Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Curt spent his formative years in Davenport, Iowa and Renton, Washington before returning to his roots in the Queen City.
Curt graduated with honors from Xavier University in 2002, receiving a BA in both Comparative Literature and Electronic Media. Curt graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an MA in English in 2006 and with an MS in Business Administration: Marketing in 2008.
A published poet, music critic, screen-writer, photographer, graphic designer, and journalist, Curt’s work has also been printed within the pages of The Athenaeum, The McMicken Magazine, CinWeekly, Portfolio, PAUSE Magazine, UC Magazine, Milk Money Magazine, and The Communiqué. He recently received the Gold Medal for Excellence in Feature Writing for a Series by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V for his feature in the May 2009 issue of UC Magazine entitled "Medical musician uses voice to heal."
Curt has served as the Advertising Manager and Public Information Officer for the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music since 2007. He shares a Zodiac-sign with Bob Dylan, bears a vague resemblance to Steve McQueen, and has a terrible addiction to coffee and pop culture.
When a theater educator succeeds, it’s usually the students who get the applause. But once a year the Cincinnati theater community gives a great big standing ovation to a few area teachers who inspire excellence on and off their school stages. Working long hours, out of the spotlight, these committed men and women foster collaborative creativity in all its forms, maintain vibrant educational theater programs in tough budgetary times, and produce graduates with a lifelong love of the performing arts — and the skills and values they’ll need to succeed in any field they choose.
CCM’s own Diane Kvapil received one of two Enquirer/Fifth Third Bank Theater Educator Awards presented this year; the other went to Lisa Bodollo of Mother of Mercy High School (Theater Educator Award Winner). The Acclaim Educator Winner, Kvapil has taught at CCM since 1977. Both Kvapil and Bodollo will receive a financial award for their schools’ theater programs.
Beginning this evening and running through Sunday, Feb. 13, CCM’s Mainstage Series of Operas, Dramas and Musicals presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Mark Lyons provides us with a preview slideshow.
Extremely limited tickets are still available for our matinee performances. Learn more about the production at ccm.uc.edu.
The Acclaim Awards smiled twice upon the CCM’s studio production of A Little Night Music, recommending the show and rewarding it with nominations for its musical director Anthony De Angelis and supporting actress Michelle Berkowitz.
The CCM Preparatory Department is proud to present the world premiere adaptation of The Last Dragon of Camelot, a musical adapted for young actors, March 18 – 20. The authors of the musical are Alyn Cardarelli, a graduate of The Second City Training Center and co-founder of Emerald City Theatre, Chicago’s largest theatre dedicated to families and Steve Goers, a versatile musician and performer who is a faculty member of the CCM Musical Theatre department. Cardarelli and Goers have revised the original show specifically for the CCM Prep Department Theatre Arts program by rewriting songs and script appropriate for middle school actors and singers.
CCM’s Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music, James Tocco, performs with special guests the Amernet String Quartet from Florida International University tonight, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Werner Recital Hall. The program will feature the Taneyev Piano Quintet and more. Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. The concert is free and open to the general public.
CCM E-Media had a surprise guest yesterday afternoon in the form of the one and only Jerry Springer. Springer was visiting UC’s campus and, drawn by Walter E. Bartlett’s name on the Walter and Marilyn Bartlett Television Production Center, decided to take a tour of our Electronic Media facilities.
Soprano Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, a student in CCM’s DMA Voice program, appears on an upcoming episode of NPR’s From The Top. The hit radio program features America’s best young classical musicians and is hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley. On the show, Jordheim performs three selections from Gordon Getty’s celebrated song cycle “The White Election,” accompanied by O’Riley. The episode airs nationally next week and locally on WGUC 90.9 FM at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. The episode was taped before a live audience at the Lincoln Theater Napa Valley on Jan. 23, 2011. Learn more about Jordheim after the jump!