Where to see high-flying Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO near Dayton 

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Cirque de Soleil’s CORTEO near Dayton
Lucas Saporiti
Cirque de Soleil’s CORTEO near Dayton(Lucas Saporiti)

Cirque du Soleil will bring a show that has thrilled more than 8 million people worldwide to arenas very near to us.

Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO will be staging six performances May 3 to 6 at U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati. 

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Tickets start at $39 and are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo. No Dayton performances are planned. 

The show will be stage at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Arena Dr., Columbus  April 12 to 15. Tickets to those shows are on sale now at the Schottenstein’s website. 

CORTEO features 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors and is directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca.

It premiered in Montreal in April 2005 and has visited 64 cities in 19 countries. 

Here is a description: 

 CORTEO, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. 

 

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries CORTEO through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality. 

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Cirque Du Soleil's Corteo.(Lucas Saporiti)

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Fort Ancient event will help ‘un-mask’ your inner child 

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve in Oregonia is helping facilitate that creativity once again during their upcoming Mask Making from Natural Objects event on Saturday, July 7. CONTRIBUTED
Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve in Oregonia is helping facilitate that creativity once again during their upcoming Mask Making from Natural Objects event on Saturday, July 7. CONTRIBUTED

As a child, a stick or a cool leaf found outside while playing could be so much more with just a little imagination.

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve in Oregonia is helping facilitate that creativity once again during their upcoming Mask Making from Natural Objects event on Saturday, July 7. 

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Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve in Oregonia is helping facilitate that creativity once again during their upcoming Mask Making from Natural Objects event on Saturday, July 7. CONTRIBUTED

The activity is a unique opportunity to separate from the usual Sunday entertainment and immerse yourself and your kids in a memorable afternoon of imagination. 

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The 21st annual "A Gathering of Four Directions" was held Saturday and Sunday at Fort Ancient in Oregonia. Visitors to the event viewed dancers in full regalia perform Native American dancing as well as performances of drumming, storytelling and flute music.(Lisa Powell)

During the event, participants will learn to consider the many shapes, sizes and textures of objects that have personal significance that might not always be recognized, according to a Fort Ancient press release. The event is for anyone from 8 years old to adults that have any interest at all in art, geology or history. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Mask Making from Natural Objects

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7th

WHERE: Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve, 6123 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia

COST: $10

INFO: boonshoftmuseum.org

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Paddle (and eat) your way through the Great Miami River Race and Treasure Island River Fest

Published: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

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Family fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy. 

Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23.

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TREASURE ISLAND RIVER FEST

Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event has tons to do for the family.

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Schedule of events:

10 a.m. — The Great Miami 12.1 Mile River Race Launches

11 a.m. — Live DJs

11 a.m. — Food Trucks Open

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. — $10 All Day Boat Demos

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. — 3 Mile Photo Scavenger Hunt

3 p.m. — 2 Up, 2 Down River Race

4 p.m. — Kids Race

5 p.m. — 500 Meter Bridge Sprint

6 .pm. — Beer Truck Opens

6 p.m. — Record Breaking Great Tube Float

7 p.m. — Awards Ceremony & Community Concert

8 p.m. — Record Breaking Giant S.U.P Event

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Demonstrating canoes, kayaks, boats, and recreational devices from Great Miami Adventures canoe livery near Tipp City on Ross Road are front to back: Kayte (cq) Jackson, Grace Kauth and Sidney Jackson, Chris Jackson, and Joe Jackson. Chris Jackson is the owner of the new business that includes a grounds for group events, or camping. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer

$10 All Day Boat Rentals: Paddle as much as you like in the scenic Treasure Island Park. $10 gets you a wrist band to use any available Kayaks, Canoes, S.U.P. boards or paddle boards as they are available. Come and go, you're not limited to one use. 

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3 mile Photo Scavenger Hunt: Try out the new 3 mile river trip being offered by Adventures on the Great Miami that travels from Twin Arch Reserve along the Great Miami back to Treasure Island Park. Take photos of the three listed landmarks with the hashtag #adventureintroy and you'll be entered to win a river pass for the rest of the 2017 season for two. $25 per person for canoe, kayak, S.U.P. or raft, $15 for tubes. Last trip leaves at 6 p.m. Preregister here.

Kids Race: Sign up the day of for a fun race around the small island at Treasure Island Park. No younger than 12 please and there must be an adult guardian accompanying to participate.

Record Breaking Great Tube Float: There will be tons, TONS, of tubes on site to try to set a record of the number of tubes on the Great Miami at one time. The tube course will run 300 meters, from the Treasure Island Park Marina to the end of the property. Bring your own or $1 gets you in one of our tubes. 

Record Breaking Giant S.U.P. Event: How many people can fit on a giant Stand Up Paddle Board? There will be an 18-foot by 5-foot paddle board. Participation is free.
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With close to 300 miles of water trails, along the Mad, Stillwater and Great Miami river, the Dayton region is ideal for paddlesports.(Contributing Writer)

GREAT MIAMI RIVER RACES

 “We want Miami County to become a paddler’s destination,” said Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami. “The Great Miami is such a beautiful river and really great for these kind of races. What makes it perfect for racing is also what makes it perfect for new paddlers, nice stretches of easy flowing river without major dangerous turns or fast water. It’s amazing that it’s gone this unnoticed for so long and people are just starting to realize all of its potential. We’re excited to be a part of that!”

