Monday, January 27, 2014

Cincinnati Early Music Festival Week Two

Week Two of the Cincinnati Early Music Festival kicks off with a bang. Friday Feb 7, at 7:30 pm, harpsichord superstar Jory Vinikour will be in town, hosted by Catacoustic Consort. One of the great harpsichordists of his generation, Vinikour will present a concert on the great harpsichord of Christ Church Cathedral downtown.  The repertoire will span the breadth of music written for this great instrument.  And the playing is sure to be spectacular.  Vinikour's discography is extensive, with specialties in Bach and Rameau, and it includes the soundtrack to the movie Jefferson in Paris, for which he was the harpsichordist.  We are lucky to have an artist of this rare ability in town for one night only.  For more information on Jory Vinikour, visit

And to compound the rarity, Annalisa will play her pardessus tonight as well.  You may not realize that the pardessus, the smallest member of the viola da gamba family, is also the least mastered of the family, and that we have one of the best players in the country living among us.  Don’t miss this evening’s concert.  For details, see

Friday Feb 7, 7:30pm, Christ Church Cathedral, downtown.  Tickets $25, students $10, under  12 free.

The remaining events this week should have something for everyone.  

Feb 9 the Bach Vespers will have a special evening.  The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will welcome guest conductor Brett Scott and the Cincinnati Camerata.  Together they will perform Bach’s Cantata BWV 35, Spirit and Soul Become Confused.  Alto Sarah Jackson will sing the solo part. Two of Mozart’s Sonatas da Chiesa, K 67 and K336, will also be performed.

Sunday Feb 9, 6:00pm, St Thomas Episcopal, Terrace Park, free.

Classical Revolution’s all-Early Music evening is back!  Early Music will fill the back room of the Northside Tavern -- the program is packed with local artists and ensembles of every stripe performing a wide range of music in this informal setting.

Sunday Feb 9, 8:00pm, Northside Tavern, Northside, free.

Music Live at Lunch will have another Early Music day this week.  The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will perform not Bach, but Monteverdi.  His madrigal suite, Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’ Amata, or Tears of the Lover at the Tomb of his Beloved, was composed in 1608 on the occasion of the untimely death of noted singer and close friend Caterina Martinelli.

Tuesday Feb 11, 12 noon, Christ Church Cathedral downtown, free.

And if you missed Ubi Caritas’ concert at the Taft Museum last week, don’t despair!  Much of that concert will be repeated this week at Christ Church Glendale’s Music Live with Lunch.  Music of the Venetian Baroque, including Vivaldi, Bertoli, and others will be performed by winds, harpsichord, and soprano Amanda Carmen Bower.

Wednesday Feb 12, 12 noon, Christ Church Episcopal, Glendale, free.

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