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JUSTIN WILLMAN – Magic in Real Life Tour | Sat., Feb. 23 | Music Hall Ballroom

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CINCINNATI, OH – Magician/Comedian, Netflix star, and social media sensation Justin Willman will bring his Magic in Real Life Tour to the Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom for one night only on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The show is part of Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2018-19 Presenting Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 21 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices. Group discount tickets for ten or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

Justin Willman has cemented himself as one of today’s most prolific entertainers. This summer, Willman premiered his six-episode magic series on Netflix entitled Magic For Humans with Justin Willman. In the series, Willman brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of America, while incorporating his disarming demeanor into street magic and social experiments that will boggle the mind. Upon premiering, the show instantly became one of the most streamed shows on Netflix with clips from the show garnering over 100 million views to date across social media, even sparking a viral memeIndiewire called Willman the “perfect magician/hybrid prototype with incredible comedic timing,” and Rotten Tomatoes currently has the show listed at an 88% audience approval.

Willman also recently announced his new residency aptly called The Magic Show at the historic and swanky Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. The Magic Show will be an intimate performance in a hidden, unmarked theater inside the hotel, and upon announcing the show, all performances sold out almost immediately.

The L.A. Times exclaimed that Willman is “a new breed of magician who’s making magic cool again for grown-ups.” Playboy Magazine dubbed him “the freshest and funniest magician working today,” and Time Outhailed that his show “has to be seen to be disbelieved.”

Prior to Magic for Humans, Willman was known for his multiple appearances on The Tonight ShowEllen, and Conan. He also performed live at the White House for the Obama Family. His debut comedy/magic special Sleight of Mouth premiered on Comedy Central in 2015 to rave reviews.

Willman is also a consultant & writer for film/television productions like America’s Got TalentThe Goldbergs, and Disney’s upcoming feature film Magic Camp.

Justin was born in St. Louis, lives in Los Angeles, and does not own a rabbit.

Learn more about Justin Willman



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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 1.6 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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Coat Check Attendant Positions Available at Cincinnati Arts Association



Who says work can’t be fun! The Cincinnati Arts Association is seeking customer-service oriented individuals, who enjoy working with patrons, to fill these seasonal Coat Check Attendant positions at our Music Hall location.

General responsibilities of the Coat Check Attendant include, but are not limited to; providing exceptional customer service by tending to and taking responsibility of patron’s coats and other outerwear; keeping coats and coat check area in a neat and orderly fashion; setting up coat check area for events; serving as a resource of information for all guests; attending pre-shift meetings prior to event; reconciling cash and ticket receipts.

The ideal candidate must be able to provide exemplary customer service to all guests and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to work well with a diverse population is critical to this position. Minimum of one year’s experience in a customer service oriented environment. Prior cash handling experience. Ability to lift up to 25lbs. This position carries a flexible/seasonal schedule but must be able to work late hours on mostly nights and weekends.

To Apply:
Interested candidates may complete an application at/or send resume to:
Cincinnati Arts Association
Attn: Human Resources
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Or email: HR@cincinnatiarts.org

No phone calls please.
EOE/M/F/D/V/SO Employer

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Three Positions Available at Cincinnati Arts Association



The Cincinnati Arts Association is looking for a Front Desk Coordinator for our Aronoff Center location to manage the front desk on a daily basis and to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks. As the Front Desk Coordinator, this individual will be the first point of contact for our organization, offer administrative support across departments, and ultimately ensure the front desk welcomes guests positively, and executes all administrative tasks to the highest quality standards.

General responsibilities include but are not limited to: greet and direct visitors accordingly and in a way that represents the organization in the best possible light and provides a welcoming environment; promptly open/close front office area and related; answer central telephone system and direct calls accordingly; requisition and maintaining of office supplies; maintain office equipment including service calls; manage daily metering and distribution of incoming/outgoing mail; oversee postage machine regarding postage refills, updates and maintenance; retain and balance petty cash; prepare monthly allocation reports and maintain database; and coordinate other office services for staff.

The ideal candidate must possess excellent phone etiquette and strong customer service skills; must be detail-oriented and organized; professional appearance and demeanor required. Thorough knowledge of general office procedures a must. Punctuality is essential. Qualified candidates will have previous administrative or clerical experience with solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Basic bookkeeping skills a plus. High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of three years’ related experience; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


The Cincinnati Arts Association seeks a House Manager to join our team at our Aronoff Center for the Arts location. The House Manager directs the Aronoff Center’s front-of-house operations and works to promote customer, volunteer, and staff satisfaction while maximizing event attendance.

The House Manager’s primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: scheduling, supervising, training and evaluating house management and usher staffs; creating a culture of positive customer service in the Aronoff Center’s public staff; overseeing the resolution of customer issues; developing and implementing house policies; overseeing the ticket entry process; managing the audience arrival and departure experience including accessibility; overseeing the front-of-house facilities during events; supporting the design and fulfillment of electronic messaging programming; assisting in supporting the lobby concessions and merchandise for performances; assist in developing and executing audience surveys and data collection; overseeing front-of-house data reporting and analysis; managing the audience safety program; and assisting with the planning and management of special events when needed.