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THE RACES

 The 12.1 mile race - 10 a.m.

A 12.1 Mile course starting at the Treasure Island Park in Troy and traveling along the beautiful Great Miami River and finishing at Adventures on the Great Miami. The course does include a short 100-foot portage around a Low Dam in Troy. 

Race participants will launch at 15-minute increments starting at 10 a.m. All participants must finish by 9 p.m. or will be disqualified and transported back to Adventures on the Great Miami. Once you've completed the race, you and your boat will be transported back to Treasure Island Park. 

The 2 x 2 - 3 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this 2 mile up and 2 mile back race will take you up river and then finish back at Treasure Island Park. 

The 500 Meter Bridge Sprint - 5 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this all out sprint will travel 500 meters to the Adams Street bridge. 

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Chris Jackson owns a business, Adventures on the Great Miami, at 1995 Ross Road, Bethel Twp., that would benefit from development of a master plan for the Great Miami River. The region is about to take another step toward making Ohio’s Great Corridor a reality.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin developing a master plan for the 99-mile stretch of the Great Miami River meandering from Sidney to Dayton to Hamilton. The plan, estimated to cost $250,000, is seen as essential to joining various local plans along the river corridor into a single recreational area - dubbed Ohio’s Great Corridor - drawing tourists and area residents down to the river.(Jim Witmer)

CLASSES

Racing Class: Racing class is for any individual participant using a kayak over 14 feet long. 

Individual class: Individual class is for any individual participant using a kayak, canoe, or S.U.P. under 14' long. 

Team Class: Team class is for any 2 people using a 2 person kayak or canoe. 

Safety: Two trained volunteers will be launched with each heat as a lag team. Two trained volunteers will be posted at every 2 mile increment. Four volunteers will be posted at the low dam in Troy helping participants safely portage the dam. 

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AWARDS

For each of the 3 races and then for each class in each race, first place will receive $100 cash and free entry into all of next year's event, second place will receive free entry into all of next year's event and all participants will receive a medal. That's a total of 18 available prizes!

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St. Peter’s Challenge Camp participants tried their hand at canoeing with Adventures on the Great Miami. CONTRIBUTED

FEES 

Fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and do not include canoe or kayak rental.

12.1 mile river race

$55 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $80 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

 2 x 2 -2 miles up and 2 miles back

$40 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $65 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

500 meter bridge sprint

$20 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $35 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

Tri Race Bundle

Individual or Race Class - $105 | Team - $145 

Canoes and Kayaks are available for rental from Adventures on the Great Miami for $25 per person. 

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Chris Jackson owns a business, Adventures on the Great Miami, at 1995 Ross Rd., Bethel Twp., that would benefit from development of a master plan for the Great Miami River. The region is about to take another step toward making Ohio's Great Corridor a reality.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin developing a master plan for the 99-mile stretch of the Great Miami River meandering from Sidney to Dayton to Hamilton.The plan, estimated to cost $250,000, is seen as essential to joining various local plans along the river corridor into a single recreational area - dubbed Ohio's Great Corridor - drawing tourists and area residents down to the river.JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)

There will also be food trucks on site, beer for sale, live music and more. This family-friendly event has free entry. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Treasure Island River Fest and the Great Miami River Races

WHERE: Treasure Island Park at 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Black Violin to team up with Dayton youth in music fusion at Fraze Pavilion this week

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Classically trained violist Wil B. (Wilner Baptiste, left) and violinist Kev Marcus (Kevin Sylvester), better known as Black Violin, will bring their “Classical Boom” tour to the Fraze Pavilion on June 28 featuring members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. CONTRIBUTED
Classically trained violist Wil B. (Wilner Baptiste, left) and violinist Kev Marcus (Kevin Sylvester), better known as Black Violin, will bring their “Classical Boom” tour to the Fraze Pavilion on June 28 featuring members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. CONTRIBUTED

Shattering stereotypes comes naturally to South Florida’s Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, the classically trained violist and violinist better known as Black Violin. Following engagements throughout North America and Europe, the fascinatingly versatile duo will bring their Classical Boom Tour to Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion Thursday, June 28.

Blending their classical training with hip-hop influences, Black Violin continues to grow in prominence having collaborated over the years with such diverse artists as Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Aerosmith and Alicia Keys. They’ve also amassed 8.9 million views on YouTube, composed music for the Fox series “Pitch,” and partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers (NAMM) to continue their advocacy for accessible music education. Fittingly, their Fraze concert will feature members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

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“We’re excited that 30 members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be performing on the concert with Black Violin,” said DPYO Conductor Patrick Reynolds. “It’s a fabulous crossover opportunity for our musicians and really cool to share the stage with this amazing group. Our audiences are so used to seeing us at our ‘home’ on stage at the Schuster Center, but here’s a chance to see what else we can do. In addition to the music we’ll perform with Black Violin, our DPYO chamber orchestra will play an opening set ourselves, including music from Mozart to Lady Gaga.”

