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Onstage: Knox presents Bach's Christmas Oratorio

0 Comments · Thursday, December 15, 2011
If you’ve had all you can Handel but need a Baroque oratorio to get you in the holiday spirit, look no further than Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. It’s not about competition with Me  

Onstage: Doubt

0 Comments · Thursday, November 10, 2011
At the end of John Patrick Shanley’s multi-award winning play and film Doubt, the formidable Sister Aloysius cries, “Oh, Sister James. I have doubts! I have such doubts!” Those two short lines a  

Creating a New Canon

Cincinnati Opera, CCM collaborate on Opera Fusion production of Doubt

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
At the end of John Patrick Shanley’s multi-award winning play and film Doubt, the formidable Sister Aloysius cries, “Oh, Sister James. I have doubts! I have such doubts!” Those two short lines are laden with pathos, emotion and high drama. It sounds operatic — and it will be. Opera Fusion: New Works chose the drama of struggle for faith and power for its inaugural workshop production, with libretto by Shanley and the score by protean composer Douglas Cuomo.  

Onstage: Joshua Bell

0 Comments · Thursday, November 3, 2011
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell kicks off his solo recital tour in Cincinnati and brings the Constella Festival’s inaugural season to a close Tuesday at Memorial Hall. Bell is a rarity, a prodigy wh  

Combining Artistic Energies

The Constella Festival

2 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Last fall, as the economy continued its downward spiral and arts organizations laid off staff, Tatiana Berman started to map out plans for a new arts festival in Cincinnati, and this week — defying the odds — the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts debuts, aligning an impressive array of artists with the city’s major performing ensembles and arts venues.    

Classic Sounds and New Twists

Classical musical season offers eclectic mix options

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This year’s classical music season promises more than the predictable lineup of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms, as fledgling ensembles continue to offer edgy programming, top performers mix it up, a new music festival debuts and even the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) ventures into the world of new music.  

'Open to the New'

Cincinnati's “Classical” music scene moving in exciting new directions

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
What is “new music” within the classical music genre? Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto, which receives its world premiere at the Cincinnati Symphony next year? CCM composer Michael Fiday’s “9 Haiku” for flute and piano performed last year by concert: nova? Leonard Bernstein’s 1937 Trio Sonata that gets its first local performance by the Morgenstern Trio in March? And is there even an audience for contemporary music?  

All About the Magic

Cincinnati Opera offers a cinematic version of 'The Magic Flute'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is a perfect point of entry for kids. There’s plenty of fantasy, a happy ending, no one dies and the music is sublime. But for director Tomer Zvulun, it’s all about the magic. Although instruments get the magic started, Mozart’s utterly delightful score and characters like the bird catcher Papageno, his mate Papagena and a host of birds and animals are the opera’s true magical forces.  

Onstage: Cincinnati Opera's The Magic Flute

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute' is a perfect point of entry for kids. There's plenty of fantasy, a happy ending, no one dies and the music is sublime. But for director Tomer Zvulun, it's all about the magic. "I was a really weird kid," he says. "My obsession was film, and I was into (Ingmar) Bergman, (Federico) Fellini and (Alfred) Hitchcock. I was 16 when I saw Bergman's film of 'The Magic Flute,' and suddenly it all made sense." Cincinnati Opera offers its production Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at Music Hall.  

Diary of a Super Woman

A first-person account of being a super for Cincinnati Opera

1 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
After years of writing about classical music and opera, I’m actually in an opera as a supernumerary, the operatic equivalent of an extra. My role: a Russian peasant peeling potatoes in the first scene of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The audition was easy: fill out a form and be photographed next to a measuring stick.