Sunday, March 28, 1999

CSO's next season salutes 20th century

credit:The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Music of the 20th century will be the star of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's 1999-2000 season, “Horizon: A Musical Celebration of the Century.”

        Although the CSO's 105th season is not as bold as some others (every piece in the Philadelphia Orchestra's next season is from the 20th century) each CSO program will tout at least one work from the outgoing century, including 16 CSO repertoire debuts.

        “We will discover with joy again the beauty of our own century in the composers of these 100 years,” says music director Jesus Lopez-Cobos, who will lead 13 concerts in his 14th season as music director.

        As the orchestra begins its search to replace Mr. Lopez-Cobos, who departs in 2001, visiting maestros will include an array of rising stars: the Estonian Paavo Jarvi, principal guest conductor of the City of Birmingham (England) Symphony ; William Eddins , resident conductor of the Chicago Symphony; Uruguayan-born Carlos Kalmar ; Christof Perick, former music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra ; Peter Oundjian, former first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet , and Alessandro Siciliani, music director of the Columbus Symphony .

        Popular Japanese maestro Junichi Hirokami will return for two programs, and the well-regarded James DePreist, music director of the Oregon Symphony since 1980, will visit in November.

        Other conductors are composer John Adams leading his own music, and associate conductor John Morris Russell.

        Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, a 1960 graduate of Woodward High, tops the artist roster. He will perform Copland's Clarinet Concerto in honor of the composer's 100th birthday and travel with the CSO to Carnegie Hall on Jan. 28. .

        Up-and-coming cellist Truls Mork and violinists Midori and Pamela Frank will return. Pianists will include Barry Douglas, Alexander Toradze and the Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha.

        CSO musicians will take center stage in four concerts, including a program of backseat players and a concert featuring concertmaster Timothy Lees in his concerto debut.

        The CSO has one recording planned for next season, Mahler's Symphony No. 10, left unfinished at the composer's death and completed by Remo Mazzetti in 1986.


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