0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
‘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.
Branford Marsalis flashes his Classical chops with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this weekend
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2012
While modern Jazz hero Branford Marsalis is slightly more inclusive
in his musical activities than his brother, Wynton, he is no less a
perfectionist in those pursuits.
by Jac Kern
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Everyone loves a
good surprise party. What’s better than an unexpected night of fun with
friends? How about supporting an importance local arts organization in the
process? Friday’s Secret ArtWorks event offers an exciting twist on fundraisers as each attendee will walk away with a piece of original artwork. The catch: guests will not know who created their work until it's
been purchased. More than 800 small-scale pieces have been donated by more than
300 locally-, nationally- and internationally-renown artists. Guests were
invited to preview the offerings online, but the secret artists will not be
revealed until tonight. Ticket sales are now over, but tonight’s attendees will
enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a mysterious night of art at The Center
downtown, all to benefit ArtWorks.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concludes its community concert series “One City, One Symphony” this weekend with the well-loved classic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Music Director Designate Louis Langrée conducts the performance; these will be
his final shows with the CSO before starting his role as music director for the
2013-2014 season. Joining the CSO, Langrée and the May Festival Chorus for the
concerts Saturday and Sunday at Music Hall. Go here for tickets.
If you thought this cold
weather meant you had to retire your gold lamé hot pants, dry
your tears and pull those bad boys out, because OTR Skate is back! Channel your inner roller disco
king/queen and roll over to the OTR Rec Center Friday from 8-11 p.m. Five bucks
gets you admission and skate rental, complimentary pizza from Cincy By The
Slice, free gaming from Wii to air hockey, raffle prizes and music from DJ Positronic, The Yugos and Indigo Wild.
Saturday is all
about the little guy as local businesses around the Tri-state take part in
Cincinnati Unchained. Get a head start on your holiday shopping (or, if you’re
like me, take advantage of sales for your own damn self) and visit independent businesses in an
effort to keep your money in the local economy — where it goes much further
than when you drop your cash at a big box chain store. Participating Cincinnati
Unchained shops offer discounts and free goodies to thank shoppers for supporting
local businesses — find a full list here.
Another way to get
in on the conscientious gifting trend is giving handmade presents this holiday. Did
the Holly Hobbie gene skip over you? No worries. The Crafty Supermarket Holiday
Show takes over the Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Saturday. This isn’t your grandma’s church basement craft show — expect
handmade books, cool local artwork, quirky jewelry, textiles, posters, clothing
and many more hand-crafted gifts everyone can appreciate. Plenty of vendors will be on-hand to fuel your shopping in
addition to a DJ, craft demos and — as usual — awesome swag bags for the first
100 shoppers. The party runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
performs at Funny Bone on the Levee
Friday-Sunday. Workaholics fans know
him best as TelAmeriCorp's Montez Walker, a competitive salesman who has a very healthy sexual
relationship with his wife. Here’s a sample of one of Griffin’s finest Montez
Check out our
calendar for more art openings, theater shows, concerts
and other events happening this weekend and beyond.
by Jac Kern
Tattoos and body
art have been a part of various cultures for thousands of years. The concept
came to the States in the late 19th century, when ink could be found
on soldiers and people living on the fringe of society. Today, the medium’s
popularity makes it more difficult to find people without any tattoos. While we’ve all witnessed unfortunate ink, the
real pros exhibit amazing talent. Ink is now a celebrated art form (and, oddly,
the basis of several TV shows) and tonight, fans of both visual art and tattoos
have a chance to meet legendary tattoo artist and historian Lyle Tuttle.
Beelistic Tattoo on Short Vine welcomes Tuttle for an art show of his iconic work. Tuttle began tattooing at
age 18 in 1949 and has inked the likes of Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers,
Paul Stanley and countless others. Meet the artist, peruse his work, enjoy free
drinks and plan your next tat from 5-10 p.m.
