Former Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra member, Kazem Abdullah to make CSO conducting debut

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs with the mighty forces of the May Festival Chorus for its Thursday and Sunday, October 9 & 11 concerts, featuring a stirring performance of Stravinky’s cantata King of the Stars under the direction of guest conductor Kazem Abdullah.

Kazem Abdullah, lauded for his “superb, sensitively detailed conducting” by Financial Times, is one of the most watched up-and-coming talents on the podium today. The CSO is delighted to welcome Mr. Abdullah, a former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and first-ever recipient of the Norman Johns Scholarship for the CSYO, for his CSO conducting debut. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in clarinet performance, Abdullah joined the New World Symphony as a clarinetist under Michael Tilson Thomas. He was appointed by Music Director James Levine to the position of Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he worked with such conductors as Lorin Maazel and current CSO Music Director Louis Langrée. Read more

Midpoint Music Festival Happy Hour Pop-Up Shows: Eli’s BBQ Sessions At Historic Herzog Studios



811 Race Street, floor #2

THURS 9/25 – 6ish-10ish FREE
FRIDAY 9/26 - 6ish-10ish FREE
SAT 9/27 - With MPMF wristband – 2ish to 6ish

ANNOUNCING THE TIGERLILLIES to kick-off Friday happy hour at 6pm!! (last local show until their 25th anniversary at Woodward Theater on 11/22) Read more

Seattle’s LONESOME SHACK (Alive Naturalsound Records) returns to MOTR Pub on Friday, October 24

Lonesome Shack

Lonesome Shack

Friday, October 24, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 10pm

Lonesome Shack began in the isolation of southwestern New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness, where songwiter Ben Todd hunkered down in the shack he built and studied the music of the American folk and blues lineage. Today Lonesome Shack’s songs continue to be informed by these early explorations as they combine the sounds of post-WWII electric country blues with a new approach to boogie.

In 2007 Todd moved to Seattle and within a year joined up with drummer Kristian Garrard (Thousands). Together they recorded and released the “Bound to Die” LP in 2009, “Falling Down on Your Floor” EP in 2009, “Slidin Boa” LP in 2010, and completed two west coast tours and two national tours. With the recent addition of bassist Luke Bergman (Also a member of Thousands) the band has become heavier and more rhythm-focused. As a three piece the recorded their last two albums,”City Man” and “More Primitive”. The band finds influence in the Georgia drumbeat styles of James Davis, the one chord drone blues of Junior Kimbrough, and the high energy boogie of John Lee Hooker. When performing live, they are known to stir a subdued crowd into a fevered dance party. Read more

Nightflyer to Perform at Next Verity Traditions 10/9 at Miami University Middletown



Miami University Middletown’s Verity Traditions program will host an evening of bluegrass music with Nightflyer from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 in Verity Lodge.

Nightflyer offers a dynamic mix of bluegrass — traditional, contemporary, a little gospel and a touch of the blues thrown in to make for an entertaining evening. Named in honor of Tony Rice’s song and album of the same name, Nightflyer consists of a group of talented professionals hailing from Southwestern Ohio. The band’s lead singer and guitarist Richard Propps, consistently receives rave reviews on his powerful and often awe-inspiring vocals and excellent guitar playing. Read more

Renowned Pianist Emanuel Ax To Perform With Louis Langrée & The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Classical pianist Emanuel Ax returns to grace the Music Hall stage with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for its Friday and Saturday, September 26-27 concerts, featuring the exquisite Chopin Concerto No. 2.

A favorite of Cincinnati audiences, Emanuel Ax has grown in esteem since he first entered the public eye 40 years ago after winning the first Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Competition in 1974. He has worked with legendary artists such as Itzhak Perlman, and has won several Grammy Awards, both for his solo recordings and for his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma.

Music Director Louis Langrée will lead the orchestra in a program that also includes Debussy’s highly popular impressionistic La Mer, known for its sublime depiction of the sea. Also on the program is Ravel’s Une barque sur l’océan (“A Boat on the Ocean”) and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. Read more

The Toasters, America’s longest-running ska band, return to MOTR Pub on Thursday, October 23


The Toasters

The Toasters

Thursday, October 23, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 10pm

The Toasters, are “Ska Pioneers” (Billboard magazine) and boldly go where no ska band has gone before. Having been compared to the Ramones, due to their longevity and adherence to core principles, the Toasters are held to be one of most influential ska bands out there. Their lean, mean ska machine has galvanized audiences and musicians alike with their embrace of the Jamaica-born pop music style that overwhelmed England in the 1960′s, migrated to America in the early 1980s, and went global in the 1990s. The hallmark Toasters sound sits at the nexus of Reggae, Jazz, Punk and Soul and is the musical equivalent of a brass knuckle-duster. Read more

The Quebe Sisters to Perform at Miami University Hamilton On Saturday 9/27


Middletown, OH – The Quebe Sisters with special guest Tim Shelton will perform at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The Quebe Sisters are known for bringing three part harmony to Western swing, jazz, vintage country and traditional Texas style fiddling. In 2007 they were the winners of the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and winners of the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. Read more

Cincinnati Opera Announces 2015 Summer Festival Repertoire and Casting

Cincinnati Opera proudly announces repertoire and casting highlights for the company’s 2015 Summer Festival. The company’s 95th anniversary season will feature four operas, including the world premiere of Morning Star, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by William M. Hoffman, originally announced in April 2014.

The 2015 Summer Festival, which runs from June 18 to July 31, will open with Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Next, Cincinnati Opera proudly presents the world premiere of Morning Star with seven performances in the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The season continues at Music Hall with Gaetano Donizetti’s delightful comedy Don Pasquale, and will close with a stunning new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Read more

Photos – Jarekus Singleton, 9/22/14, WNKU Studio 89, Highland Heights, KY

Jarekus Singleton

Jarekus Singleton

Photos by Scott Preston

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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra And John Morris Russell Take Part In USO Tribute 9/28 At Music Hall

The USO Tribute Gala on September 28th will celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Cincinnatians paying tribute to our troops and their families, while raising much needed funds to support the programs provided by the United States Service (USO) of Metropolitan Washington. The musical program, featuring John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, will be held in Music Hall at 7:00 on Sunday, September 28.

This year’s Honorary Chairman is Bob McDonald, retired Chairman, President and CEO of Procter & Gamble, and recently named Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Obama. Additional Honorees for 2014 are the Honorable Sloan D. Gibson, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Col. Gregory D. Gadson, Commanding Officer at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and Ms. Katy Hines Guggenbiller and Family. Read more

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