In Sunday’s (9/26) Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand writes, “For Paavo Järvi, opening his final season as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra feels both wonderful and sad. ‘It feels wonderful because I love coming back,’ said Järvi, reached on Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany. ‘But it’s sad, because it’s 10 years of my life, and I can actually look back and see the results. It’s a little bit of a sad moment for me personally, because many orchestra members and many people in Cincinnati are close personal friends.’ Järvi will open the orchestra’s 116th season—his 10th—on Thursday. He was speaking by phone in a rare quiet moment between launching the concert seasons of four orchestras, all of which he heads. … ‘But to me, the last season with Cincinnati is very important. I have been there for 10 years, and this is a very emotional season. I want to make sure it goes well, and to me it matters.’ Järvi is looking forward to revisiting some of his favorite music this season and leading some that he has never conducted. … To honor his 10th anniversary, Järvi will lead the premieres of five fanfares composed by some of his closest friends and collaborators.”

Posted September 27, 2010