When the Fall Music Season gets up to speed in Cincinnati there will be more events to chose from than days in the week. Here I share our list of Top Picks for you to pick and choose.

Chamber Music Cincinnati ( )

Marc-André Hamelin, one of the finest pianists of his generation, is the first artist in Chamber Music Cincinnati ’s 2017-18 line-up. He will play a program ambitiously including several Liszt Leviathans plus rarities by Samuel Feinberg and Edward Godowsky. At Memorial Hall on Monday September 18 at 7:30 pm


Cincinnati Song Initiative (
Samuel Martin’s one-of-a-kind Cincinnati Song Initiative is here again, starting up its second season of vocal music concerts. Their first event this fall features music by Milhaud, Honegger, Poulenc, and Auric. Three singers and three pianists will be sharing the all-French program on Saturday, September 23, at 7:30pm at the intimate Willis Music Steinway GallerCincinnati Symphony Orchestra (






Cincinnati celebrates the opening of the newly-renovated Music Hall with Louis Langrée and the CSO in a program that includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and the world premiere of a work by Jonathan Bailey Holland commissioned by the CSO for the opening of Music Hall on Friday, October 6 at 8 pm, with a repeat of the same program the following day at the same time.


It’s much easier to say CCM than to wrap one’s mouth around College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and it is an even bigger challenge to list all of the events CCM offers that are Top Picks for us. That said, here are just two of the dozens of concerts that will be taking in this fall as CCM celebrates its 150th Anniversary:


Tenor, Daniel Weeks with pianist, Donna Loewy, on September 18 at 8 pm, in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, in a program of vocal music in various languages including a triptych of songs by Franz Liszt.

thAmy Johnson

The CCM Philharmonia, led by Maestro Mark Gibson play an all-Italian themed concert: Berlioz- Harold in Italy; Respighi – Fountains of Rome, and Act I of Puccini’s Tosca with Amy Johnson, soprano and Kenneth Shaw, bass-baritone.

Coming up at CCM…look out for concerts by the Ariel Quartet, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, an all-Sondheim review directed by Aubrey Berg, Bernstein’s Candide and more orchestral concerts by the CCM Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra.


concert:nova (

Artistic Directors Ixi Chen and Martin Garcia have concocted an enticing season for concert:nova that opens on October 22 at 5 pm and at 7:30 pm with two back-to-back events that feature food, drink and music  in equal portions at Dutch’s Larder.

Later on, on November 13 & 14, at 7:30pm, in the Great Hall of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Hiro Matsuo leads an exploration of J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, Michael Ippolito’s String Quartet No.4, and the Grosse Fugue by Ludwig van Beethoven, with Jimmy Cunningham of the Cincinnati Ballet providing a kinetic response to the music.


Linton Chamber Music (

The 4pm Sunday Linton Chamber Music concerts at the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, and the 7:30pm Monday evening concerts at Congregation Beth Adam of Loveland are both indispensable elements of the music scene in town. Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo join Cynthia Phelps, Bella Hristova, and Peter Serkin in the first pair of Linton concerts this season, on October 1 and 2 playing Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

Matinee Musicale Cincinnati (
Having lived since 1912 through two World Wars and endured the ups and downs of non-profit arts, the redoubtable Matinee Musicale Cincinnati will begin its 105th season with 17-year old violin prodigy Joshua Brown playing Mozart, Prokofiev, Kreusler, Szymanowski, Schumann and Waxman on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the recently refurbished Memorial Hall.
Happy Listening!

Rafael de Acha    All About the Arts

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