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BLACK VIOLIN | Tue., April 16 | Music Hall

CAA_Black Violin promoApril 16, 2019
Music Hall – Springer Auditorium

“Black Violin upends cultural and musical stereotypes…an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.” – The Miami Herald       

“Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.” – NPR 

Tickets on sale Friday, September 28 at 10:00 AM

CINCINNATI, OH – Hip-hop meets classical violin when the nationally-acclaimed band, Black Violin, makes its much-anticipated return to Cincinnati at Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM in an all-new tour, details of which will be announced at a later date.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 28 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. A student ticket price of $15 is available in select seating locations. Group discount tickets for 10 or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

Black Violin is composed of classically-trained violist, Wil B., and violinist, Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean andAlicia Keys.

Black Violin has spent the summer working on their upcoming album due out in 2019 and experienced a well-received winter run which included back-to-back sold out performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Black Violin is currently writing and recording their next studio album with a track and music video expected to be released soon. The band’s most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.”

Earlier in the year, Black Violin was announced as the Turnaround Artist for Mary B. Bethune Elementary School in their hometown of Broward County, FL. Turnaround Arts, a national education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, infuses arts into struggling schools to support overall reform efforts. Founded by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2012, the program partners schools with music instrument grants, arts supplies, professional development, and musicals, and pairs each school with an artist to provide mentorship, inspiration, and support for the school’s journey in the program. Turnaround Artists include Elton John, Edward Norton, and Yo-Yo Ma, among other highly-acclaimed members of the arts community.

The duo composed music for the television series Pitch which debuted on FOX in 2016, and has appeared on HBO’s Ballers, The Tonight Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Kate TV, and The Ellen Show.

In addition, Black Violin has performed for more than 100,000 students in the past twelve months throughout North America and Europe. The band is endorsed by Yamaha Music and Bose, and has partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers (NAMM) to continue their advocacy for accessible music education.



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The Carnegie Announces Cast and Production Team for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME 

TC_Hunchback LogoThe Carnegie is pleased to announce the cast and production team for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, playing weekends January 12 – 27, 2019.


  • Kyle Taylor – Quasimodo
  • Ria Villaver – Collins Esmeralda
  • Michael Sherman – Judge Claude Frollo
  • Jackson Hunt – Captain Phoebus
  • Skyler McNeely – Clopin
  • El More – Madam/Ensemble
  • Will Ellis – Jehan/Tribunal/Officer/Ensemble
  • Josh Heard – Frederic/Ensemble
  • Ella Rivera – Florika/Ensemble
  • Christian Arias – King Louis/Teen Ensemble
  • Reginald Hemphill – Father Dupin/Ensemble
  • Collin Newton – Saint Aphrodisius/Ensemble
  • Kate Stark – Female ensemble/Dance Captain
  • Cassidy Steele – Female ensemble
  • Michael English – Teen Ensemble
  • Molly Munn – Teen Ensemble
  • Fiona Blanchett – Teen Ensemble
  • Jordan Darnell – Teen Ensemble
  • Claire Streit – Teen Ensemble
  • Zoe Zoller – Teen Ensemble
  • Ava Kroener – Gargoyle/Youth Ensemble
  • Ryan Armstrong – Gargoyle/Youth Ensemble
  • Robert Wilke – Gargoyle/Youth Ensemble
  • Benny Mitchell – Gargoyle/Youth Ensemble
  • Ruby Brooks – Gargoyle/Youth Ensemble
  • Athena Updike – Gargoyle/Youth Ensemble


  • Kurt Domoney – Director/Choreographer
  • Xan Jeffery – Music Director
  • Lormarev Jones – Assistant Director
  • Morgan Becker – Stage Manager


Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

When: Playing Weekends January 12 – 27, 2019

Description: Quasimodo, the misshapen bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral longs to join the city of Paris during the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the Archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

The beloved musical, based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same name, features an Academy Award-nominated score from the Disney film, including “Out There” and “God Help the Outcasts” along with and new songs from famed composers Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked).

Ten Performances:

  • Saturday, January 12, 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 13, 3pm
  • Friday, January 18, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 19, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 20, 3pm
  • Friday, January 25, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 26, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 27, 3pm

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Where: The Carnegie | 1028 Scott Boulevard | Covington, KY 41011

Tickets: Tickets may be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940, open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or online at

Content Advisory: Please note this is a family-friendly production. Some technical effects may be scary for very young children.

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The 2018-19 Carnegie Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support comes from the Kentucky Department of Tourism.

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Satirical Comedy THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Opens CCM Mainstage Series


CCM Acting presents Nikolai Gogol’s THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR on Oct. 3 (preview)-7, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

CINCINNATI, OH — A good satire bites when it is written, says director Richard Hess, but a great satire withstands the test of time and continues to bite for future generations. He is referring to political comedy THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, which opens the 2018-19 Mainstage Series at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music on Oct. 3, 2018.

