Cincinnati Opera presents
Cincinnati Remembers World War I

A Citywide Series of Community Events
November 2013–July 2014

On July 10 and 12, 2014, Cincinnati Opera will present Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, this new American opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell recounts the moving tale of the Christmas truce of 1914, when combatant soldiers on the Western Front declared a brief ceasefire and celebrated the holiday together.

Cincinnati Opera’s production of Silent Night will be presented near the 100th anniversary of the onset of World War I. To commemorate that conflict, which reshaped world politics and ushered in the modern era, the company is collaborating with the city’s leading cultural organizations to present Cincinnati Remembers World War I, a series of programs focused on the World War I era. The series began on Veterans Day 2013 and will continue through July 2014.

 


Ongoing Events

Cincinnati Art Museum presents
Cries in the Night: German Expressionism around World War I
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When: June 21–August 17, 2014
Where: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE

Description: Expressionism developed during a period of intense social and aesthetic transformation in Germany and Austria. This exhibition of prints traces the avant garde and the concurrent renaissance in the graphic arts, particularly printmaking, with the founding of the Brücke in 1905, through the devastating and transformative impact of the artists’ careers after Germany entered World War I in August 1914, and its aftermath during the early years of the Weimar Republic. Among the German printmakers featured are Erich Heckel, Ernst Kirchner, Franz Marc, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, Max Pechstein, and Otto Dix.


Cincinnati Museum Center presents
Treasures in Black and White: Historic Photographs of Cincinnati
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When: April 25–October 12, 2014
Where: Cincinnati History Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Admission: $8.50 adults, $6.50 children ages 3-12

Description: A century’s worth of photographs from Cincinnati Museum Center’s collections will provide a window into the Queen City. Treasures in Black & White: Historic Photographs of Cincinnati is an opportunity to revisit the neighborhoods, architecture, and people of Cincinnati from the outbreak of the Civil War to the 1960s. This visual history of a city provides a snapshot of the nation as it grew through economic depression, great prosperity, and five wars, including the cultural shock and devastation of World War I. Treasures in Black & White: Historic Photographs of Cincinnati is presented in partnership with FotoFocus.


Cincinnati Museum Center presents
World War I Propaganda Posters: Art That Shaped History

When: May–October 2014
Where: Online at www.cincymuseum.org/exhibits/world-war-I-propaganda-posters
Admission: FREE

Description: Cincinnati Museum Center presents an online exhibition entitled World War I Propaganda Posters: Art That Shaped History. This exhibition examines the use and influence of propaganda posters, a critical medium of communication before the age of commercial radio and television. These posters, pulled from Cincinnati Museum Center collections, were used to encourage enlistment, promote the war effort, and also to manipulate public opinion. Explore this collection as it sheds light on the changing role of women during the war, from traditional roles as family caretakers to expanded roles as factory workers and military switchboard operators. Also see how the various governments of the nations fighting the war villainized the enemy by portraying them as brutal, sadistic, and inhumane while emphasizing the strength, morality, and heroism of their own side. This exhibition provides fascinating insight into the power of public opinion and the influence of visual media.


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center presents
Cincinnati Soldiers: Men and Women in the First World War

When: Beginning May 6, 2014
Where: Online at freedomcenter.org/cincinnati-soldiers
Admission: FREE

Description: This online exhibition will include a series of 23 portraits of Cincinnati’s servicemen and women during the First World War. These portraits are part of a larger collection that was collected during a local war exposition by the Cincinnati Historical Society in 1918. Cincinnati Soldiers explores the different experiences of individuals enlisted in multiple military branches and wartime volunteer programs, as well as how race and gender affected their lives and careers.

 


Past Events

Christ Church Cathedral and Cincinnati Opera present
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Featuring the Cantus Vocal Ensemble and Theater Latté Da
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When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: $20 adults, $10 students. FREE to U.S. veterans and active military servicemen and women; reservations are required. Call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to purchase or reserve tickets.

Description: Cincinnati Opera and Christ Church Cathedral are proud to present “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” featuring the Cantus Vocal Ensemble and Theater Latté Da on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The performance, which will be held on the 95th anniversary of the armistice ending hostilities in the First World War, is offered free of charge to U.S. veterans and active military servicemen and women. The performance is sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral.

“All Is Calm” tells the story of the remarkable World War I truce between Allied forces and German soldiers at the Western Front on Christmas 1914—the same story that inspired the opera Silent Night, which Cincinnati Opera will present in July 2014. “All Is Calm” combines documentary sources—letters from soldiers at the front as well as contemporary news articles—with new arrangements of European carols and war songs to create a moving a cappella concert. “All Is Calm” was written by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach.


Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents
Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Featuring conductor Louis Langrée and pianist Kirill Gerstein

When: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Ticket prices start at $12. To order, call the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (513) 381-3300.

Description: As part of “Rhapsody in Blue,” a concert of works by Gershwin and Ravel, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents a performance of Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. This masterpiece of ingenuity was commissioned by Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, brother of the philosopher Ludwig. A budding concert pianist who made a promising debut in 1913, Wittgenstein was conscripted when war broke out. During an assault on Ukraine, he was shot in the elbow and captured by Russian forces, and his right arm was amputated. While he recuperated in a Siberian prisoner-of-war camp, Wittgenstein vowed to continue his career, and went on to commission a number of famous composers, including Ravel, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, and Richard Strauss, to write works specifically for him. Sponsored by Paycor and PNC.


concert:nova presents
re:member
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When: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011
Admission: $25 adult, $12 student. To order, visit www.concertnova.com/tickets or call (513) 739-NOVA (6682).

Description: In honor of the World War I Centenary in 2014, concert:nova is participating in Cincinnati Opera’s “Cincinnati Remembers World War I” series by creating a stirring program of chamber music written around the Great War. The centerpiece of the program is Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel, who served as a truck and ambulance driver at the front. Each movement of the work was dedicated to close friends who had fallen in the war. Trench songs, soldiers’ letters, and the music of Bartók and Debussy round out the evening, painting rich personal portraits of the human spirit during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. Featuring performances by narrator Naomi Lewin, soprano Amanda Carmen Bower, Cincinnati Ballet dancers James Gilmer and Maizyalet Velásquez, and choreography by James Cunningham.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents
Play Reading: Not About Heroes by Stephen MacDonald
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When: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Marx Rehearsal Hall, Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Description: A drama about the real-life friendship of two World War I soldier poets. Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen met in 1917 at the Craiglockhart War Hospital for Nervous Disorders near Edinburgh, Scotland. Sassoon, the elder of the two men, had already established a reputation as a decorated war hero and antiwar writer when they met; the shell-shocked Owen was inspired by their comradeship to write about the rage and anguish of war. The story is told by Sassoon in flashbacks drawn from the men’s real letters and diaries—Sassoon survived the war, and Owen did not. The play’s title comes from Owen’s preface to his volume of collected poems, which was published posthumously.


Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County presents
On the Same Page: A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
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When: February 1–March 31, 2014
Where: Various locations

Description: Now in its thirteenth year, On The Same Page brings community-wide reading to the spotlight. Thanks to the readers who enjoy the fellowship of sharing a thought-provoking book, this program is one of the longest standing and most successful of its kind in the nation. Each year, the Public Library partners with a host of organizations around Greater Cincinnati and the tradition continues this year with A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith.

About the book: The United States Congress passed legislation in 1929 to fund travel for mothers of the fallen soldiers of World War I to visit their sons’ graves in France. Over the next three years, 6,693 Gold Star Mothers made the trip. In this emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel, April Smith breathes life into a unique moment in American history, imagining the experience of five of these women.


Cincinnati Boychoir presents
All Quiet
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When & Where:
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 West 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Summit Country Day School Chapel, 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 225 Ludlow Street, Hamilton, OH 45011
Admission: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.cincinnatiboychoir.org.

Description: While many countries suffered great losses in the First World War, much of the protracted trench warfare took place in France, causing destruction of both the countryside and its population. In memory of all who gave their lives and for those who were children at the time, the Cincinnati Boychoir will sing several great works that would have been heard in France before and after the Great War, including Noël des Enfants by Claude Debussy, Messe cum jubilo by Maurice Duruflé, and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.


Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents
Barber and Bernstein
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When: Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Ticket prices start at $12. To order, call the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (513) 381-3300.

Description: Conductor David Robertson leads an all-American program with Bernstein’s dynamic, jazz-influenced dance episodes from On the Town, Barber’s poignant Adagio for Strings, and Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, a masterful rendering for orchestra and piano (played by Orli Shaham) of W.H. Auden’s epic poem about four lonely wartime strangers who spend an evening in a New York bar pondering the human condition. Sponsored by Macy’s, KMK Law, and Fifth Third Bank.


Xavier University Choir and Orchestra present
Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011
Admission: FREE

Description: The chorus and orchestra of Xavier University present a cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dona Nobis Pacem (“Grant us peace”). Drawing his text from the Roman Catholic Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech, and sections of the Bible, Vaughan Williams’s 1936 work was a plea for peace that lamented past wars during a time of growing fear of another war to come. Featured soloists include soprano Meghan Tarkington and baritone Thomas Dreeze.


Cincinnati Opera and Kenwood Theatre present
Joyeux Noël Film Screening
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When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Admission: $7.50. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes. Seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are available at the Kenwood Theatre box office or online here.

