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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Announces Details for Free “LIVE FROM MUSIC HALL” Streamed Concerts This Fall and Musicians’ Contract Extensions

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CSO Music Director Louis Langrée and Pops Conductor John Morris Russell to Lead Seven All-New Programs Inspired by Current Times;
Featured Artists include Angel Blue, Sharel Cassity, Aaron Diehl,
Adia Dobbins, Damon Gupton, Augustin Hadelich, Anthony McGill,
Awadagin Pratt and the Catalyst Quartet

Newly Ratified One-Year Musicians’ Contract Calls for Cost Savings
and Creates Significant Scheduling Flexibility

Free Access to All Seven Concerts Enhanced by Simulcasts
in Washington Park and Fountain Square

CINCINNATI, OH (September 14, 2020) – The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops have announced detailed plans for seven Live From Music Hall concerts to be digitally streamed for free this autumn in lieu of live, in-person performances. The concerts are being recorded at Cincinnati Music Hall in accordance with strict safety protocols and will be broadcast throughout the fall on Saturday evenings at 8pm. The live-streamed programs will be free on the Orchestra’s website and social media channels and will also be simulcast for a live, socially distanced audience in downtown Cincinnati on large screens in Fountain Square and Washington Park.

Since the COVID 19-related cancellation of the Orchestra’s planned spring, summer and fall concerts at Music Hall, the organization has addressed budget shortfalls through a three-pronged plan of expense cuts and salary reductions for staff, executive and artistic leadership; special fundraising; and a draw from the organization’s cash reserves. Further, the staff has realigned around digital innovation and a newly announced DE&I plan to position for long-term growth. The streamed events are made possible due to a one-year agreement with the Orchestra’s musicians that allows greater scheduling and work rules flexibility made necessary due to restricted public gathering guidelines and increased safety measures.

Music Director Louis Langrée will conduct four CSO programs, September 26, October 24, November 21 and December 5. Program highlights include soprano Angel Blue singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915; the Catalyst Quartet joining the Orchestra for Jesse Montgomery’s Banner; Augustin Hadelich performing a violin concerto of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Anthony McGill as soloist in Anthony Davis’s You Have the Right to Remain Silent; and Awadagin Pratt performing a Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K.414/385p. Western & Southern is the CSO Season Sponsor.

“We are living through challenging times, but music has the ability to elevate us, heals us and unite us,” said Louis Langrée. “We have chosen repertoire this fall that reflects our current sensitivities and sensibilities and we have invited guest artists who are not only great musicians but important voices in our collective consciousness.”

Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell will conduct three Pops programs. October 3 focuses on American jazz “classics” from early ragtime to a new reduced orchestration Rhapsody in Blue with Aaron Diehl as soloist and a celebration of Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday with saxophonist Sharel Cassity and vocalist Adia Dobbins. October 31 is Halloween and autumn-themed with highlights including movie music from Psycho, Us, and a Harry Potter suite; tunes celebrating Dia De Los Muertes; and, Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton will narrate The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. And, on December 12, a special digital version of the beloved Holiday Pops will center around the theme Home for the Holidays. PNC Bank is the Pops Series Sponsor.

“In reprogramming the fall season, we’ve done a deep dive into amazing musical wonderments from Hollywood, popular classics and the panoply of American pop that can be performed on a more intimate scale,” said John Morris Russell. “We’ve discovered hot tunes from the Jazz Age and smoldering classics from the Be-bop era, eclectic music for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, and a charming collection of exquisite Holiday gems. And, we’re really excited about two world premiere orchestrations–The Legend of Sleepy Hollow we commissioned from James Stephenson III and a new reduced scoring of Rhapsody In Blue from Tim Berens. We can’t wait to share it all with Pops fans around the corner and across the globe!”

In addition to its virtual presence, the CSO and Pops is increasing its robust schedule of neighborhood and community events with the expansion of CSO In Your Neighborhood, pop-up concerts throughout Greater Cincinnati featuring small ensembles of CSO musicians.

“To achieve this re-creation of our season required greatly increased flexibility in scheduling and work rules, and we are grateful to our musicians for understanding the need to incorporate these into a new one-year contract,” said CSO President & CEO Jonathan Martin. “Both COVID and societal issues around inclusiveness and equity have forever changed the CSO’s landscape. In addition to mitigating the financial implications caused by concert cancellations, our three-pronged financial stability plan includes a realigned staff structure around our elevated priorities: our presence in the digital space, and our rededication to a CSO that fully serves our community.”

The ability to produce the seven Live From Music Hall events as well as ongoing CSO In Your Neighborhood concerts is achievable due to a newly ratified one-year contract extension with the CSO’s musicians. Modifications to the contract include a 10% across-the-board wage reduction; much greater scheduling flexibility; the ability to deploy smaller groups of musicians for community and education activities; a hiring postponement for current vacancies in the Orchestra complement; and, increased presence of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows as extra and substitute musicians. Additionally, in tandem with similar initiatives being undertaken by the CSO board and staff, the contract specifies the creation of a task force to review hiring, contracting and compensation practices to ensure fairness and equity.

“This agreement opens the door for adjustments that all Orchestras may need to consider given the uncertainties of COVID and its long-term implications. It represents a decades-long tradition of collaboration based on the understanding that the Cincinnati community has supported its symphony orchestra since 1895,” said Paul Frankenfeld, President of the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association, Local 1 AFM and CSO Associate Principal Viola. “We thank the orchestra committee and particularly co-chairs Ted Nelson and Jennifer Monroe for their thoughtful consideration of what was best for the musicians and for our community. We thank our attorney Barbara Jaccoma for contributing to our ongoing conversation since 2001. And, we thank the Board and management for continuing to honor the contract by providing our current salary and benefits despite the suspension of all concert activity since March 12.”

“I’m proud of the creative way our artistic leaders, musicians and staff have worked over the past several months to keep the Cincinnati Symphony in the hearts and minds of our loyal audiences. If there is anything we’ve learned from this experience, it’s that the post-COVID world we eventually operate in will be different, and so we have taken this opportunity to better position ourselves for what lies ahead,” said CSO Board Chair Rob McDonald. “Music and art and are vital to our well-being, and, thanks to unwavering support from sponsors and donors, Live From Music Hall will help us continue to make meaningful connections with our audiences, our community and well beyond Cincinnati this fall.”

In addition to the Orchestra’s longstanding support from the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the CSO is sponsored by Western & Southern Financial Group.

“Western & Southern is committed to the arts in Cincinnati and is proud to support the CSO’s innovative digital concerts this fall. Like everyone at the CSO, we look forward to returning to Music Hall, but until then, we are glad to make these live streams possible,” said John Barrett, Chairman, President & CEO of Western & Southern.

Since mid-March, when the pandemic forced the suspension of large public gatherings, the CSO and Pops have remained connected with local and global audiences through the creation of new digital content and physically distanced pop-up concerts and events with musicians from the Orchestra under the CSO In Your Neighborhood umbrella. This fall, in addition to the seven large-scale concert events, the CSO will continue to create and curate original content for its social media platforms and for Orchestra at Home, an array of performances and aggregated resources on cincinnatisymphony.org. Orchestra at Home provides links to virtual concerts on May 16 and July 4 as well as other live streamed experiences produced since the beginning of the pandemic; performance and educational videos by CSO musicians (including a series of world premieres catalyzed by The Fanfare Project); education programs supplementing and supporting home learning and schools as they acclimate to adjusted teaching environments; and a collection of archived CSO and Pops videos, podcasts and recordings.

Educational programming will support schools, educators and students in the region with free Young People’s Concerts, in-school programs and educator professional development activities available virtually. And, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras will provide modified in-person activities and supplemental virtual activities available to all students.

