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CCM Faculty, Alumni and Programs Make Headlines This Summer

CCM continues to make headlines! See what the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Variety and more are saying about our faculty members, our alumni and our academic programs:

GABRIELLE-master675CCM Musical Theatre alumna Gabrielle Stravelli (BFA, 2001) received a glowing write-up in this Monday’s issue of the New York Times, with critic Stephen Holden calling her recent performance at the Metropolitan Room “intoxicating” and proclaiming that she, “recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime.” Stravelli next performs at the Metropolitan Room on July 29 and 31. Read the review here.

WorldsFairPlayFestivalThe New York Times also featured the World’s Fair Play Festival at the Queens Theater as its “Critics’ Pick” this week. A presentation of 10 original 10-minute long plays inspired by the 1939 and 19647 World’s Fairs, the festival has several notable CCM ties, with CCM Assistant Professor of Drama Brant Russell serving as a producer and director of the festival and Sarah Vargo (BFA, 2014) working as Assistant Director. Todd Almond (BM, 1999) was commissioned to write one of the festival’s new plays. The World’s Fair Play Festival runs through Sunday, July 27, 2014. Read the review here.

COUPLED2AC7867C7-CBDA-0EE2-860E9ACA54983621.jpg.pagespeed.ce.SnXKSdTksPCCM Drama alumna Diane Rogers (MFA) also received accolades this week for the new musical COUPLED. Rogers wrote the music, lyrics and book to COUPLED, which Broadway World deems a “must-see.” The show plays through Aug. 10 at the Jimmy Ferraro Studio Theatre in New Port Richey, Florida. Read the review here.

mickey-fischer-extantEarlier this month, Variety published an interview with Musical Theatre alumnus Mickey Fisher (BFA, 1995), whose show Extant is one of the summer’s most highly anticipated television events. Fisher wrote the script and will serve as an executive producer for Extant, a futuristic thriller produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for CBS with Halle Berry starring. Read the feature here.

AChorusLineThe Times-Picayue recently profiled CCM faculty members Diane Lala and Robert Pavlovich in a feature on Tulane’s Summer Lyric Theatre production of A Chorus Line. Lala directed and choreographed this critically acclaimed production, which starred Pavlovich as formidable stage director Zach. Fellow CCM faculty member Roger Grodsky provided musical direction. Read the feature here.

RoscoeCCM alumnus/composer Evan Mack (MM, 2005; DMA, 2008) and CCM alumnus/librettist Joshua McGuire (MM, 2005) are getting attention for their new opera, Roscoe, which received an Opera Saratoga workshop performance earlier in the summer. Last month, the Times Union profiled the opera, which is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy. Read the feature here.

EN-AB104_ORCHES_G_20140618101329Earlier this summer, CCM Prep’s New Horizons Orchestra was featured in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported on the growing popularity of ensembles for older players. Read the feature here.

See who else is making headlines by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/in-the-news.

CCM and the ‘La Calisto’ Connection

 

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Cincinnati Opera’s season continues this week with a production of Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto (July 17 – 27), a Baroque opera that has a long history with CCM.

Cincinnati Opera’s current production features a number of CCM alumni in the cast, including Michael Maniaci (BM, 1999) as Endymion, Nathan Stark (AD, 2009) as Sylvano, Andrew Garland (MM, 2002; AD, 2004) as Mercurio and Daniel Okulitch as Jove.

La Calisto drew limited audiences during its initial run of 11 performances in 1651. The long-forgotten opera was resurrected by British conductor Raymond Leppard at the 1970 Glyndebourne Festival. CCM actually mounted the American premiere of La Calisto in April of 1972, with a production conducted by Carmon DeLeone with stage direction by the Metropolitan Opera’s Henry Butler.

That production’s cast featured Barbara Daniels, Leigh Dodson, Tom Fox, Brad Liebl, Don Ronci and Nancy Stelling, amongst others. Photos from that 1972 production are featured in the slideshow above!

Learn even more about CCM’s connections to La Calisto courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Art of the Piano Concert Series Continues Tonight With Awadagin Pratt and Dennis Thurmond Joint Recital

CCM faculty member and World Piano Competition Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt.

CCM faculty member and World Piano Competition Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt.

CCM’s Art of the Piano summer festival and concert series continues at 7 p.m. this evening with a joint recital featuring Tai Chi of Improvisation author Dennis Thurmond and World Piano Competition Artistic Director (and CCM Artist-in-Residence) Awadagin Pratt.

Thurmond and Pratt’s program promises to be a true blending of genres, as the duo present the world premiere of “VII Structures” for two pianos, bass and percussion, which has influences from Bill Evans to Sergei Prokofiev to Keith Jarrett to Olivier Messiaen.

Pratt also promises that the concert will feature a rousing Fourth of July encore! Continue reading

Moye Chen Named Gold Medalist at the 2014 World Piano Competition

2014 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Moye Chen.

2014 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Moye Chen.

After a week of thrilling performances, Moye Chen has been named Gold Medalist of the 2014 World Piano Competition!

Feng Bian and Reed Tetzloff were named Co-Bronze Medalists during last Saturday’s Finals Round, which saw all three pianists perform with the world-renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about Chen below.

Although this year’s World Piano Competition may be over, the excitement continues through Saturday, July 12, with the Art of the Piano, a unique summer festival and concert series curated by WPC Artistic Director (and CCM Artist-in-Residence) Awadagin Pratt. Learn more by visiting ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/artofthepiano.

