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Final Friday OTR – April 2012

This Friday (tomorrow) is yet another Final Friday in Over-the-Rhine, and its set to be a great one. In addition to the standard Final Friday happenings, there are some unique offerings.


First up is another edition of OTR Skate featuring You, You’re Awesome and Automagik. This takes place at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center from 8:00-11:00 pm. Also in attendance with be the Cincinnati Rollergirls, Cincinnati’s Roller Derby Team.  There will also be free Wii, fooseball, air hockey, pool and bumper pool available courtesy of the OTR Recreation Center. Participants will be able to enter a raffle to win gift certificates and goods from OTR businesses, including Pho Lang Thang, Atomic Number Ten, Daisy Mae’s Market, Iris Book Cafe, Smartfish Supply and more. All raffle proceeds will benefit the OTR Recreation Center. Admission for the event is $5, which includes the cost of skate rental. Skates are first-come, first-served and skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. OTR Skate is an 18 and older event. April’s OTR Skate is sponsored by The Counter Rhythm Group, Cincy Blues Society, and the Cincinnati Roller Girls. Last year, OTR Skate events drew 500 people and raised more than $1,000 to help the Recreation Center provide scholarships and staffing for youth programming.

Final Friday OTR @ The Emery

A new addition to the Final Friday scene this month is Final Friday OTR @ The Emery. The Requiem Project, which manages the long-shuttered Emery Theatre in OTR, will be opening the doors to The Emery and welcoming attendees to wander the halls to experience the visual exhibits of photographers and artists Brian BruemmerDarrin BallmanCedric Cox, Chris Hoeting, Jonathan Robert WillisKatherine DurackMike FleschMargot Gotoff, Mark Krotchin, Michael Wilson, and Ron Rack. There will also be performances by Exhale Dance Tribe, Origami, and Lauren Edward. Ric Hordinski and Daniel Martin Moore will be giving a concert and premiering their new records. To top it all off, Christian Moerlein, event sponsor, will be tapping their spring seasonal beer, Saengerfest Maibock. Doors to The Emery open at 6:00 PM with the keg-tapping at 7 and concert beginning at 8.

Other features:

Old Spice Art Show @ 1423 Vine St, 5 pm

BikeArt Poster Party @ Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway, 6:30 -8 pm

Flowers In The Recycle Bin @ Park+Vine,  6 – 10 pm

The Natives perform live @  ORIGINAL THOUGHT REQUIRED 7 – 10 pm

Bootleg: The Musical Influences of Ghost Empire @ MOTR, 8 pm – 1 am


YPCC Happy Hour Choral Concert @ Below Zero Lounge!

Happy Hour Choral Concert: Young Professionals’ Choral Collective presents Sin & Tonic on Valentine’s Day

 The Young Professionals’ Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC), based in Over-the-Rhine, is made up of over 60 motivated young professionals (ages 21-40), who are excited to make great choral music, support local businesses, meet new people, and reach new audiences.

The directors, KellyAnn Nelson (Managing Artistic Director) & Christopher Eanes (Associate Director), are choral musicians & real-life partners who live in OTR.  The 60+ singers live and work throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.  For their first concert, 46 singers will perform at Below Zero Lounge (1122 Walnut Street in Over-the-Rhine) where the choir has been rehearsing and socializing for the last two months.

Sin & Tonic will be presented on Valentine’s Day.  Audience members will listen with martinis in hand to quality choral music that explores all aspects of love.  The doors (and the bar) will be open from 6-10pm, and the performance will take place from 6:45 – 7:30pm.  Audience members are invited to start their Valentine’s Day evening with bawdy English madrigals, sassy French chansons, gorgeous vocal jazz arrangements and soaring American spirituals…or to make a whole night of it!

