CCM Alumnus Andrew Hungerford Named Incoming Artistic Director of Cincinnati’s Know Theatre

CCM alumnus Andrew Hungerford.

CCM alumnus Andrew Hungerford.

CCM alumnus Andrew Hungerford (MFA ’05) was officially introduced as Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s incoming artistic director at a special meet-and-greet event last night (Feb. 12). Over the next few months, Hungerford will be working closely with Know Theatre’s current artistic director Eric Vosmeier to ensure a seamless transition.

A graduate of CCM’s Lighting Design and Technology program, Hungerford is also a stage director, playwright, actor, scenic designer and sound designer.

He has served as Know Theatre’s scenic and lighting designer for the past seven seasons and scenic and lighting designer for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for the last four seasons. He also spent eight seasons as lighting designer for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

You can learn more about Hungerford’s new position courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer here and Cincinnati CityBeat here.

CCM’s Preparatory Department Celebrates 35 Years of Cincinnati Junior Strings

Cincinnati Junior Strings founding maestro Gerald “Gerry” Doan.

Cincinnati Junior Strings founding maestro Gerald “Gerry” Doan.

CCM’s Preparatory Department (CCM Prep) celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Cincinnati Junior Strings ensemble with a winter concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Muntz Theater. This special event will honor recently retired Cincinnati Junior Strings founder Gerald Doan and new director Rachel Bierkan.

The 43 talented string students performing in this orchestra range in age from 9 – 14 years old. Under the direction of Bierkan, Jennifer Cox and Betty Anne Gottlieb, they will perform a variety of classical works, many arranged by Doan specifically for the Cincinnati Junior Strings!

Alumni of of the Cincinnati Junior Strings are encouraged to attend the Dec. 15 concert and perform with the orchestra. A reception will follow the performance, and both the concert and reception are free and open to the public.

Donations will be accepted for the Doan Scholarship Fund, which recognizes an outstanding member of Cincinnati Junior Strings. For further information about the event, please contact Amy Dennison, Assistant Dean and Director of CCM Prep at 513-556-946.

You can learn more about the Dec. 15 concert courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

CCM Alums in NBC’s Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

NBC's 'The Sound of Music'The hills will be alive with the sound of CCM alumnae during this evening’s live television broadcast of The Sound of Music on NBC! The Carrie Underwood-starring musical features a number of former CCM students in its cast, including Ashley Brown, Nikki Renee Daniels and Adrienne Danrich!

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand recently spoke with Danrich about her role in the TV event. Read the interview online here.

Read about The Sound of Music‘s other Cincinnati connections courtesy of the Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter here.

The Sound of Music airs live at 8/7c tonight (Thursday, Dec. 5) on the NBC network. You can learn more about the broadcast by visiting NBC.com and view the complete cast list courtesy of Broadway World.

In Memoriam: Former CCM Dean Douglas Lowry

University of Rochester Eastman School of Music Dean Emeritus Douglas Lowry in the Wolk atrium of Eastman Theatre on October 19, 2010. Photography by  J. Adam Fenster (University of Rochester).

University of Rochester Eastman School of Music Dean Emeritus Douglas Lowry in the Wolk atrium of Eastman Theatre on October 19, 2010. Photography by J. Adam Fenster (University of Rochester).

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Douglas Lowry, who served as Dean of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music from 2000 through 2007. In August of that year, Lowry became the sixth head of the Eastman School of Music. He stepped down from that role last month due to health reasons.

“It is with great sadness that I let you know that Doug Lowry has passed,” CCM Dean Peter Landgren said in a message to the CCM family this morning. “Those of you who worked with Doug know him very directly and honestly. Since I did not have the pleasure of working with Doug, my window into him is more limited than yours, yet I saw him as a strong leader, a compassionate and creative individual and someone who had a good sense of humor combined with a good sense of self. My thoughts and prayers are not only with his family but with those of you who called him a friend and colleague.”

Click here to view the official statement from the University of Rochester.

The Cincinnati Enquirer remembers Douglas Lowry here.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Kodak Hall at the Eastman School. Gifts in his memory may be directed to the Douglas Lowry Fund for Musical Excellence, University of Rochester Office of Gift and Donor Records, 300 E. River Road, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester, N.Y., 14627.

