Thursday, September 28, 2000

Early word

Jump on your weekend


        Wexner debut: Cincinnati Opera's Nic Muni makes his Wexner Center debut this season. The ink has just dried on the contract that will have him directing Peer Gynt March 2-4 in Columbus.

        It's an original production that will feature members of Ohio State University staging Henrik Ibsen's fable accompanied by Columbus Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alessandro Siciliani, performing the music of Edvard Grieg.

        Call the Wexner Center box office at (614) 292-3535 for reservations and information.

        Season opens: The Philharmonia Orchestra at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music opens its season, 8 p.m. Wednesday in Corbett Auditorium. Mark Gibson conducts Beethoven, Weber and Hindemith; CCM voice professor Barbara Honn is soloist in Strauss' Four Last Songs. Free. 556-4183.

        Just added: Oct. 15, Afghan Whigs frontman and former Cincinnatian Greg Dulli brings his Twilight Singers side project to Top Cat's (2820 Vine St., Corryville; 281-2005). Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $12, on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone (562-4949) and online (

        Chat area: Ask a composer, chat with a pianist or meet the next maestro of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra — online. The CSO has a new Online Chat area at, where Q&A sessions feature American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, outgoing music director Jesus Lopez-Cobos and his successor, Paavo Jarvi. Mr. Jarvi, who appears Oct. 5-7 with the CSO, is open for questions. His answers will be posted on Sunday. To keep up with Mr. Jarvi, or to send him a comment, check his own Web site:

        Ladies on film: If you miss Barenaked Ladies at Firstar Center tonight (7:30 p.m.; $26 and $36 at Ticketmaster and the box office), you'll just have to catch Canada's leading pop band on film.

        Actor Jason Priestley of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame, directed the new documentary Barenaked in America, following the group for two weeks of the 1998 U.S. tour, a time when the hit “One Week” had made the Ladies more than almost famous. But you might want to head to Firstar. Right now, the movie's not scheduled to open here.

        Movies opening Friday: • Alice and Martin

        • The Exorcist

        Remember the Titans

        Steal This Movie

        The Tic Code



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