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The Road Home

I have performed in Asia many times with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as well as with other orchestras. However, our CSO tour to China this past March was also a deeply meaningful personal journey for me. Our CSO tour lasted [...] more >>

Owen Lee
July 9th, 2017
 
Ending with a Crash and Series of Tinkles: Andy Akiho’s Ricochet

Andy Akiho’s new concerto, Ricochet, takes the idea of rhythm and makes it the center point of his whole piece. The piece opens with an extensive violin solo, but not a cadenza in the way that we’ve come to expect [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
July 7th, 2017
 
Dvořák’s Legacy Jiří Bělohlávek (1946-2017)

Acknowledged as “the most profound proponent of Czech orchestral music,” conductor Jiří Bělohlávek has died aged 71. He is best remembered for his radiant interpretations of Janáček and Martinů, two towering voices that forcefully carried the rich legacy of Czech [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
July 6th, 2017
 
Not your Grandma’s Harpsichord Elisabeth Chojnacka (1939-2017)

I am sure you have seen popular culture caricatures of double-chinned, middle-aged chaps with fluffy powdered-wigs playing keyboard instruments producing a metallic sound? The instrument, of course, is the harpsichord and it has been around for a while. The earliest [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
July 5th, 2017
 
Please Stop the Music!

Extraordinary, isn’t it? It’s a classical concert, so presumably the audience are there because they want to hear classical music – and yet the bar is playing “bad pop” (and those two words cover a multitude of sins!).

by Frances Wilson
July 4th, 2017
 
Forgotten Pianists: Mieczysław Horszowski

At his death at age 100, just one month short of his 101st birthday, the Polish and later American pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski (1892-1993) had one of the long-lasting careers in the performing arts. His age puts him with other pianists [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
July 3rd, 2017
 
Paris, Texas & Pearls Wim Wenders directs Bizet’s Pearl Fishers in Berlin

George Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (Les Pȇcheurs de Perles) is a work of such notorious boredom that is it easy to understand the decision of the Berlin Staatsoper (still in its temporary home in the Schiller Theater) to spice it [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
July 1st, 2017
 
Extraordinary splashes of colour Music and Synaesthesia

Synaesthesia is a physiological ‘condition’ which literally means “a fusion of the senses”. Its incidence is considered to be about one in every two thousand people, though it may be far commoner, and it is more common in women than [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 27th, 2017