Our Next Concert: South of the Border October 8th 2017 at 2 pm


Cello Ensemble from the CCM Studio of Allan Rafferty is made up of students many of which have been winners of the Junior Division Gold Medal of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and many other national music competitions. They have played as soloists with the Cincinnati Symphony among other orchestras. Allan and his wife, cellist Sarah Kim, are founders and directors of the nationally recognized Cincinnati Young Artists. In 2016 they were named 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teachers of the Year. (www.Cincinnatiyoungartists.org)


Kayleigh Decker, Mezzo Soprano continues her work on a Masters degree at CCM, having sung in Cincinnati the roles of Peggy in Shalimar the Clown, the Fox in The Little Prince, the Fox (another one!) in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Idamante in Idomeneo. She was an Encouragement award winner in the Cincinnati District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and recently made her debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist. Visit Kayleigh at www.kayleighdecker.com

Jesse Leong, Piano (www.jesseleong.com  ) is finishing an MM degree in Conducting at CCM, having just worked as Assistant Conductor at the Glimmerglass Opera last summer. Jesse has been Associate Music Director of the Queen City Chamber Opera, Conducting Fellow at Opera Saratoga, Resident Pianist at Opera Pittsburgh, Studio Pianist and Conductor  for the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, and is currently a Graduate Assistant at CCM’s Orchestral Studies and Opera Departments.

James Meade, Guitar (www.jamesmeadeguitar.com ) holds a B.M. Performance from Eastern Kentucky University and completed his M.M. Performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. James began his concert career  in  2013  and  has since given  concerts in  America and Europe. James’ whose CD album, Canción will be available for purchase in the lobby after the concert was praised in our www.RafaelMusicNotes.com  for its impeccable musicianship, profound musicality and a complete technical command of his instrument.

Daniel Weeks, Tenor (www.tenorweeks.com), a member of the Voice Faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music, continues to maintain a performance career encompassing opera, concert, solo recitals, and recordings, having appeared with the Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Memphis and Louisville Symphony Orchestras, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, and San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater.  Mr. Weeks is represented by DISPEKER ARTISTS MGT, NYC.           

Eben Wagenstroom, Piano graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Johannesburg, South Africa, his native country, with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano. He is now a student of Professor Dror Biran, working on a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he plans to continue to pursue a DMA degree


Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905) wrote short but technically complex musical vignettes, giving each its own title and setting many to the dance rhythms of 19th century Cuba.

Enrique Granados (1867-1916), a virtuoso concert pianist in his own right assured a place for Spanish music in the international concert repertoire with his own music.

 Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) revolutionized the traditional tango by creating the nuevo tango, a blend of classical, jazz and Argentine music.

 Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), the greatest guitarist virtuoso that Spain ever produced, concertized widely as a soloist and wrote extensively for his instrument.


 Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) wrote hundreds of compositions for piano, voice and orchestra, helping to gain a special place for Spanish music along with his friend, Enrique Granados.

 Heitor Villalobos (1887-1959), Brazil’s greatest composer of concert music, wrote the Bachianas Brasileiras, a set of pieces blending 18th century counterpoint and Brazilian melody.

Enrique Granados Tonadillas

Francisco Tárrega      Danza Mora…Recuerdos de la Alhambra…Marieta…Estudio Brillante

 Astor Piazzolla           The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires 

Joaquín Turina           Poema en forma de canciones (Poem in the form of songs)

Ignacio Cervantes

Improvisada (Improvised) Ilusiones Perdidas (Lost Illusions Homenaje (Tribute)

Adiós a Cuba (Goodbye, Cuba) Los tres golpes (Three Knocks at the Door)

Amistad (Friendship) Cri Cri (Rustling Petticoats) Duchas frías (Cold Showers)

¿Por qué?¿eh? (Why? Huh?) Picotazos (Pecking)


Heitor Villalobos        Bachiana Brasileira no. 1       Bachiana Brasileira no. 5