A Holiday Twist on a Dessert Classic at Frisch’s Big Boy

 

I love any excuse for a sweet treat. That’s why I was really excited when I received an invitation to a tasting to try a classic Frisch’s Big Boy dessert created with a holiday twist, along with an opening night viewing of “The Nutcracker” by the Cincinnati Ballet.

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2 Cincinnati Ballets in 1 Weekend

 

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The Cincinnati Ballet has an upcoming weekend of performances that can appeal to both adults and kids. On Friday and Saturday night the Cincinnati Ballet will be performing Mozart’s Requiem. On Sunday the Cincinnati Ballet will be performing Ballet Toybox. This is a great opportunity to see a performance that you might not be familiar with.

 

Here is a little more about each performance from the Cincinnati Ballet.

 

The visually stunning Mozart’s Requiem, with choreography by CincinnatiBallet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland, comes to the Aronoff Center, Friday, March 20 at 8pm andSaturday, March 21 at 2pm and 8pm. Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart’s powerful Requiem Mass is performed by the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone, and features the Xavier University Concert Choir. A family favorite, Ballet Toybox returns for one performance only on Sunday, March 22 at 2pmat the Aronoff Center.

 

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Long-time collaborator and Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland has choreographed several world premieres and new pieces in addition to his masterful, full-length Mozart’s Requiem. In 2011 he created a brand new production of The Firebird specifically for Cincinnati Ballet, and the same year was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” A Cincinnati audience favorite, his work is frequently featured in The Kaplan New Works Series. He most recently contributed his talent to the collaborative performance of Over the Rhine Live and a piece in Frampton and Cincinnati Ballet Live, which was also performed in New York City in 2014.

 

“Adam’s familiarity with our company dancers has earned him their complete devotion,” says Artistic Director & CEO, Victoria Morgan. “Following the dramatic arc of the music, he has melded his trademark passionate and theatrical style to a brand-new creation that reflects the solemnity of life’s cycles and embodies the power and intensity of Mozart’s ultimately uplifting score.”

 

MEET THE ARTISTS

Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where audiences will have the opportunity to meet choreographers, dancers and members of the creative team. This event is free to anyone with a Mozart’s Requiem ticket, and will take place Friday, March 20 at 7pm in Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center. Attendees must present Mozart’s Requiem ticket for admission.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

 Mozart’s Requiem

Friday, March 20 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 21 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, March 218:00 pm

Aronoff Center for the Arts

650 Walnut Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214

Tickets start at $32

 

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Ballet Toybox

Returning to the Aronoff Center for a fourth season, Ballet Toybox offers an exciting opportunity to introduce children from ages 3 to 12 to the joy of dance on March 22 at 2pm. An interactive performance featuring the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in a mix of ballet and storybook classics, Ballet Toybox offers a fun way to experience dance and even learn a few moves of your own! Performances include excerpts from ALICE (in wonderland) and Peter Pan, an exciting contemporary piece by popular choreographer Jennifer Archibald and more. At under an hour and only $20 a ticket, Ballet Toybox is the perfect afternoon event where the whole family can learn about the essential elements that make up the beauty, humor and inspiring discipline of dance.

 

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PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

 Ballet Toybox

Sunday, March 22 – 2:00 pm

 Aronoff Center for the Arts

650 Walnut Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214

All tickets only $20

 

 

Mozart’s Requiem photo credit: Peter Mueller

Ballet Toybox photo credit: Jennifer Denham

 

I’ve been given a pair of vouchers that can be used for either performance of Mozart’s Requiem

and

a pair of vouchers for Ballet Toybox

This giveaway will end at 9am on Thursday, March 19. 

Giveaway has now ended.

Comment below and share which performance you want to attend

and who you would want to bring with you.

(****Please note that I will need to meet the winner to drop off the vouchers because the Aronoff cannot hold the vouchers from the Cincinnati Ballet at will call)

 

 

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CINCINNATI BALLET PRESENTS ALICE in Wonderland

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I feel very fortunate that we have so many opportunities to watch performing arts in Cincinnati. Our city is amazing when it comes to art in all forms. My boys and I attended Peter Pan and the Nutcracker earlier this season and I’m really looking forward to watching the creativity in motion for Alice (in wonderland.)

Here is a sneak peak.

 

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Cincinnati Ballet presents the return of the wildly popular ALICE (in wonderland) this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Audiences have five opportunities to see this bold, spectacular take on Lewis Carroll’s classic stories with live instrumentation by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

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From the revolutionary vision of The Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre, ALICE (in wonderland) is refreshingly original, having premiered regionally in 2012, and showcases modern production elements such as elaborate, eye-popping scenery and characters who take flight. The production features gorgeous costumes by Liz Vandal and a commissioned score by Matthew Pierce. Cincinnati audiences may be familiar with Webre as the choreographer of Cincinnati Ballet’s praised production of Peter Pan, performed earlier this season. Liz Vandal is a celebrated costume designer whose unique, elaborate designs have graced the stage of Cirque du Soleil.

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The original score was created for an ensemble orchestra, but Cincinnati audiences will experience a version that is expanded to utilize the breadth of the magnificent Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Webre worked closely with composer, Pierce, throughout the creative process to give each character its own unique musical sound effects, bringing each of the favorite characters to life on stage. The vibrant cast is comprised of a combination of Cincinnati Ballet dancers, children from the Otto M. Budig Academy and even some larger than life puppets. When paired with Pierce’s unique score, they are sure to pull the audience right down the rabbit hole with Alice.

 

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STORY

Webre, with his typical flair for storytelling, draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s classic tales Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. A polite and well-mannered child, Alice finds herself in a fantastical but irreverent world where the rules of social etiquette don’t matter and time is irrelevant. She learns how to adapt to this new world and eventually becomes the heroine that brings down the Queen of Hearts and her house of cards.