Description: Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) is inspired by the true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when enemy soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front lay down their arms to celebrate the holiday together. Nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Joyeux Noël stars Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, Troy), Daniel Brühl (Rush), Guillaume Canet (Last Night), and Benno Fürmann (In Darkness).

This summer, Cincinnati Opera marks the 100th anniversary of World War I with the Pulitzer Prize-winning new opera Silent Night, which is based on the film Joyeux Noël. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, will give a brief introduction to the screening, and guest artists will perform a song from the opera.


German-American Citizens League presents
German-Americans as Huns: The Anti-German Hysteria of World War I

When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: German Heritage Museum, 4764 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247

Description: Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann will lecture on the anti-German hysteria which swept the U.S. during World War I. Dr. Tolzmann is the author and editor of numerous books on German-American history and culture.


Cincinnati Opera, UC Department of Surgery, and UC Institute for Military Medicine present
Lessons from the Trenches: How World War I Changed the Study and Practice of Medicine

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kresge Auditorium, College of Medical Sciences, University of Cincinnati, 231 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH 45267
Admission: FREE, but reservations are required. Please call (513) 768-5511 to reserve by Wednesday, May 21 at noon.

Description: This event includes a panel discussion on the impact of World War I on the medical field, focusing on how warfare spurred major advances in medicine. A panel of prominent physicians from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine will be led by Dr. Michael Edwards and Dr. John M. Tew, Jr. The event will also include tours of UC’s historic surgical amphitheater, one of the few surgical amphitheaters remaining in the U.S., and the collection of surgical artifacts in the Institute of Wartime Medicine at the UC College of Medicine. A short program of WWI poetry and songs will be presented by Cincinnati Opera during a cocktail reception following the panel discussion.


Taft Museum of Art presents
World War I At Home

When: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Free; admission to the museum is sold separately. Visit www.taftmuseum.org or call (513) 684-4515 for more information.

Description: In this program of short talks, Patricia van Skaik, manager of genealogy and local history at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and Mary Ladrick, Taft manager of public programs, will discuss life in Cincinnati during the war and some of the many ways Cincinnatians (including the Tafts) participated in the war effort.


Taft Museum of Art presents
Chamber Music Concert featuring the Music of World War I
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When: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE. Visit www.taftmuseum.org or call (513) 684-4515 for more information.

Description: Carol Dunenvant and Company play the music of World War I in this program commemorating the beginning of the Great War. This concert will be held in the Taft garden under the tent.


Cincinnati Opera and the Catacoustic Consort co-present
The Songs of Love and War
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When: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: First Lutheran Church, 1208 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: $25 adults, $10 students. To order, contact the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742. Single tickets go on sale in spring 2014.

Description: Cincinnati Opera and the Catacoustic Consort co-present The Songs of Love and War, a program that draws parallels between Claudio Monteverdi’s final masterpiece Madrigals of Love and War and the poetry and letters of World War I. The program is lead by music director Annalisa Pappano and directed by Ted Huffman. Sponsored by Monteverdi Tuscany, Michael L. Cioffi, and Rachael A. Rowe


Cincinnati Art Museum and MamLuft&Co. Dance co-present
The Tragedy of Time: Expressionist Art and Dance
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When: Friday, June 20, 2014: 7:00 p.m. tour, 8:00 p.m. performance
Sunday, June 22, 2014: 6:00 p.m. tour, 7:00 p.m. performance
Where: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: General admission: $25 advance, $30 at the door; students $10 advance, $15 at the door; Cincinnati Art Museum members: $20 advance, $25 at the door. To purchase, visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org or www.mamluftcodance.org.

Description: The Cincinnati Art Museum and MamLuft&Co. Dance co-present a tour and performance centered on Cincinnati Art Museum’s special exhibit, “Cries in the Night: German Expressionism around World War I.” The evenings begin with guided tours of the special exhibition and conclude in the Art Museum’s monumental Great Hall, where MamLuft&Co. Dance will perform. The Modern Dance performance is inspired by the exhibit and the Expressionist movement itself, a pivotal era in both visual art and dance.


University of Cincinnati presents
World War I and the Arts: Sounds, Sights, Psyches

When: June 23–July 20, 2014
Where: University of Cincinnati
Admission: FREE for select evening events

Description: From June 23 to July 20, 2014, the University of Cincinnati Department of History will host a Summer Institute for college and university faculty on World War I and the Arts, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Institute brings a dozen leading historians of the Great War as a global conflict, including Asia and Africa, to lead 25 college and university research and teaching faculty in an intensive course of readings and collaboration. The end result will be new research and teaching materials on World War I as a conflict that reached well beyond Europe, and as evidence in the arts, including the healing arts, disseminated on the internet to benefit curriculum wherever WWI is taught. Several public events will be held in coordination with Cincinnati Opera and other leading cultural institutions in Cincinnati.


