Kahane’s surprising encore in CSO appearance is unforgettable

Pianist Jeffrey Kahane wowed in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. But it was his surprising encore that left the evening’s most indelible impression. He made no announcement. But his somber, reflective improvisation on “America the Beautiful” felt like a memorial to the victims of the horrible events that had […]


A study in contrasts: Impressions from last weekend

My musical experiences last weekend ranged from hearing Early Baroque music played on the theorbo to attending Cincinnati Ballet’s groundbreaking “Carmina Burana” in Music Hall. On Saturday, I went to North Presbyterian Church in Northside to hear the inaugural concert of the early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort’s new theorbo — a very long-necked lute. The […]


Early Music Celebration a ‘show-and-tell’ of unique instruments

You may not know it, but Cincinnati has a thriving early music scene. With the Cincinnati Early Music Celebration in full swing, there’s no better time to sample it than this month. Early music can be described as music written before 1750 from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Practitioners try to perform it […]


Juanjo Mena’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony with CSO vivid, powerful

Juanjo Mena’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony with CSO vivid, powerful

It’s hard to fathom how Dmitri Shostakovich managed to write his Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad,” during wartime, even as the Nazis advanced and people were starving to death in his besieged city. In its first Leningrad performance, the players were given extra rations just to get through the 70-minute work. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s performance […]


May Festival announces first woman conductor

May Festival announces first woman conductor

Korea-born conductor Eun Sun Kim will make her Cincinnati May Festival debut on May 18, replacing James Levine, who was previously announced to open the season. The Cincinnati May Festival made the announcement on Thursday. She will be the first woman to lead the festival in its 145-year history. The program is unchanged. Kim will […]


ArtsWave sets more than $12 million goal

ArtsWave has set a goal of $12,250,000 for its annual campaign to be raised between now and April 26. The goal is on par with last year and, if met, will continue to be the largest united appeal for the arts campaign in the nation. Jim Henning, President of Duke Energy, Ohio & Kentucky, who […]


‘ArtsWave Days’ to present 12 days of free fun

‘ArtsWave Days’ to present 12 days of free fun

If you missed the free community open house when Music Hall reopened in October, you’ll have another chance during ArtsWave’s upcoming campaign. Music Hall will be open to all on March 24. It’s just one of 12 Saturdays of free fun spanning the entire ArtsWave campaign. The goal for this year’s 2018 “Make Waves” campaign […]


Double bass shines in the spotlight at Music Hall

When it comes to concertos with orchestra, most people don’t think of the double bass as a solo instrument.  It’s usually heard at the bottom of the musical spectrum, rather than playing melodies that soar over the orchestra. But bassist Owen Lee, principal bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 22 years, made a strong […]


The National wins Grammy for ‘Sleep Well Beast’

The homegrown band The National has won a Grammy Award for “Best Alternative Music Album” in early awards at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, broadcast Sunday night from New York’s Madison Square Garden. The brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner thanked the Recording Academy via Twitter for the honor. Hear NPR’s recording of “Sleep Well Beast” […]


Joshua Bell, Beethoven’s Ninth to highlight CSO season

Joshua Bell, Beethoven’s Ninth to highlight CSO season

“What I try is to have unity and diversity at the same time.” – CSO music director Louis Langrée Violin superstar Joshua Bell, a phenomenal Russian pianist named Daniil Trifonov and renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein are just a few of the stars in an exceptional lineup coming to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra next season. Program […]