As Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concluded
its 40th anniversary season last June, the organization faced
significant challenges. In addition to seeking a new music director, the
CCO confronted losses in attendance, funding and visibility.
It seems today that all you see are
sex-crazed talking teddy bears in movies and lewd cartoons on TV. But
where are those good, old-fashioned crooners on which we used to rely?
Luckily, there’s Seth MacFarlane.
Rachel DeVore Fogarty, Gwyneth Walker,
Sarah Hopkins and Elizabeth Alexander are acclaimed composers whose
music you may have never heard. MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir,
provides an opportunity to do so Saturday with two concerts titled Here and Aware.
MYCincinnati, a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill, begins as
Eddy Kwon, assistant program director, leads the Ambassador Ensemble, a
string sextet of young musicians, in their practice.
Craig Irvin, Andrew Wilkowske and Gabriel
Preisser are enjoying a career arc that any opera singer would kill
for. All three performed in the world premiere of Silent Night,
an opera that garnered rave reviews, a Pulitzer Prize, a PBS broadcast
and subsequent productions, including this weekend’s from the Cincinnati
Opera, in which the singers reprise their original roles.
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes
its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis.
There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns
about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a
continually uncertain marketplace.
On May 7, 1937 — exactly 77 years ago this week — the Cincinnati May Festival presented the American premiere of The Ordering of Moses, an oratorio by Robert Nathaniel Dett, an African American composer, conductor and professor.