Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in February

compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five free, fun things to do at Miami each month. We've highlighted five activities for February on Miami's Oxford and Regional campuses.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Illustrator/Designer David Terrill

Inaugural Regionals Alumni Masters Awardee 

2 p.m. Alumni Masters Series Lecture, 136/137 Johnston Hall, Middletown

d-terrill3 p.m. Award Reception, Miriam Knoll Community Center 

David Terrill will receive the Miami University Regionals Alumni & Students (MURALS) inaugural Alumni Masters Series Award. Terrill, assistant professor of illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute, began his studies in art at Miami Middletown. While a student, he was commissioned to create drawings of Middletown campus buildings and a composite watercolor of the campus, which was featured in MUM's 30th anniversary celebrations. He is also creative director of C3 Marketing and managing member of Sublime Apparatus, LLC.

Space is limited — please RSVP to Ruth Willis at (513) 727-3471 or email

cello-valentineTuesday, Feb. 14: Valentine Madness Recital

7:30 p.m.  Hall Auditorium,  Oxford

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of music with a “Valentine Madness” recital.  Faculty musicians Andrea Ridilla, oboe; William Albin, percussion; and Cole Tutino, cello, will perform works by Astor Piazzollo, the world’s foremost composer of tango music; Rogers' and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine”; and Vivaldi’s “Trio Sonata in G Minor; among others.

Monday, Feb. 20: Monday Night Music - Traditional Chinese Music by Ming Ke

ming-ke7 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

Join Cincinnati-area musician and pipa virtuoso Ming Ke for a belated Chinese New Year celebration. Ke is an interpreter of traditional and contemporary music for the pipa (Chinese lute) whose history dates from ca. 200 B.C. For this concert, she will perform traditional Chinese music played on traditional instruments and will share some historical background on the instruments and her music.

Ke has appeared as a soloist with principal orchestras in China, Japan, Spain and the United States. Her appearances in her adopted city of Cincinnati have included numerous solo concerts as well as performances with the Cincinnati Symphony, Pops and Chamber Orchestras.

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Celebrate the "Flavors of Carnival"

carnival 7-8:30 p.m. MacMillan Hall Lobby, Oxford

Come celebrate Latin American Carnival in MacMillan Hall. The Center for American and World Cultures presents “From the South to the North, a Carnival of Flavors.” With food, music, art and more — all are welcome. Also sponsored by Global Initiatives.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Bluegrass with Tony Hale and Blackwater

tony-hale6 p.m.  Verity Lodge, Middletown

Tony Hale — a Miami Middletown alumnus — returns with his Bluegrass band Blackwater. Enjoy traditional, high energy bluegrass music showcasing the musical talents of Bubba Griffith (bass), Brad Jessmer (banjo), Wayne Haddix (mandolin) and Evan Lanier and Tony Hale (guitar). Sponsored by the Miami Regionals Artist Series.

Light refreshments provided.