Music from La Belle Époque

Much of the music in our program comes from the so-called La Belle Époque, a period of peace, economic prosperity, and intense creativity in the humanities and the arts. It was a time during which music reflected the elegance and the love of beauty that dominated European society until the outbreak of the Great War.

The audience for our afternoon musical salon on Sunday February 10, 2019 at 2 pm will be seated at tables. Complimentary tea, coffee, and pastries will be served.


Soprano Fotina Naumenko, whom the Boston Globe described as a “radiant voice” returns to Cincinnati to appear with Music for All Seasons. The CCM alumna recently appeared with the Ravinia Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Norway’s St. Olav Festival. She will be singing Claude Debussy’s gorgeous Four Songs of Youth, Russian Songs by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff, and a selection of arias from Jules Massenet’s Manon. Here she is, singing Alabiev‘s The Nightingale

phillip goistJapanese-American violinist Kanako Shimasaki will be joined by cellist Phillip Goist playing Reinhold Gliere’s enchanting Eight Duets for Violin and Cello. Here is Kanako Shimasaki playing the final moments of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto:

EBEN Final CopySouth African pianist Eben Wagenstroom, will perform the exquisite Fantastical Dances by Joaquin Turina. Here’s Eben, seven years ago tackling Rachmaninoff’s Etude – Tableau in E-flat Major:

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