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Beethoven Fills Music Hall

    Posted: Sep 17, 2005 - 12:00:00 AM in: reviews_2005
Beethoven got it on for the Cincinnati Symphony Friday night as music director Paavo Järvi the orchestra registered a near full house at Music Hall.
That's saying something for the nation's largest concert hall (3,516 seats) and with ticket sales bulging for tonight's 8 p.m. repeat, the orchestra is positioned to set an opening weekend attendance record.   - [Read more]

Pratt Inaugural at CCM

    Posted: Dec 3, 2005 - 11:34:58 AM in: reviews_2005
The inaugural recital of pianist Awadagin Pratt as artist-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Dec. 1 was an auspicious occasion.  From Haydn to Rachmaninoff, topped off by a generous helping of Bach, it presented Pratt as a formidable artist who nevertheless spurns "playing to the gallery."  His new identification with Cincinnati was evident in his choice of attire with a black vest and red shirt (UC Bearcat colors) (first published in The Cincinnati Post Dec. 2, 2005).
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"Margaret Garner" Rivets Cincinnati

    Posted: Jul 16, 2005 - 12:33:23 AM in: reviews_2005
The brand new "Margaret Garner" by Richard Daniepour and Toni Morrison was a sensation at its Cincinnati premiere July 14 at Music Hall.  Not only is it the first commissioned work in Cincinnati's Opera's 85-year history, but the events in the opera transpired in Cincinnati.  About a real-life slave who escaped her master then killed her child when she was re-captured, the opera had some slow spots and the words and music didn't always connect, but the overall effect was profoundly moving.  Heading the excellent cast was mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Margaret Garner, with baritone Rod Gilfrey as the slavemaster Gaines, Gregg Baker as Robert Garner and soprano Angela Brown as Cilla (first published in The Cincinnati Post July 15, 2005).
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Trolling for Peer Gynt

    Posted: May 27, 2005 - 11:55:15 PM in: reviews_2005
Paavo Jarvi and the Estonian National Orchestra score again with a stunning new release of Grieg's "Peer Gynt" on Virgin Classics.  Hear 20 of the 26 numbers the composer wrote for Ibsen's play about the rakish Peer, with baritone Peter Mattei, soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo Charlotte Hellekant, the Ellerhein Girls' Choir and Estonian National Male Choir (first published in The Cincinnati Post May 26, 2005).
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Yundi Li: East Meets West at CCM

    Posted: Apr 19, 2005 - 5:21:00 PM in: reviews_2005
The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society celebrated its 10th anniversary with a star April 18 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music:  pianist Yundi Li. (first published in The Cincinnati Post April 18, 2005)
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Järvi, CSO Debussy Beautiful

    Posted: Mar 24, 2005 - 8:00:57 PM in: reviews_2005
Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the magicians at Telarc, have created a thing of beauty in their latest CD release, an all-Debussy album.  Included here are some of the composer's best known works ("La Mer," "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune," and "Nocturnes") as well as his little known "Berceuse Heroique," a 1915 elegy written in response to the fall of Belgium in World War I (first published in The Cincinnati Post March 23, 2005).

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Vocal Arts Ensemble is Silver

    Posted: Mar 1, 2005 - 5:53:35 PM in: reviews_2005

Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Cincinnati Boychoir celebrated a double anniversary Feb. 27 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery.  They did it with music inspired by Shakespeare, including a world premiere, "Wms. Ghosts," by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music dean Douglas Lowry. (first published in The Cincinnati Post Feb. 28, 2005)
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Art Imitates Nature at Music Hall

    Posted: Jan 22, 2005 - 10:52:28 PM in: reviews_2005
Lars Vogt
Cincinnati's wintry weather was a fitting background for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's all-Nordic program Jan. 20 led by music director Paavo Järvi.  There was music by Sibelius and Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen, whose Symphony No. 8 ("Autumnal Fragments") received its U.S. premiere.  Guest artist was pianist Lars Vogt in the Grieg Piano Concerto.  The program will be repeated Jan. 24 at Carnegie Hall in New York (first published in The Cincinnati Post Jan. 21, 2005).
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