Sunday, September 21, 2003

Tall Stacks too noisy for classical show

Why didn't the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which is booking rock acts for Tall Stacks, book any music for classical tastes?

"I don't want to hear those rock groups, but I'd go for Baroque," says Carolyn Flory, a symphony and opera subscriber. "It wouldn't have to be totally highbrow."

Flory suggests getting a river barge - like New York's Bargemusic - to hold soirees on the Ohio.

Mike Smith, vice president and CEO of MEMI (Music and Entertainment Management, Inc., a subsidiary of the CSO), who is booking the shows, says violins would be drowned out by the riverboat whistles and calliopes, and music lovers would be disappointed.

In addition, there is no room to add a barge.

"She's got a wonderful idea, but I have run out of river space," he says. "We have 230 excursions in and out of the harbor - it's a massive traffic control issue."

All stages for music will be away from the river, to allow boats complete access to the riverfront, he says. As for entertainment, he has booked music that is "very roots, very river cities and very Americana." But it's possible that a "barge music" idea would work in off years, when there was no Tall Stacks.

Janelle Gelfand

Guide to Tall Stacks

And the Emmys should go to ...
Take our Emmy quiz
Who chooses Emmy Award winners?
Emmys by the numbers
What are the odds?
Order of presentation

Tall Stacks cruise tickets almost gone
Best of the Bats: Project stands up for women players
Get to It: A guide to help make your day

DEMALINE: 'Lady' brings actor back home
20/20 celebrates by the numbers
Card is passport to arts discounts
Grants go to Festival of Freedom
Troupe remembers 'Hometown Heroes'
Columbus gives 'Green Gables' the green light
Comic book films here for good

GELFAND: New opera captures slave's plight
On stage at the Black Box
Tall Stacks too noisy for classical show
Jarvi, CSO heading for the major league

N'Dour has 'em dancing in the aisles

Top chefs' cooking benefits kids
Serve it this week: Bruschetta
Don't let blackout darken your dinner plans

KENDRICK: Handicapped parking spaces open up debate