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CCM’s 2014-15 Season Brochure Now Available Online

201415CCMSeasonBrochureCoverFINALGet swept away by CCM’s 2014-15 Performance Season.

For nearly 150 years, our performing and media arts events have served as the first steps of a journey that eventually takes our students far beyond the CCM Village. You can be a part of that journey this year as our talented young artists and accomplished faculty members present nearly 60 major concert and theatre productions designed to move your senses, your sensibilities and your soul.

Join us for a season that will set our “rising stars” on a path to some of the most renowned stages in the world. The season is yours. Get swept away.

Download a digital copy of CCM’s 2014-15 brochure, and plan your journey today. Physical copies are also available at the CCM Box Office.

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

For more details about CCM’s 2014-15 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM Announces Initial Concert Schedule for 2014-15

CCM is pleased to announce initial details on its 2014-15 Concert Series. From J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart to Leonard Bernstein and Ray Charles, CCM’s student ensembles, faculty artists and guest performers will traverse the breadth and depth of the performing arts in this dynamic series of events.

Encompassing over 50 different concerts, this series begins with a performance by the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet with legendary guest artist Menahem Pressler on Sept. 9, 2014, and concludes with a number of performances by CCM’s Preparatory Department running May 1 – 9, 2015.

Other highlights of CCM’s 2014-15 concert series include:

  • a performance of Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Timothy Lees and Ilya Finkelshteyn,
  • choral concerts celebrating the Shakespearean Quadricentennial,
  • a Wind Orchestra tribute to Leonard Bernstein,
  • a guest artist recital by renowned German countertenor Andreas Scholl,
  • a joint faculty artist recital by CCM’s two Naumburg gold medalists Awadagin Pratt and Soyeon Kate Lee,
  • a rare stateside performance by the Cambridge-based Academy of Ancient Music,
  • jazz concerts celebrating the music of Ray Charles and Duke Ellington,
  • a guest artist recital by renowned pianist Stephen Hough co-presented with the Xavier University Classical Piano Series,
  • a CCM Ballet Ensemble production of Stravinsky’s Les Noces,
  • and much more!

Several perennial favorites are also returning this season, including the Feast of Carols holiday concert, the Steel Drum Band’s annual performance, the 18th PRISM showcase and the 10th installment of PIANOPALOOZA, which celebrates the piano concerti of Rachmaninoff.

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CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival Presents Momoro Ono in Concert on Feb. 11

CCM presents guest artist Momoro Ono in concert on Feb. 11, 2014.

CCM presents guest artist Momoro Ono in concert on Feb. 11, 2014.

CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival proudly presents guest artist Momoro Ono in a free concert performance at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

A Professor of Piano at Creighton University (and brother of UC President Santa J. Ono, PhD), Ono is scheduled to perform Brahms’ Caconne von J. S. Bach; Haydn’s Sonata in F Major, Hob. XVI:23; Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16; and Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka.

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CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival Presents Guest Artist Dror Biran in Concert on Feb. 9

CCM welcomes guest artist Dror Biran as part of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

CCM welcomes guest artist Dror Biran as part of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

CCM welcomes guest artist Dror Biran for a FREE concert performance as part of the 2014 Bearcat Piano Festival at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Biran will perform J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825; James Wilding’s Legend: A Homage to Robert Schumann; Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3; and Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58.

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CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival Presents 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya in Concert on Feb. 8

World Piano Competition : Gold winner Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain performs during The World Piano Competition in the final round in the Corbett Auditorium Theater at the College Conservatory of Music on the University of Cincinnati campus. Courtesy of Enquirer Media.

World Piano Competition : Gold winner Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain performs during The World Piano Competition in the final round in the Corbett Auditorium Theater at the College Conservatory of Music on the University of Cincinnati campus. Courtesy of Enquirer Media.

CCM proudly presents 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano FestivalTickets for this performance are on sale now.

This concert marks the first time in the history of the World Piano Competition that the winner is presented in a public recital. You can listen to CCM Piano Department Chair Awadagin Pratt speak to the novelty of this exciting performance courtesy of Cincinnati Public Radio here.

Prjevalskaya will perform Debussy’s Preludes Book II, along with the following works by Rachmaninoff:

  • Etude-Tableau in D Minor, Op. 33, No. 4
  • Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42
  • Etude-Tableau in C-sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 8
  • Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 32, No. 13

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Bearcat Piano Festival Welcomes Guest Artist Boris Slutsky Tonight

CCM welcomes guest artist Boris Slutsky in concert on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

CCM welcomes guest artist Boris Slutsky in concert on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

This evening, CCM presents acclaimed guest artist Boris Slutsky in concert as part of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Tickets for this performance are on sale now.

Now the Piano Department Chair at Peabody Conservatory, Slutsky was also a mentor to 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya.

Slutsky will perform Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K. 511; Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16; and Chopin’s Barcarolle, Op. 60; Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 7; Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 10, No. 4; Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2; and Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61.

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Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock Returns to the CCM Stage This Evening

Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock returns to CCM for the Bearcat Piano Festival.

Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock returns to CCM for the Bearcat Piano Festival.

