Celeste Golden Boyer will take the solo violin part in Vivaldi’s The Seasons. 

Kimberly and I just got back from one of those days that makes one feel grateful to be living in Cincinnati, highlighted by a wonderfully crafted, curated, and played concert at the Taft (be sure to check out the Ansel Adams exhibition before it closes), helmed by violinist Manami White, with violinist Amy Kiradjieff, violist Heidi Yenney and bassist Tom Guth, with a few selections played by Eckart Preu, and cellist Coleman Itzkoff playing up a storm in a Haydn Divertimento. All of this was thematically linked by Jane Austen and the Regency period (that’s when George III went bonkers and they put his son on the job to keep things together…)

But you would not know bonkers from the music played today, which was a becalming mix of the well-worn (Beethoven, Handel, Mozart) with the obscure (Dalayrac …Pleyel…) But this is less than a review and more of a preview, so suffice for you to know that it was lovely and civilized, and that Summermusik has some gems in store up ahead.

Read on.

Tuesday August 7 @ 7:30 PM Chamber Crawl at Microbrass@ Fretboard – CCO Brass Section players, led by trumpeter Wesley Woolard sharing Mozart, Purcell, Monteverdi, Mascagni, Puccini, Wagner, Gershwin and Freddie Mercury (!) with guest soprano, Melissa Harvey.

Saturday August 11 @ 7:30 PM The Four Seasons Imagined – at the SCPA – Mind you, the opener is a world premiere of Draumalandið by Valgeir Sigurðsson (don’t even try to pronounce it) an Icelandic composer whose magically conceived music can haunt you for days.

Leave it to Eckart Preu to rattle our preconceptions: he is pairing this up in the same evening with Max Richter’s reinvention (!) of Vivaldi’s The Seasons followed by the…mmm…traditional one. Celeste Golden Boyer, the orchestra’s concertmistress will take the solo violin part, and the entire CCO will help us all forget this heat wave as they take us through Vivaldi’s spring rainstorms, snowy evenings and autumnal landscapes in nice weather music.

Sunday August 12 @ 4:00 pm The Carnegie in NewportPostcards from the Sky, with musical messages from Marjan Mozetich, Vivaldi (encore), Alan Hovahness, and Max Richter (encore) with Preu and Golden Boyer center stage.

And that’s just this week at Summermusik.  Tickets and information: