The Catacoustic Consort 2018-2019 Season!


CD Release Concert!

L’Art Séduisant/Seductive Charm

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3:00pm

Church of the Advent, 2366 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati (Walnut Hills), OH 45206

 Due out November 5, Catacoustic’s newest CD will feature exquisite arrangements of opera airs from 18th-century France for pardessus de viole and soprano Melissa Harvey. Join us for an elegant live performance of this rarely heard, and never-before recorded music.

Catacoustic by Candlelight: In Dulci Jubilo!

Saturday, December 8, 2018,  7:30pm

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Avenue, Terrace Park (Cincinnati), OH

 Beautiful Italian Baroque holiday music by candlelight in one of our most popular and intimate venues. We will feature the exquisitely sensitive Jordanian-American soprano Nadine Balbeisi, with theorbo, harp, and lirone. Buon Natale!

Petit Concert on a Petite Viole

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 3:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY

Budget pricing of $15, reception following (no advance discount)

 Featuring music from the Renaissance for solo virtuoso treble viola da gamba and Baroque harp. Catacoustic has recorded this delightful music before, so expect the shimmer of two musicians at the top of their game.


The Tenor Viol Project

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3:00pm

Church of the Advent, 2366 Kemper Lane, Walnut Hills (Cincinnati), OH

 The tenor viol is roughly equivalent to the modern viola, providing the rich harmonic centers of consort music. And, like the viola, very little solo music was composed for it. But what happens when the ultimate team player steps out into the spotlight? Catacoustic has undertaken a project to make this neglected repertoire available to the large international viol community, who has been clamoring for it. We are preparing a CD recording, free downloadable music performing editions, and an instructional video. The media will be on display tonight, but it’s the music that will really shine when the supporting actor takes center stage.

Young Artists Concert

Free Event!

April 2019, Details to be announced

Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street, Downtown Cincinnati

 Catacoustic’s Young Artists will have spent an intense year of training and preparation, culminating in an exciting concert.

Lost & Found

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:30pm

Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street, Downtown Cincinnati

The music world was jubilant when scholars recently discovered a lost set of Fantasias by the beloved Georg Philipp Telemann. For their first performance in the Midwest, Catacoustic is assembling three bass viol players to explore a variety of interpretations of these masterpieces. And for even more contrast we’re mixing in some of the most popular viol solos by a friend of Telemann, J.S. Bach. Featuring Joanna Blendulf, Gail Ann Schroeder, and Annalisa Pappano, with Michael Unger on harpsichord.

About The Catacoustic Consort

The Catacoustic Consort is a 501c 3 nonprofit chamber music group, specializing in music of the Renaissance and Baroque with period instruments. Catacoustic is in its 18th season and is dedicated to the early music community in the greater Cincinnati area. In addition to our subscription concerts, Catacoustic has a Young Artist program, offers frequent workshops and masterclasses, and tours with their creative programming. Catacoustic is also committed to outreach to senior citizens.
The Catacoustic Consort, lead by Artistic Director Annalisa Pappano, was the Grand Prize Winner of the national Early Music America / Naxos Recording Label Recording Competition in 2003. Their CD recording of an Italian laments program on the Naxos label was released to international critical acclaim. Catacoustic also has recordings for two pardessus de viole (Secret of the Muse), a recording of 17th-century Italian song (Ai Sospiri), and a recording of intimate arrangements of opera airs for pardessus and soprano (L’Art Séduisant/Seductive Charms).

Three times invited to perform for the San Francisco Early Music Series, their concert touring includes Colombia (South America), Madison Early Music Festival, Columbus Early Music, Eugene Oregon, Indiana State University, and the University of Dayton. Catacoustic was also a featured ensemble at the 2014 and 2017 Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclaves. Catacoustic has also worked frequently in collaboration with University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for concerts, coachings, masterclasses, and lectures. They have given collaborative performances for specially-curated art exhibits at the St. Louis and Cincinnati Art Museums. And their collaborations with partner organization Cincinnati Opera resulted in the successful stagings of Cavalli’s La Calisto and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Opera News praised the ensemble as “a constant source of delight,” noting their “rich” sound and “evident rapport” within the company.

Catacoustic Consort provides Cincinnati with truly unmatched access to the highest quality early music.



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