Young Musicians Take the Spotlight at CCM’s Accent12 Festival

The Momenta Quartet, Accent12's Ensemble in Residence.

The Momenta Quartet, Accent12′s Ensemble in Residence.

CCM’s 2012 Accent Chamber Music Festival for young artists will present six exciting performances from June 10–16 in the intimate Cohen Family Studio Theater. All concerts are free and open to the public.

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CCM Opera Presents a Cinderella Story for the Ages

Emma Char as Angelina ("Cenerentola") and Ian José Ramirez as Prince Ramiro in CCM's production of 'La Cenerentola.'

Emma Char as Angelina (“Cenerentola”) and Ian José Ramirez as Prince Ramiro in CCM’s production of ‘La Cenerentola.’

Based on Charles Perrault’s Cinderella fairytale, Gioachino Rossini’s bubbly opera La Cenerentola liberally adapts the familiar story to reflect a changing culture, greed and the beauty of love. CCM’s Studio Opera Series takes this tale from its original setting at the end of the age of Enlightenment to today in a modern retelling of a classic. The vocal acrobatics of Rossini paired with the comedic love story of Cinderella runs May 25 through 27 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Blake Richardson conducts with stage direction by Jennifer A. Williams.

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Music From Latin America and the Caribbean Fills CCM’s Concert Halls This Spring

Take a tour around the tropics in a weekend filled with the rhythmic sounds of steel drums and congas at CCM! At 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM’s Steel Drum Band explores the traditional sounds of Trinidad while incorporating the modern sounds of pop, folk and reggae. See these talented pannists (the technical term for steel drum players) improvise and be transported to the tropics by the soothing sounds of calypso.

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CCM Slideshows: The Rake’s Progress

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You only have two more chances to experience CCM’s innovative new take on Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

All photography by Mark Lyons.

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CCM Alumnus Lands Record Deal

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Earlier this month, Albany Records released CCM alumnus Evan Mack’s (DMA, 2008) new American opera Angel of the Amazon for worldwide distribution.

Recorded live at premiere performances held on May 6 – 22, 2011 in New York City after preview performances in Cincinnati, Angel of the Amazon depicts Sister Dorothy Stang’s lifetime of work with the Brazilian peasant farmers in the rainforest.

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CityBeat Spotlights CCM’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ as ‘One Hell of a Collaboration’

Anne Arenstein takes a detailed look at the collaborative efforts that went into CCM’s production of The Rake’s Progress in this week’s issue of CityBeat (on newsstands now and available digitally here).

The Rake’s Progress runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10 and Saturday, May 12, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance scheduled for Sunday, May 13.

Learn more about the opera here.

CCM Slideshow: Behind the Scenes of ‘The Rake’s Progress’

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Today, CCM Technical Director Stirling Shelton provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the work that went into our final Mainstage production of the season, The Rake’s Progress, opening this Thursday, May 10.

Learn more about the opera here.

Enquirer Previews Technology Behind CCM’s Next Opera

Janelle Gelfand took a closer look at the digital media incorporated CCM’s Mainstage production of The Rake’s Progress in Sunday’s issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer. If you missed the issue, you can view the feature online here.

Learn more about The Rake’s Progress here.

CCM Opera, Theatre Design & Production and Electronic Media Collaborate on ‘The Rake’s Progress’

'The Rake's Progress' depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

‘The Rake’s Progress’ depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“For idle hearts and hands and minds, the Devil finds a work to do.” The CCM Opera department discovers just how true that adage is in their rendition of Stravinsky’s comedic opera The Rake’s Progress. Unique to this production is a first-time collaboration between CCM’s Departments of Opera and Theatre Design & Production with the Division of Electronic Media, providing an updated technological aspect. Mark Gibson conducts with stage direction by Robin Guarino. This outrageous tale of love, lust, greed and the repercussions of a life of sin plays May 10, 12 and 13 in Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.

The subject matter of The Rake’s Progress is adult in nature and the production of the opera is intended for mature audiences. This production also makes use of haze, smoke and strobe lighting effects.

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CCM Musical Theatre Students Give a Lesson in History Through Song

Dave Clemmons (center) and the cast of CCM's Studio Series production of 'The Civil War.'

Dave Clemmons (center) and the cast of CCM’s Studio Series production of ‘The Civil War.’

Take a trip back in time with the CCM Studio Series production of Frank Wildhorn’s unique musical The Civil War. Premiering on Broadway in 1999, this musical tells the story of the American Civil War through the viewpoints of all involved – Confederate, Union and slave alike – by way of musical numbers spanning the gamut of genres from gospel, folk and country to R&B and rock.

Directed by Jason Podplesky with musical direction by Ryan Shirar, The Civil War runs May 10 – 12 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets to The Civil War are free, but reservations are required.

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