Five Arts Events Worth Looking Forward To in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic led to a heartbreaking string of cancellations for local arts organizations. Let’s hope that these five arts events are far enough in the future that COVID-19 can’t cancel them, too.

Hamilton

Photograph by Joan Marcus

Hamilton

Thanks to Disney+, we could all be in the room where it happened this summer. It’s hard to beat that, but the experience of seeing Hamilton live will definitely leave you satisfied. The show’s Philip company returns in March. (We saw the Angelica company in 2019.)
Broadway in Cincinnati, March 2–28, 2021

Bruckner 7

Born in Mexico to folk musician parents, composer Gabriela Ortiz creates classical works that draw on Mexican folk tradition. A new work, commissioned by CSO, premieres on a program with Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony. One of his best-known works, Bruckner’s Seventh shows the influences of his heroes, Wagner and Schubert.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May 15 & 16, 2021

Pride & Prejudice

COVID-19 sent its original run off the rails, so Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the Jane Austen classic will get a reopening next summer. Part of The Season of the Woman, the production is directed by Sara Clark, in her 14th season with CSC.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, June 4–July 3, 2021

Cinderella

We’d hoped to go to the ball this fall, but Cincinnati Ballet moved Cinderella to next summer. The classic fairy tale gets a few quirky twists (male dancers perform the step-sisters’ roles; the audience is part of the show) in this production, choreographed by Victoria Morgan to music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Cincinnati Ballet, June 10–20, 2021

Paintings, Politics, and the Monuments Men: The Berlin Masterpieces in America

While the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program tried to protect artworks from destruction during WWII, the U.S. also imported some of those treasures, sparking protests from the “monuments men.” Eventually, the works were returned to Germany. This exhibit traces the works’ fates.
Cincinnati Art Museum, July 9–October 3, 2021

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