A SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY on Dec. 19 & 20


Photo by Ricardo Trevino, Miami University Communications & Marketing.

Photo by Ricardo Trevino, Miami University Communications & Marketing.

CINCINNATI, OH-December 2, 2014-A beautiful and talented cast of 24 vocalists are joined by seventeen of the finest jazz musicians and world-renowned guest artists to provide a memorable evening of song and dance for the whole family. Your favorite holiday classics are presented with fresh new arrangements in this 1940s Hollywood Style Revue! The show includes a variety of vocal performances, band features from the Holiday All-Star Big Band and Dr. Tedrin Lindsay on Piano, Choreography by Jay Goodlett, formerly of Cincinnati Ballet, and even a visit from Santa himself!

A SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY: BIG BAND CHORAL SPECTACULAR runs December 19th and 20th at 8pm at the Walnut Hills Theatre. Tickets are $12 for students (17 and under) and $25-$35 for adults and can be purchased at swinginholiday.info or through the Miami University Box Office at (513) 529-3200 or at MiamiOH.edu/ boxoffice. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Walnut Hills High School Music Program.

A SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY: BIG BAND CHORAL SPECTACULAR premiered to rave reviews at Miami University on November 21st and 22nd. A MU Faculty member described it as “A stunning show that transported us back to the golden age of entertainment.” Exit interviews captured audience reactions such as, “Finally, something fresh and different for the holidays,” and “Such spellbinding harmonies from the chorus and the band was phenomenal!”

Show director and conductor Ben Smolder is Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Miami University and Director of the National Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition. He has conducted two productions at Miami University that have received awards for Best Collegiate Production from the National Opera Association. Co-producers Alex and Tiffany Lusht are partners of Cincinnati based Mind Ignition Studios. Mind Ignition specializes in corporate and entertainment event production, servicing clients worldwide.

A SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY: BIG BAND CHORAL SPECTACULAR will be presented at the beautifully renovated Walnut Hills Theatre. The Walnut Hills High School Marching Blue and Gold have been selected to perform in the Paris New Years Day Parade 2016 by Youth Music of the World. This recognition is based on past achievements and excellence in music education at Walnut Hills High School. The students will represent the city of Cincinnati, state of Ohio and United States of America as ambassadors of music. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a historic program. The Walnut Hills High School Marching Blue and Gold are one of 16 bands in the state of Ohio to qualify and achieve a perfect score at the Ohio Music Education Association state finals in 2014.

Proceeds will help these talented kids make it to Paris!

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