CSO, Pops nominated for two Grammy Awards

Both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Pops are in the list of 2020 Grammy nominations released today by the Recording Academy. And there are several other Cincinnati-tied nominations this year, too. Music director Louis Langrée, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra are nominated for Best Orchestral Performance for “Transatlantic.” This album includes the world premiere […]


Art Academy president to speak at Xavier art exhibit “For a Better World”

Joe Girandola, president of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, will be the first speaker at “Art and Poetry for a Better World,” 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 16 at Xavier University. The event is an afternoon of presentations and poetry readings exploring the role of art with peace and justice, as part of an exhibition […]


In memoriam Peggy Kite

Peggy Wulsin Kite, who grew up during the golden era of the Baldwin Piano Co., which her family owned, passed away yesterday. She had recently suffered from pneumonia. Mrs. Kite, who still played on one of the two Baldwin pianos in her Montgomery living room, was born in Cincinnati in 1928. She spoke about growing […]


New Horizons Band celebrates 20th anniversary with fanfare

New Horizons Band of Cincinnati has a proud history. Today, the band will celebrate 20 years in a special concert, 3 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Ave. in Madeira. The group started in 1999 with about six musicians, launched by Pete Metzger, the organization’s first musical director. Metzger’s background includes playing […]


American Masters: Rouse Left A Bold Closing Testament

  By Janelle Gelfand CINCINNATI – Initially, the late Christopher Rouse did not reveal the personal motivation of his Symphony No. 6. But when he comprehended … Source: American Masters: Rouse Left A Bold Closing Testament


Star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter speaks out about Cincinnati incident

The cellphone incident at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has traveled around the classical music world. Last week, the New York Times interviewed Anne-Sophie Mutter for an article about cellphones interrupting live performances, both music and theater. Apparently the young woman who was recording her entire performance from the front row-center seat of Music Hall was […]


Pati, Sierra ravishing as star-cross’d lovers at SF Opera

It’s always rewarding to see the understudy step in for the indisposed star, and become an “overnight” sensation. That is what happened at San Francisco Opera’s “Romeo and Juliet” earlier this month, when Samoan-born New Zealand tenor Pene Pati, who was scheduled to sing one performance, replaced Bryan Hymel for the entire run. On Tuesday, […]


Trumpeter Ashley Hall dazzles in recital at Matinee Musicale

Midway through her recital in Memorial Hall in OTR on Sunday afternoon, Ashley Hall asked for a show of hands: How many trumpeters were there in the audience? Surprisingly, there was quite a large number, of all ages. Obviously, the word had gotten out. Hall was the first trumpeter and only the second woman brass […]


The season is off and running

  I’ve heard some wonderful concerts this month, starting with Damon Gupton’s debut as the new principal guest conductor of the Pops in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” It was fun to revisit the movie, but even better to hear the sound of John Williams’ score performed live in Music Hall. Gupton was a […]


In memoriam Christopher Rouse

Publisher Boosey & Hawkes has just announced that American composer Christopher Rouse died today at age 70 in Baltimore. His final work, Symphony No. 6, will have its world premiere on October 18-19 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée. A prolific composer of a wide range of acclaimed chamber and ensemble works, Christopher Rouse […]