The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Music Director Louis Langrée announced details of the much-anticipated 125th Anniversary Season beginning in September at Music Hall. The 2019-20 season welcomes acclaimed guest artists including Renée Fleming, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Artist-in-Residence Guy Braunstein and Grammy winner Isabel Leonard, among others. The season includes performances of Beethoven’s legendary Akademie program, a fully staged production of Ravel’s opera, L’Enfant et les sortilèges, seven CSO commissions, five world premieres, three U.S. premieres, as well as an experimental new concert series titled CSO Proof. The 125th Anniversary Season marks the launch of new initiatives both on and off the stage that build on the CSO’s legacy. Leading up to the season, the Orchestra presents CSO Look Around, a first-of-its-kind event celebrating community, diversity, and inclusivity on August 3.
“The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is proud of its history and extraordinary 125-year legacy,” said Music Director Louis Langrée. “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.”
Founded by 15 women under the leadership of future First Lady of the United States Helen Herron Taft, the CSO presented its debut concert on January 17, 1895.
“This coming season reflects the Orchestra’s artistry as well as a commitment to pulling the art form forward, fulfilling our mission to seek and share inspiration, and advancing our vision to better engage broader audiences and our wider community,” said CSO President Jonathan Martin.
The CSO season is presented by Western & Southern Financial Group.