A talented cast of twenty-eight vocalists are joined by eighteen of the region's finest jazz musicians and renowned guest artists to provide a memorable evening celebrating the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, in her centennial year. Your favorite American songbook classics are presented to tell the story of Ella's extraordinary life in this Hollywood Style Revue! The show features celebrated jazz artist Mandy Gaines, Steve Schmidt on piano, the Grand Night All-Star Big band accompanied by strings from the Department of Music, with choreography by Jay Goodlett, and directed by Benjamin Smolder .














The event is sponsored by the William E. Schmidt Foundation and the Miami Parent's Fund.


Meet Guest Artist Mandy Gaines!



"A stunning show that transported us back to the golden age of entertainment."


"Such spellbinding harmonies from the chorus and the band was phenomenal!"


The show will include new arrangements of American standards made famous by Ella Fitzgerald including Take the A-Train, It's All Right with Me, Miss Otis Regrets, That Old Black Magic, Cheek to Cheek, My Funny Valentine, Mack the Knife, and many others. Secure your tickets today for this special event!


Miami Opera Theater


Miami Opera is an important part of the rich and diverse musical experiences that Miami University has to offer.  Miami music majors have the opportunity to assume leadership positions in every part of production.  Opera Auditions and sponsored events are open to all of the student body.

Contact Information:


Benjamin Smolder, Director

109 Presser Hall

501 South Patterson Avenue

Oxford, OH 45056

Telephone (513) 529-3079

Fax  (513) 529-3027