The successful candidate will have five or more years of management responsibility within the performing arts, entertainment, hospitality, or other relevant field with significant customer service experience. Experience in a multi-venue facility and team leadership experience is preferred; volunteer management experience desired. The qualified candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to exercise good judgment independently. Ability to work effectively with a broad range of people in the community is essential. Must have excellent computer skills; exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including strong presentation skills; a high level of organization and attention to accuracy; ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment; multi-task and meet time sensitive deadlines; schedule flexibility (work on nights, holidays and weekends will be required); and the required physical ability to move rapidly, stand for long periods of time, and lift up to 40 lbs.


The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is seeking a detail-oriented individual to fill this full-time position at our Aronoff Center for the Arts location. The Operations Administrative Assistant will be primarily responsible for providing day-to-day administrative and clerical support to the Operations departments.

General responsibilities include but are not limited to: assist in daily office needs and managing the department’s general administrative activities; serve as a central clearing point for information on operations; answer phones and provide general service to clients regarding use of facility and spaces; organize, maintain, and assume custodial responsibilities for all operation department files; record and distribute minutes of operations department meetings and other meetings; order office supplies for operations/volunteer departments; assist Rentals Manager with touring prospective clients and supplying them with necessary information; utilize event scheduling software to assist with bookings; coordinate preparation and distribution of all materials for clients; assist with distribution of information to volunteers throughout the year including newsletter; assist with special activities for volunteers; provide switchboard relief when needed.

The ideal candidate must possess strong written, verbal, interpersonal and customer service skills; strong organization skills with attention to detail. Must be able to function in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with a positive attitude. Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Proficiency in computers including database management, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook required. A general knowledge of office practices and procedures. Basic bookkeeping skills a plus. High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of three years’ related experience; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Interested candidates may send resume by 12/17/2018 to:
Cincinnati Arts Association
Attn: Human Resources
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
or email: HR@cincinnatiarts.org

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CAA_Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer logo

Featuring acclaimed theatre organist Mark Herman;
Guest emcee, Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Evans Mirageas;
Vocalists, Jennifer Lynn Cherest and Thom Dreeze;
and Nutcracker dancers from Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts

CINCINNATI, OH – The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) is pleased to announce the return of Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer to Cincinnati’s Music Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, December 12 at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. This popular holiday concert is regarded as one of the Tri-state’s most anticipated music events of the yuletide season. 

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!  Acclaimed theatre-organist Mark Herman will pull out all the stops, with Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director, Evans Mirageas, as guest emcee; vocalists Jennifer Lynn Cherest and Thom Dreeze; and Nutcracker dancers from Cincinnati’s School for the Creative & Performing Arts. This will be a nonstop concert with all of the bells, whistles, and special effects that only an instrument as grand as the Mighty Wurlitzer can create. Relive your memories of yesterday as you create new memories of tomorrow with your friends and family!

“The Winter Holidays are the perfect time to enjoy the warmth of music and light, which can start and stir such wonderful memories,” said Holly Brians Ragusa of The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall.  “Traditions such as our annual Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer concert are special and help us share in the joy and peace of the Season! It’ll be quite a night to discover or rediscover the Mighty Wurlitzer with loved ones in the beautiful Music Hall Ballroom.  Come to remember and enjoy a sense of childhood joy and wonder.”

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.

Mark Herman
One of America’s busiest theatre organists, Mark performs concerts and silent film presentations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, he was named the American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year and is the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious honor. Previously, he was overall winner of the Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition in 2004.

Mark has been featured on several episodes of American Public Media’s Pipedreams program, and has performed for countless conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, American Guild of Organists, and Organ Historical Society. On the international stage, he has toured in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is President and Tonal Director of the Los Angeles Organ Company, the Allen Organ dealer for the Greater Los Angeles area. He is in demand as a voicing specialist and tonal consultant for Allen Organs and is proud to be an Allen Artist, showcasing new Allen Organs in the U.S. and beyond. He oversees the care of several notable theatre pipe organs and consults on instruments nationally. Los Angeles Organ Company oversees the installation and care of organs with hundreds of institutional and private clients throughout the west coast.

Evans Mirageas
Evans Mirageas is in his 14th season as The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Opera. Widely considered one of the most talented and respected artistic leaders in the classical music industry today, Evans brings to Cincinnati Opera a broad range of experience in both opera and symphonic music, as well as a long history of successful partnerships with many of the world’s leading singers and conductors.

