CCM’s concert production of Verdi’s Don Carlos (Sept. 22), Mainstage Series production of Singin’ in the Rain (Oct. 31 – Nov. 3), Fall Ballet Showcase (Nov. 16-17) and Benjamin Britten Centenary Concert (Nov. 22) are among the many exciting area arts events featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s annual Fall Arts Preview. See what the Enquirer had to say about these upcoming events after the jump!
Single tickets to these events, and dozens of other performances, become available at noon on Monday, Sept. 9! Stop by the CCM Box Office or visit us online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for more information!
“Don Carlos” at CCM, Sept. 22: To celebrate Verdi’s 200th anniversary, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is assembling massive forces to mount a concert version of Verdi’s opera over an entire day. The five-act opera is a tale of love and political intrigue during the Spanish Inquisition: Don Carlos is in love with Elisabeth who is married to Philip II – Carlos’ father –making her his step-mom. But Elisabeth’s lady, Eboli, loves Carlos, too. CCM will present it in two parts, sung in French: Acts I-III at 2 p.m., Acts III-V at 7 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium. $30 for full opera; $20 for half.
“Singin’ in the Rain,” Oct. 31-Nov. 3: While many of the area’s theaters focus on blood and gore during the days surrounding Halloween, CCM is opting for a stage version of classic Hollywood fare. Ask anyone about “Singin’ in the Rain” and they can tell you all about that scene. You know the one. With rain. And Gene Kelly. And the puddles. But ask about the plot and most will immediately glaze over. Like the 1957 film, the musical takes place in 1927, just as talkies are starting to disrupt the glamorous world of silent movies. There’s plenty of great music, including “Good Morning,” “You Are My Lucky Star” and, of course, “Singin’ in the Rain.” Tickets: $18-$35.
CCM’s Fall Ballet Showcase, Nov. 16-17: The College-Conservatory of Music’s dance program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. It’s seen many iterations along the way, from being the home of what was then the Cincinnati Ballet Company, to hosting a vibrant and innovative modern dance program. Today, it’s ballet that rules the program there. With this Fall Ballet Showcase, you can be sure they will trot out their very, very best. The program includes George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” faculty member Deirdre Carberry’s staging of the famed “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère and a re-staging of Cincinnati Ballet artistic director Victoria Morgan’s “Unseen.” Tickets: $10-$15.
Santa Ono with the orchestra, Nov. 22: University of Cincinnati president Santa J. Ono is guest narrator for “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” in honor of Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday. It’s a fun way for children and adults to get to know all the instruments of the orchestra. Mark Gibson conducts the CCM Philharmonia. 8 p.m., Corbett Auditorium. Tickets: $12.