My 10 picks to see this Fall at CCM

The arts and e-media school — College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati — offers an embarrassment of riches (the most performances in the state, I’m told) and much of it is free. The season starts Aug. 29. See the whole digital calendar here. (My list is just the tip of the iceberg.) For ticketed events, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

Here are 10 picks that you won’t regret. Continue reading

It’s almost Fall — Matinee Musicale turns 104

I can’t believe the fall season is upon us. I am getting season lineups daily in my inbox, and I’m going to try to post many of them on this blog.

First up is the 104th season of the venerable Matinee Musicale, which has launched the Cincinnati debuts of hundreds of major artists. Mark your calendars:

Sept. 18: Cellist Amit Peled performs a Tribute to Casals. The Israeli musician will perform two recitals on his historic Gofriller cello (1733) that once belonged to the eminent Pablo Casals, loaned to him by Casals’ widow Marta.  His program features music the legendary cellist frequently performed in recitals. Sunday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m., at Anderson Town Center (7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati 45230),

On Monday, Sept. 19, the personable Peled will offer a lecture/recital, “Journey with My Jewishness,” discussing his personal, musical and spiritual evolution. His program will include traditional numbers as well as Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” Mark Kopytman’s “Kaddish” and Ernest Bloch’s three scenes “From Jewish Life.”  Sept. 19,  7:30 p.m., a program presented jointly with the Isaac M. Wise Center (8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 45236),  Continue reading

Rare treat: Music@Menlo

Violinist Kyoko Takezawa soared in Tchaikovsky with pianist Wu Qian/photo provided by Music@Menlo
Violinist Kyoko Takezawa soared in Tchaikovsky with pianist Wu Qian/photo provided by Music@Menlo

For years, I have wished I could be in Menlo Park in person to see the superb chamber music offerings of Music@Menlo. I am familiar with their annual box set of CDs, recorded live and compiled at the end of each season. Finally, it happened, and I was able to take in the final concert last night of the series’ 14th season entitled Russian Reflections. Continue reading

The last Lumenocity

I have to agree with some comments I have seen and heard regarding the final Lumenocity, held indoors for the first time. While I admired some of the designs, they didn’t hold my attention like the previous shows, outdoors in Washington Park. Rather than stories and recognizable local imagery — such as famous Cincinnatians, local icons or Charley Harper animals–  this was more a choreography of abstract images set to music. Except of course for Music Hall and Cincinnati of the future. Inventive as some of these images were, I found myself more engaged by the playing of the orchestra. But if it brought new people to see the orchestra, that was its real success.

Music Hall then and now

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Then:  This week, the May Festival provided me with the the 360 photo that was taken for posterity on the final night of the season, May 28, just before demo began. See if you can find yourself by moving your cursor around the photo: http://360around.com/panos/mayfest-tour/mayfest.html

Now:  You may have seen The Enquirer’s update of Music Hall’s construction project last week. I’ve included more of my own photos below. Continue reading

A Message From Peter Landgren

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Musical chairs: Professor Bruce mcclung has been appointed interim dean of CCM

THE VILLAGE NEWS BLOG

Dear CCM Community,

The power of CCM, which is fueled by you – the college’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, volunteers, donors and advisors – is as strong as ever at the University of Cincinnati. As such, I have accepted an offer from Interim President Beverly Davenport to fill the role of Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, paralleling her interim presidency. You can learn more about this appointment here.

This is an interim role for me, I’m not going far – just a few buildings away from the CCM Village – and CCM will have an excellent individual at the helm as Interim Dean.

brucce mcclung will be Interim Dean at CCMWe are fortunate to have a leader amongst leaders who has agreed to serve as CCM’s Interim Dean, Dr. bruce mcclung. A member of CCM’s faculty since 1992, Dr. mcclung has most recently served as head of the Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory…

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Revisiting Downton Abbey

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Lady Mary’s gown with her maid, Anna Smith’s uniform.

All of our old friends are there: Lord and Lady Grantham. the Dowager Countess, the daughters, their heartthrobs, Cora’s American mother and of course, all of our favorite servants.

Well, it’s not exactly them — but their exquisite clothing, worn by life-sized mannequins. “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,” a traveling exhibition of dazzling costumes, jewelry, film stills and accessories, opens at the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, July 2, and is here through Sept. 25.

Matthew Crawley's wartime uniform, with Lady Mary's costume.
Matthew Crawley’s wartime uniform, with Lady Mary’s costume.

After yesterday’s press tour, it’s clear that the Taft Museum has another hit on its hands. Even before the show opens, they’ve sold more than 6,000 advance tickets, and the teas are completely sold out! (More could be added, so stay tuned.)

But do make a reservation in the cafe, where you can lunch on Mrs. Patmore’s pasty, and other British delicacies.

Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, wore these outfits in Season 2.
Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, wore these outfits in Season 2.

This show of 36 elegant, finely detailed costumes is not only enormous fun for fans of PBS Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” — Continue reading