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Cincinnati Spotlight

Your guide to arts events in Greater Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Spotlight airs on WGUC with Brian O'Donnell, weekday mornings shortly before 10:00 am.

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Today's Cincinnati Spotlight

CSO: Valentina Lisitsa
Friday, January 30, 2015 - Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM

Address: Music Hall
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 381-3300
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With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the Web, using digital innovation to champion classical music and performance. This weekend she’ll lend her remarkable talents to performances of the deeply romantic, soaring, richly textured—and technically demanding—“Rach 3.” Also on the program is Elgar’s extraordinary Symphony No. 1, whose premiere elicited the following review: "It is quite plain that here we have perhaps the finest masterpiece of its type that ever came from the pen of an English composer."

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Catacoustic Consort: 2015 Early Music Festival
Monday, February 02, 2015 - Monday, February 16, 2015
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 772-3242

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Music for three violas da gamba, by Senfl, Isaac, Gibbons, and others. This event brings together two great programs. First is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s music outreach, Music of the Renaissance, sponsored by the James R. Hunt Trust Fund of the Friends of the Public Library. Second is Catacoustic’s pre-professional mentoring program: Catacoustic’s Annalisa Pappano will be playing with this year’s two Early Music Scholarship winners, Cole Guillien and Stephen Goist. This program will take place Feb 2, 7pm, at the Symmes Township Branch, again Feb 7, 2pm, at the Deer Park Branch, and again Feb 16, 7pm, at the Wyoming Branch.


Cincinnati Children's Choir Satellite Choirs
Thursday, January 01, 2015 - Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Phone: (513) 556-0338

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Cincinnati Children’s Choir offers twelve Satellite Choir locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, Lebanon, Fairfield, Oxford, and Northern Kentucky. This 8 – 10 week program for children in grades 3 – 6 is meant to provide an introduction to choral music and the philosophies of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir.


Cincinnati Early Music Festival Preview
Sunday, February 01, 2015 - Sunday, March 01, 2015
Phone: (513) 772-3242

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Performances large and small take place throughout the month of February, and highlight the vast range of musical styles from 1000 years of early written music. Period instruments, unexpected venues, and exciting collaborations are the order of the day. Professionals, students, and passionate amateurs give audiences all over town a chance to hear old music played and sung as it would have sounded when it was new.


Jerusalem at the Omnimax Theatre
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - Thursday, February 12, 2015 Address: Cincinnati Museum Center
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 287-7000

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Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home.


Linton Chamber Music Series
Sunday, February 01, 2015 - Monday, February 02, 2015 Address: 536 Linton Street
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 381-6868

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Linton Chamber Music Series presents a concert of wonderful chamber works by Mozart, Brahms, and Elgar on Sunday, February 1 at 4pm and an encore performance on Monday, February 2 at 7:30pm. Artists include Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano; William Preucil, violin; Benny Kim, violin; Philip Dukes, viola; Eric Kim, cello.


Lollipops Family Concert
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM
Address: Music Hall
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 381-3300

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Let your imagination run wild in this classical musical story for children, Saint-Saëns’ beloved Carnival of the Animals. Hear the royal lion, the graceful swan and a dozen other amazing animals, brought to life through music and poetry!


NANOWorks Opera Workshop
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Friday, February 06, 2015 Address: Cincinnati Public Library (Main Branch) and Rohs S
City: Cincinnati, OH

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NANOWorks will present their winter workshop, featuring excerpts from operas currently in development. Works will include The Box Office with music by Bekah Simms and libretto by Michael Albano; Family Plan with music by Philip Martin and libretto by Jacques Lamarre; and Thyrsis & Amaranth, words and music by Steven Serpa. The show will be free and open to the public. Performances are January 28 at 7:00pm at the Cincinnati Public Library (Main Branch) and February 6 at 8:30pm at Rohs Street Café.


Playhouse in the Park: Ring of Fire
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Sunday, February 15, 2015 Address: 962 Mt. Adams Circle
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 421-3888

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The songs tell the story in this tribute to a singer who broke barriers and left an unmatched legacy with roots in folk, gospel, rock and country. Directed by and featuring Jason Edwards, who starred in the show on Broadway, this musical celebration of the Man in Black spotlights nearly 35 classic songs, including "I Walk the Line," "Jackson," "A Boy Named Sue" and "Folsom Prison Blues." A rousing portrait of home and family, love and loss, faith and redemption, Ring of Fire lifts your heart and stirs your soul.


Weston Art Gallery
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Sunday, February 22, 2015 Address: 650 Walnut Street
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 977-4165

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The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts debuts three new solo exhibitions that offer contrasting views on the human condition: The Man, a dark and sardonic look at human progress by Tim Rietenbach; Deus Otiosus, John Kortlander’s dreamlike paintings that pose questions about religious belief; and Spirit Moves, a positive affirmation of the human spirit through the intricately layered figurative paintings of Joyce Phillips Young.



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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra January 30 & 31, 2015
Romantic Rachmaninoff
Michael Francis, Conductor
Valentina Lisitsa, piano

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
ELGAR: Symphony No. 1

WGUC Broadcasts
Tune in Sunday nights at 8:00 pm to hear the CSO Season. This concert will be broadcast on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Ticket information is available by calling Cincinnati Symphony at (513) 381-3300 or visiting
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Unforgetable: An Evening with Natalie ColeUnforgetable: An Evening with Natalie Cole
February 8, 2015
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Natalie Cole, vocalist

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Unforgettable Natalie Cole and your Cincinnati Pops! This internationally acclaimed, nine-time Grammy-winner takes the Music Hall stage for a captivating one-night performance of her favorite hits.

Ticket information is available by calling Cincinnati Pops at (513) 381-3300 or visiting

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