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.
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.
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.
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.
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. The dean of American opera composers arrived in Cincinnati Nov. 10 to begin coaching sessions with CCM students, culminating in a performance of excerpts from Floyd's operas 7 p.m. Wednesday in CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.
Waltz into winter this Saturday, courtesy of Cincinnati Opera's annual Opera Ball, "An Evening Under the Tsars," a Russian-themed gala inspired by Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin,' scheduled for July 2011. The annual fundraiser is always a lavish extravaganza and this year, the festivities move to the Netherland Plaza's iconic Hall of Mirrors, transformed into the royal cold-weather residence known as the Winter Palace.
The latest entry into the land of musical crossover is tenor Richard Leech, forsaking the opera stage to take on the American Songbook. Leech debuts his new show 'Rick Leech: Life Is a Song' Friday in the Cincinnati Netherland Plaza’s exquisite Art Deco Pavilion Ballroom. Backed by a Jazz quintet, Leech offers a program of standards ranging from George Gershwin and Duke Ellington to Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim in musical arrangements by the great Buddy Bregman.
concert:nova, the innovative chamber ensemble, presents a two-part festival of Baroque music and contemporary visions of the Baroque style at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Musicians from the CSO and CCM are featured in the program that includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, works by Handel, Vivaldi, Albinoni and Samuel Barber.
The 2012 World Choir Games are officially Cincinnati's, as Interkultur President Gunther Titsch presented the event's flag to Mayor Mark Mallory at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting. But Titsch and WCG Artistic Director Gábor Hollerung had more on their agenda than flag exchanges. They emphasized that they were here to begin planning for what will be the largest international arts event in Cincinnati history. The city's seven hills will indeed be alive with the sound of music.
After Cincinnati nabbed the 2012 World Choir Games last June, It was only natural to turn to Dr. Catherine Roma, a passionate advocate for building community through choral singing. In March, she began recruiting singers from her choirs for SingCinnati. Singers had to have schedules flexible enough to fit in a demanding rehearsal schedule and nine days in China.