This past summer’s
World Choir Games brought a whirlwind of music and visitors from across the
globe to our back yard. Cincinnati’s own MUSE women’s choir was awarded a gold
medal at the Games and tonight the group makes its first public appearance
since that award-winning performance. “Keep Yo’ Lamps Burnin” features African-American traditional
songs and spirituals to be performed at various venues Friday-Sunday. Go here for the full schedule and ticket
This weekend, Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra welcomes Louis
Langrée for his first concert as Music Director Designate. The French conductor
is also Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg and the music director of the
Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. The concert (11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m.
Saturday) is, fittingly, an all-French program featuring César Franck’s Symphony in D minor, Olivier Messiaen’s Les Offrandes
Oubliées and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2. For tickets and more information, go here.
Music Festival brings more than 40 area acts to the UC area
Friday and Saturday. The Frankl Project, The Guitars, Oui Si Yes and lots more
local talent will fill Rohs Street Café (all ages), Baba
Budan’s, Mac’s Pizza Pub and Christy’s Biergarten. Single-night tickets are $5
in advance/$8 at the door; full weekend passes are $10/$12.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to
break out your Goodwill’ed tweed suit, you’re in luck! Sounding like something
straight out of Portlandia, The City
of Cincinnati Bike Program is organizing an old-school Tweed Ride
Saturday. Grab your wool skirts, wax your handlebar mustache and dust off your
newsboy cap for a dapper ride about town. Riders should meet at O’Bryonville’s
Owls Next Park at 2 p.m. for the 8-mile, slow-paced flat ride.
The Moerlein Lager House is
ready to kick off the holiday season Saturday with a Beer and Breweriana Extravaganza
noon-4 p.m. In what they’re calling “one part holiday beer tasting and one part
Antiques Roadshow,” guests can sip seasonal brews while getting free appraisals
on beer memorabilia and steins. Authors Mike Morgan and Don Tolzmann will be on
hand to sign their Cincinnati brewing books and Jim Effler will sell his beer label
artwork and posters. Stick around for lunch and dinner to enjoy a full
Check out our calendar
for a full list of theater shows, art exhibits, events, concerts and more to do
this weekend and beyond.
by Alli Walker
Posted In: Classical music
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"One City, One Symphony" performances continue through Nov. 18
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) launched its new seven-week
initiative, “One City, One Symphony” earlier this month. The goal of the program
is to get the CSO engaged with people of all walks of life through nine
listening parties across the region. “One City, One Symphony” concludes with three concerts
Nov. 15, 17 and 18 at Music Hall featuring A Survivor From Warsaw by Arnold Shoenburg and Beethoven’s Ninth
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and The Carol Ann and
Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation host the free listening parties across
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. These parties are a chance for the
public to interact with CSO musicians and conductors while listening and
discussing the music from Schoenburg and Beethoven.
“I already feel a strong connection with our audiences, the
supportive community and of course the incredible musicians of the CSO, and I
am looking forward to deepening this relationship in the coming months and
years," Music Director Louis Langrée said in a press release.
If you haven’t attended a listening party yet, there are still several more chances to meet the players and discuss the music around town.
Tonight, Anderson High School welcomes CSO timpanist Patrick
Schleker to host a listening party from 7-8:30 p.m.
To attend one of these performances or learn more about the CSO and One City, One Symphony, click here.
The rest of the listening parties are as scheduled:
Thursday, Nov. 1,
7-8:30 p.m. at the Xavier University’s Bellarmine Chapel. This performance
is hosted by CSO violinist Sylvia Samis and XU Director of Interfaith Community
Engagement Abie Ingber.
Thursday, Nov. 8,
6-7:30 p.m. at Coffee Emporium. Associate Conductor Robert Treviño hosts.
