By Thomas Consolo
I admit to enjoying a little light in the sky as I head off for work in the morning, but the end of daylight saving time nevertheless is the saddest day of the year for me, plunging us into complete darkness well before dinner each day. What’s worse, the weathercasters this week actually used the F word … flurries. No fear, though. What a variety of options we have this week to keep us, so to speak, enlightened.
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Thanks to our own attempt at national suicide known as the Civil War, we Americans already had a perfectly good day to honor our fallen soldiers – Memorial Day – when World War I broke out. Such was the impact of the Great War, though, that every combatant nation took the day it ended as a day to honor the fallen. While Nov. 11 is Armistice Day or Remembrance Day to the rest of the world, here it is Veterans Day, a day we honor all those who have served the country in uniform. Sunday is the 100th anniversary of that 11th day of the 11th month, so here are a few of the thoughtful ways available to mark the momentous occasion.
Memorial Hall | 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-977-8838
Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Annual Veterans Day Salute
While it’s great to see Memorial Hall renovated as a thriving venue for concerts and other events, it’s important to remember why it was built at all – as a war memorial to honor the city’s Civil War veterans. Subsequent conflicts added more names to the wall. Thankfully, the new management continues that legacy with events on Veterans Day each year. Displays throughout the building feature military art and artifacts. At noon, hear about the role Cincinnati’s 147th Infantry Regiment played in World War I. At 2 p.m., hear a concert by the Queen City Concert Band. A trio of SCPA students will also channel the Andrews Sisters for some World War II hits.
War broke: and now the Winter of the world
With perishing great darkness closes in.
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County | 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-369-6900
Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.: Early history of submarines
The first ship to sink at the hands of a submarine was the U.S.S. Housatonic, doomed in 1864 by an experimental submersible named the C.S.S. Hunley. In just 50 years, submarines would be perfected to the point that no surface ship could count itself safe in time of war, and the sinking of an ocean liner, the R.M.S. Lusitania, helped spur the U.S. to enter World War I. The library offers a talk by former naval officer and Civil War historian Gary Q. Johnson about the human and technical challenges overcome in the transition from the barely capable Hunley to highly capable U-boats.
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Mercantile Library | 414 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-621-0717
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Sons and Soldiers
You probably know about German Jews who fled their country as the Nazis came to power, but you might not know about the Ritchie Boys. That’s as in Camp Ritchie. It’s where young German Jewish men whose families had gotten them safely to America trained to go back and fight the Nazi regime. One of those Ritchie Boys, Dr. Al Miller, speaks about his experiences in Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Stories of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned to Fight Hitler. The special event is presented in collaboration with the Holocaust and Humanity Center, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and the Tri-State Veterans Community Alliance.
Poetry excerpts by John McCrae and Wilfred Owen, who both perished during World War I.
Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra | 1600 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206; 513-549-2197
Sunday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.: World War I centenary concert
We told you about this program for its first performance last week. It repeats Sunday. BAMSO and Cincinnati Choral Society join forces to mark the Armistice Day centenary with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, Martin Lauridsen’s reflective “Lux aeterna” and Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” motet. Michael Chertock plays and conducts.
Krohn Conservatory | 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-421-5707
Opens Saturday, Nov. 10: “A Crystal Holiday”
Fragrant evergreens, holiday florals and the natural-material installations of Applied Imagination combine to create a miniature Cincinnati in the Krohn’s annual holiday show. Follow the miniature trains as they chug past replicas of the Roebling Bridge, Carol Ann’s Carousel, Union Terminal and, this year, National Park Service landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Runs through Jan. 6.
Great Parks of Hamilton County | 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, OH 45052; 513-521-7275
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.: “Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier”
Reenactors from the Society of the Northwest Longhunters lead a recreation of the first Thanksgiving in Ohio. Learn about the lives of settlers and Shawnee Native Americans who attended, enjoy samples of period fare and revel in the Thanksgiving traditions of then and now. At the Shawnee Lookout historic log cabin area.
Xavier University | 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207; 513-745-3000
Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Yeah, we know it’s the Xavier Music Series, but that doesn’t mean the performers have to stand still, does it? Dayton’s Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. After five decades, it’s still thriving, still rooted in the African American experience and still committed to the development of diverse artists on the global stage. On Friday, they make the short trip from the Gem City so we can all share in the birthday celebrations.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-381-3300
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, 8 p.m.: “One City” – Beethoven 9
We warned you last week to watch this space. Now here it is: the CSO’s One City program, designed to unify the city each year around a single musical masterpiece. This year, it’s Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9, whose greatness lies in the seamless way it both sums up the symphonic tradition to that moment and carries us into blazing, uncharted territory to the strains of the “Ode to Joy.”
The Beethoven is paired with the world premiere of “Ode,” commissioned of CSO composer-in-residence Jonathan Bailey Holland specifically to pair with the Beethoven. As Louis Langrée told me, “It’s a kind of Movement 0” for the symphony.
Which is the steak and which is the wine? We’ll leave that for you to decide.
Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra | 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-381-3300
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.: Philharmonic Orchestra Fall Concert
Since its founding in the mid-’60s, the now-CSYO has changed significantly, including these days incorporating two full orchestras. The senior orchestra, the Philharmonic, prepares the same symphonic music that the CSO does. Witness this program: Mendelssohn’s underrated Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”), Wagner’s Prelude to “Die Meistersinger” and Richard Strauss’s “Death and Transfiguration.” Come see these young virtuosos … before they win gigs in orchestras around the world. Gene Chang, CSO assistant conductor, conducts.
Cincinnati Song Initiative | 225 Wyoming Avenue Wyoming, OH, 45215
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 p.m.: “The Age of Wagner”
Apparently we have a German theme this week, so let’s keep the train running … on time, of course. CSI and the local Wagner Society of Cincinnati – yes, there’s a Wagner Society of Cincinnati! – are teaming up for a look at the miniature works of 19th-century composers more famous for the large scale. That includes Wagner (the “Wesendonck Lieder”), Liszt (Three Songs from Schiller’s ‘William Tell’”) and even Mahler (“Des Knaben Wunderhorn” and “Rückert Lieder”). CSI fulfills its legal obligation, too, of including songs by Hugo Wolf.
Linton Music Series | 536 Linton St., Cincinnati, OH 45219; 513-381-6868
Sunday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.: CSO Friends & Anna Polonsky
Pianist Anna Polonsky joins a mighty handful of CSO players (technically, in William Winstead’s case, an alum) for a program of Poulenc, Mozart and Dvorak (pre-Slavonic Dances). Program repeats 7:30 p.m. Monday, at Congregation Beth Adam (10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140).
Cincinnati Music Theatre | 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-621-2787 (ARTS)
Opens Friday, Nov. 9: “My Favorite Year”
It was a great movie, and it makes for great theater, too. CMT opens its season with this musical adaptation of “My Favorite Year” with a book by Joseph Dougherty, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Aherns. It’s 1954, and Benjy Stone, writers’ assistant on TV’s “King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade,” has to babysit veteran Hollywood swashbuckler Alan Swann. Surely that’ll go off without a hitch, won’t it?
- “The Man Beast”: A class conscious tale of mystery, passion, and suspense … all inspired by a French legend of a werewolf. At Know Theatre through Saturday, Nov. 10 (1120 Jackson St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513.300.5669).
- “Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley”: Middle sister Mary Bennett has grown tired of her role as the dutiful daughter and dreams of forging a new path during a holiday gathering at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. The romantic comedy could have been a Christmastime play, except for a booking by a certain Mr. Scrooge. At Playhouse in the Park through Saturday, Nov. 10 (962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-421-3888).
Cincinnati Art Museum | 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-721-2787 (ARTS)
Opens Friday, Nov. 9: “First Photographs – From the Collection”
One of the museum’s small exhibitions, “First Photographs” presents notable photographs that have rarely been on view and exciting new acquisitions. Although the works on view are diverse, each suggests ways to think about photography’s relationship with novelty – from aesthetic innovation to technological advances, from intrepid exploration to breaking news, from firsts in a particular artist’s career to new directions. Through Feb. 3.
Great Parks of Hamilton County | 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251; 513-521-7275
Wednesday, Nov. 7-Sunday, Nov. 11: “Harper Art Show”
View works and pick up prints by Charley, Edie and Brett Harper. Featured this season is Charley Harper’s “Pileated Woodpecker.” Brett Harper, author of “Harper Ever After,” signs books from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Michele Houts will sign her Harper biography, “Count the Wings,” from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. At Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve.
Manifest Gallery | 2727 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206; 513-861-3638
Opens Friday, Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m.: “Animalia”
Images of animals in art have existed for as long as people have made images. Our social, creative, and psychological evolution is inextricably tied to our relationships with animals. The animal remains a powerful subject in current art. The exhibition’s 30 works were selected by a blind jury process from among 434 submissions from around the world. Runs through Dec. 7 concurrently with:
- “Soil and Dirt”: While they may seem beneath us (pun intended), soil and dirt are what we’re made of and live on. Nine selected works.
- “Plein Air”: Twenty-seven works created outdoors.