This evening, CCM welcomes back Professor Emeritus of Piano Frank Weinstock for the opening concert of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival! Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, this performance is free and open to the general public.

Weinstock will perform Beethoven’s Alla ingharese quasi un Capriccio, Op. 129 (“Rage Over a Lost Penny”), Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960.

About Frank Weinstock
American Frank Weinstock has had a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator. His appearances as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician have taken him throughout the United States, as well as to South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. As concerto soloist, Mr. Weinstock has appeared with such conductors as Jesús López-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, Jorge Mester, Gunther Schuller, Markand Thakar and Luthero Rodrigues. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weinstock has performed with the Tokyo and American String Quartets, Leonard Rose, Larry Combs, Glen Dicterow, the Percussion Group Cincinnati and with members of the Guarneri, LaSalle, Manhattan and Berkshire Quartets.

Frank Weinstock is Professor Emeritus of Piano at CCM where he taught for 31 years until his retirement in 2011; towards the end of that time, he also served as that school’s associate dean and interim dean. He is featured in Benjamin Saver’s book, The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA. His current and former students hail from six continents, and are themselves prominent performers, competition winners, recording artists and professors at universities around the world. Mr. Weinstock has been a member of the performing faculties at the Aspen and Eastern Music Festivals, the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), and has been a juror for many competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, Hilton Head and Virginia Waring International Piano Competitions, as well as the Canadian Music Competition and the American Pianists Association Competition.

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Cincinnati Public Radio, Cincinnati Enquirer and Gramophone Magazine Preview CCM’s February Performances

The latest installment of WVXU’s Around Cincinnati features a number of upcoming CCM performances! First up, guest artist D. Lynn Meyers gives Jim Stump a preview of this week’s Mainstage Production of Metamorphoses (Feb. 5 – 9). You can listen to their full conversation here.

Later on in the program, Brian O’Donnell speaks with CCM faculty members Awadagin Pratt and Michael Chertock about the Bearcat Piano Festival and Pianopalooza (Feb. 6 – 16). You can listen to the interview here.

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s list of Top Arts Picks for February is also filled with CCM happenings, including the Bearcat Piano Festival, Metamorphoses, and Les Misérables (Feb. 27 – March 9). Read the full preview here.

Even Gramophone Magazine’s latest podcast features an upcoming CCM performance, as James Jolly speaks with guest artist Gerald Finley about his current tour with pianist Julius Drake, which comes to CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on Feb. 5! You can download the podcast here.

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CCM Presents a Plethora of Piano Performances This February

CCMWinter2014PianoPerformancesCCM will celebrate the art of the piano with a series of special events this February. The fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival presents master classes and guest artist concerts from Feb. 6 – 11 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and the Mary Emery Hall Master Classroom, followed by the ninth edition of CCM’s Pianopalooza showcase at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Corbett Auditorium.

Launched in 2010 by CCM’s Piano Department Chair Awadagin Pratt, the Bearcat Piano Festival has grown into a veritable piano spectacular with several days of master classes and recitals by piano greats. This year’s Festival will feature a “Friends, Family and Favorites” theme:

  • Performances by “friends” include Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Louisville Dror Biran and University of Michigan doctoral student pianists.
  • The festival celebrates “family” as Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock returns to the CCM stage, while Momoro Ono – Juilliard graduate and brother of UC President Santa J. Ono – makes his CCM debut.
  • As for “favorites,” CCM presents performances by acclaimed pianist Boris Slutsky and 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya (who also studied with Slutsky). This will mark the first time in the history of the World Piano Competition that the winner is presented in a public recital.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Pianopalooza IX, directed by CCM’s Division of Keyboard Studies Head Michael Chertock, will include songs of love and romance. The program showcases spectacular student pianists and features special appearances by CCM faculty artists including Awadagin Pratt, James Tocco and Chertock himself. Pratt will perform music by Rachmaninoff, Tschaikovsky, Schumann and celebrated jazz pianist (and Cincinnati native) Fred Hersch. Tocco and Chertock will present selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Pianopalooza IX and the Bearcat Piano Festival promise to excite audiences with the beautiful sound and versatile styles that this popular and complex instrument has to offer — the perfect listening opportunity for music and keyboard enthusiasts of all ages.

Event Information
Please see individual listings below for additional information. The Boris Slutsky, Marianna Prjevalskaya and Pianopalooza IX concerts require paid admission. All other Bearcat Piano Festival events are free and open to the general public. All dates and programs are subject to change.

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CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival and Pianopalooza Showcase Return Feb. 6 – 16, 2014

CCM's 2014 Bearcat Piano Festival.

Next month, CCM celebrates the art of the piano with a star-studded series of master classes, guest artist concerts and more! Launched in 2010 by Piano Department Chair Awadagin Pratt, the 2014 Bearcat Piano Festival welcomes a plethora of visiting pianists this February, including:

The celebration culminates with the return of Pianopalooza on Feb. 16. In honor of the Valentine’s Day holiday, this year’s concert celebrates “Keys to Love and Romance!”

For a complete schedule of festival events and additional information, please visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/bearcatpianofestival. Some performances require paid admission.

Stay tuned for even more information about this exciting series of events!

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