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Join Us for Cincinnati Ballet’s Annual Block Party on October 1

CB_new logoThe FREE event features classes, performances, food, games, and photos with Fiona!

CINCINNATI, OH.  (September 22, 2022) – Join the fun at the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance on Saturday, October 1 from 3-7 pm for our annual Block Party! The FREE event is a great way for the community to get acquainted with all that Cincinnati Ballet has to offer – from live dance performances to trial classes to photos with Cincinnati Ballet characters the Nutcracker Prince and Fiona the Hippo from our annual production of The Nutcracker. Guests will also enjoy dance-themed facepainting, participate in a community art mural coloring project and games to play together on our outdoor performance plaza. City of Cincinnati – Walnut Hills firefighters will also be on hand with equipment on display for children and adults to get an close-up look at vehicles used around the city.

Cincinnati Ballet is also honored to partner with local dance groups to educate the community about all the incredible dance genres being taught and performed in the Queen City. Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company – CB2 dancers will perform select works in the Sheakley Premier Studio, as will dancers from Bi-Okoto Cultural Center, Cincinnati Highland Dancers, and Revolution Dance Theatre. Bi-Okoto Cultural Center was established in 1994 as a professional African dance company whose mission is to preserve, promote and share the rich cultural heritage of Africa and Africans using drums, music, dance, food, languages, and other arts. Cincinnati Highland Dancers are Cincinnati’s official Scottish Highland Dance Group. Revolution Dance Theatre is Cincinnati’s only African American dance company committed to work that raises the level of access, visibility, and representation of American Americans in dance.

The Bock Party will also feature trial classes for all ages of children and adults taught by instructors from Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.



  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 8-15)


  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Musical Theater (ages 8-15)
  • Intro Barre (ages 16+)


  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Ballet Basics (ages 16+)


  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Jazz (ages 8-15)
  • Modern (ages 16+)

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Cincinnati Ballet 2022-2023 Season Sponsors:
Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Jodie Gates, Cincinnati Ballet is a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world-premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

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2022-23 Season Announced by Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble

VAE_logoCincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble Announces 2022-23 Season
Marking First Complete Season Since the Pandemic

Three Programs Inspired by the Resilience of the Human Spirit with Music by Composers Sarah Kirkland Snider, Joby Talbot, and Paul Moravec

World Premiere Performance of Paul Moravec’s Chamber Orchestration of Sanctuary Road

CINCINNATI, OH (September 19, 2022)—Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE) led by Music Director Craig Hella Johnson announced its 2022-2023 season, the first complete season since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with music inspired by the resilience of the human spirit, wildlife, and the changing natural state of the world.

Opening the season on November 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral is a performance of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, a program rescheduled from January 2022 due to the pandemic. Originally commissioned by Trinity Wall Street in 2020 as part of its “Mass Re-Imaginings” Project, Snider’s Mass for the Endangered is a modern-day requiem for the natural world, weaving together text from the traditional Latin Mass and original poetry by Nathaniel Bellows. The six-movement piece gives voice to the voiceless in a spiritual prayer for the endangered animals of the planet, making an emotional appeal for compassion and protection from all that threatens Earth’s delicate ecosystems.

The second program on January 21, 2023 at Christ Church Cathedral continues the theme of spirituality with Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles. Written in 2005 with libretto by Robert Dickinson, Path of Miracles was inspired by one of the most grueling pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago, a large network of ancient pilgrim routes leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in Spain. Divided into four sections, the music in each section depicts one of the church towns on the route to Santiago de Compostela and incorporates musical representations of the journey through the use of repeated phrases, or ostinatos, and an eclectic array of musical styles from around the world. The piece is sung a cappella in 17-part harmony and in more than seven languages, including Greek, Latin, Spanish, Basque, French, English, and German.

