Performances large and small take place throughout the month of February,

and highlight the vast range of musical styles from 1000 years of early written music. Many of these recitals are free. Check each individual event for pricing. (These are entirely separate from Catacoustic tickets).

festival

Period instruments, unexpected venues, and exciting collaborations are the order of the day.

Professionals, students, and passionate amateurs give audiences all over town a chance to hear old music played and sung as it would have sounded when it was new.

 


Cantigium @ Annunciation Catholic Church, Clifton
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm
Cantigium @ Annunciation Catholic Church, Clifton  | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Cantigium Vocal Ensemble returns for another evening of music from five centuries of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, by composers from Anonymous to Zarlino.  This was a hugely popular event...
Music of the Renaissance @ Public Library, Symmes Township Branch
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
Music of the Renaissance @ Public Library, Symmes Township Branch | Loveland | Ohio | United States
Music for three violas da gamba, by Senfl, Isaac, Gibbons, and others.  This event brings together two great programs.  First is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s music...
Faculty Artist Series: Lute and Voice @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
Faculty Artist Series:  Lute and Voice @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Rodney Stucky, lute and baroque guitar Mary Stucky, mezzo-soprano Join two popular music faculty for a recital of music from 17th century Spain, England, and the Netherlands.  Solo music for...
The Shakespeare Band @ Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown
Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm
The Shakespeare Band @ Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown  | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
The first of three lovely noontime concerts from Christ Church’s Live at Lunch series. The concert is free; if you like, you can bring or purchase lunch and eat while...
Music of the Renaissance @ Public Library, Deer Park Branch
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm
Music of the Renaissance @ Public Library, Deer Park Branch | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Music for three violas da gamba, by Senfl, Isaac, Gibbons, and others.  This event brings together two great programs.  First is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s music...
Bach Vespers @ St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm
Bach Vespers @ St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park | Terrace Park | Ohio | United States
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble joins forces with the Cincinnati Camerata in a performance of JS Bach, Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3. Brett Scott, guest conductor.
Classical Revolution @ Northside Tavern, Northside
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Classical Revolution @ Northside Tavern, Northside | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Classical Revolution is a national movement to bring classical music to the people, organizing concerts in bars, cafes, and other non-traditional venues.  The February edition in Cincinnati will be an...
Consort in the Egg @ Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm
Consort in the Egg @ Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown  | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Consort in the Egg is a (mostly) wind ensemble that focuses on music from the 15th and 16th centuries.  You’ll hear not only recorders of all sizes, but some other...
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm
Sacred music of Renaissance Spain @ Old St. Mary's, OTR | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Cristobal de Morales was the finest composer in Spain in the early 16th century.  He is also considered the greatest church composer between Josquin and Palestrina.  He was recognized as...
Harpers’ Robin @ Sisters of Charity Motherhouse Immaculate Conception Chapel, Delhi
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm
Harpers' Robin @ Sisters of Charity  Motherhouse Immaculate Conception Chapel, Delhi | Delhi | Ohio | United States
The Cincinnati Harpers’ Robin is a group of several lever harpers, who will be playing early music ranging from the late 12th century to the late 17th century. Tunes will...
Sundrie Songs of a Lovely Nature @ All Saints Episcopal Church, Pleasant Ridge
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Sundrie Songs of a Lovely Nature @ All Saints Episcopal Church, Pleasant Ridge | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Cantantes Camarae, a chamber vocal ensemble, brought us rollicking tavern tunes last year.  This year, it’s love songs for Valentine’s Day.  Count on an intimate, evocative evening of Renaissance song.
A Concatenation of Choirs @ St Peter in Chains, Downtown
Feb 15 @ 3:00 pm
A Concatenation of Choirs @ St Peter in Chains, Downtown | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Experience the centuries of early choral music in the perfect acoustics of the Cathedral.  Last year’s very popular event showcased music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, and the...
Seven Last Words @ Sacred Heart Church, Camp Washington
Feb 15 @ 4:00 pm
Seven Last Words @ Sacred Heart  Church, Camp Washington  | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Five instrumentalists and a vocal quartet perform Da Jesus an dem Kreuze hing, an early setting of the Seven Last Words of Christ by Ludwig Senfl. We’ll also hear other...
Music of the Renaissance @ Public Library, Wyoming Branch
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
Music of the Renaissance @ Public Library, Wyoming Branch | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Music for three violas da gamba, by Senfl, Isaac, Gibbons, and others.  This event brings together two great programs.  First is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s music...
Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Love, power, morality, corruption… Monteverdi’s final masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea, is often described as his greatest achievement, combining mythic and very human themes and featuring some of his most...
Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Love, power, morality, corruption… Monteverdi’s final masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea, is often described as his greatest achievement, combining mythic and very human themes and featuring some of his most...
Schütz at Knox @ Knox Presbyterian Church, Hyde Park
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am
Schütz at Knox @ Knox Presbyterian Church, Hyde Park | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
The Knox Choir at Knox Presbyterian Church has an enduring reputation for quality, and a notable love for early music.  This Sunday’s 11:00 traditional service will feature selections from Geistliche...
Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm
Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Love, power, morality, corruption… Monteverdi’s final masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea, is often described as his greatest achievement, combining mythic and very human themes and featuring some of his most...
Keyboard Masterworks @ Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm
Keyboard Masterworks @ Christ Church Cathedral, Downtown  | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Upper-level CCM keyboard students from Dr. Michael Unger’s studio will perform a recital of works for harpsichord and organ.  Christ Church owns two lovely instruments:  a freshly restored 18th-century-style harpsichord...
Handel’s Ariodante @ Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm
Handel's Ariodante @ Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Here’s how the Grove Dictionary of Music describes this opera:  “Ariodante is one of Handel’s most appealing operas: the story is romantic and unusually straightforward, and the characters are portrayed...
Handel’s Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Handel's Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
A sorceress, an enchanted island, disguised lovers and mistaken identities are woven together beautifully with some of Handel’s most memorable melodies. Music by George Frideric Handel, libretto by Riccardo Broschi,...
Handel’s Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm
Handel's Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
A sorceress, an enchanted island, disguised lovers and mistaken identities are woven together beautifully with some of Handel’s most memorable melodies. Music by George Frideric Handel, libretto by Riccardo Broschi,...
My Heart is Prepared @ St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm
My Heart is Prepared @ St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park | Terrace Park | Ohio | United States
Glorious music by one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century French music, Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, for soprano, harpsichord, and pardessus, with Toronto-based soprano, Shannon Mercer.  This candle-lit concert is an...
Handel’s Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Handel's Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
A sorceress, an enchanted island, disguised lovers and mistaken identities are woven together beautifully with some of Handel’s most memorable melodies. Music by George Frideric Handel, libretto by Riccardo Broschi,...
Handel’s Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm
Handel's Alcina @ Cohen Family Studio Theater. UC-CCM | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
A sorceress, an enchanted island, disguised lovers and mistaken identities are woven together beautifully with some of Handel’s most memorable melodies. Music by George Frideric Handel, libretto by Riccardo Broschi,...
Handel’s Ariodante @ Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm
Handel's Ariodante @ Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States
Here’s how the Grove Dictionary of Music describes this opera:  “Ariodante is one of Handel’s most appealing operas: the story is romantic and unusually straightforward, and the characters are portrayed...