Around Cincinnati

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Greater Cincinnati has a vibrant arts scene, and Around Cincinnati keeps you up to date. Host Lee Hay is joined by prominent local contributors who have their fingers on the pulse of the community and introduce you to the cultural and arts organizations and events that make Cincinnati special.

Around Cincinnati is made possible in part by a grant from ArtsWave.

You may not know Rick Hall’s name, but you’ve heard the music he has produced. Everyone from Mac Davis to Alicia Keys to Wilson Pickett to Aretha Franklin and many more. His memoir, The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame, is now out and he joins our Ron Esposito on the phone to talk about his life and career.

The 2015 MidWest Fleadh Cheoil (“feast of music”) is coming to Cincinnati, bringing 500 Irish singers, dancers, fans and friends. The Riley School of Irish Music’s Daniel Curtain and Amy Bogard join Brian O’Donnell to preview the big weekend.

Prolific author Shelley Shepard Gray is with our Barbara Gray to talk about her two latest novels, the start of her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series: The Promise of Palm Grove and The Proposal at Siesta Key.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues the rarely done eight play History Cycle (Shakespeare plays about kings in chronological order, done only one other time in the US) with the classic Henry V. Justin McCombs, who takes on this iconic role, joins Jim Stump to talk about the cycle and his interpretation of this larger-than-life character.

Willie Carden, director of Cincinnati Parks, talks about some of the exciting new features at downtown’s Smale Riverfront Park and when they’ll open for the season with our Barbara Gray.

The inaugural class of the new Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony and concert by jazz great & Cincinnati native Fred Hersch on Friday, May 8 at Northern Kentucky University. Ron Esposito gets all the details on the hall and this kick-off event from founder Virginia Casey.

Local artist and furniture designer Matthew Metzger recently participated in the 14th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City with impressive results. Anne Arenstein welcomes Matthew Metzger in to our studio to talk about his designs, materials he uses and the NYC show.

Even though he’s retired from Playhouse in the Park, Ed Stern is still very active in the local theater scene. He’s with Rick Pender to talk about his latest directing effort, playwright John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.

One of the People’s Liberty’s 2015 Haile Fellowship winners, Brad Schnittger, is the founder of MusicLi, an online library of published original music from the Greater Cincinnati area that can be licensed for various commercial uses

The 2013 Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens on April 30 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

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