Cincinnati Memorial Hall 005_1Nobody is in a hurry to get to November. But since the time when all the leaves fall from the trees and the music season kicks into high gear is fast approaching, here’s our list of top choices to help one and all plan ahead:

JS BACH – MASS IN B MINOR – Saturday November 4th at 4 PM in Christ Church Cathedral. Earl Rivers conducts the CCM Philharmonia, the CCM Chamber Choir and CCM student soloists in Bach’s masterpiece. Tickets: $15. Information:

CINCINNATI SONG INITIATIVE – Saturday November 11th at 7:30 PM in the recital hall of Willis Music. Samuel Martin’s group gives its second all-French art song recital of the season. Tickets: $22. Information:

VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE ( – Sunday November 12th at 5 PM The VAE celebrates its return to Memorial Hall joining forces with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in choral music by JS Bach, Mozart and Diorio. Tickets from $25.

ARIEL QUARTET – Tuesday November 14th at 8 PM – The Ariel Quartet is joined by violist, Donald Weilerstein and pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein in music by Janáček, Shostakovich and Mozart. Tickets: $25. Information:

CONCERT:NOVA – Friday November 17th at 7 PM in the Great Hall of the Cincinnati Art Museum – Cellist Hiro Matsuo helms performances sections of J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, the String Quartet No.4 of Michael Ippolito, and the Grosse Fugue by Beethoven in tandem with MamLuft&Co. Dance. Tickets: $25 to $35 Information:

LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S CANDIDE – November 16, 17, 18 at 8 PM and 19th at 2 PM – Just a few weeks shy of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the composer of the Broadway hits West Side Story, On the Town, and Wonderful Town, CCM’s Opera Department brings Bernstein’s mix of Opera and Musical Comedy, Candide to Cincinnati. Tickets $31-$35. Information:

LINTONMUSIC ( and the CSO ( Friday November 24th and 25th at 8 PM, cellist Truls Mørk joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra playing the Cello Concerto no. 1 by Dimitri Shostakovich. Then, on the following two days, Sunday November 26th and Monday November 27th, the Norwegian cellist plays with the CSO’s concertmaster Timothy Lees and pianist Michael Chertok in a program that includes music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Dvořák as part of Linton Music.

The Sunday concert is at 4 PM, in Avondale’s First Unitarian Church, at 536 Linton Street; the Monday concert is at 7:30 PM in Congregation Beth Adam’s sanctuary at 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road. Tickets (for Linton) $35; Tickets (for CSO) – from $14.

Happy seeing and listening!

Rafael de Acha                    All about the Arts                    October 18, 2017

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