Directed by Robyn Lana, more than 350 children in seven different choirs come together to perform in their 21st anniversary concert: “Celebrate Youth!” In this approximately two-hour long concert, “we celebrate the artistry and ability of our young singers,” says Lana. “CCC is an award-winning choir recognized worldwide as a leading program. We celebrate their ability, energy and commitment to achieving the highest artistic standard.” The choirs will be presenting a great variety of work, from classical to world and folk music, including two commissioned world premieres and one regional premiere.
One of the world premieres that audiences can look forward to is “When Day is Done,” by CCM alumnus Jason Webb, a work that was commissioned by the CCM Harmony Fund. The CCM Harmony Fund was established to celebrate the healing power of the arts. The arts have the ability to inspire imaginative thinking, encourage conversation, present contrasting attitudes and make us examine our own viewpoints. The CCM Harmony Fund supports students and faculty at CCM in Drama, Opera, Musical Theater, Dance, E-Media and Orchestral productions that promote culturally diverse audiences and fight hate and prejudice.
“River,” by Joan Szymko, is the second world premiere that audiences will hear this afternoon. “I selected texts that I hope will resonate with you, as we all… face an uncertain future together on Earth, our only home,” says Szymko. Szymko’s music has been described by the New York Times as “ethereal vocal music” and she is known for her notable text selections. Through this composition, Szymko says she hopes to “instill a joyful hope in both singer and listener,” using text that is widely known as Message from the Hopi Nation.
The Cincinnati Children’s Choir will also be performing the regional premiere of “Coo Coo Bird” by Alice Parker. “Coo Coo Bird” unites the tunes of early blues with the texts of old English ballads. The composition evokes beautiful imagery, providing the audience glimpses of the girl watching for “her lover, the bird singing, the grief of false love and the gambling man’s lament, all held together by that blues beat.” It has the diverse feel of a developing nation that draws “us all together in the universality of song.”
About Jason Webb
With his signature keyboard style and consummate musical versatility, Jason Webb is enjoying a diverse and impressive career as a recording musician, producer, arranger and composer.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Webb began his musical studies at age five. His early musical experiences revolved around playing in church and studying classical piano, and within a few short years he developed a keen ear and prodigious technique. He began playing professionally at age 14 and became highly sought-after, exhibiting musical ability and maturity far beyond his years. After graduating high school, Webb’s ever increasing talent earned him a scholarship to CCM, and he subsequently earned degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies.
In 2000, Webb realized a life-long dream by moving to Nashville to become a recording musician, and he quickly became an integral part of the Nashville recording community. Since that time he has played on scores of recordings, providing music for singers, songwriters, record labels, publishers, movies, TV and video games.
In addition to his busy recording session schedule, Webb is an in-demand producer, composer and arranger, and his arrangements and compositions continue to be performed and recorded by artists and ensembles all over the world.
Webb lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.
5 p.m. Saturday, March 8
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets to Celebrate Youth! are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.
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 detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Community Partner: ArtsWave