WGUC to air ‘Leonard Bernstein: A Legacy ‘ on Sunday

WGUC (90.9-FM) continues its “100 Days of Bernstein” celebrating the centennial year of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a special program, “Leonard Bernstein: A Legacy,” airing at 8 p.m. Sunday night Aug. 19. Produced by WGUC music director, Jessica Lorey in collaboration with Naomi Lewin, Stephen Baum, and hosted by Brian O’Donnell, “Leonard Bernstein: A Legacy” […]


Matinée Musicale announces grants to 10 arts programs

Thanks to a bequest from the estate of the late arts patron Louise Dieterle Nippert, Matinée Musicale is awarding $72,000 in grants to 10 deserving music education and outreach programs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. They are all achieving great things in the arts. The list: Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund, which provides weekly private lessons […]


Cincinnati Song Initiative wins ‘Stand for the Arts’ award

America’s only arts network, Ovation TV, in partnership with Spectrum, has awarded Cincinnati Song Initiative a 2018 Stand for the Arts award. The award includes $10,000 in funding. Officials will hold a formal award presentation in Cincinnati on Oct. 8. Cincinnati Song Initiative is a three-year-old concert series devoted to art song. The project, led […]


Opera is changing, and Cincinnati is at the forefront

This month at Cincinnati Opera, audiences are seeing an opera based on a Pink Floyd rock album and another, “As One,” on a transgender topic. The company is commissioning “Blind Injustice,” based on the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati, to premiere next year in CO’s 99th season. Last week, the chamber group […]


The Flying Dutchman leaves port

 It’s too bad there were only two performances of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman.” It was so well-sung and well-played, I wish more people could have seen it. Here’s the review for the Business Courier. Now, on to “Another Brick in the Wall”!! Here’s a special event: On Wednesday, July 11, Cincinnati Opera and 21c Museum […]


‘Iolanta’ charms at Queen City Opera

“I long for something, but I don’t know what,” sang the lovely blind princess Iolanta, in Queen City Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s final opera, “Iolanta.” Tchaikovsky’s rarely-seen one-act opera is being rediscovered, with the Met recently presenting its first production starring Anna Netrebko. Last month, inspired by the Met’s production, Isaac Selya mounted a charming, […]


Summer season: Opera reviews and more

This is a reminder to readers that many of my reviews can be found at bizjournals.com/cincinnati/topic/arts — thanks to a new initiative to cover the arts by the Cincinnati Business Courier and a grant from the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Click here to […]


In memoriam: Theater critic Jackie Demaline

This was my favorite photo of Jackie, taken at exactly this time of year — opera season — in 2005. You can see Jackie’s exuberance at being there. She did everything exuberantly. She approached her cancer and the final months of her life fearlessly. To echo many of those who knew what she went through, […]


UC names new dean for CCM, and he’s a CCM grad

Kristi A. Nelson, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Cincinnati, today announced the appointment of Stanley E. Romanstein, PhD, as Dean of the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Romanstein’s appointment becomes effective July 1, 2018, pending approval of the University’s Board of Trustees. The CCM graduate returns to CCM from […]


Review: Pianist Leon Fleisher at 90

Perhaps playing the piano is good for longevity. Amazingly, there are still two classical pianists who are concertizing into their 90s. Earlier this year, Menahem Pressler, 94, the founding anchor of the Beaux Arts Trio, performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He made his debut with […]