Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stravinsky at Music Hall

Another classical music sensation, Igor Stravinsky, graced the Music Hall stage multiple times during the twentieth century. At one such concert in 1965, the famous composer and conductor is remembered conducting his own composition, The Fairy’s Kiss.

What’s happening this weekend at Music Hall? The CSO and Cincinnati Opera join forces in the final installment of the Pelleas Trilogy with director James Darrah. Naomi O’Connell, Philip Addis, Russell Braun, and Nancy Maultsby are soloists. Concerts are Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rachmaninoff at Music Hall

This month, Clef Notes is taking a look at a few of the international stars who have performed inside Music Hall throughout its rich history. We are also highlighting the various celebratory performances that take place in the hall as part of its grand re-opening events this month.

Did you know that the great pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff performed on the Music Hall stage not once, but three times? In 1910, he performed his Second Piano Concerto alongside the CSO. He returned the following season and years later during the 1937–38 season. He even was offered the position of music director in 1918, but politely declined. He preferred to further his career as a traveling virtuoso.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leonard Bernstein at Music Hall

Did you know that famed conductor, composer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein made his Cincinnati debut on the stage of Music Hall in 1945? He was just 26 at the time! He would appear again multiple times over the years in Cincinnati, in the 40s, and again in the 70s.

What’s happening this weekend as part of the grand re-opening events at Music Hall? John Morris Russell leads the Cincinnati Pops in music by John Williams including Star Wars! Audiences will also enjoy a world premiere of an unpublished work by Williams – the theme from Schindler’s List adapted for orchestra and solo cello. Concerts are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm!