By Janelle Gelfand
Enquirer staff writer
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops season has ended at Riverbend, but the fall season is just a few weeks away. It isn't too early to put these on your calendar:
Opening night at the Pops: Three leading ladies of Broadway will help maestro Erich Kunzel kick off the Pops season on Sept. 10 in Music Hall. Debbie Gravitte (who won a Tony for Jekyll & Hyde) joins Jan Horvath (Christine in Phantom of the Opera) and Christiane Noll (Urinetown) in hits from musicals such as Chicago, Ragtime and Oklahoma!. Shows are 8 p.m. Sept. 10-11; 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Single tickets, $21 to $58.25, go on sale Monday. Student rush: $10, 45 minutes prior to show. 381-3300 or www.cincinnatipops.org.
Opening night at the Symphony: Paavo Jarvi adds his Nordic touch in the Cincinnati premiere of Kullervo, a Finnish epic by Jean Sibelius, 8 p.m. Sept. 17-18. The Estonian National Male Choir - which recently won a Grammy with Jarvi for their recording of Sibelius Cantatas - will make its Cincinnati debut. Soloists are the Swedish mezzo Charlotte Hellekant and Finnish baritone Raimo Laukka. The program opens with Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3. Tickets: $17 to $70.25, go on sale Monday. 381-3300 or www.cincinnatisymphony.org.
Don't miss: Pianist Emanuel Ax makes his much-anticipated return to the Cincinnati Symphony, to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595, at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 and 8 p.m. Sept. 25. The program includes Brahms' colorful Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg. Tickets: $17.50 to $73, go on sale Monday.
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