Americana: Newer Every Day
Apr
8
4:00 pm16:00

Americana: Newer Every Day

  • Presbyterian Church of Wyoming

About

CSI continues its comprehensive exploration of the American song repertoire in a season finale comprised entirely of living American composers.  Featuring veteran art song performers from CSI's artist roster, this concert will see the premiere of a brand new song cycle, Christina's World, by Juliana Hall.  Other repertoire includes works by Jake Heggie, Tom Cipullo, and Steven Mark Kohn.

Program

Jake Heggie: Newer Every Day
Tom Cipullo: America 1968
Juliana Hall: Christina's World (WORLD PREMIERE)
Steven Mark Kohn: Selections from American Folk Settings

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Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic
Jan
28
7:30 pm19:30

Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic

  • Mercantile Library

About

In an era when German melodrama and Impressionist decadence were all the rage, this roguish group injected post-World War I France with music antithetical to such voluptuousness.  In the words of Jean Cocteau, a close collaborator of the composers, "Enough of clouds, waves, aquariums, water-sprites and night scents; we need down-to-earth music, everyday music."

In 2017, CSI embarks upon a three-concert survey of these composers' art song output to celebrate the 125th birth anniversaries of three of the six: Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, and Germaine Tailleferre.  Hosted and narrated by Kenneth Griffiths, Director of Collaborative Piano Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music, this first concert introduces us to the unique voice emerging from Les Six in what would become the new aesthetic for France in the 1920s and beyond.

Program

Georges Auric: Alphabet
Arthur Honegger: Six poésies de Jean Cocteau
Louis Durey: Selections from Le Bestiaire
Francis Poulenc: Le Bestiaire
Darius Milhaud: Chants populaires hébraïque
Francis Poulenc: Chansons gaillardes
Francis Poulenc: "Colloque"

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Americana: A Cultural Tapestry
Oct
16
3:00 pm15:00

Americana: A Cultural Tapestry

  • Weston Art Gallery

About

In the first concert of its Americana series, join Cincinnati Song Initiative in a program exploring the various cultural influences on the emerging genre of American art song.  From the writings of sixteenth-century English queens to our country’s rich African American heritage to modern commodities like Craigslist, this program sheds light on some of the most influential sources of inspiration for American composers of song.  Featured composers include Stephen Foster, Charles Ives, William Grant Still, Undine Moore, Ned Rorem, Libby Larsen, and others.

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