Lyrical wind music, Russian folk sounds and a rarely performed cantata highlight the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)’s “Stravinsky Festival,” presented by the CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale, Concert Orchestra and Chamber Players on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for non-UC students and free for UC students. Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Mark Gibson and Rodney Winther conduct.
Considered one of the 20th century’s most important composers, Stravinsky is known for his diverse work ranging from Russian-themed pieces to neo-classical musical forms to visceral rhythmic melodies. CCM’s tribute to this musical revolutionary features Stravinsky’s well-known ballet Firebird Suite, which garnered him international fame.
“Firebird is one of the most beloved ballets in the literature,” said Mark Gibson, conductor of the CCM Concert Orchestra. “Drawn from a classic Russian tale, the music is evocative of folk song and dance and is brilliantly written for orchestra. The magical transition from the Berceuse to the Finale leads to a thrilling apotheosis that invariably brings the public to its feet.”
Other works to be performed include: Mass, a liturgical-based work for chorus and winds, Le Roi des étoiles (The King of the Stars), a rarely performed cantata for male voices and orchestra, Les Noces (The Wedding), a suite of Russian peasant wedding melodies and Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria).
For more information or to purchase tickets call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.