Space is limited.  Free reservations (donations accepted) can be made at www.sinandtonic.eventbrite.com


The Choir:       

YPCC rehearses on Tuesday nights in unique venues in OTR.  For this concert cycle, they have had the pleasure of singing at Below Zero Lounge.  After each rehearsal, YPCC singers socialize at various OTR locations such as A Tavola Pizza, Senate Pub, Lavomatic Bistro, Below Zero Lounge, Japp’s Cocktails, and Know Theatre.  YPCC strives to connect motivated young professionals to this great city through great music, great food, great friends, and great relationships with local businesses.  The OTR Gateway Merchants Group and YPCC have formed a great connection.

YPCC will continue to engage performers and audiences who live, work, and socialize downtown and are looking for connections to this great city, as well connecting young, hip audiences to Cincinnati’s great history of choral music performance, by presenting quality choral music in unique, informative, and fun ways.  Their next concert will feature world choral music paired with wine tastings…In Vino Veritas. In July 2012, YPCC will compete in the World Choir Games as a showcase of the young professional talent in the city of Cincinnati.

For More Information:

KellyAnn Nelson: connect@choralcollective.com
Phone: (616) 405 – 5742

Sin & Tonic Free Reservations:  www.sinandtonic.eventbrite.com

View from Stage Right Balcony

The Emery Theatre, A Requiem Project

The Emery

The Emery Theatre

The Emery Theatre was built in 1911, and is considered an acoustically pure theatre. It is one of three sister buildings (along with Orchestra Halls in Chicago and Detroit) to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Cincinnati philanthropist, Mary Emery, bequeathed the entire Emery building to the city in memory of her late husband, Thomas J. Emery. The theatre was the original performance space for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a former rehearsal studio for the Cincinnati Ballet. World-renowned performing artists have appeared on The Emery stage, including Russian ballet dancers Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova and actress Bette Davis.

The Emery Theatre, a 100-year-old, acoustically pure performance space that can house 1,200 to 1,600 patrons, is located at the corner of Central Parkway and Walnut Street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Historic district. The Emery is currently part of a long-term restoration initiative managed by The Requiem Project and will be renovated and restored into a unique arts and cultural venue for Greater Cincinnati.

View From Stage

View From Stage

The Requiem Project

But what is The Requiem Project? The Requiem Project is a 501(c)-3 not-for-profit arts company whose mission is to re-establish an acoustically-pure historic treasure, the Emery, and transform the theatre into a vibrant, acoustically-pure, and unique venue that will define itself as a space that encourages creative growth, fosters a multitude of opportunities for artistic collaborations, and offers arts-based educational opportunities through dance, music, theatre, film, visual, and interdisciplinary artistic expressions for local and national performing artists. The Requiem Project is the brainchild of two amazingly talented women who met and became friends with in New York City: Tina Manchise and Tara Lindsey Gordon.

The Beginning

They were working together in New York City in 2008 when Tina received a tragic and unforgettable phone call. Lynn, her mother, had suddenly passed away. Without answers – just heartbreak – Tina returned to Cincinnati to be with her family. Months later, still with unyielding sadness, they both assessed the feasibility of working in New York in the wake of Lynn’s passing. In Cincinnati, on November 11, 2008, Lynn’s birthday, they crossed paths with The Emery Theatre; “it was as if we were guided to the door,” explains Tina Manchise. One hundred years ago, philanthropist Mary Emery bequeathed The Emery Theatre, a 1,600-seat, acoustically pure symphony hall, to the city for “civic betterment.” The theatre has been dormant, without a vision for re-opening, for more than 15 years – and thus they found their mission and their calling: a Requiem Project in honor of Lynn.

View from Stage Right Balcony

A view of the auditorium and stage from the 2nd balcony

The Inspiration

In her lifetime, Lynn was an advocate for social awareness and change through her belief in others. She recognized the voice and soul in each person she met, and she lived as an example to all who had the pleasure of her presence. Lynn listened to both those who had much to say and to those whose voices were seldom heard. She invested in helping others to believe in themselves, and she did so with a fierce and unparalleled grace. Lynn made the world a better place through a life led with exquisite dignity, compassion, wisdom and extraordinary kindness. Lynn listened. To voices both loud and soft. To what you can see and what you cannot. She heard. She loved and was loved. Tara said of Lynn: “She is our inspiration, and it is our deepest desire that her message lives on.”

Similarly, Mary Emery had a love, understanding and faith that high-quality art inspires individuals and communities to invest in themselves and that inclusion and respect leads to a better society. Everyone has a voice, and The Emery, literally and metaphorically, should be a place not only to listen but also to be heard, and thus the company, The Requiem Project, was founded. Their vision is that The Emery would be a space for creative possibility and opportunity to listen to passionate voices through artistically based programming, education and community initiatives.

Lynn has inspired Tina and Tara to see that a building means more than seven floors, that a theatre can be much more than a place to watch performances, and that a stage is so much more than a place to stand. They see that our community is more than the sum of our fears, and its soul depends upon our trust and belief in one another. November 11 is more than a bittersweet date – it has become a sign and symbol for their company; by serendipity or plain coincidence, they were handed their first contract for The Emery on November 11, 2009. “On that day, we decided that we would open the doors of the theatre on November 11, 2011 (11.11.11), and that the band Over the Rhine would play – we just put that statement into the universe, and our net has come back teeming,” an excited Tina explains.

On November 11, 2011, the doors of The Emery open, Over the Rhine will play, and more than 10 Cincinnati arts companies will join The Requiem Project in enlivening Mary Emery’s 100-year-old conviction that The Emery can be a space for art-making for the next 100 years.



            The Emery Theatre will open up for the public on Friday, November 11, 2011 (11.11.11) to officially kick-off a public fundraising campaign at a concert event featuring internationally acclaimed, Southern Ohio band, Over the Rhine.

The centennial celebration of The Emery will commence on Friday – guests will begin at one of several locations in the neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. to pick up their tickets and map of the event. At 6pm, guests will be welcome to find their way to their respective locations for cocktails and food.  At 7 p.m., guests will be invited to explore The Emery and at 8 p.m., the Over the Rhine and local arts showcase concert will begin. Showcase partners include concert:nova, Exhale Dance Tribe, MadCap Puppet Theatre, among others.  The evening will continue to an After Party hosted by local theatre and Requiem Project partner, The Know Theatre, and local bar and restaurant, Below Zero (located adjacent to The Emery).

On Saturday, they will have a press event (managed by our public relations team, Strata-G Communications) with a lecture, presentation, and discussion of the architectural renderings  hosted by Requiem Project Artistic Directors with the architectural team selected to revitalize the theatre – acclaimed Cincinnati architect John Senhauser and the nationally-renowned architectural firm Westlake, Reed, and Leskosky. After this Saturday presentation, Madcap Puppet Theatre will perform on stage, the Cincinnati Zoo will visit with their Wildlife Comes to You Program, and Chipotle will sponsor lunch for attendees.  Saturday evening, they plan to host a movie event; on Sunday, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir plans to perform.

Why revitalize The Emery

“Events occur which become defining moments in the life of a community. They are ‘stitches’ – interventions which when taken singularly, appear to perhaps be insignificant.  But taken as a collective, these stitches hint at the genesis of fabric, not only an urban weave of structures, but of a social and cultural tapestry. Stitches give way to fabric, objects yield to networks, networks initiate cultural and social rebirth. This is the context of The Emery Theater.  Buildings have a language of their own. The Emery speaks with a singular voice – people listen; the community listens as this voice joins with others. Over-the Rhine has long dreamed of its rebirth. The repurposing of The Emery Theater will join with other voices to define that network of artistic, social and cultural change.”

-John Senhauser, Emery Architect

Get Involved

            If you would like more information about the amazing work being done at The Emery, visit www.emerytheatre.com. We have numerous volunteer opportunities coming up, including a clean-up event on October 29, 2011. For more information, and to sign up, go to www.emerytheatre.com/volunteers.php or email your contact information to volunteers@emerytheatre.com.

Finally, for event information and to buy tickets to our 11.11.11 Event, go to www.emerytheatre.com/eventdetails.php.

Musik-Verein Halle

Before and After: Musik-Verein Halle

In the 1888 book “Cincinnati in Wort und Bild” by Max Burgheim, there is mention of the Musik-Verein Halle. The Cincinnati Musik-Verein was formed in 1883 by the consolidation of the Maennerchor and the Germania.

It is interesting to note that Mr. Burgheim’s book is in German and was printed at the M. & R. Burgheim Verlag at 484 Vine Strasse. Verlag means publishing house.

In 1900, its location was on Walnut between 12th and Canal (which is now Central Parkway). Today, most of Walnut Street is still intact; however, the Musik-Verein Hall has been lost and replaced with this parking lot:

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Musik-Verein Halle, 1117 Walnut Street in 1900. Source: Cincinnati Historical Society Library at the Cincinnati Museum Center

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The Fate of 1329 Walnut and Mercer Commons

It has come to my attention that 1329 Walnut St. may soon be on the chopping block to make way for the Mercer Commons development by 3CDC. Mercer Commons is a $51 million development that will bring new commercial and residential units to a large area in the heart of OTR. Restoration of over a dozen buildings and new construction on 25 vacant parcels is planned. Since at least April 2010, 3CDC has been releasing renderings of Mercer Commons that do not include 1329 Walnut and 1314 Vine. Permission to demolish 1329 Walnut has not yet been granted and there must be a public hearing before any demolition can take place.

The following two renderings show the location of 1329 Walnut outlined in yellow:

Location of 1329 Walnut highlighted in yellow

Location of 1329 Walnut highlighted in yellow

It should be noted that 3CDC’s preservation and restoration efforts in Over-the-Rhine have been exemplary, and Mercer Commons is an exciting project that will dramatically improve Over-the-Rhine. This post deals with two buildings that may be demolished to make way for progress.

The following photos were contributed by Danny Klingler of OTR A.D.O.P.T. and the history and maps were contributed by Ann Senefeld of Digging Cincinnati History.


The view of 1314 Vine from 1329 Walnut, photo credit: Danny Klingler:

A street view of the building:

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The following maps and research were contributed by research historian Ann Senefeld of Digging Cincinnati History:

1887 map, credit: Ann Senefeld

1891 map, credit: Ann Senefeld

According to this source, 1329 Walnut was an early meeting place of the General Swiss Colonization Society which would prove influential in the colonization of the western lands of the United States by Swiss and German immigrants. Its central office was in Cincinnati and branch societies existed in Sandusky, Milwaukee, Lexington, Louisville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Terre Haute, Davenport, Dubuque, Indianapolis, Newport, Monroe, Memphis, Xenia, and Chicago among others.

“For a period in the early history of the society, its [the Swiss Colonization Society of Cincinnati] officers met in the “Deutsche Republik,” a wine-house, located at the corner of Walnut and Mercer Streets.”

In Daniel J. Kenny’s 1879 book Cincinnati Illustrated: A Pictorial Guide to Cincinnati and the Suburbs, the hall on the southwest corner of Walnut and Mercer is mentioned three times:

GERMAN PRINTERS ASSOCIATION Meets once every at the southwest corner of Mercer and Walnut streets Its membership is about fifty It partakes of the nature of a protective union combined with a relief society

HARUGARI MAENNERCHOR A men’s Singing society of 40 members Meets every Monday night at Turner, Walnut and Mercer streets. Arthur Mees, Director.

GREUTI RELIEF ASSOCIATION The membership is composed of Swiss residents exclusively It is devoted to mutual and sociability as its name implies The society numbem about two hundred persons Weekly meetings are held at the hall on the southwest corner of Mercer and Walnut streets

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I concluded my article on the fate of 1314 Vine in this way:

Determining the fate of 1314 Vine Street would be better addressed sooner rather than later.

Now is the time to start the conversation.

What will be the fate of 1329 Walnut? The clock is ticking.