SPRING IS HERE and music’s in the air – part one

“The sun is shining where clouds have been. Maybe it’s something to do with spring!”

Thus sang Noël Coward, and a chorus of winter-weary concertgoers joins in celebrating the timid arrival of spring in our still rainy and chilly Queen City.

But head for any number of concert venues over the next couple months and you will be in for a musical treat and a reprieve from the nasty outdoors. This time around we focus on four of the small and mid-sized arts organizations that channel their precious $$$ into the art and the artists, rather than their marketing.

cho638 MATINEE MUSICALE still around

I don’t know anyone who was alive and going to concerts in 1912, which is the year Matinee Musicale began operations. Remarkable that they are still around and going strong as the foremost presenters of concert artists in Cincinnati! Our friends at MMC sent, no sooner I asked, an email detailing what they have up their sleeves this spring: Brandon Cho, cellist, on Sunday, April 14 at 3 pm, in Memorial Hall and...


Reed Tetzloff, pianist, on Sunday, May 19 at 3 pm. also in Memorial Hall


IMG_8236 SALON 21 tickles the ivories

Concertgoers continue to rejoice over Salon 21’s success. On May 2nd at 7pm, pianist Talon Smith will play in the welcoming atmosphere of the Weston Art Gallery.         

Dancing Interludes is up next on May 23rd at 7pm, at the Mercantile Library, where violinist Rebecca Culnan will collaborate with pianist Jill Jantzen in a program of piano settings of folk songs and dances from across many centuries and from all over the world.


48398869_1943586305690599_3019507582709530624_n IMMACULATE MUSIC at IMMACULATA 

Plan on coming early and parking for free in the lot next to the church… Next step out, weather permitting, and enjoy one of the nicest views of Cincinnati, the Ohio River, and Kentucky beyond. Then go inside, pick your pew and settle down to listen to Kanako Shimasaki, Christina Nam, Jack Bogard, Sophie Pariot, Judy Huang, Martin Hintz, Jonathan Lee and Hojoon Choi make heavenly music at Immaculata Chamber Music Series on May 5 at 5PM. In the program: Beethoven String Quartet No. 11, Op. 59 “Serioso”, Shostakovich String Quartet No. 7, Op. 108, and Mendelssohn Octet, Op. 20.

Free admission. Donations are welcome and you get brownie points in Heaven.


How about an opera from 1821 about a community obsessed with guns? Talk about art imitating life! Weber’s iconic Der Freischütz re-titled The Magic Bullets and given in a new edition by up and coming conductor Isaac Selya’s Queen City Opera (queencityopera.org) will get two performances, one on Friday May 31st at 8 pm ad one on Sunday June 2nd at 3 pm at the Finneytown Performing Arts Center (8916 Fontainebleau Terrace). Bass-baritone Brandon Morales returns to Cincinnati to star in the bad-guy role of Caspar. Testing his marksmanship, tenor M. Andrew Jones sings the role of Max and vies for the love of soprano Erin Keesey’s Agathe.

Next week: concert:nova, CCM, CSO, May Festival

Rafael de Acha     http://www.RafaelMusicNotes.com