Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its primary concert venue is Music Hall. In addition to its symphony concerts, the orchestra gives pops concerts as the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Cincinnati Symphony is the resident orchestra for the Cincinnati May Festival, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Cincinnati Ballet. Additionally, the orchestra supports the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), a program for young musicians in grades 9 to 12.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
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Concert hallCincinnati Music Hall
Music directorLouis Langrée


Several orchestras had existed in Cincinnati between 1825 and 1872. The immediate precursor ensemble to the current orchestra was the Cincinnati Orchestra, founded in 1872. In 1893, Helen Herron Taft founded the Cincinnati Orchestra Association, and the name of the orchestra was formalised to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra gave its first concerts in 1895 at Pike's Opera House. A year later, the orchestra moved to Music Hall. Its first conductor was Frank Van der Stucken, a Texas-born musician of Flemish ancestry, who served until 1907. In the early years, the orchestra welcomed such composers as Richard Strauss and Edward McDowell. The orchestra also performed the U.S. premiere of the Symphony No. 5 of Gustav Mahler.

Frank Van der Stucken (1858–1929), founder

For three years, the orchestra was disbanded due to labor disputes and financial problems. Upon its reorganisation in 1909, Leopold Stokowski, then a young organist from England, served as the music director of the newly organised orchestra for 3 years, to 1912, his first music directorship of any orchestra. In 1911, the orchestra relocated from Music Hall to Emery Auditorium. Subsequent music directors included Ernst Kunwald through 1918, Eugène Ysaÿe (1918–1922), Fritz Reiner (1922–1933), and Eugene Goossens (1933–1947). The orchestra returned to Music Hall in 1936. Its musical landmarks during this period included the U.S. premiere of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 (1912), its first recordings (1917), first national tours, and the world premieres of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Lincoln Portrait.[1]

Thor Johnson became music director in 1947, and led the orchestra in some of the first stereo recordings for Remington Records. Max Rudolf succeeded Johnson in 1958. Thomas Schippers became music director in 1970, but died abruptly in 1977. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra was formed in 1977, with Erich Kunzel as its conductor. After Schippers' death, Walter Susskind served as artistic advisor of the orchestra from 1978 until his own death in 1980.

In 1980, Michael Gielen became music director in 1980 and held the post until 1986. Jesús López-Cobos became music director in 1986. His achievements included leading on a 1995 European tour, their first since 1969, and their first national television appearance on PBS. His 15-year music directorship remains the longest tenure of the orchestra. In September 2001, he became the orchestra's emeritus music director.

Recent historyEdit

The Cincinnati Symphony performs at the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián in 2017

From 2001 to 2011, the orchestra's music director was Paavo Järvi. The orchestra made a number of recordings for the Telarc label during Järvi's tenure. In January 2007, the orchestra reported financial difficulties, projecting a monetary deficit of about US$2 million for the current fiscal year. In 2009, those difficulties, in addition to the purchase of Telarc by the Concord Music Group, led to the termination of the orchestra's recording contract.[2] In late 2009, Cincinnati arts patron and philanthropist Louise Nippert announced a gift of $85 million (USD) for the orchestra. The orchestra was scheduled to receive directly about $3 million each year (around 75% of its annual distribution). 12% and 5% was allocated to the Cincinnati Opera and Ballet companies, respectively, with the intent of maintaining the Cincinnati Symphony as the resident orchestra for those organisations. In December 2010, John Morris Russell was named the new conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, following the death in 2009 of Erich Kunzel. After the conclusion of his music directorship in 2011, Järvi was named music director laureate. In January 2011, as part of the interim period after the conclusion of Järvi's music directorship and during the search for a new music director, the orchestra named a number of musicians to "Creative Director" posts to curate various concert series.[3] For the 2011–2012 season, these musicians were:

For the 2012–2013 season, Frühbeck de Burgos reprised his role as Creative Director of the Masterworks Series. For the other two series, new musicians were named as directors:

In 2010, the Orchestra launched its own record label, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Media. The inaugural album on the new label, "American Portraits," was released internationally in January 2011. In November 2011, it became the first orchestra in the world to establish a tweeting zone at its concerts.

In March 2011, Louis Langrée first guest-conducted the orchestra. Based on this appearance, in April 2012, the orchestra named Langrée as its 13th music director, effective as of the 2013–2014 season, with an initial contract of four years. He took the title of music director-designate with immediate effect.[5][6] In March 2015, the orchestra announced the extension of Langrée's contract as music director through the 2019–2020 season.[7] In February 2017, the orchestra further extended his contract through the 2021–2022 season.[8] In January 2020, the orchestra announced the newest extension of Langrée's contract, through the 2023–2024 season.[9] In June 2021, the orchestra announced that Langrée is to conclude his tenure as its music director at the close of the 2023–2024 season.[10]


The following is a list of U.S. and world premieres of works at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival (MF):

