P. Ann Everson-Price head shot, DCDC2 dancers in stretch pose, Miami University Glee Club singing, Cartoon of Rikki Tikki Tavi walking outside in the shadow of a snake.

Fantastic Free Fridays

Fantastic Free Fridays at Miami University Middletown

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We are pleased to continue the 16th annual Fantastic Free Fridays program at Miami University Middletown. This program is intended to provide free opportunities for students in area schools and residents of local communities to enjoy live performances.
  • Each performance lasts one hour, unless otherwise stated.
  • Group reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Individual walk-ins are always welcome.
  • All performances are held in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown.

For more information or group reservations, contact Shawn Fenton: fentonsm@miamioh.edu.

P. Ann Everson-Price: A Musical Journey: From Jazz to Motown

Friday, February 12, 2016 • 10:00 am • Free

In this interactive performance P. Ann Everson-Price not only celebrates pioneers from the Jazz era of Swing to the soul-wrenching styles of Gospel and the Sounds of Motown, but explores the historical context of their music. Through a speed round of historical trivia, students will learn about the challenges facing immigrants, the Auction Block, the Underground Railroad, and Prohibition. Sharing stories of music legends’ struggles, triumphs, and tragedies, she illustrates that if you believe in yourself and remain committed, despite the challenges, you can accomplish anything.

Recommended Grades 3 and up.

For more information or group reservations, contact Shawn Fenton: fentonsm@miamioh.edu.


DCDC2: Art Moves

Friday, March 11, 2016 • 10:00 am • Free

Photo by William H. Crenshaw

The creative artistry of DCDC2, the pre-professional dance ensemble for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents its dazzling contemporary dance performance, “Art Moves.” Through fun and interactive audience participation, entertaining repertory excerpts and informative narration, company members inspire students to learn, create, and enjoy dance. The program will highlight Marlayna Locklear’s show stopping “Swing Out,” a high energy jazz and Swing dance style set to the big band sounds of Benny Goodman and Minimatic’s electro swing and R&B mix. Another dance work is Nabachwa Ssensalo-Harris’s spiritually moving “All In His Hands,” along with other rhythmic, soulful and lighthearted works. Following the program, there will be a Q&A session.

Recommended all ages.

For more information or group reservations, contact Shawn Fenton: fentonsm@miamioh.edu.


Miami University Men's Glee Club, Dr. Jeremy D. Jones, conductor

Friday, April 15, 2016 • 10:00 am • Free

The Miami University Men’s Glee Club, founded in 1907, has maintained a tradition of musical excellence, brotherhood, and camaraderie throughout it storied history. The choir averages around one hundred students, predominately undergraduate, representing all academic disciplines. Along with its on-campus and community concerts, the Glee Club enjoys annual tours throughout the United States, and has numerous international appearances to its credit. Recent tours in 2011 and 2014 took the group to Belgium, England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland and Wales. Among the oldest and largest collegiate male glee clubs in the nation, the Glee Club also is among Miami’s oldest student organizations and its oldest musical ensemble. The Glee Club strives to present music of the highest caliber while enjoying the camaraderie of a vibrant brotherhood of song.

Recommended all ages.

For more information or group reservations, contact Shawn Fenton: fentonsm@miamioh.edu.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, by Y. York

Friday, May 6, 2016 • 10:00 am • Free

Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic comes alive in this fun, free-flowing adaptation. The bossy bird Darzee is furious when Rikki Tikki Tavi washes up in her garden. With the dim-witted muskrat Chuchu, she pulls out all of the stops to convince the pesky young mongoose to leave. That is until they see that the tyrannical cobra Nag runs in fear of Rikki Tikki Tavi. Ultimately, the three must band together to save their home in this delightful comedy about sharing and cooperation.

Recommended Grades K–3.

For more information or group reservations, contact Shawn Fenton: fentonsm@miamioh.edu.