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.

Return to Patricia Corbett Theater at 7 p.m on Sunday, May 20, for “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop,” a night of electrifying Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz with CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band. The titillating meter of the music of Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean arouse the desire to dance for any listener. These tunes are inspired by the Afro-Cuban tonalities made popular by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo in the 1940s and ’50s, reminiscent of famous numbers like “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo.”

In addition, after a weeklong residency at CCM, Latin percussionist and composer Roland Vasquez will be joining the student musicians for Sunday’s concert. Vasquez has taught at the Manhattan School of Music and University of Michigan. Learn more about Vasquez here.

Performance Times

  • Steel Drum Band Annual Performance
    Rusty Burge, director
    8 p.m. Saturday, May 19
  • Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band Present “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop”
    Scott Belck and Dominic Marino, conductors
    7 p.m. Sunday, May 20

Patricia Corbett Theater, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Tickets & Parking Information
Tickets to each concert 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.

For complete ticket and parking 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

Jazz Series Sponsors: Christopher Dietz & Family and Jamey Aebersold Jazz

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