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KSO_Bourbon Barrel Ball logoBourbon and the KSO — a match made in Newport

Linking savory Kentucky spirits with tasty nostalgic music has become an anticipated event at the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd Annual Bourbon Barrel Ball — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27th. The KSO’s party with a purpose marks the orchestra’s 25th fundraiser, supporting its annual free education and park concerts. This year’s event will be the first held amidst the bourbon at the New Riff West Newport warehouses, tasting & bottling facilities (which formerly housed the Greenline bus & trolley system till 1972).

The evening opens with a cocktail hour, provided by The Party Source, including delicious New Riff bourbon tastings (including the KSO’s own select single barrel), a silent auction and optional tours of the rickhouses and bottling operations. A scrumptious 3-course, duo-entree dinner by McHales follows including wine and dessert. The KSO Big/Boogie Band offers the perfect bourbon/music mix — a Rat-Pack Redux (Frank, Dean and Sammy at the New Riff) — “Come Fly With Me,” “That’s Amore,” “The Candy Man” … and a Dazzling Divas (R&B Royalty) tribute set — Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle… (see full playlists attached). Dancing, music and conviviality continue till the last pour.

Live, silent and on-line auctions feature destinations, sports and entertainment tickets, dining options and much more. The evening’s big raffle drawing features the rarest of bourbons — O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper) 1985 from Buffalo Trace. Only 61 bottles were retrieved from this 34-year vintage barrel. $50 per chance / up to 500 sold. In addition the KSO’s tasty select single barrel bottles (112 proof) are for sale on-line, and at the event (limited inventory).

“The KSO has always thrown great parties, but this is a 4D clam-bake!” exclaimed KSO founder James Cassidy. “Smell the angels’ share, check out the players and ring a dings, listen and dance to the Rat Pack and Divas, and taste the bourbons and fancy foods.”

Proceeds from the event keep the music playing across the region. The KSO has performed free education concerts for 239 regional schools and 138,837 students over the past 24 years. Additionally free annual summer concerts in Covington’s Devou Park have brought nearly 388,000 area residents to the iconic concert bowl in 24 summers. The Bourbon Barrel Ball provides funding to keep these vibrant, educational, engaging & entertaining opportunities available for you and your neighbors.

Can’t attend? Support the KSO’s outreach programs by buying raffle tickets or bidding on auction items on-line. Beginning on April 16th, patrons may preview and bid on auction items on-line. Bidders have the opportunity to place absentee bids if they can not attend on April 27th. (raffle tickets available on-line; winner need not be present to win).

6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019

Evening timeline:

  • 6:30 Cocktails, Bourbon Tasting and Silent Auction
  • 7:45 Dinner by McHales with wine and dessert
  • 8:45 KSO — Rat Pack Redux
  • 9:15 Live Auction & OFC Raffle Drawing
  • 9:30 KSO — Dazzling Divas

To Attend:

  • Cost: $125 per person (reservations close Tuesday, 4/23)
  • Dress: Black Tie Optional

Call the KSO today and make your reservations (deadline— 4/23) for the KSO’s Bourbon Barrel Ball: (859) 431-6216 or visit The full evening with reserved seating, cocktails, bourbon tasting, dinner, wine, dessert, dancing / live entertainment is $125 per person ($50 is tax-deductible).

On-Line Auction opens April 16 at

Vintage Bourbon Raffle
1 of 61 Bottles in the world
$50 per ticket
(up to 500 to be sold)

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. christened the O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper) Distillery in 1870 using copper fermentation vats, column stills, and the first steam heating system, still used today. This very rare and collectible bourbon honors the O.F.C. Distillery, known today as Buffalo Trace. Each hand-cut crystal bottle is vintage dated according to the year in which the bourbon was distilled.

