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Decreased Political Awareness

    Posted: Mar 18, 2009 - 10:45:54 AM in: commentary_2009
Do newspapers  matter?  According to a new study by economists at Princeton University based on evidence from the closing of the Cincinnati Post in December, 2007, they can have "a substantial and measurable impact on public life."  After the Post closed, fewer candidates ran for public office in Cincinnati's Northern Kentucky suburbs, where the Post was historically dominant.  Incumbents were yielded an advantage and voter turnout fell.  The March 2009 study from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs may be found at http://wws-roxen.princeton.edu/wwseconpapers/papers/dp236.pdf

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Some Burning Questions for the Arts in Cincinnati

    Posted: Jan 5, 2009 - 9:44:23 PM in: commentary_2009
What can Cincinnati's arts organizations do to help themselves and each other during these straitened economic times?  Much, based on a simple premise:  connect the dots. Some thoughts and observations on how it could have and might still be done.
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Accessible Music?

    Posted: Dec 29, 2008 - 8:50:33 AM in: commentary_2008
Charles Coleman
New York composer Charles Coleman has some thoughts about the ubiquitous term "accessible" as applied to new music.  Must music be "primarily simple with a tuneful nature" to be "accessible?"  Bah, humbug.

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Connecting the Dots in Cincinnati

    Posted: Nov 18, 2008 - 11:25:14 PM in: commentary_2008
Collaboration and mutual reinforcement will be increasingly necessary if arts groups are going to survive in today's straitened economy.  Having seen opportunities for mutual benefit go unrealized in the Greater Cincinnati community, it was rewarding to find a small glimmer of hope on the Music Hall calendar in November.  "Stargazing and Late Night in Spain," a ticket being offered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's young professionals group, will draw attention to both the CSO and Cincinnati Opera. 
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More Frightening Than Dracula

    Posted: Nov 9, 2008 - 11:23:50 PM in: commentary_2008
promotional illustration for Cincinnati Ballet's "Dracula"
Which is scarier, Dracula the ballet or ballet with canned music?  I found out at the world premiere of Cincinnati Ballet's "Dracula" Oct. 31 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  Choreographer on just 5 1/2 months' notice was Cincinnati Ballet associate artistic director Devon Carney. 

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Cincinnati Should Reclaim "Over the Rhine"

    Posted: Apr 5, 2008 - 6:10:05 PM in: commentary_2008
Manuel Brug, a journalist with Germany's Die Welt, visited Cincinnati in March in advance of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's visit to Germany as part of its 2008 European tour (now underway).  Here are his observations about the city, the CSO and music director Paavo Järvi as published in Die Welt April 4. English translation by Mary Ellyn and John Hutton.
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Mida oli 3/11/08

    Posted: Mar 11, 2008 - 12:53:37 AM in: commentary_2008
World premiere led by Tan Dun of his "Water Passion after St. Matthew" in Stuttgart in 2000
Holy Week in the Christian faith -- Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday -- is always the occasion for great music, especially by Johann Sebastian Bach. West meets East this year in Cincinnati with the regional premiere of Tan Dun’s “Water Passion after St. Matthew," to be performed by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Choir, Percussion Group Cincinnati and guest artists Elizabeth Keusch (soprano), Stephen Bryant (bass) and Yuanlin Chen (electronic sampler) at 8 p.m. March 15 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Joining them will be CCM instrumentalists Kuan-Chang Tu, violin, and Amy Gillingham, cello. CCM's Earl Rivers will conduct.
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The Republic of Estonia is 90 Years Old Today

    Posted: Feb 24, 2008 - 4:38:19 PM in: commentary_2008
Main Building, Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia, where students placed Estonia's blue-black-white striped flag during its War of Independence (1918-20) (photos by Mary Ellyn Hutton)
The Republic of Estonia is 90 years old in 2008. Elam Pitkjaan, president of the Estonian Heritage Association of Cincinnati, delivered this address at a birthday lunch held by the association on the country's 90th birthday Feb. 24 in Florence, Kentucky.

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A Valentine for Music Hall

    Posted: Feb 10, 2008 - 10:18:36 AM in: commentary_2008
Music in Cincinnati received a beautiful letter from Greenup County, Kentucky resident Vera Virgin, who accompanied her music teacher to Cincinnati in the 1930s to hear the great violinist Fritz Kreisler perform at Music Hall.  Vera, an accomplished pianist who still plays for church services at Oldtown Church of Christ in Oldtown, Kentucky, was a teacher and school administrator in the Greenup County schools for 42 years.
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Tribute to a Great Lady

    Posted: Jan 28, 2008 - 11:23:12 PM in: commentary_2008
An eloquent tribute to arts patroness Patricia Corbett from Cincinnati Opera general director Patricia K. Beggs. 

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"Mis toimus Cincinnatis" 2006*

    Posted: Dec 21, 2006 - 9:57:54 AM in: commentary_2006
What was newsworthy, noteworthy and mysterious in 2006 for Music in Cincinnati.   - [Read more]

About Endings

    Posted: Dec 8, 2006 - 10:32:32 AM in: commentary_2006
Endings there will be, but one cannot always plans them, especially when it comes to people we love.  Five who left in 2006.
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According to J.R.

    Posted: Nov 5, 2006 - 11:13:28 AM in: commentary_2006
James R. Cassidy, music director of the 14-year-old Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, has much to say to those who guide today's symphony orchestras.
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Tops in 2005

    Posted: Dec 1, 2005 - 2:22:11 PM in: commentary_2005
Another great year in music in Greater Cincinnati.  Another list of bests from one listener.
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Mirageas Spells Opera

    Posted: Nov 18, 2005 - 2:33:54 PM in: commentary_2005
Cincinnati Opera artistic director Evans Mirageas has it all together, with a background in broadcasting, recording, symphony orchestras and just everything opera.
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