The CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. Photography by UC Photographic Services.

The CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. Photography by UC Photographic Services.

CCM’s Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras open their seasons with a festival celebrating two twentieth-century Russian powerhouse composers, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev. Running from October 6 to November 4, the Prokofiev and Shostakovich Festival showcases the talents of CCM students and faculty in a concert series featuring a variety of the composers’ works, including symphonies, overtures, concertos and chamber music, as well as selections from their operas and ballets.

Led by music director and conductor Mark Gibson, the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra presents the “Festival Opening Concert” on October 6. The concert appropriately begins with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, originally written to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution. Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings is also on the program, featuring Woori Kim, the winner of the CCM piano competition. The program concludes with Prokofiev’s celebrated Symphony No. 5, written during the thick of World War II while the composer was residing in the House of Creative Work, a government-sponsored safe haven for composers.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra, led by music director and conductor Annunziata Tomaro, performs Shostakovich’s triumphant Symphony No. 5, a work celebrated for its historical ability to express the suffering of the oppressed public under Stalin’s regime, while still appealing to the Soviet leaders by seeming to portray the artistic idea of socialist realism. The March from Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges and his 1st Violin Concerto make up the first half of the program, featuring soloist Wan Lin Tsai, winner of CCM’s violin concerto competition.

The festival does not overlook the celebrated chamber music works of the two Soviet giants. On October 17, Mark Gibson, piano, and the Trillium Quartet perform Shostakovich’s famous and powerful Piano Quintet.

A wealth of vocal and chamber music by Prokofiev and Shostakovich will be performed Tuesdays at 12 p.m. as part of the CCM Atrium Series, beginning on October 11 and running through November 1. Works featured will include Prokofiev’s Akhmatova Poems, Shostakovich’s song cycle “From Jewish Folk Poetry” and Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf.

Café MoMus, CCM’s renowned contemporary music series under the direction of Annunziata Tomaro, performs recent works by Russian composers written in homage to Shostakovich on Oct. 11 in the intimate Cohen Family Studio Theater. Coffee and sweets will be served following the concert.

Single Tickets & Parking Information
Tickets to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Festival Opening and Closing concerts are $12 for general admission, $5 for non-UC students and free for UC students with valid ID. Parking is available in the CCM Garage (at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus.

Flex Ticket Packages
Concert flex ticket packages are also available for the Prokofiev and Shostakovich Festival Opening and Closing concerts. Concert tickets are available for just $5 each when purchased in a flex package of at least four tickets. Flex package tickets can be used any way you want: bring three guests to a single concert or attend four different performances this season – the choice is yours! You must purchase at least four tickets to qualify for flex package pricing. Flex ticket packages must be ordered by December 12, 2011.

A full schedule of events for the festival is listed below. For more information, visit ccm.uc.edu or call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Prokofiev and Shostakovich Festival Schedule

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
“Festival Opening Concert”
Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 35
Featuring Woori Kim, winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 100
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general admission, $5 non-UC students, UC students Free
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12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct 25, Nov. 1
Atrium Series Concerts
Prokofiev and Shostakovich: Performances to include song cycles and chamber music
Location: CCM Atrium
Tickets: Free
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11
Café MoMus: Contemporary Music Ensemble
Annunziata Tomaro, music director and conductor

An evening of Russian contemporary music in a coffeehouse setting. Featuring works by Gubaidulina, Schnittke and Denisov.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Free
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13
Concert Orchestra
Annunziata Tomaro, conductor

Prokofiev: March from The Love for Three Oranges
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto no. 1 in D Major, Op. 19
Wan Lin Tsai, winner of the CCM Violin Concerto Competition
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor
This concert is presented in conjunction with UC’s 2011 Homecoming Weekend
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: Free
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8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17
Mark Gibson, piano, with the Trillium Quartet
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Free
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8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
“Festival Finale”
Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general admission, $5 non-UC students, UC students Free

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