At Onstage we value our performance art partners and the venues we serve; that’s why we provide them with the finest in program book publishing. Every artist and group we work with has a unique voice that needs to be presented in their own special way. Our luxury program books reflect this, as do the venues which house them.

The Music Center at Strathmore is home to The National Philharmonic and we believe this venue to be a modern treasure that D.C. residents can be proud of! We admire how the Strathmore hosts world-class performers from all over the globe. Furthermore, we love The National Philharmonic and Strathmore for their combined community involvement, but we especially admire their dedication to D.C. area youth.

About The National Philharmonic, Their Focus on Youth Programs

Going beyond the usual music student lectures and special ticket prices for college students, The National Philharmonic offers a community program that blows our minds! It’s called…

ALL Kids, All Free, All The Time

Yes, you read that right. All children ages 7 – 17 get into the Music Center at Strathmore free of charge for National Philharmonic performances. Strathmore staffers certainly don’t have anything against the littlest children, it’s just that symphony performances are probably not the best choice for their entertainment.

We think it’s fantastic that young people can attend world-class orchestra performances for literally nothing.

Color The Music Projects

Every fall, the National Philharmonic @ Strathmore also works with schools to provide D.C. area children with a chance to get hands-on with performance art and music they might not otherwise have access to. The focus of 2019 is the music of legendary disco artists ABBA.

Students begin by listening to beloved disco classics like:

Students are encouraged then to color and paint 9″ x 12″ durable paper, and to be creative with brushes and even marbles, to bring the music of ABBA to life in their own artistic way. Other types of art are encouraged too, even fashion design, to help students participate in music of ABBA with whatever tangible media they prefer.

A Rocky Year of Rebirth in 2019

It needs to be mentioned that the National Philharmonic has struggled financially in recent years, and it’s only with massive crowdfunding campaigns and volunteer labor that the organization can proceed.

NBC News reported in August, 2019 that the National Philharmonic is able to move forward with their 2019 programming because two dedicated maestros and the new interim president have agreed to work for free for the next 12 months.

  • Local businessman and philanthropist Jim Kelly has donated a year of service as president, which will save the organization about $95,000.
  • The two maestros Piotr Gajewski and Stan Engebretson followed suit.

The National Philharmonic was quite close to closing it’s doors in 2019 due to lack of funding after the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County decreased its funding by more than $150,000 since 2011 per NBC.

About the Venue: Strathmore

Per their website “High-quality arts programming, designed for audiences of many tastes, served with the hospitality and warmth of a family enterprise, are the hallmarks of Strathmore.” Three venues live under the Strathmore umbrella: The Music Center, The Mansion and it’s newest 250 seat venue AMP, which offers more of a jazzy lounge appeal.

We appreciate their seasonal outdoor performing arts events, because they seek to be inclusive, and reach out to people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.

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With our ongoing blog series, Amazing Artists & Venues, Onstage Publications has thus far highlighted performing artists, organizations, administrators, and venues all over the nation. Today, we look much closer to our home state as we bring to you the Dayton Opera of Ohio; and the gorgeous theater which houses them.

The Dayton Opera has enriched Ohio’s Miami Valley since it’s inception in 1960. The Dayton Opera is one prong of the three-pronged Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, which also includes the Dayton Ballet & Philharmonic. It all began when a group of opera-loving locals met in December to discuss the region’s lack of a genuine professional opera company.

History of the Dayton Opera

  • The Dayton Opera performed its first season in 1961-62.
  • It was formally incorporated in 1962. Since then, Dayton’s audiences have grown from 3,000 in its first season to over 20,000 souls!
  • Dayton Opera’s founder Lester Freedman led the young opera company for 20 years, producing memorable nights for opera-goers in Dayton Downtown’s Memorial Hall.
  • In 2003, Dayton Opera moved from its long-time home of Memorial Hall to the Benjamin and Marian Performing Arts Center.
  • The move has enabled the company to produce bigger and better productions in a modern, acoustically superior theater.

We get excited about outstanding auditoriums here. They are the cornerstone of a memorable audience experience!

The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

Also known to Daytonians as the Schuster Center, this fantastic venue is two separate structures – a performing arts center and an office/condominium tower. Per their website, “The performing arts center serves as the focal point of the facility and includes the Mead Theatre, the Mathile Theatre, and Citilites restaurant and bar. Performance Place, the office/condo tower attached to the Schuster Center, rises 224 feet from the sidewalk…”

The Mead Theatre is the heart and soul of the facility, and it’s home of fantastic performing arts venues, including our beloved Dayton Opera. This state-of-the-art facility accommodates an audience of 2,300, who attend to see a diverse selection of artists from opera to ballet, orchestral performances and more.

