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Celebrate the Accomplishments of 10 Historic Women on June 12

MISC_10__Women logo(Cincinnati, OH) On June 12, the 10 ___ Women project will celebrate 10 historic women in Cincinnati at a public event hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206. The visitors are invited to experience the lives of 10 women who had an impact on Cincinnati through informational displays, storytelling, and art.

The first “class” of 10 women was selected through input from the community to represent a wide breadth of women and their accomplishments. 10 ___ Women is produced by Kristin and Jeff Suess as recipients of a 2019 People’s Liberty Project Grant. The blank in the name 10 ___ Women is a space for a descriptive identifier, such as “persistent,” “inspiring, “innovative,” and “fierce.”

“Women have often been overlooked or overshadowed in history,” said Kristin Suess. “We want to shine a light on some incredible women who have had an impact on Cincinnati but have been forgotten or mostly unrecognized. And we want to show their relevance to women today.”

10 ___ Women Event
June 12, 2019

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Doors open 6 PM
Program starts 7 PM

Free and open to the public

The first class includes:
Theda Bara, the first sex symbol of the silent film era; Virginia Coffey, a civil rights advocate who helped desegregate Coney Island; Dorothy Dolbey, the first woman to serve as mayor of Cincinnati; Cora Dow, the entrepreneur of the Dow’s Drugs chain of drugstores; Sarah Fossett, an operative in the Underground Railroad who desegregated the city’s streetcars; Dottie Kamenshek, a champion baseball player of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; Edna Murphey, the founder of Odorono anti-perspirant who changed advertising; Sister Anthony O’Connell, a nun who worked as a field nurse during the Civil War; Jessie M. Partlon, a pioneering journalist and women’s rights activist; and Venus Ramey, the former Miss America who turned to politics.

Featured visual artists: Marreya Bailey, Jennifer Baldwin, Jo Ann Berger, Laura Darpel, Arielle Goldberg, Brenda Grannan, Natalie Grilli, Cheyenne Hamberg, Ellis McCarthy, Sara Leah Miller, Christine Ochs-Naderer, Hannah Parker, Anissa Pulcheon, Deborah Ridgley, Kate Rowekamp, Nadia Saraiva, and Jamie Schorsch.

Original portrait art will be displayed and available for purchase at the discretion of the artist.

Character interpreters/video actors: Nicole Cornelius, Jacqueline Daaleman, Julie Locker, Dava Lynn, Mary O’Connell, and Rachel Scardina.

Video actors (future release): Burgess Byrd, Blair Godshall, Patty Grasty, and Karen Laven.

Guest speakers currently include (subject to change):
Sherry Coolidge, Kathryne Gardette, Lisa Hill, D. Lynn Meyers, Jackie Reau, Mandy Smith, Molly Wellmann, Vanessa White, and Rolanda Wilkerson.

Project also includes the talents of Sydney Cresap, videographer; Alma Flores, makeup artist; and Steph Landry, graphic designer. Logo and brand design by Julia Lipovsky.

Once completed, the digital archives of the project will be available to the public. The information displays will be made available on loan to other area venues.

About 10 ___ Women:
10 ___ Women will be a multi-disciplinary experience that will connect the accomplishments of female trailblazers with our modern Cincinnati identity using the lives and legacies of 10 Cincinnati women. The team behind the 10 ___ Women project is Kristin and Jeff Suess. Kristin Suess is an arts administrator who works to support and encourage artists so that they can thrive creatively and sustainably. Jeff Suess is the librarian for The Cincinnati Enquirer where he writes about Cincinnati history.

For more information on 10 ___ Women, visit and follow @10_women on Instagram.

About People’s Liberty:
People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic­-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, creating a new, replicable model for grantmakers in other cities. People’s Liberty is powered by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation.

