Mark Gibson leads the CCM Philharmonia in rehearsals. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Mark Gibson leads the CCM Philharmonia in rehearsals. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras proudly present Gustav Mahler’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, along with other selections from the composer’s oeuvre, during a unique double-bill performance on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

This unique undertaking begins with a 4 p.m. performance by CCM’s Concert Orchestra, featuring selections from Mahler’s Des knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn), followed by his Symphony No. 4 in G Major.

At 8 p.m. that evening, the CCM Philharmonia will then present Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, his longest piece and the longest symphony in the standard repertoire.

Due to its length and the significant forces it requires, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is performed in concert far less frequently than his other symphonies, making this double-bill an especially rare feat. CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson conducts both symphonies.

“The Third and Fourth Symphonies of Mahler, based on the worldview and musical material from Des knaben Wunderhorn, outline the progress of humankind from earthly life to heavenly life,” Gibson explains. “I, along with 300 gifted student performers in our orchestras and choruses, look forward to sharing this unique spiritual and sonic journey with the Cincinnati public on March 2.”

The entire marathon will be recorded for future broadcast as part of an exciting new collaboration between CCM and CET, Cincinnati Public Television. Learn more about this collaboration.

Loyal arts patron and proud UC alumna Louise Dieterle Nippert.

Loyal arts patron and proud UC alumna Louise Dieterle Nippert.

Honoring a Lifetime of Philanthropy and Support
CCM’s “Mahler Marathon” is dedicated to the memory of loyal arts patron and UC alumna Louise Dieterle Nippert, who passed away in July of 2012 at the age of 100. Through Mrs. Nippert’s generous support, the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center opened in January 1995 and is home to CCM’s Voice, Opera, Choral and Accompanying Departments.

In addition to her and her late husband’s significant contributions to the renovation and creation of the CCM Village, Mr. and Mrs. Nippert endowed a number of chairs at CCM, including the Thomas James Kelly Chair, the Dieterle Chair of Music in Memory of George Andreas and Elsa Fischer Dieterle and the Dieterle Chair of Voice. They have also been influential in the transformation of countless students’ lives by creating and donating to numerous scholarship funds at CCM.

A classically trained singer, Mrs. Nippert was a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1957. CCM presents the March 2, 2013, performance of this symphony in her honor.

About CCM’s Orchestras
With two full orchestras in place, the breadth of CCM Orchestras’ annual concert programming rivals many of the world’s great performing organizations. Under Maestro Gibson’s direction, the Philharmonia Orchestra is CCM’s premier orchestral ensemble and is recognized as one of the world’s elite conservatory orchestras. The Philharmonia has risen to world prominence through the quality of its performances, recordings and its national and international tours. The Philharmonia serves as the opera orchestra for CCM’s award-winning opera productions. Members of the Philharmonia are also regularly divided into chamber orchestras for a variety of specialized and high-profile performances.

Under the music direction of Assistant Professor Annunziata Tomaro, CCM’s Concert Orchestra shares a wind and brass rotation with the Philharmonia, with a slightly younger string section. Graduate students provide leadership in the strings, helping the orchestra achieve a high level of performance. The Concert Orchestra performs a full season of events, often taking the stage alongside the Philharmonia, and performs with both CCM’s Mainstage Opera series and the annual “Feast of Carols” celebration.

CCM Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson.

CCM Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson.

About Mark Gibson
Director of CCM’s Department of Orchestral Studies, Mark Gibson maintains an active podium career on three continents. He serves as music director of the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, is music director of CCM Opera and heads CCM’s program in orchestral conducting. He has served as head of the opera conducting course at CCM Spoleto, co-artistic director and conductor of the Opera Theatre and Music Festivals of Lucca in Italy, music director of the Ashlawn/Highland Summer Festival and music director of the New York City Opera National Company.

Gibson’s work in the opera house includes productions with the New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Cleveland Opera, the Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera and Opera Pacific. Concert podium credits include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Quad Cities Symphony, Omaha Symphony, the Bochum Symphoniker in Germany and the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain. He has been a guest at renowned summer festivals in Chautauqua (New York) and Spoleto USA (Charleston, South Carolina).

Prior to joining the faculty of CCM, Gibson was principal conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, a regular guest conductor with the New York City Opera and resident conductor of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. At the Seoul Opera House in Korea, he has led new productions of Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, as well as Turandot at Sejong Center. He returns to Seoul this spring for concerts and a new production of Tosca. In China, Maestro Gibson has led orchestras in Shenzhen, Qingdao, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing. In November, he made his debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in a gala concert with the Central Opera.

Highly sought after as a master-class teacher, Gibson serves as guest professor of conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory in Beijing. In addition, he has taught at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, Xian Conservatory of Music in Shaanxi, Seoul National University, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Spain and the Eastman School of Music, where he was visiting professor of conducting and ensembles.

Maestro Gibson is co-author of the seventh and most recent edition of the classic textbook, The Modern Conductor. His blog “The Beat Stops Here” deals with conducting issues, as well as with culture at large.

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to each Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra “Mahler Marathon” concert are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and free for UC students with valid ID. These two concerts require separate admission. See the individual concert listings below for additional information.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

4 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Concert Orchestra
Annunziata Tomaro, music director
Mark Gibson, conductor
“Mahler’s Symphony No. 4”

CCM presents a truly historic Mahler Marathon, opening with selections from Mahler’s Des knaben Wunderhorn, followed by Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major. This concert will be recorded by CET, Cincinnati Public Television, for future broadcast on the CET Arts Channel!

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general admission, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Philharmonia Orchestra, UC Women’s Chorus, Xavier University Women’s Chorus, Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
“Mahler’s Symphony No. 3”

CCM Philharmonia proudly presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor. This concert will be recorded by CET, Cincinnati Public Television, for future broadcast on the CET Arts Channel!

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general admission, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Mahler Marathon Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn

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