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Mari Lunde Thomas delivers a sister act

By Rick Pender · November 25th, 2003 · Fine Tuning
This weekend offers an alternative to shopping and football in the form of a "sister act," with MARI LUNDE THOMAS, the concertmistress of the KENTUCKY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducting and performing as a featured soloist for two concerts, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at NKU's Greaves Concert Hall. She'll bracket the concert with "Spring" and "Summer" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to open and "Autumn" and "Winter" to conclude. In between, her sister, cellist ANDRA LUNDE PARICHELLI, will perform Haydn's Cello Concerto in D. The program also offers "5 min. from the life of W. A. Mozart" by Alexander Raskatov, receiving its Tristate premiere. Thomas is taking over for Music Director JAMES R. CASSIDY for this concert.

He's probably out celebrating his orchestra's recent recognition with a 2003 Post Corbett Award, shared with another Kentucky arts organization, the Carnegie Visual + Performing Arts Center. It was nice to see these two fine institutions from the south side of the Ohio earn these accolades. ...

Once you've found your way across the river, you'll discover that there are lots of chances for the fine arts: For example, at NKU on Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. in the Otto M. Budig Theatre, you can enjoy SPANISH SOJOURN: AN EVENING OF OPERA, under the direction of RICHARD COWAN. The evening will feature several NKU voice students performing excerpts from five operas set in Spain: Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, Bizet's Carmen, Beethoven's Fidelio and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Oh, by the way, it's free. ...

If vocal music is your thing, you might not be a regular with the CINCINNATI CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY. But on Dec. 9, there's a program you should catch: Baritone NATHAN GUNN will perform at CCM's Werner Recital Hall. He's performed with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. He'll perform Franz Schubert's poignant song cycle about love lost and found, Die Schöne Müllerin ("The Fair Maid of the Mill"). Tickets: 513-381-1464.



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