FAREWELL, PEDRO!

I’d like to help get the word out about Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Recital of Romantic Art Songs with Pedro Arroyo, tenor and Fabio Menchetti, piano on Sunday May 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Community Church at 8221 Miami Road.

Pedro is a good friend and a gifted young artist who has appeared numerous times in our Music for All Seasons concert series over the past three years and will appear once more on Sunday April23 at 2 p.m. in Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare, in which he will sing selections from Verdi’s Falstaff and Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. Pedro has quickly become an audience favorite because of his beautiful lyric tenor voice and his impassioned singing. We encourage all of his CCM friends and all of our Music for All Seasons audience members to support him by attending either or both of these events and by contributing to Pedro in his pursuit of a professional career in Europe.

PHOTO ARROYO, PEDRO

 “As my tenure in Cincinnati comes to an end, I am looking forward to moving to Germany to continue pursuing a career in opera performance. Moving to Germany will be full of expenses, and I hope to raise funds* by doing what I love the most: singing! I have put together a recital featuring my favorite music from Undergrad in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, as well as from my Masters and DMA at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, along with some surprises along the way. Please, join me and pianist Fabio Menchetti in an evening of beautiful music by Respighi, Strauss, Poulenc, and Turina. This recital promises to be a survey of the most romantic of art songs. “

Pedro Arroyo

* Admission is free, but free will donations are encouraged and appreciated.

 

BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE

shakespeare-shades 

2017 is the 453rd anniversary of the birth and death of the greatest poet and playwright that ever lived: William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564 in Stratford on Avon, England, deceased April 23, 1616.

We will give a musical tribute to the author of the most astonishing contributions to the English language, and to how that writing inspired composers, throughout the centuries to set his stories and his words to music. The date is Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. The location: Historic Peterloon, in Indian Hill. Tickets: $30.

Reservations: musicseasons@zoomtown.com

But not only did Shakespeare serve as a fountain of material for other artists, for he also contributed much to our everyday English language, so that when you encounter an awkward situation and you want to “BREAK THE ICE” or you meet a “HARD-HEADED” person or you find yourself “IN A PICKLE” and you don’t want to become a “LAUGHING STOCK” or you “CATCH A COLD” or you say to your child: “THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER”  or you conclude that “LOVE IS BLIND” or you meet someone with “A HEART OF GOLD” because that person “WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE” or you figure out that someone has “A METHOD TO HIS MADNESS”…whenever you say or do any of this, CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE QUOTING SHAKESPEARE!”

These are the artists quoting the Bard on Sunday April 23: Pedro Arroyo, Kimberly Daniel, Annalise Dwonczyk, Emily Fink, Luke Flood, Caitlin Gotimer, Samuel Martin and William Willits.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. SHAKESPEARE!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!

peterloon

At Historic Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.

13769457_10153670481846975_8163857107502071631_n Tenor Pedro Arroyo will sing arias and duets from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Verdi’s Falstaff. 

DANIEL de ACHA, KIMBERLY Actress Kimberly Daniel will recite excerpts from The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing, and sing songs to Shakespeare texts by Poulenc, Johnson, and Morley.

DWONCZYK, ANNALISE Mezzo-Soprano Annalise Dwonczyk will sing arias from Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette.

 FINK, EMILY Vocalist Emily Fink will sing songs from Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Cole Porter’s Kiss me Kate 

PHOTO GOTIMER, CAITLIN Soprano Caitlin Gotimer will sing arias and duets from Rossini’s Otello and Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. 

FLOOD, LUKEMARTIN, SAMUEL 

Luke Flood and Sam Martin will accompany. 