The audience experience begins Architect Cesar Pelli’s design intended to feel like an evening outside, under the starry skies. Cool blues and orange-reds of the interior reach the domed ceiling. There, circles of fiber optic lights depict the Dayton sky precisely as it looked on December 16, 1903, when the eve of the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

A close focus on acoustics enhances this unique audience experience. As per their website, world-renowned planning and design consultants created a close, intimate setting for the audience. The last row is only 120 feet from the stage!

Seating options include:

  • orchestra
  • loge (also known as box seating)
  • upper balconies
  • lower balconies

Such a stunning venue has attracted world-famous performers from diverse backgrounds and genres!

Noteworthy Artists

Numerous performance artists have graced the Dayton Opera with their amazing performances. Some opera legends they’ve hosted include:

Whether attending a world-class performance or spending a night out with local musicians, Dayton’s audience enjoys one of the most beautiful theaters built in modern history!

Audience Experience Matters

Classical musicians and performing artists make up the lion’s share of our program book clients here at Onstage. We know theater-goers are thrilled to experience a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they go to a production by the Dayton Opera. And for that, we salute them!

Our purpose is to present audiences with incredibly high-quality program books. The audience learns about the organization, the performers, and the history of the performance they’re about to experience. Program books are cherished tokens of an adventurous night out. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about luxury program book publications with Onstage!

Related Reading & Resources: Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

Here at Onstage we get to work with amazing artists and outstanding performance arts venues. Some of the venues we serve are historic treasures, others are modern masterpieces of architecture and design. Only a few are the stuff of fairy tales!

We believe Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is one of these. It may be the most enchanting venue we serve. Its story has everything a fairy tale should: a prince and princess fall in love at first sight, tragedy strikes, and their love lives on forever at the Caramoor estate.

It Begins With The Love Story of Walter & Lucie Rosen

Walter Rosen was a successful international banker, art collector, and musician. He met Lucie Bigelow Dodge in July 1914, at her parents’ summer home in Québec. Lucie was a talented musician hailing from a prominent New York family. It was love at first sight and they married six short weeks later!

Walter and Lucie shared the same interest in the performing arts and made a fairy tale life together. In 1915 their son was born, Walter; and two years later their daughter Anne.

The wealthy couple was popular in high society and they naturally began hosting musical social evenings for their friends. These events were legendary!

Many of their social contacts were involved in the arts: sculptors, painters, directors, actors, composers, musicians… They loved to entertain!

The Rosens decided in 1928 that time had come to purchase an estate where they could summer. The estate they chose, Caramoor, was over 100 acres and provided the Rosen family a place to play tennis, ride horses, create music and art, and entertain friends.

Tragedy Strikes

As with any fairy tale, tragedy struck the Rosen family in 1944. Per the Caramoor website their son “Young Walter” had graduated from Harvard, and then Yale. Shortly after graduating, Germany was at war and Young Walter felt he needed to participate. “He volunteered for the Royal Canadian Air Force, before the US involvement, and was stationed in England. On August 16, 1944, returning to England from a successful mission over Germany, his plane crashed and Walter died two days later of his wounds.”

The Estate Thus Bequeathed

It was after this tragedy that Walter and Lucie chose to bequeath the estate as a center for music and performing arts, in loving memory of Young Walter.

Notable Dates

  • In 1946 the first public concert was held in Young Walter’s memory in The Music Room.
  • In 1958 the Venetian Theater was inaugurated with a performance by the contralto Marian Anderson.

Several Venues in One Sprawling Location

Every visit to the Caramoor will feel like a new experience to the audience, in part due to the variety of indoor and outdoor performance areas. Caramoor is home to:

  • The Venetian Theater
  • The Spanish Courtyard
  • The Music Room
  • The Sunken Garden
  • Friends Field

The Rosen Legacy Continues

The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen; it is an undying representation of their love for each other and their children. It is more than just a theater, a garden and a museum of their life experiences, though all of these things are a part of it. It is a physical legacy that can be enjoyed by generations, who get a chance to appreciate music and art in a completely unique setting.

Walter Rosen realized his dream of creating a place to entertain people from all around the world. The Rosen family’s legendary love of family, and of music and art became this immortal venue and is celebrated today at the Summer Music Festival, now held yearly at Caramoor.

Tangible Love the Audience Can Feel

Caramoor’s history is steeped in romance, and audience members can feel that loving vibe everywhere they go on these extensive grounds. We adore this venue because that romantic feeling is truly carried over to the audience experience, making every performance so much more unique and memorable.

