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So Cincinnati: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

CINCINNATI (Tiffany Wilson) -- The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra officially welcomes its new music director to the stage Friday.

Louis Langree becomes the 13th music director in the symphony's storied history. Local 12's Tiffany Wilson spoke to Langree about the position and why he's leaving Paris to become part of something that is so Cincinnati.

In the moments before a masterpiece, Music Hall echoes a collection of conflict. Starting this weekend, the passionate hands of Louis Langree will make the music whole.

Being a guest conductor is like having an affair,Langree says. Being the music director is getting married.

Tiffany Wilson asked Langree what he is doing that he wants people in the audience to understand well? 

They don't need to understand if I do 5/4 bar, or beat 2 plus 3 or 3 plus 2, that is our own cuisine. I just want them to listen to the music and not only listen, but experience it, Langree says.

Watching Langree conduct, you can see the motion in his every move. Concert master Tim Lees says the start of Langree's tenure is a defining moment in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's nearly 120 year history.

Someone once put that he is the artistic conscience of the orchestra, Lees says.

Others compare maestros to quarterbacks, deftly guiding musicians through an aspect.  In any case, Langree is an important hire for an historic part of Cincinnati's art scene.

In my estimation, Cincinnati can compare to any of the major cities, as far as the arts go. As the orchestra in itself, we're of the highest level, Lee says. We're a world class orchestra, we record, we tour, we do everything the top orchestras do. I'm not sure everybody in this community knows that.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in Ohio. It's the 5th oldest in the United States. The first orchestra to do a national radio broadcast. This orchestra has sold more than 10 million records around the world. CSOs success stems from years of strong community support and hours of rehearsals each week. For a city the size of Cincinnati to have an orchestra of this caliber is, frankly, unheard of.

Langree agrees saying the sound of CSO pulled him across the Atlantic.

This clarity, this crystal clear attacks the transparency of the sound, but also the density, the richness, the beautiful velvet color.

This weekend, audiences will discover the dynamic combination of German music directed by a Frenchman and brought to life by an orchestra that's so Cincinnati. 

This isn't Langree's first time conducting in Cincinnati. He was the guest conductor for the wildly successful Luminosity concerts over the summer. Tickets for this weekend's performances start at 12 dollars.


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