Subscribers to the CSO or Pops’ 2020-21 season who have tickets to fall 2020 concerts have been contacted directly by the Box Office with their options. Questions can be directed to the CSO Box Office at (513) 381-3300.

The complete schedule follows.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée, Music Director
Cincinnati Pops, John Morris Russell, Conductor
Live From Music Hall, Fall 2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Free at Cincinnatisymphony.org
Simulcast at Washington Park and Fountain Square
Louis Langrée conductor
Angel Blue, soprano
Catalyst Quartet, string quartet

Jessie Montgomery                                       Banner, for Solo String Quartet
(b. 1981)                                                             and Chamber Orchestra

Samuel Barber                                                 Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24
(1910-1981)                                                                     Angel Blue, soprano

Aaron Copland                                                 Suite from Appalachian Spring      (1900-1990)                                                                 (1944 original orchestration)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Free at Cincinnatisymphony.org
Simulcast at Fountain Square
John Morris Russell conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano
Sharel Cassity, saxophone
Adia Dobbins, vocalist

American jazz classics, from ragtime to a celebration of Charlie Parker’s centenary. Works by Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, James Reese Europe, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Harry Warren & Mack Gordon.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Free at Cincinnatisymphony.org
Simulcast at Fountain Square
Louis Langrée conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Charles Ives                                                                   The Unanswered Question
(1874-1954)

Joseph Bologne,                Chevalier Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra
de Saint-Georges               in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2
(1745-1799)                                Allegro moderato
Largo
Rondeau
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Igor Stravinsky                                      Pulcinella Suite (1949 revision)
(1882-1971)                                             I. Sinfonia
II. Serenata
III. Scherzino
IV. Tarantella
V. Toccata
IV. Gavotta con due variazioni
VII. Vivo
VIII. Minuetto
IX. Finale
The appearance of Augustin Hadelich is made possible by Mace Justice.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Free at Cincinnatisymphony.org
Simulcast at Fountain Square
John Morris Russell conductor
Stefani Matsuo, violin
Damon Gupton, narrator

A celebration of autumn, Halloween and Dia De Los Muertes. Featuring Stefani Matsuo as soloist in “Autumn” from Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; movie music including selections from Michael Abels’ Us, Bernard Hermann’s Psycho and John Williams’ Harry Potter; the traditional La Llorona; and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in a special orchestration by James Stephenson III and narrated by Cincinnati Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton.

Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Free at Cincinnatisymphony.org
Simulcast at Fountain Square
Louis Langrée conductor
Anthony McGill, clarinet

Julia Perry                                              Homunculus C.F.
(1924-1979)

Richard Wagner                                     Siegfried Idyll
(1813-1883)

Anthony Davis                                         You Have the Right to Remain Silent
(b. 1951)                                                                   Interrogation
Loss
Incarceration
Dance of the Other
Anthony McGill, clarinet

Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Free at Cincinnatisymphony.org
Simulcast at Fountain Square
Louis Langrée conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Awadagin Pratt, piano

Marianna Martines                                                Overture in C Major
(1744-1812)                                                                   Allegro con spirito
Andante ma non troppo
Allegro spiritoso

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                              Concerto No. 12 in A Major for
(1756-1791)                                                          Piano and Orchestra, K.414/385p
Allegro
Andante
Allegretto
Awadagin Pratt, piano

Maurice Ravel                          Five Nursery Songs (Suite) from Ma mère l’oye
(1875-1937)                                     (Mother Goose)
Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty
Tom Thumb
Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Conversations of Beauty and the Beast
The Enchanted Garden

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier               Movement III, Rondo, from Concerto for
de Saint-Georges             Violin and String Orchestra in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2
(1745-1799)                               Augustin Hadelich, violin
ed. Badley

The appearance of Augustin Hadelich is made possible by Mace Justice.

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Free at Cincinnatisymphony.org
Simulcast at Fountain Square
John Morris Russell conductor

Holiday Pops—Home for the Holidays
The Cincinnati Pops presents a special digital version of its beloved annual Holiday Pops concerts, featuring seasonal music and a few surprises.

