October 8 & 9 11am @ SWITCH LIGHTING
Composers who enjoyed their brew.
Beethoven famously counted 60 beans meticulously, and Thompson brewed his coffee with a sock. A caffeinated concert that brews the rich music of coffee-loving composers such as J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn, you’ll enjoy your coffee with a side of readings, demonstrations and tastings by DEEPER ROOTS COFFEE.
SOLOS: Alone, Together
Sunday November 13, 2016 7:30pm
Monday November 14, 2016 7:30pm
An evening of music composed for solo instruments by Debussy, Hindemith, Yun, Stockhausen and Bach in exploration of themes of solitude, individuality, and ultimately, connectedness. Each work features an interdisciplinary collaboration that responds and provides perspective on these themes. The evening is framed by poetic interludes drawn from Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver as well as Pauletta Hansel, poet laureate of Cincinnati, reading from her own work.
Serenades for Brahms Fest
Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:30pm
concert:nova joined the second year of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s BRAHMS FEST with a celebration of the unlikely but deep friendship between Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak.
Later in his life, Brahms discovered Dvorak while on a jury to recognize talented composers and was immediately overcome by the submissions of the young Czech. Brahms admired his work for its combination of compositional mastery and implementation of Czech folk melodies and immediately arranged for Dvorak’s work to be published. The evening highlighted a significant aspect of Brahms’ compositions via his relationship with the young Czech composer, but more importantly shows the side of the German composer that was a generous benefactor and devoted mentor. Featuring CSO and concert:nova soloists in the beloved Dvorak Wind Serenade and magnificent Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in Bb Major.
Monday, February 6, 2017 | Tuesday, February 7, 2017 @ The Woodward Theater
Mozartly Yours (Mozartement Votre) is a theater piece written by Eric Westphal for the Festival du Marais in Paris. A comedic exploration of the relationship of members of a string quartet as they rehearse the “Hunt” Quartet, it is a look at the secret life of string quartet musicians against the backdrop of a delightful Mozart. Says actress Aimée Langrée, “Mozart would have loved the play! The secret perspective, like a little mouse hidden in a corner, of preparation and rehearsal of a quartet concert, is a light and truly sincere look at musical ‘backstage’ reality”. Eric Westphal is a French play writer who has written more than 15 plays for stage and radio. His most famous and celebrated play “Toi et tes nuages” was translated to 15 languages and adapted for a Hollywood movie known as “The Mafu Cage”.
Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
5 performances July 2017 in partnership with the Cincinnati Opera
Composed by Missy Mazzoli, Song from the Uproar is an opera based on the life and writings of Swiss adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904). From 1900 to 1904, she traveled extensively through the desert on horseback, relentlessly documenting her travels in detailed journals and short stories. Eberhardt defied conventions of her time; she dressed as a man, drank, smoked, and even joined a Sufi brotherhood that typically excluded women. Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt explores the universality that makes her tale so vibrant and relevant, more than 100 years after her death.