Author: David Lyman

Philanthropist of the Year: Richard Rosenthal

Richard Rosenthal at the offices of UC College of Law’s Ohio Innocence Project, where law students and attorneys conduct research and investigate cases. He recently gave $15 million to further this program.

Richard Rosenthal has spent decades turning his daydreams into philanthropic undertakings that have enriched lives, fed the hungry and provided opportunities – educational, artistic, occupational – for hundreds of thousands of Greater Cincinnatians.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Zack Grubbs and Sarah Hairston

After 14 years with Cincinnati Ballet, Grubbs – a senior soloist – is retiring. His longtime onstage partner, principal dancer Sarah Hairston, is retiring as well. On Aug. 1, Hairston and Grubbs stepped into new roles as the dean and principal, respectively, of Cincinnati Ballet’s academy.

STAGE: movers & makers of the moment

James Gilmer and Maizyalet Velázquez

Theater is exploding with life in Cincinnati, with record crowds and exciting new venues on the horizon. And the dance season is leaping into the future with a new work by an established local master. Contributor David Lyman shares his thoughts on who and what to watch onstage between now and Thanksgiving.

Richardson rising

Rob Richardson Jr.

Rob Richardson Jr. is chair of the University of Cincinnati’s board of trustees. What’s behind the ascent of this former academic “underachiever” to the summit of power at UC?

Marcus Küchle and Annalisa Pappano: RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES

Marcus Kuchle and Annalisa Pappano

If it’s true, as they say, that opposites attract, Pappano and Küchle are living proof of it. He’s a champion of new music, of pushing – or pulling, perhaps – opera into the 21st century. She, on the other hand, is devoted to early music. For her, 16th- and 17th-century composers like Claudio Monteverdi, Richardo Rogniono and Jacopo Peri are not relics of past cultures. They are very much alive.