In the world of chamber music,
Beethoven’s 17 string quartets are the ultimate summit. Composed over a
span of more than two-and-a-half decades, Beethoven created masterpieces
of astonishing beauty and complexity that never fail to engage
Composer Rick Sowash has a simple idea:
Anyone can buy any of his CDs for any amount they want to pay and he
promises to give half to the St. George Food Pantry. The other half goes
to cover the cost of producing the albums, which is considerable.
During our conversation (in French), it becomes clear that the CSO’s
marketing blast, “Louis + CSO + You,” sums up Langrée’s vision for the
orchestra and the community: He frequently uses partager, French for “to share.”
The Constella Festival got it right when
they named Missy Mazzoli as this year’s composer-in-residence. At 33,
she’s earned the awards, commissions and acclaim you’d expect from
artists twice her age. And her two Constella concerts this year feature
compositions she’s created since 2005, both for small ensembles and solo
William Shakespeare’s drama and poetry
resonate far beyond the theater. Music plays a vital role in his plays
and his works continue to inspire compositions in all genres of music,
from song to symphony to sampling.
‘Tis the season for an abundance of music that includes beloved traditions: Handel’s oratorio Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Both pieces are holiday staples performed year after year. After year.
The 2012-2013 season has no special
significance for Kurt Weill, the German-American composer of “September
Song,” “Speak Low” and “Mack the Knife.” But it’s a landmark year for
the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Composer Philip Glass turned 75 on Jan.
31. The party continues this weekend in Cincinnati, starting with the
wildly innovative, Grammy Award-winning sextet eighth blackbird’s
appearance at MusicNOW on Thursday. Glass himself will join 8bb during
the first half of the performance.