The third program on April 29, 2023 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts’ Jarson-Kaplan Theater completes Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble’s 2022-23 season with Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road. The oratorio, with libretto by Mark Campbell, is the second in the series of Moravec’s large-scale works on American history and tells the story of William Still, an American hero who facilitated the escape of hundreds of enslaved people by way of the Underground Railroad. Sanctuary Road draws inspiration from Still’s landmark 1872 book, The Underground Railroad Records, an archive of primary documents that trace the narrative arc of one of the most successful campaigns of civil disobedience in American history. Vocal Arts Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a new chamber orchestration of Sanctuary Road, orchestrated by Moravec himself.

“The music that makes up our season is densely loaded with meaningful and timely themes,” said VAE Music Director Craig Hella Johnson. “Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered is a beautiful prayer for the endangered wildlife and imperiled environments as a result of climate change. Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles is an epic pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago and incorporates musical styles from around the world. And Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road draws upon the heroic stories from William Still’s memoir, The Underground Railroad Records. These stories as told through the power of music join our hearts together—performers and audience alike. I can’t wait to share our 2022-23 season with everyone.”

Tickets for Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble’s 2022-2023 season are now available online at or by calling 513.381.3300. For more information, visit

Vocal Arts Ensemble

Founded in 1979, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati (VAE) is Greater Cincinnati’s premier professional vocal ensemble, committed to the presentation of innovative choral works and the development of modern chamber music that raises and nurtures the public’s appreciation of the choral arts. Earning a reputation for artistic excellence, VAE presents rich, passionate performances of a broad variety of choral works with precision and unparalleled virtuosity. VAE has enjoyed artistic leadership by some of the nation’s leaders in choral conducting; Grammy Award-winner and seven-time nominee Craig Hella Johnson currently leads the ensemble. Considered one of the finest choral conductors in the U.S., Johnson is praised for his visionary approach and brings depth of knowledge, artistic sensitivity, and rich imagination to the organization. Under his direction, VAE’s recent album recording of Kile Smith’s Canticle helped to propel Blanton Alspaugh’s Grammy nomination and win for Producer of the Year in 2020.

The Vocal Arts Ensemble 2022-2023 Season follows:

Mass for the Endangered
Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
Vocal Arts Ensemble
Music Director Craig Hella Johnson, conductor
Sarah Kirkland SNIDER: Mass for the Endangered

Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered gives voice to the voiceless Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered gives voice to the voiceless in a spiritual prayer for the endangered wildlife of the planet and their homes. Weaving together text from the traditional Latin Mass and original poetry by Nathaniel Bellows, this orchestration combines music from the past and present in a beautiful setting that will move people to action.

Path of Miracles
Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
Vocal Arts Ensemble
Music Director Craig Hella Johnson, conductor
Joby TALBOT: Path of Miracles              

Inspired by a historic pilgrimage in Spain, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles is a haunting choral work that takes audiences on a journey to four towns on the path to Santiago de Compostela. Featuring a unique 17-part harmony for a cappella voices, Path of Miracles is a pilgrimage of vocal sound, embracing musical styles and languages from around the world along the way.

Sanctuary Road
April 29, 2023 | 7:30pm
Jarson Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts
Vocal Arts Ensemble
Music Director Craig Hella Johnson, conductor
Laquita Mitchell, soprano
Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano
Noah Stewart, tenor
Malcom Merriweather, baritone
Dashon Burton, bass baritone
Paul MORAVEC: Sanctuary Road

The Vocal Arts Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a new orchestration of Sanctuary Road by original composer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec. Inspired by an archive of primary documents that trace the narrative arc of one of the most successful campaigns of civil disobedience in American history, Sanctuary Road transforms the epic stories of courage, perseverance, and sacrifice along the Underground Railroad into a riveting musical saga.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Monster Bash – Family-Friendly Halloween Party

TCT_Mosnter Bash logoMONSTER BASH Fundraiser Returns to
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Cincinnati – Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) for Monster Bash, a Halloween costume party for the whole family, October 22 from 4-9 p.m. at TCT’s headquarters at 4015 Red Bank Road. This year’s theme is “Chillin’ with Villains.”

Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy festive activities including pumpkin decorating, trick or treating, face painting, bubble dance party, balloon art, bouncy house, costume contests, a walk-through Villain Village interactive experience, games, and much more. There will also be character appearances from TCT’s production of DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL.

