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CCM’s annual Accent Chamber Music Festival for young artists announces six exciting performances from June 12 – 18 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater in CCM Village. A complete schedule is listed below. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Accent11 performances feature masterworks of the chamber music repertoire as well as the innovative works of new composers, performed by the stellar Accent11 faculty-artists alongside outstanding college and graduate-age artists who are immersing themselves in the study of chamber music for the duration of the festival.

Most of the composers whose new works will be performed will be in the audience and available to comment on their pieces.

Receptions will follow the opening concert on June 12 and the final concert on June 18.

About Accent11
Organized by Artistic Director and violist Dorotea Vismara, Accent11 celebrates ten years of this exciting immersive experience for blossoming musicians. Daily activities for participants include coaching, rehearsals, lessons, performance classes and master classes guided by prominent artists, such as guests Daniel Chong (violin), Karen Kim (violin), Jessica Bodner (viola) and Kee-Hyn Kim (cello) of the Grammy Award-winner Parker Quartet, the ensemble in residence, as well as CCM faculty members Michael Chertock (piano), Mark Ostoich (oboe), Won-Bin Yim (violin) and Mark Gibson (conductor); Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians Randolph Bowman (flute), Ronald Aufmann (clarinet) and Ken Lam (conductor); Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra musician Dorotea Vismara; Carpe Diem Quartet first violinist Charles Wetherbee; Northern Kentucky University faculty member Karen Schneider (French horn), and University of Louisville faculty member Paul York (cello).

Accent11 will also feature performances and master classes with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Timothy Lees.

Christopher Theofanidis will lead the festival’s composition seminar. Theofanidis is currently a professor of composition at Yale University.



All events are free and open to the public.

  • Master classes will be held Monday, June 13- Friday, June 17 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Master Classroom Mary Emery Hall 3250.
  • Concerts will be held in the Cohen Family Studio Theater in CCM Village.

Sunday, June 12, 5:20 p.m.
OPENING CONCERT: Faculty Chamber Music Recital
Featuring Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor performed by Parker String Quartet; Strange MarinaraCapriccio by Korine Fujiwara, performed by Charles Wetherbee; Mendelssohn’s String Octet performed by Parker String Quartet with Timothy Lees, Charles Wetherbee, Dorotea Vismara and Paul York. A reception will follow the concert.

Thursday, June 16, 5:20 p.m.
Young Composers Concert
Featuring music by the following composers:
Zhangyi Chen – Peabody Institute
Jabez Samuel Shao Co – Ohio Wesleyan University
Joseph Hurst – Stetson University
Molly Joyce – The Juilliard School
Benjamin Martinson – CCM
Jonathan Newmark – MD, FAAN, COL
Tyler Niemeyer – CCM
Benjamin Pesetsky – Bard College
Sean Smeed – The Juilliard School
Andrew Grant Stiefel – Baylor University
Kevin Wilt – Michigan State University

Friday, June 17, 5:20 p.m.
Honors Recital
Mozart’s Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K.516 performed by the Fairway String Quartet and guest violist Jessica Bodner from the Parker String Quartet, and music by Italian composers performed by the Accent11 Touring Ensemble.

Friday, June 17, 7 p.m.
Faculty New Music Concert
Performers include the Parker Quartet, Fairway Quartet, Rebecca Danard (clarinet), Paul York (cello), David Schneider and Elisabeth Pridonoff (piano) and others. Composers featured include Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967), György Kurtág (b. 1926), Michael Fiday (b. 1961), Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981), David Schneider (b. 1980), Mara Helmuth (b. 1957), Douglas Knehans (b. 1957), Joel Hoffman (b. 1953) and Miguel Roig-Francoli (b. 1953).

Saturday, June 18, 4:30 p.m.
Accent 11 Final Chamber Music Concert
Chamber music performed by the Accent11 chamber ensembles, in which students and faculty play side-by-side.

Saturday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Accent11 Final Concert
Music by de Falla and Bloch, featuring the two orchestras of Accent11, conducted by Ken Lam and Mark Gibson. A reception will follow the concert.

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