The upcoming week is one of those periods about which one could say, “There is simply too much going on.” Or one could say, “Wow, so many choices. How cool is that!” Are you glass half-empty or half-full?
The Vikings are coming! Although the Museum Center is under renovation, featured exhibits continue and “Vikings: Beyond the Legend” looks to be fabulous. Five hundred artifacts and archaeological finds provide insight into Norse daily life, mythology and warfare.
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Wed.-Sat., Nov. 9-12
Contemporary dance is the one discipline where performances are a little rare in our region, so take advantage of the opportunity to see this 10th anniversary retrospective by MamLuft&Co. Dance in the intimate CCAC theater. If you attend on Friday, arrive early and check out the CCAC’s “Golden Ticket” art opening (6-9 p.m.)
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Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13
The Cincinnati Symphony rarely programs Baroque music, but the less-spacious Taft provides an opportunity to really hear these fine players tackle the wonders of Bach and Handel, led by one of the masters of Baroque style, Ton Koopman.
Following the Saturday evening performance, the CSO’s YP group, Encore, is hosting an after party nearby at the University Club at 4th and Broadway. Enjoy small bites, win prizes and revel in Baroque-style entertainment. Get tickets here.
Sunday/Monday, Nov. 13/14
Seems a shame to have two of the area’s best groups performing on the same day, but you could see both, or the concert:nova program repeats Monday evening. Early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort presents 17th-century Italian song at 3 p.m. in Covington. Cutting-edge ensemble concert:nova offers “Solos: Alone,” 7:30 p.m., downtown, (and the same time Monday) pairing solo instrument works with interdisciplinary collaborations and poetic interludes.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
A really tough choice – two outstanding events right across the street: Chamber Music Cincinnati presents a rising-star in the chamber music world, the Altius Quartet, at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater. At the
Contemporary Arts Center, just a couple hundred feet away, the gifted violinist Jennifer Koh shares Part 1 of her “Shared Madness” project, for which several dozen leading composers wrote short, unaccompanied works exploring contemporary visions of instrumental virtuosity. A coincidental cruelty of riches; you decide. (You can also hear the prodigious Ms. Koh next weekend with the CSO, playing the Esa-Pekka Salonen concerto featured in last year’s iPad commercial.)
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Friday & Sunday, Nov. 11 & 13
More great young voices to sample thanks to Cincinnati Chamber Opera and its production of “La Vida Breve” by De Falla, just across the river at NKU.
Monday, Nov. 14
Opera Fusion: New Works, the collaboration by Cincinnati Opera and CCM, presents a workshop-ending performance of an opera-in-progress, “Intimate Apparel,“ by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Hear it here, at the Cincinnati Club, downtown, before it opens in New York.
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Friday, Nov. 11
In addition to the aforementioned “Golden Ticket” exhibit at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Manifest Gallery opens “Sustain” – works about sustainability – plus “Vital” by Margaret Smithers-Crump, and “Schema,” traditional and non-traditional self-portraiture. While there, check out the ongoing development along Woodburn Ave. in East Walnut Hills. Very exciting, and inspired significantly by the presence of Manifest.
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