S9 2015-2016

concert:nova+The Mitchells
Tuesday September 15, 2015 8p @ the Woodward Theater
Sponsored Exclusively by TAFT LAW

A poetic interplay between classical sounds and a blend of folk and indie, this program reimagines  text from Franz Schubert‘s “Die schöne Müllerin” and “Winterreise”. The Mitchells’ classical approach combines with the songwriting talents of Ted Nelson and Julie Spangler to create an uncommon musical fabric.

Zen and the Art
Tuesday October 27, 2015  8p @ 20th Century Theater

John Cage challenged our very definitions of music, but also inspired laughter, wonder and anger at performances. Guided by deep intellectual and philosophical principles, and specifically the spiritual study of Zen Buddhism, his contributions to music can’t be overstated. Zen Priest, punk musician and author Brad Warner and the dynamic Pones, Inc. dance ensemble join concert:nova to tell his story.  If you think 4’33” is where John Cage begins and ends, think again.

Food+Music Tertulia!
Sunday November 22 2015 7p

Bringing together a shared passion for chamber music and food, concert:nova invites New York City’s Tertulia to Cincinnati’s renowned/blossoming culinary arts scene.  Delectable details coming soon! Restaurant partner to be announced with tiered prix fixe menu.

The Roaring 20’s
Monday February 15 & Tuesday February 16, 2016

As a sequel to last season’s romping Salon Cabaretwe move forward in time to the Golden Age, where the spirit of 1920’s Paris was marked by prosperity, growth and artistic expressionism. A group of avant-garde musicians known as Les Six took up social criticism by way of satire. The program’s main feature is Les mariés de la tour Eiffel (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower) a non-sensical satire on the bourgeoisie and a ballet to a libretto by Jean Cocteau.

May 2, 2016

Much more than the creator of the other-worldly music in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, György Ligeti was a down-to earth, approachable and humorous avant-garde composer who created rich and deeply imaginative works. We explore a composer who didn’t accept the limitations of the avant-garde. All he accepted was complete originality.

Food+Music Bon Appétit
July 19, 2016

Bon Appétit! is a one-woman chamber opera by Lee Hoiby, based on a classic Julia Child television broadcast. Both a culinary journey and demonstration on how to make a classic French chocolate cake, the opera joyfully illuminates the energy and character of Julia Child. Soprano Ellen Graham prepares “Le Gateau au Chocolate l’Eminence Brune”with real ingredients as she sings.Whether your thing is opera or food, you’ll be in love with this entertaining and delightful program.