The Cincinnati Symphony have announced their 125th Anniversary Season 2019/20.
The season begins with Music Director Louis Langrée conducting an evening of Strauss and the US premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for two pianos with Katia and Maria Labèque. Other guest artist highlights include Renée Fleming singing Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Artist-in-Residence Guy Braunstein (making his CSO performance debut), and Grammy Award-winner Isabel Leonard.
The 125th Anniversary Celebration will take place in January 2020, and the programme includes a world premiere by retired principal bassoon William Winstead, CSO commission Collider by Daniel Bjarnason, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, and Scriabin Symphony No. 5 Prometheus: Poem of Fire. Elsewhere in the season, the CSO will perform a fully staged version of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, directed by James Bonas, and a Beethoven Akademie 1808 (recreation of the legendary Akademie concert, held in Vienna in 1808), which is the culmination of the CSO’s three-year Beethoven Revolution exploring all nine of the composer’s symphonies.
Music Director Louis Langrée said:
“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is proud of its history and extraordinary 125-year legacy. We are fortunate to be able to draw on this history for inspiration as we work to create the future of music in Cincinnati and continue looking forward to the next 125 years.”
Watch the season launch below. Full details of the season can be found on the Cincinnati Symphony website.