Welcome to our 2017-2018 Season! Our 11th season is bold and beautiful, full of original work that continues to foster an adventurous musical world and draw an eclectic audience. The season spans an inventive range of powerful musical ideas across genres, from the culinary arts, science, theater, dance, literature, fringe and pop culture. It’s Cincinnati’s chamber music playground.

Season Sponsor Randolph and Sallie Wadsworth


Food+Music, the Chocolate Edition
Venue: Dutch’s Larder
Sunday October 22, 2017 | 5pm & 7:30pm
Artists: Chef Patrick Hague, Velveteen Chocolate by Sherri Prentiss, Soprano Kemper Florin

Choose from two seatings and menus featuring Chef Patrick Hague’s masterful culinary brilliance and the sublime creativity of chocolatier Sherri Prentiss. The 5pm seating offers a charcuterie, cheese and chocolate  plates. Choose the 7:30pm seating for a full four-course dinner with chocolate pairings. Both seatings offer optional wine selections.


The Art of Fugue
Venue: Great Hall at the Cincinnati Art Museum
November 14 & 17, 2017 | 7:00pm

Artistic Director Hiro Matsuo leads an exploration of the Fugue, a compositional technique in which a theme is presented in recurring and interweaving ways. The evening features J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, the String Quartet No.4 of Michael Ippolito, a New York-based and Cincinnati-bred composer, and the colossal Grosse Fugue by Ludwig van Beethoven. Creating a visual representation of  Bach’s Art of the Fugue are dancers of MamLuft&Co. Dance.


Intimate Letters
Venue: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
February 12, 2018 | 8pm  (Main Theater)
February 19, 2018  | 5:30 & 8pm  (Bridgewater)

A one-sided, unrequited romance is the setting for Intimate Letters, an original musical-dramatic work created by playwright Danielle Blackbird, actor and director Sasha Olinick, actors Tia Shearer, Julianna Bloodgood and Aimée Langrée. Togther with artistic director Ted Nelson, the cast  draws inspiration from the surviving letters of Leos Janacek and Kamila Stosslova for a dramatic portrayal of Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”, which is also known as Janáček’s “manifesto on love”.


Music + Medicine
April 10 & 11 | 8pm

This season concert:nova embarks on a new series researching the intersection between music, the mind and wellness. Artistic Director Ixi Chen works with Children’s Hospital ER Physician Todd Florin and UC Neuroscience Professor John Tew to create an illuminating and fascinating look at “your brain on music”.  See what happens in your brain when you listen to, or make, music.


The Bradbury Tattoos, A Rock Opera
Venue: Memorial Hall
July 13 & 22 | Two Performances each day

Four or Five Ways to Spend an Evening: the Bradbury Tattoos—is a singular multi-story operatic collaboration between the contemporary classical ensemble concert:nova, fusion composer Zac Greenberg, librettist and playwright Michael Burnham, and tattooist and surfboard shaper Steven Mast.

Made from tales in Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man, this evening-long enchantment will carry you, tattoo by tattoo, through multiple spaces where you’ll visit a thoughtful cocktail hour in a quiet city apartment, a typical 1950s suburban neighborhood full of impressionable children who look under rose bushes, an isolated roadside farm in Mexico where you can stop for water if the car overheats, and a slowly exploding rocket deep in outer space. Along the way, you just might hear from some folks who, while on a walking tour of Wisconsin, meet an old man covered in pictures that won’t stop moving.


6 Classics-to-clubs events in Cincinnati’s wine bars, breweries and bistros
October 19 / Nov 29 / Jan 24 / Feb 22 / Apr 4 / Apr 26
Myrtle’s / Hamilton’s / Streetside / Skeleton Root / Landlocked




Flex Passes available in booklets of 4-8 admissions.
Season Subscriptions​ $125 – no longer on sale.
Late:Night Subscriptions $75 – no longer on sale.
Season 12 tickets will be on sale in August 2018.

Single Ticket Purchases $25-35 ​