Tuesday, Nov. 13,
2-3:30 p.m. at Mayerson Jewish Community Center. Again hosted
by Sylvia Samis and Abie Ingber.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A hybrid of opera, music theater and
performance piece, the surreal storyline follows Maria from birth to her
arrival in Buenos Aires, where tango seduces her and leads to a life of
prostitution. She is murdered and resurrected, becoming the embodiment
by Jac Kern
Young Bucks, French music, comedy and puppies galore
Tonight our sister publication A-Line Magazine hosts The Pet Event at Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa. If you fell in love with A-Line's April Pet Issue and all the adorable critters inside, tonight's your chance to meet them! The winners of A-Line's cute pet contest will be around, along with Louise Labrie of Nationwide, who's offering pet insurance quotes. For every quote given, Nationwide will donate $10 to the Cincinnati SPCA. Bring your leashed dog and check out the amazing facility while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 5-8 p.m. Find directions and more info here.Add a little français to your Thursday with Cincinnati Symphony's French Connection concert. Enjoy works of three French composers, performed by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, led by French conductor Stéphane Denève. Tickets for tonight's 7:30 p.m. show at Music Hall start at just $10 — c'est bon marché! The show continues Saturday and Sunday. Go here for tickets and performance details.Comedian Nick Griffin kicks off his four-night run at Go Bananas tonight at 8 p.m. The Kansas native has been doing stand up for more than two decades. You may have seen him on late-night shows like Letterman and Conan, or on Comedy Central. Check out his latest comedy album, Shot in the Face on iTunes. Tickets to tonight's set are $10, $4 with college or military ID. Cincinnati Zoo's Tunes and Blooms series continues tonight with Magnolia Mountain and Comet Bluegrass All Stars. This free concert offers excellent local bands in the beautiful setting of the zoo's gardens. The concert runs 6-8:30 p.m.; admission to the zoo is free after 5 p.m. (parking is $8). Tunes and Blooms continues every Thursday this month.Tonight downtown drinkery Shooter's hosts its weekly western-themed night, Young Buck Thursdays. Get down with dance music, a Flashbox photo booth and $2 pink pony shots all night long. Mosey on down to the watering hole starting at 10 p.m. Find details here.Go here for tonight's live music lineup and check out our To Do page for more arts and theater events tonight.
by Jac Kern
Final Friday, Rollergirls, CSO and more
Happy Final Friday! If you're hitting up the monthly gallery/bar hop, stop by Yes (Primaries, 6-10 p.m.), Clay Street Press (The Revolution Says, 6-9 p.m.) and The Art Academy of Cincinnati (Sub-Surfaced, 5-8 p.m.) in addition to the several other participating venues. Read more about these featured exhibits here.Want to enjoy a more cosmic experience this weekend? Stop by the Cincinnati Astronomical Society in Cleves for the Mars Returns program. Mars is visible from Earth this time of year, and with CAS's powerful telescope, you'll get an excellent glimpse of the famed red planet (weather permitting). Learn about the myths and mysteries that surround Mars and the latest info from NASA. This free program takes place from 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Consider making a small donation on your way out to create more astronomical opportunities at the center.If you missed legendary composer Philip Glass' MusicNOW performance with eighth blackbird Thursday, you can still check him out this weekend thanks to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere of Glass' Second Cello Concerto will be performed by cellist Matt Haimovitz tonight and Saturday at Music Hall. Go here to get last-minute tickets to the show.The Cincinnati Rollergirls take on the Demolition City Roller Derby from Evansville, IN. in the third annual College Night Saturday. Students, faculty and staff just need to show school IDs at the door for $10 tickets — the first 300 get free CRG bottle openers. If you missed the girls' season opener, be sure to check out this match, the second home double-header of the 2012 season. Doors open at 6 p.m.with the first bout rolling off at 7 p.m. As always, enjoy $1 happy hour beers from 6-7 p.m. and stick around after the game to meet those badass chicks!Quick Notes: Stage Door breaks down this weekend's theater offerings; find upcoming concerts and club shows here; Prairie Gallery's Airstream and the Contemporary Arts Centers' Dasha Shiskin exhibit are among this week's visual art suggestions; find even more events on our To Do page.Check out our Best of Cincinnati issue for reader picks and staff tips on where to get your eats, drinks, arts and shopping on.
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?
Stewart Goodyear debuts tribute to WGUC and Paavo Jrvi
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Pianist Stewart Goodyear made his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2004 with an electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He’s been back twice, but this weekend Goodyear returns not only as a soloist, but as a featured composer. The CSO will perform his fanfare Count Up.