Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Music Hall plans grand September

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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