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They Were All Winners
The annual lovefest known as the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards celebrated the local music and theater communities with a packed house Nov. 24 at Old St. George. A Cincinnati Police events detail estimated the crowd at 500,000
Fox19’s Regina Carswell sparkled as this year’s host and kept the crowd involved throughout the three-hour festivities. Awards were handed out in 28 categories (click on the Theater and Music buttons above to see the winners) and new members were added to the CEA Hall of Fame.
Among the evening’s many highlights: a transcendent solo piano-and-vocal performance of “Ohio” by Over The Rhine’s Karin Bergquist, who along with husband Linford Detweiler were installed in the Hall of Fame by City Councilman Jim Tarbell; heartfelt remarks in support of Cincinnati’s arts community by director/actor and CCM professor Michael Burnham, also inducted into the Hall of Fame; great performances by Pearlene, CCM’s Betsy Wolfe, William Menefield on piano, NKU’s Bridget Conforti, Ma Crow, Five Deez (who’d just returned from a European tour the day before) and The Light Wires; and an amazing spoken word performance by Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival’s Taylore Mahogany Scott.
Among the big winners: Pearlene, Artist of the Year; Mallory’s The First One Hundred Years, Album of the Year; and Playhouse in the Park’s The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Best Production and Best Local Premiere. Several young lions on the music scene won awards, including Natalie Wells (Blues), Brian Newman (Jazz), Jason Ludwig (Singer/Songwriter) and Cari Clara (Best New Artist). Eight different local theater companies won CEAs, a new record.
The show production, headed by CityBeat’s Dan McCabe, was again top notch. The bar was packed all night. The backstage area hummed. And the aftershow party at Cody’s Café was crowded well into the wee hours.
Many thanks go to the presenting sponsor, Time Warner Cable, as well as Budweiser, Sam Ash Music and CityBeat. To all the professionals who worked the graphics, the lights, the sound and show direction; to the presenters who helped remind us of the local arts community’s depth and breadth; to the behind-the-scenes people taking photos, shooting video and selling tickets; and to the volunteers who sold beer, collected money, helped with parking and cleaned up — we couldn’t have done it without you!
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