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trueFRIEND On Jan. 26

Jan. 26
Memorial Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

True Theatre continues to produce quarterly one-night-only events featuring five people, from all walks of life, sharing true, personal stories, based on the theme of the evening.

Friends… they’re there when you need them…. right? Sometimes they’re surprise you and sometimes they disappoint. Join us for an evening of storytelling that will explore what true friendship means!

  • Thu, Jan. 26 at 7:30pm

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May 19: Legendary Singer/Songwriter Janis Ian Performs in Cincinnati at Memorial Hall on Her Last US Tour

MISC_Janis IanNashville, TN – Legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian performs in Cincinnati on May 19 at Memorial Hall on her “Celebrating Our Years Together Tour.”  She will be supporting her new album The Light at the End of the Line which was released in January. The Light at the End of the Line is Ian’s first album of new material in 15 years, and is also her last solo studio recording – a “swan song,” she notes. The “Celebrating Our Years Together Tour” is also Ian’s final North American tour in 2022. Ian’s single “I’m Still Standing” is the perfect statement for this enthralling album and tour; listen HERE. Ticket info is HERE.

The Light at the End of the Line bookends a kaleidoscopic catalog that began with her 1967 self-titled debut at age 15. The songs are intimate portraits of getting older but wiser (“I’m Still Standing”), of knowing when to stand up and not take any more shit (“Resist”), of celebrating life’s fleeting beauty (“Swannanoa”), of exalting in your true identity (“Perfect Little Girl”), of paying homage to a lifelong hero and her demons (“Nina,” as in Simone). The Light at the End of the Line feels like a victory lap for an artist who has nothing to lose and nothing left to prove. You hear that in the risks Ian took in both her lyrics and the inspired production choices.

“I love this album,” Ian says. “There is an element of, ‘This is the absolute best I can do over the span of 58 years as a writer. This is what I’ve learned.’ And I realized that this album has an arc, and I’ve never really done anything like that before.”

Janis Ian began her iconic career at age 14 when she wrote her socially and politically impactful song “Society’s Child” about an interracial romance between teenagers.  Her honest songwriting has translated into timeless, culturally significant tracks including “At Seventeen,” “Jesse” and “Stars,” the latter which was covered by Nina Simone, Cher, Mel Tormé and a host of other artists who felt the song spoke to their own lives. She has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and won two: one in 1976 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (“At Seventeen”) and one in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Recording (Society’s Child: My Autobiography).

Over her extraordinary career, Ian has forged deep connections with her fans, and she cherishes those associations. She notes, “As I wrote The Light at the End of the Line, I realized that it’s really a love song. I didn’t understand that so many years of meeting my audience after shows, of corresponding with them, had created this very real relationship that few artists are privileged to have.”

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Five-Time Grammy Winner & Oscar-Nominated Composer of DA 5 BLOODS and BLACKKKLANSMAN Offers Rare Cincinnati Concert and Workshop with Teens

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Terence Blanchard

“Jazz is a fighter,” said Wayne Shorter. “The word ‘jazz’ means to me, ‘I dare you. Let’s jump into the unknown!’” The music and legacy of jazz giant Shorter will be front-and-center as multi-GRAMMY winner, Oscar nominee, opera and film composer Terence Blanchard makes his concert debut at historic Memorial Hall OTR on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 8:00pm, featuring double GRAMMY winners The Turtle Island Quartet. Tickets are $15 – $60 and may be purchased online at MemorialHallOTR.com, or by calling the Memorial Hall Box Office at 513.977.8838 (Tu – Fr, 1pm – 6pm). The Memorial Hall concert will be preceded by a special afternoon masterclass for Cincinnati Public School Jazz Academy at Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

The Terence Blanchard concert is supported in part by the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

Oscar nominee, five-time GRAMMY-winner and 2018 USA Fellow trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present.

Blanchard received an Oscar nomination for his original score for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. He won a GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Composition for writing the film’s piece “Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil).” Some of Blanchard’s other film and television credits include Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, Summer of Sam, 25th Hour, Inside Man, and Miracle at St. Anna; Kasi Lemmons’ films, Eve’s Bayou, Talk to Me, and Harriet; George Lucas’ Red Tails; Tim Story’s Barbershop; the powerful documentary On the Record which was directed and produced by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and premiered on HBO Max in May 2020; and the critically acclaimed drama series Perry Mason starring Matthew Rhys with episodes directed by Tim Van Patten which premiered on HBO in June 2020. Blanchard also scored One Night in Miami, which marks Regina King’s feature directorial debut, and wrote the music for the feature film Bruised, the directorial debut for Halle Berry, who also stars.

More recently, Blanchard became the first black composer to premiere an opera at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera with Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the memoir of celebrated writer and The New York Times columnist Charles Blow. Blanchard’s first opera, Champion, also premiered to critical acclaim, featuring Denyce Graves and a libretto from Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer.

