Music for All Seasons presents four concerts every year at Historic Peterloon Estate, in the village of Indian Hill in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Our concerts feature professional singers and instrumentalists in a varied repertory. All of our events take place in the grand rooms of the former home of Cincinnati developer and arts patrons John J. and Irene Emery. Now in its fifth year, Music for All Seasons presents its concerts in October, December, February and April. Concerts are given on Sundays at 2 p.m. at Peterloon Estate at 8605 Hopewell Road in the village of Indian Hill. The concerts end approximately at 4 p.m., and are always followed by an informal meet and greet with the artists, accompanied by tea, coffee and desserts. Tours of the mansion are often available before each of our concerts. All proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the Scholarship Fund of the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.
About Our Founders, Kimberly & Rafael.
Since 2010, as Cincinnati residents, the de Achas have been busy members of the arts community. Kimberly joined the Faculty of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music shortly after her arrival in Cincinnati, and remained an active member of the school’s Voice Department as an Associate Adjunct Professor until her retirement in April of 2017. Rafael occupies his time as a critic, covering musical theater, music and dance for the international classical music site www.seenandheard-international.com and arts events in the tri-State area and reviewing CD’s and DVD’s on his blog, www.RafaelMusicNotes.com He is also a busy teacher for the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI), where he has taught courses on the History of Music, Cuba, and the Arts in Cincinnati since 2012. He and Kimberly are also members of the McDowell Society, and continue their involvement with CCM, Rafael as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and Kimberly as a member of CCM Power.
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha were jointly honored in 2006 with the Key to the City of Coral Gables, a lifetime achievement award from the Coral Gables Cultural Affairs Council, an honorary citation from Miami Dade County, and a Distinguished Ambassadors of the Arts award from the City of Coral Gables. In 2006, with the announcement of their retirement, August 18th was named “Rafael and Kimberly de Acha Day” in Miami-Dade County “for trailblazing contributions to the cultural community of South Florida.”
Kimberly Daniel de Acha
Kimberly is the recipient of UC’s 2015-16 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. Her performing credits include appearances with Yale Repertory Theater, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, International Bach Society Concerts at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center’s Lunchtime Concert Series, New York Philharmonic, Boston’s Collegium Musicum, Greater Miami Opera, New York Kantorei, National Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theater and Harvard University Concerts, Northshore Music Theatre, Festival Miami, Mike Douglas Show, an NBC TV special hosted by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, TV and radio work with ABC, CBS and NBC national and television affiliates, WQXR and WGBH.
Kimberly’s operatic repertory encompasses three dozen roles, among them the tile role in Mozart’s rarely heard Zaide, and principal parts in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacynthus and L’Oca del Cairo; Handel’s Imeneo; Menotti’s The Medium under the direction of the late Marie Powers, and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by the late John Reardon. She has also performed concert and orchestral works by Brahms, Orff, Purcell, Haydn and Bach, Stephen Paulus’ Voices from the Gallery and the American premiere of a set of cabaret songs by Eric Satie, discovered and published in l998.
In musical theatre experience Kimberly has appeared in works by Kurt Weill, Noel Coward, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Frank Loesser, Schmidt & Jones, Jule Styne, Richard Strouse, Burton Lane, and Leonard Bernstein.
Kimberly has performed many acting roles, including the world premier of Ladies and Not So Gentle Women, written for her by Alfred Allan Lewis. For 19 years she was a member of the Voice faculty at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. She also served for five years as Master Teacher for all vocal categories for YoungArts/NFAA, appearing in the Oscar-nominated documentary Rehearsing a Dream. Her students have performed on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Broadway and Off-Broadway, Muny, Paper Mill Playhouse, PCLO, Disney Productions (US and Tokyo), and Actors Theatre of Louisville.
She has been honored with a National First Place Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs; the Ethan Ayer Award; a First Place win in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, a Kathryn Long Fellowship Award from the Metropolitan Opera; two Carbonell Awards and four Nominations from the South Florida Theatre Critics, a Curtains Up Award, an Honorary Membership for Life in Phi Kappa Phi “for outstanding contributions to the arts”, a Miami-Dade County School Board Artist of Distinction Award, a Miami New Times Best of Miami Editors Choice Award, and a New Times Best Supporting Actress Award.
In 1986, she co-founded with husband Rafael de Acha, New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida. Recognized by the New York Drama Guild as “One of the 50 Best Theaters in America,” New Theatre produced from 1986 through 2006 over 150 productions, including 55 world premieres, among them Ana in the Tropics, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2003, and the Steinberg/ATCA Award for Drama 2003, and recipient of a Tony nomination for Best New Play in 2004.
Rafael de Acha
Rafael studied Drama at Havana’s Academy of Dramatic Arts and, while in his teens, was invited to join the resident professional company of the Teatro Nacional de Cuba as its youngest member. He came to the United States in 1960 to pursue further studies in Drama at the University of Minnesota, Romance Languages at Los Angeles City College, and Voice at the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Jennie Tourel and Marion Szekely-Freschl.
In 1967 he moved to Cincinnati to study with Maestro Italo Tajo. At CCM, under Tajo’s direction he sang the title role of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Count Robinson in Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage, and both Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. He also performed the role of Khan Konchak under the direction of Frank Corsaro in the student cast of Borodin’s Prince Igor, on the occasion of CCM’s Centennial Celebration. Rafael has performed a vast art song repertory in German, and in the Italian, French, Portuguese and Spanish languages, all of which he speaks.
While at CCM Rafael took his first steps as stage director and, by the end of his final year in school he had staged productions of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, both Menotti’s The Telephone and The Medium, Mozart’s The Impresario, and Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Later his productions of Mozart’s L’Oca del Cairo, Weill’s The Little Mahagonny, Handel’s Imeneo, Busoni’s Arlecchino and Gounod’s Philémon et Baucis for the New England Chamber Opera Group – which he co-founded with Kimberly during his days as a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music - helped establish his credentials as a stage director.
After receiving his Master of Music degree from NEC, Rafael’s next career steps led to a one-year stint as director of the opera workshop at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he staged Rossini’s La Cenerentola for the Shreveport Opera, and then on to the New York City Opera where he worked as a member of the staging staff in several productions, including Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, with the composer himself.
Rafael was honored four times with South Florida regional theatre Carbonell awards for Best Direction and Best Production, the Bill Hindman Award for Sustained Artistic Achievement from the South Florida Theatre Critics Association, a Remy award from the Theatre League of South Florida, Miami New Times’ Best Theatre Director and Best Theatre for Drama citations in 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2005, a lifetime honorary membership in Phi Kappa Phi, a full membership in the Honorary Foreign Language Society Alpha Mu Gamma, and the XXI Hispanic Theatre Festival tribute.
April 29, 2018: Music for the Home and Theater
Songs for the theatre by Henry Purcell and Alessandro Scarlatti, Renaissance music for the Lute, Cuban Contradanzas by Manuel Saumell, Selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Spanish Zarzuela Selections, Arias by Georges Bizet and Camille Saint-Saëns. With Melisa Bonetti, mezzo-soprano; Allan Palacios, tenor; Eben Wagenstroom, piano; Bill Willits, guitar, theorbo and lute.
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