Sunday, April 15, 2007

CSO heads west for tour

April 15, 2007

BY JANELLE GELFAND, Cincinnati Enquirer
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and music director Paavo Järvi leave today for a five-concert swing through California.
Tour highlights include performances in two glittering new concert halls. Friday, the orchestra will make its debut in the 2,000-seat Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The hall, christened in a gala concert in September, is part of a $240 million expansion designed by Cesar Pelli for the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
Saturday, the symphony will travel to the University of California at Davis, where it will perform in the 1,800-seat Jackson Hall, part of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The five-year-old center is named for the Napa Valley winemaker and his wife.

The tour is more than just a chance to showcase the symphony and Pops recordings, Järvi says.
"One of the reasons it is important to go and perform in these halls is to prove that we can deliver it live," says the conductor. "Everywhere, people are telling me, 'We know the orchestra by their recordings.' I would like the orchestra to be known by more than its recordings."
The tour begins Monday at McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, followed by a stop Tuesday at Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. The orchestra performs Thursday at Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego.
Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos will be tour soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto. Repertoire includes Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique"; Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable"; and "Zeitraum" by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tuur.
Since 2001, Järvi has taken the symphony to Carnegie Hall and the East Coast, Florida, Europe and Japan. A five-country European tour is planned for 2008.

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