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Roll over Beethoven, and tell Pagliacci the news!

WGUC-FM (90.9), Cincinnati's classical music and opera station, turns 60 at 4 p.m. today. 

The station will repeat its inaugural broadcast at that hour, a 20-second clip of the University of Cincinnati chimes followed by then-chief announcer George Brengel proclaiming, "This is WGUC in Cincinnati!'

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One of Cincinnati Public Radio’s most ardent fans and biggest supporters is also one of the city’s most talented musicians. Michael Chertock is the pianist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and chair of the music department at the UC College-Conservatory of Music. For her final profile for Around Cincinnati, Anne Arenstein has a wide-ranging conversation with Maestro Chertock about his career and how he found his way to Cincinnati.

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Downtown’s Christ Church Cathedral dedicated a new C.B. Fisk organ in their Centennial Cathedral in 2018. To learn more about this very special instrument, our Alexander Watson recently spoke with Dr. Michael Unger, Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at UC, and David Pike, head tonalist from C. B. Fisk Organ Builders.

WVXU

Before the Reds open the delayed 2020 baseball season, WVXU will repeat its production of Rod Serling's Reds baseball comedy, O'Toole From Moscow, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.

Written during the Cold War, Serling's O'Toole From Moscow is about confusion between Russians and the Reds which results in a Soviet Union embassy staffer playing outfield for the Cincinnati baseball club.

When the story of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police began making news last week, Anthony McGill felt something roiling up inside him.

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The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music pioneered the idea of creating a showcase of graduating musical theatre seniors to get them in front of key industry agents and casting directors in New York City. It became a model for programs across the country, but this year coronavirus canceled the revival.

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Anne Serling is confident that her famous father would be pleased that Cincinnati Public Radio is reviving O' Toole From Moscow, his 1955 Cincinnati Reds comedy premiering 8 p.m. tonight on WVXU-FM and at wvxu.org.

WVXU is bringing you an old-school radio comedy play on Wednesday at 8 p.m., live on 91.7 FM.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

I've been getting too much attention for reviving O'Toole From Moscow, Rod Serling's "lost" 1955 baseball comedy about the Cincinnati Reds for WVXU-FM.

The stars of the show are, well, the stars of the show: Eight very talented University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music students. The manager of our Team O'Toole is director Richard Hess, who teaches acting and directing at CCM. Our recording guru is WVXU engineer Josh Elstro.

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John Kiesewetter / WVXU

Rod Serling's 1955 comedy involving the Cincinnati Reds – broadcast only once on NBC Television – will premiere as a radio play on WVXU-FM 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

Written during the Cold War, Serling's O'Toole From Moscow is about confusion between Russians and the Reds in which a Soviet Union embassy staffer ends up playing outfield for the Cincinnati Reds. 

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UC's College-Conservatory of Music is in final rehearsals for their next production, Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's classic, A Raisin in the Sun. Director Richard Hess joins Rick Pender to discuss this drama-comedy that takes place in the 1950's and 2008, and his unique take on casting the roles.

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Courtesy of Anne Serling

Anne Serling, daughter of Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, will be the studio announcer for WVXU's production of her father's 1955 baseball comedy, O'Toole From Moscow.

Courtesy Hagit Limor

Former WCPO-TV reporter Hagit Limor returns to Channel 9 Monday night with a half-hour special retracing her father's journey to survive the Holocaust called Hope After Hate  (7:30 p.m. Monday, June 17).

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The odds of landing a coveted seat in one of the great American orchestras is slim and the competition is fierce. For minority musicians the stakes are even higher. Just four percent of players in U.S. orchestras are African American or Latino.

CCM, Jazz & More on This Week's Music Notes

Dec 4, 2018

Holiday concerts are springing up around the city including a Nat King Cole Christmas at the Aronoff.  CCM will feature Gerald Arpino's Birthday Variations this week, and musician Will Downing will perform at the Freedom Center Friday night.

Lots of jazz shows around town, too, including Lynne Scott, the Brad Myers Trio, Mike Sharfe's Mambo Combo, & Mandy Gaines. 

Starting June 11, UC's College-Conservatory of Music will again host their Playwright's Workshop, bringing together aspiring and professional playwrights for script development and advice. 

The First CD From The Ariel Quartet

May 25, 2018

The Ariel Quartet is the professional string quartet in residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Two major anniversaries will converge on the campus of the University of Cincinnati when the College-Conservatory of Music celebrates its 150th year and the 100th birthday of acclaimed composer Leonard Bernstein during the 2018 Spring Semester. 

Sounds of Cincy Yamaha Artists Clinics

Nov 28, 2017

Elaine Diehl sat down with two folks from Buddy Roger's Music who dropped by the studio this morning to talk about their two days of clinics coming up on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th at their showroom in North College Hill.

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Why did North Bend native Sydney Benter leave hometown WKRC-TVfor Austin, Texas?

Because success came too fast. Again.

He's a Cincinnati native and one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of this era. 

He's got a new CD (Open Book) and memoir (Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz), and will be back in his hometown for the upcoming Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival on October 28. Fred Hersch joins our Ron Esposito to talk about his life, his health and his music.

Aspiring and experienced playwrights are again invited to an intense week of workshops and conversations at the CCM Summer Playwrights Conference

Friday, January 20 marks the annual return of one of the most popular arts events on the calendar, the UC College – Conservatory of Music Moveable Feast

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Who'da thunk it? Be honest, how many of you thought Jerry Springer's daytime talk show, which premiered Sept. 30, 1991, on five TV stations, would last long enough to mark its 25th anniversary today.

Not me. I was recently reminded that when I reviewed the premiere, I recommended that Jerry not give up his "desk job" anchoring WLWT-TV's news.

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Kids are back in school, and the Music Professor is back on the radio.

Jim LaBarbara, known as the Music Professor for nearly three decades on WLW-AM and WGRR-FM, now can be heard 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) and streamed  at 1067wnkr.

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A couple of things to know about WKRC-TV's Rich Jaffe -- and what made him one of the city's best TV reporters -- before he retires Wednesday:

HE STARTED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER: Jaffe first worked in television at WLWT-TV as a photographer, so he knows how to tell a story in words and pictures. Jaffe also shot news at WKRC-TV in the mid 1970s, often paired with Howard Ain. He left Channel 12 just before the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club story.

The Cincinnati World Piano Competition will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a dynamic concert on Saturday, July 30 at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

The Broadway show American Idiot, based on the album of the same name by rock group Green Day, gets its first local production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music starting March 3.

Kevin McCollum is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music who has gone on to great success as a Broadway producer (Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights, Something Rotten, Hand to God).

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