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Wagner Blues

Despite cancellations by key players, Cincy Opera's 90th season debut is on track

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
April has been the cruelest month as far as Cincinnati Opera is concerned. Within a two-week span, the highly anticipated production of Richard Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg' lost three of its star performers, mostly for health reasons, and Artistic Director Evans Mirageas was stuck in London when volcanic ash grounded his flights. But pinch hitters are stepping up.  

Lectures: Cincinnati Opera Raps with Speight Jenkins

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 17, 2010
General director of Seattle Opera since 1983, Speight Jenkins will speak as part of the Opera Rap series Thursday at Music Hall, and when it comes to “Explaining Wagner” (as his “Rap” is called) there’s hardly anyone more uniquely qualified than the lanky, bespectacled Texan.  

The King of the Ring

Seattle Opera's general director comes to town to talk Wagner

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Speight Jenkins will be the first to tell you that there's grand opera and then there are Richard Wagner's operas, those massive, sprawling epics populated by feuding gods, warrior women sporting winged helmets, knights of the Grail and sexually frustrated lovers. These "integrated works of art," as Wagner called them, are the ultimate challenge for any opera company, demanding forces that could populate a small town.  

Simply the Bess

Local audiences get a chance to see a more PC version of 'Porgy and Bess'

2 Comments · Monday, February 22, 2010
George Gershwin had high hopes for his first opera, a setting of DuBose Heyward's novel 'Porgy.' "If I am successful," he wrote, "it will resemble a combination of the drama and romance of 'Carmen' and the beauty of 'Meistersinger,' if you can imagine that." The 75th anniversary touring company comes to Cincinnati for one night (Feb. 24) with a production approved by the Gershwin estate and overseen by Michael Capasso, general director of New York's Dicapo Opera Theatre.  

Onstage: Porgy and Bess

0 Comments · Monday, February 22, 2010
The 75th anniversary touring company of Porgy and Bess comes to Cincinnati for one night. Set in the vibrant black working class neighborhood of Catfish Row in Charleston, S.C., the story of the crippled beggar Porgy and his love for good-time girl Bess plays out against the realities of a tightly-knit community, segregation, violence and drugs. 8 p.m. at the Aronoff.  

The Women in the Mirror

A first-hand account of MUSE's visit to an area women's prison

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I am on a bus with 46 other members of MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir, and we're headed for prison: the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. We're singing for the inmates, and a current of unease runs underneath the animated chatter.  

A Chair with Flair

Steven Goldstein comes to CCM with inspired teaching philosophy

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s recently appointed Steven Goldstein as the Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Theatre. He has impressive stage, film and opera credits, appearing in productions staged by David Mamet, William H. Macy and renowned opera director Francesca Zambello.  

Music: eighth blackbird

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Eighth blackbird, the wildly innovative, Grammy-award winning sextet acclaimed as the country’s premier contemporary music ensemble, makes a welcome return to Cincinnati with Meanwhile…, a program of five works by established masters and exciting young composers. 8 p.m. at CCM's Corbett Auditorium.  

Flipping the 'Bird

Acclaimed ensemble eighth blackbird continues to shatter Chamber music expectations

0 Comments · Monday, January 4, 2010
The new year for Chamber music opens with strings. And flutes. And clarinets, prepared piano, flexatones, harmonicas, bongos and cowbells. That's standard operating procedure for eighth blackbird, the wildly innovative sextet acclaimed as the country's premier contemporary music ensemble (performing Jan. 12 at CCM). Acknowledges flautist Tim Munro, "We like to wreak havoc in a creative way."  

Lighting the Way

Multimedia ensemble concert:nova continues expanding Chamber music boundaries and audiences

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Four years ago, clarinetist Ixi Chen moved from New York to join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and immediately began networking with other young professionals. A brainstorming session drew 15 musicians, and concert:nova was born. The group took inspiration from cellist Matt Haimowitz, a champion of new music who performs in concerts halls and Rock clubs and collaborates with leading conductors, Hip Hop artists and Klezmer musicians.