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Linton Caps Season with Baroque

    Posted: May 18, 2015 - 3:37:30 PM in: reviews_2015
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Linton Music tuned into baroque to close its 2014-2015 season at First Unitarian Church in Avondale. Bach and Telemann shared the marquee.

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CSO Season Finale Features "Sheherazade"

    Posted: May 17, 2015 - 12:18:08 PM in: reviews_2015
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Michelle DeYoung
A trip to the orient via "The Arabian Nights" comprised the final concert of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season May 17  at Music Hall. Featured work was Rimsky-Korsakov's "Sheherazade." Soloist in Ravel's song cycle "Sheherazade" was mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.

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Yo-Yo Ma Packs Them in at Music Hall

    Posted: May 14, 2015 - 9:07:14 PM in: reviews_2015
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Yo-Yo Ma
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma packed them in at Cincinnati's Music Hall May 13 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by music director Louis Langrée. On the menu were Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and Andante Cantabile for Cello and Strings, while the CSO served up favorites by Bizet ("Carmen" Suite) and Ravel ("Bolero").

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Sherrill Milnes, A Voice That Still Rings

    Posted: May 11, 2015 - 6:36:47 PM in: reviews_2015
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Sherrill Milnes
At age 80, Sherrill Milnes, an internationally known operatic baritone, is still active in his career. In an appearance entitled "An Evening with Sherrill Milnes" on May 4 in Cincinnati Opera's Opera Rap Series at Music Hall, Milnes talked about his career and current projects.

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Catacoustic Consort Mixes It Up

    Posted: Apr 27, 2015 - 9:30:45 AM in: reviews_2015
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Michael Maniaci
The Cincinnati early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort took its listeners through five centuries of writing for the viola da gamba April 26 at the Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park. Heard were works ranging from Gesualdo to Elvis Costello.

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CCM Dance Concert Features Stravinsky's "Les Noces"

    Posted: Apr 26, 2015 - 2:04:12 PM in: reviews_2015
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The spring dance concert at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music April 23-25, featuring Stravinsky's "Les Noces," was a special event.

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Sinaisky, Levit, CSO Combine for Evocative Concert

    Posted: Apr 24, 2015 - 6:45:54 PM in: reviews_2015
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Igor Levit
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Vassily Sinaisky
A happy pairing, guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky and pianist Igor Levit, guest artists with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra April 24 at Music Hall, brought a program of Beethoven, Elgar and Vaughan Williams vividly to life.

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Adams' "Scheherazade.2" Resonates with the CSO

    Posted: Apr 19, 2015 - 4:22:11 PM in: reviews_2015
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John Adams
Composer John Adams led his own "Scheherazade.2" for the first time as guest conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra April 17 and 18 at Music Hall. Soloist was violinist Leila Josefowicz. The concert (April 18), which also included Respighi's "Pines of Rome" and Anbatoli Liadov's "The Enchanted Lake," was immensely colorful and well-received.

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Berman, Kholodova Create Stirring Narrative

    Posted: Apr 18, 2015 - 2:08:00 PM in: reviews_2015
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Tatiana Berman
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Elena Kholodova
The 2015 Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts continued April 16 at Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine with a musical program that was also a personal narrative by violinist/Constella managing artistic director Tatiana Berman. Performing with her was collaborative pianist Elena Kholodova.

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Music Hall Welcomes Bounty of Works

    Posted: Mar 21, 2015 - 12:49:49 AM in: reviews_2015
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra dedicated its concert March 20 at Music Hall to former creative director Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who died in June, 2014. Led by guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, the program included works by Rossini, Beethoven, Joaquín Turina and Ottorino Respighi. Turina's Theme and Variations for Harp and String Orchestra was performed in the version prepared by Frühbeck, who was originally to have conducted this concert. Soloist in the Beethoven Concerto was Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, with CSO principal harpist Gillian Benet Sella taking the spotlight in the Turina.
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MusicNOW, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Score Again

    Posted: Mar 17, 2015 - 2:28:16 PM in: reviews_2015
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Louis Langrée leading the CSO at MusicNOW 2015 at Music Hall
Cincinnati's MusicNOW Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by music director Louis
Langrée  presented the world premiere of Daniel Bjarnason's "Collider" and works by Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, David Lang and Edgar Varèse March 14 at Music Hall. It was the second night of the second annual collaboration between MusicNOW and the CSO.
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MusicNOW, Cincinnati Symphony Partner for 2nd Year

    Posted: Mar 16, 2015 - 12:33:44 PM in: reviews_2015
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MusicNOW art installation in Music Hall by Karl Jensen
Cincinnati's MusicNOW Festival, now ten years old, has found a natural partner in Louis
Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The second annual collaboration between the two (which comprises two concerts this year), opened March 13 at Music Hall with both a world premiere, Caroline Shaw's violin concerto "Lo," with the composer as soloist, and several CSO premieres, including songs by guests artists The National.
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Järvi, Buniatishvili, CSO Put It All Together

    Posted: Mar 2, 2015 - 2:02:15 PM in: reviews_2015
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Paavo Järvi and Khatia Buniatishvili
Georgia-born pianist Khatia Buniatishvili joined music director laureate Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in an energetic performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 Feb. 27 at Music Hall. It was her CSO debut. Also on the program was the CSO premiere of Carl Nielsen's technicolor "Alladin" Suite and the Symphony No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
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Chang Leads CSO in Sonic Splendor

    Posted: Feb 7, 2015 - 4:39:17 PM in: reviews_2015
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Han-Na Chang
Guest conductor Han-Na Chang led the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in a concert filled with sonic splendor Feb. 6 at Music Hall, including Mussorgsky/Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition," the kind of work the 3,400-seat, acoustically welcoming hall was built for.

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Pops "Animals" a Delightful Bestiary

    Posted: Feb 4, 2015 - 12:13:22 PM in: reviews_2015, commentary
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The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's 93rd release is a tribute to the animal kingdom featuring conductor John Morris Russell's new arrangement of Saint-Saëns' iconic "Carnival of the Animals." Also heard are animal-themed works by Percy Grainger, Leonard Bernstein, Anatoli Liadov, Modest Mussorgsky, Ottorino Respighi, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Edward Elgar, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. Giving it added appeal -- for young and old -- are actual animals sounds interspersed throughout.

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