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May Festival's "Otello" Soars

    Posted: May 23, 2016 - 3:20:56 PM in: reviews_2016
If the performers and the venue are right, concert opera can be as compelling as the staged variety. So it was at Music Hall in Cincinnati with Verdi's "Otello," performed May 21 at the Cincinnati May Festival. James Conlon, in his final season as music director of the annual event, led a sterling cast with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Children's Choir.
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Mozart Bright Beginning for 2016 Cincinnati May Festival

    Posted: May 22, 2016 - 1:13:26 PM in: reviews_2016
The 2016 Cincinnati May Festival opened with Mozart in what will be an... all-Mozart festival. On the podium was May Festival music director James Conlon.
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Langrée, CSO Go All-American

    Posted: Feb 22, 2016 - 3:04:13 PM in: reviews_2016
Simone Porter
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by music director Louis Langrée presented an all-American program Feb. 20 at Music Hall. Soloist in her CSO debut was violinist Simone Porter.

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Fleischer Masters Prokofiev, CSO Impresses with Strauss

    Posted: Feb 6, 2016 - 12:30:06 PM in: reviews_2016
Leon Fleischer
Pianist Leon Fleischer returned to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Feb. 5 at Music Hall with a splendid performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concero No. 4 for the Left Hand Alone. Guest conductor Christof Perick led a fine performance of Richard Strauss lengthy (45 minutes) "Symphonia domestrica" that was nevertheless fully engrossing

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Currie Virtosic in Percussion Concerto

    Posted: Jan 24, 2016 - 2:35:26 PM in: reviews_2016

Colin Currie
   A world premiere, a CSO premiere and an audience favorite shared the program of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Saturday night at Music Hall.

   Led by guest conductor Cristian Macelaru, it was a program that offered something for everybody: “riSE and fLY,” a concerto for percussion,  by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe; Symphonic Triptych, final work by American master Gunther Schuller, who died in June; and Edward Elgar’s well loved “Enigma Variations.”

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Brahms and Schumann Share Brahms Fest Opener

    Posted: Jan 15, 2016 - 2:52:30 PM in: reviews_2016
Kirill Gerstein
Brahms Fest, a two-year focus on the music of Johannes Brahms in Cincinnati, got an opening toast from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Jan. 14. Music director Louis Langrée led Brahms' Symphony No. 1. Guest artist was pianist Kirill Gerstein in the Piano Concerto by Robert Schumann. 
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Cincinnati Pops "Holiday Pops" Conjures Christmas

    Posted: Dec 15, 2015 - 9:30:07 AM in: reviews_2015

The Cincinnati Pops annual Christmas show sparkled despite the spring like weather outside, with familiar carols, the traditional "!2 Daze of Cincinnati Christmas" and a concluding sing along.

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World Premiere Shares Program with Familiar Favorites

    Posted: Nov 20, 2015 - 10:00:05 AM in: reviews_2015
left to right: Louis Lngrée and Renaud Capuçon
Featured work at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert Nov. 19 at Music Hall was "Flex" by Sebastian Currier.  Currier's "Flex," a CSO commission, is a six-movement concerto for orchestra manifesting lots of instrumental color.

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Freedom Subject of "One City One Symphony"

    Posted: Nov 14, 2015 - 2:11:46 PM in: reviews_2015
Regina Taylor
Freedom was the theme of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's annual "One City, One Symphony" project Nov. 13 at Music Hall. "One City, One Symphony is a community-wide series of listening parties and events leading up to a performance by the CSO, On the program this year were Short Works Based on the Poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou, Beethoven's "Leonore" Overture No. 2 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 ("from the New World").

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Bychkov, Chamayou Shine at CSO

    Posted: Oct 18, 2015 - 3:13:25 PM in: reviews_2015
Semyon Bychkov
Russian master Semyon Bychkov and young French pianist Bertrand Chamayou brought an exceptional program of Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Oct. 17 at Music Hall in Cincinnati. Featured were Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 ("Polish"), Burleske in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra by Richard Strauss and  the tone poem "Francesca da Rimini.

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Cincinnati Symphony Utilizes Visuals to Begin Three-Year "Pelleas" Trilogy

    Posted: Oct 4, 2015 - 12:55:01 PM in: reviews_2015

Karen Gomyo
There was a huge orchestra on the stage of Music Hall for Saturday night’s performance (October 3) of Schoenberg’s “Pelleas und Melisande” by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Louis Langrée.

A huge brass section (eight horns, four trumpets and five trombones) plus full strings and winds added up to 102 players.

There was another instrument, too, projection, used to cast images onto plastic curtains hanging above the Music Hall stage.

Guest artist for the concert was violinist Karen Gomyo in a brilliant performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

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Cincinnati Symphony Opener Features Three B's

    Posted: Sep 26, 2015 - 2:25:45 PM in: reviews_2015

Louis Langrée
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra opened its 2015-2016 season with a fantastic – no less – performance of Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonie fantastique” at Music Hall. 

   It was the finest in this listener’s memory and testimony to the high level the orchestra has reached under music director Louis Langrée. 

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Pops Screens the Movies

    Posted: Sep 20, 2015 - 8:57:08 PM in: reviews_2015
John Morris Russell leading the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at Music Hall in Cincinnati
Selections from the American Film Institute's list of 25 Greatest Film Scores was like going to the movies at the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's opening concert of the season, led by conductor John Morris Russell Sept. 20 at Music Hall. Heard were classics like "Gone With the Wind" (Max Steiner) and "Ben Hur" (Miklos Rosza) as well as the younger generation of composers, like John Barry ("Out of Africa") and Ennio Morricone ("Gabriel's Oboe" from "The Mission"). Number one on the list was John Williams' "Star Wars."

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Pops' "American Originals" a Winner

    Posted: Sep 16, 2015 - 1:15:53 PM in: reviews_2015
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's 94th album, "American Originals,"
recorded live at Music Hall in January, 2015, comprises songs by Stephen Collins Foster and other American roots composers. Framed by "O! Sussanah" and "Camptown Races," with guest artists Rosanne Cash, Aoife O'Donovan, Dom Flemons and others, it is splendid in all respects. Pops conductor John Morris Russell leads with zest in his fourth album with the Pops.
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"New Voices" Showcase a Triumph

    Posted: Sep 14, 2015 - 4:02:37 PM in: reviews_2015
Left to right: Shareese Arnold, Jessica Faselt, Paulina Villarreal, Jessine Johnson, Pedro Arroyo, Andrew Manea, Christopher Brandon Morales and Jesse Leong
  Richard Wagner is not bereft of voices in Cincinnati.
   This was happily demonstrated at the Wagner Society of Cincinnati’s singer showcase, “New Voices” Sunday afternoon at Ascension-Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming.
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