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Best of 2013 in Cincinnati

    Posted: Dec 29, 2013 - 3:52:34 PM in: commentary_2013
Music Hall, "Lumenocity," Aug. 4, Washington Park
It's list time again, i.e. time to (try) to pick the best concerts of 2013 (from Music in Cincinnati's point of view, that is). Here they are, pared to 16, with everything from early music to improvisation.

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Something from Nothing

    Posted: May 13, 2013 - 8:01:36 PM in: commentary_2013
Sandra Gross-Hutton, sculptor and owner/founder of the Brazee School of Glass in Cincinnati, was asked to deliver a commencement address May 12 to the 2013 graduates of the School of Creative Arts at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Here is what she said.

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Remembering the Blue Wisp

    Posted: Mar 25, 2013 - 10:37:34 PM in: commentary_2013
Amy Culbertson, former entertainment editor at the Cincinnati Post, now a food and travel writer living in Forth Worth, Texas, remembers the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, from the days it was located in Obryonville, to its current, tenuous location at 700 Race Street downtown. She submits this affectionate essay about the club and what it means and has meant to Cincinnati.

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Langrée’s First CSO Season Inspired

    Posted: Jan 30, 2013 - 3:13:52 PM in: news_2013, commentary_2013
Louis Langrée
Though he will be onstage for only six of the 20 concerts in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's 2013-2014 season -- his first as music director -- Louis Langrée has assembled a well-rounded and thoughtful lineup. There will be new music and familiar favorites, popular guests and new faces, some intriguing collaborations and continuing community outreach in the form of the orchestra's "One City, One Symphony" project inaugurated in November, 2012.
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A Fond Look at the Blue Wisp

    Posted: Jan 25, 2013 - 9:42:02 AM in: commentary_2013
Amy Culbertson, former entertainment editor at the Cincinnati Post, has these observations about Cincinnati's Blue Wisp jazz club in the wake of news that it has fallen on hard times. "Let's raise a glass to what the Blue Wisp once meant to the city, to jazz musicians and to jazz lovers -- and then let's move on by vowing to support the musicians who still struggle to keep jazz alive, against discouraging odds and for little reward, wherever they may be playing around town."   - [Read more]

Michael Gielen: Musical Visionary for Cincinnati

    Posted: Nov 16, 2012 - 9:32:23 PM in: commentary_2013
Michael Gielen
Michael Gielen, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1980-1986, wrote an introduction to his last subscription concert with the CSO March 14 and 15, 1986 at Music Hall.  That program paired, perhaps for the first time anywhere, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Schoenberg's 1947 "A Survivor from Warsaw." During his six-year tenure with the CSO, Gielen programmed many such juxtapositions of old and new music, a visionary practice now commonplace everywhere.  

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