Celebrating Cincinnati Opera’s 100th Anniversary
How Opera in Cincinnati Came to Be
Evans Mirageas, Artistic Director,
A link to this program will be emailed to the membership.
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Programs, 2020, 2021, 2022
Sunday, March 14th, 2021
2:00 - 4:00pm
Frank Duveneck: American Master
with Cameron Kitchin, CAM Director
Cincinnati Art Museum, Mary R. Schiff Library& Archives
953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams
(This is an in-person program)
This Year, Choose Your Own Programs!
Go to www.CETconnect.org and click on
“Showcase with Barbara Kellar”
to find a variety of interviews with artists of all genres
Many of them our own MacDowell members.
Scroll down and click on”watch More from Showcase”
to access all 12 seasons of great interviews with our own
CMS Member, Barbara Kellar
The 2021 Annual Dinner Meeting
was held June 5, 2021
At The Queen City Club in Downtown Cincinnati
Ms. KaseyShao, Dr. G. James Sammarco, President,
and Mrs. Maryanne Jordan, Artist Grant Fund Chair
Mrs. Maryanne Jordan, Artist Grant Fund Chair presenting
Ms. Kasey Shao the Artist Grant Fund Award
The Society is pleased to award Ms. Kasey Shao
the Cincinnati MacDowell Society Artist Grant for
the year 2021. Ms. Shao is a graduate of Walnut
Hills High School Class of 2021. She began
playing the piano at four years of age. Her talent
as a young pianist was recognized when she
began winning student competitions. She made
her debut with the Philadelphia Symphony
Orchestra at the age of twelve and where she
also receiving the honor of Young Steinway Artist.
Included among Ms. Shao’s many awards are in
April 2018, First Place, Steinway and Sons Piano
Competition, including the Best Chopin prize
presented by the Music Teachers National
Association. In June 2019, she was Quarter
Finalist, Cliburn Junior in the International Piano
Competition and in January 2020, the Gold medal
winner and National Finalist in the National Young
Arts and March 2020, winner, Cincinnati Overture
Awards. Ms. Shao has recently been recognized
as a United States Scholar in art and she is one
of only twenty young people to receive such an
Ms. Shao will be attending Princeton University in
the fall of 2021. She plans to major in
composition and will continue piano studies there.
Maryanne E. McGowan,
2021 to 2023,
Entertainment was provided by this year’s
CMS Artist Grant Recipient
Sworn in at the meeting. . .
Barbara Kellar, Jim Sammarco
Eric Steva, Setsuko LeCroix
Larry Kellar, Dale Swisher;
Maestro Carmon Deleone,
Janice Flanagan, Ruthann, Bob Amott;
Maryanne McGowan, Blanche Sullivan
Shannon Nelson, Colin Scianamblo, Laurie
Dubin, Dr. Neil Dubin, Jonathan Dandrow
Evans Mirageas, Setsuko LeCroix
Don Hoffman, Pam Myers
;Sally Stirsman, Ann Bowers;
Laura Dubin, Dr. Neil Dubin;
Paulina Bespalko; Jonathan Dandrow
Queen City Club Annual Dinner
Bob Goering, Stephanie Hogue, Stephanie Amlung,
Brett Stover and Rafael de Acha
Eric Steva & Elizabeth Steva,
A special thank you to Mr. Giovanni Ranieri and the Cincinnati Queen City
Club staff for providing their experience, support and patience also during
the pandemic to organize the meeting, entertainment and dinner.
Sincerely, G. James Sammarco MD, Immediate Past President
Congratulations to the CMS society members
who gave their time and their expertise to
make the Annual Dinner a success: Setsuko
LeCroix, Barbara and Larry Kellar, Ruthann
Sammarco, Ray Burt, Maryanne McGowan,
Mary Ann Jordan, Eliza Gantt and Jack Rentz.
Their input during the pandemic was most
To the CMS Membership and
Queen City Club Staff . . .
View from inside the Walnut Hills facility
on Gilbert Avenue toward the downtown
area to the southwest.
Fully refurbished tutus worn during the 2019
production of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping
The Debby and Jim Mason Mobility System.
Sunday afternoon, October 10, 2021
at the new Cincinnati Ballet Studios,
"Margaret and Michael Valentine Center For Dance”.
CMS Program Chair Eliza Gantt delivering
opening remarks in the Kellar Studio prior to
Victoria Morgan's remarks
Cincinnati Ballet's Debby and Jim Mason Mobility system, shown in the
photo below, is the only such system to be found in a dance company's
studio space. The tracks near the ceiling allow people with mobility issues
to be suspended so as to experience the sensation of dancing. A
representative from partner organization Cincinnati Children's Hospital is
present whenever children use the system.
Victoria Morgan, in her 25th season as Artistic Director of Cincinnati
Ballet, shared that the emphasis in designing the new studios was on
natural light and openness.
In addition to donating the Lorrence T. and Barbara W. Kellar Studio,
Larry Kellar chaired the $31,000,000 capital campaign for the new facility.
2022 meetings and programs coming soon
Sunday, April 24, 2022
All About Rookwood with Blanche Sullivan
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Annual Meeting and Dinner announcing
Artist Grant Fund honoree,
at the Queen City Club.
Colin Scianamblo did a fabulous job of putting together a
wonderful program for our membership. He went above
and beyond on making sure the station staff was engaged
with our members and shared his deep understanding of
what it means to produce an award winning show.
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