Monday, March 26, 2007

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY: European tour dates 2008

Thursday, March 22, 2007

CSO to return to Europe in 2008
Five-country tour planned

By Mary Ellyn Hutton
Post music writer

Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will return to Europe in April 2008 for a two-week, five-country tour that will take them to Amsterdam's famed Concertgebouw, the newly renovated Salle Pleyel in Paris and 10 other important Continental venues.

It will be the CSO's third international tour with Järvi. The group toured Japan in 2003 and made its first visit to Europe in the fall of 2004. The new tour dates are April 4-18, 2008.

"It's a very good tour because it has the right venues and some very important cities for us," said Järvi. "It shows that the orchestra is gaining ground in terms of how it's being received in the musical world. We will be able to show people that what they have heard on our records is actually true."

Performing with the CSO will be Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky. Jansen, who made an exciting CSO debut last season, will perform the Benjamin Britten and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos. Lugansky will perform Rachmaninoff's popular Piano Concerto No. 3.

Järvi will lead the CSO in works spanning the 18th to the 20th-centuries, with Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C Major ("The Great"), Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten" and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.

Estonian born Järvi feels close to all these works, not least the Shostakovich Symphony, which he conducted on his inaugural tour with the CSO in 2003, a domestic itinerary that included a highly praised performance in New York's Carnegie Hall. Järvi will record it with the CSO for Telarc next season.

"When you go on a tour, you have to show what you do very well. Our orchestra plays this piece wonderfully," he said. "It's also the kind of piece that will show off that wonderful machinery called the American symphony orchestra."

All except the Mozart Overture will be performed on 2007-08 CSO subscription concerts at Music Hall.

Five of the 12 tour venues represent return invitations from 2004. They are the Alte Oper in Frankfurt (Järvi is also music director of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, a post he added this season), the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.

"Being re-engaged by a venue is the best stamp of approval for an orchestra," he said. "The presenters were extremely pleased with our performances in 2004 and the audiences were very enthusiastic."

New venues on the tour, in addition to the Concertgebouw and the Salle Pleyel, include the Herkulessaal in Munich, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Dortmund, Germany, Tonhalle in Dusseldorf and Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain.

CSO tours are funded by a combination of presenter fees and corporate sponsorships.

The big bonus for Cincinnati is that "the orchestra becomes better when they tour," Järvi said. "They get closer. The kind of responsibility that comes with playing in these important venues seriously directly affects the quality of the performances and the quality of the orchestra in Cincinnati."

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Paavo Järvi conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which will return to Europe for another tour in 2008.

Stops on the CSO 2008 European tour:

April 4 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

April 5 - Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany

April 6 - Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria

April 8 - Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany

April 9 - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 10 - Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

April 12 - Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany

April 13 - Konzerthaus, Dortmund, Germany

April 14 - Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany

April 16 - Palau de la Musica, Valencia, Spain

April 17 - Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, Spain

April 18 - Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid, Spain

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