Four freebies to do this weekend
Or, I really need to clone myself: Join the samba party at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 9:30 p.m., today and Saturday, Oct. 27-28, 318 East Eighth Street, downtown. CCM prof and jazz pianist Phil DeGreg imports his Brazilian jazz/funk group, Brasilia, featuring Rusty Burge on vibraphone and Stan Ginn on percussion. It’s fun, tuneful and hot for just $8 cover. Or, at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday, it’s the famed Blue Wisp Big Band. Reservations: 513-241-9477 (WISP), www.bluewispjazzclub.com. Or just show up!!
Hear rarified choral music in one of the region's most radiant settings – Covington's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, Musica Sacra, opening its 41st season under the distinguished director Helmut Roehrig, performs "Requiem" in C Minor by Johann Michael Haydn (brother of Franz Joseph Haydn) and motets for chorus and orchestra. Info: 859-431-2060, www.cathedralconcertseries.org or www.musica-sacra.org.
Check out a young phenom organist at the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. French organist Vincent Dubois performs a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in the beautiful church sanctuary.
At just 26 years old, Dubois is considered one of the hottest young concert organists to appear on the world stage in years. His own teacher is Olivier Latry of the Notre Dame Cathedral. (Remember his spectacular show last year??) Dubois will perform J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Major, Franck’s Cantabile, Mozart’s F Minor Fantasy, music by Louis Vierne and Marcel Dupre and that alltime favorite – Improvisation on a submitted theme. Doors open at 3 p.m., and it’s "festival seating." Please, no riots!
One of our favorite pianists, Anton Nel, returns to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday with the three remaining members of the Oxford String Quartet at Miami University. Nel, the CCM grad who won the prestigious Naumburg Competition in 1987, joins violinist Harvey Thurmer, violist Mary E.M. Harris and cellist Pansy Chang in Souers Recital Hall, at the Center for Performing Arts on the MU campus.
The New York Times calls Nel "an uncommonly elegant pianist," and we agree! They'll play Brahms' Piano Quartet in G Minor and Bartok’s Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano. 513-529-3014.
Remember, all of these events are FREE.