Cellist Anita Graef is the 36th Duncanson Artist-in-Residence.
In partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s distinguished Diversity Fellowship program, the Taft Museum of Art welcomes cellist Anita Graef as the 36th Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. Graef has earned recognition as an artist exploring traditional and contemporary works. She has also gained recognition for her deep commitment to service, outreach, and education.
About Anita Graef
Born into a family of professional musicians, Anita Graef grew up surrounded by music. Her introduction to her art began with piano studies, then the cello at age four. She made her concerto debut at the age of twelve. Graef obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
She completed her work for a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Today, Graef performs on a modern Italian cello by Ferdinando Garimberti, dated 1923.
Public Programs & Events
Sunday, April 16, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Taft Art Museum (Downtown)
Join the Taft Museum of Art in welcoming the 2023 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, Anita Graef! Celebrate the kickoff of her residency on this special night with a meet and greet opportunity, including performance and remarks. Light bites and drinks. Free valet parking
Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Carnegie Arts Center (Covington)
Celebrate the conclusion of the 2023 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence with cellist Anita Graef. Graef will grace audiences with a solo performance and share the stage with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Nouveau Chamber players and special guests for a night of harmony. This is a free event. Registration is recommended.
Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. –10:30 a.m. (Weather Permitting)
Smale Park (Riverfront)
Hear the 2023 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, Anita Graef, perform in your neighborhood! Known for her innovative and fresh approach to classical music, Graef will share the possibilities of mixing works from the classical canon with those from underrepresented voices. After the performance, stick around for an informal Q&A session. This is a free event! No registration is required.
Stay tuned for more dates and locations.
About the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program
Established in 1986 by the Taft Museum of Art and the Robert S. Duncanson Society, this award-winning program honors the achievements of contemporary Black American artists working in various disciplines.
The program honors the relationship between Black American painter Robert S. Duncanson and his patron, Nicholas Longworth. Longworth commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art. Graef will be the 36th artist-in-residence throughout the program’s long tenure.
About the Taft Museum of Art
The Taft Museum of Art is a living landmark where art and history are everywhere you look. The museum was built around 1820 as a private home for several of Cincinnati’s most prominent citizens. The Taft Museum of Art now holds National Historic Landmark status for its historic house and Duncanson murals.
About the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is one of America’s most versatile ensembles. It has been led by Louis Langrée since 2013, with Matthias Pintscher serving as the Orchestra’s Creative Partner. The CSO further elevates the city’s vibrant arts scene.
Written by: Crystal Kendrick
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