Sunday, February 22, 2004

Symphony, Pops invited back to Carnegie Hall



By Janelle Gelfand
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's place on "the world's stage" is assured next season, following uncertainties surrounding scheduling for the country's most prestigious hall.

Carnegie Hall, still reeling from the sudden death of executive director Robert Harth, 47, on Jan. 30, announced its 2004-05 season last week. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops Orchestra have both been invited back to the world-famous hall, which Harth, a Louisville native, called "the world's stage."

On Jan. 24, 2005, Paavo Jarvi will conduct the Cincinnati Symphony in Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 and Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen's Symphony No. 8, "Autumnal Fragments." Pianist Lars Vogt will join the orchestra in the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor.

The next day, Erich Kunzel will lead the Pops in a concert featuring Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth.

Also on the calendar, May Festival music director James Conlon will appear with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal on Oct. 10.

And Cincinnati native James Levine will make three visits with the Boston Symphony with an all-star cast in October.

The recent cancellation of Carnegie Hall's planned merger with the New York Philharmonic has allowed concert dates for visiting orchestras, which were jeopardized by the plan. The Cincinnati Symphony did not perform there this season.

Tickets to the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops: $24-$85. (212) 247-7800 or www.carnegiehall.org.

E-mail jgelfand@enquirer.com




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