Three Weekends Highlight 2013 Macy’s Arts Sampler

CINCINNATI (January 7, 2013) – The annual Macy’s Arts Sampler presented by ArtsWave will cover three Saturdays this year, February 9, March 2 and April 13, featuring 130 performances and, new this year, a major collaborative concert at Music Hall with four of Cincinnati’s largest performing arts organizations. All events are free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of Macy’s. A complete schedule is available on www.theartswave.org.

Macy’s Arts Sampler, presented by ArtsWave, celebrates theater, dance, museums, and music throughout the region in more than 20 Tri-State neighborhoods. The annual community campaign, which raised $11.2 million last year, supports local arts organizations. The 2013 ArtsWave campaign, the largest united arts fund in the country, runs from February through April.

“These weekends are great opportunities for families, friends, and neighbors to connect with one another and experience the arts through free events,” said Rebecca Bromels, director of communications for ArtsWave. “With the 2013 Macy’s Arts Sampler events on three different Saturdays, patrons can choose the performances that fit into their schedules and discover the arts groups in their neighborhood.”

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the spotlight is on Eden Park and the Cincinnati Art Museum with free admission and parking along with three live performances from Madcap Puppets along with the Playhouse in the Park featuring two performances by storyteller Lyn Ford and back stage tours.

March 2 features a collaborative concert at Music Hall with a “Heroes & Villains” theme at 1 p.m. with live performances by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival. Young fans of action -adventure will also learn how to make stage blood from chocolate syrup, super capes, and enjoy a stage combat demonstration.

April 13 features an "Amazing Arts Race" for young professionals and a special event at Washington Park. Events will also take place at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Ballet, and Taft Museum of Art.

ArtsWave has also re-launched its smartphone application for iPhone and Androids to help guests find Sampler events that match their interests, map the routes and create schedules. The app is free and will be available for download beginning January 18th.

“Macy’s Arts Sampler shines a spotlight on the arts in the community and is the kickoff for the annual ArtsWave Community Campaign, when people all across our region come together to support the creative things that make greater Cincinnati a great place to live,” said Bromels.