Jeanine De Bique, Nicole Heaston, Edward Nelson Headline Cincinnati Song Initiative’s 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

Cincinnati Song Initiative has announced its 2021-22 season which will feature seven concerts.

First up will be a “Season Opening Gala: The Great American Songbook” at the Liberty Exhibition Hall. soprano Amy Burton and pianist John Musso will perform music from The Great American Songbook.

Performance Date: Oct. 2, 2021

“The Belletrists: Heinrich Heine” will feature soprano Elizabeth Marshall, tenor Daniel McGrew, and pianists Kelly Kuo and Samuel Martin as they take on musical settings influenced by Heine.

Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2021

Baritone Edward Nelson and pianist Marie-France Lefebvre will bring director Vince DeGeorge’s vision to life in “Winter Song Festival: The Andrée Expedition.” They will perform a song cycle by Dominick Argento based on the Swedish exception in 1897 aimed at reaching the North Pole.

Performance Date: Jan. 22, 2022

Next up will be “Winter Song Festival: Cincinnati songSLAM” in which 12 teams will present a new song for voice and piano with a chance to win $2,000 in prize money as voted on by live and online audiences.

Performance Date: Jan. 23, 2022

Soprano Nicole Heaston, Baritone Eric Heatley, and pianists Samuel Martin and Bethany Self present “CSI: Mobile: Houston, TX,” which will feature lieder and American song.

Performance Date: March 13, 2022

Soprano Jeanine De Bique, pianist Gerold Huber, and guitarist Theron Shaw will be spotlighted in a concert featuring music by R. Strauss, Mozart, Previn, and Caribbean folk songs.

Performance Date: March 30, 2022

The season comes to a close with “Americana: Carrying Gravity.” The performance will star soprano Katherine Jolly, baritone Andrew Garland, and pianists Donna Loewy and Evan Mack.

Performance Date: May 7, 2022