Join historic preservationist and Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) board member Thea Tjepkema as she presents details, research methods and surprising discoveries about the recent restoration and revitalization of Cincinnati’s Music Hall. She’ll also speak about her ongoing research and future SPMH plans for restoration projects on this National Historic Landmark and Cincinnati architectural icon.
The program will begin with a welcome by Peter E. Koenig, SPMH President, and Ms. Tjepkema will be introduced by her husband, conductor of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, John Morris Russell.
Photographer and Assistant Principal Bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Matthew Zory will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of his book Through the Lens: The Remaking of Cincinnati’s Music Hall. Zory spent 16 months chronicling the renovation with unprecedented access to the building.
6 pm reception/6:30 program
Free and open to the public.
Reservations required: 513-621-0717 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Thea Tjepkema:
Thea Tjepkema has a B.F.A. in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and M.A. in arts administration from The University of Akron. She has worked at several significant historic sites and museums, including the Jekyll Island Club National Historic District, GA; Lyndhurst Estate National Historic Site, NY; Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, National Historic Landmark, GA; Owens-Thomas House Museum, National Historic Landmark, GA; William Howard Taft National Historic Site, OH; Yosemite National Park Museum, CA; and served on the board of Willistead Manor, Ontario, Canada. She has been a volunteer in many capacities while raising two children, Jack (18) and Alma (16). Her husband, John Morris Russell, is conductor of the Cincinnati Pops; they met and married in historic Savannah, GA, in the 1990s. They both love Cincinnati Music Hall—its architecture, music, art, history, and the people, past and present, who made and continue to contribute to its enduring artistic legacy.
Founded in 1987 and achieving non-profit status in 1992, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall operates as a member-driven organization directed by a volunteer board. Member contributions of funding and volunteer time enable SPMH to achieve its mission: to preserve, promote, improve, and provide education about Cincinnati Music Hall. Ms. Tjepkema chairs the Archive Committee and serves on the Tour and Education Committee as lead content curator. She enjoys developing and leading tours and lectures covering architecture and history. To learn more about the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall or schedule a SPMH volunteer guide talk or tour, please visit: www.spmhcincinnati.org