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Cincinnati Opera channels 1930s Charleston in American Classic

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 26, 2012
George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess ranks as America’s most famous opera. Its arias and ensembles are firmly ensconced in the American Popular Songbook: “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o Nuttin’,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy.” “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” No other opera comes close except Carmen, and that’s French.  

Onstage: Pride Night at Cincinnati Opera

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 12, 2012
 When a troupe of pagliacci (clowns) pulls into town to put on a show, the drama turns personal — and deadly. That’s Pagliacci, part I of Cincinnati Opera’s opening double bill, followed by  

One Hell of a Collaboration

0 Comments · Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Rake’s Progress promises to be the first of what CCM staff hope will be regular interactive performances. Visual media is here to stay, says College-Conservatory of Music director Robin Guarino, and a tech-savvy public expects it in their theater experiences.   

Music: Makr performs Georg Friedrich Haas' In iij. Noct.

0 Comments · Monday, April 23, 2012
Georg Friedrich Haas’s In iij. Noct. goes where no string quartet has gone before. The performers will be seated in the theater’s four corners, the house lights will be doused and Makr will take o  

eighth blackbird Honors Philip Glass at MusicNOW

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Composer Philip Glass turned 75 on Jan. 31. The party continues this weekend in Cincinnati, starting with the wildly innovative, Grammy Award-winning sextet eighth blackbird’s appearance at MusicNOW on Thursday. Glass himself will join 8bb during the first half of the performance.   

Event: Bonia Shur Tribute Concert

0 Comments · Monday, March 19, 2012
Bonia Shur’s compositions are heard in virtually every Reform Jewish congregation throughout the world, but you don’t have to be Jewish to love his music — religious and secular groups of every   

Onstage: Don Giovanni

1 Comments · Monday, February 6, 2012
 Mozart’s Don Giovanni has all the hallmarks of his legendary literary counterpart: a freewheeling hedonist and serial lover with 2,065 alleged amorous conquests copiously recorded by his se  

Onstage: concert:nova Presents Shut Up and Play the Zappa!

0 Comments · Thursday, January 19, 2012
 “A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians,” Frank Vincent Zappa, modern master, composer,  

Local Chamber Ensemble concert:nova Does Zappa

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
This weekend, Zappa’s music gets the help of musicians who are very much on to the molecules. Leave it to the innovative ensemble concert:nova to present Shut Up and Play the Zappa! featuring chamber pieces by Zappa and his musical mentors, as well as covers of his Rock music, at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.  

Onstage: Tiempo Libre

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 17, 2012
There’ll be smoke on the floorboards at Music Hall when Tiempo Libre joins the Cincinnati Pops for A Night in Havana with high voltage Afro-Cuban rhythms and mashups of Classical, Jazz and Latin Ame