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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents DESTINATION DETOUR, An Evening of Theatre and Virtual Benefit

ETC_Destination Detour logo(Cincinnati, OH) Theatre lovers, get ready for a night of past-favorites and familiar faces! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is proud to present Destination Detour, a virtual evening of performances that is a free gift to our community. Audience members can expect to see favorites from the ETC stage reprising past roles, cameos from friends of Cincinnati theatre, the host for the evening Courtis Fuller, and of course Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers, all from the comfort and safety of home.

This event is not only an evening of performances, but also serves as the first virtual benefit hosted by the theatre. Audiences are required to reserve a spot to attend, but are not required to pay admission. If so inclined, there will be the opportunity to donate to help ETC through this difficult time.

For an enhanced experience, audience can also choose from two paid pre-show events, detailed below:

  • FREE ticket: admission to the evening’s virtual performances to enjoy at home.
  • $150 ticket: admission to the evening’s virtual performances; half-hour pre-show event at 6:30 pm with the talented Sara Mackie, Brooke Steele, Michael G. Bath, and Deb G. Girdler; and a virtual goodie bag.
  • $250 ticket: admission to the evening’s virtual performances; half-hour pre-show event at 6:30 pm with host Courtis Fuller, ETC show stoppers Pamela Myers, Dale Hodges and Kenneth Early, and Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. This ticket also includes a special performance and a culinary treat.

Reservations for each ticket type are available at


2020-2021 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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Cincinnati Ballet Keeps THE NUTCRACKER Magic Alive Despite the Pandemic

cb_NutcrackerAtHome_image 2Audiences will enjoy a free, newly-produced digital version of the holiday favorite

CINCINNATI, OH.  (November 20, 2020) ­– The holidays would not be complete without The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, especially during these challenging times. This year everyone in our community will have the opportunity to experience The Nutcracker for free! As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our dancers, staff, students, and patrons, Cincinnati Ballet is shifting our family tradition from an in-person experience to a digital one, The Nutcracker at Home presented by Frisch’s Big Boy. “Given the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across the region, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person performances of The Nutcracker at Cincinnati Music Hall,” said Cincinnati Ballet President and CEO Scott Altman. “We have a responsibility to the community to do all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. While we will dearly miss performing for live audiences, we are producing and recording a re-imagined, hour-long performance everyone can enjoy in the comfort and safety of their own homes. We could think of no better gift for the community this holiday season.”

The Nutcracker at Home will be recorded at Cincinnati Music Hall following strict health and safety protocols. The production will feature Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s whimsical choreography, Main Company dancers, and gorgeous sets and costumes. “All those magical moments we share together each year remain in this production,” said Morgan. “Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, plus we’ve added a few surprises just for this digital version.” Cincinnati Ballet is also honored to partner with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to create a unique recording of Tchaikovsky’s iconic music for this special performance. Cincinnati Ballet Music Director Carmon DeLeone will conduct 35 Symphony musicians for the recording at Music Hall.  There will be several opportunities for the community to view the program. Cincinnati Ballet will announce the details in the coming days. The Nutcracker at Home virtual experience will also include behind-the-scenes, bonus content, as well as the online Nutcracker gift shop on our website,

When Cincinnati Ballet announced the re-imagined 2020-2021 Season, we recognized the challenges in producing live performances during the pandemic and included plans to modify productions based on current circumstances. We so enjoyed creating live performances for Ballet in the Park and Cincinnati Made earlier this season. We continue to plan the remainder of the 2020-2021 Season with live, in-person productions, which will be enhanced by digital offerings for audiences everywhere to enjoy the beauty of dance.

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance through exhilarating performances, extensive community and education programs and top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Nutcracker at Home Presenting Sponsor: Frisch’s Big Boy, Production Sponsor: MercyHealth

Cincinnati Ballet 2020-2021 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret & Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Frisch’s Big Boy, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Runs Online Nov. 26-Dec. 13

Merit Theatre Company
Nov. 26-Dec. 13

We had hoped to bring A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION back to Parrish Auditorium this December, but had to make the necessary decision to cancel the live event for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

While we were not able to gather together in person for our 2020 season, we are excited to announce on demand highlights from the holiday spectacular featuring the Merit Company Orchestra, Chorale, and Children’s Choir.

  • Available for download Thu, Dec. 26-Sun, Dec. 13

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2020 FALL CONCERT Available Free Online From Musica Sacra Cincinnati, Nov. 25-Dec. 4

MSC_Fall Concert 2020 logoMusica Sacra is excited to announce that our 2020 Fall Concert will be presented as free, online-only special event! 

This is the first time ever that Musica Sacra will present a concert entirely online. This unique performance will be recorded live with our chorus and orchestra while socially distanced at St. Boniface Church in Northside.

Visit our website at on any device to enjoy Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, and his Cantique de Jean Racine streamed on-demand between Nov. 25 and Dec 4, 2020. 

We are also very pleased to welcome student soloists from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and this season’s Apprentice Conductor, Joe Taff, DMA candidate at CCM, and May Festival Chorus Conducting Fellow.

While our season will look very different this year because of coronavirus, we hope that we can count on the support of friends like you, so that we may continue sharing the gift of music with our community free of charge during these challenging times.  To donate online, or for information on Planned Giving or sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website at

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KSO Performs at St. Peter in Chains Nov 21 | Offered In-Person and Virtually

KSO_LOpera FamigliaL’Opera Famiglia
(Two couples, great arias)

7:30 p.m. November 21, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica
8th and Plum Cincinnati, OH

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra continues its 29th season of in-person performances and live streaming with an evening of operatic and sacred arias. The KSO, over the last 20 seasons, has offered audiences complete concert operas — Tosca, Otello, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Samson & Delilah and Turandot. These productions featured a number of internationally recognized singers, many with local ties (CCM and the Cincinnati Opera). Four of these artists return as two couples for L’Opera Famiglia on November 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains.

