Homecoming

In association with MusicNOW

APRIL 28-29, 2018
CINCINNATI, OH • SMALE PARK

The National return home to Cincinnati this spring, hosting a weekend celebration of music, art and cultural connections.

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PLUS CITY-WIDE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE FESTIVAL:

RAGNAR KJARTANSSON:

THE VISITORS AND 6 SCENES FROM WESTERN CULTURE

CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
03.30-06.17.18

Ragnar Kjartansson is an internationally recognized artist known for deeply affecting works that encompass performance, sound, video, painting, and drawing. In the artist’s masterful multi-channel video installation, The Visitors, eight musicians stationed in far-flung rooms of a faded manor house perform one wistful, repeated phrase. Slowly, their solitary refrains weave into a collective song, touching the common bonds of yearning, heartbreak, and solace.

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BOLD MOVES

CINCINNATI BALLET
04.26-29.18

Featuring popular works of today, adventurous choreographers, and bold elevations into uncharted territory, this year’s Bold Moves includes powerful premieres and music by Chicago ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Plus, New York City Ballet star Justin Peck teams up with Bryce Dessner.

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GRAHAM MACINDOE: THE NATIONAL

CINCINNATI CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
04.27-05.27

Scottish photographer Graham MacIndoe has been photographing, envisioning, revealing, and documenting the evolving visual identity of the rock band The National well before they were The National. This exhibition will celebrate a handful of iconic photos from an inventory of thousands, focusing especially on the production of the quintet’s most recent, and now Grammy-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. In concert with their 2018 Homecoming, this carefully selected group of works will showcase MacIndoe’s sensitive eye for the moments that underpin the music and inject life into the mythology.

Opening Reception | Friday, April 27 | 5-7pm

OFIR KLEMPERER: SIGNALS FOR IMMEDIATE MUSIC

CINCINNATI CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
04.27

With Signals For Immediate Music, Ofir Klemperer will work with both emerging and established musicians from the region to expand on past performances for his largest ensemble piece yet. With the musicians on stage, Klemperer will guide the audience through their own vocal improvisation practices, providing an understanding of the methods and, importantly, an invitation to participate. Following the training, Klemperer will then lead the musicians and audience on an incredible improvised collaboration, crafting a conducted uproar to unite all in the room on a sonic journey to destinations unknown.

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