We at concert:nova are thrilled to present our twelfth season.  

In our main series, we will explore new territory this year with exciting commissions from Lukas Ligeti, Pierre Jalbert and Michael Ippolito.  We will revisit audience favorites with a new look at Music + Medicine as well as a return to our series of twentieth century French repertoire, this time with a detour to South America. We will also present classics of twentieth century chamber music like George Crumb’s illuminating and brilliant Black Angels.

A new series will launch this season. Known previously as our Late:Night concerts, the Adventure Concerts is a series of 45-60 minute performances that engage the audience in socially and culturally relevant topics. As an active participant in the music, see how your perception and connection to the music changes!

Season Sponsor Randolph and Sallie Wadsworth
Commission Sponsor: Ann and Harry Santen



OCTOBER 7 & 9, 2018 A Woman’s Voice 

concert:nova presents music of Kaija Saariaho and other women composers. Featuring Violinist Elissa Cassini, the performance is a musical reaction to Snapshot, an exhibit presented by the Cincinnati Art Museum. The artist Gillian Wearing has created a multi-screen video work that deals with memory, identity, and photographic imagery (among other things). The work features seven different women enacting scenes from everyday life, while an anonymous, apparently elderly narrator voices her own recollections.  



NOVEMBER  4 & 5, 2018
Black Angels, an electric string quartet by George Crumb

Join us as we observe Veteran’s Day with a performance of George Crumb’s striking string quartet Black Angels, written in response to the Vietnam War.  This iconic work includes electrified string quartet, percussion instruments and vocalization from the performers to capture the anxiety and darkness of a world at war.



Cello+ , a program presenting music for  cello “plus one” / Featuring new works by Pierre Jalbert & Michael Ippolito

We have two fabulous cellists as artistic directors of c:n, so how do we use them both on the same night?  We program an entire concert of repertoire featuring the cello and a plus-one. Among other works, our two most important plus-ones might just be Ixi Chen and Stefani Matsuo, who will be featured with their cellistic partners Ted Nelson and Hiro Matsuo in world premieres by Pierre Jalbert and Michael Ippolito.



FEBRUARY 3, 2019
A Special Concert world premiere of Lukas Ligeti’s Birimintingo, a Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

Lukas Ligeti is the son of noted Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, but as a composer has created a name in his own right. Birimintingo is a co-commission by a consortium of three ensembles: concert:nova, Civitas of Chicago and Soli in San Antonio. The title is a word in the Mandinka language of West Africa and refers to virtuosic solo runs played on the kora, a traditional 21-string harp of the Mandé people living in Guinea, Senegal, The Gambia, and Mali. Ligeti currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology at the University of California, Irvine and has collaborated with traditional musicians from such countries as Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, and India.



MARCH 3 & 4, 2019
A Frenchman in Brazil: Influences on Darius Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit

During 1917 and 1918, Darius Milhaud lived in Rio de Janeiro as secretary to the French Minister to Brazil.  While there he absorbed music and culture and determined when he returned to France to compose a ballet based on the Carnival in Rio, and named after a popular samba. The result was the surreal ballet Le Boeuf sur le Toit.  We will celebrate the beginning of Carnival by examining some of the source music for Le Boeuf, and performing other Brazilian chamber music, and finally now forming the masterpiece itself, all guided by Thomas Garcia, musicologist and Brazilian music expert at Miami University.



APRIL 30 & MAY 1, 2019
Music + Medicine: Beethoven’s Brain

We continue our Music + Medicine series with a deep dive into the strange relationship between mental illness and creativity in the the world of music.  From the famous examples like Schumann or Beethoven and their struggles with bipolar disorder, to less well known examples like Ravel and his progressive aphasia, we will look into the neuroscience of creativity and disease.  Is there a relationship? Do we just love the story of the tortured artist? Where are the happy, well-adjusted composers?