The Cincinnati Arts Association will present Shanti: A Journey of Peace, described as an “Indian-American choral journey” on Saturday, April 5 at the Aronoff Center. Our Barbara Gray gets a preview of this unique production with the show’s music composer, educator and alumnus, Kanniks Kannikeswaran.
Possibly the most significant American oratorio of the late 20th century, John Adams’ “El Nino” will be performed by the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s Philharmonia, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Cincinnati Children’s Choir on March 2. Anne Arenstein welcomes in studio Earl Rivers, who will conduct this oratorio, to share his thoughts on the challenges, instruments and written words that make the pieces magic.
High school students looking to learn the fine art of choral singing are encouraged to apply for the Christ Church Cathedral’s choral scholar program. As Anne Arenstein learns from Stephan Casurella, the church’s music director, applications are due by June 30 for the 2013-14 season (September-May) and accepted students receive a monthly stipend for their participation.
One of the highlights of this year’s Cincinnati Pride Week will be the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus concert entitled Loud and Proud, taking place June 22 and 23 at the School for Creative and Performing Arts downtown. Artistic Director Casey Hayes is in the studio with our Jim Stump with details on this year’s program and the historical significance of this concert at gay rights.
Cincinnati has always been fertile ground for amazing choral music, starting with the May Festival, Vocal Arts Ensemble and, now, a unique chorus that offers young professionals in our area not only a chance to sing, but to be involved in our community and meet new people. KellyAnn Nelson, the founder and director of the Young Professionals’ Choral Collective(yp/CC) is in the studio with Mark Perzel to talk about how the group started, what its mission is, and their upcoming Black & Blues Gala on February 16.