The night after the Cincinnati Symphony’s fantastico Latin evening, the tango continued with a group of musicians of the CSO and Chamber Orchestra in an improbable place — the lobby of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center.
Eight musicians of Concert:Nova – Cincinnati’s most innovative music ensemble — presented a wonderful evening of Latin gems, from the familiar (Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5) to Ginasteras’ “Impresiones de la Puna,” a spectacular find.
The group — violinists Mauricio Aguiar and Tatiana Berman, flutist Randy Bowman, clarinetist Ixi Chen, bassist Owen Lee, cellist Ted Nelson, violist Heidi Yenney and emcee Dwight Parry (oboist) — collaborated in sensuous tangos and wonderful Latin discoveries with guitarist Richard Goering, soprano Ellen Wieser and pianist Audrey Causilla. They even flew in a guy who plays bandoneon from Argentina — Benjamin Bogart, an American ex-patriot and “tango fanatic.” And yes, there were dancers from a local Argentine tango social club, Tango del Barrio.
Afterwards, the party continued at Nada, across the street. More than 80 music lovers turned out, even though the event only seemed to be publicized via e-mail and Facebook.
Is this kind of intimate show the future of classical music?
P.S. I’m pleased to report that Zaha Hadid’s architecture is also acoustically friendly for musical performance. Wonder if she had acoustics in mind when she designed it?
Part of Concert:Nova’s uniqueness is its theme under artistic director Ixi Chen of groundbreaking performance art in unexpected places. They have even performed at Children’s Hospital… The next concert is in December at a basement known as CN Garden on Reading Road… with video artist Charles Woodman, visual artist Tony Luensman, and the music of George Crumb, Arvo Part, Andre Jolivet and Toru Takemitsu…