WILLITS, BILL Guitarist Bill Willits will play music for the lute

by Bullman, Morley and Dowland

Tickets $30 may be ordered from musicseasons@zoomtown.com

~~~

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTEMPORARY OPERAS

Frida

There’s good news out there for contemporary opera and its fans, some right here in the Queen City, where the 97-year old Cincinnati Opera has just announced its 2017 season (its 97th), in which, in addition to evergreens La boheme and The Magic Flute, Evans Mirageas will bring to his loyal audience Robert Xavier Rodríguez’ 1991 opera, Frida, an account of the life and loves of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

In addition to Frida, the Cincinnati Opera will present the US premiere of Another Brick in the Wall by Roger Waters.

angels_no_title

Meanwhile, in NYC, the New York City Opera has also gotten the word out about what it has in store for this year. They will be doing the first production of Peter Eötvös’ 2004 opera, Angels in America in quite a number of years.

Based on Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part saga, the opera by the Hungarian-born Eötvös comprises Kushner’s two-part saga about Gay life in America in the 1990’s and distills its multi-hour length to an 140 minute running time. The NYCO will also bring to its audience Ottorino Respighi’s rarely done La Campana Sommersa (The Sunken Bell) and Los Elementos (The Elements) a late Baroque opera by Spanish composer, Antonio Literes.

It is a pleasure to see the reborn City Opera returning to its roots by doing very well what nobody else is brave enough to attempt. Kudos, likewise to the Cincinnati Opera for its daring choice of repertory.

For more information: http://www.nycopera.com and http://www.cincinnatiopera. org

 

 

 

 

CINCINNATI SONG INITIATIVE

 

Gwen+Coleman+DetwilerAndrew+Garland

Cincinnati Song Initiative continues its comprehensive exploration of the American song repertoire with an all-American concert on Saturday, April 8, 2017 4:00 pm at the 16:00 17:30 Presbyterian Church of Wyoming, at 225 Wyoming Avenue, in Wyoming. Suggested Donation: $20.

In the program:

Jake Heggie: Newer Every Day
Tom Cipullo: America 1968
Juliana Hall: Christina’s World (WORLD PREMIERE)
Steven Mark Kohn: Selections from American Folk Settings

The Artists:

Gwen Coleman Detwiler, soprano Andrew Garland, baritone

Marie-France Lefebvre, piano Donna Loewy, piano 

After the concert, the audience is invited to meet the artists.

For more information: www.cincinnatisonginitiative.org

 

 

 

SOMEONE’S IN THE KITCHEN WITH TEENY…

 

8baaa38f-cd12-4ddb-89b6-86cac06d7dc1

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is always looking for new ways to make music accessible and fun, such as getting into the kitchen.

The kitchen?

Musicians and friends of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra known for both their musical skills and their sweet tooth (tooths? teeth? teeths?) are going into the kitchen of Reena Dhanda Patil on Saturday, April 8 at 3 p.m.

There, under the masterful direction of cooking guru Teeny Morris, sweet and savory pies will be made, baked and eaten and wine will be imbibed, and all for a noble cause: the continued health of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

The event will cost $50 and there’s room in the kitchen for just a few savvy gourmands.

Call 513.723.1182 x 102 to reserve your spot today and help sponsor Summermusik 2017.

 

OPERA BOOTCAMP

th

So you’d like to go into Opera?

Just like NY, NY is “…the city that never sleeps…” CCM is the performing arts school that never ever naps, not even in the summer.

This upcoming one is no exception as, led by Soprano Amy Johnson and Maestro Mark Gibson, the Cincinnati mega-conservatory will hold its annual OPERA BOOTCAMP.

From July 8  through 30, over a period of three very intensive weeks, a handful of hopeful opera singers, conductors and pianist-coaches will come together to hone their skills under the tutelage of a world class faculty that will put them through the paces necessary to get on its funny feet Francis Poulenc’s surrealist romp Les mamelles de Tirésias in a double bill with Giacomo Puccini’s comic masterpiece Gianni Schichi.

The choice of both the Poulenc and the Puccini is great, as there are some two dozen roles perfectly suited to young voices available in the double bill.

Under the guidance of Amy Johnson, Vernon Hartman, and Andrea Tutt, all singers begin Bootcamp with a two day intensive focusing on specific tools to prepare for the rigorous schedule ahead that includes rehearsals, classes in acting and movement techniques, and language coaching.

While the singers sing, the budding conductors, stage directors and coaches will work closely with Maestro Mark Gibson and others in the faculty on developing the skills essential to a career in the highly competitive field of opera.

Enrollment for CCM OPERA BOOTCAMP Summer Programs is limited. The application deadline is April 15, 2017.