Composer Work Conductor and Soloist(s) Performance Premiere
Gabriela Ortiz New Work Louis Langrée May 14–15, 2022 (scheduled) World
Guillaume Connesson Oboe Concerto Dwight Parry, oboe May 6–7, 2022 (scheduled) World
Julia Adolphe Paper Leaves on Fields of Clay Louis Langrée April 8–9, 2022 (scheduled) World
Kinds of Kings New Work for Eighth Blackbird and Orchestra Louis Langrée & Eighth Blackbird March 25–27, 2022 (scheduled) World
Mark Simpson Violin Concerto Louis Langrée & Nicola Benedetti, violin January 14–15, 2022 (scheduled) U.S.
Sebastian Currier Track 8 Louis Langrée November 19–20, 2021 (scheduled) World
Christopher Cerrone A Body, Moving Louis Langrée April 9–11, 2021 World
William Winstead Passages in Time Louis Langrée January 18–19, 2020 World
Francisco Coll Hidd'n Blue Gustavo Gimeno October 25–26, 2019 U.S.
Christopher Rouse Symphony No. 6 Louis Langrée October 18–19, 2019 World
Gabriella Smith f(x) = sin2x - 1/x, for orchestra Eun Sun Kim September 28–29, 2019 World
Bryce Dessner Concerto for Two Pianos Louis Langrée, Katia & Marielle Labèque, duo pianos September 20–21, 2019 U.S.
Shara Nova Look Around arr. Nate Thatcher August 3, 2019 World
James MacMillan Credo Juanjo Mena May 25, 2019 (MF) North American
Mark Simpson The Immortal for solo baritone, semi chorus, optional large choru,& orchestra Juanjo Mena May 17, 2019 (MF) U.S.
Clarice Assad Cantos da Terra: Borboleta Matthew Swanson April 14, 2019


Jonathan Bailey Holland Ode Louis Langrée November 9–10, 2018 World
Pierre Jalbert Passage Louis Langrée April 14–15, 2018 World
Enrico Chapela Radioaxial James Gaffigan April 6–7, 2018 World
Emily Cooley Abound Louis Langrée November 24–25, 2017 World
Julia Adolphe Equinox for Chorus Louis Langrée & May Festival Chorus November 4–5, 2017 World
Jonathan Bailey Holland Stories from Home Louis  Langrée October 5–7, 2017 World
Bryce Dessner Wires Matthias Pintscher & Bryce Dessner, guitar January 14, 2017 U.S.
Michael Fiday Three for One Louis Langrée November 25–26, 2016 World
Julia Adolphe See Dream Elegies for Chorus, Oboe,

And Cello

James Conlon May 22, 2016


Alvin Singleton Prayer for tenor solo, chamber choir, and ensemble James Conlon May 22, 2016


Zhou Tian Concerto for Orchestra Louis Langrée May 13–14, 2016 World
Thierry Escaich Psalmos, Concerto for Orchestra Louis Langrée & Thierry Escaich, organ May 6–7, 2016 World
Bryce Dessner Réponse Lutoslawski Louis Langrée March 19, 2016 U.S.
Gunther Schuller Symphonic Triptych Cristian Mâcelaru January 22–23, 2016 World
Sebastian Currier Flex Louis Langrée November 19–21, 2015 World
TJ Cole Elegy Louis Langrée November 13–14, 2015 World
Jonathan Bailey Holland Equality Louis Langrée November 13–14, 2015 World
Kristin P. Kuster Forgive Louis Langrée November 13–14, 2015 World
Daníel Bjarnason Collider Louis Langrée March 14, 2015 World
Caroline Shaw Lo Louis Langrée & Caroline Shaw, violin March 13, 2015 World
André Previn Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra Louis Langrée, Jaime Laredo, violin & Sharon Robinson, cello November 21, 2014 World
David Lang mountain Louis Langrée March 22, 2014 World
Nico Muhly Pleasure Ground Louis Langrée & Nathan Wyatt, baritone March 21, 2014 World
Zhou Tian Poem from a Vanished Time Mei-Ann Chen & Timothy Lees, violin March 23–24, 2013
Philip Glass Cello Concerto No. 2, Naqoyqatsi Dennis Russell Davies & Matt Haimovitz, cello March 30–31, 2012
Erkki-Sven Tüür Piano Concerto Paavo Järvi & Awadagin Pratt, piano May 13–14, 2011 U.S.
Erkki-Sven Tüür Fireflower Paavo Järvi May 13–14, 2011
Charles Coleman P. J. Fanfare Paavo Järvi May 6–7, 2011
Stewart Goodyear Count Up Paavo Järvi March 25–26, 2011
Jörg Widmann Souvenir bavarois Paavo Järvi February 3–5, 2011
Jonathan Bailey Holland The Party Starter Paavo Järvi January 28–29, 2011
Ian Krouse Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking Robert Porco May 21, 2010


Erkki-Sven Tüür Symphony No. 7, Pietas Paavo Järvi September 25–27, 2009
Jeffrey Mumford . . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous James Gaffigan March 27–28, 2009
Marc André Dalbavie Concerto for Flute Paavo Järvi & Emmanuel Pahud,flute March 20–21, 2009
Erkki-Sven Tüür The Path and the Traces Paavo Järvi January 16–18, 2009
Robert Johnson prairyerth Paavo Järvi May 2–3, 2008
Jörg Widmann Antiphon Paavo Järvi March 7, 2008
Krzysztof Penderecki Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (Resurrection), Rev. 2007 Krzysztof Penderecki & Barry Douglas, piano December 7–8, 2007
Charles Coleman Deep Woods Paavo Järvi May 3–5, 2007
Adolphus Hailstork Earthrise James Conlon May 19, 2006


