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

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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 www.CincinnatiArts.org, (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 www.anightwithjanisjoplin.com.

For more information about Janis Joplin, visit www.JanisJoplin.com.



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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 www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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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 www.CincinnatiArts.org, (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. www.magicspace.net 

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 onwww.mannheimsteamroller.com, 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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AN EVENING WITH KRISTINA KUZMIC: The Hope and Humor Tour | Thu., July 11 | Aronoff Center


Internet Sensation and Parenting Expert Brings Laughs and Inspiration
in an all New Stage Show 

July 11, 2019
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall 

Tickets on sale Friday, May 10 at 10:00 AM 

CINCINNATI, OH (May 7, 2019) – Internet celebrity and acclaimed parenting vlogger, Kristina Kuzmic is coming to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Thursday, July 11 at 8:00 PM for a live, powerful, and comical “night out” event. An Evening with Kristina Kuzmic: The Hope and Humor Tour brings to stage the inspiration, humor, and in-your-face perspective of parenting (and life in general) that has attracted the social media maven over 2.3 million Facebook followers and numerous accolades.

Tickets for an Evening with Kristina Kuzmic start at $32.75 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale Friday, May 10 at 10:00 AM.  Tickets can be purchased at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. A limited number of VIP tickets offering an opportunity to meet Kristina are available.

The Huffington Post referred to Kristina’s videos as “parenting comedy at its finest,” and The Inquisitr has praised her “witty charm.” Kristina began her career after winning “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star,”  and built an audience by starting “The Ambush Cook” on The Oprah Winfrey Network. She was later named Oprah’s “I Gotta Watch Her ‘IT’ Girl.”  She has quickly made a name for herself as a creative, yet unpretentious parent, as well as a world-renowned motivational speaker and comedian. Her first book, Hold on But Don’t Hold Still, will be released in the Fall of 2019.

A cheerleader for her fellow humans, Kristina Kuzmic immigrated to America from Croatia during the war in her homeland.  Later facing even more challenges (divorce, single parenting, poverty, depression), Kristina wanted to be for others what she wished someone had been for her during her darkest hours. Now, through her platforms, she provides encouragement, hope, and humor in a role she never expected to fill.

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130 Years of Chaplin: Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzer | Thu., May 9 | Music Hall Ballroom

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Featuring acclaimed theatre organist Clark Wilson and
guest emcee, Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of the Cincinnati Ballet

CINCINNATI, OH – The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) is pleased to announce the return of its popular Silent Film Concert Series with 130 Years of Chaplin: Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzerat  Cincinnati’s Music Hall Ballroom on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. This popular Spring organ concert is the perfect Thursday Throwback for the entire family! 

Tickets are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices. For groups of ten or more, call (513) 977-4157.

There’s nothing quite like the unique sound of the Albee Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer − an orchestra and more all in one organ! 130 Years of Chaplin: Silent Movies Made Musical with the Mighty Wurlitzer will feature acclaimed theater organist Clark Wilson and will be emceed by Cincinnati Ballet Music Director, Carmon DeLeone. Wilson will bring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan to life in The Kid, widely considered one of the greatest films of the silent film era. Chaplin wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this 1921 comedy/drama, which has stood the test of time much like Cincinnati’s beloved Cincinnati Music Hall and the Mighty Wurlitzer!

Charlie Chaplin
Charles Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 to two music hall musicians and was an actor by the age of eight. After his parents’ separation, he spent much of his youth in and out of work houses during times of his mother’s instability. Chaplin opened a window into his life through his films and found a way to weave comedy into the drama of living. An icon of the early Hollywood era of film making, he is widely known for his independent films and music composition, which he continued for many years.  He is survived by nine children, and though he is often remembered for the tiny mustache under his bowler hat, his contributions to the world of film are irrefutable.

The Kid is regarded as one of his best efforts and revealed to many the seriousness of his talents. In 2011, the film was preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which states that The Kid is “an artful melding of touching drama, social commentary, and inventive comedy,” and goes on to say that Chaplin “sustained his artistry beyond the length of his usual short subjects and could deftly elicit a variety of emotions from his audiences by skillfully blending slapstick and pathos.”  Jeffrey Vance, Chaplin biographer, wrote that “The Kid (1921) is one of Charles Chaplin’s finest achievements and remains universally beloved by critics and audiences alike. The film is a perfect blend of comedy and drama and is arguably Chaplin’s most personal and autobiographical work.”

The Mighty Wurlitzer
The Mighty Wurlitzer was installed in the ornate Albee Theater on Fountain Square in December 1927 – one of only 2,200 theatre organs produced at that time to accompany silent feature films.  When talkies took over in 1929, the theatre organ was mainly silenced.  The Albee organ was donated to the Emery Theater in 1969 (where it played for movies and other events) and was partially rebuilt by the Ohio Valley Organ Club. It was removed from the Emery in 1999 and put into storage.

The leadership at SPMH thought the historic Music Hall Ballroom would be an ideal location for the instrument, and in June 2007, Ronald F. Wehmeier, Inc., Pipe Organ Service in Cincinnati was contacted to completely rebuild and install the Wurlitzer. A donor foundation funded the entire project in the amount of $1.41 million. Only a small number of Wurlitzers of this size still exist, and Cincinnati (the home of the Wurlitzer Company) is one of the few cities in the country to have an instrument of this quality.

