by Valerie Miller
May 13, 2011
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Paavo Järvi is having his final farewell after 10 years leading the orchestra. He joined the organization in 2001. His first concert as music director was just after September 11, 2001. He says that performance remains his most memorable time in Cincinnati.
"It was like a catharcis." said Järvi. "Everybody was singing the national anthem. I must say that will be a moment I will never forget."
There were many memorable events for CSO concert goers. Järvi has lead the way for extensive touring on three different continents. During his tenure, the CSO also recorded 17 cd's for a growing worldwide audience.
Of all things in Cincinnati, he said he will miss the parks and the orchestra itself. He said of all of the arts in the area, the orchestra is the crowning jewel. He said it is so critical for the community to continue supporting the orchestra. Järvi added, "If one really cares about the true world class organization, something that can really carry the flag of this city, it's this orchestra."
He said the arts community is extremely generous and Cincinnati offers so many cultural opportunities.
The search for his successor has been ongoing for about 15 months so far. The CSO will have guest conductors over the course of the next season who will be here for auditions. Jarvi says whoever takes his place is very lucky.
"This orchestra is amazing." he said. "It's an orchestra that will work with you, will root for you, and do everything possible to make the final result as good as it can be."
The final performances with Jarvi are Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. Both performances are at 8 p.m. After the concerts, Jarvi will join ticket holders for a post-concert reception.