Aulis Sallinen Symphony No. 8, Op. 81, Autumnal Fragments Paavo Järvi January 20–22, 2005
Stephen Paulus All Things are Passing Robert Porco May 23, 2004


Jonathan Bailey Holland Halcyon Sun Paavo Järvi April 30 – May 2, 2004
Douglas Lowry Exordium Nobile Paavo Järvi September 12–13, 2003
Lorenzo Palomo Concierto de Cienfuegos Jesús López-Cobos & Los Romeros,guitar April 25–27, 2003
Kevin Puts Symphony No. 2 Paavo Järvi March 7–9, 2002
Carl Orff Tanzende Faune, Op. 21 Paavo Järvi November 15–17, 2001
Erkki-Sven Tüür Concierto for Violin & Orchestra Paavo Järvi & Isabelle van Keulen, violin November 15–17, 2001
Charles Coleman Streetscape Paavo Järvi September 14–15, 2001
Joel Hoffman The Smile Jesús López-Cobos March 23–24, 2001
Randy Edelman Transcontinental - A Mad Musical Dash Across the USA Erich Kunzel December 1–2, 2000
Steven Reineke Rise of the Phoenix (Fanfare for Orchestra) Erich Kunzel December 1–2, 2000
Jonathan D. Kramer Rewind: A Semi-Suite Jesús López-Cobos November 10–11, 2000
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra Jesús López-Cobos & Jeffrey Biegel, piano September 22–23, 2000
Daniel Brewbaker Cincinnatus Psalm James Conlon May 26, 2000


Gideon Lewensohn Serenata Concertante Serenata Concertante May 13, 1999 (MF)
Kurt Weill Der Weg der Veheissung: Propheten James Conlon May 13, 1999 (MF)
Robert Johnson Autunnale for Orchestra, Oboe and English Horn Jesús López-Cobos, Richard Johnson, oboe & Robert Walters, English horn April 23–24, 1999
George Duke Muir Woods Suite (for Jazz Piano and Orchestra) Jesús López-Cobos & George Duke, jazz piano April 29 – May 1, 1999
Alvin Singleton Praisemaker James Conlon May 22, 1998


