Legendary Pianist Emanuel Ax to Perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” for CSO Season Opener on 9/8 & 9/9

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra welcomes back pianist and legendary Beethoven interpreter Emanuel Ax for its season opening concerts on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (8 p.m.) September 8 & 10 at Taft Theatre.

Mr. Ax, respected worldwide for his emotional power and expressiveness, will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, nicknamed “Emperor.” The program, which is led by CSO Music Director, Louis Langrée, will also include the CSO performing Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, which complements the Orchestra’s rich sound.

The Los Angeles Times, along with virtually every other major review outlet, has hailed Mr. Ax: “His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement.”

Tickets for these concerts 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 Masterworks Series Sponsor U.S. Bank.

CSO at the Taft Theatre
The Orchestra’s home at Music Hall is closed for renovation until fall of 2017. The CSO will perform its 2016-17 season concerts at the historic Taft Theatre in Downtown Cincinnati. The Orchestra has invested over $3 million in improvements to the Taft Theatre, making it an audience- and performer-friendly “home away from home.” Subscribers to the CSO and Pops enjoy many benefits, including free, guaranteed parking thanks to the generosity of Western & Southern. For updates on the Music Hall renovation or the season at the Taft Theatre, visit cincinnatisymphony.org/musichall.