For further details see:

http://ccm.uc.edu/summer/collegiate-adult/opera-bootcamp.html

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. SHAKESPEARE!

DANIEL de ACHA, KIMBERLYMARTIN, SAMUELPHOTO ARROYO, PEDROPHOTO GOTIMER, CAITLIN

Join us on April 23 at 2 pm at Historic Peterloon to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with a program featuring excerpts and songs from his plays sung and spoken by Kimberly Daniel accompanied by lutenist William Willits, also featuring excerpts from musicals and operas inspired by his plays performed by Emily Fink, Caitlin Gotimer, Annaliese Dzwonczyk, Pedro Arroyo and Samuel Martin. Meet the artists at a reception after the concert. For tickets email Music for All Seasons at musicseasons@zoomtown.com

FINK, EMILYWILLITS, BILLDWONCZYK, ANNALISE

GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC

17310126_10154937464100569_4008500510994684547_o17309767_10154937465280569_5099096299794919031_n17264710_10154937462205569_8410071949611060067_n17264622_10154937461640569_918556375157743717_nCCMPower President, Bill Harvey–owner of Buddy Roger’s Music Store, a Cincinnati music institution) created the “LINKS PROGRAM–“Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids”–getting musical instruments into the hands of children, so they can learn and know they joy of music.

For two days every March, CCMPower volunteers gather at the Joseph Beth Book Store at Rookwood Commons, to accept donations of musical instruments, which are then completely refurbished and donated to area schools, so that children can participate in school music programs.

It is such a wonderful cause, and it’s great fun to meet people who come in with instruments to donate, and to hear their stories of playing the instruments, or having a child play an instrument in school, and then passing it on, so that another child can experience the joy of learning music and have a life-changing experience.
And, children from the C-CM Prep department perform throughout the event. So charming, and always gathers a crowd, which helps to spread the word the way no one else can.

IF YOU HAVE AN OLD INSTRUMENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE, YOU CAN DO THAT AT ANY TIME THROUGOUT THE YEAR. YOUR INSTRUMENT’S VALUE WILL BE GIVEN, AND YOUR DONATION WILL BE COMPLETETLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE. JUST CALL 513 556 2100, OR TAKE YOUR INSTRUMENT TO BUDDY ROGER’S MUSIC STORE. CASH DONATIONS ARE ALSO WELCOMED, WHICH ARE ALSO TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC, AND TRANSFORM A YOUNG LIFE. WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN THAT!

Excerpted from a Kimberly Daniel de Acha Facebook post.

EUSKALDUNAK: THE BASQUES

th

In Basque literature, at the end of a story, instead of saying: ” …and they lived happily ever after…”, they say “…and they lived well and they died well…” which, in eight short words, encapsulates what Euskaldunak and Euskal Herria (Basques and their homeland) are all about. The Basques are tough, unsentimental survivors, who honor their past, live in the here and now, and have no doubt that they will be right where they have been, long before the Iberians and the Etruscans and the Romans arrived, and where they will be long after all the rest of us become ancient civilizations

Long live the Basque People and their Country!

Check out this terrific documentary by Orson Welles on a 1955 visit to the Basque Country: https://youtu.be/hJlKx3NPuts.

Check out also this You Tube with music by features music by Basque composers Jesús Guridi, José M. Usandizaga, Jesus Arambarri, Andrés Isasi, Francisco Escudero and Maurice Ravel played by the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa (Basque National Orchestra),
Miguel A. Gómez Martínez, Conductor.

Inoiz ez dut gehiago harro euskaldun izan nahi du gaur gauean naiz baino Dokumental zoragarri honetan behaketa ondoren izan da.
Euskal literaturan, istorio bat, ordez esaten amaieran: “Eta pozik bizi izan dute inoiz ondoren …”, esan dute “… Eta ondo bizi izan dute eta ongi hil dute …” horrek, in 8 laburrak hitzak  Euskarri eta Euskal Herria zer dira guztiak buruz. Gogorra bizirik, bere iragana omenez nor, gaur eta hemen bizi dira, eta argi daukate hemen izango dira, lekuan izan dute, geroztik iberiarren eta etruskoek eta erromatarrek arrrived luze baino lehen, eta hemen izango da luze ondoren gurekin gainerako guztiak antzinako zibilizazio bihurtu.

Bizitza oparoa EUSKADI eta EUSKALDUNAK!

Begiratu emanaldirik dokumental hau Orson Welles-ek 1955an Euskal Herriko bisita bat: https://youtu.be/hJlKx3NPuts.

Begiratu ere musikarik batera Tube honen ezaugarri musika euskal konpositoreen Jesús Guridi, José M. Usandizaga, Jesús Arámbarri, Andrés Isasi, Francisco Escudero eta Maurice Ravel Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoaren (Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa) jokalariak jokatu dituen, Miguel A. Gómez Martínez, zuzendaria.