Mezzo soprano Stacey Rishoi appeared in a KSO “Sopranos” evening and as Delilah (Samson & Delilah). Her husband Gustav Andreassen (bass) sang the role of Sparafucille (Rigoletto). Stacey and Gus when not on the road reside Bellevue, KY. Stuart Neill (tenor) and Sandra Lopez (soprano) met as Rodolfo and Mimi in the KSO’s 2007 production of La Boheme. They were married a couple years later and live in Miami. “As with any team sport or artistic collaboration, cast chemistry is vital for success. We were fortunate for the stars to align to find these wonderful performers available this week,” commented KSO music director, James Cassidy.

Those who don’t think that opera is their cup of tea, might be surprised to find many of the selections on the program very familiar to a universal audience (see below). The first Act offers a variety of opera arias and duets
including tunes by Mozart, Boito, Offenbach and Puccini’s final scene from Act I of La Boheme. Following a brief intermission the couples return with sacred arias from operas and liturgical works by Verdi and Franck
befitting the concert’s setting. The program concludes with the famous quartet from Rigoletto and everyone’s favorite Puccini aria — “Nessun dorma.”

The KSO invites the community out for a live concert of beautiful music and singing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21. The distancing plan used by St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica will be employed, and patrons
are asked to don masks for safety. Tickets for each show this year remain where they have been for several seasons at $35 to experience great musicians, guest artists and innovative programming unique to our region.
For those who need to stay home, the KSO is live streaming each concert (via multiple cameras) for your ‘at home access’ for the price of a single ticket. Tickets are available online at, by phone (859) 431-6216,
or at the door.

L’Opera Famiglia
(Two couples, great arias)
7:30 p.m. November 21, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica
8th and Plum Cincinnati, OH

Atto I

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer
    “Coronation March”
    Le Prophete
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    “La ci darem la mano”
    Don Giovanni
    Stacey Rishoi & Gustav Andreassen
  • Arrigo Boito
    “L’altra notte in fondo al mare”
    Sandra Lopez
  • Mozart
    “O Wie will ich triumfieren”
    Abduction from the Seraglio
    Gustav Andreassen
  • Jacques Offenbach
    “C’est l’amour vainqueur”
    Les Contes d’ Hoffmann
    Stacey Rishoi
  • Giacomo Puccini
    Final Scene Act I
    La Boheme
    Sandra Lopez & Stuart Neill


Atto II

  • Giuseppi Verdi
    “Il lacerato spirito”
    Simon Boccanegra
    Gustav Andreassen
  • César Franck
    “Panis Angelicus”
    Mass op. 12
    Stacey Rishoi
  • Verdi
    Stuart Neill
  • Verdi
    “Ave Maria”
    Sandra Lopez
  • Pietro Mascagni
    Cavalleria Rusticana
  • Verdi
    “Bella figlia dell’amore”
    Sandra Lopez, Stacey Rishoi, Stuart Neill, Gustav Andreassen
  • Puccini
    “Nessun dorma”
    Stuart Neill

Sandra Lopez (soprano) has performed on the world’s greatest stages including the Finnish National Opera as Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Opera de Oviedo as Tosca, Venice’s Teatro la Fenice as Mimi in La Boheme, Opera de Massy, Opera de Fribourg and Festival de St-Cèrè in the title role of Madama Butterfly, the Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, and Tanglewood Festival. She has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in numerous roles which include Catherine in Bolcom’s View from the Bridge, Frasquita in Carmen,
Vierte Magd in Elektra, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, among others.

Ms. Lopez was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Grand Prize Winner of the Florida Grand Opera Competition, First Prize at the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and World Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition. She is also a Zarzuela specialist and regularly performs this unique repertoire. Sandra Lopez is currently a lecturer, University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and Program Director, Miami Classical Music Festival.

Stuart Neill (tenor) rose to international attention after receiving the Folinari Scholarship as part of his winning the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. Mr. Neill has sung successfully in title roles at The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The National Opera Bastille Paris, London’s Covent Garden, Royal Opera Sweden, to
name but a few, as well as performances with many of the finest symphony orchestras around the world with the greatest conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis and many others. Mr. Neillhas been awarded Two Grammy Awards and has commercially released more than thirty CD recordings and three DVD’s world-wide.

Stacey Rishoi Has sung with some of the great orchestras and opera companies across the US including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Buffalo Symphony and others. Ms Rishoi has sung leading roles with Cincinnati Opera, the Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Calgary Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, etc.
She is a previous winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Norman Treigle Award from New York City Opera. She has served as artist in residence at Festival Dos 100 Dias in Portugal and at the Beaumaris Festival in Wales.

Gustav Andreassen has appeared as Philippe in Don Carlos (Hamburgishe Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper am Rhein). Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin (San Francisco Opera, The National Symphony). Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opéra Atelier, Boston Lyric Opera, Vlammse Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Wolftrap Opera). Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (New York City Opera) Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Florida Grand, Cincinnati Opera, Deutsche Oper, Boston Baroque, Oper Graz). Sparafucile in Rigoletto (Deutsche Oper, Cincinnati Opera) Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony Babi Yar (Seattle Symphony). Mozart Requiem (Atlanta Symphony). Ghost of Hector in Les Troyens (Boston Symphony Orchestra). Ramphis in Aïda (Anton Coppola’s final performance with Opera Tampa)

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