Conductor Han-Na Chang makes CSO debut for popular Pictures at an Exhibition program 2/6-2/7

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Han-Na Chang, conductor, Simone Lamsma, violin
Music Hall
11:00 A.M. Friday, February 6
8:00 P.M. Saturday, February 7
Tickets start at $12 in advance
More information and tickets available by calling: (513) 381-3300 or visiting

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) welcomes guest conductor Han- Na Chang in her Cincinnati debut for its Friday and Saturday, February 6-7 concerts. Ms. Chang will lead the orchestra in Ravel’s popular arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Described as “one of the leading violinists in the world,” Simone Lamsma will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto.

Han-Na Chang has successfully transitioned from her international career as a cellist to become one of the brightest rising conducting talents of her generation. Described as “a diminutive, dynamic firebrand,” Chang is an advocate for the importance of classical music in modern times. Representing the “still rare phenomenon” of a female conductor, Chang has continually built a name for herself, currently serving as Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic and is known as “not only confident and astute, but also inspired.”

Violinist Simone Lamsma returns to Cincinnati as one of the most famous Dutch soloists, known for her distinct voice and technical brilliance. She performs Korngold’s Violin Concerto, a compilation of music from his career as a film composer, with “beautiful sonority … and a perfect technique.”

The program begins with Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Sleeping Beauty, a concert suite from the composer’s longest ballet which wasn’t put together until after his death due to his inability to choose the best pieces from a work that “pleases me entirely, from beginning to end.”

The concert will also feature Maurice Ravel’s best-known arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Composed in memory of his friend, artist and architect Victor Hartmann, Mussorgsky’s whimsical depictions of sketches and watercolors by the artist, organized in an exhibition after his sudden death, reflect the movement of the viewer through the exhibition to its majestic close.

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. CSO Principal trumpet Matt Ernst joins CSO Assistant Conductor William White this week.

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

The CSO is grateful to Masterworks Series Sponsor U.S. Bank and Concert Sponsor Johnson Investment Counsel. The ArtsWave partner for this performance is the University of Cincinnati and UC Health. The CSO also expresses gratitude for the additional support provided by Presenting Sponsor William D. Stenger of the CSO spectrum and The Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation.