The 2021 Annual Dinner Meeting
was held June 5, 2021
At The Queen City Club in Downtown Cincinnati
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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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.
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Showcase” to access all 12 seasons of great
interviews with our own CMS Member,
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Previous Programs of 2020 and 2021
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 honor.
Ms. Shao will be attending Princeton University in the fall of 2021. She plans to major in composition and will
continue piano studies there.
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Entertainment was provided by this year’s CMS Artist Grant Recipient
Maryanne E. McGowan, Sworn in at the meeting. . .
President Cincinnati MacDowell Society
2021 to 2023,
Evans Mirageas, Setsuko LeCroix (VP Membership),
Elizabeth Steva, Barbara Weyand
Don Hoffman, Pam Myers
; Sally Stirsman, Ann Bowers;
Janice Flanagan, Ruthann, Bob Amott;
Maryanne McGowan, Blanche Sullivan
Barbara Kellar, Jim Sammarco
Eric Steva, Setsuko LeCroix
Larry Kellar, Dale Swisher;
Laura Dubin, Dr. Neil Dubin;
Paulina Bespalko; Jonathan Dandrow
Bob Goering, Stephanie Hogue, Stephanie Amlung,
Pam Myers, Maestro Carmon Deleone,
Eric Steva & Elizabeth Steva,
Brett Stover and Rafael de Acha
Shannon Nelson, Colin Scianamblo, Laurie Dubin,
Dr. Neil Dubin, Jonathan Dandrow
Queen City Club Annual Dinner
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 helpful.
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.
G. James Sammarco MD, Immediate Past President
To the CMS Membership and Queen City Club Staff . . .
Mark your calendar and make your reservations now!
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
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.
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.
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