About Moye Chen
Moye Chen has performed extensively as a concert pianist in Asia and the United States. He has performed in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Finney Chapel, Benaroya Concert Hall, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall and the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Chen is a winner of many competitions, including Seattle, Heida Hermanns, and Buono and Bradshaw International Piano Competitions, Krannert Debut Artist Competition and Palatino Piano and Composition Competition. In addition, he was a recipient of the June and Charles Ross Fellowship Award in 2012 and 2013.

A native of Beijing, Chen began his piano study at the age of 7, and in 1997 he moved to Shanghai and had the great honor of performing during the ceremony of Macao’s return to China in 1999, broadcast by CCTV and SHTV. He has performed as a soloist with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra and Asian Ensemble Orchestra. Chen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Chen is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Illinois.

Tickets Still Available For Tonight’s World Piano Competition Finals!

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The Final Round of the 2014 World Piano Competition opens in less than two hours! Tickets are still available, so don’t miss your chance to see 2014 finalists Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen each perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! Who will take home the gold? Find out tonight!

This evening’s program includes Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Visit www.cincinnatiwpc.org/get-tickets for more information.

Pay-on-entry parking for this event is available on the University of Cincinnati campus in the CCM Garage for $8 (cash only).

Introducing the World Piano Competition’s 2014 Finalists

From left to right, WPC Executive Director Mark Ernster with this year's finalists: Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen.

From left to right, WPC Executive Director Mark Ernster with this year’s finalists: Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen.

Without further ado, we are delighted to introduce you to this year’s World Piano Competition finalists! Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen will each take the CCM stage with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the Finals Concert this Saturday, June 28. Learn more about all three finalists by visiting www.cincinnatiwpc.org/index.

Tetzloff, Bian and Chen will compete for a total of $45,000 in prize money as well as a debut recital in New York City. These are sure to be some of the most impassioned and inspiring performances of the summer. Last year’s WPC Finals Concert sold out, so don’t miss out; purchase your tickets today!

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The Art of the Piano Summer Festival and Concert Series Returns to CCM Village June 27 – July 12

Bearcat Piano Festival organizer Awadagin Pratt.

CCM faculty member and World Piano Competition Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt.

This summer, some of the world’s most sought-after piano performers and pedagogues are in residence at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. For the next two weeks, CCM proudly presents the Art of the Piano workshop and concert series, curated by CCM faculty member and World Piano Competition Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt.

This year’s festival welcomes master teachers Ning An, Enrico Elisi, Hee Sung Joo, Gabriel Kwok, Myong-joo Lee, Yoshikazu Nagai, Andrey Pisarev and Ory Shihor. Several of these guest artists will present special event concerts during the festival in CCM’s beautiful Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

The concert series opens at 7 p.m. this Friday, June 27, with a performance by World Piano Competition Jury Member Andrey Pisarev.

Flex ticket packages are available for this year’s Art of the Piano Special Event Concerts featuring Pisarev, Hee Sung Joo, Enrico Elisi, Dennis Thurmond and Awadagin Pratt. All student recitals are free and open to the general public. See below for more information. Continue reading

World Piano Competition Announces 2014 Semifinalists

The World Piano Competition's 2014 Semifinalists: Anastasiya Naplekova, Sung-Soo Cho, Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian, Moye Chen and Sangyoung Kim.

The World Piano Competition’s 2014 Semifinalists: Anastasiya Naplekova, Sung-Soo Cho, Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian, Moye Chen and Sangyoung Kim.

Six pianists have advanced to the semifinal rounds of the 2014 World Piano Competition!

From left to right, this year’s semifinalists are Anastasiya Naplekova, Sung-Soo Cho, Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian, Moye Chen and Sangyoung Kim.

Competition Semifinals run tonight and Thursday in Corbett Auditorium. Performances begin at 7 p.m. on both nights. Tickets are on sale for the semifinals and the June 28 Finals Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra by visiting www.cincinnatiwpc.org/get-tickets.

Learn more about this year’s semifinalists courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

CCM Video: Highlights from the Opening Day of the 2014 World Piano Competition

The 2014 World Piano Competition got underway yesterday, as 11 of the world’s finest pianists performed in the opening day of the Competition’s First Round. Above, you can enjoy early highlights featuring competitors Reed Tetzloff, Hyun ji You, Maria Fuller and Baron Fenwick.

The Competition resumes at 9 a.m. this morning and runs throughout the day, as 10 more artists compete for a spot in the Semi-Finals!

You can learn more about all of this year’s competitors by visiting www.cincinnatiwpc.org/2014-competitors.

Tickets for all round of the Competition, including this Saturday’s Finals Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, are on sale now through the CSO Box Office.

For prices and additional info, visit www.cincinnatiwpc.org/get-tickets.

CCM Professor Brett Scott Named Director of Cincinnati’s Musica Sacra Chorus

L. Brett Scott leading CCM's Chorale at the 2012 Moveable Feast gala event.

L. Brett Scott leading CCM’s Chorale at the 2012 Moveable Feast gala event.

We are happy to report that CCM Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting L. Brett Scott has been appointed as Music Director of Cincinnati’s Musica Sacra Chorus.

Scott was nominated by Dr. Helmut J. Roehrig, who founded Musica Sacra in 1965. Dr. Roehrig will now assume the title and duties of Music Director Emeritus, and will continue to be involved in some decision-making aspects of the Chorus.

Scott has been a faculty member at CCM since 2007. He conducts the CCM Chorale and the Opera D’Arte undergraduate operas, and is also director of Cincinnati Camerata.

He is currently Vice President of the National Collegiate Choral Association, and has conducted, taught and lectured in Canada, Portugal and Cuba as well as throughout the United States. At the recent 2013 Portugal International Choral Festival, he conducted the ESML Chamber Choir to Gold and a first place finish in their category. Continue reading