Drawing 9:30 p.m. April 27, 2019
at the New Riff Rickhouses
West Newport Campus
Winner need not be present
Exemption No. EO-0169

KSO Gala Partners: The Party Source, McHale’s Events and Catering & Newriff Distilling

2nd Annual
KSO Bourbon Barrel Ball
6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019
New Riff Tasting Room, West Newport Campus

Rat Pack Redux
(Frank, Dean & Sammy at the New Riff)

Song – As recorded by
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
The Lady Is a Tramp – Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Way You Look Tonight – Sinatra
Luck Be A Lady – Sinatra, Martin, Davis
Something’s Gotta Give – Davis
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head – Martin
Love & Marriage – Sinatra
The Candy Man – Davis
That’s Life – Sinatra, Martin, Davis
Theme from New York, New York – Sinatra

Vocals: Dan Radank, Zack Steele, Ethan St. Germain

Dazzling Diva Dance Set
(Rhythm, Blues & Bourbon)

Song – As recorded by:
Free Your Mind – En Vogue
I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
Lady Marmalade – Patti LaBelle
Killing me Softly with his Song – Roberta Flack
This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
Slammin’ – Huey Lewis / TOP (instrumental)
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Save The Best For Last – Vanessa Williams
Last Dance – Donna Summer

Vocals: Heather Hale, Marci Hedges, Lesley Hitch, Chris Shenton & Michelle Wells

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CIN CITY BURLESQUE Takes Over the Fitton Center for One Unforgettable Night

FC_25 logoHamilton, Ohio. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts invites you to experience Cin City Burlesque on Saturday April 6th at 7:30pm for the final Jazz & Cabaret series event of the 2018-2019 Season. Prepare to be dazzled as Cincinnati dancers take the Fitton Center stage in this mesmerizing performance.

Cin City founder Ginger LeSnapps and emcee Sweet Biscutt will take the stage along with Cincinnati’s premiere troupe of classical and neo-burlesque dancers to present a classy, sassy, and entertaining performance. This adults only show will take the audience back in time to the roaring 20’s Prohibition but with an eclectic modern twist!

Jazz & Cabaret series continues to enchant audiences as it introduces exciting and alluring pieces through its season. Tickets for this event are $27 for Fitton Center members and $35 for non-members. Thank you to our special event sponsors: The Almond Sister Bakery, IVY Salon & Galleries, LemonGrenade Creative, Main Look Salon & Spa, North Second Tap & Bottle Shop, Spirited Garden Landscapes, Two Little Buds Florist, our series beverage sponsor: MillerCoors, Tech Sponsors: James K. & Susan A. Fitton.

For more information on Cin City Burlesque please call 513 863 8873 or visit

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is incredibly excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary season of performances, events, classes and exhibitions.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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Building Community Excellence through the Arts and Culture

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Goes ROKCincy Opera at the Arts Center of Dunham’s Free Family Fun Event

MISC_Arts Center At Dunham logoCINCINNATI, OH – March 26, 2019 — Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Arts CAT and Price Hill Will, the Free Family Fun Series at the Arts Center at Dunham goes through the woods with ROKCincy Opera for Children’s performance of “Little Red Riding Hood” on Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm.

ROKCincy presents the fairy tale we all know and love, but with uniquely ROKCincy twists and humor. The performance is 40 minutes in length and includes a Q&A session with performers afterward. ROKCincy, Roundabout Opera for Kids: Cincinnati, is a non-profit program with a mission to introduce young people to the thrill of live, fully staged opera and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills through experience.

All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:

  • May 18, 2019 Five Little Monkeys by Ernie Nolan, adapted from the series of books by Eileen Christelow and performed by the Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Productions. Going shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and jumping on beds. Mayhem ensues in this zany plat told in cumulative verse as five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Reservations for performances in the ACAD FREE Family Fun Series can be made online ( or by calling 513-588-4988.

The Arts Center at Dunham is an arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is located in the Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.


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NKU Opera Brings Laughs with Menotti’s OLD MAID AND THE THIEF

NKUO_Old Maid and the Thief logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts Opera will be staging Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act comedic operaThe Old Maid and the Thief on April 12 & 14 in Greaves Concert Hall at NKU.

When a beggar appears at their door, Miss Todd and her maid Laetitia swoon and allow him in. But little do they know, a dangerous thief has escaped from the county jail that very night. While keeping the town gossip Miss Pinkerton at bay, the ladies decide the fate of their new friend. Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief is a fast-paced and melodramatic comedic opera which tells a twisted tale of morals that will satisfy audiences of all ages.

The Old Maid and the Thief is a one-act opera written specifically to be aired on the radio,” said director Kimberly Lazzeri. “Because the opera was originally meant to be heard and not seen, all of the action is vividly portrayed in the music! The music is melodic and totally accessible. Audiences might even leave whistling one of the beautiful arias featured in the production.”

