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Matt Hart: poet, punk rocker and professor

Interview by Thom Mariner, May 2, 2012
Matt Hart: poet, musician, publisher, teacher. His latest collection of poems, “Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless” (Typecast, 2012) was just published, and he kicked it off with a live reading at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Hart is known for his dynamic readings of both his and others’ [...]

Time is now for Music Hall

May 2, 2012

Thom Mariner
Co-publisher, Express Cincinnati & EXP/arts
In an unprecedented show of unity, the boards of trustees of all six organizations affiliated with Music Hall met recently in Corbett Tower to show their support for the proposed revitalization.
The groups included: Music Hall Revitalization Corp. (MHRC), Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, Cincinnati Arts [...]

2012 MusicNOW festival an exciting surprise

This year’s MusicNOW, coming in late March, will showcase an impressive cast of performers from a wide spectrum of contemporary music, with the expressed intent of blurring the distinctions between musical categories. The 2012 festival leans more in the direction of classical music than in the recent past, extending from modern works for church organ to improvisations for flamenco guitar and cello.

Concert:nova plays the #*appa outta Zappa

When I was in high school, we used to snigger conspiratorially at Zappa’s lyrics, which we saw as juicily irreverent and oh-so daring. At that age, we had no clue what his music was all about. I think we saw it as just a vehicle for his silliness. Turns out, the man was a certifiable genius. Who knew?! Leave it to concert:nova, Cincinnati’s genre-bending chamber music series, to explore the musical life of this much-misunderstood trailblazer.

Nally, VAE provide musical respite to the season

Always a beauty, this VAE Christmas concert was that and more. Call it a musical essay, a gift of time, whatever, Nally made the listener feel immersed in the music – in another world almost. And no one does it better than the 24-voice VAE.

concert:nova, dancers, actors in searing theater piece

From “Sarcasms” to DSCH, the chamber ensemble concert:nova illuminated a painful period in history, Dec. 5, at Know Theater.

It was the Soviet era, seen through the eyes – and music – of two of Russia’s greatest composers, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Constella ‘lavishly’ delivers on its artistic promise

Review by Express contributor Mary Ellyn Hutton
The inaugural Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts has met its own ambitious expectations. With 11 of its 13 concerts history as Express goes to press, the festival has experienced overall good attendance, especially for a new endeavor. Saxophonist Ted Nash’s concert at Blue Wisp was a sellout [...]

Cincinnati Ballet’s “Giselle,” October 28, 2011

On Friday night, Janessa Touchet danced the title role with vibrancy and flair. An immensely gifted young dancer, she portrayed her part with both style and youthful energy, unstintingly executing all the difficult jumps and pirouettes demanded by the choreography and shining in the second act’s duet with Albrecht.

Pressler warms hearts of Linton Series fans

Responding to a persistent standing ovation, the quartet performed the slow movement of Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, a “love song,” said Pressler who, as he did all afternoon, invested lots of it in his playing.

VAE salutes Barber and Menotti

Donald Nally, music director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble since the fall of 2009, has taken the 24-voice professional choir in a new direction – straight ahead.