As Summermusik winds down this year’s 5-week Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra summer season there is no down time before the regular fall-winter-spring line up of musical events kicks in.

Things musical around town might appear a little sparse to our readers this early in the game, but I don’t plan the seasons of our many musical organizations…I just follow them.

The one shining exception to that is CCM, which always gets up to a fast start in tandem with the start of its school year.

This is our first MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS – a feature that will appear on my blog from here on out.

Not all of the events listed here are free-admission. To avoid surprises let me suggest that our readers check with the various box offices.

CCM’s telephone number 513-556-4183 can be used to purchase tickets.

Please note that most if not all CCM events this coming season will take place in either the Patricia Corbett Theatre (musicals, ballet, opera) and in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, while the Corbett Auditorium undergoes some major renovations.

Also, word to the wise: space constraints prevent us from listing all of the hundreds or concerts, recitals, ballets, operas, musicals and plays offered by CCM and other musical organizations in Cincinnati.

By calling this blog feature Monthly Highlights I put forward the notion that this is merely a subjective selection of events that are so exceptional as to merit our singling them out.

For a complete overview of musical offerings, it is best to go to the various websites of each arts organization.

  • Our datebook shows Sunday September 3 as our first date with music this month.  Pianist Soyeon Kate Lee will be performing two works at 4 pm: Schumann’s Carnival and Davidbundlertanze.


Here is Ms. Lee playing the entire Carnival

  • The CCM Philharmonia focuses for the rest of this year on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The series is titled Faith, Doubt and Reason and it begins on Friday September 8 at 8 pm with Mark Gibson, the Philharmonia’s protean music director and conductor, pacing the orchestra in Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, Brahms’ Symphony No, 3 in F Major and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, “Reformation”


On Monday September 11 at 8 pm, Maestro Gibson and fellow faculty member and pianist Marie France Lefebvre join up in a duo piano recital that will feature the Symphonic Dances of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Brahms’ F Minor Sonata for two pianos.


On Friday September 15 at 8 pm, CCM’s Concert Orchestra will be led by Maestro Aik Khai Pung in Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff’s tone poem, Scheherezade and Cesar Franck’s fantastical thriller-set-to-music The Accursed Hunter (Le Chausseur Maudit), sure to give the orchestra’s brass section a workout.

Listen here to Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphians spooking us:


Whatever tenor Daniel Weeks chooses to sing in his solo recital on Monday September 8 at 8 pm our readers should rest assured the singing will be glorious, the selections interesting and the accompaniment by accompanist par excellence Donna Loewy spot on.



On Tuesday September 26 at 8 pm, the essays 12 Microludes for String Quartet by the Hungarian experimentalist György Kurtág, whose music may baffle but never bore the traditionalists coming to hear the Beethoven and Schumann quartets in the first half of the program.

Have a listen:


Sunday September 23, at 7:30 pm Cincinnati Song Initiative presents an all-French concert of art songs by Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger and Auric. Kenneth Griffiths curates and paces the event with vocalists Simon Barrad, Erin Keesy, Lauren McAllister, and pianists Ksenia Polstiankina Barrad and Ahyoung Jung. Admission: $21.99.

For more information visit CSI’s website:

The event will happen at Willis Music Steinway Gallery, on the downstairs level of the Kenwood Galleria, 8118 Montgomery Road (best to enter the parking lot it shares with TGI Friday’s from its side entrance on Hosbrook Road).

Rafael de Acha

All About the Arts





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