Sorg Opera House

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Chuck Miller, the former WNKU-FM manager who bought Middletown's neglected Sorg Opera House for "less than a new car," has resigned as board president to become executive director of the Fox Theater in Hutchinson, Kansas.

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Shortly after noon, actress Glenn Close and director Ron Howard relaxed together in front of a Middletown house which has played a central role in filming Hillbilly Elegy this week.

While more than 50 production staffers set up the next shoot down Harrison Street, and another crew filmed in the alley behind the house, Howard and Close appeared to be doing an on-camera interview Wednesday likely for the Netflix media kit for Hillbilly Elegy.

On this week's blues show, Saturday, July 27th at 11pm, the program begins with BB King & Friends, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Delgado Brothers, and the Neville Brothers.  The second set features Jorma Kaukonen, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Curtis Salgado.  The High Street Rhythm Rockers start off the third set followed by the Bluebirds and the Derek Trucks Band.  And, Billie Holiday closes out the show with "My Man" from her "God Bless the Child" release.

The Sorg Opera House is hosting two concerts on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th.  Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials will be on stage at the Sorg Opera House Friday night, April 26th, beginning at 8pm.  Then, the next evening, Saturday, April 27th, the Blue Wisp Big Band take center stage for a special evening saluting Duke Ellington with music  also beginning at 8pm.  It's the 2nd Annual Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser sponsored by Premier Health Atrium Medical Center.

Elaine Diehl and Jeff Johnson, board member of the Sorg Revitalization Group, discussed the history of the Sorg Opera House, improvements made since 2012, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming concerts.

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Jayne Sachs is a Dayton-area singer-songwriter who has been focused on writing for a Nashville music publishing firm and not on performing. 

Courtesy Cincinnati Transit Authority

If you're a fan of the band Chicago – like me – these guys will make you smile. Cincinnati has a new Chicago tribute band called the Cincinnati Transit Authority.

Rick Auhagen put together a band which plays tunes from Chicago's first nine albums, including their 1969 debut when they were called the Chicago Transit Authority.

The band Cincinnati Transit Authority, a local Chicago tribute band, hits the stage of Middletown's Sorg Opera House on Saturday, October 20. 

Middletown's Sorg Opera House will celebrate local icon Rosemary Clooney's 90th birthday with a tribute concert featuring singer Nancy James with the RL Big Band. 

A bluegrass musician with a familial tie to Middletown will bring his band to the stage of the Sorg Opera House on Saturday, June 23. 

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Like his father Paul "Moon" Mullins, Joe Mullins enjoys playing bluegrass music – on the radio or on stage.

He was the voice and driving force behind rock supergroup Steppenwolf

The Sorg Opera House has finally begun hosting a variety of musical concerts for area music fans.  The first concert was by the Butler Philharmonic on September 24th, 2017.  The next concert will feature the sounds of the Blue Wisp Big Band, a band which has been performing on the Cincinnati jazz scene for decades.

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Middletown's historic Sorg Opera House reopens with a concert Sunday, two weeks before Cincinnati's Music Hall's grand re-opening.

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Middletown's Sorg Opera House dates back to 1891 and has a long history of hosting music, theatre, opera and movies, but fell into disrepair in recent times. 

Preserving The Sorg Opera House In Middletown

Jul 8, 2016
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Music Hall isn't the only historic local theater undergoing renovations – the Sorg Opera House in downtown Middletown is trying to be saved by a dedicated group of volunteers.