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Cincinnati Opera Presents Free OPERA IN THE PARK on June 9

CO_Opera in the ParkCincinnati Opera presents
A free concert in Washington Park

Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring stars from the 2019 Summer Festival, including Janai Brugger, Susanna Phillips, Rihab Chaieb, Piotr Buszewski, Joseph Lattanzi, and special guest Aaron Blake

With the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Jun Märkl and Levi Hammer, conductors; Henri Venanzi, chorus master

Musical highlights from The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Porgy and Bess, Romeo and Juliet, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, and more!

Follow Cincinnati Opera and #CincyOperaInThePark on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for postings throughout the evening of June 9

CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Opera kicks off its 99th Summer Festival on Sunday, June 9 with a free concert in Washington Park. Opera in the Park will feature a selection of unforgettable opera and musical theater favorites—from “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess to Man of La Mancha’s “The Impossible Dream”—performed by stars from the 2019 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of opera under the setting sun. Park concessions will be available with full bar service, soda, and water. Food trucks will be on site for the event.

No tickets are necessary, but attendees are encouraged to register to receive weather updates, event news, and more. All registrants will be entered into a drawing for a Cincinnati Opera prize package valued at $300. To register, visit

Featured singers for the program include stars from Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival. Cast members from Mozart’s brilliant comedy The Marriage of Figaro (June 13 & 15) include sopranos Janai Brugger(Susanna) and Susanna Phillips (Countess Almaviva), mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb (Cherubino), tenor Martin Bakari (Don Curzio), and baritone Joseph Lattanzi (Count Almaviva). The featured cast members from Charles Gounod’s tragic tale Romeo and Juliet (June 27 & 29) are tenor Piotr Buszewski (Tybalt) and baritone Thomas Dreeze (Count Capulet). The program will also feature soprano Liv Redpath, who sings Zerbinetta in this summer’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos (July 6, 11, 13 & 14). Tenor Aaron Blake, who starred as Tamino in The Magic Flute (2017) and Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers (2016), will make a special appearance. An ensemble of Cincinnati Opera Young Artists will also perform, including sopranos Gabriella Sam and Brittany Logan, tenors Thomas J. Capobianco and Darian Clonts, baritone Eric Shane, and bass-baritone Miles-Wilson Toliver. Jun Märkl, maestro for Ariadne auf Naxos, and Levi Hammer, resident conductor for Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 season, will conduct. The Cincinnati Opera Chorus will be led by longtime chorus master Henri Venanzi. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, will serve as host.

Share the Opera in the Park experience through social media. Like Cincinnati Opera on Facebook at, follow @CincinnatiOpera on Instagram and Twitter, and use #CincyOperaInThePark to join the conversation.

Opera in the Park Sponsors are Western & Southern Financial Group, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, and 1919 Investment Council. Media partner is Cincinnati Public Radio, 90.9 WGUC.

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Activism Meets Art in THE CLINIC

MISC_The Clinic logoMAY 28, 2019, CINCINNATI – A team of local artist-activists, captained by director Lormarev Jones, will present a staged reading of Will Brumley’s THE CLINIC on Monday, June 10, as a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Yellowhammer Fund of Alabama in light of the current restrictive abortion laws popping up around the nation. The reading’s cast features Lauren Carr, Jen Joplin, and Kelcey Broomfield in the principal roles.

THE CLINIC follows the victories and losses of the women who staff a reproductive health clinic in Kansas. Their personal joys and sorrows intertwine with the logistical challenges of running the clinic, as they are beset by violent protesters, terrorist threats, and draconian anti-choice legislation. At the center of the storm, Bree (Kelcey Broomfield), a young clinician, doggedly pursues her dreams of becoming an abortion provider, while her predecessor in the clinic, Lorrie (Lauren Carr), weighs her commitment to her calling against anonymous violent threats made against her family. As the conflict reaches a fevered pitch, the women of the clinic must decide if protecting their patients’ safety is worth giving up their own.

This reading is one of several taking place throughout the country. After THE CLINIC placed as a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and following the recent anti-abortion bills in several states, playwright Will Brumley graciously offered the script to theatre groups across America as a fundraising initiative in support of abortion access and reproductive rights. As of this writing, other public performances were scheduled in Nashville, St. Louis, and Kansas City, with additional private readings scheduled.

