Thursday, February 12, 2015

Early Music Festival Week Three

Week three of the Early Music Festival – is it already halfway through?  

Sunday Feb 15, at 3:00 is the early music choral invitational.  If you came last year, you may remember that we heard music from the Middle Ages right through to the late Baroque.  I think my favorite was the Renaissance music.  That was an exceptionally rich era for choral music, and the acoustics of the Cathedral were perfectly suited to the kind of reverberation that starts up with the stacking of harmonies that the composers from that era did best.  This year’s line-up includes the Cathedral Choir of St Peter in Chains, the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble of Xavier University, and Cincinnati Camerata.  It’s only once a year that you get to hear a celebration of this most exquisite music on this order.

Also Sunday Feb 15, this time at 4:00, is another performance of sacred music.  Consort in
the Egg is an instrumental ensemble that focuses on music from the early Renaissance.  They began as a collection of delightful wind instruments, and they have expanded to strings and, in this recital, voices.  They will present music largely by the great Swiss composer Ludwig Senfl, including some from Tandernaken, al op den Rijn, and featuring Da Jesus an dem Kreuze hing. This is an expanded version of the concert they played at Christ Church Cathedral at last week’s Live at Lunch, and takes place at Sacred Heart Church in Camp Washington.  Tickets are $10 at the door, or are available in advance at 513-541-4654.

On Monday night at 6:00 you have another chance to hear the series of concerts taking place at the public library branches.  Annalisa Pappano of Catacoustic and this year’s two Catacoustic Early Music Scholarship winners Cole Guillien and Stephen Goist will play viol trios by Senfl, Isaac, Gibbons, and others.  This week is at the Wyoming Branch.

And then we begin the opera juggernaut.  In case you haven’t heard, you have the opportunity to hear THREE Baroque operas in the second half of this month.  First up is L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi.  This production is part of CCM’s Studio series, presented by graduate students.  It will be performed three times:  Fri Feb 20 at 8pm, Sat Feb 21 at 8pm, and Sun Feb 22 at 2pm.  Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.  For details see our calendar at 

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