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Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" Mesmerizing

    Posted: Jun 15, 2017 - 11:33:35 PM in: reviews
Edward Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" has not been heard at the Cincinnati May Festival in over 30 years.  It made a welcome return May 26 at the Taft Theater with a fine ensemble of vocal soloists and movement artist.  On the podium was conductor Michael Francis in his May Festival debut.
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Enchanting night at the 2017 Cincinnati May Festival

    Posted: Jun 14, 2017 - 10:45:38 PM in: reviews
Attendees at the second night of the 2017 Cincinnati May Festival May 20 at the Taft Theater were treated to music fit for a summer's night with Mendelssohn's iconic work and music by Frederick Delius and Ralph Vaughan Williams.  The May Festival Chorus, the May Festival Youth Chorus  and a cast of accomplished actors brought it all to life under the baton of conductor Matthew Halls.
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The 2017 Cincinnati May Festival Ends with Bach

    Posted: Jun 14, 2017 - 8:15:43 PM in: reviews
The 2017 Cincinnati May Festival ended on a joyous note with the Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Leading the May Festival Chorus prepared by Robert Porco, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra was Harry Bicket, artistic director of the English Concert.  Vocal soloists were Joélle Harvey, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, Daniel Taylor, countertenor, Thomas Cooley, tenor and Matthew Brock, bass-baritone.
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Schubert, Mahler Thrill at the CSO

    Posted: Apr 25, 2017 - 11:44:49 AM in: reviews
Saturday’s Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra program at the Taft Theater was drawn from among the earliest and latest works of two great composers, Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler.
   Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C Minor was written when the composer was 19.  Mahler’s “Das Lied von Der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”) was completed in 1909, two years before his death.
   As CSO music director Louis Langrée noted before opening the concert, neither composer ever heard his work performed.
 

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Perlman, Dvořák, CSO Thrill at the Taft

    Posted: Apr 21, 2017 - 1:45:54 PM in: reviews
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Itzhak Perlman
It is always a special occasion when violinist Itzhak Perlman performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. It was no different when the legendary artist made his 11th appearance with the CSO April 18 at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati. He performed Max Bruch's Violin Concerto with the CSO led by Louis Langrée.

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Songs Fill the Air at Linton Music Series

    Posted: Feb 28, 2017 - 12:51:16 PM in: reviews_2016
The sweet sound of song and an exciting new duo graced the Linton Chamber Music Series Sunday afternoon (Feb. 26) at First Unitarian Church in Avondale. The pianist was Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Louis Langrée, in his first public performance as a pianist in over 20 years. Better known as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Langrée performed art songs, from Schumann and Brahms to Debussy and Duparc, with mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor.
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CSO Performs Rare, All-Baroque Program

    Posted: Nov 14, 2016 - 2:38:18 PM in: reviews_2016
Baroque programs are seldom heard on Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts, perhaps because of its over-size performance space in 3,400-seat Music Hall. The opportunity to perform in a more intimate environment while Music Hall is being renovated, 2700-seat Taft Theater in downtown Cincinnati, allowed for such an event Nov. 11, with instrumental works by Bach and Handel.
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Ma and CSO Brilliant in Dvorak and Brahms

    Posted: Oct 29, 2016 - 4:53:13 PM in: reviews_2016
Guest artist Yo-Yo Ma, cello, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Brahms Second Symphony, led by music director Louis Langrée, filled the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati with beauty in Dvorak's Cello Concerto and the Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms Oct. 28. Leading the CSO with beauty and command was CSO music director Louis Langrée
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CSO's Debussy and Fauré Shine

    Posted: Oct 4, 2016 - 12:11:06 AM in: reviews_2016

Saturday night’s Cincinnati Symphony concert at the Taft Theatre had a French accent. There was music by Debussy, his Prelude à l'apres-midi d’un faune (Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”) and “Nocturnes” plus, the centerpiece of the program, Gabriel Fauré’s Incidental Music for Pelleas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (1898, orchestrated by Charles Koechlin).

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Chamber Orchestra's Summermusik 2014 Opens on a High Note

    Posted: Aug 28, 2016 - 3:17:17 PM in: reviews_2016
Check out this review of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's opening concert of Summermusik 2014 by the Cincinnati Enquirer's Janelle Gelfand. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2016/08/28/saxophone-sensation-heats-up-chamber-orchestra/89500928/

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Conlon Closes His Final May Festival as Music Director

    Posted: May 30, 2016 - 11:43:05 AM in: reviews_2016
It was with joy -- and not a little sadness -- that James Conlon, music director of the Cincinnati May Festival for 37 years, led his final May Festival May 28 at Music Hall. He chose Mendelssohn's "Elijah," a fixture through the Festival's 143 years, as his summary event.
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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
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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
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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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