Pianist-entrepreneur Sam Martin
This weekend has more than one musical event in store. On Friday (April 8) at 4 pm, at the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming the enterprising Cincinnati Song Initiative, brainchild of Samuel Martin, pays homage to American art song composers in a recital featuring soprano Gwen Coleman Detweiler and baritone Andrew Garland with Donna Loewy and Marie France Lefebvre accompanying them in Jake Heggie’s Newer Every Day, Tom Cipullo’s America 1968, the world premiere of Juliana Hall’s Christina’s World and selections from Steven Mark Kohn’s American Folk Settings.
Admission is suggested as a $20 donation at the door should be considered an important contribution to a much-neglected art form, which thanks to the efforts of pianist-entrepreneur Sam Martin is enjoying a revival in the Queen City.
Later that day the Freshman Musical Theatre Class of 2017 holds court at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Auditorium. The young talent displays its artistic skills in a showcase that features their dancing-singing-acting skills in a free-admission show. At 8 pm.
Tenor Daniel Weeks is The Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion
On Sunday (April 9) at 3 pm, Johann Sebastian Bach’s St, Matthew Passion is receiving a staged performance at Christ Church Cathedral. In the role of the Evangelist, tenor Daniel Weeks is the pivotal voice that narrates the Passion of Jesus of Nazareth. But, beyond its Christian spirit, the text and music extol a universal and much-needed-today message that transcends religious faith.
Singing the various roles in the story, a group of CCM artists will divide up the musical assignments: Ashley Fabian and Jackie Stevens, sopranos; Reilly Nelson and Paulina Villarreal, mezzo-sopranos; Thomas J. Capobianco, tenor, Samson McCrady, Christian Pursell, Eric Shane Heatley, Joseph Mazzara, bass-baritones. The CCM Philharmonia and Choruses will be conducted by Earl Rivers. Andreas Hager is the stage director.
Single tickets are $15 general admission. Telephone 513-556-4183. Christ Church Cathedral is located at the corners of Fourth and Sycamore Streets.
At almost three hours in length, this monumental work is not for the faint of heart listener. But staying the course through the end holds enormous rewards. Here’s Nicholas Harnoncourt‘s iconic 1970 recording on You Tube: