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Chamber Opera's "Siegfried" a Triumph

    Posted: Oct 27, 2014 - 2:00:30 PM in: reviews_2014
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Queen City Chamber Opera has enriched the opera scene in Cincinnati for the past two seasons. They did it again Jan. 26 at the Arts Center in Dunham in West Price Hill with act I of Richard Wagner's "Siegfried" (a Cincinnati premiere). Led by Queen City Chamber Opera founder/artistic director Isaac Selya, the fully staged production boasted some genuine Wagner voices, including heldentenor Matt Tschimperle as Siegfried, and a 43-piece orchestra.

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Watts Magisterial in CSO Appearance

    Posted: Oct 25, 2014 - 3:53:03 PM in: reviews_2014
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André Watts
Pianist
André Watts brought Edward MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor back to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in a splendid performance after more than 40 years Oct. 24 at Music Hall. Also on the program, skewed a bit toward Halloween, was Bartók’s "The Miraculous Mandarin" and "Dances of Galánta" by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály.
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concert:nova's "Gothic Halloween" Gripping

    Posted: Oct 22, 2014 - 3:42:20 PM in: reviews_2014
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Leave it to Cincinnati's concert:nova to come up with a thoughtful program -- and locale -- for a concert. They did it again with "A Gothic Halloween" Oct. 21 on the set of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's production of "The Birds."

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Music for All Seasons Delightful

    Posted: Oct 14, 2014 - 12:05:14 PM in: reviews_2014
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Peterloon Estate
Music for All Seasons, a recital series held at historic Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill, with proceeds benefiting scholarship programs at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, opened its 2014-2015 season Oct. 12 with songs from Austria and Germany.
Heard were songs by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Friedrich von Flotow, sung by entry level artists from CCM.
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Abdullah Impresses in His CSO Debut

    Posted: Oct 10, 2014 - 3:32:10 PM in: reviews_2014
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Kazem Abdullah
American conductor Kazem Abdullah returned to Cincinnati to make his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Oct. 9 at Music Hall in a well-chosen program, including a CSO premiere, a well-loved symphony and a pair of iconic 20th-century works. Born in Indiana, Abdullah grew up in Dayton, was principal clarinetist of the CSO Youth Orchestra and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
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Langrée, CSO Bring Sea to Music Hall

    Posted: Sep 26, 2014 - 4:41:09 PM in: reviews_2014
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Emanuel Ax
Louis
Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brought the sea closer to Cincinnati Sept. 26 at Music Hall, with Debussy's "La Mer" and other maritime-themed works. Drenching the program with virtuosity was guest artist Emanuel Ax in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor.
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Catacoustic Consort Brings Rare Program to Cincinnati

    Posted: Sep 22, 2014 - 4:31:17 PM in: reviews_2014
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Buxtehude playing a viol, from "A Musical Party" by Johannes Voorhout (1674)
Cincinnati's early music series Catacoustic Consort opened its 2014-15 with a performance of the rarely heard "Membra Jesu Nostri," a set of seven cantatas by Danish-German composer Dieterich Buxtehude (famously known as the composer Johann Sebastian Bach walked 200 miles to hear). With authentic instruments, fine voices and the welcoming interior of the Church of the Advent in Walnut Hills, it made for a sublime experience.

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Mozart, Adams Combine for Perfect CSO Opening

    Posted: Sep 20, 2014 - 3:57:02 PM in: reviews_2014
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Martin Fröst
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Louis Langr
ée, opened its 2014-15 subscription season with a balanced program of Mozart and John Adams Sept. 19 in Music Hall. Guest artist in Mozart's intimate Clarinet Concerto was Swedish clarinetist Martin Frost. Adams' large scale Harmonielehre, a CSO premiere, made the perfect contrast to close the concert.
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CSO Sells Out Music Hall with Lang Lang, Beethoven

    Posted: Sep 14, 2014 - 2:37:39 PM in: reviews_2014
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Lang Lang
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra opened its 120th season Sept. 13 at Music Hall with a triple threat: pianist Lang Lang, music director Louis
Langrée returning for his second season with the orchestra, and Beethoven. The result was a sellout, a rare accomplishment in 3,500-seat Music Hall.
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Cellist Miranda Brings Piatti into Focus

    Posted: Sep 4, 2014 - 1:29:48 PM in: reviews_2014
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Cellist Carmine Miranda has done 19th-century Italian cellist Carlo Piatti a great service. With Miranda's new release of Piatti's 12 Caprices for Solo Cello, it is to be hoped that the once-renowned cellist/composer will once again grace the concert stage.

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Langrée's Inaugural Release with the CSO Powerful

    Posted: Aug 19, 2014 - 2:37:29 PM in: reviews_2014
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With Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait," narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou, and world premieres by David Lang and Nico Muhly, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's first recording with music director Louis Langr
ée also celebrates the CSO's history of experimentation and innovation.

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LumenoCity Encore Thrilling

    Posted: Aug 2, 2014 - 3:06:03 PM in: reviews_2014
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LumenoCity 2014, encore to LumenoCity 2013, was a well-done, well-attended event August 1 in Washington Park in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. With "projection mapping" by Cincinnati design and production company Brave Berlin -- digital images projected onto the facade of Music Hall and "choreographed" to the music -- it was a feast for the eyes and the ears.

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Cincinnati Opera's "Calisto" is Stylish Baroque Venture

    Posted: Jul 21, 2014 - 1:39:13 PM in: reviews_2014
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Daniel Okulitch as Jove and Nathalie Paulin as Calisto (photo by Philip Groshong)
(first published at classicalvoiceamerica.org)
Francesco Cavalli's 1652 opera "La Calisto" was a first for Cincinnati Opera July 17, 2014 in Corbett Theater at the newly constructed School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. First-ever Baroque opera in the company's 94-year history, it delighted a sold-out crowd in the intimate, 750-seat theater, an alternative venue for smaller Cincinnati Opera productions.

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Puts' "Silent Night" Finds Light in the Darkness

    Posted: Jul 11, 2014 - 3:29:40 PM in: reviews_2014
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L to R: Phillip Addis as Audebert, Thomas Blondelle as Nikolaus, Erin Wall as Anna and Andrew Wilkowske as Ponchel in Kevin Puts' "Silent Night," Cincinnati Opera, July, 2014
Cincinnati Opera's performance of Kevin Puts' 2011 opera "Silent Night" July 10, 2014 at Music Hall coincided with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Set to Mark Campbell's libretto based on the 2005 French film "Joyeux
Noël," the works casts light on a war that changed the world and on the nature of war itself.
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NANOWorks Closes Season Powerfully

    Posted: Jul 1, 2014 - 10:24:39 AM in: reviews_2014
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L to R: Joel Wolcott, Brian Gonzalez and Lauren McAllister in Eric Knechtges' "Last Call," premiered by NANOWorks June, 2014
Cincinnati-based NanoWorks (North American New Opera Workshop) closed its 2013-14 season with a pair of short works, presented in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City (catalyst of the LGBT civil rights movement). Brooklyn composer Marie Incontrera's "At the Other Side of the Earth" (2012) was a Midwest premiere. Northern Kentucky University professor Eric Knechtges' "Last Call" (2014) was a world premiere.

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