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.

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

2014-2015 Series

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Jean-Baptiste Robin with Romain Leleu, Trumpet

Monday, March 2, 2015

Nathan Laube with Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo Soprano

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chelsea Chen with Rick VanMatre, Soprano Saxophone

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Jean-Baptiste Robin with Romain Leleu, Trumpet

Jean-Baptiste Robin Romain Leleu

Jean-Baptiste Robin is Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles. He’s also the titular organist at the Royal Chapel in the palace of Versailles, France. He’s performed throughout Europe, Japan, North Africa and the United States. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where he was awarded First Prize for organ. He also studied with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard and Louis Robilliard.

Romain Leleu, who studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris as well, received first prize as a trumpet player and was awarded the chamber music prize with honors. He also studied at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule. He was elected Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year by the Victoires de la Musique Classique (Classical Music Victories) in 2009 and is regarded as among the finest trumpet players in France.

Program: Overture & Les Sauvages from Les Indes Galantes, Jean-Philippe Rameau; Sonata No. 6 in D minor, Felix Mendelssohn; Clair de lune from Suite Bergamasque, Claude Debussy; excerpts from Mother Goose Suite, Maurice Ravel; Litanies, Jehan Alain; Cantate, George Lelerue; Prières sans Paroles No. 1 and 2 for trumpet and organ, Jean-Michel Damase; excerpts from Récits Héroïques for trumpet and organ, Jean-Baptiste Robin; Theme and Variations from the Concerto in F major for trumpet and organ, Amilcare Ponchielli; Improvisation on Victimae Paschali, Charles Tournemire.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Nathan Laube with Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo Soprano

Nathan Laube Stacey Rishoi

Nathan Laube is a member of the faculty of The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and his master’s degree in organ from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. He served as an assistant organist at the Wannamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s Department Store in downtown Philadelphia. He’s a star among young classical musicians, quickly earning his place among the organ world’s finest performers.

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."

Program: Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 5, Charles-Marie Widor; Fantaisie , Op. 101, Camille Saint-Saens; Variations Serieuses, Op. 54, Felix Mendelssohn; Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, Richard Wagner (with Mezzo Soprano); Funérailles, Franz Liszt; Les Préludes, Franz Liszt.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Chelsea Chen with Rick VanMatre, Soprano Saxophone

Chelsea Chen Rick VanMatre

Chelsea Chen is Artist-in-Residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Originally from San Diego, she studied with John Weaver and Paul Jacobs at Juilliard (bachelor’s and master’s degrees), and Thomas Murray at Yale (Artists diploma). She composed and performed in Taiwan as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, received the Robert Baker, Hugh Porter and Charles Ives prizes at Yale, and received the international Lili Boulanger Award.

Rick VanMatre has recorded as a jazz saxophone soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the PsychoAcoustic Orchestra, Latin X-Posure and the CCM Faculty Jazztet. He was called a "superb instrumentalist" by the Cincinnati Enquirer, and a "reed titan" by Midwest Jazz magazine.

Program: Children's Corner, Claude Debussy; Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Marcel Dupre; Scherzo, Op. 2, Maurice Duruflé; Three Taiwanese Folksongs, Chelsea Chen; Miroir, Ad Wammes; Adagio, Mvmt II, Concerto de Arnjuez, Joaquin Rodrigo (with saxophone); Canario, Mvmt IV of Fantasia for a Gentleman, Joaquin Rodrigo (with saxophone).

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

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.


Buy Tickets

Tickets are $19 for adults and $9 for students online or by phone at 513-287-7001. (Student price available only by phone or in person.)


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



About Our 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."


What People Are Saying


"This is a very rare, world-class instrument. Its voicing and colors transcend all music you play on it, from Bach to the music of our century. Its lyricism and expressivity are in some ways as phenomenal as any great orchestra or great solo singer. I wish the people of Cincinnati knew that they have in their city one of most beautiful organs of North America."
- Vincent Dubois, Concert Organist & Director General of the Strasbourg National and Superior Conservatory of Music, Strasbourg, France


"Everyone must experience this organ and this room. It's just amazing! This is a dream organ. It is the most poetic orchestral organ I've ever played."
- Concert Organist Frédéric Champion