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CSO entices younger fans

By Rick Pender · September 1st, 2004 · Fine Tuning
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Paavo J�rvi and CSO reach out to youngeraudiences with epic pieces like Kullervo.
Paavo J�rvi and CSO reach out to youngeraudiences with epic pieces like Kullervo.



If you're a regular CityBeat reader, you're in the sights of many of Cincinnati's purveyors of Classical music. Since their audiences are "graying," they want to entice a younger demographic to Music Hall and other venues where great music is performed. Take the CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, for example: When they kick off their 2004-2005 season on Sept. 17-18, conductor Paavo J#228rvi will present a concert featuring an epic piece, Kullervo, by a Finnish composer, Jan Sibelius, with Finnish mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant and the Estonian National Male Choir. (J#228rvi's musical family hales from Estonia.) After the concert, CSOEncore!, a young professionals group, takes over for a casino party and silent auction featuring celebrity dealers in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. For a $45 ticket, you'll get the concert and the party, with appetizers, cash bar and live Jazz 513-745-3590.

The CINCINNATI CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY has seldom been accused of being hip. But they've awakened to the late 20th century (if not the 21st) with Chamber Raves, a series of lunchtime concerts in early October. These free programs kick off the society's 75th anniversary season and clearly appeal to younger audiences. The intimacy of chamber music has an unusual attraction, and it's certainly worth checking out -- especially in more casual settings. If you're a regular CityBeat reader, you're in the sights of many of Cincinnati's purveyors of Classical music.

Since their audiences are "graying," they want to entice a younger demographic to Music Hall and other venues where great music is performed. Take the CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, for example: When they kick off their 2004-2005 season on Sept. 17-18, conductor Paavo J#228rvi will present a concert featuring an epic piece, Kullervo, by a Finnish composer, Jan Sibelius, with Finnish mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant and the Estonian National Male Choir. (J#228rvi's musical family hales from Estonia.) After the concert, CSOEncore!, a young professionals group, takes over for a casino party and silent auction featuring celebrity dealers in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. For a $45 ticket, you'll get the concert and the party, with appetizers, cash bar and live Jazz 513-745-3590. ...

The CINCINNATI CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY has seldom been accused of being hip. But they've awakened to the late 20th century (if not the 21st) with Chamber Raves, a series of lunchtime concerts in early October. These free programs kick off the society's 75th anniversary season and clearly appeal to younger audiences. The intimacy of chamber music has an unusual attraction, and it's certainly worth checking out -- especially in more casual settings. Here's the rundown: Downtown Public Library (Oct. 4), Cincinnati Art Museum's Terrace Café (Oct. 5), Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Oct. 6), Kenwood Towne Centre (Oct. 7), Fountain Square (Oct. 8) and Newport on the Levee (Oct. 9). Show up for all six, and you'll receive two free season passes to the society's nine-concert series, beginning Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. with a program by renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff performing J.S. Bach's solo violin partitas and sonatas. During the 90-minute intermission there's a complimentary buffet supper. At Memorial Hall, next door to Music Hall. Info 513-522-2652 ...

Some musical organizations go straight for the jugular with sex appeal: THE CATACOUSTIC CONSORT presents vocal and instrumental music from Renaissance chamber music to Baroque opera, but it markets the music via Artistic Director Annalisa Pappano, who's a pretty good looker. However, She also plays instruments you've probably never heard of -- lirone, pardessus and viola da gamba. The season begins at Covington's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on Sept. 12 with a program of "passionate dissonances" in the form of 17th-century Italian oratorios; the concert is called "Turn Your Face to the Sun." On Oct. 9 at Christ Church in Glendale, the group presents "Fellowship of the Viol," featuring players of this sonorous stringed instrument (resembling a modern cello) from England and France. Info: www.catacoustic.com. ...

If you've never experienced the singing of CHANTICLEER, you'll want to mark Nov. 5 for their return engagement at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. The Grammy Award-winning male vocal ensemble sings A Cappella music that ranges from Renaissance to Jazz, from Gospel to contemporary. The resonant cathedral is the perfect acoustic venue for their performance, a sure sold-out evening, so order your tickets early. 513-421-2222. ...

Finally, if you feel moved to sample serious music without investing much (as in "it's generally free"), you should check out the almost daily musical offerings at UC's COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. For instance, the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra (performing concerts on Oct. 12 and Nov. 4) is one that most cities would proudly point to as their premier ensemble -- but they tend to get lost in our bounty of offerings in Cincinnati. Also worth considering: CCM presents PIFFARO, the Renaissance Band, performing music of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods in an unusual program on Nov. 6. For complete listings: www.uc.ccm.edu

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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