In advance of the concert, Sylvester reflected on Black Violin’s style and programming, which promises to blend Mozart with Cardi B, Ed Sheeran with Marvin Gaye, and Bach with The Notorious B.I.G.

Black Violin, Wil B. (right) and Kev Marcus, brings the Classical Boom Tour to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, June 28, for a concert featuring members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Q: How important has it been for Black Violin to think outside the box?

A: Thinking differently is the key. Figuring out what can be done that no one else has thought of before. Anyone who has been amazing at something in some way shape or form re-defined what they did. For us, we weren’t supposed to play violin and definitely weren’t supposed to bring hip-hop into it, but we did. We were told it wasn’t going to make sense, but we succeeded because we went against the grain. Black entertainers in general are usually athletes, but we want to show a different side. It’s all in how you approach things.

Q: Why do you feel there is a sort of disconnect especially within the African-American community when it comes to this format? Is it a challenge?

A: I think it’s a challenge because there aren’t enough people talking about classical music. It seems as if everyone wants to be a rapper or LeBron James, but they’re not thinking about the work that goes into it. LeBron is on a different level of basketball, but works hard while approaching the game in a different way. Wil and I try to highlight this in our work. The violin is just our tool for thinking differently. You can be anything you want to be but you have to work really hard.

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Q: You average over 150 shows a year. How does it feel to continue to build audiences with each tour?

A: It’s still a thrill. We love to overload the audience’s senses. We know we aren’t Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or other artists who have had fan bases for a long time. Normally we tour performing arts centers and that’s how we are introduced to audiences. We aren’t on the radio so every night we have to show and prove to the audience that we’re worth the ticket. We want everyone to come and see the show and tell someone else about us the next time we visit. We’re only as good as the idea of what we are and our reputation so that’s what keeps touring fresh. Our production values have also increased which is great.

Q: Are you excited to incorporate members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra into your Fraze concert?

A: It’s going to be a really cool experience. So many kids don’t know you can play violin a certain way and have people up on their feet clapping for you. The whole point is to show them and the audience as a whole something different. Hopefully it will inspire them to find new ways of doing different things.

Black Violin, the duo of violist Wil B. (left) and violinist Kev Marcus fuses classical music with hip-hop when it returns to the Clark State Performing Arts Center for its Classical Boom Tour. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

WANT TO GO?

What: Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour featuring members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Cost: $30 for adults; $20 for ages 13-20; $10 for ages12 and under

More info: www.fraze.comwww.blackviolin.net

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Chill out with Kenny G this week at the Fraze

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

Kenny G, who has sold more than 75 million records and scored seven number one albums and seven number one singles, performs at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 28. CONTRIBUTED
Kenny G, who has sold more than 75 million records and scored seven number one albums and seven number one singles, performs at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 28. CONTRIBUTED

Kenny G, performing at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 28, is one of the most successful smooth jazz artists of all time. He has sold more than 75 million records and scored seven number one albums and seven number one singles and continues to explore new sonic territory. The award-winning saxophonist, born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, is currently working on the studio followup to his 2015 album, “Brazilian Nights.”

The 62-year-old native of Seattle recently discussed his approach to music.

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Kenny G, who has sold more than 75 million records and scored seven number one albums and seven number one singles, performs at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 28. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

NEW STANDARDS

“I’m working on a new album right now. Hopefully it’s going to be done some time in the next few months and then we’ll decide on a time for it to be released. I like the old jazz ballads. There is a certain quality to them and they sound beautiful so I’m doing new songs that we’re writing and performing them in that style. In musical terms, we call them standards so my album is going to be called ‘New Standards.’ When you hear it, you’ll think we’re redoing songs from the old days, but they’re not remakes, they’re brand new ones in that style.”

SLOW & STEADY

“When I listen to a lot of the players putting out new albums, it sounds like they decided what songs they wanted to do on Monday, they put them together on Tuesday, recorded it Wednesday and mixed it Thursday. That can’t possibly be the best that you can do. I’m not criticizing. People should record the records the way they want to, but I like to think of every song, solo and note played as super important so it’s going to take me a long time to do it. It’s going to take me a long time to listen back to it, analyze it and see what I want to change. I’ll try some new things, so it’s a long process, but at the end of it I think people are thankful for an artist that really puts a lot of time and effort into what they put out.”

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Kenny G, who has sold more than 75 million records and scored seven number one albums and seven number one singles, performs at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 28. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

PUTTING IN WORK

“I’ve had the same band for the last 30 years. It’s the six of us. We’re like the Golden State Warriors. What we’re doing takes a lot of time and effort but it’s fun. I love it. There are a lot of things coming, but it’s mainly about practicing every day and performing the best I can when I do my shows. Hopefully people walk away amazed at the musicianship they hear from me and the guys.”

WANT TO GO?

Who: Kenny G & the Tenors

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cost: $23.50-$78

More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com

Artist info: www.kennyg.com

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