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Onstage: MUSE Cabaret

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It's a law of choral singing that solo voices never stand out, but for once soloists take center stage as MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir, presents a cabaret fund-raiser at Below Zero Lounge (1122 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine). MUSE is internationally acclaimed for its unique sound and you can hear some of the talents who contribute to that extraordinary blend.  

Onstage: American Spiritual Ensemble

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
America's musical heritage starts with Negro Spirituals, says Dr. Everett McCorvey, founder and director of the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble. "I call Spirituals the mother music, an art form truly founded in this country," he says. American Negro Spirituals are one of American history's great ironies. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Go Down, Moses" are among the world's most beloved melodies, created in the harsh, degrading reality of slavery.  

Onstage: Nixon in China Live Broadcast

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 8, 2011
In 1983, the young maverick director Peter Sellars convinced composer John Adams to write on opera based on Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China. "I realized that it was a perfect idea," Adams says. "It was right to find our own mythology in our own contemporary history." What could be more outsized, more operatic, than Air Force One touching down in Beijing for the first time?  

Onstage: Mahler's Symohony No. 7

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Gustav Mahler's music is better known for irony rather than a comic sensibility, but his 'Symphony No. 7 in E minor' will make you reconsider. Mahler has never been more of a shape-shifter as he moves from moody introspection to marches to lush string melodies in a matter of measures. The two "Night Music" movements are fully realized soundscapes of nocturnal worlds surrounding the central scherzo’s galumphing waltz that conjures up ghosts of the wrong side of Oktoberfests past.  

Multicultural Exchange

CCM, Beijing’s Central Opera and local Chinese Music Society collaborate

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Puccini’s opera Turandot challenges even the biggest opera companies. But if the singers have the dramatic heft required and the orchestral and choral forces are on board, outsize sets and costumes hardly matter. Fortunately, UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has the musical resources to mount a concert performance of Turandot, presented in collaboration with Beijing’s Central Opera Troupe and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society.  

Onstage: Turandot

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Puccini's opera 'Turandot' challenges even the biggest opera companies. But if the singers have the dramatic heft required and the orchestral and choral forces are on board, outsize sets and costumes hardly matter. Fortunately, UC's College-Conservatory of Music has the musical resources to mount a concert performance of 'Turandot,' presented in collaboration with Beijing's Central Opera Troupe and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society.  

Onstage: Constella Trio

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Bonia Shur is a rarity among composers of sacred music. More than 300 of his compositions are standards in Reform Jewish synagogues and he has written scores for film, theater and television. Shur's 88th birthday will be celebrated as Hebrew Union College inaugurates the Classical Concerts on Clifton series with a program of contemporary and classical chamber music performed by the internationally acclaimed Constella Trio.  

John Morris Russell Wants the Cincinnati Pops to Pop

New Cincinnati Pops conductor aims for wide community outreach

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Last month, the Cincinnati Pops announced the appointment of John Morris Russell as its conductor, succeeding the legendary Erich Kunzel, who died in September 2009. The usual flurry of laudatory press coverage followed the announcement, but there wasn’t much focus on a significant part of Russell’s career that will be crucial for the Pops future — his commitment to community outreach.  

Onstage: Marco Panuccio

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Cincinnati audiences first heard tenor Marco Panuccio when he sang "O Holy Night" as part of the CSO's 'Home for the Holidays' program. With the demise of CSO holiday shows, the acclaimed singer steps into the breach, returning to his home base Saturday with 'O Holy Night,' an evening of holiday favorites in the resplendent setting of St. Peter in Chains cathedral, accompanied by Carol Walker on piano and Blake Callahan on organ.  

Carlisle Floyd's Iconic Composer Exposure

CCM students get a chance to work with a true American opera legend

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 16, 2010
When CCM staged Carlisle Floyd's opera 'Of Mice and Men' last May, the composer was on hand for opening night. He was so impressed that when opera department head Robin Guarino asked him to return to work with students he immediately accepted. Floyd has been coaching CCM students since Nov. 10, culminating in a public performance of excerpts from his operas Wednesday.