Friday 2 – OPERA D’ARTE at CCM at 7:30 pm. FREE

A triple bill of one act operas, including Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone. Additional performances on Saturday and Sunday.
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Saturday 10 – MET HD on screens at various theatres at 12 noon

Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) With South African soprano, Pretty Yende as Adina and Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino.
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Sunday 11 at 2:00 pmMUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS at Historic Peterloon Estate

Featuring Shareese Arnold, soprano; Amy Gillingham, cello; Christina Lalog, piano and Kimberly Daniel, narrator. Presented in cooperation with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati. Music by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Wagner, Chopin, Schubert and Strauss. Tickets and information:

Friday 16 at 8:00 pm at CCMFUN AND GAMES

Music by Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein with Aik Khai Pung conducting the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. Tickets and information:

Tuesday 20 at 8:00 pm at CCMStuart Skelton, tenor in concert.                                           Tickets and information:

Thursday 22 at 8:00 pm at CCMJesus Christ Superstar                                                      Tickets and information:

Friday 23 at 11 am at Music HallCincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by Juraj Valcuha and featuring violinist Simone Lamsma in music by Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein and Erich Korngold. Tickets and information:

Sunday 25 at 7 pm at Music Hall – Broadway Star Audra McDonald sings from the American Song Book of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin, accompanied by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Tickets and information:





MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS (WWW.MUSICSEASONSCINCINNATI.COM), now in its fifth season, presenting Classical and Traditional Music concerts in Cincinnati is inviting musicians to submit resumes for consideration, prior to an interview.

Pianists (both soloists and collaborative), vocalists (both Classical and other) and instrumentalists are invited to contact us by email at

Interested artists are encouraged to attach a Sound Cloud or You Tube link to their emails. Hard copies of resumes are preferred to email attachments, and may be sent to Rafael de Acha, Music Seasons, PO Box 43172, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243.

Thank You for your interest.




“Heavy road, remote buildings…an approximate definition… I’m on the road…fog pressing upon me from every side…words, whispers, mutterings…a vacant structure…” Thus begins Turkish poet Murathan Mungan’s Bells in the Mist, the inspiration for Mahir Cetiz’s composition of the same title.

Written for small chamber ensembles and solo instruments, Cetir’s works are severe, sparse, rigorous compositions, perfect vehicles for Anairesis, a Metier CD of New Music (msv92107).

Featuring the excellent Anairesis Ensemble, led by British conductor Matthew Cory and generous in its employ of the lighter instruments of the percussion family, Mist Bells’ use of small cymbals, vibraphone, crotales, and tam tams, accompanying a woodwind ensemble in tandem with violin, cello and piano trio, creates a dream-like sonic landscape that envelops the listener much like the fog in Mungan’s poem..

Panayiotis DemopoulosTheme and Variations on a Villota by Filippo Azzaiolo, is a intriguing set of variations for woodwind ensemble that uses a 16th century song by a lesser-known Renaissance composer.

Demoulos’ Three Songs for bass voice and piano tap into texts by the late Brazilian poetess Cecilia Meireles, the British Ursula Vaughan Williams, and Aeschylus.

Of Seventh Doors, for cello and piano is a musical homage to Béla Bartók that responds to the Hungarian master’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle by assigning the roles of protagonist and antagonist to each of the two instruments in the composition.
Panayiotis Demopoulos, piano (ddv24166) features in yet another fine release by Divine Art, a very fine pianist, as evidenced by his playing of the Three Intermezzi, Op.117 by Brahms and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

The artist excels in all three of these Romantic miniatures: delicate in the E flat Lullaby, elegant in the B flat minor, intense in the C sharp minor.

The seasonal connotations of the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter of Panayiotis’ composition Four Farewells for Piano are not of the weather variety, but of a sentimental nature, dedicated to the composer’s two most important mentors and each written at different times of the year. They provide a bracing contrast to the Brahms and Mussorgsky compositions that occupy the remainder of this CD.

Well-written program notes accompany these two nicely packaged and carefully engineered CD’s.

