Neil Young might be right that Rock & Roll will never die. But time will tell. Orchestras all over the world are still playing music from the 16th century; if The Beatles are being cited as an influence in 2310, that will be a good indication of Rock’s timelessness.
In the meantime, there’s plenty of centuries-old (and newer) music coming this fall, starting with the world-renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in its final season with Maestro Paavo Jarvi. On Sept. 24-26, the CSO welcomes guest conductor John Morris Russell and Broadway dynamo Idina Menzel (star of TV’s Glee and Tony-winner as Elphaba in Wicked). On Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, Maestro Jarvi conducts the CSO for the legendary soprano Kathleen Battle in a program of Strauss (including “Thus Spake Zarathustra”) and Rossini.
Oct. 8-9 and Nov. 5-6 will feature the CSO presenting the first two weekends of a five-weekend schedule covering the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos. Oct. 8-9 will feature guest conductor James Gaffigan and pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa and works by Beethoven, Schubert and Verdi, plus the Cincinnati premiere of a commission by Daniel Bernard Roumain (the Haitian composer better known as DBR, a frequent collaborator with Lady Gaga). The Nov. 5-6 program features conductor Thomas Dausgaard and pianist Barry Douglas translating Beethoven, Bach and Sibelius.
Oct. 12-13 offers guest conductor Carlos Kalmar and the CSO debut of pianist Yuja Wang in a program of Liszt, Bartok and Brahms. The CSO’s Mozart Festival takes place Nov. 12-13 (with guest conductor Sir Roger Norrington) and Nov. 18 and 20-21 (with Maestro Robert Porco and the May Festival Chorus). And the CSO Chamber Players kick off their season on Nov. 12 with a program of Mozart and Haydn at the Erich Kunzel Center at the new SCPA. Call Music Hall at 513-621-1919 or visit
Chamber Music Cincinnati kicks off its 81st season with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quartet on Oct. 5 and continues with the Trio con Brio Copenhagen (pictured) on Oct. 26 and the Harlem Quartet on Dec. 7. Call 859-581-6877 or visit
The Linton Chamber Music Series opens its season on Oct. 17-18 with the Kalichstein/Laredo/Robinson Trio and the Miami String Quartet for a Haydn/Zwilich/Schumann program. The series continues with a Martinu/Schulhoff/Brahms program on Nov. 14-15 and a Beethoven/Dvorak/Shostakovich program on Dec. 5-6. For more information, call 513-381-6868 or visit
The Chamber Music Network of Greater Cincinnati will present its fifth annual Chamber Palooza at the Cincinnati Art Museum Sept. 11 from noon-4 p.m. Guests include the Queen City Bronze, the Cincinnati Klezmer Project and the Wade Brothers Piano Duo, among a wide variety of other instrumentalists and vocalists; a number of family friendly activities are scheduled as well. The event is free. For more information, call 513-304-4078.
This fall the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music presents a full slate of student recitals, faculty artist concerts, choral and orchestral concerts and the ever-popular Guest Artist Series, including Tornado (Oct. 6) and Catacoustic (Oct. 13). For full program information to these generally free events (some may require reservations), visit