At the beginning of 2011, I met Tina Manchise and Tara Lindsey Gordon who had undertaken a venture which they called “The Requiem Project” to revive theEmery Theatre, a remarkable and historic space in downtown Cincinnati. Built in 1911, it was the home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1912 to 1936. The building’s history is palpable from the moment one enters. Luminaries to have graced its stage include Leopold Stokowski, George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa, Bette Davis, Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova to name a few.
These pictures are from my first visits to the Emery upon Tina and Tara’sinvitation in February 2011, at which time the theatre had been shuttered andunused for several years.
A highlight of working with The Requiem Project was the opportunity to documenta series of musical performances at the Emery. “The Emery Sessions,” one-shot, one-take videos filmed at the theatre includes performances by Bill Frisell, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Over the Rhine, Ralph Stanley and many more.You can see them here.
For more about the Emery Theatre and the Requiem Project: emerytheatre.com