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World Premiere at Cincinnati Opera in 2015

    Posted: Apr 15, 2014 - 3:28:38 PM in: news_2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Alto Clef

    Posted: Mar 10, 2014 - 3:49:04 PM in: news_2014
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With this post, Music in Cincinnati begins a column featuring what’s buzzing on the local music scene.
This includes upcoming events, news items, etc. (The title "Alto Clef," home clef of the viola, is taken affectionately in the name of the much-maligned but indispensable instrument.)   - [Read more]

Langrée Leads the CSO into 2014-2015

    Posted: Jan 12, 2014 - 2:18:41 PM in: news_2014
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Louis Langrée
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season, first to be planned entirely by new music director Louis
Langrée, promises variety, innovation and for the third year in a row, the return of the orchestra's popular "One City, One Symphony" community engagement project.
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A CSO "Listening Party" is the Place to Be

    Posted: Nov 2, 2013 - 2:32:35 PM in: news_2013
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CSO assistant conductor Will White conducting a CSO "listening party" at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
One of the brightest new offerings by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is its "listening parties." Designed to acquaint listeners with the music they will hear on CSO concerts, the parties, dubbed "One City, One Symphony," are hosted by members of the orchestra and the conducting staff. The 2013 edition focuses on the Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky, to be heard on conductor Louis Langree's inaugural concerts as CSO music director in November.

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For Love of Bach

    Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 4:20:20 PM in: news_2013
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Carlton Monroe
Johann Sebastian Bach is alive and well in Cincinnati. Thanks to Carlton Monroe and St. Thomas Episcopal Church, you can now hear his cantatas in the context in which they were first performed. For the third year in a row, Monroe will lead his Bach Ensemble in a series of Bach Vespers, blending the Episcopal service of Evensong with performances of Bach's cantatas at the church in Terrace Park.

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CCM to Celebrate Verdi with "Don Carlos"

    Posted: Sep 20, 2013 - 3:30:41 AM in: news_2013
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Mark Gibson conducting "Don Carlos" at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
2013 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is celebrating in a big way with a complete concert performance of his grandest opera "Don Carlos." Calling upon all of the forces of the Conservatory, including the Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras, Chamber Choir and Chorale, UC Men's and Women's Chorus and a cast of students, alumni and faculty, it bids to be the most ambitious work ever undertaken at the school. CCM's director of orchestral activities, Mark Gibson, will conduct. The performance is in two parts, 2 and 7 p.m., separated by a break for dinner Sept. 22 at Corbett Auditorium.
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Number Three for Constella Festival

    Posted: Sep 18, 2013 - 11:14:16 AM in: news_2013
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Cincinnati Scene by Andrew van Sickle
Cincinnati's Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts is in its third incarnation this year, with a host of events from Oct. 1 through Nov. 7. With 20 concerts in all, nine are being produced directly by Constella, 11 by nine partner organizations, which include Chamber Music Cincinnati, concert:nova, Linton Music Series and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There will be art exhibitions in conjunction with all Constella-produced events, a dance concert featuring dancers of Cincinnati Ballet and a pair of free children's concerts. Guest artists include violinist Joshua Bell, former Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Paavo Jarvi, pianist Stewart Goodyear and saxophonist Jimmy Heath.
Composer-in-residence will be New Yorker Missy Mazzoli.
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Constella to Premiere Violin Concerto by Charles Coleman

    Posted: Sep 17, 2013 - 1:08:59 PM in: news_2013
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Charles Coleman
New Yorker Charles Coleman has become one of Cincinnati's favorite composers. His "Streetscape" was premiered on Paavo Jarvi's first concert as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director in 2001. He returned for a five-week residency with the CSO in 2007, when his "Deep Woods" was premiered. He returns Oct. 10 with the Constella Festival for the world premiere of his Violin Concerto, to be performed by Tatiana Berman with Järvi conducting.

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Grainger Premiere To Open CSO Season

    Posted: Sep 10, 2013 - 2:12:46 PM in: news_2013
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Percy Grainger
If you thought composer Percy Grainger was all "Country Gardens" and English folksongs, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has a surprise in store for its first concert of the 2013-2014 season, Grainger's 1916 "The Warriors (Music to an Imaginary Ballet)." A massive work calling for large orchestra, three pianos (at least!) and a huge percussion section, it is as adventurous as Stravinsky and Charles Ives, though rarely performed. Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero will lead the CSO premiere September 12 and 14 at Music Hall.

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Fall Season Filled with Choices

    Posted: Sep 6, 2013 - 6:48:16 PM in: news_2013
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Cincinnati is a musically rich city, with outstanding concerts and musical events of all kinds. The 2013 fall season is a case in point. Enriched by the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts (an annual event since October, 2011), there is an abundance of music this season. Here is a look at what's in store, with a list of choices in three different sizes, large, medium and (not-to-miss) small.
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Gennady Rozhdestvensky Shares Thoughts with Students in Pärnu

    Posted: Aug 4, 2013 - 12:08:28 AM in: news_2013
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Leonid Grin (left) and Gennady Rozhdestvensky (photo by Taavi Kull)
Students at the Järvi Academy in Pärnu, Estonia, held concurrently with the Pärnu Music Festival, had an illustrious guest drop in on them in July, Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The famed maestro sat in on master classes, attended festival concerts and best of all, held a question-and-answer session with the students July 20 at Tervis Spa in Pärnu.

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