Friday, March 28, 2003

Jarvi signs four-year contract extension



By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnatians can shout "Bravo, Paavo!" through the 2008-09 season.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Paavo Jarvi has signed a four-year contract extension that promises continued touring and recording, and conducting at least 14 of the orchestra's 24 subscription concert weekends each year.

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Paavo Jarvi
"I am thrilled that we will be continuing our musical collaboration," said Jarvi. "I never cease to be impressed with the extraordinary quality of this orchestra."

The announcement will be made tonight on stage at Music Hall.

Jarvi and the orchestra depart Sunday for their first U.S. tour together, a five-concert East Coast swing to New York, Boston and Washington.

Jarvi debuted as music director in September 2001.

Since then, Cincinnati has had an undeniable love affair with the maestro, reflected by ticket sales.

At the end of last season, ticket sales had risen 10 percent to a record $2 million in revenues.

There was a 13 percent increase in single tickets, and 70 percent of those ticket buyers had not attended a CSO concert before.

Student and young professional

adult audiences had increased by almost 10 percent thanks to events such as college nights, with discounted tickets and Jarvi attending post-concert receptions.

Tonight's performance will be a college night event. (Tickets: 381-3300)

Statistics for the current season are still being collected, but symphony spokeswoman Rosemary Weathers says she believes that this season's numbers, when released, will prove to be "on track" with last year's record-breakers, despite war and a bad economy.

Earlier this week, Telarc released Jarvi's third recording with the orchestra, an all-Stravinsky disc. Two more recordings are planned for 2003-04, one of works by Debussy and the other featuring Nielsen's Symphony No. 5 and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

The current plan is for Jarvi to lead the symphony in at least two recordings per year. "Paavo and I have discussed about 10 years' worth of recording projects," said Telarc president Robert Woods.

Next season, Jarvi will lead the orchestra in 13 weekend concerts at Music Hall, eight tour performances in Japan and six tour performances in the United States.

He is commissioning two world premieres and will introduce 19 works to the CSO repertoire.




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