Evans’ varied career in classical music has included radio production with the nationally-renowned WFMT radio station in Chicago, Artistic Administrator to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony, and Senior Vice President of Artists and Repertoire for the Decca Record Company. In addition, he is an award-winning record producer, lecturer, interviewer, presenter, and awards panelist. He is also the Vice President for Artistic Planning for The Atlanta Symphony. Since 1999, Evans has served as an independent artistic advisor to conductors, instrumentalists, sing­ers, symphony orchestras, opera companies, and other performing arts organizations throughout the United States and Europe.

Jennifer Lynn Cherest, soprano
Jennifer has been praised as “beautifully expressive and technically polished” by the San Francisco Chronicle in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with the Merola Opera Program, and has begun to make her mark in the opera world. Since finishing her Adler fellowship with the San Francisco Opera in 2013, she has debuted with such companies as Washington National Opera and Cincinnati Opera, and recently sang the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with Dayton Opera. Learn more about Jennifer at www.jennifercherest.com.

Thomas Dreeze, baritone
Thomas has enjoyed a varied career in music, arts administration, and events management. He performs opera, operetta, oratorio, music theatre, art song, the American songbook, and more. Praised for his baritone voice of wide range and warm-timbre, he has recently performed with the  Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Dreeze is a co-founder of Evans Mirageas Consulting, which offers artistic and strategic planning for classical music organizations and musicians around the world (www.evansmirageas.com).

The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) Dance Department
The SCPA Dance Department is known for its exceptional courses in ballet technique and style as well as modern dance. As students advance, they are given the opportunity to audition for Dance Ensemble, SCPA’s premier student dance company. Graduates of the Dance Department have gone on to perform with the New York City, Cincinnati, and Atlanta Ballet companies, as well as on Broadway.

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Cincinnati Music Hall Honored with the Preservation Merit Award

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From the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office

(Cincinnati, OH) – The renovation and restoration of Cincinnati Music Hall received the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office at an awards luncheon on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Each year, the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office recognizes outstanding achievements in historic preservation in communities across Ohio. State Historic Preservation Officer Burt Logan presented the award to Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) and Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) representative Peter Koenig, who was in Columbus at the Ohio History Center to accept the honor on behalf of MHRC and SPMH.  Peter serves on the board of MHRC and is in his fourth year as President of SPMH.

The additional recipients of the Preservation Merit Award include the following Music Hall renovation project team members:  Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), project manager, represented at the luncheon by Alexis Barnes; Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), lead architect, represented by Andreas Lange; Martinez + Johnson (M&J), theater architect, represented by Gary Martinez; Messer, construction manager; and Judy Williams, historic preservation consultant, who was also present at the awards ceremony. In addition, SPMH board member and Music Hall historian Thea Tjepkema was at the luncheon as a guest of SPMH.

The Preservation Merit Award honors the preservation of Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture, or culture. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, restoring, rehabilitating, or otherwise preserving an important building or site; longtime stewardship of a property; promoting protective legislation; funding preservation projects; offering leadership, support, or service; and furthering preservation at the local, regional, or state level.

“Music Hall received the Preservation Merit Award for several reasons,” said Burt Logan, CEO & Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection. “The work restored architectural details that had been lost to time and earlier alterations, while incorporating modern amenities that improve the experience for performers and audiences. Music Hall Revitalization Company and its partners have done a remarkable job of preserving this National Historic Landmark and extending its useful life for generations to come.”

After the curtain fell on the 2016 May Festival, Music Hall closed to the public for a sixteen-month, $143 million renovation – one of the most comprehensive transformations in the venue’s 140-year history – and celebrated a triumphant Grand Opening in October 2017. The revitalization project brought much-needed updates and upgrades to this beloved arts destination, while improving upon its world-class acoustics and retaining its historic grandeur. Iconic Music Hall has experienced many revitalization and rehabilitation projects since it was built in 1878, and the venue appeared on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places as recently as 2014. The National Trust now lists Music Hall as a “saved” structure.

“I have been honored to be involved with this project for most of the past decade, and I was privileged to participate in the exciting and successful renovation of Music Hall,”  said Peter Koenig, SPMH President. “This prestigious award from the State of Ohio’s official historic preservation agency recognizes the fulfillment of MHRC‘s mission to organize and lead the renovation of Music Hall.  In addition, the award underscores the steadfast commitment of SPMH to its mission of preserving and improving Music Hall, and perpetuating the venue as the premier cultural center of the region and as a National Historic Landmark of international significance.”

This is the second award Music Hall has received in the past month.  On October 23, the venue was honored with the Historic Theater of the Year award from Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony in downtown Cleveland.

About the State Historic Preservation Office
The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office is Ohio’s official historic preservation agency. It identifies historic places in Ohio; nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places; reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources in Ohio; certifies local government historic preservation programs and administers grants to them; consults on conservation of older buildings and sites; and offers educational programs and publications. The “Catalytic Award” of $25 million that the Music Hall renovation project received from the state of Ohio for the Historic Tax Credit came from the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), an extension of the State Historic Preservation Office.

Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, and the local history office. The Ohio History Connection also manages more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio.

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