CCM presents a special recital by tenor Lawrence Brownlee at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, in Corbett Auditorium. This performance is presented by the CCM Busse Fund. Tickets are on sale now.
Brownlee will be accompanied by composer, conductor and pianist Damien Sneed, whose spiritual arrangements will be featured on the program. In addition, Brownlee will sing works from the 19th and 20th centuries, including music by composers Giuseppe Verdi and Francis Poulenc. Brownlee recently performed the same program at his Carnegie Hall debut, accompanied by pianist and conductor Martin Katz, with whom he recorded an album of Italian songs under EMI Classics in 2006.
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Brownlee has had a quick rise to sought-after status as an operatic tenor. Since graduating from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2001, he has won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and received the Richard Tucker Award and Marian Anderson Award. Brownlee has taken the stage with some of the world’s top opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Hamburg State Opera and Opéra National de Paris. In addition to his EMI Classics release of Italian songs, he is featured on EMI’s release of Rossini’s Stabat Mater and on the Metropolitan Opera’s Met in HD recording of Rossini’s Armida, both from 2010.
Brownlee’s performing career has taken him back to Ohio before, for performances of Bach’s Magnificat with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2002 and of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra in 2003. His return for this CCM encore performance of his Carnegie Hall debut program will be an event not to be missed.
About Damien Sneed
Damien Sneed is a pianist, organist, vocal coach, conductor, composer, arranger, lecturer and producer. A native of Augusta, Georgia, he attended the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. His professional affiliations have included the City University of New York (CUNY) as a professor of music, The Juilliard School as a staff accompanist, the Martina Arroyo Foundation as an artistic consultant, Jazz at Lincoln Center as an artistic consultant, Rutgers University as a professor, New Brunswick Theological Seminary as an instructor and YAMAHA as an endorsed Influential Artist.
Sneed has had a varied and impressive performing career that included a solo classical piano debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, a gala performance at Avery Fisher Hall where he accompanied renowned soprano Jessye Norman and performing in “A Celebration of America” at the Kennedy Center on the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Damien was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards for Album of the Year in the Traditional Gospel music category for his work as co-producer, vocal arranger, background vocalist, music director and keyboard player on Vickie Winans’ project, How I Got Over. The album also received two Stellar Awards.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 13
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets are $15 for general audiences, $10 for non-UC students. UC student tickets are FREE. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.
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 UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Community Partner: ArtsWave
Supported by the Thomas W. Busse Trust