 

Webre’s unique take results in an unusual twist. As Alice chases the White Rabbit into Wonderland, the wacky characters she discovers are oddly familiar. Although she can’t quite make the connection, the audience discovers that Alice’s overbearing mother has become the Queen of Hearts, her sisters have become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Lewis Carroll has become the Mad Hatter.

Visually stunning and filled with wonder, Webre’s vibrant new take on Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece is an experience not to be missed!

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MEET THE ARTISTS

Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where audiences will have the opportunity to meet choreographers, dancers and members of the creative team. This event is free to anyone with an ALICE (in wonderland) ticket, and will take place February 13 at 7 pm in Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center. Attendees must present ALICE (in wonderland) ticket for admission.

 

Cincinnati Ballet presents the return of the wildly popular ALICE (in wonderland) this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION         

 ALICE (in wonderland)

Friday, February 13 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 14 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, February 14 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, February 15 – 1:00 pm

Sunday, February 15 – 5:30 pm

 

The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located at 650 Walnut Street,Cincinnati, Ohio.

Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214

Tickets start at $32

 

 

*All photography credit: Peter Mueller

 

 

I’ve been given a voucher for a pair of tickets to Alice (in wonderland)

 

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Nutcracker by the Cincinnati Ballet ~ Giveaway

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The Nutcracker is a Cincinnati classic that families have enjoyed around Christmas time for generations. Whether it’s your first time or an annual tradition, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. My boys recently attended their first ballet and their first question during intermission was if we were going to see the Nutcracker too. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with them.

 

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In a world where sugarplums dance, rats are kings and toys come to life, one little girl goes on the adventure of a lifetime through the Land of Sweets. But is it all a dream? There’s only one way to find out. Accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, presented since 1974, is Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition. Revel in the magic as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince meet exciting characters, absorb the bright colors of the favorite divertissements and enjoy the classic adventure of The Nutcracker. 

 

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In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Morgan has also invited four talented dancers from Elementz hip-hop studio to be featured as Mice in the battle scene of The Nutcracker. Elementz recently wowed audiences when they were invited to choreograph and perform their own piece in Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series earlier this season, creating a unique juxtaposition of top ballet dancers performing on the same stage as Cincinnati’s number one hip-hop company. Morgan worked previously with Elementz resident choreographer Derrek Burbridge during the creation of King Arthur’s Camelot, to bring “fluidity and an edge” says Morgan, to the character of the villain Mordred.

 

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PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

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Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone

December 19- 27

Friday, December 19 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 20 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 21 – 1:00 pm
Sunday, December 21 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, December 23 –2:00 pm*
Tuesday, December 23 – 7:30pm
Friday, December 26 – 2:00pm*
Friday, December 26 – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 27 – 2:00pm
Saturday, December 27 – 7:30pm
*denotes Sugar Plum Parade

SUGAR PLUM PARADE
The Sugar Plum Parade is an exciting opportunity for Tuesday, December 23 and Friday, December 26 matinee ticket holders to experience The Nutcracker from the stage itself. Audience members are invited to walk across the stage following the performance, getting a chance to see sets, costumes and dancers up close.

Tickets start at $32

The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org, visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway or the Aronoff Center box office at 650 Walnut Street
Tickets start at $32

 

 

CONNECT: READ / WATCH / LISTEN / LEARN / ENJOY at cballet.org, facebook, and twitter

 

*All photos except for the two of Janessa Touchet are ©Peter Mueller.

 

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5 Reasons to Bring your Boys to the Ballet

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I recently took my boys to their first full ballet performance to see Peter Pan by the Cincinnati Ballet. I didn’t give them a lot of notice of our upcoming adventure in case they decided to give a lot of resistance to the idea. My kids are pretty used to trying different experiences all the time so they were not too shocked when I told them our evening plans.

Peter Pan was probably the perfect 1st performance for them because there was flying, lots of actions scenes and humor. My younger son was a little confused in beginning and asked why no one was speaking. It helped that they already had a general idea of the storyline too.

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Cincinnati Ballet presents Peter Pan

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Have you ever been to the ballet before?

 

I’m really excited about bringing my boys to see Peter Pan by the Cincinnati Ballet for their first full ballet production. This production will offer something for kids and adults alike.

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Cincinnati Ballet & Over The Rhine

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Over the Rhine is one of my all time favorite bands. My husband and I have both been listening to them since high school and we look forward to their concerts  each year. Now you can enjoy Over the Rhine’s beautiful music even more as you watch the Cincinnati Ballet perform to their music live on April 25-26 at the Aronoff.

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LumenoCity

LumenoCity took place at Washington Park in Cincinnati on August 3rd and 4th. LumenoCity featured images projected on Music Hall during a free live performance by the Cincinnati Symphony.

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The turn out was HUGE!

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The buzz from a Friday rehearsal and Saturday performance resulted in crowds that began swelling the park 2.5 hours prior.

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The first half of LumenoCity showcased a blend of performances by the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Pops, May Festival Chorus, and soloists from the Cincinnati Opera.

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After the intermission, the glow sticks were passed around and we knew that we were in for a fun experience.

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Here is just a small taste of what we experienced.

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LumenoCity Washington Park Cincinnati Symphony Over the Rhine

The finale at the end was really fun as balls were bounced into the crowd.

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The LumenoCity experience really set the bar for every city to find innovative ways to mix technology and the classic arts. You can find more upcoming events on the Cincinnati Symphony website.

 

Did you see LumenoCity? I would love to hear what your favorite part was.