Preview CCM’s 2013-14 Mainstage Season in Today’s ‘Cincinnati Enquirer’

CCM presents 'The Threepenny Opera.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

Photography by Mark Lyons.

Pick up today’s edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer for an exclusive first-look at our monumental 2013-14 Mainstage Series!

Read the story online here!

Visit ccm.uc.edu tomorrow to learn even more about next year’s must-see lineup of opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

CCM Slideshows: The Magic Flute

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CCM’s acclaimed 2012-13 Mainstage Series comes to a close this week with a colorful new production of Mozart’s beloved comedic singspiel The Magic Flute. This production runs April 4–7 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand recently visited CCM to take a behind-the-scenes look at The Magic Flute‘s costumes, wigs and make-up designs. Watch her exclusive video preview here.

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The Ariel Quartet’s Inaugural CCM Concert Series Concludes on April 9

The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour.

The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour.

The internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet brings its first season in residence at CCM to a conclusion with a concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in UC’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

The Quartet will be joined by distinguished guest artist David Geringas, cello, for Anatolijus Senderovas’ David’s Song for Cello and String Quartet and Alexander Glazunov’s String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39.

The program will also feature Beethoven’s Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18.

Tickets are on sale now.

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CCM Announces Partnership with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and World Piano Competition

2012 World Piano Competition Gold Medal Winner Alexander Yakovlev.

2012 World Piano Competition Gold Medal Winner Alexander Yakovlev.

Cincinnati’s World Piano Competition, an annual classical piano competition featuring top performers from across the globe since 1956, is undergoing an expansion with two exciting new collaborations and instituting a variety of changes aimed at enhancing the quality of the event and making Cincinnati a truly world-class destination for classical piano performance.

Primary among the changes at the re-imagined competition, already a highly respected event, are partnerships with two of the city’s cultural cornerstones – the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Beginning with the July 2013 competition, finalists in the Artist Division will have the distinct honor of performing with the world-renowned CSO, made up of some of the world’s finest musicians and an ensemble that regularly collaborates with classical music’s premier performing artists. The performances featuring the finalists  will be led by CSO Associate Conductor Robert Treviño. The event will also move to CCM, one of the nation’s top performing and media arts conservatories, where the acclaimed faculty will oversee upgrades to the competition’s jury system.

Learn more about this exciting new partnership in today’s issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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CCM Slideshows: The Threepenny Opera

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CCM proudly presents The Threepenny Opera, running tonight, March 1, through Sunday, March 10, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now. This production contains mature subject matter.

Learn more The Threepenny Opera here.

“[Stage Director Robin] Guarino fearlessly goes back to the musical satire’s socio-political roots in 1920s Berlin,” Jackie Demaline writes in her review for the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Everything about The Threepenny Opera carries out Guarino’s vision, as the cast prowl scenic designer John Arnone’s industrial set of catwalks, with the small orchestra (in costume) perched at the top. Musical director Roger Grodsky as always asks much and gets all from singers and musicians.”

Read Demaline’s full review here.

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A New Sneak Peek at the Scenic Design of ‘The Threepenny Opera’

Assistant to the Scenic Designer Alexandra Kuntz provides these previews of 'The Threepenny Opera.'

Assistant to the Scenic Designer Alexandra Kuntz provides these previews of ‘The Threepenny Opera.’

CCM’s acclaimed Mainstage Series resumes this week with Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s epic musical The Threepenny Opera. Today, we are happy to provide a preview of the show’s set, courtesy of Alexandra Kuntz, a sophomore in CCM’s Scenic Design program and Assistant to Guest Scenic Designer John Arnone on this production.

Learn more about this dynamic new production, which features set designs by Tony Award-winner John Arnone.

“Set in the mid-19th century, Macheath (otherwise known as ‘Mack the Knife’) runs the town with his rag tag band of ruffians and gets what he wants,” Kuntz explains. “His latest want just happens to be Polly Peachum, daughter of the Beggar’s Lord of London (Johnathan Jeremiah Peachum), who doesn’t take too kindly to Mack the Knife’s interest in his daughter. Doing anything to keep them apart, Peachum uses broads, bribes and blackmails to get Mack out of the picture, while Macheath’s life hangs in the balance.”

This production contains mature subject matter.

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