Written by Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol in 1834 and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher in 2008, THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is a hilarious reminder of the terrifying timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery. When the locals of a small town learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, a case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed.

The play was originally presented with the consent of Russian Emperor Nicholas I, but it is said that “he later regretted his tolerance,” says Hess, Chair of CCM Acting. “THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is a classic because it was funny then and it is funny now.” Hess adds. “Our production is set in an 1836 that feels uncannily like 2018.”

Hatcher’s adaptation premiered off-Broadway in 2017 to great acclaim. The New York Times called it a “buoyant” production that “generates the kind of collective enthusiasm in its audience that you associate with home-team football games.”

After choosing serious dramas for CCM Acting’s Mainstage Series for the past few years, Hess wanted to produce a show that makes audiences laugh long and laugh hard. He says he laughed during every rehearsal with CCM Acting students, and he hopes audiences will fill the theater with laughter at every performance.

CCM Acting presents THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR on Oct. 3 (preview performance)-7, 2018 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard E. Hess, director
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Courtney Paige Hickenlooper*, stage manager
  • Kelly Yurko, wig and make-up designer
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Kate Webster, dialect and vocal coach
    * CCM Student

Cast List

  • Carter LaCava as Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov
  • Briley Oakley as Osip, his servant
  • Graham Rogers as Mayor
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Anna Andreyevna, his wife
  • Zoe Cotzias as Marya, his daughter
  • Amanda Nelson as Grusha, their maid
  • Matt Fox as Judge
  • Cameron Nalley as School Principal
  • Sarah Durham as Postmastress
  • Lucas Prizant as Doctor
  • Trey Peterson as Dobchinsky
  • Reid Robison as Bobchinsky
  • Michelle Jardine as Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
  • Paige Jordan as Svetsunov, the police chief
  • Frankie Chuter as Abdullin/Constable 1/Imperial Messenger
  • Jason Pavlovich as Pentelaeyev/Constable 2

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 (preview performance)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 5
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series.

Parking and Directions Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Service, Inc., New York.

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at

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Come to Sunset Players for a Little SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY

SSP_Southern Hospitality logoCINCINNATI, OH – September 20, 2018 — Sunset Players, a Westside community theater group that performs at the Arts Center at Dunham, opens its 39th season with a little SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY from September 28 through October 13.

Written by Jessica Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Don Frimming, the comedy SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY features the Futrelle sisters who are in a heap of trouble. Their beloved hometown of Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing, and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction by luring a salsa manufacturing factory to town. To seal the deal, Honey Raye, who leads the Chamber of Commerce, makes promises to woo the salsa company rep to choose Fayro. So now it’s up to her sisters and the citizens of Fayro to pull together, turn her promises into reality and save their town using their Southern strength and ingenuity, which is a recipe for total hilarity.

The cast includes:

  • Elaine Michael as Geneva Musgrave
  • Jeri Nakamura as Rhonda Lynn Futrelle
  • Denise Schnieders as Honey Raye Futrelle
  • Becky Cole as Twink Futrelle
  • Erin Marie Schwartz as Frankie Futrelle Dubberly
  • Jim Swartwout as Dub Dubberly
  • Tim Carney as John Curtis Buntner
  • Nick Dunker as Raynerd Chisum
  • Karson McCall as Gina Jo Waverly
  • Nick Young as Justin Waverly
  • Cathy Woodruff as Iney Dubberly
  • Wyn Jones as Ms. Dayva Davidson
  • Paul Brockman as Buck Strickland

Performances are September 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13. All shows are at 8PM, except Thursday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.  Cincinnati State’s Interpreter Training Program will provide sign language interpreting for the deaf community on Saturday, October 6.

Tickets are $15 general admission or $13 for seniors, students or groups of 10 or more and can be purchased online at the Sunset Players website ( or at the door. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 513-588-4988.

Sunset Players keeps the laughs flowing throughout its 39th season with three more productions:

  • Our annual children’s show is The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf by Joseph Robinette, directed by Bob Kelley and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Was the Wolf a villain or victim? Were the Three Pigs innocent or at fault? The nursery and fairytale character jurors and Judge Wise O. Al will decide in this fun-filled, action-packed trial-of-the-century. This delightful comedy and its intriguing story line and vivid characterizations will appeal to audiences and performers of all ages. Performances are November 30, and December 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. Friday night performances are at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.
  • The winter production will be a compilation of one act plays for You Caught Us in Our Shorts…For the 6th time. This production of short one act plays will leave you in stitches and smiles. Performances are March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16.
  • The season wraps up with Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, directed by Dennis Murphy and produced by special arrangements from Samuel French. A greedy prince has taken control of England, and it is up to the dashing outlaw Robin Hood to save the day. Join up and take aim with Robin and his band of Merry Men—and women— as they champion the underdog and fight for justice. Laughs, romance and plenty of arrows fly in this all-out comic adventure. Performances are May 3, 4, 10, 11,12, 16, 17 and 18.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 140 plays. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance somewhere. For more information about the 39th season, visit our website at or like us on Facebook.