Enjoy delicious food from LaRosa’s Pizza, and Graeter’s Ice Cream, plus cotton candy, chicken tenders, kid’s slushies, and adult beverages.

Costumes for children and adults are encouraged but may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. Masks may be worn, if the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

A party with a purpose, proceeds from The Monster Bash support TCT’s numerous arts education opportunities and initiatives for more than 170,000 children and young adults across Cincinnati. Through sponsorships and guest ticket sales, the committee for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Monster Bash will raise funds to further our mission of educating, entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.

Tickets are available now at

Tickets are available now – $60 for children, and $75 for adults. Family packages (2 adults, 2 children) are also available for $250. Me and My Mini packages (1 adult, 1 child) are $135. All adult tickets include wine and beer. Parking is free.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Family Activity Sponsorship includes 2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets. Your company logo or family name will be listed on exclusive signage outside the space/room or activity/game being sponsored and on special design invitation for electronic share and promotion.

Trick or Treat Bag Sponsorship includes 2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets. This sponsorship includes the opportunity to place samples/promotional items in Trick or Treat Bags. Your company logo will be placed on 300 Trick or Treat Bags to be given to children at the event with commitment and artwork by September 20, 2022. Your company logo or family name will also be listed on special design invitation for electronic share and promotion.

The Monster Bash is generously supported by Experience Sponsors: UBS Financial & Libby Galvin Brock and Energy Systems Group.

The Monster Bash Committee is co-chaired by Libby Galvin Brock and Bethany Smith, with support from Megan Budzynski, Abby Dougherty, and Molly Garber.

For additional information on how your business or family can become a Monster Bash sponsor, please call Mary Wright at 513-569-8080 x14 or email


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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS | Dec. 20, 2022 | Aronoff Center

Hit Musical Rock ‘n’ Rolls this Holiday SeasonCAA_Million Dollar Quartet Christmas logoMILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS
December 20, 2022
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

Tickets on sale Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM

[CINCINNATI, OH] – The original team behind the Tony® Award-winning Broadway hit reunites with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS, the brand-new, heartwarming, holiday rock ‘n’ roll musical coming to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM. The musical is part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2022-23 Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Group discount tickets for 10 or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Sun Records is just that for rock ‘n’ roll newcomers and soon to be legends – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. In a fortuitous twist of fate, all four musicians stop by their famous Memphis recording studio alma mater on the same wintry evening, unbeknownst to them that they had the front seat to a revolution.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS brings that momentous homecoming to life with an electrifying tale of family, nostalgia, faith, humor, heartbreak, and revelry. Journey through a story of Christmas past, present, and future, jam packed with unforgettable performances of classic holiday hits and favorite chart toppers such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Ring of Fire,” “Santa Baby,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Run Run Rudolph,” and more.

The show is directed by Scott Weinstein and features a book by Colin Escott. Orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Chuck Mead. The design team is led by Kimie Nishikawa (Scenic Design), Izumi Inaba (Costume Design), Ryan O’Gara (Lighting Design), and Diego Garzón (Sound Design).

Scott Weinstein (Director) is an award-winning director and writer based in New York City. His work as a director has been seen at major regional theaters around the country, and he recently won the Joseph Jefferson Award for his actor-musician, chamber-style reconception of Ragtime with Griffin Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. Scott was the Associate and Resident Director for the Broadway National Tour, and the Las Vegas and Chicago productions, of the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet. He has developed new work at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Pittsburgh CLO, The American Music Theatre Project, The Marriott Theatre, Route 66 Theatre, The Rev, Norwegian Creative Studios, and others. Scott is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is represented by William Morris Endeavor.

Chuck Mead (Music Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations) is best known for being one of the founding members of three-time Grammy-nominated, Country Music Association Award-winning country music group BR5-49. Between 1996 and 2005, the band released seven successful records before disbanding. In 2006, he started work as Music Supervisor/Director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. A member of the original creative team, he shaped the music for the Chicago, Broadway, West End, Las Vegas, and National Tour productions of MDQ while touring the world with his band and releasing four critically acclaimed solo albums. In 2017, Mead oversaw the music for the CMT television series Sun Records, and in 2021 worked as Music Supervisor for the upcoming feature film Neon Highway.

