CityBeat - Classical Music http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-240-1-classical_music.html <![CDATA[MUSE Sings Works of Women Composers - ]]> Rachel DeVore Fogarty, Gwyneth Walker, Sarah Hopkins and Elizabeth Alexander are acclaimed composers whose music you may have never heard. MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, provides an opportunity to do so Saturday with two concerts titled Here and Aware.]]> <![CDATA[MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra Fosters Development Through Social Change - ]]> Rehearsal for MYCincinnati, a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill, begins as Eddy Kwon, assistant program director, leads the Ambassador Ensemble, a string sextet of young musicians, in their practice.
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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Camerata Devotes Annual Concert to the Virgin Mary - ]]>

This time of year there’s an endless menu of Christmas music, from carols to oratorios to pageants, centuries old and newly composed.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati’s Opera Fusion Workshops New Opera - ]]>

Jake Heggie is one busy composer — a rarity in itself. That he’s a busy — and successful — opera composer is even more noteworthy.

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<![CDATA[Duo Igudesman & Joo Keep Audiences Laughing All the Way - ]]>

Igudesman and Joo appeared with the world’s leading orchestras, creating musical mayhem with renowned artists such as Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, John Malkovich and Sir Roger Moore.

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<![CDATA[CCM Alums Take on the Baritone Bad Boys of ‘La Calisto’ - ]]>

“Who told you Baroque operas are dull?” Andrew Garland says. “Who told you that?” 

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<![CDATA[Singers Revive Roles for Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Silent Night’ - ]]>

Craig Irvin, Andrew Wilkowske and Gabriel Preisser are enjoying a career arc that any opera singer would kill for. All three performed in the world premiere of Silent Night, an opera that garnered rave reviews, a Pulitzer Prize, a PBS broadcast and subsequent productions, including this weekend’s from the Cincinnati Opera, in which the singers reprise their original roles.

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<![CDATA[MUSE’s Season Ends with Diverse City’s Debut - ]]>

MUSE, Cincinnati’s women’s chorus, presents Brave Happy Love this weekend with guest performers Diverse City, the area’s first chorus for LGBTQ youth and their allies.

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<![CDATA[Midlife Crisis - Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra turns 40 amid fiscal and leadership challenges ]]>

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis. There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a continually uncertain marketplace.

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<![CDATA[Historic Oratorio Takes the Stage Locally and in New York - ]]>

On May 7, 1937 — exactly 77 years ago this week — the Cincinnati May Festival presented the American premiere of The Ordering of Moses, an oratorio by Robert Nathaniel Dett, an African American composer, conductor and professor. 

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<![CDATA[Exit Laughing - University of Cincinnati graduate student Omer Ben-Seadia directs 'Don Pasquale' at CCM]]> Don Pasquale is Omer Ben-Seadia’s final production for CCM and a fitting conclusion to her CCM career, according to Robin Guarino, J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera.
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<![CDATA[CAC to Transform into Roomful of Voices - ]]> You’ve never heard anything like ensemble Roomful of Teeth, who will be making their Cincinnati debut at the Contemporary Arts Center this week. That’s no understatement.]]> <![CDATA[The Ariel Quartet to Perform All 17 Beethoven String Quartets - ]]> In the world of chamber music, Beethoven’s 17 string quartets are the ultimate summit. Composed over a span of more than two-and-a-half decades, Beethoven created masterpieces of astonishing beauty and complexity that never fail to engage listeners.]]> <![CDATA[Local Composer Gives Back Through Music for the Holidays - ]]> Composer Rick Sowash has a simple idea: Anyone can buy any of his CDs for any amount they want to pay and he promises to give half to the St. George Food Pantry. The other half goes to cover the cost of producing the albums, which is considerable.
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<![CDATA[Singing The Personal And Political - A rarely performed 20th-century opera and a new work confront the clash of ideology and emotion]]> The personal is definitely political in two operas onstage this month in both Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, in which a young man chooses pacifism over a military career, and Fellow Travelers, based on the novel about a gay love affair during the McCarthy era.]]> <![CDATA[Louis Voilà! - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée on his debut concert, Cincinnati and LumenoCity's afterglow ]]>

 During our conversation (in French), it becomes clear that the CSO’s marketing blast, “Louis + CSO + You,” sums up Langrée’s vision for the orchestra and the community: He frequently uses partager, French for “to share.”

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<![CDATA[Music Beyond Genres - Constella Festival's Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli defies convention]]>

The Constella Festival got it right when they named Missy Mazzoli as this year’s composer-in-residence. At 33, she’s earned the awards, commissions and acclaim you’d expect from artists twice her age. And her two Constella concerts this year feature compositions she’s created since 2005, both for small ensembles and solo performance.

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<![CDATA[Mapping The Music - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and local businesses collaborate on a groundbreaking visual and musical experience]]>

Over-the-Rhine and Washington Park are gearing up for LumenoCity, a musical and visual collaboration that is the first of its kind in the world, featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Music Hall itself.

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<![CDATA[Philip Glass' 'Galileo Galilei' Is More Than a Musical Challenge - ]]> Composer Philip Glass’ 18th opera, Galileo Galilei, telescopes the conflict between genius and dogma in 10 scenes, moving backward in time as Old Galileo looks back on his life. By opera standards, it’s brief: 90 minutes without an intermission.]]> <![CDATA[A Summer Song - Four impressive shows round out Cincinnati Opera's upcoming season]]>

One intriguing opera in a new venue plus three warhorses equals Cincinnati Opera’s summer season. Factor in casts featuring many of opera’s most exciting and acclaimed young singers, along with young directors and acclaimed conductors, and the formula may come up a winner.

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