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How to Find Archives of The Cincinnati Post

    Posted: Mar 1, 2012 - 7:51:40 PM in: archives
In you are a Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library card holder, you may find Archives of The Cincinnati Post from April 1, 1990 through December 31, 2007 on the Library's web site.  Here's how.
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Hands Across the Sea: A French-American Program at the CSO

    Posted: Dec 8, 2001 - 2:46:10 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post Dec. 8, 2001)

Can an Estonian named Paavo do the turkey trot? He certainly can, as Cincinnati Symphony music director Paavo Järvi happily demonstrated Friday morning at Music Hall.

He can do the waltz, too - in 7/8 time - as well as the mazurka and the samba. All are movements of Leonard Bernstein's Divertimento, which Järvi gave its first CSO performance Friday. A student of Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Järvi obviously grooves to his music, a significant asset for a conductor inevitably identified with the Nordic repertoire.
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No One Does It Better

    Posted: Nov 23, 2001 - 7:39:41 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post Nov. 23, 2001)

For his 26th and final recording as Cincinnati Symphony music director, Jesús López-Cobos has left a signature disc, music of his native Spain.

Music director emeritus since September, when he was succeeded by Estonian-born Paavo Järvi, López-Cobos signed on in 1986 with a critically acclaimed recording of Manuel de Falla's "Three Cornered Hat." Since then, his wide-ranging discography with the CSO (all for Telarc) has made room for Albeniz and Falla, plus Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and Spanish-inspired works by Bizet and Ravel.
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CSO Creates an ! with Haydn 104th

    Posted: Sep 22, 2001 - 12:44:22 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post, Sept. 22, 2001)

If Paavo Järvi's debut as Cincinnati Symphony music director was cathartic (just three days after the World Trade Center disaster), his second concert Friday morning at Music Hall was a healing balm.
The difference was the music. Instead of Barber's Adagio for Strings, New Yorker Charles Coleman's oddly prescient "Streetscape" and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Järvi led works by Sibelius, Schumann and Haydn.
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Järvi's Debut Deserved Better Circumstances

    Posted: Sep 15, 2001 - 1:09:36 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post Sept. 15, 2001)

May we start again, please? Incoming Cincinnati Symphony music director Paavo Järvi may have had such thoughts this week, not just when one of the cellists fainted during the world premiere of Charles Coleman's "Street- scape" Friday night at Music Hall.

This weekend marks his inaugural concerts with the CSO, and because of the fallout from Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, much of the celebration has been muted. Guest artist Truls Mork was unable to be here because of the halt in air traffic. Pre-concert events, including "street" activities on Elm Street keyed to the Coleman premiere, were scrubbed. And attendance at the concert, 2,131, was less than expected, not only because of the nation's trauma, but the likelihood than some ticketholders simply thought it had been canceled.
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Introducing Paavo Järvi

    Posted: Sep 11, 2001 - 12:00:00 AM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post Sept. 11, 2001)

Think Paavo Järvi. Think Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. That's the linkage the CSO's new music director wants to create, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Music Hall. At that hour, with the opening of Charles Coleman's "Streetscape" a world premiere commissioned for the event Järvi makes his debut as the 12th music director of the 107-year-old orchestra.
  Author's note: Paavo Järvi's inaugural concert as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra took place just three days after 9/11, on Sept. 14, 2001. The program was changed to include Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and to replace the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Truls Mork, who was unable to appear, Debussy's "La Mer."
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Rousing "1812," "Nevsky" End May Fest on Slavic Note

    Posted: May 28, 2001 - 9:20:47 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post May 28, 2001)

The "Hallelujah" chorus has been sung.

With a carnation for each departing listener, the 2001 May Festival is history. Saturday night's finale at Music Hall had a heavy Slavic accent, plus a transposed, pre-Memorial Day patriotism that wowed the crowd of 3,020.

Music director James Conlon led the May Festival Chorus and Youth Chorus, the Children's Choir of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati Symphony in a program front-loaded with Russian favorites, including Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture, Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" and scenes from Mussorgsky's "Khovanshchina."

