Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Flying High

After a long stretch of lying low, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra revved up its


engines just under a year ago. It took our little orchestra that could no time to start flying high and to prove itself an indispensable member of the Cincinnati arts community.

Here they are again, in their first season under maestro Eckart Preu, comfortably ensconced in the Corbett Theatre at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts downtown for four of their main concerts, and all over the map of Cincinnati and Covington for their series of free outdoor concerts, their intimate Little Afternoon Music series and their kick-back evening Pub Crawls.

The CCO’s calendar is so densely packed in its month-long schedule of musical things to do during Cincinnati’s dog days of summer that I am breaking it down into a two-part post.

Trust that I mean to be thorough and accurate, but just to make sure, do check their website:

A word to the wise: their tickets are more than reasonably priced at $30 for general admission, $10 for kids. But they go fast. Plan diligently and get your tickets before the event you want to go to is sold out.

The Essential Information:
THE SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS – 108 W. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Easy free parking.
PRELUDE TALKS: always at 6:45 pm
TICKETS: $25 / $10 kids
CALL: 513.723.1182

Scottish Landscapes
Sat, August 5 7:30 pm Cincinnati School for Creative & Performing Arts

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”)
W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin
Peter Maxwell Davies An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
Karen May, bagpipes

I like the Mendelssohn-Davies pairing of Scotland-inspired compositions and the inclusion of the Mozart G Major violin concerto as a refresher in between the two.

The young Angelo Xiang Yu is a violinist to sit up for and take notice. And after hearing many beefed up performances of the Mendelsohn and the Mozart it will be nice to hear the leaner and meaner forces of the CCO bring out the clarity and crispness for which these works cry out.

My only regret is that I will be out of town for this and their next concert, so I will depend on my readers’ feed back when I get back. Comments, please!
ran dank

Celestial Voyage
Sat, August 12 7:30 pm Cincinnati School for Creative & Performing Arts

Rebel – Le Chaos from Les Élémens
Hans-Peter Preu – Kepler’s Cosmos
Dean Regas, commentator
Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
Ran Dank, piano
Mozart – Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)
David Bowie, arr. Scot Woolley – Space Oddity

Music Director Eckart Preu is proving himself an imaginative programmer of musical fare with this astronomical assembly that reaches back to the French Baroque and travels across the galaxies to land on planet Earth with David Bowie’s Space Oditty.

Cincinnati musical treasure Ran Dank is a fit candidate to take on the mammoth Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto no. 2 and wrestle it into submission.

Venetian Madcap Musica
Sat, August 19 7:30 pm Cincinnati School for Creative & Performing Arts

Albinoni/Giazotto – Adagio in G Minor
Gabrieli – Canzon quarta
Monteverdi – L’Orfeo: Sinfonie e Ritornelli
Vivaldi – Concerto No. 3 in G Major for violin and strings
Gustav Mahler – Adagietto: Symphony No. 5
Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite
Madcap Puppets, puppetry

Venice rivaled all other European cities with its musical and visual arts in the 17th and 18th centuries, and as proof of that the CCO offers up a moveable feast of Baroque and Classical Venetian gems in the first half of this concert that will then jump then forward in its second half to the post-Romantic and Modern eras with a little taste of Mahler and a full serving of Stravinsky . And Madcap Puppets will help the story of Pulcinella.

Immortal Beloved
Sat, August 26 7:30pm Cincinnati School for Creative & Performing Arts
Philip Glass – III. quarter-note = 112 from Symphony No. 3
MamLuft&Co. Dance, dancers

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor
Alon Goldstein, piano
Silvestrov – The Messenger
Alon Goldstein, piano        MamLuft&Co. Dance, dancers
Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. And, for a big finish to its 2017 line up, the CCO brings out the big guns in a concert of music from across three centuries. The 8th is one of Beethoven’s happier symphonies, the D Minor yet another sunny composition by Mozart to be played this time by the superb Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein.

The Philip Glass an intriguing choice, and the Silvestrov a world premiere made all the more important by the original choreography of MamLuft&Co. Dance, the superb Cincinnati born and bred modern dance company which will also dance to the music of Philip Glass’s III. quarter-note = 112 .
The Essential Information:
THE SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS – 108 W. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Easy free parking.
PRELUDE TALKS: always at 6:45 pm
TICKETS: $25 / $10 kids
CALL: 513.723.1182
Rafael de Acha
All about the Arts


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