Where to go for music, art and beyond is the Constella Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio beginning October 1 and running through November 7, 2013. Founder and artistic director Tatiana Berman offers five weeks of concerts, exhibits, workshops and master classes by featured performers. “Every concert is an event and an adventure. People who have never been to a classical music concert enjoy our events as much as veteran chamber music, jazz and art lovers, ” says Tatiana.
A sampling of the programs follows. On Thursday, October 3 Fiesta Mojo debuts with Jimmy Heath, saxophone and Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra directed by Scott Belck. Music from his album Little Man, Big Band will be played in addition to new and classic arrangements of standards and Jimmy’s compositions. He is a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and a three-time Grammy nominee. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music’s Corbett Auditorium.
Queen City Connections includes Tatiana, violin, and Paavo Jarvi, former Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conductor, leading the Constella Festival Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 in Memorial Hall. The program consists of Apollo by Stravinsky, Concerto (world premiere) by Coleman and Symphony no. 33 K.319 by Mozart. An art exhibit will accompany this event.
New this year is a classical composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli. She will perform along with Northern Kentucky University musicians on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. An art exhibition and video projections will accompany the event.
Renowned pianist Stewart Goodyear joins the series to perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Berg on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Brazee Street studios’ artists will also exhibit during this event.
On Saturday, October 26, Kelly O’Connor, mezzo, Jessica Rivera, soprano, join Robert Spano, piano, at 8:00 p.m. in the Tubman Theater at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday/Thursday October 30/31, Cincinnati Ballet dancers join the festival musicians to perform two world premieres choreographed by Heather Britt and Jimmy Cunningham. Stage art is by Sandra Gross and an exhibition by the Cincinnati Art Museum.
For the finale, Joshua Bell, violin, will join Sam Haywood, piano, on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Bell is a Grammy winner and Music America Instrumentalist of the Year.
To purchase tickets, go to www.constellafestival.org or call (513) 621-2787.