Gothic Halloween

October 21 and 27

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Uncover the mystery.

Inspired by the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe— we reveal our dark side with a spine-tingling evening filled with the haunting influences of the macabre. Discover your delight for mystery as storyteller Jason Podplesky weaves layers of chills through performances of: 

  • “Mask of the Red Death” with music by André Caplet
  • “Cask of Amontillado” to the music of Gyorgy Ligeti
  •  Other deliciously frightening music by J.S.Bach, Bernhard Hermann, Michael Daugherty, Franz Schubert and Samuel Barber

Le Salon Cabaret

February 2 and 9

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

Come to the City of Light as we explore the music and art of Paris in the early 1900’s. Light-hearted, witty and at times scandalous, this program features music of the Belle Époque.  It’s an evening that will thrill and enthrall with an array of darkly humorous, sexy, and fun music.

Featured on the program is mezzo-soprano Kemper Florin, baritone Joseph Lattanzi, and narrators, Morleen Rouse and Aimée Langrée. The music includes:

  • Francis Poulenc’s “Le bal masque”
  • French art songs by Debussy, Satie, Ravel and others
  • Performances by c:n members Jonathan Gunn, Dwight Parry, Martin Garcia, Douglas Lindsay, Julie Spangler, Patrick Schleker, Gerald Itzkoff, Mari Thomas, Margaret Dyer and Ted Nelson.

Jeff Zeigler

March 11-Miami University

March 12-Woodward Theater

Leave your expectations of chamber music at the door.  Joining the MusicNOW Festival in their 10th Anniversary, we at concert:nova are thrilled to present and perform alongside cellist Jeff Zeigler, one of the most cutting-edge and versatile performers of today. Described by the New York Times as a player “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone” Zeigler has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. He currently collaborates and innovates with interdisciplinary and multimedia ensembles around the world. 


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.

The Roaring 20’s

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.


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.

Food+Music Bon Appétit