|February 19, 2018|
February 12 | 8pm
February 19 | 5:30pm
February 19. | 8pm
concert:nova presents “Intimate Letters,” a performance that explores a complex chain of human relationships leading both to triumph and to heartbreak. Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, written for his last great love, Kamila Stösslová is the impetus of this performance, which celebrates the depth and complexity of love. This original piece was written by a Cincinnati native and alumna of the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Danielle Blackbird. She works as a theatre artist, writer, scholar, and translator currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. Actors and co-directors of the drama are Julianna Bloodgood (as Kamilla Stösslová), Sasha Olinick (as Leoš Janáček) and Tia Shearer (as Zdenka Janáčková). Aimée Langrée steps in as narrator.
Tia Shearer and Sasha Olinick join concert:nova from Washington D.C. Tia has performed for adults with The Second City and Baltimore Center Stage, and has toured nationally with the Kennedy Center. Sasha, an actor, director and teaching-artist has recent performing credits in the DC area that include Arena Stage, Forum Theatre, Hub Theater (company member), Imagination Stage, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, MetroStage, Rep Stage, Round House Theatre, Solas Nua, Studio Theatre, and Theater J.
A beloved presence on past Cincinnati stages, Julianna Bloodgood (University of Cincinnati graduate) returns to the Queen city from Wroclaw. There she is part of multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Song of the Goat Theatre, a Polish international ensemble and research based theatre that aims to integrate voice, song, movement, and text creating performances that are inherently musical and connect with the audience on a sensory level.
concert:nova musicians include Ted Nelson, who leads in his double role as artistic director and cellist; Stacey Woolley, a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra violin section; Mari Lunde, a frequent sub with the CSO and concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra; Yael Senamaud-Cohen, French-born violist previously with the Opera de Paris.
Surprise your loved one with tickets to this performance as a unique Valentine’s Day gift, or join us to simply enjoy this original piece by a Cincinnati native that explores the complexity of love, and the unique way it weaves itself into one’s life.
On February 12 at 8pm, the play will be staged on the Otto Budig Main Stage in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new state-of-the-art building. February 19 offers two seatings, one at 5:30pm and the other at 8pm, for a more intimate viewing.