Regarding his consistent attachment to artistic works of conscience, Blanchard confesses, “You get to a certain age when you ask, ‘Who’s going to stand up and speak out for us?’ Then you look around and realize that the James Baldwins, Muhammad Alis and Dr. Kings are no longer here…and begin to understand that it falls on you. I’m not trying to say I’m here to try to correct the whole thing, I’m just trying to speak the truth.”

Wayne Shorter’s evolution as an artist is vast & unending. Performing with and composing for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis Second Great Quintet naturally led to the formation of his own legendary groups—first Weather Report, then his musically unparalleled quartet. With Shorter’s career now focused solely on composing, his musical greatness has set the table for his protégé to carry his music forward to the next generation. In ABSENCE, 2018 USA Fellow, two-time Oscar® nominee, and five-time GRAMMY®-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard celebrates both the brilliance of Shorter’s legacy and the inspiration he has given Blanchard, influencing his ever-expanding amalgam of music and storytelling.

For this monumental task, Blanchard will unite his internationally acclaimed band The E-Collective, featuring young musical pioneers Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizers, Oscar Seaton on drums, and David “DJ” Ginyard on bass, with the double-GRAMMY®-winning Turtle Island Quartet.

Prior to the Memorial Hall performance, Blanchard will present a jazz masterclass to students in grades 7 – 9 for the Cincinnati Public Schools Jazz Academy at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The CPS Jazz Academy was started in 2019 and provides free after school jazz instruction to underserved CPS students with a passion for music. Current enrollment in the Jazz Academy has reached 100 students in 4th – 10th grade. The Jazz Academy founder and director is Dr. Isidore Rudnick, Cincinnati Public Schools’ Fine & Performing Arts Curriculum Manager.

Masterclass participants will all receive complimentary tickets to the Memorial Hall OTR performance. The class is at capacity and will not be open to the public.


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Memorial Hall Celebrates Veteran’s Day with a Free Patriotic Performance & Art Exhibition


Memorial Hall proudly continues its century-long mission of honoring Cincinnati veterans with a special evening of patriotic programming. Visual arts, symphonic music, and history coalesce in an evocative celebration of our armed services.

The 2021 Veterans Day Salute will take place on Thursday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall (1225 Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine). This year’s celebration will feature Memorial Hall’s longtime resident wind symphony, the Queen City Concert Band (QCCB) for its eleventh Veterans Salute.

The Veterans Art Exhibition will also be available for viewing on Veterans Day, Thursday November 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

All programs are free of charge, though concert reservations are required. Free tickets can be reserved at www.memorialhallotr.com, or by calling the Memorial Hall box office at (513) 977-8838 Tuesday through Friday, 1-6 p.m.

Masks plus proof of vaccination or negative test result within past 72 hours are required. Please read Memorial Hall’s full COVID-19 policies.

The 2021 Veterans Day Salute is co-presented by Memorial Hall, the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and Queen City Concert Band.


Veterans Art Exhibition | Evenings, November 9 – 11, 6:30 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate Veterans Day by viewing an exhibition of artwork created by local veterans in the Memorial Hall Ballrooms. Featured artwork will include pieces created by veterans who have participated in the Creative Arts Therapy program at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Mediums included in past veteran shows have included painting, drawing, sculpture and photography; applied art that includes ceramics, woodcarving, needlework and leatherwork; and craft kits such as string art, fabric art and wood building. This exhibition is part of a veteran’s therapy and provides recognition for their artistic accomplishments.

Tickets are not required to view the art exhibition.

Queen City Concert Band Veterans Salute | Thursday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall’s longtime resident wind symphony, the Queen City Concert Band (QCCB) is proud to return home for its eleventh Veterans Salute. As always, a Military Honor Guard will be on hand representing all branches of the United States military. The QCCB will offer a variety of patriotic selections with themes reflecting the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform during America’s significant domestic and foreign wars. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 911 tragedy, which will be commemorated with a performance of Flight of Valor. The piece was written by James Swearingen as a memorial for the victims of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Veterans (and family members) are encouraged to attend this fitting tribute. Performance time is 7:00 pm. A cookie and punch reception will follow.

The Queen City Concert Band performance is free to attend, but tickets are required, and seating is reserved.

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Jazz at the MEMO and Jazz in the Park

Popular Demand for Jazz Extends Memorial Hall Lineup &
Inspires Encore Summer Series at Washington Park

CINCINNATI, OH – Twenty new jazz concerts are on tap in Over-the-Rhine as live performing arts continue to gain footing.

Since January, Memorial Hall has provided safe, socially distant live jazz experiences on Monday nights for both in-person and livestreaming audiences. Responding to popular demand, 3CDC has extended that program in the historic venue, and is launching a 17-show series at Washington Park. The result: eight consecutive months of weekly jazz programming in Over-the-Rhine’s arts corridor in 2021, featuring the finest local and regional jazz talent.