Director Lormarev Jones said of the project, “It has been glorious to watch this project come together remarkably fast.  This fantastic crew of women (and a couple of men) jumped on the opportunity to donate their time to this cause; that’s how important it is to this community.  It’s of the utmost importance to me, personally. This play is about a community of health care providers who take their work and their mission very seriously, despite different perspectives on how to achieve that mission.”

The full cast also includes Tia Seay, Shelby Becker, Liz Carman, Brandon Burton, Elizabeth Chinn Molloy, Robyn Novak, Nicole Hershey, Alexx Rouse, Ariel Shaw, Carolyn Fast, Sara Mackie, Rae Buchanan, and Stephanie Radford.

Audiences can catch this one-night-only reading on Monday, June 10 at 7:30pm at the Lincoln Grant Auditorium (824 Greenup St) in Covington. This event is pay-what-you-can with a $10 suggested donation; the doors open at 7pm. A raffle and a bake sale will accompany the reading to raise additional funds, and wine will be available. All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Yellowhammer Fund, which seeks to eliminate barriers to care for women seeking medical attention at any of Alabama’s three abortion clinics. Representatives from the League of Women Voters will also be on hand to register new voters throughout the event.

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN | Tue., October 1 | Aronoff Center

CAA_A Night with Janis Joplin logo

Starring Tony® Award-nominated Mary Bridget Davies 

October 1, 2019 | Aronoff Center

Tickets on sale Friday, June 7 at 10:00 AM

CINCINNATI, OH – The Tony® Award-nominated Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin rocks the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The much-anticipated show is part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2019-20 Season. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Audiences will enjoy Joplin favorites, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and many others.

The New York Times raved that A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” New York 1 cheered, “This will rock your socks off!”

A Night With Janis Joplin is created, written, and directed by Randy Johnson and stars Tony® Award-nominee Mary Bridget Davies. 

MARY BRIDGET DAVIES (Janis Joplin) is an American singer and actress who performs with her own band, The Mary Bridget Davies Group, and is also an interpreter of Janis Joplin’s music. She received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Janis in the Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin. She has toured in Europe with Janis Joplin’s original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and tours to festivals and clubs worldwide with The Mary Bridget Davies Group, which released an album with original songs in 2012 titled Wanna Feel Somethin’.

Previously, she was nominated in 2013 for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Davies has also performed in the First National Tour of A Night With Janis Joplin and the Broadway musical revue It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, selling out shows across the country.

Davies recent performances include SXSW and a residency in Pasadena, CA, where she was joined by The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Slash, The MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Dave & Phil Alvin of The Blasters, Bob Mothersbaugh of DEVO, Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Doug Pinnick of King’s X, and members of Tom Morello’s Nightwatchmen and Gnarls Barkley. 

For more information about A Night With Janis Joplin, visit

For more information about Janis Joplin, visit



SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Millennium Cincinnati, Ohio Valley Wines, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit

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MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER: 2019 Christmas Tour | Dec. 26 | Aronoff Center

MISC_Mannheim Steamroller Christmas logoMANNHEIM STEAMROLLER ANNOUNCES

Best Selling Christmas Artist of all Time
Announces Record-Setting Tour 

December 26, 2019
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall 

Tickets on sale Friday, July 26 at 10:00 AM 

Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry!

Davis said the hallmark tour will begin on November 11, 2019 and run through December 29, 2019 Two traveling ensembles will hold performances in cities across the country. Mannheim Steamroller will come to Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 26 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984, followed by our first tour.  Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Davis.

“Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”

Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A Grammy Award-winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre.  Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.

This year’s show will feature the original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting.  Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is co-produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. They have an office in Park City, UT. 

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell.  In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category.

His first Christmas album in 1984 revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music; the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 29 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time, with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold. Having 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of music artists with this number of RIAA records. He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products, including hot chocolate, food, apparel, and novelty items.  His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as the Mayo Clinic.

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