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Big Brother is watching Cincinnati as Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents the Regional Debut of 1984

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Sara Clark as Julia in 1984. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

A searing new smash-hit adaptation of Orwell’s classic makes its regional debut with the Founding Creative Directors of Blink and LumenoCity joining the creative team.

Cincinnati, September 18, 2018 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its 25th Anniversary Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with “1984”, a new adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan. “1984” runs October 12 – November 3, and is directed by Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips and features Resident Ensemble Members Justin McCombs and Sara Clark. This regional debut production will feature a revolutionary multimedia design by Brave Berlin, the Founding Creative Directors of Blink and LumenoCity, of light and sound that will create an immersive Orwellian theatrical experience!  This production is generously sponsored by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation.

In a dystopian future where persecution masquerades as patriotism and surveillance as security, the shadowy government entity known only as Big Brother watches your every move. When Winston Smith (Justin McCombs) falls in love with the lovely but mysterious Julia (Sara Clark), he stumbles upon a secret resistance movement and soon finds himself in crisis, tumbling down a rabbit hole and grappling with everything he thought that he believed.

This production is making its regional debut with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company fresh off a smash run on London’s West End and a special limited engagement on Broadway in 2017, that featured actress Olivia Wilde (House) as Julia.

1984 is interesting because groups of all political persuasions have used it to justify their stances,” says Producing Artistic Director and Director of 1984,Brian Isaac Phillips. “This is an intimate and visceral story that also grapples with broader questions about truth, and what happens when truth is deemed inconvenient or even dangerous.”

“When we programmed 1984 for this season, we knew it was going to be a powerful and relevant experience,” says Mr. Phillips “And since the technology and surveillance aspect is such a huge part of this story and production, we knew we had to reach out to visionaries like Brave Berlin. Their work in Cincinnati on Blink and LumenoCity was the exact type of groundbreaking storytelling we wanted to do with this production.”

“We continue to be in awe of the creative brilliance behind LumenoCity and Blink that Brave Berlin has brought to Cincinnati,” says Executive Director, Jay Woffington. “By presenting 1984 with Brave Berlin’s multimedia collaboration, we are hoping to give Cincinnatians a new opportunity to experience the awe and beauty of lights and sound projections during this off-year of Blink.”

The immersive experience will begin outside of the theater- on the building and in the windows. “It was important to us that anyone in Cincinnati be able to experience some part of this collaboration,” says Mr. Phillips “and so we hope that people walking down the street in OTR or in the park will look up and see a spectacle that challenges their views of surveillance.”

Steve McGowan of Brave Berlin says “We are constantly looking for experimental work that push creative boundaries in the medium of film and live theater. When we abstractly considered all that is happening in the world right now, tech fear, surveillance paranoia, and the reality of a 24 hour news cycle, we were all in!” Dan Reynolds of Brave Berlin says that “this production will challenge our audience in new ways – emotionally and physically. The story is already so relevant and visceral, that when you tell it with an innovative multimedia experience like the one we will be creating- let’s just say I hope folks are ready!”

1984 runs October 12 – November 3 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday November 3 at 2:00 PM.  Preview performances are Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 PM.

Single ticket prices range from $14-$54.  Previews on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11 are $30.  Advance student tickets are only $28 and day-of Student Rush tickets are $14 and may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID if available. This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees may apply.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at

On Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, bring your younger kids (4+) for artist-led childcare DURING the performance! The “Playdate” program is only $15 and free for subscribers. The option to add this program will be available as you are buying tickets for either of these show dates. Activities will range from storytime to theatre games and crafts. Share the great benefits of CSC’s programming with your children: Playdate will style activities to correspond with each production, so even your youngest can join in the discussion on the ride home!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  There are many parking spaces available on the street and in nearby lots and garages- for more information visit

Valet Parking is also offered by CSC for every performance! Make reservations for $15 in advance when purchasing tickets. Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot at the discounted rate of $15 (vs. $20+ at the curb).  Valet is available right at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in front of the theater and begins approx. 1.5 hours before a performance. Cars can be picked up for up to one hour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valet service directly.) The valet will have your name on the list after you purchase- it’s that easy!


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About Brave Berlin:
Brave Berlin exists to champion the courageous and to help them bring their big ideas to life. They do this by providing world class creative, design and production services for companies and individuals with a story to tell or an idea to spread. They enable bold thinkers and apply decades of craft and experience to help close the gap between great ideas and great ideas realized.

About The 2018-2019 25th Anniversary Season:
The season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  The 25th Anniversary sponsor is the The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation.  This season is funded by ArtsWave.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation.  The season’s marketing design sponsor is POSSIBLE. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at

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