Rafael de Acha            All About the Performing Arts                 January 16, 2018



An evening of music, interwoven with experiences of local Holocaust survivors, and with the stories of a number of violins that once were silenced by the Holocaust, will be the focus and subject of a concert featuring a group of some of Cincinnati’s finest musicians.

For the past two decades, Israeli violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein has labored to restore violins once played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Nine of these historic instruments will travel to Cincinnati to be played in concert at Music Hall on January 23. This is made possible by the Holocaust & Humanity Center.

ON Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:30 PM AT Music Hall, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra conducted by Eckart Preu, and featuring as soloist Concertmaster Celeste Golden Boyer will play two movements from Gideon Klein’s 1944 Partita. There will be solo performances by Ilya Finkelshteyn, Michael Chertock, Giora Schmidt, Elena Kholodova, Gershon Gerchikov, Alexandra Kazovsky, Simon Barrad and Kseniia Polstiankina.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION: OR CALL (513) 621-2787 OR visit the Music Hall Box Office at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
As a prelude to the Violins of Hope concert, The Cincinnati Museum Center will host an evening with James Grymes, author of the book, Violins of Hope, on Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 PM at the Public Library Downtown Branch.

Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.

This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a book signing by the author after the event.
The Holocaust and Humanity Center will also hold a free concert for students and senior citizens on Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 AM.

For more information contact Trinity Johnson at 513-487-3055 or by email at



26170950_1407883352654779_1884893448592870327_oEven though Salon 21 has been around for more than a couple of years, this compact musical enterprise that can and will is just now starting to hit its stride after being singled out for kudos in Time Out as Best of Cincinnati.

Led by two young women, Jill Jantzen its Artistic Director, and Katie Personke, a member of its growing board and a miracle-working volunteer, the plucky project is, in the words of its leaders, “a concert series that breaks down barriers between performer and audience.”

And break barriers they do through no-nonsense, come as you are, up close, no longer than one hour but hang out a little longer and mingle, gatherings of lovers of music of all kinds.

The featured artists are fast-rising young local pros who play and sing everything from Jazz to Mozart on or to the accompaniment of acoustic Steinways and digital Yamahas.

The concerts happen anywhere except in formal concert halls. One day you might find them in the Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff, and another at a Mercantile Library. Or in your living room, if you reach out to them and invite them in, as they invite you.

The audience is eclectic: young downtown urbanites, millenials, baby boomers, retirees, young professionals after work, music devotees, all sitting casually around the musicians, sipping a glass of wine and tuning in to music made vibrant and alive by the closeness to its source.

Salon 21’s fourth season continues with Explorations in Improvisation. The featured artist is Cincinnatian jazz pianist Ben Tweedt.

“I started on the piano from a very young age with classical training,” said Tweedt. “I always had an interest and aptitude for expanding on the things I played and transposing the pieces I worked on. The creative outlet I had been looking for turned out to be improvisation, particularly jazz. I try to allow my compositions and solos to be influenced by as many of the different kinds of music that I love as I can.”

On Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 7 PM at the Weston Art Gallery, inside the Aronoff, Ben will reveal just how music was improvised before someone told someone there was only one way to play things. Take a listen to his take on a jazz classic and hear just what this young musician can do to demystify Misty, the 1954 Erroll Garner standard. Listen to Ben play Misty:

Come to Salon 21 on January 25th, 2018 at 7 pm and hear Ben in Explorations in Improvisation. The concert begins at 7 p.m. but come before, mingle, have a glass of wine and drop a $10 voluntary contribution into the hands of whoever is at the door to welcome you. You’ll want to come back for their next concert.

More information at or contact Katie Personke, Salon 21 Public Relations at Also visit them on Facebook. All About the Performing Arts January 8, 2018

Music for All Seasons at Peterloon on February 11 at 2 pm

Shareese ArnoldMusic for All Seasons at Peterloon on February 11 at 2 pm

First of all, Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

Our first Music for All Seasons at Peterloon concert of 2018 is fast approaching, and we want to make sure you won’t miss the music being sung and played by a superb group of artists in the welcoming and intimate environment of Cincinnati’s historic Peterloon Estate. All revenues from ticket sales are donated to the Scholarship Fund of the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.