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SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERS, LOCAL 12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Kinley Cincinnati, L2Source, Ohio Valley Wines, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth


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WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

PRICE: $89.00 | $69.00 | $59.00 | $49.00 | $39.00. Additional service fees may apply.

INFO: There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Sun Records is just that for rock ‘n’ roll newcomers and soon to be legends – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley.  Journey through a story of Christmas past, present and future, jam packed with unforgettable performances of classic holiday hits and favorite chart toppers such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Christmas,” and more

TICKET INFORMATION – on sale Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM

  • (513) 621-ARTS [2787]
  • Aronoff Center Ticket Office
  • Group sales (10 or more): (513) 977-4157

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Agatha Christie’s Classic Mystery MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Takes Audiences on a Thrilling Ride Beginning Sept. 25

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Andrew May as Hercule Poirot in the Indiana Repertory Theatre 2020 production of Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Photo by Zach Rosing.

CINCINNATI – Audiences will be on the edge of their seats when Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS beginning Sept. 25 at Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. (The show runs through Oct. 23; opening night is Sept. 29.)

Adapted from the world’s greatest mystery writer by Ken Ludwig, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS finds Christie’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot unraveling a tricky murder case that includes a train full of suspects. With unsurpassed intelligence and a keen understanding of the criminal mind, Poirot uncovers clues to unmask the killer lurking in the midst.

“All of the Christie elements are there in this adaptation,” explains Director Risa Brainin. “Poirot is in rare form, as per usual. He has a foil in the character of Monsieur Bouc, who runs the Wagon Lit. Clues are dropped and picked up. Bouc, like the popular Christie character Hastings, tries to put the pieces together…without success. Poirot solves the mystery with brilliance, just like always!”

A grand-scale stage design with art deco details from the original Orient Express and an immersive soundscape will transport audiences to the exciting–yet deadly–train ride full of suspense even if they already know the story.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is the Playhouse’s third recent production penned by award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, whose work has been produced on Broadway and at theaters across the country. The other recent productions were Treasure Island and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which were well received by critics and audiences alike.

Broadway World called his adaptation of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, “Engaging, entertaining, and keeps the audience enthralled from beginning to end.” The Playhouse originally planned to stage the show in Spring of 2020, but the pandemic forced cancellation.

Andrew May (Hercule Poirot); Katie Bradley (Countess Andrenyi); China Brickey (Mary Debenham); Harry Davis (Hector MacQueen); Dale Hodges (Princess Dragomiroff); Rob Johansen (Head Waiter/Michel the Conductor/Fight Director); Jennifer Joplin (Helen Hubbard); Lenne Klingaman (Greta Ohlsson); Taha Mandviwala (Monsieur Bouc); Nick Vannoy (Colonel Arbuthnot/Samuel Ratchett); Liz Comstock (Ensemble); Aaron Schilling (Ensemble).

Ken Ludwig (Playwright); Risa Brainin (Director); Robert Koharchik (Set Designer); Devon Painter (Costume Designer); Michael Klaers (Lighting Designer); Michael Keck (Composer); Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager); Brooke Redler (Second Stage Manager); Brandon T. Holmes (Assistant Stage Manager).

Performances will take place at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at Aronoff Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 7 p.m. on selected Sundays. Weekend matinees are at 2 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled: dial 711 to connect to the Box Office via Ohio Relay Services.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is suitable for ages 12 and up with minimal adult language. This classic literary mystery is full of dramatic plot twists and multiple acts of violence — like murder (obviously).

The Jarson-Kaplan Theater at Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. The Playhouse is performing off-site in the fall while construction of the new Moe & Jack’s Place –The Rouse Theatre continues. The new mainstage theater will open in Spring 2023.

Production Sponsor is US Bank. Design Sponsor is Homewood Suites by Hilton. Artist Sponsors are Geiler and Skidmore Sales & Distributing. Honorary Producer is Terry Lemmerman. The Rouse Theatre Season is presented by Schueler Group.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.


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