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Cincinnati Spotlight

Your guide to arts events in Greater Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Spotlight airs on WGUC with Brian O'Donnell, weekday mornings shortly before 10:00 am.

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Today's Cincinnati Spotlight

MyCincinnati: Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM

Address: St. Teresa's in West Price Hill
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 251-3800 ext. 106
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MyCincinnati (Music for Youth in Cincinnati) is a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill. Founded on the idea that personal transformation can be achieved by striving towards musical excellence, MyCincinnati offers children in Price Hill the opportunity to learn violin, viola, cello, or bass, and play in an orchestra. MyCincinnati presents a Holiday concert tonight at St. Teresa's in West Price Hill.

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A Swingin' Holiday
Friday, December 19, 2014 - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM
Address: Walnut Hills High School Auditorium
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 529-3200 ext. 4

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A beautiful and talented cast of twenty-five singers and seventeen of the finest jazz musicians in the region celebrate the tradition of holiday musical favorites in this 1940s Hollywood style American variety show. The show will feature new arrangements of holiday classics accompanied by The Holiday All-Star Big Band and Tedrin Lindsay on piano with choreography by Jay Goodlett, formerly of Cincinnati Ballet. Cincinnati's newest holiday offering promises to be a memorable evening for the whole family. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will go to support the Walnut Hills Music Program.


Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Friday, December 19, 2014 - Monday, December 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Address: XU's Gallagher Theatre
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 723.1182

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Music, mischief and miracles combine in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's production of Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas chamber opera Amahl and the Night Visitors - the tale of the shepherd boy Amahl, his mother, and their miraculous, life-changing encounter with the Three Wise Men. Opera singers, Pones Inc. dancers, Madcap Puppets, Xavier University's Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble and the CCO combine in a performance that is the first of its kind, appealing to all ages!


Holiday Junction at Museum Center
Friday, November 07, 2014 - Sunday, January 04, 2015 Address: Cincinnati Museum Center
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 287-7000

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Be a part of the magic all season long! Enjoy all of your favorite holiday traditions and discover new ones inside Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and throughout Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. There's something for everyone this season!


Jerusalem at the Omnimax Theatre
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - Thursday, February 12, 2015 Address: Cincinnati Museum Center
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 287-7000

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Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home.


Knox Music Series: Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM
Address: 3400 Michigan Ave.
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 321-2573

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A community outreach program, the Knox Music Series presents sacred choral/orchestral masterworks featuring the Knox Choir, soloists and orchestra, and organ concertos, offering the community a rewarding musical experience in Knox’s intimate and acoustically laudable sanctuary. For 36 years the Series has been recognized for its contributions to the quality of life of greater Cincinnati residents. This weekend, you can enjoy a performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio performed by the Knox Choir, Knox Soloists and Chamber Orchestra, and directed by Earl Rivers.


Taft Museum of Art's Antique Christmas
Friday, November 07, 2014 - Sunday, January 04, 2015 Address: Taft Museum of Art
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 241-0343

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Get into the holiday mood by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys.


Taft Museum of Art's Black, White & Iconic: Photographs from Local Collections
Friday, October 17, 2014 - Sunday, January 11, 2015 Address: Taft Museum of Art
City: Cincinnati, OH
Phone: (513) 241-0343

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Portraits were among the most popular subjects in early photography. As the medium developed, photographers began exploring the human figure in more creative ways. Drawn from local private collections, ten works sample portrait and figure photography between 1900 and 1940. The exhibition features iconic works by beloved photographers including Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, and Ansel Adams.



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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra January 9 & 10, 2015
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Louis Langrée, Conductor
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January 23-25, 2015
John Morris Russell, Conductor
Over the Rhine, duo; Dom Flemons, multi-instruments and vocalist; Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, ensemble; Aoife O’Donovan, vocalist

Be part of the next chart-topping recording from JMR and the Pops as they collaborate with an all-star cast of Americana artists in a modern take on our nation’s first great songwriter, Stephen Foster. From Beautiful Dreamer to My Old Kentucky Home, you’ll experience the “Original American Songbook” LIVE from Cincinnati’s most famous recording studio, Music Hall.

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