Supported by Graeter’s Ice Cream.

Programs and artists subject to change.

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About the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
With a rich tradition that dates back 125 years, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is considered one of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles. Led by Music Director Louis Langrée, Matthias Pintscher will be the Orchestra’s Creative Partner beginning with the 2020-21 season. The Orchestra also performs as the Cincinnati Pops, founded by Erich Kunzel in 1977. John Morris Russell has been Pops Conductor since 2010 and Damon Gupton is Principal Guest Conductor.

Since its beginnings, the CSO been a proponent of the music of its time, performing the American premieres of works by important composers including Claude Debussy, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel and Béla Bartók, and commissioning many works that have since become mainstays of the classical repertoire, including two iconic works by Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man and Lincoln Portrait. The Orchestra continues to commission works, amplifying new voices from a diverse array of backgrounds.

With groundbreaking initiatives including CSO Proof, CSO Look Around, LUMENOCITY and the MusicNOW Festival collaboration, the Orchestra champions innovation. As an ambassador for Cincinnati, the region, and for the U.S., the CSO has toured extensively, most recently to Asia and Europe in 2017. The CSO was the first American orchestra to be featured on a national radio broadcast and continues to reach millions of listeners across the country and around the world through the airwaves, digital streaming and commercial recordings on the CSO’s own Fanfare Cincinnati label. The Orchestra also performs, records and tours as the Cincinnati Pops and elevates Cincinnati’s vibrant arts scene by serving as the official orchestra for the Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet.

Committed to inclusion and relevance and to enhancing and expanding music education for the children of Greater Cincinnati, the Orchestra works to bring music education, in its many different forms, to as broad a public as possible. Education and outreach programs currently serve more than 80,000 individuals annually. The groundbreaking CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship, a nationally recognized program in partnership with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, provides Masters degree-level education and professional development and performance opportunities for extraordinary young musicians from historically underrepresented populations in classical music.

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2021 Summer Festival Announced by Cincinnati Opera

co_logoCINCINNATI OPERA ANNOUNCES 2021 SUMMER FESTIVAL
JUNE 13–JULY 25, 2021 

The company plans its return to live performance with two world-premiere productions, three all-time favorite operas, and a free season-kickoff concert in Washington Park

Cincinnati, OH (September 17, 2020)—Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, today announced details of the company’s 2021 Summer Festival, which is currently scheduled to open June 13 and continue through July 25. The season marks a return to the stage following the cancellation of the company’s 100th Anniversary Season in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plans for the 2021 Summer Festival include three operas that were originally scheduled to be presented in 2020—the world premieres of Castor and Patience and Fierce, as well as The Barber of Seville—plus the return of two all-time favorite operas, Carmen and Tosca. Performances are currently slated to take place at Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), and to feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

Opera in the Park, the company’s season-opening celebration concert in Washington Park, will also return, including performances by stars from Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the CSO.

“We realize that planning to produce a full opera season in these uncertain times can seem audacious,” said Mirageas. “But as long as there is a chance that conditions will allow us to inspire our community through live opera performances again, that will be our goal. We look to the future with optimism and embrace the same bold vision we have always had. That said, our plans are necessarily contingent on conditions that will allow us to ensure a safe experience for all. If we conclude we cannot, we’ll be prepared to adjust our programming and will communicate broadly with our patrons about their options.”

Mirageas continued, “For our return to the stage, we’re looking forward to presenting some of the most beloved titles in the operatic repertoire—BarberCarmen, and Tosca—as well as the much-anticipated world premieres of Castor and Patience and Fierce. We commissioned these two new operas as part of our ongoing vision to celebrate diverse stories and creators, and we can’t wait to share them with the world.”

Several events that were originally scheduled to take place during the summer of 2020, including The Ball of the CenturyOpera for AllIn Harmony Community ChorusMorris and Friends, and Opera Goes to Church/Opera Goes to Temple, are currently being rescheduled for summer 2021. Details will be announced at a later date.

For ticket information and program updates, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

Cincinnati Opera
2021 SUMMER FESTIVAL

Opera in the Park
Sunday, June 13, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Washington Park

Cincinnati Opera celebrates the opening of the 2021 season with Opera in the Park, a free, family-friendly outdoor concert in Washington Park. Opera in the Park will showcase favorite selections from opera and musical theater performed by stars from the 2021 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The Barber of Seville
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian with projected translation

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 18, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium

The curtain will rise at Music Hall with Rossini’s delightful rom-com, The Barber of Seville. Based on the play of the same name by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the opera introduces us to Figaro, the titular barber bursting with bravado. He’s enlisted by the lovelorn Count Almaviva to help win the heart of the clever and comely Rosina. With whimsy, wit, and plenty of woo, The Barber of Seville reminds us that, as Beaumarchais once said, “Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.”

The production hails originally from the Glimmerglass Festival and features scenic design by John Conklin, costume design by Lynly A. Saunders, and lighting design by Robert Wierzel. Wig and make-up design is by James Geier. Said BroadwayWorld.com, “This innovative interpretation of a traditional opera shines with contemporary sparkle.”

Carmen
Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Sung in French with projected translation

Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.
Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium

The season continues with the most popular opera of all time, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Opera’s quintessential femme fatale, Carmen shows us she’s that and so much more—a fearless, flirtatious force of nature who refuses to answer to anyone but herself. Her confidence attracts the attention of Don José, whose passion turns to obsession, then spirals into madness. When José threatens Carmen with death should she refuse him, she chooses freedom over all. Featuring some of opera’s best-known melodies, from the sultry “Habanera” to the rousing “Toreador Song,” Carmen is an ageless ode to one woman’s fierce independence.

The new-to-Cincinnati production is designed by R. Keith Brumley for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, with lighting design by Thomas C. Hase and wig and make-up design by James Geier.

World Premiere!
Castor and Patience
Music by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Tracy K. Smith
Sung in English with projections

Friday, July 9, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Thursday July 15, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 17, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.
SCPA’s Corbett Theater

Cincinnati Opera proudly presents the world premiere of Castor and Patience. With music by Gregory Spears, composer of the company’s acclaimed 2016 commission Fellow Travelers, and an original libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner and former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, the story is centered on two cousins from an African American family who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South. Deeply relevant to ongoing calls for racial justice, Castor and Patience probes historical and continuing obstacles to Black land ownership in the United States.

Kazem Abdullah conducts, and Kevin Newbury (Fellow Travelers) directs. The design team features Vita Tzykun (scenic design), Jessica Jahn (costume design), Rachel Eliza Griffiths (image design), S. Katy Tucker (projection design), Thomas C. Hase (lighting design), and James Geier (wig and make-up design). 

World Premiere!
Fierce
Music by William Menefield
Libretto by Sheila Williams
Sung in English with projections

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 16, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 23, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
SCPA’s Mayerson Theater

A collaboration with WordPlay Cincy, The Music Resource Center—Cincinnati (MRC), and i.imagine, Fierce receives its highly-anticipated world premiere during Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 season. The opera focuses on four teenage girls who face struggles with school, family, and friendship, and follows their journeys toward finding empowerment. Interviews with WordPlay and MRC participants inspired the opera’s libretto by novelist Sheila Williams, and the score is by composer and Cincinnati native William Menefield. Teenage girls participating in i.imagine’s photography-based educational programs will partner with Cincinnati Opera on promoting the production to their peers.

Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, makes her Cincinnati Opera debut asFierce’s stage director and dramaturg. Production design is by Samantha Reno, with lighting design by Thomas C. Hase and wig and make-up design by James Geier. 

