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Here are some of the highlights of the arts in Cincinnati in the month of November.
Most of these events are single-performances. For details on additional performances, ticket prices, directions, etc., it’s better to contact each organization directly.
- Rafael de Acha
Met Opera in HD Bizet’s Carmen - November 1, 2014 and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia November 22, 2014
...in Cinema De Lux in Springdale…Rave in Florence, KY… Levee 20 in Newport, KY …Cinemark in Oakley…Regal in Deerfield…Milford 16 in Milford, OH. Performances usually start at 12:55 PM. More details on line at www.metoperaorg/HDlive
The MET Carmen production features the wonderful Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role and the fast-rising American tenor Brandon Jovanovich as the object of her affections (for the moment.)
Nov. 9 – at CCM – Academy of Ancient Music presents J.S. Bach Orchestral Suites.
By way of a brief introduction, the Academy of Ancient Music is an English orchestra that specializes primarily in the music of the Baroque (roughly the 17th century and into the first half of the 1700s.) They often play the music they program on original instruments, a practice that makes for a supple and leaner sound than what you often get when Bach’s music is played by a modern orchestra. The Bach Orchestral Suites are among the composer’s finest works, and they are sure to sound majestic in the large confines of Christ Church, which is where the concert will be played.
Tickets for all CCM events are never more than $31, most often $20 for events such as this one, and often as little as $12. Check things out at www.ccm.uc.edu OR by phone at 513 556 4183
Nov. 14, 15 and 16 - CSO and Louis Langree playing Beethoven, Magnard and Mahler in Music Hall.
One almost never sees Music Hall completely filled to capacity, which means that one can always find a $12 seat with a great view and perfect acoustics, even if it’s a spur of the moment buy. This program to be given three times features two well-known compositions and one premiere: Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Mahler’s Titan Symphony are both about heroic sentiments. They are coupled to Alberic Magnard’s 1902 Hymne à la justice, a composition by a Frenchman hailed as a hero by his compatriots for his forceful support of the wrongly convicted Alfred Dreyfus, the inspiration for this piece of music.
http://youtu.be/CzTsXmtsqsc www.Cincinnatisymphony.org or 513 381 3300
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Tenderly: the Rosemary Clooney Musical
is on stage Nov. 15 through Dec. 28 in the Playhouse’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre.
Tenderly is the musical biography of Cincinnati’s own “Girl Singer,” Rosemary Clooney. The production features many of her signature songs hits, including White Christmas, Tenderly and Come On-A My House. For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 or visit www.cincyplay.com.
Nov. 16 – Christ Church Cathedral, a CCM event, at 5 PM: Monteverdi - Vespers of 1610
www.ccm.uc.edu OR by phone at 513 556 4183 Claudio Monteverdi provided in his music the bridge between Renaissance sacred music and the much more complex (and beautiful) church music of the Baroque. But don’t let the term “church music” keep you away this Sunday even if you attended services in the morning. This is joyful music that celebrates matters of the spirit with an openly Italian sound that is quite like no other. Have a listen here: http://youtu.be/RW_CVZADU1c
And on the same day…
Andrew Garland is one busy baritone these days.
This afternoon he sings a solo recital with the irreplaceable Donna Loewy at the piano. Part of the 102nd Season of Matinee Musicale Cincinnati, the event is scheduled for 3 pm at The Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Garland, who made such a strong impression in the Cincinnati Opera’s La Calisto this past summer, here sings Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine accompanied by early music period instruments http://youtu.be/gMq0xJxvF20
Opening Nov. 20 at CCM Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel
A typical CCM cast features young singers who often go from an appearance at CCM to a professional debut with a regional opera company. I know some of the singers in the cast of this delightful comic opera, and they will not disappoint. And the opera itself is lots of fun, including the imitation gingerbread house on stage (non-edible plywood)…And the music? Just listen here: http://youtu.be/96pW-o2tzjA www.ccm.uc.edu OR by phone at 513 556 4183 . Tickets $17 to $31
Nov. 21 & 22 - Louis Langree and the CSO in two Mozart symphonies and the world premiere of Andre Previn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo.
Come back on November 28 or 29 for more CSO and Langree doing Tchaikovsky’s Fifth and the Piano Concerto No. 5 with Alexander Gavryluk.
In addition to being the most well-liked CSO conductor ever, our eclectic Maestro (Louis to most) is a Mozart specialist with an equally-assured way in the big Romantic works (Beethoven, Mahler, Tchaikovsky) that he favors programming along with outside-the-box compositions by contemporary composers.
www.Cincinnatisymphony.org or 513 381 3300
Nov. 22 Catacoustic Consort presents Eyes Only for Love
...a program of 17th century Italian music with tenor Sumner Thompson and Baroque instruments played by some of Cincinnati’s finest musicians, led by Cincinnati’s Queen of Early Music, Annalisa Pappano. Tickets $25 Call 513 772-3242 or www.catacoustic.com
Nov. 30 Linton Music presents Strings of Passion
With music by Rodrigo, Piazzola, Isaye, Takemitsu, Ravel and Dyens with Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello; Pablo Sainz-Villegas, guitar; Augustin Hadelich, violin; Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin and Christian Colberg, viola. Tickets 513 381 6868
Tango en Skai – Roland Dyens http://youtu.be/Am0pGhRyb-4
Linton Music has another concert on November 2, with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio joined by violinist Timothy Lees and violist Steven Tenebom playing music by Andre Previn, Dvorak and Schumann.
Their concerts play in two different venues: the First Unitarian Church on Linton Street in Cincinnati and Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland. Call 513 381 6868 for information and tickets
Still on…At the Taft Museum Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray
...features vintage prints by international photographers who worked in Paris, including Atget, Lartigue, Brassaï, Bing, Cartier-Bresson, Brandt, Kertész, and Man Ray, comprising realist late 19th century, through modernist photography of the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s.
Our website www.musicforallseasonscincinnati.com regularly features a blog with links to our reviews of various arts events in Cincinnati, including some of those listed here, as well as a file of current and past What’s On newsletters.
Our WHAT’S ON NEWSLETTER will continue in December,
with highlights of the holiday season.