Louis Langrée leads CSO in Beethoven’s Second Symphony for first performance of 2015 – 1/9 & 1/10

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Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet makes his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) at Music Hall this weekend, Friday and Saturday, January 9-10, 2015 (8 p.m.), in the Orchestra’s first performance of the new calendar year. Nominated for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award for 2014, and winner of the magazine’s Best Concerto Recording award, Mr. Bavouzet has earned accolades for his performances with major orchestras across the globe. Known as “always a fascinating artist” (The New York Times), his performance style has been described as having “impressive power and drama” (bachtrack). He’ll perform Bartók’s fiendish Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece known both for its technical virtuosity and deep nostalgia.

Also on the program, conducted by CSO Music Director Louis Langrée, is Beethoven’s delightful Symphony No. 2. The work’s sunny disposition conceals the composer’s inner turmoil. A member of Cincinnati’s Ensemble Theater will read Beethoven’s “Heiligenstadt Testament” on stage prior to the work’s performance, in which the composer expresses his personal drama. The program opens with Lutosławski’s Funeral Music, written as a farewell to Bartók who had such a profound impact on Lutosławski’s own career.

All ticketholders are invited to attend Classical Conversations, beginning one hour prior to these performances in the Music Hall auditorium. Get inside the hearts and minds of the composers and guest artists with these informative discussions. Mr. Langrée joins CSO Associate Conductor Robert Treviño this week.

Ticketholders for the Friday performance are also invited to join in festivities to celebrate Louis Langrée’s birthday in the Music Hall lobby following the concert.

Tickets for this concert start at just $12 and are available by calling the CSO Box Office at (513) 381-3300 or visiting www.cincinnatisymphony.org.

The CSO is grateful to Boundless Series Sponsor Macy’s and Concert Sponsor Taft/. The ArtsWave partner for these performances is PNC.