Music in the Museum

The Winifred and Emil Barrows
Music in the Museum Concert Series

Season sponsor: The Corbett Foundation

Our E.M. Skinner Symphonic Organ has been called one of the finest in the world. Hearing it in the lush, reverberant acoustics of our Rotunda is an experience unlike any other. Don't miss these world-renowned musicians and performances.

2013-2014 Series

Monday, October 28, 2013
Isabelle Demers with the Xavier University Concert Choir, Matt Phelps, Director

Monday, March 3, 2014
Peter Richard Conte with Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo Soprano, and Brady Harrison, Timpani

Monday, April 28, 2014
Vincent Dubois with CSO Principal French Horn, Elizabeth Freimuth

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Isabelle Demers Xavier University Concert Choir

Isabelle Demers with the Xavier University Concert Choir, Matt Phelps, Director

Canadian organist, Isabelle Demers, is Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, and is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America's most virtuosic organists. She has been a prize-winner and finalist in several international performance competitions and performs widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Highlights of her 2012 season included her Davies Hall and Disney Hall debuts in March 2012, as well as a 14-concert tour of England and Germany in the summer. A review of her concert for the joint ISO-AIO convention in 2010 said that "she enchanted the entire audience with her virtuoso performance," leaving the entire congress in an atmosphere of "Demers fever."

Monday, March 3, 2014

Peter Richard Conte Stacey Rishoi

Peter Richard Conte with Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo Soprano, and Brady Harrison, Timpani

Peter Richard Conte was appointed Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ in Macy’s, Center City, Philadelphia, in 1989 and is the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911. He is also Principal Organist of Longwood Gardens and is Choirmaster and Organist of St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia, where he directs a professional choir. He is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions.

Stacey Rishoi has garnered an international reputation for the beauty and power of her voice. Following her debut as Adalgisa in Norma, the Washington Post stated "It was Rishoi's Adalgisa, however, who nearly stole the show with a performance that was convincing and unwavering from start to finish... Rishoi commanded the stage with a lustrous voice graced with natural expression and a surprising clarion projection."

Monday, April 28, 2014

Vincent Dubois Elizabeth Freimuth

Vincent Dubois with CSO Principal French Horn, Elizabeth Freimuth

Vincent Dubois is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he earned First Prizes in Organ, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and 20th-century composition. He won the Recital Gold Medal at the 2002 Calgary International Organ Competition and the Grand Prize at the 2002 International Competition of Toulouse, France. He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific, and  has appeared as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, and the Orchestre National de France. 

Elizabeth Freimuth is Principal French Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as the featured soloist with numerous orchestras and has also performed as a guest principal horn with the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony.

Program: Fantaisie in f minor, Wolfgang A. Mozart; Six Etudes in canon form, # IV and V, Robert Schumann ; Prelude in c sharp minor, Sergei Rachmaninov;  Missa Muta for French Horn & Organ, Op. 55, Bernhard Krol; Pavane for a dead Princess, Maurice Ravel (with French Horn); Allegro from  6th Symphony, Charles Marie Widor;  Clair de Lune, Louis Vierne; Fantaisie and Fugue on the chorale "Ad nos ad salutarem undam," Franz Liszt.

Past concerts

2012-2013 Series

Monday, November 5, 2012
Peter Richard Conte with Soprano Saxophonist, Rick Van Matre

Monday, March 4, 2013
Bruce Neswick with the CCM Chamber Choir, Earl Rivers, Director; and the CCM Brass Choir, Timothy Northcut, Director

Monday, April 29, 2013
David Briggs with CSO Principal Trumpet, Robert Sullivan

Watch a video from an April 2012 appearance at Cincinnati Museum Center by Frédéric Champion. Champion is the winner of the 2008 Canadian International Organ Competition and has performed organ music of the 16th through the 21st century as a solo organist and with orchestras and choirs around the world. Mr. Champion studied at the Conservatoire de Région in Lyon with Louis Robilliard, and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Mr. Champion has been heard on Radio-France, Austrian radio stations and Japanese TV/Radio broadcasts.


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Adult tickets: $19 for adults and $9 for students (parking included). Buy tickets online or call 513-287-7001 to purchase. Ask about our generous discounts for groups of 10 or more!


Tickets also on sale at Cincinnati Museum Center night of concert. Reserved seating with subscriptions only.



About the E.M. Skinner Concert Organ

You may have seen the console for our grand E. M. Skinner Concert Pipe Organ near the OMNIMAX Theater. The organ is separated into "divisions," with certain sets of pipes located in each and played from one of the four keyboards or the pedal board.

The divisions are hidden in rooms along the perimeter of the Rotunda—behind facades resembling ticket counters toward the back of the Rotunda, and the recently completed Antiphonal division is located above the entrance to the Cincinnati History Museum. In total, the organ has more than 4,000 pipes!

The Rotunda has a reverberation time of approximately five seconds and has been described by Cincinnati Enquirer classical music critic Janelle Gelfand as "an ideal environment for an organ."