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May Fest Offers Taste of Mahler

    Posted: May 26, 2001 - 9:02:35 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Symphony May 26, 2001)

The May Festival got a big taste of Mahler Friday night at Music Hall.

Mahler's Third Symphony is six movements and over one-and-a-half hours long, one of the longest symphonies ever written, and a formidable musical repast for anyone.

May Festival music director James Conlon, conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, laid it out so masterfully, however, that no one in the crowd seemed challenged. 

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May Festival Enjoys Powerful Opening Night

    Posted: May 19, 2001 - 8:56:55 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post May 19, 2001)

Music Hall brought forth the May Festival Friday night and it was good.

Apologies to Holy Writ, the festival's opening night performance of Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" made a joyful noise indeed. Music director James Conlon separated the light from the darkness, the May Festival Chorus and soloists sang like angels, and the Cincinnati Symphony mirrored the sounds of the firmament eloquently.
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Life after the CSO -- López-Cobos Shifts Focus

    Posted: May 8, 2001 - 9:33:13 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post May 8, 2001)

Jesús López-Cobos, on the eve of his final concert as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, looks ahead to a new phase in his career, while paying a fond farewell to the CSO.

The 61-year-old Spaniard conducts the CSO in Mahler's Symphony No. 5 this weekend at Music Hall. Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will be guest artist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, reprising her first performance with López-Cobos and the CSO in 1989. In September, he will become the CSO's first music director emeritus

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Symphony Gives Listeners a "gift"

    Posted: May 5, 2001 - 8:46:42 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post May 5, 2001)

Talk about a blaze of glory.

Jesús López-Cobos is saving the sentiment for next week, his last as Cincinnati Symphony music director. Friday night at Music Hall, he chose to pin his listeners' ears to the wall instead.

He also gave them a great gift, the first CSO performance of Olivier Messiaen's 20th-century masterpiece, "Turangalila-Symphonie."
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Guest Violinist Conjures Romance

    Posted: Apr 28, 2001 - 8:31:37 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post April 28, 2001)

Friday morning's Cincinnati Symphony concert at Music Hall was all about love.

Making hearts flutter in Bruch's romantic Violin Concerto in G Minor was guest artist Jaime Laredo. On a more spiritual level, music director Jesús López-Cobos took his listeners on one more trip to the mountaintop in Bruckner's great, unfinished Symphony No. 9.
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CSO, Voices Shine in Vivid "Parsifal"

    Posted: Apr 21, 2001 - 8:23:55 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post April 21, 2001)

Good news. Folks turned out for Friday night's Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert at Music Hall. The attendance was down, but not so much as might have been expected at the first event at the Over-the-Rhine landmark since last week's rioting.

It was a connoisseur's program: act two, plus the Prelude and ''Good Friday Music'' from Wagner's opera ''Parsifal.'' CSO music director Jesus Lopez-Cobos - in his element here - led a vivid and well-crafted performance which, from the bravos, left local Wagner fans well served.
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East and West Meet at CSO Performance

    Posted: Apr 7, 2001 - 8:00:23 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post April 7, 2001)

The twain - east and west - met at Music Hall Friday night.

The occasion was the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra premiere of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu's ''From Me Flows What You Call Time.'' Conducting was Tokyo-born guest conductor Junichi Hirokami. Soloists in the Takemitsu were the five-member percussion ensemble Nexus.
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Pops in Fine Form for "Sports Night"

    Posted: Apr 2, 2001 - 8:13:20 PM in: archives
(first published in The Cincinnati Post April 2, 2001)

Wearing a Mudville jersey, baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench retold the story of "Casey at the Bat" with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Sunday night at Music Hall.

It was just one inning of "Sports Night," a fun, breezy Opening Day celebration that also included Abbott and Costello's classic routine "Who's on First?" (taped from the original "Kate Smith Radio Hour"), a football segment featuring NFL announcer Bob Trumpy and singer/ songwriter Mike Reid, who showed that giving up a six-figure salary as a Bengal 20 years ago to "play in clubs for $87.50 a week" was not such a bad idea.
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