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JMR: Cincinnati's New Pops Star

    Posted: Dec 31, 2010 - 3:24:01 PM in: news_2010
John Morris Russell
John Morris Russell is only the second conductor in Cincinnati Pops Orchestra history.  As successor to founding conductor Erich Kunzel, who died in September, 2009, he has "huge shoes" to fill, he said.  With talent, training, experience and the energy to match, he has the right formula to become the next "Mr. Pops."  Now music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor, Ontario, he will be coming "home," too, since he was associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony from 1995-2006.
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Taste of 2010 in Cincinnati

    Posted: Dec 30, 2010 - 3:36:21 PM in: news_2010
Eyjafjallajökull covered with ash plume
Like most years, picking the best of Cincinnati's classical music offerings for 2010 is not easy, about as easy as spelling the name of that Icelandic volcano . . . .?  Nevertheless, upon reflection, here is what impressed Music in Cincinnati the most during the year almost passed, ranging from Claudio Monteverdi to James MacMillan.
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Home Stretch for Järvi

    Posted: Dec 17, 2010 - 4:47:05 PM in: news_2010
Paavo Järvi
Cincinnati Symphony music director Paavo Jarvi has entered the home stretch of his ten-year tenure in the Queen City.  Absent since opening the season in September with soprano Kathleen Battle, he returns for the first of eight final programs through May with the CSO.  Guest artist is violinist Hilary Hahn in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 "Turkish").  The remainder of the program is small delights by Bartok (1939 Divertimento), Britten (Simple Symphony) and Stravinsky (Suite from "Pulcinella").  "It's bittersweet," said Järvi, of his impending departure.  "Certain things are inevitable and you know you have to move, but at the same time you come back (he plans to guest conduct the CSO in the future).  You know, it's life."
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JMR Succeeds EK at CPO

    Posted: Dec 6, 2010 - 10:34:59 AM in: news_2010
John Morris Russell
In a widely anticipated move, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra named John Morris Russell conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at a press conference Dec. 6 at Music Hall.  Russell, the CSO/Pops innovative assistant/associate conductor from 1995-2006, succeeds legendary Pops founder and conductor Erich Kunzel, who died of cancer in September, 2009.
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Music Hall Revitalization

    Posted: Dec 2, 2010 - 3:13:17 PM in: news_2010
Ennead Architects preliminary concept of a revitalized Music Hall, showing unbricked windows
Cincinnati's Music Hall is being "revitalized" to better serve the purposes it has acquired over the years.  Built to house the biennial May Festival, the building became the city's virtual convention center until replaced in the 20th-century by more modern structures downtown.  During the intervening years. Music Hall's Springer Auditorium became the performance home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet, though its size (3,516 seats) renders it less than ideal for any of them. A Working Group of the tenant organizations and the Cincinnati Arts Association, which administers Music Hall on behalf of the city, has engaged Ennead Architects of New York to design a plan for renovation of the building.  This plan was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall in September, 2010, as reported here by Kathleen Janson in the Winter issue of "Music Hall Marks," the quarterly newsletter of SPMH.
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Marco Panuccio: Encore and More

    Posted: Dec 1, 2010 - 4:12:38 PM in: news_2010
Marco Panuccio in Italy, 2010
Tenor Marco (formerly Mark) Panuccio is one of Cincinnati's own. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Panuccio sang in the choir of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral when he came to town from his native Pennsylvania.  He was introduced to Cincinnati audiences at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" concert in December, 1999 when he sang "O Holy Night."  A highpoint of the show, he repeated it each year until the orchestra canceled "Home for the Holidays" in 2004 for budgetary reasons.  Panuccio, now singing leading roles on the opera stages of the world, returns to Cincinnati Dec. 4 to sing "O Holy Night" and more on his own holiday concert at St. Peter in Chains.
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December Brims with Music in Cincinnati

    Posted: Nov 29, 2010 - 11:11:44 PM in: news_2010
The holiday season is accompanied by abundant music each year and 2010 is no exception.  Coming up in Cincinnati this December are concerts by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops, the May Festival Chorus, ensembles of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Vocal Arts Ensemble, tenor Marco Panuccio,Cincinnati Camerata, the Harlem Quartet, New York Polyphony, Cincinnati Children's Choir and Musica Sacra.  Add to that the debut of the "Mighty Wurlitzer" theater organ in the Music Hall Ballroom and the many fine programs at area churches and there will be a joyful noise indeed.
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Quadricentennial at Christ Church

