Cincinnati Excursions

37th Annual Conference: Events & Excursions

Special Events

Excursion Registration Form for IASPM-US Attendees!

Wednesday Evening, 9 March

Operning Reception
8:00 – 10:00 p.m,
Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Continental Ballroom
Featuring the Phil DeGreg Jazz Trio

Percussion Group Cincinnati Thursday Evening, 10 March

Concert by the Percussion Group Cincinnati
8:00 p.m., Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM
Cost: Free (Registration necessary for transportation)

Founded in 1979, the Percussion Group Cincinnati consists of Allen Otte, James Culley, and Rusty Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) of the University of Cincinnati. Renowned for its knowledge of and experience with the entire range of music of John Cage, Percussion Group Cincinnati made tours and festival appearances and collaborations with Cage on a number of occasions in the United States and Europe. Their concert for the SAM-IASPM conference will include works of John Cage, Colin McPhee, John Luther Adams, and Charles Mingus in the intimate and acoustically superb 300-seat Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Friday Afternoon, 11 March

Lindy Hop Lesson
2:30 p.m., Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors
Cost: $5.00

The house big band from Cincinnati’s downtown Blue Wisp Jazz Club will be providing dining and dancing entertainment for Saturday evening’s banquet. In preparation SAM member Renée Camus, founder of the professional dance troupe “Centuries Historical Dance,”will offer a Lindy Hop lesson. Based on the Charleston and named for Charles Lindbergh’s (“Lucky Lindy’s”) Atlantic Crossing in 1927, the Lindy Hop developed in Harlem in the late 1920s and 1930s. Renée will teach the basic steps of the Lindy Hop so that participants can “step out” at the Banquet!

John Philip SousaSaturday Afternoon, 12 March

All-Sousa Matinee concert by the CCM Wind Symphony
12:45 p.m., Corbett Auditorium, CCM
Cost: Free (Registration necessary for transportation)

In celebration of the centenary of John Philip Sousa’s 1910–1911 World Tour, which included New York, Great Britain, Canary Islands, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, and Canada, the CCM Wind Symphony will present an All-Sousa Matinee Concert under the direction of Rodney Winther. The program will showcase many of Sousa’s different sides as a composer, both as “the March King” and composer of songs, operettas, and suites. This all-Sousa concert for the SAM-IASPM conference will be held in the visually stunning 740-seat Corbett Auditorium, which in 1996 underwent a $5 million renovation. Box lunches will be available for purchase (see registration form).

Saturday Evening, 12 March

Closing Banquet
7:30 p.m., Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors
Featuring the Blue Wisp Big Band

Friday Afternoon Excursions

Any tour that does not have sufficient numbers will be canceled and your money will be refunded.

Guided Tour of the Cincinnati Art Museum–The Cincinnati Wing
Cost: $10.00 (Limited to 20 registrants)

This curator-led tour features fifteen galleries devoted to permanent exhibits of art created for Cincinnati or by Cincinnati artists. The exhibition represents five themes, all of which portray the many significant contributions that the arts made to the city’s development as an urban center and the many ways in which the arts reflect the identities of various groups, such as German immigrants, women, and African Americans. The Cincinnati Wing includes selections of art-carved furniture, painting, sculpture, silver, ceramics, and arts and crafts metals, as well as art pottery from Cincinnati’s Rookwood Pottery Company. More...

Guided Tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

This docent-led tour offers interactive exhibits to promote an understanding of slavery and resistance movements. The exhibits bring to life the importance and relevance of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history. In the nineteenth century, Cincinnati served as a major stop on the Underground Railroad and became an important refuge for thousands fleeing slavery. The center’s principal artifact is a two-story log slave pen built in Kentucky in 1830 that was used to house slaves being shipped to auction. Through the ongoing work of the Freedom Center, modern slavery is also exposed. More...

Guided Tour of the Union Terminal Rotunda and Cincinnati History Museum
Cost: $15.00 (Limited to 20 registrants)

Recently named as one of fifty architecturally significant buildings in America by the American Institute of Architects, Union Terminal opened in 1933 as a train station with a 180-foot rotunda outfitted in art deco splendor. It now houses four museums, an Omnimax Theater, and a four-manual E. M. Skinner organ. This docent-led tour will include the Rotunda with its huge color mosaic murals depicting the growth of the nation and Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati History Museum, which displays materials and related aspects of the history of Cincinnati and the Miami Valley region. More...

For additional information, contact Mariana Whitmer at the Society for American Music.