If you’d like to read about our other amazing venues check out our blog, and don’t hesitate to contact us for program book advertising at amazing venues like this one.

At Onstage Publications we create high-end program books for luxury performance artists and their venues. In our ongoing blog series dedicated to these amazing people and places, we turn our eyes to Billings, Montana.

Join the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO & C) live at the Lincoln Center in Billings, MT for their historic 69th season! The Lincoln Center is not the usual home of BSO & C, but a temporary change of home isn’t enough to set back these professionals!

Per music director Anne Harrigan “This year [they] will present one of the most exciting seasons in the history of the orchestra as [they] start the ramp-up to the reopening of the Alberta Bair Theater.”

The 2019-2020 Fall / Winter Season Highlights

With tremendous variety in performance art ranging from Gershwin to Stravinsky, and from Celtic to West Side Story, this year’s BSO & C programs are certain to excite the imagination of Billings’ diverse audience.

We are especially excited to hear about the Celtic Christmas concert on December 21, 2019. “Back by popular demand, award-winning Jeremy Kittel, Billings’ favorite fiddler, violinist, and Celtic-influenced composer, is bringing some friends to celebrate the Holiday season.”

More visiting Irish-style artists include guitarist Quinn Bachand; Cillian Vallely, the uilleann pipes and low whistle player and traditional Irish dancing performers.

But beyond their delightful variety of programs, we admire BSO & C most for their community enrichment programs.

Community Involvement

The BSO & C is a community jewel in Billings. Their “Explore Music!” programs are known to reach into the ears and hearts of children, adults and senior citizens every year. While the entire list of their programs is far too extensive to list here, some of our favorite community events include:

For Families

  • The Annual Family Concert: Free tickets make this event family-friendly! Every year it is the same evening as Adventures in Music day (below).
  • Adventures in Music Day:(AiM) offers everyone the chance to try their hand playing various symphony instruments. They also get to hear the BSO&C musicians play and meet them in person!
  • Symphony in the Park:(SiP) is a chance for the Billings community to enjoy some symphony under that big blue Montana sky! There is family fun for everyone, including concessions and an “instrument petting zoo” so everyone can get hands-on with the performance.

For Our Elders

  • The Senior Series: Takes place at seniors memory care facilities, retirement homes and assisted living facilities all over Billings.

For the Youth

  • Musicians in the Community: Per the SPO & C website “musicians use music to begin an open dialogue with students about symphonic music to those attending after school programs. The Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, and Friendship House are just a few after school programs the BSO&C visits each year.”
  • Musicians in Schools: Billings area students grades K-12 and local college students learn about instruments, and discuss music as a vocation with the musicians.

Onstage Publications For Artists, Fans, and Advertisers

At Onstage Publications our role is to design and publish stunning program books that will be cherished by performance arts fans all around the United States. For performance artists, we attempt to capture their personal artistic flair and bring that to the audience with a tangible book they can enjoy for years.

For our advertisers, we go beyond the traditional program books by offering digital signage at venues and Artspac, our direct mail performing arts newsletter. If you’d like to learn more about a program book for your own performance art group or venue, or learn about advertising directly in Billings and beyond, contact us today!

Related Reading & Resources:

Onstage Publications Program Book: The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale 2019-2020

Billings Gazette: Lincoln Center Has Shaped Education in Billings for 130 Years

Rather than a single venue, we decided to honor The Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and several venues they play in the Hampton Roads Region.

The VSO is performing its 99th season this fall, 2019! Congratulations!

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra: They’re All About Community

The VSO is a regional treasure in the Hampton Roads area. We love them because the Symphony does a ton of local community outreach work and supports musical education in Virginia. This year they will enhance the musical learning experience of more than 25,000 students in 11 different school districts.

But their efforts aren’t limited to reaching the young. This year they’ll be serving their Virginia community elders with a “Generations in Unison” initiative, performing specifically to enhance the lives of the elderly and those affected with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

We also love the fact that they offer free concerts for the community. Sometimes the public is welcome to join in! For instance, every September the VSO hosts a free “Comm-UNITY Play-In and Sing-Along”, with music for all levels of performers and singers to join.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Conductors

JoAnn Falletta

According to the VSO website “JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of American symphonic music…she has been praised by The Washington Post as having ‘Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.’

She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras, many in the United States but also in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. It is under her direction that the VSO has been able to enter a multinational recording agreement; performing classics, pops and family concert series in Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Newport News.

Maestro Falletta is serving her final year with VSO, who is currently searching for her successor. No one has yet been announced as her replacement.

