Author: David Lyman

Cincinnati Pops’ John Morris Russell makes a case for the ‘good stuff’

Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell

Most stories about John Morris Russell spend lots of time discussing his showmanship, his brash, cheerleader-ish onstage persona as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – the guy one of his former colleagues described as “a wind-up toy” that never runs down. But this is a story about a more contemplative JMR, as he has become known over his 20 years in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra organization.

Music teaching in the time of coronavirus

Music, whether consumed, performed or taught, is a highly personal activity. It’s about making a connection. But when a public health crisis made face-to-face sharing dangerous. digital video provided an easy-to-use – and often free – alternative.

Gala ticket holders stand tall in support of Taft Museum

What could be more grand than to spend a warm summer evening in the Taft Museum’s oh-so-tasteful rear garden sharing a sumptuous dinner, good music and perhaps even some dancing? What was the worst that could happen? A thunderstorm? A cold snap? How about a pandemic? No one had planned for that.

‘Whiz kid’ Brett Stover’s next venture

It’s tempting to call Brett Stover a whiz kid. I realize that may seem a curious choice of words to describe a man of 56. But if you’ve ever met Stover, you know what I mean. There is nothing about him that remotely jibes with his age. Nothing, that is, other than the smarts that he brings to the table.

Blanche Maier

Victoria Morgan and Blanche Maier in the late 1990s

Year in and year out, “Nutcracker” has been the reliable cash cow that bankrolled the rest of the Cincinnati Ballet season. And year in and year out, Frisch’s has been there, too, supporting the existing production even as it set aside money for the next production. This is how that relationship came about…

Irma Lazarus

The first in a series about women in 20th-century Cincinnati, possessed with chutzpah and vision, who profoundly enriched our lives and our communities.

MUST-SEE: Theater & Dance, Fall 2019

Playhouse in the Park’s “The Lifespan of a Fact”

Each year, it’s harder to select five must-see shows for our September issue. Should I go for sass (Broadway in Cincinnati’s “Mean Girls”) or class (CincyShakes’ “Titus Andronicus”)? Or maybe the totally unpredictable (“The Kaplan New Works Series” by Cincy…