Impressive musical lineup to benefit Literacy Council

Next Sunday, June 23, an impressive lineup of local classical musicians will come together for a concert to benefit the Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown Counties. Reach for the Stars will take place at 4 p.m. June 23 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park. Spearheaded by Suzanne Bona, host of the nationally broadcast […]


Der Freischütz hits the mark in rare American performance by Queen City Opera

It’s amazing that Carl Maria von Weber’s 1821 opera, “Der Freischütz,” is rarely performed in the United States. The early German romantic opera – which Queen City Opera loosely translated as “The Magic Bullets,” has a rich orchestral score, wonderful choruses and arias and a supernatural story. It’s easy to see how it paved the […]


Coming up: Paradise for piano lovers

Awadagin Pratt’s 2019 Art of the Piano Festival will pair legendary soloists with young artists from around the globe starting this weekend, May 25 through June 15 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The ninth annual festival will feature 15 renowned artists in recitals and conducting public master classes with rising stars. Besides […]


May Festival in full swing

Here are last weekend’s reviews: Friday night’s review of Mark Simpson’s “The Immortal” is published on the national website, Classical Voice North America, free to read by clicking here. And Saturday’s review is published locally by the Cincinnati Business Courier. Remember that the Arts Front is always free, but you may need to register for […]


Vocal pyrotechnics by Roomful of Teeth at May Festival

It’s hard to categorize Roomful of Teeth, a vocal octet that calls itself a “vocal project.” On Wednesday, the singers — Abigail Lennox and Martha Cluver, sopranos; Alexandra Colaizzi and Virginia Kelsey, altos; Eric Dudley, tenor (former assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra); Avery Griffin, baritone; Thann Scoggin, bass-baritone, and Cameron Beauchamp, bass — […]


An extraordinary concert by Frederic Chiu

I admit I was curious to hear how one could perform a piano recital consisting entirely of music by Sergei Prokofiev. But I, like everyone else in the audience at the Xavier Piano Series today, walked away simply blown away by Frederic Chiu’s inspired virtuosity. I use the word inspired because this was never empty […]


Cellist Alisa Weilerstein soars through Pintscher’s modernist ‘un despertar’

It’s always a treat to hear cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who has visited the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra five previous times. This weekend, Weilerstein, a champion of new music and a winner of a MacArthur “genius grant,” performed a work written for her by Matthias Pintscher. Click here to read the review.


How pianist Frederic Chiu — at Xavier this week — fell in love with Prokofiev

I’m always inspired when I hear a recital by a remarkable pianist. Frederic Chiu returns to Cincinnati this Sunday, 2:30 p.m. April 28, in Xavier University’s Gallagher Center Theater for an all-Prokofiev program for the Xavier Piano Series. Chiu’s early career followed a traditional path — such as winning an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and […]


CSO announces soloist for season finale

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced that Stefani Matsuo, its new associate concertmaster, will perform as soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in the season finale concerts, May 10 and 11 in Music Hall. She replaces the originally announced concertmaster emeritus Timothy Lees, who recently retired from the orchestra due to an ongoing nerve […]


Ed Stern, former Playhouse producing artistic director, has died at 72

  By now you have heard that Ed Stern, former producing artistic director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, has died. The Playhouse posted this statement: It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of Ed Stern (1946-2019). Ed served as the Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director for 20 years from 1992 – 2012, […]