Leonardo Balada Concierto Magico for Guitar and Orchestra Jesús López-Cobos & Angel Romero, guitar March 13–14, 1998
Joel Hoffman Millennium Dances Jesús López-Cobos September 19–20, 1997
Dave Brubeck Orchestral Suite from Joy In The Morning Jesús López-Cobos January 24–25, 1997
Bernard Rands Fanfare for Orchestra Jesús López-Cobos September 27–28, 1996
Gunther Schuller An Arc Ascending Jesús López-Cobos June 12, 1996
Robert Johnson Nightpiece (After Blakelock) Jesús López-Cobos February 8–10, 1996
Dennis Eberhard For the Musicians of the Queen Jesús López-Cobos January 12–13, 1996
Edwin London Fanfarronda Jesús López-Cobos November 30 – December 2, 1995
Eric Stokes Fanfare of Rings Jesús López-Cobos November 24–25, 1995
Franz Lehár Feiber, Tone Poem Erich Kunzel & Carsten Süss, tenor November 10–11, 1995
Franz Lehár Triumphal March Erich Kunzel November 10–11, 1995
Mary Judge Fanfare for a Celebration Jesús López-Cobos September 22–23, 1995
Joel Hoffman ChiaSsO Jesús López-Cobos September 15–16, 1995
John Corigliano To Music Fanfare Jesús López-Cobos May 4–6, 1995
Frank Proto Ghost in Machine Jesús López-Cobos; Cleo Laine, vocalist & Paul Winfield, narrator April 28–29, 1995
Roque Cordero Fanfarria Jubilosa Jesús López-Cobos April 21–22, 1995
Leonardo Balada Shadows, for Orchestra Jesús López-Cobos March 31 – April 1, 1995
Steven Stucky Fanfare for Cincinnati Jesús López-Cobos March 10–11, 1995
Fred Lerdahl Without Fanfare Jesús López-Cobos March 10–11, 1995
Michael Schelle Centennimania Keith Lockhart March 2–4, 1995
David Stock Fanfarria Ivan Fischer February 24–25, 1995
Philip Koplow Clear to the Final Ocean Ivan Fischer February 17–18, 1995
Marc Neikrug Flamenco Fanfare Pinchas Zukerman & Eric Kim, cello December 1–3, 1994
Gerald Plain Fireworks for Large Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis November 25–26, 1994
Marta Ptaszynska Fanfare for Peace Jesús López-Cobos November 18–19, 1994
Jonathan D. Kramer Cincy in C Jesús López-Cobos November 10–12, 1994
Krzysztof Penderecki Entrata Krzysztof Penderecki November 4–5, 1994
Samuel Adler Centennial Yuri Temirkanov October 21–22, 1994
Daniel Asia Gateways: Fanfare for Cincinnati Hermann Michael October 7–8, 1994
Gerhard Samuel Auguri Jesús López-Cobos September 30 – October 1, 1994
Vincent McDermott Titus Magnificus Jesús López-Cobos September 23–24, 1994
Gunther Schuller The Past is in the Present Jesús López-Cobos March 25–26, 1994
William Waite Gems Jesús López-Cobos April 23–24, 1993
Edwin London A Hero of Our Time Jesús López-Cobos September 25–26, 1992
Philip Koplow Legacy: J. Ralph Corbett Jesús López-Cobos March 6–7, 1992
Tania León Carabalí Jesús López-Cobos January 17–18, 1992
Frank Proto The New Seasons Jesús López-Cobos; Michael Thornton, tuba; Richard Jensen, percussion & William Platt, percussion April 19–20, 1991
Jonathan D. Kramer About Face Jesús López-Cobos November 10–11, 1989
Ronald Caltabiano Northwest! Jesús López-Cobos January 27–28, 1989
Joel Hoffman Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Jesús López-Cobos & Cho-Liang Lin,violin January 13–14, 1989
Frank Proto Dialogue for Synclavier and Orchestra Michael Gielen March 7–8, 1986
Earl Kim Where Grief Slumbers Michael Gielen and Benita Valente, soprano February 28 – March 1, 1986
Ira Taxin Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra Bernard Rubenstein; Empire Brass Quintet, & brass quintet March 30–31, 1984
Jonathan D. Kramer Moments in and out of Time Michael Gielen February 10–11, 1984
Norman Dinnerstein Golden Bells Michael Gielen October 14–15, 1983
Hans Werner Henze Dramatic Scenes, Part 1, from Orpheus Michael Gielen March 11–12, 1983
Mauricio Kagel Variations Without Fugue Michael Gielen & Eugene Pridonoff, piano February 18–19, 1983
Bernd Alois Zimmerman Dialogue for Two Pianos and Orchestra Michael Gielen, Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky, piano February 12–13, 1982
Frank Proto Concert No. 2 for Double Bass David Stahl & Francois Rabbath, contrabass November 20–21, 1981
Ned Rorem Double Concerto in Ten Movements for Cello and Piano Jorge Mester; Peter Wiley, cello &Lee Luvisi, piano November 13–14, 1981
Dmitri Shostakovich Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Op. 145A John Nelson & John Shirley-Quirk, bass-baritone December 12–13, 1980
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Neeme Järvi May 16–17, 1980
Richard Rodney Bennett Actaeon, For Horn And Orchestra Walter Susskind & Barry Tuckwell, horn December 7–8, 1979
Frank Proto Concerto for Cello and Orchestra David Stahl & Peter Wiley, cello April 20–21, 1979
Scott Huston Fanfare for the 200th Kazimierz Kord May 6–7, 1977
Paul Cooper Homage Carmon DeLeone April 29–30, 1977
Gene Gutche Perseus and Andromeda XX (Asymmetrical Dances), Op. 50 Kenneth Schermerhorn February 25–26, 1977
Alan Hovhaness Fanfare for the New Atlantis Kenneth Schermerhorn February 25–26, 1977
Frank Proto Bicentennial Fanfare Thomas Schippers November 5–6, 1976
Paul Creston Fanfare '76 - The Republic Stands, Op. 106 Thomas Schippers March 5–6, 1976
Ingolf Dahl Symphony Concertante for Two Clarinets and Orchestra Thomas Schippers; Carmine Campione, clarinet & Richard Waller, clarinet March 5–6, 1976
Howard Hanson Laude: Chorale and Fanfare Carmon DeLeone February 20–21, 1976
Ned Rorem Air Music, Ten Variations for Orchestra Thomas Schippers December 5–6, 1975
Virgil Thomson Fanfare: A Portrait Thomas Schippers December 5–6, 1975
Walter Piston Bicentennial Fanfare Thomas Schippers November 14–15, 1975
Donald Erb New England's Prospect James Levine May 17, 1974
Felix Labunski Primavera Thomas Schippers April 19–20, 1974
Claus Adam Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra Thomas Schippers & Stephen Kates, cello October 26–27, 1973
Frank Proto Concerto in One Movement for Violin and String Bass Thomas Schippers; Ruggiero Ricci, violin & Barry Green, contrabass October 13–14, 1972
Frank Martin Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra Thomas Schippers & Paul Badura-Skoda, piano April 7–8, 1972

