Magro Foundation to honor late author


Sunday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Peterloon

The John L. Magro Foundation will honor the late Stephen Birmingham (1932-2015) during its 17th annual fundraising event.

Birmingham, a longtime resident of Cincinnati and New York City, wrote many novels, short stories and nonfiction books, including  “Our Crowd,”  “America’s Secret Aristocracy,” “Carriage Trade” and “Real Lace: America’s Irish Rich.”

The event will include music, art and light refreshments. Attendees can view artwork of students from Miami University, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and other area educational institutions.  

Music will be provided by concert:nova, along with singers from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and Cincinnati Opera.

Created in 2000 by Dr. Victoria Magro Pfeil to continue her father’s legacy, the foundation has awarded more than $121,000 in scholarships, helping more than 100 students.

One noted recipient was Timothy Oliver, a tenor, who has an international career performing 50 operas and operettas. Oliver got his start at CCM before singing with the world-famous Semperoper in Dresden, Germany.

John Magro was president and general manager of the Cincinnati Opera, making many recordings and managing more than 60 grand operas for the Cincinnati Summer Opera Association. As co-founder of the American Opera Auditions, he arranged for operas to be presented at Peterloon to showcase audition winners.

Tickets are $50. Reservation deadline is April 18.

Info: or 513-561-3196.

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