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Linton Series canceled today
Due to the threat of ice and snow, today’s March 2 concert at 4 p.m by the Linton Chamber Music Series has been canceled. Please note there is NOT a Monday performance of this program, either. The organizers are looking into the possibility of rescheduling...
Posted: 3/2/2014 9:30 AM
CSO Review: Verdi’s Requiem Mass is radiant, heaven-rending
Verdi’s Requiem Mass is sometimes called his “greatest opera.” But what lingered after the powerful performance led by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos on Friday was not the theatrical and the dramatic – although there was plenty of that – but rather its deep...
Posted: 3/1/2014 1:27 PM
Soyeon Kate Lee joins piano faculty at CCM
Soyeon Kate Lee will join the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as assistant professor of music in piano, the school has announced. Her appointment officially begins August 15. She was the first prize winner...
Posted: 2/28/2014 11:51 AM
Know brings back Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Two years ago, the Know Theatre commissioned and produced a staged reading based on the Afghan Women’s Writing Project . They’ll revisit it again, slightly retooled, for a limited run, March 7 and 8. “We Will Rise: Selections from The Afghan Women’s Writing...
Posted: 2/27/2014 4:44 PM
Keyshia Cole to return to Macy’s Music Festival
Macy’s Music Festival organizers announced this morning that Keyshia Cole will perform at this year’s edition of the long-running event, scheduled July 25-26 at Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown. She’s the latest star in the rolling announcement of this year’s...
Posted: 2/27/2014 12:10 PM
Cincinnati Shakespeare announces 2014-15 season
This season, it’s 20th anniversary year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is “Completing the Canon” by producing all 38 of William Shakespeare’s plays. “The Two Noble Kinsmen” (May 2-25) is the final play in that series. With it, Cincinnati Shakespeare...
Posted: 2/26/2014 7:00 PM
Chaka Khan, Mint Condition join Macy’s Music Fest lineup
Macy’s Music Festival organizers announced this morning that Chaka Khan and Mint Condition will perform at this year’s edition of the long-running event, scheduled July 25-26 at Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown. On Monday, organizers revealed that New Edition...
Posted: 2/25/2014 10:06 AM
Curator tells exuberant story of 18th century French drawings
Cincinnati Art Museum curator Esther Bell is clearly in her element in this room of 300-year-old drawings. (Photo gallery here.) CAM’s new exhibition – Genius & Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700 – is one she’s been wishing for “for years,”...
Posted: 2/25/2014 9:40 AM
NKU theatre/dance announces 2014-15 season
The Department of Theatre & Dance at Northern Kentucky University has announced its 2014-2015 season of main stage shows. From the release: Sept. 25-Oct. 5: THE BACCHAE By Euripedes / Directed by Sandra Forman / NKU Robert & Rosemary Stauss Theatre After...
Posted: 2/24/2014 3:15 PM
Obituary: Ivan Nagy, 70, former Cincinnati Ballet artistic director
Ivan Nagy was artistic director at Cincinnati Ballet for a short few years but his tenure was critical to the Ballet’s development. He brought talent to Cincinnati, elevated women’s salaries to match men’s and conceived Cincinnati Ballet as an independent,...
Posted: 2/24/2014 1:06 PM
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I’ve been writing about classical music and other arts for the Enquirer since 1991. I’m a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, but I almost feel like a Cincinnatian because I’ve lived here since college. I’ve been on five international tours covering the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops orchestras, and I’ve blogged from Europe, Japan and China.

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