five tour programs include Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a showpiece for the orchestra. Of the CSO’s 2001 recording of the Berlioz for Telarc, Gramophone said, "This impressive new version of the Symphonie fantastique, coupled with the love scene from Roméo et Juliette, celebrates the arrival of Paavo Järvi as the new music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Here, with vivid Telarc sound ... the brilliance of Berlioz’s orchestration is brought out in finely detailed sound with textures clarified."

CSO California Tour

April 16, McCallum Theater, Palm Desert
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

April 17 Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

April 19, Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

April 20, Renee & Henry Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa
TÜÜR: Zeitraum
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, The Inextinguishable

April 21, Barbara K. & W. Terrentine Jackson Hall, University of California - Davis
TÜÜR: Zeitraum
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, The Inextinguishable

This is the third domestic tour for Paavo and the CSO since he became music director in 2001. Previous tours have garnered exceptional critical acclaim. Richard Buell, The Boston Globe, said, "A lot of the fun Wednesday was in hearing one finely tuned instrument (Järvi’s bright, keen, athletically trim band of players) 'play' another one (Symphony Hall, which seemed almost gratefully responsive). ... Can there ever be too many first-class ensembles? One is tempted to say: Look out, world, here’s another one."

PJ and the CSO also had successful tours to Japan and Europe together. The CSO regularly tours domestically and internationally in order to showcase the talent of the orchestra and to call attention to its impressive Telarc catalog of recordings. While on tour, the orchestra serves as an ambassador for Greater Cincinnati representing the rich, cultural heritage of the community. The CSO finances its tours through a combination of presenter fees and corporate sponsorship.

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