Tosca
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Sung in Italian with projected translation

Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 25, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.
Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium

The 2021 Summer Festival culminates with Giacomo Puccini’s glorious Tosca. In the city of Rome during a time of political turmoil, the tempestuous opera diva Floria Tosca is madly in love with the painter Cavaradossi. When Tosca’s lover becomes entangled in a crime and is condemned to death, the lecherous police chief Scarpia insists only one thing can save him: Tosca herself. Tosca is a passionate melodrama suffused with political intrigue—a rollercoaster ride of love, lust, and tragedy told through unforgettable music.

Cincinnati Opera’s “stunning” and “sumptuous” production (Cincinnati Enquirer), which received rave reviews at its unveiling in 2016, was designed by Robert Perdziola, who has previously designed for the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. Lighting design is by Thomas C. Hase with wig and make-up design by James Geier. 

ABOUT CINCINNATI OPERA
Founded in 1920 and the second-oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every summer. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative artists. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Summer Festival runs June 13 through July 25, featuring Opera in the Park (June 13), Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (June 16 & 18), Georges Bizet’s Carmen (July 1, 8, 10 & 11m), the world premiere of Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith’s Castor and Patience (July 9, 13, 15, 17 & 18m), the world premiere of Fierce by William Menefield and Sheila Williams (July 14, 16, 18, 21 & 23), and Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca (July 22, 24 & 25m). 

The 2021 Summer Festival is made possible through support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, OPERA America, and The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, along with many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences. 

For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org. 

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Updates to the 2020-2021 Theatre & Dance Season at NKU

NKU_SOTA logoWith challenges to produce live, in-person theatrical productions during this unprecedented time, NKU SOTA pivoted its programming to theatre and dance projects on film.

Select productions from the previously announced season lineup have been postponed to the 2021-2022 season, including Noises Off, Torch Song, Mamma Mia and the YES Festival of New Plays. Mamma Mia ticket holders may call the Box Office at (859) 572-5464 and leave a message or email boxoffice@nku.edu.

H.M.S. Pinafore
By W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
Available on YouTube beginning Sept. 18, 2020

A replay of last season’s H.M.S. Pinafore production will be available to view for free on the NKU SOTA YouTube channel. The production is dedicated in loving memory to Ally Davis (Little Buttercup), who tragically passed away this past July. Patrons will have to option to donate to the Ally Davis Memorial GoFundMe fundraiser.

Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase 2020 – Dance on Film Festival
Available on YouTube beginning Nov. 23, 2020

Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase (ECS) is a student-produced and student-led showcase promoting artistic expression and personal growth. NKU Dance Alum Kat Wolf established this showcase back in 2014 and for its sixth season, ECS will be delving into dance on film. The program will be available the NKU SOTA YouTube channel.

SOTA Summit Series
This exciting new series of in-person and virtual round-table, town-hall-type sessions will be co-moderated by Daryl Harris and a guest professional in the arts.

  • Oct. 7. Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases
  • Oct. 28. Arts in the Age of “Me Too”: Women in the Arts
  • Nov. 18: Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts

Norse Artist Series
Ken Jones will host a panel of special guest alumni, sharing their experiences after graduation. These events are open to the public via Zoom. Only NKU students/faculty/staff can attend in-person. Recordings of these panels will be available to view on YouTube a couple days after they occur.

  • Sept. 18. Kat Moser and Jacob Priddy: Kat – Off Broadway run in The Office: A Musical Parody and grad school. Jacob – professional Musical Director in and out of New York City.
  • Sept. 25. Roderick Justice: Producing Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
  • Oct. 2. Mikki Abraham: National tours of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Once on This Island.
  • Oct. 16. Will Brandstetter: Tour Manager for Mannheim Steamroller and Alton Brown: Eat Your Science tour.
  • Oct. 23. Aaron Lavigne: Broadway shows; national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus.
  • Nov. 13. Angie Schworer: Broadway shows including The Producers, Catch Me If You Can, The Prom, Something’s Rotten, and more.

Upcoming Virtual Productions
For the remainder of the 2020-2021 season, NKU SOTA will produce a series of streaming productions. Details on these programs will be available at a later date.

