CSO shines in Paavo Järvi’s return

Music director laureate Paavo Järvi returned to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on Friday, conducting for the first time in the all-new Music Hall.  It was just like old times. Well, almost. Järvi’s energized leadership and a top-notch piano soloist, Alice Sara Ott, added up to a gripping program for the CSO’s first morning concert of […]


CET Music Hall documentary to air Thursday

Viewers will be able to go behind the scenes of Music Hall’s historic, $143 million renovation when CET debuts the documentary “Cincinnati Music Hall: The Next Movement,” 9 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 16) on CET. Encore broadcasts will continue on CET and its sister channel CET Arts through November, including 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. […]


Review: Pops’ American Originals looks back a century

The Cincinnati Pops’ American Originals concert on Friday was a trip down memory lane to America’s musical roots a century ago. For Vol. 2 of his Americana project, Pops maestro John Morris Russell brought together an eclectic  group  of guests, ranging from the sensational bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers to the extraordinary singer and MacArthur […]


Barry Douglas to kick off extensive tour in Cincinnati

Irish pianist is in the midst of three “complete works” recording projects. It’s been more than 30 years since Irish pianist Barry Douglas won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. And his playing is as fresh and inspired as ever. Take his latest album of Brahms piano pieces, his sixth CD in a collection of Brahms […]


May Festival stars in engaging choral evening at Music Hall

Audiences at Music Hall heard the May Festival Chorus in three different configurations for three different choral works.  And the acoustical differences between them were startling. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concluded its five-week rededication of the newly-renovated Music Hall on Saturday by showcasing the May Festival, for whom the hall was built. The engaging program […]


In memoriam Nancy Walker: Arts patron, influential classical music devotee

Nancy Fuldner Walker was devoted to Cincinnati’s arts, with a special passion for Matinée Musicale. An accomplished pianist, oboist and teacher, Mrs. Walker headed the 105-year-old music club for nearly five decades. During her tenure, Matinée Musicale presented a stellar roster of rising stars, thanks to her contacts with artist agents and her immense knowledge about […]


Writing for May Festival Chorus a ‘dream come true’ for Julia Adolphe

For its fifth week in the just-renovated Music Hall, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is shining a light on the May Festival Chorus. The program looks back to the event that precipitated the construction of Music Hall, when a thunderstorm pounding on the tin roof of its predecessor, Saengerhalle, ruined a May Festival concert. Besides revisiting […]


Bookmark this: Janelle’s picks this month

It’s already November? Yes, and the fall classical music season is in full swing.  Some of these offerings, such as “Candide,” are hot tickets, so you’d better make plans soon.  Here are a few of my favorite things. Nov. 4-5: J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass. Earl Rivers leads the CCM Philharmonia, the CCM Chamber Choir […]


James Levine to return to May Festival for Juanjo Mena’s first season

Maestro James Levine, a Cincinnati native, will return to conduct Verdi’s Requiem for the Cincinnati May Festival opening night in May, as part of principal conductor Juanjo Mena’s first season. It will be Levine’s his first appearance in Cincinnati’s Music Hall since he conducted at the festival in 2005. In addition, the season will feature […]


The new ballet experience in Music Hall

Cincinnati Ballet’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” over the weekend offered another chance to hear Music Hall’s new acoustics from a different perspective – in a ballet set-up. Much as before the renovation, the best experience for concertgoers in terms of the sound depends upon where one sits. But you must also consider the “configuration” […]