music

CCM alum Shoshana Bean's new album

Mar 29, 2013

After graduating from UC’s College Conservatory of Music, Shoshana Bean attained great success in New York, appearing in Godspell, Hairspray and Leader of the Pack before being cast in Wicked. After a year of understudying, she spent one year in the lead role of Elpheba. Realizing that could be the pinnacle of her Broadway career, she moved to California and is now writing and performing her own music, including her newly released CD O’Farrelll Street. Assistant Producer Kevin Reynolds remembers Shoshana onstage at CCM and talks with her about her career and this new album.

Young violinist Demi Fang

Mar 22, 2013

Demi Fang is a senior at Centerville High School, just outside Dayton, Ohio, and she is a truly accomplished violinist. As Frank Johnson discovers in this interview, she has just been named to the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a touring orchestra created by Carnegie Hall and featuring 120 players all aged 16-19. After an intensive two weeks of rehearsals, they will embark on an international tour, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity under the mentorship of acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev.


Local musician Kim Taylor is on quite a roll. Her new, self-produced CD, Love’s a Dog, has just been released and the movie she co-starred in, I Used to be Darker, just appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. Somehow, she found the time to join Brian O’Donnell in the studio to talk about this whirlwind and where 2013 might take her next.


Big Rock Club

Jan 11, 2013

A song from the Northern Kentucky father/son 3-pc band Big Rock Club.  Their CD, Extinction, was released in October, 2012.

Titans of the music industry, Columbia Records, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with the release of the book 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story by Grammy-nominated author Sean Wilentz. He joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about the amazing artists who have recorded for Columbia Records: from Al Jolsen to Billy Joel; from Phillip Glass to Dixie Chicks. He also talks about the late, great Andy Williams and his connection to Cincinnati.


A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music

Nov 16, 2012

Roberta Schultz has a review of the book A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music from University Press of Kentucky.


The Cincinnati Arts Association will be presenting two distinctly different musical performances before the end of the year. Van Ackerman of the CAA joins Jim Stump with details about The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show on November 16 and pianist Jim Brickman’s On a Winter Night concert on December 30.


Over the Rhine Coming Home

Oct 12, 2012

Musical group Over the Rhine will be playing two big shows in Ohio over the next couple of months. First stop is the beautiful Victoria Theatre in Dayton on October 26, and then their annual Christmas show at the Taft Theatre here in Cincinnati on December 1.

MidPoint Music Festival kicks off Thursday night in Washington Park.

How are medical professionals using music as part of patient treatment? Dr. Glen Solomon, event organizer, joins Mark Perzel to discuss the Fourth Annual Music and Medicine Symposium, this year focusing on “Professionalism in Music and Medicine”, to be held September 11-12 at Wright State University near Dayton.

Nicholas Radina

Aug 12, 2012

Nicholas Radina, Programming Director of Salsa on the Square, will be releasing the 4th annual cd which will be given away on a first-come first-served basis at the Salsa night event on August 23.  Brian O’Donnell also finds out about the remaining Salsa on the Square schedule and the new book coming out soon entitled Salsanati.

Play it Forward Foundation

Aug 12, 2012

Brian O’Donnell speaks with Jim Hunt about the upcoming auction on August 17th at the Redmoor in Mount Lookout to benefit the Play it Forward Foundation, which provides financial assistance to area musicians.

Cincy Blues Fest

Thirty-thousand people are expected at this weekend's Cincy Blues Fest. Here's a preview of what you can expect on the 20th anniversary of the event.

Duke Robillard is no stranger to the blues business. For nearly a half century the guitar player has been building his fan base playing in bands like "Roomful of Blues" and "The Fabulous Thunderbirds." He's one of the headliners and will perform tomorrow night at Cincy Blues Fest. Spokeswoman Mary Beth Weaver says no matter when you come this weekend you'll be entertained on four stages at Sawyer Point.

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