by Jac Kern
Comic musical duo Igudesman
& Joo performs at the School for Creative and Performing Arts’ Mayerson
Theater tonight, presented by the Constella Festival. Korean-British pianist
Richard Hyung-ki Joo and Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman mix Classical
music with other popular genres and humor for a wholly entertaining
performance. Check out this popular performance (which has more than 7 million
YouTube views): CityBeat writer Anne Arenstein spoke to Joo about the duo's unique spin on performing the classics.It was hate at first sight when Igudesman
and Joo met. There’s a hilarious account of what brought them together
on their website, but according to Joo, the moment of truth came a
couple of months later.
“We shared the notion that the Classical
music world which we loved so much was taking itself way too seriously,”
Joo says. “Going to concerts was like going to a funeral.”
“We were young and we didn’t know much
but we knew Classical music was full of life,” he continues. “Through
our own projects and the music we wrote, we could at least create events
that we would want to go to.”Go here to read the full interview. "An Evening with Igudesman and Joo" takes place at 8 p.m. tonight at SCPA’s Mayerson Theater, 108 W. Central
Parkway, Over-the-Rhine. More information and tickets: 513-549-7175 or
Constella Festival's Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli defies convention
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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
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It’s the 12th annual Paddlefest
weekend, when more than 2,000 locals and visitors will descend onto the Ohio River
on kayaks and canoes to paddle along the scenic route. It’s an all-around
nature weekend with the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival Friday; the
second annual Pedalfest (a part bike-part paddle ride) Saturday; and Global Water
Dances Saturday — check out feature on this culture choreography event here.
Constella Festival, a local chamber music and
fine arts collaboration organization, celebrates the official start of summer with a night
of Jazz, art and food Saturday. Constella Summer Solstice
features music from the Benjamin Thomas and Peter Gemus Jazz Duo and violinist
Tatiana Berman, an exhibit from Essex Studios’ The Art Circle and bites from
Silverglades, S&J Bakery and Madisono’s Gelato. The party runs 6-9 p.m. Saturday at
Venue 222 in Over-the-Rhine. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Has Pinterest got you starting crafty
projects that never seem to make it to completion? Bring your D.I.Y. supplies,
incomplete projects and inspiration along as Fabricate and Crafty Supermarket join
forces to present an Etsy Craft Party Saturday. Meet fellow creatives at the
patio behind Fabricate in Northside from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and work on your own
project or make Girl Scout-style crafter badges with provided materials. It’s
free to join, but RSVP here.
Concert:nova returns with its annual Food + Music
festival, pairing international music with creative dishes at some of the
city’s best restaurants. This Sunday at Kaze, chefs Cameron Bloomer and Hideki
Harada will prepare a Japanese-style brunch following a c:n performance of Takemitsu and Debussy.
Cocktails and appetizers will be served at noon, followed by music at 12:45
p.m. and brunch at 1:30 p.m.; go here for tickets.
For more art openings, summer festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out
our To Do
picks, full calendar
and Rick Pender’s Stage
for weekend theater offerings.
Constella Festival’s second season kicks off with diverse performances featuring local and international artists
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Constella Festival embarks on its
second season with stats that veteran music organizations would envy: a
lineup of world-class performers, growing and diverse audiences and a
budget in the black.
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?