Music and poetry just as you like it


It’s nice to see arts organizations working with each other, and Samuel Martin’s Cincinnati Song Initiative is very good at this. His As You Like It: Shakespeare in Song and Word is coming up the very day that daylight saving time begins: Sunday March 11, at 3PM, at the Lutheran Church on 1208 Race Street.

Presented in partnership with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the collaboration will feature Deborah Lifton, Ricardo Rivera-Soto, Chris Dimaras, Samuel Martin and members of the Shakespeare troupe in songs set to the Bard’s words back-to-back with excerpts of his plays and poetry.

For tickets:


Mozart opera set in modern-day Coney Island

These days anything goes. The MET is trotting out yet another updated production of a standard opera. This time the target is Cosi fan tutte, Mozart’ comedy of mistaken identities and mixed up relationships, whose Italian language title defies translation. Meaning something like: That’s the way they all do it, the opera tells the story of what happens when two couples exchange partners as a result of a wager.

You can bet that the singing will be good even if the funhouse setting has little to do with Mozart’s music. In the youthful cast Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara and baritone Christopher Maltman will drive the action, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka providing top-notch singing as the four confused lovers.

Look for your local movie listings with details on the HD presentation on Saturday March 31 at midday.


CCM in March…lots of Leonard Bernstein and more

MUSICAL – March 1-4 – Jesus Christ Superstar
CONCERT – Friday March 2 – Bernstein, Khachaturian, Strauss
JAZZ – Sunday March 4 at 2 PM – CCM Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Benny Goodman
CHORAL – Thursday March 8 at 8 PM – Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms
CHAMBER MUSIC – Thursday March 20 at 8 PM – Ariel Quartet
OPERA – March 22-25 – Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica
ORCHESTRAL – Friday March 30 at 8 PM –  Bernstein, Strauss, Brahms
Tickets and Information: 513 556 4183

GREAT HALL 007Cincinnati Art Museum
Cagnacci: Painting Beauty and Death opens on March 23
Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors opens on March 30
Still running: William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance
Still running: Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a Valise
Information: 513-721-2787


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