Fantastic Free Fridays

Welcome to the Fantastic Free Fridays program at Miami University Regionals' Middletown campus. 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-serve 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.

September 20 at 10 am: Toca Madera, “Latin Music of the Americas & Beyond”

Toca Madera performs music of Latin America and the Caribbean, taking listeners on a journey from the mountains of Peru to the beaches of Brazil, and the streets of Cuba – sampling various music styles including Cumbia, Samba, and Huayno. The different instruments, rhythms, and melodies that contribute to the musical styles will be explored, as well as cultural connections of influence from Spain (guitar), Africa (drums/rhythms) and Native Americans (flutes). Listeners will be encouraged to interact during the performance, learning Spanish vocabulary, and singing/clapping along.

Recommended for all ages

October 4 at 10 am: Matthew Brian Taylor, “Wild Science—What Does it Matter?: Magic with Solids, Liquids, & Gas”

Matter is all around us, but until we get right down to the molecular level, sometimes the states of matter can fool you! Join a magician and amateur science sleuth on a quest to discover what makes liquid suspend on command, gases wrap around to do your bidding, and why solids aren’t always “solid!” You’ll learn that being a good observer is the key to solving nature’s best puzzle: What Does it Matter?

Recommended for all ages

November 1 at 10 am: Miami University Collegiate Chorale

This performance will feature the Miami University Choraliers in a program of sacred and secular works in a diverse array of styles. Conducted by William Bausano, the Director of Choral Studies at Miami, the group was established in 1908 as the Miami University Women's Choral Society. The ensemble has grown from an informal, 25-member society into a premier women's chorus composed of singers representing majors from every division in the university.

In February 2014 the Choraliers presented the world premiere performance of a new work composed by Ola Gjeilo, a musical setting of a text written in the Myaamia language. In the past ten years the Choraliers have toured to Australia, Fiji, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. In May 2014 they toured Italy and Austria.

Recommended for All Ages

December 6 at 10 am and 12:30 pm: Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati TCT on Tour, “Mrs. Claus Saves the Day”

Behind every great Man-in-Red, is a great Woman-in-Red! She’s making a list and checking it twice! When the holiday is threatened by a severe outbreak of the North Pole Pox two days before Christmas, and Santa himself is quarantined, it’s Mrs. Claus to the rescue! She has less than 24 hours to figure out how to pull off the best Christmas ever. Good thing she has a team of elves and Christmas creatures to work out the details. With traditional carols and a world-premiere script (commissioned by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati), this holiday musical is about leadership, goodwill and teamwork.

Recommended for grades K-6