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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas | Sat., Dec. 14, 2013 | Aronoff Center

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

CAA_Mannheim SteamrollerChip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, announced that his annual concert tour will begin on November 12th and continue through December 30th. PANDORA Jewelry is sponsoring the tour, joining Mannheim Steamroller in presenting the best the holiday has to offer.

Mannheim Steamroller will perform one night only at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Saturday, December 14 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $78.00 / $68.00 / $53.00 / $38.00 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale Friday, June 14 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS (2787), and at the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

The tour, now in its 28th year, is still met by sold-out audiences. This year Mannheim Steamroller’s two touring ensembles will hold over 75 performances throughout the United States.

“One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is being part of everyone’s holiday season with our annual concert tour,” says Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller. “We are privileged to continue sharing Christmas with audiences around the country.”

Grammy Award®-winner Davis will direct and co-produce the performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The shows will feature the favorite Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

In 1984, Mannheim Steamroller released Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that changed the sounds of Christmas. Already a multi-platinum recording artist through its Fresh Aire series, Davis decided to record an album of Christmas music combining the group’s signature mix of Renaissance instruments with rock & roll beats.

The resulting album was a runaway hit and Mannheim Steamroller went on to become the biggest-selling Christmas music artist in history. The group’s Christmas tour has become an annual holiday tradition right along with decorating the tree, exchanging presents, and creating unforgettable moments with friends and family.

Composer and creator Chip Davis started Mannheim Steamroller more than 30 years ago with his Grammy® Award-winning Fresh Aire series. Today, with 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum, and 4 platinum certified records, Davis is among an elite group of artists – including U2, Jay-Z, The Beach Boys, and Michael Jackson – holding the most certifications of such albums.

Mannheim Steamroller is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time. With over 40 million total records sold, 28 million have been Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums. The group’s annual Christmas tour has consistently ranked among top national tours.

From founding his own record label, American Gramaphone, which has been ranked by Billboard as the #1 independent label, to creating the Mannheim Steamroller “lifestyle” of food, apparel, and other products, Davis is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry.

His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic and is also being studied by NASA for potential use in space.

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MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay, and Bruce Granath, and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, and concerts worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. Broadway credits include Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, Hello Dolly! starring Carol Channing; The Who’s Tommy, American Idiot, and RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway. National tour credits include Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starring in Mythbusters – Behind The Myths, Alton Brown Live, Post Secret – Unheard Voices, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Donny & Marie Christmas, Experience the Beatles with RAIN, David Copperfield, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, and concert tours by Nathan Pacheco, Janet Jackson, Cher, and Fleetwood Mac, to name just a few. In the UK, MagicSpace credits include Let It Be in the West End and an eleven city tour of Donny & Marie Live. Special tours and events produced or presented on the road include Tutankhamaun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition, and Diana – A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.

For 30 years, PANDORA has been making its mark in the international fine jewelry industry and is world-renowned for its high-quality, hand finished designs made from genuine materials at affordable prices. The collections inspire women to embrace their individuality with romantic and feminine pieces that capture the unforgettable moments of life. The strength of the PANDORA charm bracelet is the detailed design, the high quality, and the unique threaded bracelet system. The affordable luxury collections include customizable charm bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and watches made from sterling silver and 14K and 18K gold. Perfect for any occasion, PANDORA jewelry is sold in over 65 countries on six continents in over 10,000 locations, including around 700 PANDORA branded concept stores. To view the PANDORA collection, build a bracelet online or locate a jeweler, please visit


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CPI Playwriting Salon Welcomes Blake Robison

Blake Robison.

Blake Robison.

CPI Playwriting Salon

Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 7 PM


Guest Speaker – Blake Robison, the Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will discuss: “Subjects of relevance to local theater, process, submissions, selections and more.”

Open discussion and Q&A will follow.

BLAKE ROBISON is the new Artistic Director of Playhouse in the Park. He comes to Cincinnati with over 20 years of experience as a producer, director, and arts administrator. He has acted on Broadway and directed internationally in France and Germany. He comes to us most recently from the Washington DC area – and he has happily given up on the Nationals and adopted the Reds as his new home team. This season at the Playhouse, he directed The Three Musketeers, the world premiere of Abigail 1702, and The Book Club Play.

FREE!!! Call for Reservations. General seating.

Chair Sandi Kivkovich,, or call 513.861.0004

We ask those who come, to bring an appetizer or beverage to share.

If you go on Jefferson Ave, park your car near intersection with University Ave. (Free parking on Jefferson Ave. / fee at the Garage). Walk toward the campus. Turn left at the rotunda (circle) and go on Commons Way to the 1st building on the right French Hall. Enter the lobby and just follow the signs to room 2225 (Ground Floor).

Important Note: Unless you display a UC decal or Handycap tag, DO NOT park on any campus streets.

French Hall’s actual address is 2815 Commons Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

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THE RAT Fundraiser on Aug. 17

TCPSC_logoFriends of the Sharonville Fine Arts Center is presenting the regional premier of Agatha Christie’s thrilling one act THE RATS.

The performances will be on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2 and 7pm. Tickets are $10 for the 2pm performance and $25 for the 7pm performance which includes a wine reception following the performance.

This play, directed by Gregory Smith, is a fundraiser for
the Sharonville Fine Arts Center. The cast includes Peggy Allen,
Crystal Bryan, Mark Metzner and Gregg Robertson.

Please call 513.554.1014 or email for reservations.

The Sharonville Fine Arts Center is the home performance space for Stagecrafters (62nd continuous season) and Tri-County Players (53rd season).

