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
by Mike Breen
Washington Park and SCPA host events throughout the two-day fest presented by Learning Through Art, Inc.
The Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival returns Friday and Saturday with an adjusted format. While last year’s fest was spread out across the Over-the-Rhine area, this year’s Crown Jewels is more streamlined, with free events concentrated in OTR’s Washington Park.The fest kicks off Friday night with an 8 p.m. concert featuring unique and widely acclaimed Jazz singer Gregory Porter, as well as Cincinnati native Mandy Gaines (whose been busy performing throughout Europe and Asia). Saturday at Washington Park, the fest kicks up again with Phil DeGreg, Baba Charles Miller and Kathy Wade (whose Learning Through Art, Inc. presents the Crown Jewels fest) performing and telling the story of Jazz (and other music) in a program called “Journeys: A Black Anthology of Music” at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., “Piano Picnic in the Park” will showcase area pianists; DeGreg, Jim Connerly, Billy Larkin, Charles Ramsey III, Cheryl Renee, Steve Schmidt and Erwin Stuckey will each perform their two favorite Jazz numbers during the hour and a half performance. Then it’s time to dance! The fest closes out at 8 p.m. with “Dancing Under the Stars” at the park’s bandstand, featuring music from the 18-piece Sound Body Jazz Orchestra and dancers/teachers from the Dare to Dance Ballroom Dance and Fitness Studio.Given that it is presented by Learning Through Art, Inc., it is fitting that the Crown Jewels of Jazz fest will also include an educational program Saturday morning for high school musicians at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, just across the street from Washington Park’s 12th Street entrance. The CJ2 Jazz Camp, which will feature clinics, classes and more with many of Cincinnati’s top Jazz musicians and educators (including DeGreg, Stuckey, Jim Anderson, Marc Fields, Ted Karas, Mike Wade, Art Gore, Brent Gallaher and many others), begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a $35 fee per student.For complete info on the Jazz Camp and all of the Crown Jewels of Jazz events, visit learningthroughart.com. And click here to read CityBeat's interview with Wade about the fest and her org's other work.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The deadline for submissions from artists interested in performing at the 2011 MidPoint Music Festival recently came and went. Performers for this fall's 10th anniversary MPMF are being decided by the judging panel and touring headliners are being booked as you read this, so expect the flow of MidPoint information to increase over the next few weeks, with showcasing acts being announced, as well as other details and wrinkles to this year's event. One announcement is that the new School for Creative & Performing Arts will serve as a venue for the first time this fall.
Vitamin Water to sponsor all-ages programming
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The School for Creative & Performing Arts will host 2011 MidPoint Music Festival showcases in its theaters Sept. 22-24. The new partnership with SCPA, which opened the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education last September, expands and reinforces MidPoint's presence in Over-the-Rhine.
Violist ecstatic over being named Taft’s Duncanson Artist-in-Residence
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
As it stands now, there is barely any free time in the schedule of violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. The married mother of two is a world-class instrumentalist and teacher with a constantly full slate of concert appearances and recording sessions, and the juggling necessary to balance it all could be considered just another of her many skills.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 25, 2010
On Aug. 18, after three years of construction, Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) welcomed 1,400 students to its new $72 million building. The first public K-12 performing arts school in the nation, the new SPCA was designed to accommodate the unique needs of its creative students.
SCPA students prepare for a taste of 'Fame' on MTV's 'Taking the Stage'
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The 10-episode series introduces us to "five talented seniors on the cusp of greatness" (actually one of them is a junior). The first episode opens with a visual montage of Cincinnati, showing viewers that we're a sizable Midwestern city with an urban core. There's a panoramic scan of the skyline, a hyper-saturated shot of the Roebling Bridge and students in an urban-looking area walking into a school.