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.
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.
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.