Saturday, January 12, 1 pm – MET HD – Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała and Anita Rachvelishvili. Tickets are available on line or in person from your theatre of choice.

This opera is neither a masterpiece nor an also-ran, but a gourmet musical feast for a star soprano – Anna Netrebko in this case, with the accompaniment of a terrific tenor, Piotr Beczała and the show-stopping mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili.
Here is Anna Netrebko singing Io sono l’umile ancella:
Friday, February 1, 8 pmCCMAik Khai Pung conducts the CCM Philharmonia in Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe, Boris Blacher’s Orchestral Variations on a Theme of Paganini, and Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s beloved Pathétique Symphony. Tickets: 513 556 4183

Many concerts I’ve heard played by this top-notch ensemble sounded as good as those of many a professional orchestra. Check them out.
Friday, February 8, 8 pm – CCM – Opera D’Arte in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus

Tickets: 513 556 4183 FREE

Operatic factotum Kenneth Shaw trains singers, directs, designs and produces one operatic gem every year with some sensationally talented CCM wards, this time in a film noir setting of Johann Strauss’ operetta about naughty doings in Vienna. Word to the wise: tickets all but disappear within hours of the opening of the box office.
Sunday, February 10, 2pmMusic for All Seasons in Cincinnati – Soprano Fotina Naumemko, Pianist Eben Wagenstroom and Tenor Daniel Weeks in an informal salon setting, with the audience served afternoon tea, coffee and pastries at tables while listening to music by Debussy, Tosti, Massenet, Stephen Foster, and Joaquin Turina.


Of course I recommend this series. I co-founded it six years ago. I think it is quite unique, and so does our audience.

Here’s Fotina, accompanied by the Rosiya Ensemble singing Alabiev’s The Nightingale:

Here’s Daniel singing Lonely House from Kurt Weill’s Street Scene:

Here’s Dan playing the Etude Tableaux in Eb by Rachmaninoff:

Sunday, Feb. 17, 5 pmImmaculata Chamber Series (at Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams)

Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”; Mozart’s String Quartet No. 16 in Eb Major, K. 428 and Brahms’ Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36

Information: FREE

Drive to Mt. Adams, park right by the church, have a look at the spectacular view of the Ohio River and Kentucky on the other bank and Cincinnati to your right, then go into the historic Immaculata Church and settle down to hear some beautiful music played by a new group of string players that’s already making a name for itself even before naming themselves as a group although their individual names and instruments are Kanako Shimasaki, violin; Jonathan Lee, cello; Hojoon Choi, cello and guests: Christina Nam, violin; Martin Hintz, viola; Shelby Thompson, viola; Sophie Pariot, violin, and Saeyun Lee, violin.
Friday, March 1 , 8 pm – CCM – Aik Khai Pung conducts the CCM Philharmonia in Emmanuel Chabrier’s España, Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, and Manuel de Falla’s El Sombrero de tres picos.

Tkts: 513 556 4183

Yes, I would go again, especially because of the all-Spanish theme and Maestro Aik Khai Pung’s flair for Spanish-inflected music.
Saturday, March 2, 8 pm – CCM – Kevin Michael Holzman conducts the CCM Wind Symphony in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Adagio for Wind Instruments, Paul Hindemith’s Concert Piece for Wind Instruments, Kim Pensyl’s Moving Formations and Michael Colgrass’ The Winds of Nagual. Rick VanMatre is the saxophone soloist. Tkts: 513 556 4183

Full-disclaimer: I would a walk a mile to hear my friends, saxophonist extraordinaire Rick VanMatre and jazz maven Kim Pensyl play anything. Given the music programmed we’ll be there with bells on.

Here’s Rick VanMatre with a taste of some of the tracks in his CD Lines Above:
Sunday, March 3, 3 pm – Memorial Hall – Cincinnati Matinee Musicale – Tenor Pene Pati.

Tkts: 513 977 8838

The august Cincinnati Matinee Musicale now on its 107th season brings another rising star to the Queen City. The brilliant Samoan-New Zealander tenor, Pene Pati, winner of heavens knows how many awards will make his Cincinnati debut under the banner of the CMM.

Here he is singing Salut demeure from Gounod’s Faust:
Rafael de Acha


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