Sarah DeMoor, a senior vocal performance major, is portraying the cunning and conniving maid Laetitia on the April 12 performance. She considers the music as both a highlight and challenge. “It is beautifully written… I have found an appreciation for not only my character’s portion of the score but the entirety of the orchestration as a whole. It is a masterpiece.”

Senior vocal performance major Ashley Patak, who is portraying Laetitia on April 14, has enjoyed playing the character and learned a lot in the process. “If someone has never seen an opera, this would be a really great one to start with because it is in English, and it’s hilarious… watching the different dynamics between each character and seeing their tactics to get what they each want would be entertaining to anyone.”

Kaitlin Fierro is landing her first big role in opera as Miss Pinkerton. The junior vocal performance major considers this her most challenging role in balancing the reality of the character with the general hilarity. “There is a fine line between good and bad comedy. I have such fun making people laugh that sometimes I have to pull myself up and do a mental check.”

Fierro knows the opera is not especially deep or philosophical, but everyone is going to go home laughing. “It is one of the most accessible operas I have had the pleasure of encountering. Menotti presents a quirky, fun story which the audience will fall in love with. My hope is that everyone will remember that one scene where they could not stop laughing.”

The NKU cast features Maria Bales (Miss Todd), Tyler Smith (Bob), Sarah DeMoor (Laetitia – April 12), Ashley Patak (Laetitia – April 14), and Kaitlin Fierro (Miss Pinkerton). Performances take place Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in Greaves Concert Hall at NKU. Tickets range $10-$17 and can be purchased at or by calling 859-572-5464. Parking is available in Lots D & I on campus. For more information about NKU’s School of the Arts, please visit or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Turns Tradition On Its Head With All-Female Production of Euripides’ MEDEA

WHHS_medea press-64“Now will men admire
our women’s ways, and give
us sway; no more will they
insult and slander us; honor
shall be our daily bread.”

Imagine a time you have loved, a time you have lost, a time you have triumphed…Join us this April for one of the most powerful, but lesser-known Greek tragedies.  Continuing where the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece left off, Medea finds herself betrayed by her husband in a strange land.  Set on a dark path, will she be able to come back from the brink, or will madness and the need for revenge consume her and her children? Through an all-female cast and traditional Greek masks, this production explores themes of love, empowerment, and betrayal. The cast and crew strip away the hyper theatricality to present this classic in an intimate and minimalist manner, truly showcasing the beauty of the words and the prowess of the actresses. Highlighting the extraordinary in the ordinary, the unconventional within the conventional, this is an experience you do not want to miss.

Runs Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th at 2:00 pm and Saturday April 28th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Show Synopsis:
In this production of the classic Greek tragedy, translated skillfully by poet Inés Azar, the story of Medea, princess of Colchis, a powerful sorceress is revealed. Medea, taken to Corinth by her former husband Jason after assisting him in the securing of the golden fleece, is forced to reckon with Jason’s betrayal, as he has left her to marry the daughter of Creon, Corinth’s king. Infuriated by Jason’s actions, Medea and her Familiar devise a plot to take revenge on those who have wronged her. Narrated by a chorus of Corinthian woman, this tale of a woman wronged unfolds as Medea encounters Jason and other mythical characters ultimately ending in the tragic outcomes of Medea’s plans. A subversion of the greek tradition of casting men in all roles, our production brings an all-female cast performing in traditional greek style, masks included, to the Rick Steiner black box.

Directed by Helen Raymond-Goers, Assistant Directed by Bettina Ernst.
Production Stage Manager: Matthew Eggers

Featuring: Charlie Patterson as Nurse/Guard, Cam Hogue as Tutor/Guard, Lily Canter as Child, Megan Graeler as Child, Grace Kelly Fulton as Medea, Kennedy Nadermann as Familiar, Talia Raider-Roth as Chorus Leader, Christina Picklo as Rational, Nina Roberto as Juror, Elle Bisheimer as Advisor, Caroline Yaeger as Zealot, Sarah Mansfield as Creon, Lily Adams as Jason, Perri Wedlock as Aegeus, Sophia Rooksberry as Messenger/Guard, and Mama Njie as Guard.

Tickets are $10 for students and staff and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by visiting


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