CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conductor Louis Langrée took center stage on Friday for his inaugural weekend, which quickly caught national attention.
Langree's performance was deemed "striking" in a review from The New York Times.
"This [CSO] is certainly an organization that has known greatness since its founding in 1895. The affable Mr. Langrée, whose well-regarded work as music director of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival brought him to Cincinnati for the first time just two years ago," wrote New York Times reviewer Zachary Woolfe.
Special guest, Maya Angelou took stage along with Langrée as the narrator in Copland’s stirring “Lincoln Portrait.”
"As striking as his conducting, though, was a passing moment on Friday: When intermission began, he waited until Ms. Angelou’s wheelchair had been brought to her, then walked offstage in her wake. No one would have remarked had he done differently, but it was a gesture as classy as his artistry," said Woolfe.
Langrée, 52, is an internationally acclaimed conductor. Previous to CSO, he held the position of music director at Lincoln Center in New York.