Bookmark this: Janelle’s picks this month

Claire Huangci performs Prokofiev and Chopin for Matinee Musicale Nov. 9. Photo provided

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 and CCM soloists  in Bach’s supreme masterpiece. “The Mass in B Minor is a synthesis of every stylistic and technical contribution Bach made to music,” Rivers says. The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday in Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Knox Church, 3400 Michigan Ave. in Hyde Park, while CCM’s Corbett Auditorium undergoes its own renovation. Tickets: 513-556-4183,

Nov. 9: Matinee Musicale presents. Award-winning pianist Claire Huangci performs a recital for the storied, 105-year-old music series. Her program includes numbers from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” – an added treat if you saw Cincinnati Ballet last week –as well as all 24 Chopin Preludes. 11 a.m. at the Anderson Center in Anderson Township. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Nov. 10-12: American Originals, Vol. 2. It was such a hit, they’re doing it again.  John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops perform their second installment of popular American music, this time from the dawn of the 20th century. The entertaining show includes Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers and Pokey LaFarge. Like Vol. 1, this concert will also be recorded live for a release on the Orchestra’s Fanfare Cincinnati label. It’s scheduled for fall of 2018, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  This will be the first commercial recording in the recently renovated Music Hall. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Music Hall. Tickets: 513-381-3300,

Nov. 11: The music of Les Six. Cincinnati Song Initiative presents its second art song recital featuring music of the French Group of Six from the early 20th century. The program: Germaine Tailleferre: Six chansons françaises; Georges Auric: Huit poèmes de Jean Cocteau; Francis Poulenc: Hyde Park; Arthur Honegger: Petit cours de morale; Darius Milhaud: Le soirées de Pétrograde; Louis Durey: Deux poèmes de Ho-Chi-Minh; Arthur Honegger: Trois chansons de la petite sirène; Francis Poulenc: Voyage à Paris, Montparnasse, Parisiana, presented by Ken Griffiths, Michael Kelly, Donna Loewy and Marie Marquis. 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Willis Music Steinway Gallery in Kenwood. Tickets: $22.

Nov. 11: Ein feste Burg to hail the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Hear Renaissance music that inspired Martin Luther performed on the instruments of the period: A consort of viols and acclaimed tenor Rufus Müller. Catacoustic Consort. 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1208 Race Street. Tickets:

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Irish pianist Barry Douglas

Nov. 12: Barry Douglas in recital, Xavier Piano Series. It’s always an occasion when you can hear a performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” performed on the piano, especially when it’s played by the winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. The brilliant Irish pianist Barry Douglas will also perform Schubert’s Impromptu, Op. 90 No. 1 and Wanderer Fantasy; and Brahms’ Three intermezzi Op. 117. 2:30 p.m., Gallagher Theater, Xavier University. Tickets: (513) 745-3162,

Nov. 12: Mozart’s Requiem. Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Grammy-winning VAE director Craig Hella Johnson. The Requiem is Mozart’s most stunning and deeply moving work, left unfinished on his deathbed. The performance takes place in Memorial Hall, which has undergone its own historically-authentic renovation. The program includes a world premiere work by Dominic DiOrio in collaboration with the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. 5 p.m., Memorial Hall. Tickets: 513-381-3300, or Vaecincy.og.

Nov. 14: Ariel Quartet. Each concert by CCM’s acclaimed quartet-in-residence is an event. This time, the quartet is joined by guests Donald Weilerstein, viola and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano. The program: Janacek, String Quartet No. 1 (Kreutzer Sonata); Mozart, String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516 and Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57. 8 p.m. in Werner Recital Hall at CCM. Tickets: 513-556-4183,

Ariel Quartet

Nov. 15: Tetzlaff Quartet. Christian Tetzlaff, the acclaimed violinist who studied for a time at CCM,  performs in his quartet with his sister, Tanja Tetzlaff, a cellist, and violist Hanna Weinmeister and violinist Elisabeth Kufferath in music by Mozart, Beethoven and Alban Berg. For 88 years, Chamber Music Cincinnati has presented the best international talent of small ensembles. 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, OTR. 513-721-3344,

Nov. 16-19: “Candide.” Leonard Bernstein’s witty 1956 operetta/musical is presented by CCM in conjunction with the official Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration. The story journeys through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds.” Besides its wonderful overture, there’s the show-stopping aria, “Glitter and Be Gay.” Mark Gibson conducts, with Emma Griffin, director. Times vary. Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM. 513-556-4183,

Nov. 17-18: Bravo Paavo. CSO Music Director Laureate Paavo Järvi returns to conduct Schumann’s Third Symphony (Rhenish), and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, written during the rise of Nazi Germany. Pianist Alice Sara Ott is soloist in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, always an audience favorite. 11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Music Hall 513-381-3300,

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Nov. 25-26: One City, One Symphony. Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra reprise the popular community program on a theme called “Speak Truth.” The concert features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathetique, with the sensational Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk as soloist in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. There’s also the world premiere of Abound, by Philadelphia-based composer Emily Cooley. Concerts are 8 p.m. in Music Hall.

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Truls Mørk

Leading up to that,  a community event on November 9 at Artsville in Madisonville is designed to spark dialogue. “Speak Truth Through Art” will be a showcase of local visual and performance artists who use art as a means to speak truth to power. The evening includes music, storytelling and light bites. Tickets and information for both events at 513-381-3300,

Nov. 26-27: Linton Series with Truls Mørk. The cellist remains in town for two performances featuring piano trios by Dvorak and Beethoven. 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Unitarian Church, Avondale; repeats 7:30 p.m. Monday at Congregation Beth Adam. Tickets:



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