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A special thank you is extended to the Bever family for their financial support of this series.







Fantastic Free Fridays, Fall 2015

We are pleased to continue the 16th annual Fantastic Free Fridays program at Miami University Middletown. This program is intended to provide free opportunities for students in area schools and residents of local communities to enjoy live performances.

  • Each performance lasts one hour, unless otherwise stated.
  • Group reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Individual walk-ins are always welcome.
  • All performances are held in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown.

To reserve seats or for more information contact Shawn Fenton at

Queen City Brass, David Hennig, Miami University Steel Band and Cast of The Elves and the Shoemaker

Queen City Brass

Friday, September 18, 2015 • 10:00 am • Free

The nationally renowned group has been featured several times Garrison Keillor's program, A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast live on Public Radio from St. Paul, Minnesota. They have also appeared on Charles Kuralt's television series The History of Cincinnati, and were featured by the Cincinnati Historical Society on a concert celebrating the Cincinnati Sesquicentennial. The Queen City Brass will perform music by TV and movie soundtrack composers Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible), Monty Norman (James Bond Theme), Henry Mancini (Pink Panther), and ending with selections from John Williams. They will introduce the instruments in a brass quintet, and discuss the elements of music that help to convey a variety of emotions such as excitement, happiness, grief and fear.

David Hennig: The Magic is in You

Friday, October 23, 2015 • 10:00 am • Free

For more than 10 years, David Hennig has performed as the Magician with a Mission, amazing audiences of children and families in schools and libraries all over Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky! Using amazing magic, captivating music, adorable puppets, side-splitting comedy, and a healthy dose of audience participation, students are fully engaged and ready to learn. In this program, students will learn the 3 most popular ways that people use to try to build Self-Image and why they don’t work! More importantly, students will learn the key to building Self-Image through developing Strong Character. This program reinforces concepts of Making Good Choices, Following the Rules, and Treating Others with Respect!

Miami University Steel Band

Friday, November 20, 2015 • 10:00 am • Free

The Miami University Steel Band was founded in 1994.  Under the leadership of founder and director Chris Tanner, the program has grown to encompass two separate ensembles with a combined enrollment of over sixty members, and twenty-five university-owned instruments. The ensemble is very active, performing in a number of settings including on campus concerts, summer park venues and in-school outreach programs.  The ensemble has twice headlined the Virginia Arts Festival's annual PANorama Music Festival (2008, 2003), and has appeared at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention three times (2011, 2005 and 2002).  As the art form of pan grows in the 21st century, the Miami University Steel Band aspires to be one of the leading programs in exemplifying excellence in performance, and in expanding the repertory for this unique ensemble.  The performance will introduce the different types of steel drums and rhythm section instruments.  The history of the music will also be explored with a demonstration of the different styles of music they play.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati: The Elves and the Shoemaker

Friday, December 11, 2015 • 10:00 am & 12:30 pm • Free

When a kindly shoemaker gives his only remaining pair of shoes to a cold and hungry beggar woman, he finds his good deed rewarded in very unexpected ways. The shoemaker is shocked by the appearance of magic elves who turn his simple shoe shop into a great success, thrilling customers with their special creations. Soon the Queen hears of this unique shoe shop, but can the Shoemaker impress her without the elves? Based on the tale by the Brothers Grimm, this beloved, warm-hearted story reminds us that where we find goodness, generosity, and hope, anything is possible.


Miami University Hamilton
1601 University Blvd
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: 513.785.3000

Miami University Middletown
4200 N University Blvd
Middletown, OH 45042
Phone: 513.727.3200 or
1.86.MIAMI.MID (toll free)
Voice of America Learning Center
7847 VOA Park Drive
West Chester, Ohio 45069
Phone: 513.895.8862

Greentree Health Science Academy
5757 Innovation Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45005
Phone: 513.933.3960