Many of you might remember Shareese Arnold, whose impressive soprano voice will perfectly suit the Six Romances, opus 38 of Sergei Rachmaninoff that she will sing in the first half of our February 11, 2 pm program. Shareese returns to share her talent with our Cincinnati audience after successful appearances with Cincinnati Song Initiative and the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, co-presenter of our concert, to sing the music of the 20th century Russian master and a group of arias by Richard Wagner: Senta’s dranatic Ballad from Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Elsa’s poignant Einsam in trüben Tagen from Lohengrin, and Elisabeth’s joyous greeting to music, Dich, teure Halle from Tannhäuser

Accompanying Shareese Arnold is pianist Christine Seal, a valuable artist who has appeared with us in the past. Christine will pace three large-scale piano works of Franz Liszt inspired by the music of Wagner: the Spinning Song from Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), the Song to the Evening Star from Tannhäuser and the Entrance of the Gods to Valhalla from Das Rheingold.

Also in our program, and making her first appearance with us is the extraordinary cellist, Amy Gillingham, who will solo Fredric Chopin’s rarely heard Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65, one of the few works of the Polish Romantic composer written for an instrument other than the piano.

Kimberly Daniel de Acha joins our other artists to add her narrating skills to two melodramas, a type of musical composition for speaking voice and piano popular in the 19th century: Farewell to the World by Franz Schubert, and The Castle by the Sea, by Richard Strauss.

The estimable Polish-American visual artist Anna Van Matre will exhibit a group of her works in the rooms of the Peterloon mansion, a new feature that will accompany and enhance this and our upcoming concerts with the work of Ohio/Kentucky artists.

An informal get-together with the artists, over tea, coffee and pastries will follow the concert.

WHAT and WHERE: Music for All Seasons at Peterloon on February 11 at 2 pm at Peterloon Estate at 8605 Hopewell Road, in the Village of Indian Hill. RESERVATIONS: / TICKETS: $35; FLEXIBLE 4-TICKET PASSES: $120 INFORMATION:; ;



By giving his Sono Luminus CD the title of WINDOWS, pianist Bruce Levingston’s hints at a clue as to what he might have had in mind when he decided to include Schumann’s Kinderszenen in the same album with David Bruce’s The Shadow of a Blackbird and James Matheson’s Windows.

No three works could at first hearing be more dissimilar. And yet, as one revisits this felicitous tripartite pairing of pianistic works from three different music worlds one gradually comes to understand their many commonalities. All three are miniature depictions of scenes from the realms of memory and of the imagination, spiritual windows into states of the soul.

Bruce Levingston gives a sensitive, soulful, interpretation of Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood (Kinderszenen), always mindful of Schumann’s very specific tempo markings yet never afraid of underpinning his playing with his own musical points of view. Note, as one wonderful moment of many, how he makes the near stasis of The Poet Speaks (Der Dichter Spricht) a meaningful finale to this cycle of fifteen exquisite miniatures. Livingston then caps the Schumann section of the CD with an idiomatically flawless Arabesque.

All four of the compositions in this CD are essentially Romantic works, even though Bruce’s The Shadow of the Blackbird’s and Matheson’s Windows’ lack of tonal centers and complex harmonic structures are as far removed from Schumann’s 1818 naïve Romanticism as any composition could be. The programming of these three composers’ works in one CD is daring and utterly successful.

Windows uses plumbing bass figures pitted against delicate filigrees in the upper octaves of the piano in Jeremiah, sudden outbursts of tonal clusters in Isaiah and minimalism in Crucifixion and The Good Samaritan all to express a transfixed deep spirituality. In The Rose, Matheson achieves a higher level of intensity by again using ostinato figures in the lower register of the keyboard.

The composers’ styles are as remote from Schumann’s crystalline melodies and child-like wonderment at the simplicity of life as any music can be, yet there is kinship among these three compositions, giving the listener a program that coalesces and provides over an hour of pleasure, thanks to the devotedly committed playing of Bruce Levingston, an elegant musician whose playing is ever self-effacing and always at the service of the music.

This Sono Luminus elegantly packaged, well engineered and intelligently annotated release should be a welcome addition to the libraries of those who, like this writer, love great piano music in the hands of master players.

Rafael de Acha All About the Arts January 1, 2018