NEH Summer Institute on WWI and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche presents
Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality by Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow, Jr.
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When: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
Admission: FREE, but reservations are recommended. Click here to reserve.

Description: An evening of lecture, discussion, and book signing with University of Cincinnati summer institute lecturers Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow, Jr., authors of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality. The lecture will reveal Ohio’s little-known connection to the 15th New York National Guard/369th U.S. Infantry Regiment, and will also detail Ohio’s men of color who volunteered to serve in World War I. Morrow is a professor of history at the University of Georgia, and Sammons is a professor of history at New York University. Reservations are also available for a 1913-style dinner taking place before the lecture.


Cincinnati Opera and Spring Grove Cemetery present
World War I and Silent Night: A Service of Reflection and Remembrance

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Admission: FREE
Parking: FREE, available in Spring Grove Cemetery. A small parking lot is located across from the administration building. Parking is also permissible along the right side of the road. Patrons with accessibility concerns may be dropped off near the concert location.

Description: Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, leads an introduction of the new American opera Silent Night on the exact 100th anniversary of the onset of World War I. Musicians from the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, clergy of many of the faiths represented in the war, and members of the cast of Silent Night gather for a morning of music from the WWI era at Spring Grove Cemetery, where many WWI veterans were laid to rest. The Presenting Sponsorship for this concert is provided by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.


Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents
Play Reading: Soldiers’ Christmas by Philip Paradis

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: $10. To order, call the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Box Office at (513) 421-3555.

Description: Soldiers’ Christmas by Philip Paradis is a play inspired by the historical Christmas Truce of 1914. World War I, “The War to End All Wars,” predicted to end in six weeks, would drag on for four years. When it was over, nine million lives would be lost, and thirty-one million casualties suffered. A timely parable of war and peace, Soldiers’ Christmas is set in Belgium in late December 1914. Along the front lines, British and German troops are dug in across No Man’s Land. The advances of both sides have stalled. Morale has plummeted. The bitter realization that the war will not be over by Christmas has set in. Living in the muck and vermin-infested trenches, front-line soldiers on both sides emerge to negotiate a momentary truce. Together they discover their common humanity as they celebrate Christmas during their temporary ceasefire.


Cincinnati Opera presents
An Evening of Wartime Jazz, featuring the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE

Description: The premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, the Airmen of Note, joins us in commemorating the centenary of WWI with a free public concert at Washington Park. The set will feature patriotic favorites and hits from the Big Band era, as well as selections by the first African American military bandmaster, James Reese Europe, who organized an all-black military band to entertain the troops in WWI. Presenting Sponsors: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and HORAN.


NEH Summer Institute on WWI and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche presents
Literature, Arts, and Music of the Great War
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When: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Admission: FREE, but reservations are required. Call (513) 621-0717 to reserve.

Description: University of Cincinnati summer institute scholars will discuss the literature, art, and music of the Great War. The event will take place against the backdrop of an exhibit featuring the WWI writings, paintings, and sketches of Cincinnati artist Elizabeth Nourse, who volunteered to aid refugees in France. She was awarded Notre Dame’s 1921 Laetare Medal for distinguished service to humanity by a Catholic layperson.


Cincinnati Opera presents
Meet the Creative Team of Silent Night
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When: Wednesday, July 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Corbett Tower at Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street
Admission: Free, reservations recommended. Please call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to reserve.

Description: Evans Mirageas discusses the development of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night with its creators, composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell.


NEH Summer Institute on WWI and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche, the University of Cincinnati Department of History, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine present
The Afterlife of the Chemist’s War: Gas Masks and Culture, 1915-1945
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When: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kresge Auditorium, College of Medical Sciences, University of Cincinnati, 231 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
Admission: FREE, for more information, call (513) 556-0919.

Description: University of Cincinnati summer institute and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine will host Susan Grayzel, internationally renowned professor of history at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Grayzel will present a lecture on chemical warfare and the development of gas masks in the Great War.


Cincinnati Opera presents
Silent Night
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When: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Tickets start at $25. To order, contact the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 or visit www.cincinnatiopera.org. Single tickets go on sale in spring 2014.

Description: To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, Cincinnati Opera will present Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, this new American opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell recounts the moving tale of the Christmas truce of 1914, when combatant soldiers on the Western Front declared a brief ceasefire and celebrated the holiday together. The production was hailed as “a triumph of contemporary stagecraft” (Opera News) at its November 2011 premiere. The opera is a co-production of Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Fort Worth Opera, and Cincinnati Opera. The company premiere of this important work is supported by a gift from The Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation.