Salon 21

Petite Piano Concerts

Salon 21 is a series of intimate piano concerts in unexpected places around the city of Cincinnati.

Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Parallels

Salon 21 teams up with Cincinnati Soundbox  to present five world premieres for piano quintet written by composers from the United States and Poland:  Żaneta Rydzewska, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Julia Seeholzer, Laura Harrison, and Rachel C. Walker. Representing fresh new voices in composition today, each composer will interpret the piano quintet through their own lens, while pushing the boundaries of the art form. This program will be presented separately in both Cincinnati and Warsaw, Poland over the course of the 2018/2019 season. The US premiere will feature 4-Way Quartet, Cincinnati's String Quartet and Salon 21 Artistic Director, pianist Jill Jantzen. This project is supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

Location: Weston Art Gallery | $15 suggested donation

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Pillars of American Art Song

Salon 21 takes an academic spin across American art song literature with a collaboration between voice and piano professors from University of Northern Kentucky and University of North Florida. Art Song is a form of music that can simply be defined as text set to music written for voice and piano. While this genre of music was famously refined by the greats of 19th century German music, there is a wide range of 20th century American composers who have contributed significantly to this art form. Kimberly Lazzeri, soprano; Krzysztof Biernacki, baritone; Erin Bennett, piano; and Richard van Dyke, piano present a survey of  Samuel Barber’s “Hermit Songs,” four songs from Aaron Copland’s “Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson,” and Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “Arias and Barcaroles.”

Location: Willis Music Kenwood | $15 suggested donation

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Spotlight: Art of the Piano

We continue to celebrate Salon 21’s partnership with Art of the Piano, an intimate music festival for aspiring pianists created and led by pianist Awadagin Pratt. Each year, an Enlight Prize is given to two outstanding pianists who best represent the spirit of the festival. Tonight's concert features one of the 2018 winners, pianist Talon Smith. At a young age of 16, Smith has already earned high acclaim for his poetic and musical artistry, engaging his listeners in an unforgettable touching musical experience. Prepare to listen in awe as we celebrate Smith’s achievement of earning the 2018 Enlight Prize.

Location: Weston Art Gallery | $15 suggested donation

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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Dancing Interludes

Rustic, light, bouncy, and gruff. Folk songs and dances have been carried down from century to century being written, rearranged, and mashed-up. Despite each variation, there is an ever-present beat to the music. For the season finale, violinist Rebecca Culnan returns to collaborate with Artistic Director and pianist Jill Jantzen to bring forth a program full of folks songs and dances across many centuries and many countries.  Put your dancing shoes on as we close the season with a party!

The Mercantile Library | $15 suggested donation

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Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Doorways: Half-Remembered Music

What do Bach, Chopin, Shostakovich, and George Crumb have in common? Salon 21 hosts pianist Susan Yang who will present a concert that reveals hidden connections across three centuries of composers by pairing unexpected preludes and miniature pieces and examining them side by side. Ultimately, Yang’s performance aims to evoke a sense of familiarity across the musical and generational spectrum. Despite the presentation of extremely different musical styles, the listener might be surprised to recognize the subtle connections between the pairings.

Location: Weston Art Gallery | $15 suggested donation


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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Nocturnal Keys

Salon 21 celebrates of the opening of our fifth season with Cincinnati powerhouse and returning artist, Polina Bespalko. This concert explores all aspects of night whether by title, popular culture, or the artist’s own vision. Featured pieces include Bach’s haunting D Minor Toccata and Fugue transcribed for piano to Ravel’s mysterious Gaspard de la Nuit depicting devils, ill-fated lovers, death, and nightmares.

Location: Weston Art Gallery | $15 suggested donation

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