James Furman I Have a Dream, Symphonic Oratorio Erich Kunzel January 22–23, 1971
Dale Frank Kosha Erich Kunzel June 7, 1970
Wilfred Josephs Mortales, Op. 62 Julius Rudel May 23, 1970 (MF)
Gen Parchman Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra Erich Kunzel & Eugene Espino, timpani May 1–2, 1970
Bernd Alois Zimmermann Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu Erich Kunzel April 24–25, 1970
Kurt Weill Das Berliner Requiem Erich Kunzel, Seth McCoy, tenor & William Justus, baritone April 3–4, 1970
Jenõ Takács Antiqua Hungarica, Op. 47 Max Rudolf March 7–8, 1970
Dave Brubeck CSO 75th Anniversary Salute Erich Kunzel February 27–28, 1970
Gardner Read Symphony No. 4, Op. 42 Erich Kunzel January 30–31, 1970
Paul Reif Fanfare and Fugato Erich Kunzel December 12–13, 1969
Peter Mennin The Pied Piper of Hamelin Max Rudolf May 2, 1969 (MF)
Alan Hovhaness Symphony No. 19, Op. 217, Vishnu Erich Kunzel January 10–11, 1969
Hans Werner Henze Moralities Max Rudolf May 18, 1968 (MF)
Wilfred Josephs Symphony No. 2 Max Rudolf March 8–9, 1968
Scott Huston Four Phantasms Max Rudolf February 2–3, 1968
Bernard Rogers Apparitions Max Rudolf December 15–16, 1967
Tadeusz Baird Concerto for Orchestra Max Rudolf November 17–18, 1967
Wilfred Josephs Requiem, Op. 39 Max Rudolf, Annie Walker, soprano; Norman Treigle, bass & Roy Christensen, cello January 12–14, 1967
Felix Labunski Polish Renaissance Suite Max Rudolf January 6–7, 1967
Miljenko Prohaska Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Strings Max Rudolf December 9–10, 1966
Gene Gutche Hsiang Fei, Op. 40 Max Rudolf October 21–22, 1966
Yannis Papaioannou Symphony No. 5 Max Rudolf April 29–30, 1966
Jenõ Takács Eisenstadt Divertimento, Op. 75 Max Rudolf January 14–15, 1966
Franz Waxman The Song of Terezin ( A Dramatic Song Cycle) Stanislaw Skrowaczewski May 22, 1965 (MF)
George Crumb Variazioni for Orchestra Max Rudolf May 8, 1965
Easley Blackwood Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 13 Max Rudolf & Richard Waller, clarinet November 20–21, 1964
Gen Parchman Winsel Overture Max Rudolf January 17–18, 1964
Gian Carlo Menotti The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi Max Rudolf May 18, 1963 (MF)
Gunther Schuller Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Max Rudolf & Jeanne Kirstein,piano October 26–27, 1962
Jenõ Takács Passacaglia for String Orchestra, Op. 73 Max Rudolf October 12–13, 1962
Norman Dello Joio Fantasy and Variations for Piano and Orchestra Max Rudolf & Lorin Hollander,piano March 9–10, 1962
Donato di Veroli Theme and Variations for Orchestra Max Rudolf November 25–26, 1961
Gen Parchman Symphony for String Orchestra Max Rudolf November 24–25, 1961
Felix Labunski Symphonic Dialogues Max Rudolf February 9–11, 1961
Stjepan Sulek Concerto No. 1 for Orchestra, Classical Milan Horvat January 20–21, 1961
Joseph Tal Symphony No. 1 Max Rudolf February 12–13, 1960
Gunther Schuller Contours Max Rudolf December 31 – January 2, 1960
Leo Kraft Variations for Orchestra Max Rudolf December 1–3, 1960
Margaret Johnson Bosworth Queen City Suite Josef Krips May 4, 1960 (MF)
Samuel S. Ensor Verses from a Children's Book, Short Movements for Narrator and Orchestra Max Rudolf & Charlotte Shockley, narrator February 12–13, 1960
Henry Humphreys A Christmas Fantasy-Overture, Op. 68 Max Rudolf December 18–19, 1959
Ingvar Lidholm Ritornello Max Rudolf November 27–28, 1959
Jenõ Takács Semiseria Overture Max Rudolf October 23–24, 1959
Peter Racine Fricker Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 Max Rudolf October 16–17, 1959
John Haussermann Two Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 27 Max Rudolf April 3–4, 1959
Bernard Rogers Africa, Symphony in Two Movements Max Rudolf January 20 & January 31, 1959
Charles Mills Crazy Horse Symphony Max Rudolf November 28–29, 1958
Jenõ Takács The Chant of the Creation Josef Krips May 10, 1958 (MF)
Toshitsugu Ogihara Sinfonia di Giappone Thor Johnson April 11–12, 1958
Henry Humphreys The Wast Land, for Narrator and Orchestra Thor Johnson; Babette Effron, piano & Basil Langton, narrator April 3–4, 1958
Serge Hovey Sholem Aleichem Suite for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra Thor Johnson; Louis Linowitz, baritone; Lucille Rinsky, soprano and Robert Bennett, tenor February 21–22, 1958
George Rochberg Waltz Serenade for Orchestra Thor Johnson February 14–15, 1958
Lani Smith Prelude and Scherzo for Brass, Timpani and Strings Thor Johnson December 6–7, 1957
John Larkin Mass for the Popes, for Voices, Strings and Organ Thor Johnson & Robert Schaeffer,organ November 1–2, 1957
Serge de Gastyne Hollin Hall Symphony Thor Johnson April 12–13, 1957
Fritz Manczyk Six Variations on a Sarabande by J.S. Bach Thor Johnson February 22–23, 1957
Normand Lockwood "Am I My Brother's Keeper?" Part I of the Oratorio Children of God Thor Johnson; Marcelle Bolman, soprano; Shirley Delp, alto; Franklin Bens, tenor; Edgar Keenon, baritone & Donald Gramm, bass February 1–2, 1957
Henry Dixon Cowell Variations for Orchestra Thor Johnson November 23–24, 1956
Ernest Bloch Symphony in E-flat Thor Johnson November 9–10, 1956
Wallingford Riegger Overture for Orchestra, Op. 60 Thor Johnson October 26–27, 1956
Wallace Berry Spoon River (Song Cycle for Baritone and Soprano) Thor Johnson May 11, 1956 (MF)
Felix Labunski Images of Youth Thor Johnson May 11, 1956 (MF)
Franz Reizenstein Voices of Night (A Cantata) Josef Krips May 10, 1956 (MF)
Benjamin Britten Gloriana, Op. 53 Josef Krips May 8, 1956 (MF)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Davidde Penitente, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra, K. 469

(First known performance in the US)

