Thursday, January 07, 2010

CSO Faces Transition

The CSO announced today that Paavo Jarvi will conclude his tenure as condutor at the end of the 2010-11 season, when his contract expires. The CSO sent an email to its subscribers informing them of the maestro's decision.

That comes on the heels of the death of Erich Kunzel, long-time conductor of the Pops. It also follows--by just a few weeks--Louise Nippert's extraordinary $85 million gift to the CSO.

I moved to Cincinnati in the fall of 2000. The first nine months of that time, I was too busy trying not to flunk out of my first year of law school to do anything outside Clifton. So for me, Paavo--who came here in September 2001--has always been been the face of CSO.

The search for a new conductor will no doubt be made easier by Ms. Nippert's gift, which ensures the long-time financial stability of the CSO. Most orchestras in similarly-sized cities don't have the financial breathing room now enjoyed by the CSO. This all means that CSO will likely have its pick of conductors from around the world.

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