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Constella Festival Will Move to Spring

Mary Ellyn Hutton
Posted: Oct 15, 2014 - 12:40:23 PM in news_2014

Tatiana Berman
The Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts, a highlight of the fall arts season in Cincinnati for the past three years, will move to April this season.

Details will be revealed at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 17) at the 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St. downtown. In addition to the season announcement, the evening will include screenings of several music videos, a new thrust of the Constella Festival. Among them are “Vitali Variations,” featuring violinist/Constella founder Tatiana Berman, and the premiere of the inaugural video of the Grammy award winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.

In addition, there will be a sneak peek of selected scenes from a new documentary feature film, “Maestro,” starring Paavo Järvi, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Lang Lang, and Pekka Kuusisto.

Ugudesman and Joo
As part of this week’s showcase of Constella events, there will be performances by the comedic classical music duo Igudesman and Joo (think Victor Borge or PDQ Bach). At 6 p.m. tonight (Oct. 15), the duo -- pianist Hyung-ki Joo and violinist Aleksey Igudesman -- will present with a workshop, “8 to 88,” Musical Education for Children of All Ages, in the Mayerson Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Admission is free, but registration is required at www.constellafestival.org

The duo, who appeared with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in April, 2013, will present an all-new show at 8 p.m. Thursday, also at the Mayerson Theater. Tickets are $25, $12 for students, available at www.constellafestival.org For further information, call (513) 549-7175, or visit www.constellafestival.org

In other news:

Judges have been announced for artists division of the 2015 Cincinnati World Piano Competition. They are Frank Weinstock, Jura Margulis, Yoshi Nagai, Choong Mo Kang and Akemi Alink-Yamamoto. The competition, held in Cincinnati since 1956, recently underwent a complete restructuring. See http://www.musicincincinnati.com/site/news_2014/World_Piano_Competition_Continues_to_Evolve.html

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park has a new music director, L. Brett Scott, associate professor of ensembles and conducting and associate director of choral studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. At CCM, Scott conducts the CCM Chorale and is music director of Opera d’arte. He is also director of Cincinnati Camerata, Musica Sacra and the Cincinnati Vocal Project.