Jazz at the Memo is adding three performances to its winter 2021 roster:

Shades of Blue, featuring The Duo Tachoir
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7 p.m.

Internationally demanded vibraphone / piano collaboration The Duo Tachoir debuts selections from their brand-new album, Shades of Blue. Veterans of jazz festivals including Montreaux, Northsea, Montreal, Pittsburgh and more, Nashville-based Duo Tachoir offers their first Cincinnati performance in recent memory.  Featuring Marlene Tachoir (piano, voice) Jerry Tachoir (vibraphone).

Soulful Songs of Love with the Dixie Karas Quartet
Monday, April 19, 2021, 7 p.m.

One of the Queen City’s best-loved divas, Dixie Karas brings lends her powerhouse vocals to an evening of treasured love songs from every generation. A full-time music professional, Dixie effortlessly leaps from soothing melodies to fierce soulful deliveries, her commanding presence connecting with listeners in a way that makes them a part of the magic. Featuring Dixie Karas (vocals), Ted Karas (guitar), Aaron Jacobs (bass), John Taylor (drums).

Brasilia Plays Jobim
Monday, April 26, 2021, 7 p.m.

Brasilia is a Cincinnati based band that fuses the improvisational influences of American jazz with the wide pallet of Brazilian musical styles, featuring an all CCM Jazz faculty lineup. For this concert they feature the music of Brazil’s most internationally celebrated composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Featuring Phil DeGreg (piano), Kim Pensyl (trumpet), Rusty Burge (vibraphone), Aaron Jacobs (bass) and John Taylor (drums).

All Jazz at the Memo performances are 7-9 p.m. at Memorial Hall (1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine). Tickets are $8 ($6 for students) and may be purchased online (MemorialHallOTR.com) or over the phone (513.977, 8037; Mo – Th, 1-6 p.m.). Cash bar available. Complimentary wine tastings for all Jazz at the Memo performances will be provided by Over-The-Rhine’s own Revel OTR Urban Winery.


Washington Park announces its Jazz In The Park series, presented by GBBN and the Segoe Foundation, taking place Monday nights May 3 through August 30, 2021 (excluding Memorial Day). A complete lineup can be found at WashingtonPark.org.

Jazz in the Park 2021 is the series’ sophomore effort, having launched in 2020 to provide safe entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a lineup transferred from Memorial Hall (which remained closed for much of last summer), the 2020 offerings were a big hit for music lovers and Over-the-Rhine residents.

All Jazz in the Park performances are 6-9 p.m. at The Porch, presented by PPG Paints, in Washington Park and are free and open to the public, though space may be limited. No reservations required. Cash bar available. Jazz in the Park is programmed in collaboration with Jazz at the Memo.


Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall is committed to keeping patrons and performers safe through the following measures:

  • 6’ social distancing between all parties
  • Masks required for patrons at all times
  • Hourly disinfecting of “high-touch” surfaces throughout the building
  • Placement of hand sanitizing stations throughout the building
  • Utilizing safer steam heat to warm the building
  • Constant cycling of fresh air into the building via our Dedicated Outdoor Air System.

To learn more, visit MemorialHallOTR.com/jazz.

Washington Park

Due to health concerns posed by COVID-19 we are taking extra precautionary measures at The Porch in addition to our standard operating procedures regarding sanitation, including:

  • Seating at The Porch presented by PPG Paints has been greatly reduced to accommodate social distancing.
  • No cash will be accepted; credit cards and contactless payment only please.
  • Once seated, please remain in your designated spot. Patrons may take their drinks throughout the park. Please observe alcohol perimeter signage at the park exits.
  • Our staff will ensure a clean space, keeping disinfectant at the ready and wiping down tables/chairs/areas in between patron usage.
  • Masks are required when moving thru the space and while ordering, and can be removed once your beverages are served.
  • We are asking our patrons to please be sure to clean up after themselves, leaving no napkins, tissues or food product behind.
  • Games will not be available at this time.

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About Memorial Hall: Memorial Hall, managed and programmed by 3CDC, is conveniently located in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. This exquisite venue overlooks Washington Park, and is adjacent to Music Hall in addition to being down the street from both the School for Creative and Performing Arts and soon-to-be completed new home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Designed by Samuel Hannaford, the hall features marble staircases adorned with intricate wrought iron that lead to the 550-seat proscenium theater, dubbed the Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater. Exceptional acoustics, decorative murals and Tiffany chandeliers enhance this historic theater. Memorial Hall offers an elegant setting for performances and unique spaces for social and business events.

About 3CDC: 3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF). These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects. For more information, visit http://www.3cdc.org.

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