Cincinnati Symphony's Stravinsky Festival Opens

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Stravinsky Festival opens this weekend in honor of the 125th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Joined by the May Festival Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony under music director Paavo J‹rvi gives its first performance of Stravinsky's Chorale-Variations on Bach's Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her tonight. The program, to be repeated tomorrow and Sunday, also features the Symphony of Psalms and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3.

Next weekend, the orchestras offers a pair of concerts programming Haydn's Symphony No. 98, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 (with principal cellist Eric Kim as soloist) and Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.

Each festival concert in the Music Hall is directly preceded by Classical Conservations, a one-hour discussion with Cincinnati Conservatory of Music composition professor Joel Hoffman and either J‹rvi or assistant conductor Eric Dudley.

Additionally, the November 10 performance is followed by a reception in the Music Hall lobby capturing the feel of Stravinsky's time in Paris: live jazz by the Faux Frenchmen, drinks and desserts. The event is free for attendees of that evening's concert.

A performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players of Histoire du Soldat on November 16 at Memorial Hall rounds out the celebration.

"There are few composers who come along in history and change the way people listen to music, the very soundscape," said J‹rvi in a statement. "Igor Stravinsky was one such composer."

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