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Music Now 2015: Coda

This year’s Music Now Festival was bigger and better than ever.  I did not make it to everything, nor did I love everything that I heard, but much of what I did hear was spectacular.  224 more words


Music Now 2015: Saturday 3/14

  Saturday’s Music Now concert featured the world premiere of “Collider” by the Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason.  Inspired by the the Large Hadron Collider based at the CERN laboratory, this work uses a gigantic orchestra.   728 more words


Music Now 2015: Friday 3/13

   On Friday, the Music Now festival returned to Music Hall.

The evening began with a small recital in the Corbett Tower featuring works by composers present at the festival and by John Sebastian Bach.  867 more words


Black History Month Spotlight: William Grant Still

Long known as the Dean of African American composers, Dr. William Grant Still was a legend in his own lifetime.

Dr. Still, who wrote more than 150 compositions ranging from operas to arrangements of folk themes, is best known as a pioneer. 369 more words


Video 2x1: Classical Reworkings

Less popular than it was say, ahem, 30 or 40 years ago, this is the practice of taking a classical piece and making it prog-rock, jazz-fusion or even disco (you know the ones). 147 more words


Stage Notes for Feb. 1

A potpourri of arts news items from local and national sources.

Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park

New Dept. of Transportation rule to help violin-toting musicians

A new rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation requires airlines to allow musicians to board with their priceless Strads and other small musical instruments.This may not seem like a big deal to the average public — some of whom arrive with garbage-bag sized carry-ons and clamor to stuff it all in the overhead. 343 more words

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