An Evening with Eric Bates, Rachel Miller and Brandon Vitruls

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 at 7:00pm

Caffe Vivace
975 East McMillan Stree
Cincinnati, OH 45206

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Eric Bates — violin, Rachel Miller — harp, Brandon Vitruls — percussion

Eric Bates is the Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and most recently, Royal Albert Hall in London and The Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland.

Eric made his solo debut at the age of eight, performing the Violin Concerto in A Minor by Antonio Vivaldi with the Centenary Chamber Orchestra. Since then, he has appeared as soloist with The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Shreveport Symphony, The la Grande Symphony, The Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and The Starling Chamber Orchestra.

An active chamber musician, Eric has been a member of the Amicus Chamber Players, the Duvenck String Quartet, and is currently a member of the modern music ensemble Concert Nova.

An award-winning harpist, Rachel Miller is celebrated for her dynamic qualities as a soloist, active orchestral musician, and enthusiastic collaborator. She is the Principal Harpist of Kalamazoo Symphony and is an Associate Musician with Columbus Symphony Orchestra, playing Principal Harp for their 2019-2020 season. Rachel is engaged regularly by internationally acclaimed orchestras, including Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, traveling with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their Asia Tour in 2017. Rachel has been a prize winner at the Lyon & Healy Awards (2015), American Harp Society’s National Competition Advanced Division (2011), and American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Awards (2010). With experience across genres and disciplines, Rachel often shares the stage with names like Josh Groban, Evanescense & Lindsey Stirling, and is a member of the genre-defying harp duo, Beyond Pluck. An energetic educator, Rachel is a member of the Harp Faculty at Sewanee Summer Music Festival and maintains a vibrant harp studio both in Cincinnati, OH, and virtually. Rachel holds degrees from Michigan State University (Bachelor of Music) and University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (Master of Music and Artist Diploma).

Brandon Vitruls is a multi-instrumentalist from Cleveland, Ohio. Best known as the drummer for Cincinnati funk ensemble The New Royals, he has been performing with Cincinnati/Nashville harp duo Beyond Pluck, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Know Theatre, The Drama Workshop, and several other bands and local theatres in Cincinnati for over a decade.


Due to COVID 19 social distancing restrictions, we will be selling all shows by the table and not per person. A chart is provided below to help you choose your seat package since selling by the table isn't a feature of the reserved seating chart of Eventbrite.

For parties greater than 4 we may be able to place an extra table in a row or put you together in the standing area in the back, but you must call ahead to see if we have the availability for any given show to make it work.

$10 drink minimum charged per person in the party if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum.

Important Notice #1: If you do not check-in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund to you.

Important Notice #2: All persons entering the cafe must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. 

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