André Watts, stellar artists to join Linton for 40th anniversary season

Superstar pianist André Watts and a stellar lineup of other artists will help Cincinnati’s Linton Music Series celebrate its 40th anniversary next season. “In planning Linton’s 40th anniversary season, we wanted to uphold Dick Waller’s tradition of ‘music-making among friends’ that he established 40 years ago,” said co-artistic directors Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, speaking […]


Terracotta Warriors have arrived

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the Chinese Terracotta Warriors exhibition right before the opening at Cincinnati Art Museum this week.  Here’s my interview for the Business Courier with co-curator Hou-mei Sung. It is a rare opportunity to see these Chinese treasures. And don’t forget, you need a timed ticket to […]


Lighthearted Leonard Bernstein tribute, Gershwin at CSO

There’s lots to do this weekend! Here’s an option, for an entertaining, all-American program: Thibaudet’s Gershwin thrills in crowd-pleasing program with CSO, on the Business Courier’s new Arts Front. *It’s free…  


Rarely heard music by Baltic composers to soar in organ concert

Peggy Wolverton, organist of Covenant-First Presbyterian Church, 717 Elm Street, downtown, is performing a free organ concert featuring music of the Baltic States. “Covenant-First is likely the only church in the U.S. where this music is heard!” she says. “We in the West have become quite familiar with choral and orchestral music of the Baltic […]


Sapling sculptures grow at Taft

So, earlier this week I took a peek at the environmental stick work sculptures that are going up on the lawn of the Taft Museum of Art. It was interesting to see the scaffolding-like structure that the sculptures were being created around. Sculptor Patrick Dougherty happened to be there, working hard with his crew of […]


Robert Porco’s contract extended with May Festival

The Cincinnati May Festival announced today a two-year contract extension for Robert Porco, Director of Choruses, through the end of the 2020 May Festival. Porco has served in that role since 1989, preparing the volunteer May Festival Chorus for hundreds of performances for the festival, as well as for concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra […]


Ohio Mozart Festival to feature C Minor Mass in historic church

Since 1997, Paul John Stanbery has led a festival that is unique in the Midwest: The Ohio Mozart Festival. “Our Mozart presentations continue to be a cultural drawing card for the entire region,” says Stanbery, music director of the Butler Philharmonic. “The chance to present this stunningly beautiful score in a place that has such […]


A new view of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4

I was fascinated by the large-scale arrangement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 performed by Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra over the weekend. It’s regarded as one of Beethoven’s more “classical” symphonies, calling for a smaller complement of players. But for this performance in Music Hall, there were 92 players onstage. (According to the […]


Barnatan wows at CSO

Here’s a link to my review of this weekend’s CSO concert on the Business Courier’s new Arts Front page. Remember, everything there is free to read. You don’t need to subscribe! I thought it was interesting that the orchestra’s configuration was moved back to its original plan, with the violas on the outside, right, facing […]


Old photos: Symphony Jazz Quintet

Marie Speziale has fond memories of playing the Cincinnati Symphony’s Jazz Quintet, which will be honored tomorrow night at Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame ceremonies. Says Marie, the first woman trumpeter in a major orchestra: “We actually started as a quartet, expanded to a quintet, and eventually became a septet. The group was a product […]