Thor Johnson, Lois Marshall, soprano; Loren Driscoll, tenor & Sadie Ruth McCollum, mezzo-soprano February 17–18, 1956
Serge de Gastyne L'ile Lumiere Thor Johnson January 6–7, 1956
William Schuman Credendum, An Article of Faith Thor Johnson November 4, 1955
Yasushi Akutagawa Musica per Orchestra Sinfonica Thor Johnson October 21–22, 1955
Anthony Donato Solitude in the City, for Narrator and Orchestra Thor Johnson & Carl Jacobs III, narrator March 25–26, 1955
Scott Huston Abstract Thor Johnson February 11–12, 1955
Jean Sibelius The Tempest, Op. 109 [complete] Thor Johnson, Bige Hammons, bass-baritone; Mary Garnett Poarch, soprano & Antioch Area Theatre, guest December 3–4, 1954
Franz Schmidt The Book with Seven Seals (An Oratorio) Josef Krips May 7, 1954 (MF)
Gösta Nystroem Concerto for Viola and Orchestra Thor Johnson & Erik Kahlson, viola April 15–17, 1954
Baruch Cohon Let There be Light Thor Johnson & Abraham Braude, baritone February 12–13, 1954
Charles Hamm Sinfonia for Orchestra Thor Johnson February 5–6, 1954
Harald Saeverud Galdreslatten (Danza Sinfonica con Passacaglia), Op. 20 Thor Johnson October 16–17, 1953
William C. Byrd Cincinnati Profiles, Suite for Orchestra: The Seven Hills Thor Johnson February 27–28, 1953
Eugene Hemmer Cincinnati Profiles, Suite for Orchestra: Fountain Square Thor Johnson February 27–28, 1953
John Larkin Cincinnati Profiles, Suite for Orchestra: Mount Adams, A Symphonic Impression Thor Johnson February 27–28, 1953
Robert Whitcomb Cincinnati Profiles, Suite for Orchestra: From the Ohio River Thor Johnson February 27–28, 1953
Uuno Klami Kalevala Sarja (“Kalevala Suite”), Op. 23 Thor Johnson April 4–5, 1952
Paul Creston Walt Whitman, Op. 53 Thor Johnson March 28–29, 1952
Vittorio Rieti Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra Thor Johnson; Arthur Gold, piano & Robert Fizdale, piano February 15–16, 1952
Vittorio Giannini A Canticle of Christmas, for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra Thor Johnson & Hubert Kockritz, bariton December 14–15, 1951
Carl Hugo Grimm A Christmas Concerto, for Orchesta, Op. 52 Thor Johnson December 14–15, 1951
Roy Harris Cumberland Concerto for Orchestra Thor Johnson October 19–20, 1951
Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia (Quasi Variazone) on the “Old 104th” Psalm Tune Thor Johnson & Frank Glazer, piano April 20–21, 1951
Vittorio Giannini Sinfonia per Orchestra Thor Johnson April 6–7, 1951
Darius Milhaud Suite from Jeux de Printemps Thor Johnson March 31 – April 1, 1951
Felix Labunski Variations for Orchestra Thor Johnson January 6–7, 1951
Rudolph Ganz Symphonic Overture to an Unwritten Comedy, Laughter...yet Love, Op. 34 Thor Johnson November 24–25, 1950
Quincy Porter The Desolate City, for Baritione and Orchestra Thor Johnson & Mack Harrell, baritone November 24–25, 1950
Don Gillis Thomas Wolfe, American Thor Johnson & Samuel Messer, narrator October 27–28, 1950
Carlos Chavez Toccata Para Instrumentos de Percusión Thor Johnson, Fred W. Noak, percussion; Ernest Lorenz, percussion; Edward Wuebold, percussion; Glenn Robinson, percussion; George J. Carey, percussion & Harold J. Thompson, percussion April 22–23, 1950
Arthur Honegger Jour de Fete Suisse Thor Johnson December 31 – January 1, 1949
Aaron Avshalomov Symphony No. 2 in E Minor Thor Johnson December 30–31, 1949
James Gutheim Heller Rhapsody for Orchestra Thor Johnson December 16–17, 1949
John Antill Suite from Corrobboree Eugene Goossens November 23–24, 1949
David Diamond The Enormous Room Thor Johnson November 19–20, 1949
Eric Delamarter "Cluny" Dialogue for Viola and Orchestra Thor Johnson & Erik Kahlson, viola October 22–23, 1949
John Haussermann Symphony No. 3 Thor Johnson April 1–2, 1949
Cecil Effinger Little Symphony No. 2 Thor Johnson February 4–5, 1949
Jean Sibelius Scenes Historiques Thor Johnson December 10–11, 1948
Henry Bryant The Promised Land ( A Symphony of Palestine) [Symphony No. 2] Thor Johnson November 26–27, 1948
Don Gillis Portrait of a Frontier Town Thor Johnson February 21–22, 1948
