From the sheer joy and magnitude of the "Hallelujah" chorus to the delicate beauty of the arias, it's no wonder this beloved work has crowned holiday celebrations for centuries. The BSO's annual complete performance of the Messiah , led from the harpsichord by the dynamic Edward Polochick, is a musical tradition you'll want to make your own.
Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande
Step into the sensuous dreamworld of Debussy's operatic masterpiece, a haunting tale of forbidden love told in shimmering musical colors. Led by Music Director Louis Langrée, this highly anticipated collaboration features spectacular costumes and staging by LA directing sensation James Darrah, plus Cincinnati Opera's return to newly renovated Music Hall. Don't miss this exquisite CSO production!
Midori plays Britten
Experience star violinist Midori's "plush tone, myriad colorings and command" (New York Times) like never before as she joins the CSO in Britten's rarely-heard Concerto, a bittersweet gem of expressive urgency by the 20th century master. Then, Strauss's tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra , known widely for its dramatic use in 2001: A Space Odyssey , uses vast orchestral forces to explore man's place in the cosmos--a profound finish to this thrilling program.
Jazz and Pops
Doc Severinsen and Friends: The Art of the Big Band
Heeeeeere's Doc and his big, bad band! Known worldwide for his thirty years at the helm of The Tonight Show Band, the gutsy trumpeter and his equally stupendous lineup bring you an evening of hard-swingin' favorites from the Basie and Ellington repertoire as well as pop and jazz standards. You'll hit a high note--and Doc will hit tons!--in this unstoppable show.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Called "the best jazz band in the land" by the San Francisco Examiner, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been the authority on the rich musical tradition of New Orleans for over fifty years. You'll be dancing in the aisles to the pure, unadulterated sounds of the historic French Quarter when these saints come marchin' in.
An Evening with Chris Botti
Among the definitive jazz artists of our time, Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti is equally captivating when sharing the stage with Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon or Sting. You won't want to miss the sound the New York Times hails as "flickering intimacy and thundering grandiosity...human warmth on a sweeping scale".
Movie and Music: The Nightmare Before Christmas
What's this, what's this?!--the wildly inventive world of Tim Burton's macabre classic. Danny Elfman's rambunctious, colorful score will roar into life in the hands of the BSO as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King's quest to seize Christmas. Costumes encouraged!
Movie and Music: Star Trek
Director J.J. Abrams's thrilling reboot is touching down at the Meyerhoff! The BSO performs live accompaniment for two nights of warp-speed blockbusters. On Thursday, join Kirk and Spock in an alternate-reality battle to stop Romulan Nero from destroying the Federation. Come back Friday for the action-packed second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness , in which a devastated Starfleet contends with a threat to Earth from within its own ranks.