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"Opera Fusion: New Works" Selects Opera by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally

    Posted: Aug 30, 2014 - 10:51:15 AM in: news_2014
"Opera Fusion: New Works," a collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, designed to foster the creation of new American opera, will focus on "Great Scott" by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally. The workshop,  utilizing the talent, resources and facilities of both Cincinnati Opera and CCM, will take place Nov. 17-25 and will culminate in a free public reading of the work Nov. 25 at Memorial Hall. 

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CCM Mainstage Season to Open in October

    Posted: Aug 13, 2014 - 9:29:58 PM in: news_2014
aerial view of CCM at night
The Mainstage Season at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music comprises opera, musical theater and drama, with two productions by each department. Opening the 2014-15 season in October will be Shakespeare's "Macbeth," with James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" (the musical) and Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" to follow.

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"Butterfly" to Close Cincinnati Opera Season

    Posted: Jul 23, 2014 - 11:56:26 AM in: news_2014
Cincinnati Opera will ring down its 2014 summer festival with Puccini's popular "Madame Butterfly," starring soprano Maria Luigia Borsi as Cio-Cio-San and tenor Shawn Mathey as "love-em-and-leave-em Lt. B.F. Pinkerton. Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 24 and 26 at Music Hall.

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Cavalli's "La Calisto" Cincinnati Opera's First Baroque Opera

    Posted: Jul 15, 2014 - 4:31:40 PM in: news_2014
Cincinnati Opera will stage its first-ever Baroque opera, Francesco Cavalli's "La Calisto" (1651) July 17, 2014 in Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. The availability of a suitably intimate theater, the right voices and the zeal of Cincinnati Opera artistic director Evans Mirageas made it happen.

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Lumenocity 2014 to be Widely Accessible

    Posted: Jul 10, 2014 - 1:17:06 PM in: news_2014
If you loved the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Lumenocity 2013 and haven't been able to get tickets for its repeat Aug. 1-3 in Washington Park, the CSO has expanded access. Lumenocity 2014 will now be available live on radio, television, remote simulcast and webcast. Tickets for the dress rehearsal are being issued, as well as extra tickets for the live performances in Washington Park.

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Cincinnati Opera Commemorates World War I

    Posted: Jul 7, 2014 - 4:17:24 PM in: news_2014
The second production of Cincinnati Opera's 2014 summer festival is Kevin Puts' 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning "Silent Night." The opera is based on the real-life "Christmas truce" during World War I, when enemy combatants laid down their arms to share a moment of peace and their common humanity.
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The Blue Wisp Remembered

    Posted: Jun 8, 2014 - 1:24:51 PM in: news_2014
***image1*** Amy Culbertson, former entertainment editor for the Cincinnati Post (closed in 2007), remembers fondly the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, which recently announced that it was closing after 40 years highlighting the jazz scene in Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Ushers in a New Era

    Posted: Jun 8, 2014 - 12:00:49 PM in: news_2014
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has come a long way since its founding by Paul Nadler in 1974, including its debut in New York City's Town Hall, innovative programming and collaborations with other Cincinnati arts organizations. Ahead for 2014-2015 is a restructured season and the search for a new music director to succeed Mischa Santora, CCO music director since 2000.
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James Conlon at the May Festival: 35 Years Young

    Posted: Apr 24, 2014 - 3:39:08 PM in: news_2014
James Conlon (photo by Dan Steinberg)
The 2014 Cincinnati May Festival promises to be a signal event. Not only does it mark music director James Conlon's 35th year with the Festival, but Conlon will lead a reprise of the May 7 opening night concert at Music Hall with a special concert at New York's Carnegie Hall May 9. Those concerts will feature R. Nathaniel Dett's oratorio, "The Ordering of Moses," premiered at the 1937 May Festival.

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Cincinnati Symphony Selects Principal Trumpet

    Posted: Apr 22, 2014 - 1:07:29 PM in: news_2014
Matthew Ernst
Ohio native Matthew Ernst has been named to fill the Rawson Principal Trumpet Chair with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has announced its 2014-2015 Mainstage Series season and the CSO welcomes pianist Orli Shaham and guest conductor David Robertson to lead an all-American program April 25 and 26 at Music Hall.
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World Premiere at Cincinnati Opera in 2015

    Posted: Apr 15, 2014 - 3:28:38 PM in: news_2014
Ricky Ian Gordon
Look for a world premiere, Ricky Ian Gordon's "Morning Star," as part of Cincinnati Opera's 2015 Summer Festival. Kudos to a pair of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduates recently named winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, to Emmy Award nominee ThinkTV/CET for "Marco Panuccio Presents O Holy Night" and to Cincinnati Bengals assistant head coach Paul Alexander who will make his debut as a symphony conductor with the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra in May.
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"LumenoCity" to Return to Washington Park

    Posted: Mar 24, 2014 - 1:40:23 PM in: news_2014
One of the most remarkable events to take place in Cincinnati in recent years, "LunenoCity," a sound and light show to welcome the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's new music director Louis Langrée that drew over 35,000 people in August, 2013, will return in August, 2014. The show, expanded from two to three days, will again feature visuals projected onto the facade of Music Hall. Langrée and Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell will conduct, with contributions by the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera. New this year is LumenoCity Village on the south side of the park, to host pre-concert performances, arts and crafts, food and drink, etc.
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Cincinnati Symphony Collaborates with 2014 MusicNOW Festival

    Posted: Mar 18, 2014 - 2:37:34 PM in: news_2014
eighth blackbird
The twain have met, Cincinnati's MusicNOW Festival, founded by Bryce Dessner of the indie rock band The National, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The two will collaborate for the first time on two concerts, March 21 and 22 at Music Hall, led by CSO music director Louis Langrée. The will be world premieres by Nico Muhly and David Lang and Cincinnati premieres by Dessner, Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Guest artists include eighth blackbird, Dessner and his brother Aaron on electric guitars and baritone Nathan Wyatt.
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Cellist Chaitkin's "Bach and Boombox" Draws It All Together

    Posted: Mar 16, 2014 - 11:19:39 AM in: news_2014
Cellist Nathaniel Chaitkin presenting "Bach and Boombox" at Cincinnati's Memorial Hall March 15.
Cellist Nathaniel Chaitkin has always wanted to make classical music more accessible to today's audiences. He got his chance when he won a Cincinnati Arts Ambassador Fellowship in 2012 and developed "Bach and Boombox." Through live performance on the cello and snatches of boombox, he answers the question what do they all have in common?

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Washington Platform Jazz Series Expands

    Posted: Mar 13, 2014 - 12:39:58 PM in: news_2014
The popular Friday night jazz series at Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant, Court and Elm Streets downtown, has expanded to Saturday nights beginning March 1.

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