The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is primed for another spectacular season with one star-studded evening.

On Sept. 13, world-renown musicians will take the stage during the CSO’s opening night concert and gala at Music Hall.

Headlining the CSO’s fifth opening night gala is Lang Lang, a prominent Chinese pianist in the classical music world. The piano virtuoso played with Metallica during the 2013 Grammy Awards, and also played for a worldwide television audience during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In 2009, Lang Lang played in front of a sold-out crowd at the CSO’s opening Gala. John Harrison, co-chair of the CSO, was among roughly 3,400 people who watched Lang Lang as he put on a skillful performance.

“He was very, very charismatic, young and tuned into the music,” says Harrison. “He’s just a phenomenal pianist.”

The “hottest artist on the classical music planet,” according to The New York Times, will play under the baton of Louis Langreé, CSO musical director. Langreé conducted several concerts with CSO during the 2013-2014 season, and will conduct 22 concerts for the upcoming season. The French conductor also has served as the music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York City since 2002. Langreé has worked with orchestras in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Rome, among others.

The opening night concert will feature an all-Beethoven program and Lang Lang performing as a soloist for the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a much-acclaimed piece of music.

“This will be the first time I get to conduct an opening night Gala concert as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,” says Langreé. “Opening night is always such an exhilarating experience and having Lang Lang on our all-Beethoven program only adds to the anticipation. I genuinely can’t wait to dive into the season.”

The festivities will began with cocktails, dinner and a special appearance by Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy-winning classically trained hip-hop violinist. The Israeli musician has fused her own unique sound with classic soul and dance music. She’s collaborated with artists like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Lang Lang, Ben-Ari and Langreé are three in a host of worldwide musicians visiting CSO this year, including Leila Josefowicz, Emanuel Ax and Paavo Jarvi.

“The CSO is recording and exploring groundbreaking partnerships and programming, and continues its role as an artistic ambassador to the world,” says Meghan Berneking, CSO communications manager. With 26 sold-out concerts in the past four years, Berneking says the symphony and the city’s classical music scene continue to flourish.

“Cincinnati is remarkably passionate about the arts, which has allowed the CSO to thrive.”

Concert tickets start at $45, while dinner and after party prices are separate. Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 513-381-3300. Tickets can also be bought at the box office at 1241 Elm St. Over-the-Rhine. Visit for more information.