By Mary Ellyn Hutton
Post music writer
A conductor from Estonia leads this weekend's Cincinnati Symphony concerts. And it's not CSO music director Paavo Järvi.
Järvi's countryman, Olari Elts, 33, will make his U.S. debut at 11 a.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday at Music Hall.
Winner in 2000 of the Second International Sibelius Conductors' Competition in Helsinki, Elts will lead the CSO in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 and two CSO premieres.
Only one of the premieres is in any sense new, "The Black Gondola," an orchestration by American composer John Adams of Franz Liszt's late piano piece "La lugubre gondola."
The other premiere is by Mozart, the ballet music to his opera "Idomeneo."
Guest artist is the well regarded Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen, who will perform Ravel's Concerto in G Major. It will be a local debut for Mustonen, who performs often with Järvi's German orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
$16.25-$67.50, $10 for students at (513) 381-3300, www.cincinnatisymphony.org .