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LEGO® Scale-Model Replica of Music Hall on Display Aug. 4-5

LEGO® My Music Hall
LEGO® scale-model replica of Music Hall on display
August 4, 5:00 – 8:00 PM;
August 5-9, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Music Hall Foyer

MISC_Music HallCINCINNATI, OH – How many LEGO® does it take to build Music Hall? Bring your family and find out for yourself when a 1/50 scale-model LEGO® replica of Cincinnati’s iconic landmark goes on display in the Music Hall Foyer from August 4-9, 2013. Built and designed by local LEGO® enthusiast, Mark Clark, the model is 100 inches wide by 106 inches deep by 42 inches high. Clark constructed the model to replicate Music Hall as it existed in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The opening of the LEGO® Music Hall exhibit in the Music Hall Foyer is scheduled for Sunday, August 4 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (prior to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s free Luminocity concert at Washington Park), at which guests can meet the model builder, Mark Clark. The exhibit will remain on display from Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9 from 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM.

In addition to the model, the exhibit will include images of Mark’s construction process and a register-to-win opportunity for prizes and merchandise from Music Hall’s resident arts groups (Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony/Pops Orchestras, May Festival, and the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall).

During the duration of the exhibit, Cincinnati Toys for Tots will have bins in the Music Hall Foyer to collect new, unwrapped toys from visitors. These toys will be given as holiday gifts in December to underprivileged children in the community.

The LEGO® Music Hall model includes the full building (Springer Auditorium and the North and South Halls), a turn-of-the-century chandelier, the Miami-Erie Canal behind the Hall (now Central Parkway) with a flatboat moving along the channel, a cobblestone Elm Street with horse-drawn buggies, and a few added surprises. The rear of the model will be open so visitors can look inside the Hall to see the stage, seats, and balconies.

“What I hope to achieve is to show the ‘original intent’ of Music Hall’s design, to illustrate what the building looked like after the first renovation, and to provide a view of what it could look like after a restoration,” said Mark. “I wanted to do a large-scale build of an iconic Cincinnati landmark, and for me, Music Hall is the most beautiful historical building in the City.”

”When Mark first called me, I wasn’t sure he was serious,” said Scott Santangelo, Music Hall Director of Operations. “Now that the model is completed, I’m both impressed and overwhelmed. Mark’s attention to detail is truly impressive. I’ve seen this sort of display in stores and at Walt Disney World, but to have Music Hall in miniature is amazing!”

LEGO® Music Hall Fun Facts 

  • More than 100,000 LEGO® bricks.
  •  More than 10,000 transparent blue “dots” that make up the Miami-Erie canal behind the building (this material is not included in the overall brick count).
  • 310 windows using more than 1,350 individual clear panels.
  • 960 seats in Springer Auditorium (with no spacing there would be more than 1,500).
  • 7.5 month build time.
  • Mark’s primary building material was a standard 2×4 brick which allowed him to purchase material in bulk from any LEGO® store. He also used standard 2×2, 1×4 palisade, 1×2 palisade (to get the textured mortar look), various types of arches, and a large quantity of inverted sloping brick to do all the roofline cornices.
  • 90% of the building is standard materials and the remaining 10% was purchased from a collection of online LEGO® storefronts, such as
  • The hardest part of the build was the large rose window and arch work above it.
  • The base floor (Orchestra level) of Springer Auditorium weighs 18 pounds, as it is solid and not hollow.
  • The only thing not original to the building is the Genius of Music statue, which was planned as part of Music Hall’s original design, but never implemented. This is Mark’s tribute to the original vision of the Hall. 

About Mark Clark
Born in Western Kentucky in 1967, Mark moved to Cincinnati in 1972, attended Princeton schools from grades K-12, and graduated in 1985. He attended The Ohio State University for three years, where he majored in aerospace engineering, and transferred back to the University of Cincinnati, where he finished his degree in computer systems engineering. Mark lives in Mason with his wife Mary and daughter Ashley, and has been involved in Cincinnati technology, consulting, and various start-ups since 1993. His love for the hobby of building with LEGO® was rekindled in 2012 with two LEGO®-kit Christmas gifts from his mother and his wife, and he has been hooked ever since. Mark joined a local LEGO® User’s Group (OKILUG: Ohio Kentucky Indiana LEGO® User’s Group) this past January to learn and share with other like-minded LEGO® enthusiasts and builders. Mark first discovered the magnificence of Music Hall at the age of six, when he attended Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker. 

Cincinnati Toys for Tots
The Cincinnati-area Toys for Tots organization distributes thousands of toys to area social service organizations and families throughout the Tri-state. This year, the Marine Corps Reserve will collaborate with the Salvation Army for the toy collection and distribution campaign. These two organizations have over 200 years of history serving needy children. The Salvation Army will handle the individual family registration and distribution process for the Tri-state Toys for Tots. The Marine Corps will still conduct the Toys for Tots Campaign as in previous years and handle all organizational registration. This partnership will allow an expanded service to a greater number of children in the Tri-state.

For more information about the LEGO® Music Hall exhibit, call (513) 744-3344.

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Final Casting Call for The Dent Schoolhouse on July 28

MISC_Dent School HouseThe Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction and has its final casting call and would love to open it up to the professional actor. We are looking to spread the word.

LOCATION: The Dent Schoolhouse- 5963 Harrison Ave Cincinnati OH 45248
TIME: Sunday 28th, 2013 1pm-5pm

LAST OPEN CASTING CALL. Spots open for both the Dent Schoolhouse and Detention Hall attraction.

  • Bring two forms of ID and park across the street from The Dent Schoolhouse in the open grass lot.
  • MUST BE 18 years or older.
  • Come energized and ready to show us why you should be among the elite to scare with The Dent Schoolhouse.
  • You do not have to come in costume and you do not have to remember a monologue. Just show us how you scare/create a character!!!
  • Paid Position.

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