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Onstage: Cincinnati May Festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 17, 2011
We said farewell to Paavo Jarvi and now venerable maestro James Conlon takes the helm for 2011’s May Festival, the annual choral extravaganza featuring the CSO, the May Festival Chorus and a host of world-class soloists. The festival opens with Verdi’s Requiem, a classic work as dramatic as any of Verdi’s operas.  

Hope in Motion

LGBT youth arts group delivers inspirational message

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
In 2003, Susan Haugh founded Dreams of Hope, “A Creative and Performing Arts Group For Queer Youth and Allies.” Haugh’s commitment is grounded in her experience as a music and dance teacher in Pittsburgh’s public schools. Haugh has been out lesbian since her teens.  

Onstage: Dreams of Hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
High school is a minefield for anyone who deviates, as any LGBT student will tell you. Despite the surge in anti-bullying workshops, a distressingly high number of incidents target LGBT youth in school and online, with equally distressing results: drug and alcohol abuse, school drop outs and suicide. Susan Haugh was one of a handful of early responders. In 2003, she founded Dreams of Hope, “A Creative and Performing Arts Group For Queer Youth and Allies.”   

Onstage: CSO Out On the Town

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 3, 2011
We’re down to Paavo Jarvi's last two weekends with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and following this Saturday night's performance, the CSO presents its eighth annual Gay Pride event, dubbed "Out on the Town." The LGBT community, along with friends and supporters, are invited to the after-party in Music Hall's Grand Foyer. Singer/songwriter Cybele provides the entertainment and the refreshments are complimentary.  

Stewart Goodyear Makes For A Good Year

Stewart Goodyear debuts tribute to WGUC and Paavo Jrvi

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Pianist Stewart Goodyear made his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2004 with an electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He’s been back twice, but this weekend Goodyear returns not only as a soloist, but as a featured composer. The CSO will perform his fanfare Count Up.  

Making a Spirituals Connection

Ensemble shows broad influence of Negro Spirituals on music

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
American Negro Spirituals are one of American history’s great ironies. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Go Down, Moses” and “The Battle of Jericho” are among the world’s most beloved melodies, created in the harsh, degrading reality of slavery. We love these songs, but do we really know them?  

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.