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K.D. Lang takes a drag off the Pops

By Rick Pender · June 2nd, 2004 · Fine Tuning

Don't think that, just because summer's almost here, the Classical Music scene takes a break. In fact, this is one of the best seasons of the year for some fine tunes. The CINCINNATI OPERA will be holding forth at Music Hall in a few weeks, but before that, you might want to take an excursion to Riverbend for concerts this month by the CINCINNATI POPS. On June 12, some Beatles look-alikes will perform 30 tunes by the legendary Rock band. Now that's Classical. Later this month (June 26), in another "Headlin-ers" program, singer K.D. LANG will join Erich Kunzel and the Pops for an evening of tunes in the vein of her Grammy Award-winning recording with Tony Bennett.

Tickets: 513-381-3300. ...

If you're looking for what's cutting edge in serious music, you can stay right here in town from June 12-20 for MUSIC04 at the CCM Village on the University of Cincinnati campus. Internationally known composers Kaija Saariaho, Chen Yi and Frederic Rzewski join the premier new music group EIGHTH BLACKBIRD (who were ensemble-in-residence at CCM a few years back) with other guests and CCM faculty for concerts, master classes and seminars about new music. All performances are free. Info: www.ccm.uc.edu/musicx. ...

SORG OPERA in Middletown has announced two operas it will present during 2004-05. In mid-October they'll stage Gilbert & Sullivan's classic The Mikado at the Sorg Opera House, which was built in the late 19th century, around the time the operetta team were at the peak of their popularity. It should be a perfect setting for the comic tale. Then next spring we'll be able to see the world premiere of a new work, Curtis Tucker's A Stranger's Tale. The opera has been conceived as a companion piece to Igor Stravinsky's popular short work, A Soldier's Tale. Both pieces will be presented on April 22-23, 2005. Info: 513-425-0180.



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