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St. John United Church of Christ in Bellevue has just kicked off its 16th Annual Music on the Avenue Recital Series, happening on Friday evenings through March 6. Jim Stump learns more about this free series and this year’s performers from organizer and performer Stephen Phillips.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s latest CD, Hallowed Ground, was recorded live in Music Hall and features the late Dr. Maya Angelou in one of her last public appearances. Cincinnati Public Radio’s master recording engineer, Chelsea VandeDrink, tells Frank Johnson about the experience of recording these dynamic performances.

In September, 2013 the seminal and beloved Irish rock band, Black 47, announced that they are calling it quits after 25 years of recording and performing.

In a statement about the band's breakup, lead singer Larry Kirwan wrote, "We just have a simple wish to finish up at the top our game after 25 years of relentless touring and, as always, on our own terms... Our goal now is to play another full year plus and dedicate all of those gigs to you who've supported us through thick and thin... We would like to say goodbye to you all personally and will make every effort to come play in your city, town, college, pub, club, performing arts center..."

This focused farewell tour will bring Black 47 to the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati on Thursday October 9. "We are extremely fortunate to be included in their farewell tour," says Margaret McGurk, a supporter of the IHC.

Cincinnati's roots/reggae masters, and 3-time CEA award winners, The Pinstripes will play their 10th Anniversary Show on Friday, March 28th at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.

However, it is a bittersweet event as it also marks a turning-point in the band's history.

Cut Copy - Live in NYC

Nov 18, 2013
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Cut Copy - one of the highlights of MPMF 2011 will be featured in a live concert broadcast from KCRW and NPR Music.

Xavier University Music Series opens its 37th season

Oct 12, 2013

It’s time for the 37th anniversary season of the Xavier University Music Series, and new coordinator Polina Bespalko visits with our Frank Johnson to preview the upcoming year of classical piano, classical guitar and swing music concerts.

Miro Quartet in Cincinnati on October 1

Sep 27, 2013

Chamber Music Cincinnati has a great season of concerts coming up, including the first one on October 1 with the Miro Quartet. Anne Arenstein and Chamber Music Cincinnati President John Spencer preview the entire season.

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I was fortunate to stumble upon the band Smoke Signals... recently at The Southgate House Revival.

The Newport-based trio played in the Lounge – the smallest of the three stages – and they immediately filled the room to capacity with exuberant fans, curious onlookers like me, and an unearthly powerful sound.  As soon as their set was finished, I made a beeline to the merch table and picked up a copy of their 6-song CD, The Collapse.

The songs on The Collapse read like a post-apocalyptic diary written by those left behind after the cataclysm, but who have still been deeply affected by something much bigger and scarier than themselves.  The tracks are punctuated by bits of radio static or odd recorded clips that seem to cry out “Is there anybody out there?

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The second annual Bunbury Music Festival is ready to kick off three days of live music along the Cincinnati riverfront July 12, 13 and 14 with headliners Fun., MGMT, and The National. Jim Nolan is joined by festival founder and producer Bill Donabedian to discuss changes from year one and some of the other acts festival-goers will hear.

Summertime version of Suits That Rock

Jun 14, 2013

They’re back! Suits That Rock, the successful fundraising concert for the The Carnegie in Covington returns with a summer themed event – SwimSuits That Rock – on June 22 and 29. Local business and civic leaders show off their true passion, music, by strapping on their guitars and beating their drums, all to support the children’s art education programs at The Carnegie. One of the rockers (and co-founder of this event), Fidelity Investments’ Kevin Canafax, joins Jim Stump with more information on the performers, the music, and the work of The Carnegie.

Sitting at the top of Devou Park in Covington, the Behringer Crawford Museum chronicles the history and culture of Northern Kentucky. In addition to a variety of permanent and special exhibits, the Museum hosts a number of special events, none more popular than their summer music series. Laurie Risch, executive director of the museum, and Mark Schalchter, volunteer coordinator of Music@BCM, join Mark Perzel to share some of the upcoming music and displays visitors will be able to enjoy during the summer.

Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair

Apr 26, 2013

DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills will be lined with some of the area’s finest ceramic artists on May 4 for the 13th Annual Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair. The event’s co-chair, Jessica Thayer, joins our Barbara Gray to talk about some of the 60 artists who will be exhibiting, as well as the some of the music and other activities that will be going on, rain or shine, that day.

The Updated Taft Theatre

Mar 15, 2013

If you haven’t been to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre in a while, you might be surprised by some of the physical changes you’ll see. Robyn Carey-Allgeyer welcomes in Ed Morrell, the general manager of the Taft, to talk about the resurrection of the ballroom as a new concert space; some of the digital additions; as well as the original design and architect of the historic theater.


Previewing the Kentucky Stage

Feb 22, 2013

Our Roberta Schultz previews the upcoming Kentucky Stage at the Kentucky Arts Council Market.


Maestro at the Ballet - Carmon DeLeone

Feb 8, 2013

The Cincinnati Ballet celebrates Valentine’s Day with Shakespeare’s most romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. Robyn Carey-Allgyer welcomes in Carmon DeLeone to talk about one of the truly special experiences of a Cincinnati Ballet – live, orchestral musical accompaniment, which is quickly disappearing from most other ballet company productions. Maestro DeLeone will again conduct the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the Ballet’s production.


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