Paavo Järvi prepares for final bows as CSO music director

Paavo Järvi prepares for final bows as CSO music director

1:50 PM, May. 6, 2011  |
The CSO rehearsing in Frankfurt.
CSO music director Paavo Järvi (left) congratulated Yo-Yo Ma after the famed cellist performed with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall on Tuesday.

CSO music director Paavo Järvi (left) congratulated Yo-Yo Ma after the famed cellist performed with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall on Tuesday. / The Enquirer/Joseph Fuqua II

This weekend

Paavo Järvi leads an all-American program, 8 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday in Music Hall. The music includes Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town,” music by Charles Ives, Varèse’s massive “Amériques” and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with clarinetist Martin Fröst. (Last June, Fröst performed a concert celebrating another royal wedding – that of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel Westling.)

The program kicks off with Charles Coleman’s “PJ Fanfare” in honor of Järvi.

Saturday is CSO Pride Night – “Out on the Town” – with a post-concert party. Tickets start at $10. 513-381-3300;

Next weekend

Järvi’s finale will be next weekend, as he conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with Awadagin Pratt, pianist, 8 p.m. next Friday and Saturday at Music Hall

The program: Erkki-Sven Tüür: “Fireflower” Anniversary Fanfare and Piano Concerto; Mahler, Symphony No. 5

Tickets: Start at $10. 513-381-3300,

Highlights of Järvi’s 10 years

By the numbers

21 – Musicians hired

7 – Principal players hired

366 – Concerts conducted in Music Hall

10 – World premieres

7 – U.S. premieres

5 – Domestic tours, including Carnegie Hall

4 – International tours (two each to Europe and Japan)

Recordings with the Cincinnati Symphony (All are with Telarc International, the Cleveland-based Grammy Award-winning label, now owned by Concord Music Group, except for American Portraits.):

• Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 and “Love Scene” from Romeo et Juliette (2001)

• Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 in D Major and Eduard Tubin, Symphony No. 5 in B Minor (2002)

• Stravinsky, Pétrouchka, The Firebird Suite and Scherzo à la Russe (2003)

• Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet: Complete Suites from the Ballet (2003)

• Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring and Nielsen, Symphony No. 5 (2004)

• Ravel, Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, Pavane pour une infante défunte, La valse, Five Nursery Songs from Mother Goose, Boléro (2004)

• Debussy, La mer, Nocturnes, Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun (2005)

• Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 and Martinù, Symphony No. 2 (2005)

• **Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Elgar, Enigma Variations (2006)

• Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra and Lutosławski, Concerto for Orchestra (2006)

• Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2, Dances from Aleko, Scherzo (2007)

• Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique and Romeo and Juliet Overture-fantasy (2007)

• Prokofiev, Suite from Lieutenant Kijé, Op. 60 and Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100 (2008)

• *Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, Dawn Over the Moskva River and Night on Bald Mountain (2008)

• Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10 in E Minor and Veljo Tomis, Overture No. 2 (2009)

• Holst, The Planets and Britten, The Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra (2009)

• American Portraits (CSO Media, 2011)

** Grammy winner, “Best Engineered Album, Classical” and “Producer of the Year, Classical,” 2006

* Grammy winner, “Best Surround Sound Album,” 2009

“They tell me that I brought the orchestra to a different level,” said Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Paavo Järvi, after a farewell luncheon with musicians at Music Hall on Wednesday. “Well, they brought me to a different level. I learned more from them than they probably learned from me.”

Järvi was reflecting on his decade as music director of the nation’s fifth oldest orchestra. That his era will end next weekend is “not a reality yet.” He is leaving to take on new challenges with the Orchestre de Paris.

“I feel very sad in one way. It’s like leaving your family,” said the 48-year-old Estonian-American conductor. “I just feel very at home here. I also know that it is a right decision because I need to challenge myself. I need to find ways to explore, to push my own boundaries. We have a relatively short life, and 10 years is a very substantial lifetime. The older we get, the more substantial it becomes. You have to think, ‘What’s next?’”

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