In memoriam: John Von Ohlen

Legendary jazz drummer John Von Ohlen, “The Baron,” died on Oct. 3 following a long illness. He was 77. He was a drummer, bandleader and recording artist. You could only marvel at his effortless technique, his musicality and his seamless communication with his fellow musicians. Small wonder he was the drummer of choice for Rosemary […]


Xavier Piano and Jazz Series to have virtuoso lineup

Polina Bespalko, artistic director of Xavier University’s Piano and Jazz Series, has a fascinating lineup of artists coming to Gallagher Center Theater at XU this year. The season opens this Friday Sept. 21, with a free concert by a piano virtuoso who won the silver in the Liszt International Competition. “This roster this year is […]


In the news: Local musicians win awards

Cincinnati Song Initiative, established by Samuel Martin, is one of this year’s recipients of the arts network Ovation TV and Spectrum’s Stand for the Arts Awards. The new award is presented to arts organizations across the country who demonstrate efforts to be inclusive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. Cincinnati Song […]


Oratorio to be given Ohio premiere: ‘Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream’

A combined mass choir of 160 singers from 20 choirs in Cincinnati, Dayton and Yellow Springs have been rehearsing all summer for the premiere of an oratorio hailing the memory of a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin (1912-87). The choral work, “Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream,” was composed by […]


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, […]