  • “Falling and Loving” by Charles Mee (directed by Corrie Danieley)
  • “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph (directed by Corrie Danieley)
  • “Elegies” by William Finn (directed by Kat Moser & Jacob Priddy)
  • “Edges” by Pasek & Paul (directed by Jamey Strawn)
  • “Fugitive Songs” by Miller & Tysen (directed by Jamey Strawn)
  • “Exploring the Summer of COVID-19” – First Year Show 2020 (directed by Charlie Roetting)

Season updates will be posted on the NKU Theatre + Dance website and on the NKU Theatre + Dance Facebook page.

About NKU School of the Arts: SOTA is the Creative Engine of NKU. The School of the Arts combines Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to bring unparalleled artistic opportunities to current and future students. In a changing world, SOTA prepares students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and their careers. Whether we are creating motion graphics, producing on the stage, or utilizing our dance classes to collaborate with therapeutic exercise in health sciences, we are on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary studies. SOTA offers 11 degrees with 30 specializations in addition to 7 minors to develop graduates that are personally engaged, innovative, and curious with advanced skillsets in collaboration and creative risk-taking. For more information, visit nku.edu/sota or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

About NKU Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.

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30th Season Announced by Cincinnati Men’s Chorus

CMC_logoIt is the CMC’s 30th, XXX, Pearl Anniversary Season! So much of our lives, such as school, work, social and entertainment activities, have gone virtual due to the pandemic. The CMC will also be going virtual for at least the first half of our season. We’re eXcited to use the virtual platform to eXpand our membership and audience to those outside our area, while continuing our mission – “Through our music, we strive for eXcellence;… entertain our audiences; and work for justice, inclusion and harmony between the LGBTQ community and the community at large.”

We look forward to bringing you an eXceedingly eXhilarating eXperience, 30 years in the making. We hope you will join us virtually until such time as we can all be together in person to commemorate three decades of music by the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus.

–Michael Hoffman, President

Holiday Concert: “Hung with Care”
Capturing the eXuberance of the holidays. Featuring some of our favorite holiday songs from the past 30 seasons and of course, some of the CMC miX of naughty and nice that you’ve come to eXpect.

Cabaret: “Dear Johns”
They’re called eXes for a reason. This year’s cabaret “Dear Johns” highlights songs written or sung by people named John (think Legend, Elton, Lennon, Cougar Mellencamp, Olivia Newton) plus a maybe a few fun break-up songs (a little something for everyone).

Spring Concert: “String of Pearls”
The eXquisite pearl is the symbol of 30 years together. Our Spring concert, “String of Pearls” We open the Great American SongBook for an evening of standards.

Pride Concert: Big Gay Broadway
The eXtravaganza that is Broadway will be celebrated. Join us as we eXplore the many GLBT+ contributions to showtunes. GLBT+ composers, themes, and characters. All of your favorites plus a few rare ones. You’ll want to sing along….and we won’t stop you.

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Season Three Announced by Queen City Cabaret

QCC_logoJoin us for our online/ live* (*fingers crossed) season, jam-packed with QCC’s usual style and sass

Main Shows

Sept. 25: Walkin’ After Midnight: An Evening with Patsy Cline
Dec. 18: A Very Merry QCC Christmas
Feb. 12: Tea for Two: A Valentine from Doris Day
May 7: The Marvelous Music of Mrs. Maisel

Online Cabarettes
(subscribers only)

Oct. 31: A Creepy, Crawly Cabaret
Nov. 20: Thank You for the Music
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve with QCC
Jan. 22: Singin’ the Blues
Feb. 19: Love Is All You Need
March 12: Queens of the Queen City
April 23: Songs of Cole Porter
May 21: Golden Age Is All The Rage
June 18: Trés Gay Cabaret

For more info, visit our Events Page, and then mark your calendars! 

Tickets and Subscriptions go live September 16th!

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