Chorusmaster/Staff Conductor

Robert Shoup

This is Shoup’s 22nd season as Chorus Master and Staff Conductor at VSI. Shoup’s choruses have been called “enthralling” and “completely mesmerizing.”  Per the VSO “His national and international conducting credits include the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, ensembles from the Prague Radio Orchestra and Czech State Philharmonic, and numerous choral ensembles.”

The Venues:

Previously our blogs focused on the details and history of specific venues. But the VSO seems to perform everywhere in their region. And we love them for it! Below is a list of their various venues, and you can see their full concert schedule here.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will be performing at these locations for the 2019 – 2020 fall/winter season:


  • Chrysler Hall
  • Harrison Opera House

Virginia Beach 

  • Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
  • Regent University


  • Crosswalk Community Church
  • Phi Beta Kappa Hall (at the College of William & Mary)
  • Saint Bede Catholic Church
  • Jamestown High School

Newport News

  • First Baptist Church
  • Ferguson Center for the Arts

At Onstage Publications our business centers around luxury program books. Illustrious organizations like the VSO do more than perform classical music. They reach into communities and uplift their neighbors. We are proud to create excellent opportunities for our advertisers to get their name in front of this broad audience, via program books at all of these venues, over and over again for an entire season.

If you’d like to hear more about program book advertising in the Hampton Roads Region with VSO contact us today!

Related Reading & Resources:

Virginia Symphony Orchestra 2019-2020 Program Book

Virginia Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019 Program Book Ed 1

Virginia Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019 Program Book Ed 2

Onstage works with some amazing venues across the U.S. and we are very proud of this, to say the least.  Today we bring to you The Carol Bush Emeny Performance Hall at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, in Amarillo, Texas!

Here at Onstage Publications, we publish high-end program books for luxury venues all over the nation! Some of them are historic jewels of Americana boasting a century-old tradition of classical entertainment, while others are fresh new auditoriums that represent the state-of-the-art modern design. The Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo, Texas is one of the latter!

Venue History

The Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Carol Bush Emeny Performance Hall which houses The Amarillo SymphonyThe Amarillo Opera, the Lone Star Ballet and a variety of unique special events every year. According to The Amarillo Symphony website “The $30 million facility opened in January 2006… [and was] constructed by the Dallas office of Hunt Construction Group, while the architectural design was by New York City firm Holzman Moss Architecture, LLP.”

Fundraising Efforts

$30 million to build a theater is no small sum! Fundraising for such a large auditorium occurred over several years leading up to the groundbreaking. Major fundraising efforts include:

  • Carol Bush Emeny’s 1999 fundraiser raised $12 million.
  • Then in 2003, William S. Morris III, chairman of Morris Communications (the parent company of the Amarillo Globe-News) donated $3 million.

The Building

Hunt Construction Group, Inc. broke ground and cleared the way on an empty lot in downtown Amarillo in August of 2003. The building’s three-levels contains administrative offices, dressing rooms, and staging areas. A stunning glass curtain wall on the east side of the building makes a visual representation to the audience of sunrise over Palo Duro Canyon.

Amazing Features Set This Luxury Venue Apart

The 1,300 seat theater was meticulously modeled after the natural features of Amarillo and the Texas panhandle. It is unlike any other theater on the planet. At Onstage Publications we know that unique design is essential to the audience experience. Both the aesthetic appearance and acoustic qualities impact audience appreciation for the show.

Beyond being an Amarillo landmark, it is equipped with a one-of-a-kind orchestra shell that can retract into the upstage area. The performance hall features a hydraulic orchestra pit and a sprung dance floor.

Looking backstage, artists have access to a multitude of dressing rooms. Artists can relax in single rooms or group together in large cast rooms. There are private showers, laundry and a considerably sized green room for performers.

An Outstanding Audience Experience

From the moment they enter the Globe-News Center, guests experience a stunning, modern three-level lobby. Floors 1 and 2 enter into the orchestra level seats and the top floor leads to balcony seating to overlook the stage.

The pre-show experience is a big part of the overall performance art evening. This is the part of the evening when friends in society will reunite and socialize, sip a cocktail and catch up with one another. It’s every bit as important to the evening as the show itself. Open, airy lobbies like this one are ideal for marketing via digital signage (brought to you by Onstage Productions, of course!)

Here at Onstage, our business is getting your business in front of the wealthy. We offer luxury event program book advertising, digital signage at high-end venues, and Artspac, our direct mail product that reaches fans of the performing arts in their homes. Check out our blog for more awesome marketing ideas, and contact us to learn more!


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Amarillo Civic Center List of Events

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