    Posted: Nov 21, 2010 - 10:46:13 AM in: news_2010
Annalisa Pappano with her lirone
Earl Rivers of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, had been anticipating 2010 for some time.  Now that it's here, he will lead a 400th-anniversary performance of Claudio Monteverdi's ground-breaking Vespers of 1610.  The performance, a very special one, featuring noted early music artists, takes place November 21 in Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati.  The 90-minute work will be performed by the CCM Chamber Choir, Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, eight vocal soloists and a continuo group comprising theorbo, archlute, baroque guitar, viola da gamba, lirone, harp, harpsichord, organ and double bass.  Michael Leopold of Milan, Italy will play theorbo, with Vivian Montgomery on harpsichord and organ, Annalisa Pappano on lirone and Rodney Stucky on archlute and Baroque guitar.
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Cincinnati Symphony's New Record Label Aligns with Naxos

    Posted: Nov 9, 2010 - 1:37:44 AM in: news_2010
When Telarc International went out of the production business last spring, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra recording activities ceased.  With the creation of its own in-house label, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Media, the CSO plans to resume recording.  Naxos of America will distribute and manufacture CSO recordings on the new label, the orchestra announced Monday.  The first release, due November 12, is "American Portraits," a compilation of American music performed by the CSO under music director Paavo Järvi.
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What's Baroque?

    Posted: Nov 1, 2010 - 4:01:36 PM in: news_2010
Marble Court, Palace of Versailles, France
The word "baroque" comes from barroco (Portuguese) meaning "misshapen pearl."  There is baroque architecture, painting, sculpture and of course music.  The Cincinnati chamber ensemble concert:nova presents a two-part festival of the baroque with Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Telemann, Albinoni and baroque-inspired works by Stravinsky and Samuel Barber Nov. 2 and 3 at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  Musicologist Bruce McClung of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music will provide commentary.
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Move to Taft Theatre a Win-Win for Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

    Posted: Oct 24, 2010 - 2:26:41 PM in: news_2010
Outside the Taft Theatre on Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati
Because of construction work at Music Hall, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Taft Theatre during the 2012-2013 season.  With its good acoustics, unobstructed sight lines, reasonable size (2,500 seats as opposed to 3,500 in Music Hall) and prime location (across the street from Procter and Gamble headquarters on Fifth Street downtown), the Taft has much to offer.  The CSO will take over management of the theater as well, with the possibility of an added revenue stream for the orchestra.

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Deutsche Welle Releases "The Beethoven Project"

    Posted: Oct 11, 2010 - 12:16:19 AM in: news_2010
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen performing at Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany on September 12, 2009.
Deutsche Welle has released "The Beethoven Project," a DVD about Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and their "marathon" performance of the nine Beethoven symphonies in four days at the 2009 Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany in September, 2009.

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Paavo's Pictures: Star-Crossed Debut

    Posted: Sep 10, 2010 - 7:55:49 PM in: news_2010
Program cover, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 2001-2002 season.
"Paavo's Pictures," a retrospective of Paavo Järvi's tenure as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, will run on this site during the CSO's 2010-2011 season, Jarvi's 10th and last as its music director.  The series begins on a fateful day, September 11, 2001.

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Rehearsing an Orchestra: Sergiu Celibidache. Part VI. A Conducting Primer by Leonid Grin

    Posted: Sep 8, 2010 - 11:29:12 PM in: news_2010
Sergiu Celibidache
Some of the best conductors are also pedagogues, said Leonid Grin, concluding his lecutre/master class "The Conductor's Mind" at Neeme Järvi's Summer Academy in Pärnu, Estonia July 27.  As an example, he chose the great Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache.  If a conductor could combine the three traits and rehearsal techniques Grin described in the lecture, i.e. artistry, perfectionism and pedagogic ability, the Heaven Orchestra would have an ideal music director.

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Rehearsing an Orchestra: Herbert von Karajan. Part V. A Conducting Primer by Leonid Grin

    Posted: Sep 6, 2010 - 10:00:20 PM in: news_2010
Herbert von Karajan
Conductor Herbert von Karajan had the gift of magnetism, said Leonid Grin in a lecture/master class for students at the Neeme Järvi Summer Academy in Pärnu, Estonia in July, 2010.  This was particularly useful for the legendary Austrian conductor whom Grin describes as "a perfectionist" who in rehearsal never left his work unfinished and
would only move on when he was completely satisfied.
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