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
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.
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.”
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
From Bach and contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli
to rarely performed operas and superstar vocal and instrumental
soloists, Cincinnati's fall arts season underscores the creative shifts in musical
programming. It’s not easy to choose highlights from an abundance of
great offerings, but here’s one per month.
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.
William Shakespeare’s drama and poetry
resonate far beyond the theater. Music plays a vital role in his plays
and his works continue to inspire compositions in all genres of music,
from song to symphony to sampling.
‘Tis the season for an abundance of music that includes beloved traditions: Handel’s oratorio Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Both pieces are holiday staples performed year after year. After year.