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.


Upcoming Events

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.


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.


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 Museum Center presents
Online Exhibition of World War I Propaganda Posters

When: May–July 2014
Where: Online at library.cincymuseum.org.
Admission: FREE

Description: Cincinnati Museum Center will present an online exhibition of World War I propaganda posters from its collection, demonstrating the large-scale publicity campaign needed to mobilize men and money quickly. These posters served as an inexpensive and eye-catching method to arouse public emotion and unify support for the war. Nearly 3,000 posters were designed during WWI by volunteer artists in service to government and civilian agencies. They were printed in mass quantities and distributed in support of war fund drives. Many posters from WWI were reprised during World War II. The Cincinnati-based Strobridge Lithographing Company produced several of these posters. An Insights lecture on World War I will also be presented.


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
Admission: TBA

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.


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

When: Beginning May 6, 2014
Where: Online at www.freedomcenter.org.
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.


UC Health, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Surgery, and Cincinnati Opera present
Lessons from the Trenches: How World War I Changed the Study and Practice of Medicine

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:00 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. More information TBA.

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 presents
Opera in the Park

When: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE

Description: Cincinnati Opera presents Opera in the Park, a free concert featuring opera favorites performed by stars of the 2014 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Selections will include works commemorating World War I and selections from the company premiere of the new American opera Silent Night.


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 conducted by Annalisa Pappano and directed by Ted Huffman. Sponsored by Michael Cioffi.


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.


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.


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.


Cincinnati Opera and Spring Grove Cemetery present
A Musical Introduction to Silent Night

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Admission: FREE

Description: 

Cincinnati Opera and Spring Grove Cemetery join in commemorating the100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, putting into motion a series of treaties and secret agreements across Europe that started the cataclysm of the first truly worldwide war. At this event, Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, leads an introduction to the new American opera Silent Night, featuring singers from the cast and music from the WWI era for a concert of remembrance. Sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.


Cincinnati Opera presents
The Music of James Reese Europe

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

Description: A free public concert of the music of the first African American military bandmaster, James Reese Europe. The first black man to conduct on Broadway, Europe enlisted to fight when the U.S. entered the war. However, his talent and celebrity were quickly discovered, and he was ordered to organize an all-black military band to entertain the troops in France. His compositions and arrangements survive, and Cincinnati Opera is proud to present a selection of works by this early master of jazz and ragtime. Sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.


Cincinnati Opera presents
Silent Night

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.

 


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.