untitledCincinnati’s music season has begun and it will soon reach full speed ahead. In my calendar I have five must-see events between now and the end of the month, and nine more in the-can’t-wait-list spaced out through October. Let me share them with you.

9/22/18/7:30 pm – Alma de España – Cincinnati Song Initiative opens its 2018-2019 line up with an all-Spanish concert with soprano Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano Paulina Villareal, and guitarist Bill Willits bringing to the Queen City the music of Mompou, Rodrigo, Lorca and other Iberians at the Willis Music Steinway Gallery. TKTS: $35 includes a champagne reception after the concert.

9/23/18/5:00 pm – Immaculata Concerts at Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams (free parking at the church just in case you wondered!) opens its 2018-2019 series with string players Christina Nam, Holly Nelson, Kanako Shimasaki, Judy Huang, Hojoon Choi, and Jonathan Lee playing a concert of music by Haydn (Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1) and Schubert – his String Quintet. FREE.

9/24/18/8:00 pm – At Werner Hall in CCM. Daniel Weeks, tenor and Donna Loewy, piano celebrate the Art of Song in a rare and not-to-be-missed offering of Spanish canciones, Lieder by Liszt, and American songs by Tom Cipullo. FREE.

9/27/18/5:00 pm – At Werner Hall in CCM. Two brilliant young pianists in a recital of music for piano-four hands. Make note of these names: Yaoyue Hueng and Scott Sherman. You’ll be buying tickets to their concerts in the near future. This time it’s FREE.

9/30/18/3:00 pm – At Memorial Hall. Matinee Musicale kicks off its 106th season with the Cincinnati debut of the Akropolis Reed Quintet. TKTS: Memorial Hall Box Office.

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