Henry Brant Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Thor Johnson January 30–31, 1948
David Broekman Symphony No. 2 Eugene Goossens March 7–8, 1947
Martin G. Dumler Te Deum Eugene Goossens May 11, 1946 (MF)
Frederick Delius A Mass of Life Eugene Goossens May 8, 1946 (MF)
Ulrich Cole Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra Eugene Goossens & Ulrich Cole, piano March 1–2, 1946
Carl Hugo Grimm An American Overture, Op. 47 Eugene Goossens February 15–16, 1946
John Haussermann Ronde Carnavalesque Eugene Goossens April 6–7, 1945
Gunther Schuller Concerto for Horn & Orchestra Eugene Goossens & Gunther Schuller, French horn April 6–7, 1945
Eugene Goossens Jubilee Variations: Variations on a Theme by Goossens Eugene Goossens March 23–24, 1945
William Grant Still Festive Overture Eugene Goossens January 19–20, 1945
Bernard Rogers The Passion Eugene Goossens May 12, 1944 (MF)
John Haussermann Symphony No. 2, Op. 22 Eugene Goossens April 1 – March 31, 1944
Pescara Symphonic Sketch, Tibet Eugene Goossens March 3–4, 1944
Eugene Goossens Phantasy-Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 60 Eugene Goossens & José Iturbi, piano February 25–26, 1944
Eric Werner Symphony-Requiem Eugene Goossens January 21–22, 1944
Bedřich Smetana Country Scenes from Bohemia Eugene Goossens January 7–8, 1944
Dana Suesse Concerto in E Minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra Eugene Goossens; Ethel Bartlett, piano & Rae Robertson, piano December 10–11, 1943
Eugene Goossens Fanfare for the Merchant Marine Eugene Goossens April 16–17, 943
Howard Hanson Fanfare for the Signal Corps Eugene Goossens April 2–3, 1943
Martin G. Dumler Prelude and Fugue Eugene Goossens March 26–27, 1943
Carl Hugo Grimm Montana, Two Impressions for Orchestra Eugene Goossens March 26–27, 1943
Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man Eugene Goossens March 12–13, 1943
Felix Borowski Fanfare for the American Soldier Eugene Goossens March 5–6, 1943
Anis Fuleihan Fanfare for Medical Corps Eugene Goossens February 26–27, 1943
Harl McDonald Fanfare for Poland Eugene Goossens February 5–6, 1943
Leo Sowerby Fanfare for Airmen Eugene Goossens January 29–30, 1943
Morton Gould Fanfare for Freedom Eugene Goossens January 22–23, 1943
Virgil Thomson Fanfare for France Eugene Goossens January 15–16, 1943
William Grant Still Fanfare for American Heroes Eugene Goossens December 18–19, 1942
Darius Milhaud Fanfare de la Liberté Eugene Goossens December 11–12, 1942
Paul Creston Fanfare for Paratroopers Eugene Goossens November 27–28, 1942
Daniel Gregory Mason A Fanfare for Friends Eugene Goossens November 6–7, 1942
Henry Dixon Cowell Fanfare for the Forces of the Latin American Allies Eugene Goossens October 30–31, 1942
Walter Piston Fanfare for the Fighting French Eugene Goossens October 23–24, 1942
Deems Taylor Fanfare for Russia Eugene Goossens October 16–17, 1942
Bernard Wagenaar A Fanfare for Airmen Eugene Goossens October 9–10, 1942
Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait Andre Kostelanetz & William Adams, narrator May 14, 1942
Jerome Kern “Portrait for Orchestra” from Mark Twain Andre Kostelanetz May 14, 1942
Virgil Thomson The Mayor La Guardia Waltzes Andre Kostelanetz May 14, 1942
José Iturbi Soliloquy for Orchestra Eugene Goossens January 23–24, 1942
Benjamin Britten Scottish Ballade for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Op. 26 Eugene Goossens; Ethel Bartlett, piano & Rae Robertson, piano November 28–29, 1941
Robert Casadesus Symphony No. 2, Op. 32 Eugene Goossens November 21–22, 1941
James Gutheim Heller Little Symphony for Small Orchestra Eugene Goossens April 4–5, 1941
Eugene Goossens Symphony No. 1, Op. 58 Eugene Goossens April 12–13, 1940
Bernard Rogers Song of the Nightingale, Symphonic Pictures after Hans Christian Andersen Eugene Goossens March 21–23, 1940
Robert Casadesus Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra Eugene Goossens,Robert Casadesus, piano & Gaby Casadesus, piano February 9–10, 1940
James Gutheim Heller Watchman, What of the Night: Excerpts Eugene Goossens May 3, 1939


Jean Ten Have Symphonic Prelude Eugene Goossens April 6–8, 1939
Ernest John Moeran Symphony in G Minor Eugene Goossens Mar 25 - 26,1938
Carlos Lopez Buchardo Escenas Argentinas Frieder Weissmann January 7–8, 1938
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan Overture In C (In Memoriam) Eugene Goossens October 13, 1937
Richard Strauss Prelude to Act III of Arabella, Op. 79 Eugene Goossens October 16–17, 1937
R. Nathaniel Dett The Ordering of Moses Eugene Goossens May 7, 1937


Edgar Stillman Kelley Gulliver, His Voyage to Lilliput, A Symphony in Four Movements Eugene Goossens April 9–10, 1937
Eugene Goossens Pictures for Flute, Strings and Percussion Eugene Goossens & Ary van Leeuwen, flute February 28–29, 1936
James Gutheim Heller “Lento” from Four Sketches for Orchestra Eugene Goossens February 7–8, 1936
Karol Rathaus Serenade for Orchestra, Op. 35 Eugene Goossens January 17–18, 1936
Martin G. Dumler Stabat Mater Eugene Goossens May 25, 1935


Sir Granville Bantock Atalanta in Calydon Eugene Goossens May 24, 1935 (MF)
Cyril Scott La Belle Dame Sans Merci Eugene Goossens May 24, 1935


Harry Waldo Warner Hampton Wick, Op. 38 Eugene Goossens November 30 – December 1, 1934
Sir Arnold Bax Symphony No. 5 Eugene Goossens April 6–7, 1934
John Ireland Prelude, The Forgotten Rite Eugene Goossens April 6–7, 1934
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Overture to The Maid of Pskov Eugene Goossens March 16–17, 1934
Emerson Whithorne Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 49 Eugene Goossens January 12–13, 1934
Leopold Godowsky Java Suite Eugene Goossens February 2–3, 1933
Francis Poulenc Mouvements perpetuels Eugene Goossens December 4–5, 1931
M. Enrico Theme and Variations for Orchestra, Op. 131 Fritz Reiner March 27–28, 1931
Darius Milhaud Concerto No. 1 for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 108 Fritz Reiner & Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, viola February 27–28, 1931
Maurice Ravel Menuet antique Fritz Reiner December 12–13, 1930
Roger Sessions Suite from The Black Maskers Fritz Reiner December 5–6, 1930
Filip Lazar Tziganes, Scherzo for Orchestra Fritz Reiner November 28–29, 1930
Daniel Gregory Mason Symphony No. 2 in A major Fritz Reiner November 7–8, 1930
Kurt Weill Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 Fritz Reiner & Emil Heermann, violin March 28–29, 1930
Ferruccio Busoni Concerto in C Major for Piano, Orchestra and Male Voices, Op. 39 Fritz Reiner & Karin Dayas, piano March 14–15, 1930
Samuel L. M. Barlow Alba, Symphonic Poem Fritz Reiner January 31 – February 1, 1930
Louis Gruenberg Jazz Suite, Op. 28 Fritz Reiner March 22–23, 1929
Daniel Gregory Mason Chanticleer, Festival Overture, Op. 27 Fritz Reiner November 23–24, 1928
Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli Piccola Suite Victor de Sabata November 25–26, 1927
Jesús Guridi Thus Sang the Little Ones Frank Van der Stucken May 7, 1927


Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata No. 205, Aeols Appeased

(First known US performance)

Frank Van der Stucken May 6, 1927


Béla Bartók Two Scenes from The Miraculous Mandarin Fritz Reiner April 1–2, 1927
Arthur Bliss Hymn to Apollo Fritz Reiner March 18–19, 1927
Arthur Honegger Concertino for Piano and Orchestra Fritz Reiner & Walter Gieseking, piano March 18–19, 1927
Lodewijk Mortelmans Young America Frank Van der Stucken May 9, 1925


Vittorio Rieti Concerto for Quintet of Wind Instruments and Orchestra Fritz Reiner April 17–18, 1925
Béla Bartók Dance Suite for Orchestra Fritz Reiner April 3–4, 1925
Wilhelm Grosz Prelude to a Comic Opera, Op. 14 Fritz Reiner February 6–7, 1925
Henry Kimball Hadley Resurgam, Op. 98 Frank Van der Stucken May 5, 1923


Béla Bartók Suite No. 1 for Orchestra, Op. 3 Fritz Reiner January 19–20, 1923
Alexander Glazunov Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 33 Fritz Reiner November 24 - 15,1922
Albert Dupuis Symphonic Fragments from Jean-Michel Eugène Ysaÿe November 19–20, 1920
Théophile Ysaÿe Symphony in F Major, Op. 14 Eugène Ysaÿe March 28–29, 1919
Edgar Stillman Kellye Pilgrim’s Progress, Op. 37 Eugène Ysaÿe May 10, 1918


Eugène Ysaÿe Exil, Op. 25 for high strings Eugène Ysaÿe May 9, 1918


Josef Hofmann Chromaticon, for Piano and Orchestra Ernst Kunwald & Josef Hofmann, piano November 24–25, 1916
Louis G. Sturm Preludio, Tema e Variazione in E Minor, Op. 34 Ernst Kunwald February 26–27, 1915
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D Minor Ernst Kunwald May 9, 1914 (MF)
Richard Strauss Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 Ernst Kunwald April 27, 1916 (MF)
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor Frank van der Stucken March 24–25, 1905
Pier Adolfo Tirindelli Leggenda Celeste Frank van der Stucken February 20–21, 1903
Pier Adolfo Tirindelli Concerto in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra Frank van der Stucken & Pier Adolfo Tirindelli, violin February 23–24, 1900
Alexander Ritter Charfreitag und Frohnleichnam Frank van der Stucken February 23–24, 1900
Alexander Scriabin Réverie in E Minor, Op. 24 Frank van der Stucken December 1–2, 1899
Felix Weingartner Symphony in G Major, Op. 23 Frank van der Stucken November 17–18, 1899
Antonin Dvořák The Midday Witch, Op. 108 Frank van der Stucken February 12–13, 1897
Johannes Brahms Triumphlied (Triumphal Hymn), Op. 55 Theodore Thomas May 11, 1875 (MF)
Johann Sebastian Bach Magnificat, BWV 243

(First known US performance)

Theodore Thomas May 13, 1875 (MF)
George Frederic Handel Dettingen Te Deum

(First known US performance)

Theodore Thomas May 6, 1873 (MF)


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