The Cincinnati arts season is in full swing and as it does, it becomes increasingly more difficult to decide where to go.
Assuming that your preferences are not too different from ours, here’s a few suggestions about what to look for in the coming weeks.
* At CCM opening on Thursday this week and running through Sunday, the musical Chorus Line is being presented on the stage of the Patricia Corbett Theatre. The show features the music of Marvin Hamlisch, including the 1970’s hit song “What I Did For Love”.
Chorus Line follows the backstage story of a group of dancers auditioning for what could be their next ticket to fame (or at least their next job) on Broadway.
The show made history when it first ran on Broadway in 1975 for a total of 6,137 performances, winning both the Tony and Pulitzer awards over the next year.
Word to the wise: this is one of the hottest tickets in town. If interested, go on line and check out the availability of tickets on the CCM website (ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice )
Or try to telephone the box office at 513-556-4183 and be prepared to wait patiently while they place you on hold.
* On the movie screens this Saturday (check out on line listings for a theater near you) Mozart’s telling of the decline and fall of the baddest dude in Seville.
The cast for the MET’s “Don Giovanni” features the English superstar baritone Simon Keenlyside back from a bad bout of throat troubles, in the title role of the fellow who bedded 640 ladies in Italy, 231 in Germany, 100 in France, 91 in Turkey, and in Spain (get ready) 1003.
The surrounding cast is top of the line, with Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava as the slighted Donna Anna, Malin Byström as the even more slighted Donna Elvira, and Serena Malfi as the about to be slighted Zerlina.
Among those also slighted by Don Giovanni in the male contingent, look for Mozart specialists Adam Plachetka as Leporello and Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio.
Fabio Luisi conducts.
If the word “recital” makes you run for the hills or for the nearest TV, stop now.
We speak here of an intimate concert with one of the finest tenor voices we have heard at CCM in the past few years.
On Friday October 28 at 5 PM, Pedro Arroyo, is singing his Swan Song at CCM’s Werner Recital Hall before he picks up his Doctor of Musical Arts diploma and heads on out for greener pastures (the kind where they pay you to sing).
He has invited several fellow artists to be with him that evening to share with his loyal following a sampling of songs by Oliver Messiaen, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Franz Schubert, and the premiere of fellow Puerto Rican Iván Enrique Rodríguez’ Si yo fuera Adán.
Even if this free-admission event charged for tickets (which it does not) I would encourage you to attend. On of these days you will be able to say that you heard Pedro Arroyo at CCCM before he became a star tenor.