Violins that saved lives, offered hope to be heard again

Avshalom “Avshi” Weinstein carefully lifted one of the violins that his family of master violin makers in Tel Aviv, Israel, had lovingly restored. Its varnish was beautiful. Turning it over, he pointed out the ornate, inlaid Star of David on its back. “Most of these instruments were simple, because those people didn’t have much money,” […]


Jamie Barton gives voice to women in music

“Being able to do a brilliant piece by a female composer written in my own language — it feels very much like home,” said mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Barton, a young American opera singer whose sumptuous voice is being compared to that of legends such as Kirsten Flagstad, was discussing the recital program that she will […]


Mahler spellbinds in James Conlon’s return to CSO

  James Conlon, May Festival music director laureate, returned to conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 with the CSO. Photo provided/Lee Snow James Conlon raised his arms to begin Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” and the musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra sounded the long, quiet ‘A’ that opens the work. From that pure tone, […]


Weather alert: May Festival’s ‘Messiah’ community sing postponed

The Cincinnati May Festival has announced that its community sing event, scheduled for Saturday Jan. 13 in Music Hall, has been postponed due to the weather. The event will now take place on Jan. 20. Here are the details: Have you always wanted to sing with the world-famous May Festival Chorus? The chorus is hosting […]


James Conlon brings the heroic Mahler into focus

James Conlon was back in Cincinnati, and he was beaming. Before sitting down to offer his thoughts on Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “The Titan,” which he will conduct this weekend with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, he offered a whirlwind tour of the new, somewhat spare dressing rooms in the old Green Room area backstage […]


Music Hall parking 101

If you’ve gone to the Cincinnati Symphony, Pops or Cincinnati Ballet at Music Hall this fall, you’ve likely discovered that parking isn’t what it used to be. Here’s how to BE PREPARED for the new changes since Music Hall reopened after its 16-month renovation: Parking for the CSO: In order to park in Washington Park […]


Review: Goossens symphony a pleasant surprise

Although he was a well-regarded composer, Goossens is more remembered today for his World War II fanfare commissioning project with the CSO, which resulted in Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”


Clip and save: What to see this winter

Baby it’s cold outside – but Winter is the season when the arts heat up. In the coming weeks, there are many tempting concerts and events to warm you up. So, bundle up, because there are a few that you won’t want to miss. Jan. 11-12: Canticle. The Vocal Arts Ensemble reprises Kile Smith’s gorgeous […]


Five stories to watch in 2018

Here are five stories involving the arts in Cincinnati that we’ll be following in 2018: The new Music Hall: Music Hall reopened with fanfare after its $143 million renovation. As everyone gets to know the new Springer Auditorium, a “hall-within-a-hall,” how will the musical organizations transition to its new acoustical environment and stage configurations? How […]


The best things I heard in 2017

In 2017, Cincinnati audiences heard sensational performances by living legends, as well as musical rarities and world premieres. This year’s list – a baker’s dozen — highlights some musical milestones, such as Cincinnati Opera’s first opera by a woman, as well as some of my personal favorites of the past year. Tetzlaff’s jaw-dropping Bartok with […]