The Wurlitzer was expanded in tonal colors and effects, from 19 ranks of pipes to 31 ranks (a rank is made up of 61 pipes, and represents orchestral sounds, such as trumpets, flutes, tubas, strings, etc.).  A full array of percussion effects is also present – xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, chimes, and even a large Steinway grand – all playable from the giant three keyboard and pedal console, decorated in 22-karat gold leaf.  Wind for the pipes is provided by a 15 HP high pressure turbine, the electrical switching is controlled by computer, and pipes range in size from 16 feet to the size of a pencil.  In addition, the Wurlitzer is now fully computerized, so that it can be played without an organist through a digital input system.

Clark Wilson
Clark Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America today. He works exclusively with the Organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film.

Clark was personally influenced by, and subsequently became close friends with, Chicago area organist John Muri, who was an original master of picture accompaniment and practiced his art well into the 1980s. His (and Wilson’s) historic style was that of utilizing fine music as a basis for developing a score of musical value. If the original score is no longer extant, a new one is prepared from the organist’s library and is normally transferred to a cue sheet – somewhat of a “road map” of suggested themes and notated screen actions which keep the organist fully on course. The development of themes in serious pictures is obtained exclusively in this way, and it must be considered the truest way to properly underscore screen action. Nothing is left to chance and wholesale improvisation is not relied upon. Further, the musical style of the time remains intact; no attempt is made to distract from the picture by using themes or styles that entered the musical scene years later. Most important of all, the film remains the focus and star of the performance.

Wilson began his scoring career in 1980 and has successfully toured North America with hundreds of film presentations at schools and universities, performing art centers, theatres, film festivals, and conventions. His work has led to performances for UCLA; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where, in addition to other pictures, he has re-premiered Wings for Paramount Studios’ 100th Anniversary; the Chautauqua Institution; Cinequest and San Francisco film festivals; the Los Angeles Conservancy; the Packard Foundation’s Stanford Theatre film series; the Atlanta premier of the restored Metropolis; and annual presentations at the Atlanta Fox Theatre, and for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society at the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ. He is the organist of choice for many of the American Theatre Organ Society’s international convention silent film presentations, and he has scored pictures for Kino International for public DVD release. His performances have received the highest marks from colleagues and professionals, one commenting that his was “the finest use of a theatre pipe organ that I have ever heard.”

Clark has been organ conservator and Resident Organist at the Ohio Theatre for the Columbus Associate for the Performing Arts since 1992 and is responsible for all music during the annual classic movie series, which also features one or more major silent films each season. In addition, he has led courses in theatre organ styling and silent film accompaniment at the Indiana University School of Music. He has now developed curriculum and has been appointed to the organ faculty at the University of Oklahoma’s Organ Department, where he teaches applied theatre organ lessons, silent film scoring, and the history of the American theatre organ, the first such program to exist since 1929. In addition to several articles published in Theatre Organ magazine, he has recently authored an article on film scoring for The American Organist magazine, periodical of the American Guild of Organists.

Wilson has been named in numerous Who’s Who and Men of Achievement editions and was presented with the ATOS Organist of the Year award in 1998. An acclaimed organ technician and consultant, he has also been professionally involved with over 200 pipe organ installations to date and has earned the ATOS Technician of Merit award, the only person to receive both ATOS distinctions.

Carmon DeLeone
Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of Cincinnati Ballet and Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Philharmon­ic Orchestra and the Middletown Symphony, has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series at New York’s Carnegie Hall and has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic. He has com­posed many original scores for the Ballet. His best-known work, Peter Pan, is performed nationally and overseas. As Assistant Conductor, and later Resident Conductor, of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind, and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected by Mae­stro Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center. He possesses a wide range of musical interests and is experienced in both the classics and jazz, whether leading his own “Studio Big Band” from the drum set or playing the French horn in both idioms. Maestro DeLeone made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at City Center and his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. DeLeone is a recipient of the Post-Corbett Award and most recently was awarded the esteemed MacDowell Medal by the Cincinnati MacDowell Society.

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MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! | Mon., Oct. 7 | Aronoff Center


Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26 at 10:00 AM

[Cincinnati, OH]  TCG Entertainment and EndemolShine North America are thrilled to announce the hit culinary competition MasterChef Junior is debuting its first live tour this fall and coming to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS}, and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. $20 tickets are available for children (ages 2-12) and are available in select locations.

MasterChef Junior Live! brings the hit FOX-TV show MasterChef Junior directly to you LIVE! Featuring head-to-head cooking competitions with past MasterChef Junior all-stars and fan favorites, Q&A sessions, and an overall immersive audience experience that is fun for all ages.

Come be a part of MasterChef Junior Live!  It’s an experience for the whole family and a recipe for a guaranteed good time!

About TCG Entertainment
TCG Entertainment – www.TCGENT.com – is the industry leader in the creation, production, booking, and marketing of live entertainment productions and events. TCG has over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry with a focus on symphonic, family, music, and other live touring properties.  Current and past productions include multiple productions of Cirque Musica (www.CirqueMusica.com), 4U: The Music of Prince with SymphonyA Night of Symphonic Hip HopA Night of Symphonic RockREWIND – Celebrating the ‘80s, and more.

About EndemolShine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer, and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.



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