EntertainmentPlus! provides an exciting series of eight programs featuring a wide variety of entertainers! Your ticket also includes a post-performance hors d'oeuvres buffet with a wine and beer reception and an opportunity to meet the artist.
The cost for members is $15 and non-members $20.
All shows are on Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
For tickets call 513.863.8873 ext. 110.
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Rebecca Kilgore is one of America’s leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. Michael Feinstein, the noted entertainer and music historian, has invited her to sing with him many times at his supper club in New York City. Becky has recorded dozens of CDs over the last 20 years, virtually all of them exceptional. As many insider's say, "Becky is the best." She will be joined by world-renowned musicians including trombonist Dan Barrett, bassist Joel Forbes, and pianist Rossano Sportiello. Many insiders say Rossano is the best jazz and swing pianist since George Shearing.
View Rebecca Kilgore's website here.
EVENT SPONSOR: James L. Winkle
Helen Welch is a critically-acclaimed vocalist whose live stage performances explore a diverse range of musical compositions, starting with the 1930s up through present-day. Whether she’s singing Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan, or Elton John, Sting and Randy Newman, Helen’s sophisticated vocals and humor leave audiences breezily enchanted. The “Helen Welch experience” is perhaps best described by a fan who wrote on her Amazon page, “If you have a chance to see Helen perform, do it! You are in for a special treat.”
Visit Helen Welch's website here.
EVENT SPONSORS: Dan and Marilyn Antenen
Warren Vaché is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as: Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan and Woody Herman to name but a few.
Ken Peplowskiis a Buffet-Crampon artist, and plays the R-13 clarinet, with a Portnoy mouthpiece and Van Doren German-cut reeds. He also plays a Yamaha tenor sax and a Berg Larsen mouthpiece. Ken Peplowski has recorded over 40 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges, and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues.
It might seem strange to describe a singer as hip as Clairdee as a throwback, but she’s an artist who embodies creative values that have largely gone out of style. With her lustrous voice and soulful delivery, she hearkens back to a time when jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues often blended seamlessly together. Combining scene-stealing charisma with heartfelt humility and a sincere belief in the transformative power of music, Clairdee has honed a repertoire of standards set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining.
Visit Clairdee's website here.
EVENT SPONSORS: Joel and Marilyn Schmidt
Craig Karges is truly extraordinary! The “extraordinist” is an award-winning entertainer, a nationally recognized speaker and an author. Karges has made over four thousand appearances in seventeen countries on four continents and in all fifty states. Craig Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and your imagination is challenged because you won’t believe your eyes!
Visit Craig Karges' website here.
EVENT SPONSOR: Pat and Sara Carruthers family
The International String Trio (IST) enjoys using the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members, hailing from Russia, Japan and England, to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. The IST will not only demonstrate the incredible diversity of the 3 instruments they play (violin, bass and guitar) but they will lead the audience on a cultural musical journey. “The International String Trio has such a unique sound and a large repertoire of music, ranging from Bach to The Beatles, and from Elvis to Duke Ellington. The show was simply amazing!”– St. Petersburg News, Russia
Visit the International String Trio's website here.
EVENT SPONSOR: James L. Winkle
Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of Werner’s talent, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona. “Susan Werner is that rarest of things – a composer who not only adheres to the traditions of the Great American Songbook, but also who adds great new songs to that Songbook with each project she writes. She’s one of the most exciting talents in the country.” - Michael Feinstein
Visit Susan Werner's website here.
EVENT SPONSORS: Bud and Marie Brown
Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home
Trumpeter Duke Heitger came to New Orleans in 1991 to join Jacques Gauthe’s Creole Rice Jazz Band and since that time he has become one of the most sought after players on the international scene, performing and recording around the world with a diverse roster of musicians. Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Heitger carries on a family tradition in the music business. Since arriving in New Orleans, Heitger has received international exposure leading to work with bands led by such classic jazz stalwarts as Dan Barrett, Engelbert Wrobel (Germany), Marty Gros, Dick Hyman, John Gill and Banu Gibson.
Visit Duke Heitger's website here.
EVENT SPONSORS: Dr. James and Sheila Baden