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Soprano Coburn Shines in Chamber Orchestra's "From Russia with Love"

    Posted: Aug 23, 2015 - 3:56:51 PM in: reviews_2015
Sarah Coburn
"From Russia with Love,"second concert by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in its Summermusik 2015 festival August 22 in Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, featured soprano Sarah Coburn in a diverse program including Reinhold Glière’s seldom heard Concerto for Coloratura Soprano.

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Initial "Summermusik" Whets the Appetite

    Posted: Aug 17, 2015 - 5:00:57 PM in: reviews_2015
Eric Lu
Summermusik, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's new summer festival opened with "The Food of Love" August 15 in Corbett Theater at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. The program was, yes, Shakespeare-inspired with works by Stephen Storace and Dmitri Shostakovich. Guest artist in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major was seventeen-year-old Eric Lu, winner of the 2015 National Chopin Competition. First published at

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"Maestro" -- Inside Classical Music

    Posted: Aug 13, 2015 - 3:51:26 PM in: reviews_2015
Paavo Järvi
In his latest film, producer David Donnelly of Endeavor Pictures takes a look at the world of classical music. To begin airing in Europe in September, "Maestro" centers on the experience of conductor Paavo Järvi, with appearances by Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Pekka Kuusisto and Lang Lang.

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Lumenocity a Hit Three Years Running

    Posted: Aug 8, 2015 - 1:51:58 PM in: reviews_2015
photo by Philip Groshong
Lumenocity, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's one-of-a-kind sound and light show returned to Washington Park in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood for the third year in a row August 7. With images projected onto the facade of Music Hall, using high-powered technology, it was once again a great spectacle and a popular success, with thousands crowding in and around Washington Park and more viewing via live webcast.

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Cincinnati Opera's "Turandot" Great Spectacle

    Posted: Jul 26, 2015 - 3:21:47 PM in: reviews_2015
Puccini's "Turandot," a staple of the grand opera literature, received a grand performance July 25 at Music Hall, final work of Cincinnati Opera's 2015 summer festival.
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Don Pasquale in Hollywood

    Posted: Jul 10, 2015 - 2:43:04 PM in: reviews_2015
L to R: Don Pasquale (Burak Bilgili) and Dr. Malatesta (Alexy Lavrov) in Cincinnati Opera's "Don Pasquale"
Donizetti's comedy "Don Pasquale," a perennial favorite, returned to Music Hall in Cincinnati July 9.
With production elements by Arizona Opera, the Cincinnati Opera presentation worked in a clever updating to 1950s Hollywood.   - [Read more]

"Morning Star" Makes History

    Posted: Jul 3, 2015 - 3:43:08 PM in: reviews_2015
You may not have gotten all the ins and outs of the complex plot, but composer Ricky Ian Gordon's "Morning Star" with libretto by William H. Hoffman, made a fine impression July 2 in Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. The music is attractive and very singable and the talented cast brought it compellingly to life. It was the first world premiere by Cincinnati Opera in over half a century.

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Singing Central to "Il Trovatore"

    Posted: Jun 19, 2015 - 2:19:14 PM in: reviews_2015
Jamie Barton as Azucena in Cincinnati Opera's "Il Trovatore"
Verdi's "Il Trovatore" is all about singing and Cincinnati Opera got the best of it to open its 95th season June 18 at Music Hall.

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Ukrainian Wins Cincinnati World Piano Competition

    Posted: Jun 14, 2015 - 12:41:12 PM in: news_2015, reviews_2015
Artem Yasynskyy
Ukraine took the gold in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition July 13 in Corbett Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Winning $20,000 in cash and a solo recital in New York City was Ukrainian born Artem Yasynskyy, 26, with a performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.
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Russian Night Provides Sirring End to 2015 May Festival

    Posted: Jun 1, 2015 - 1:06:59 PM in: reviews_2015
James Conlon leads the 2015 Cincinnati May Festival
The conclusion of the 2015 Cincinnati May Festival was all-Russian, with monumental works by Shostakovich, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky. Digital cannon shots closed Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture, which brought the Festival to its rousing end. May Festival music director James Conlon led the May Festival Chorus, directed by Robert Porco, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with Georgian bass-baritone Mikhail Kolelishvili as soloist.

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Berlioz Requiem Returns to the May Festival

    Posted: May 30, 2015 - 12:51:00 PM in: reviews_2015
James Conlon
The second weekend of the 2015 Cincinnati May Festival opened with Berlioz' Requiem May 29 at Music Hall. May Festival music director James Conlon led an ensemble of 238 (109 in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 129 in the combined May Festival Chorus and Vocal Arts Ensemble) in a performance of precision and deep feeling.

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May Festival Continues with Handel, Vaughan Williams

    Posted: May 24, 2015 - 2:52:07 PM in: reviews_2015
Robert Porco
"Rule Britannia!" was the theme of the second night of the 2015 Cincinnati May Festival May 23 at Music Hall. In addition to three of Handel's Coronation Anthems, the program included Ralph Vaughan Williams' massive "A Sea Symphony." Director of choruses for the May Festival, Robert Porco, observing his 25th anniversary with the May Festival, was on the podium

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Haydn's "Creation" Fitting Opening for May Festival

    Posted: May 23, 2015 - 3:47:34 PM in: reviews_2015
Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation," a hardy perennial at the Cincinnati May Festival, returned Friday night (May 22) at Music Hall to open the 2015 Festival. With three fine soloists, the 110-voice May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by music director James Conlon, it was a splendid event.

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Linton Caps Season with Baroque

    Posted: May 18, 2015 - 3:37:30 PM in: reviews_2015
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
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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