The CCM Philharmonia

Photography by Jing Huan.

CCM’s Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra proudly presents its Annual Concerto Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in Patricia Corbett Theater.

Under the direction of Professor of Music Mark Gibson, the concert will feature the winners of CCM’s 2014 Concerto Competition: Xue Su, Patrick Sykes and Travis Peplinski.

The concert’s program will include three pieces: Leonard Bernstein’s Halil, conducted by Mercedes Diaz García; Richard Strauss’ Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, conducted by Michael Goist; and Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in B-Flat Major, conducted by Yael Front.

Composed by Bernstein in 1981, Halil is a 16 minute long work for flute and chamber orchestra. Bernstein writes of Halil that it, “is formally unlike any other work I have written, but is like much of my music in its struggle between tonal and non-tonal forces. In this case, I sense that struggle as involving wars and the threat of wars, the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love and the hope for peace. It is a kind of night-music, which, from its opening… is an ongoing conflict of nocturnal images: wish-dreams, nightmares, repose, sleeplessness, night-terrors and sleep itself, Death’s twin brother.”

Strauss’ last completed composition, the Duet-Concertino is a work featuring restrained, almost neo-classical style and a transparent orchestral sound, which was very much in contrast with his earlier affinity for large orchestras and grand Romantic gestures. The exact story told by the work is unknown, but it is rumored to have been inspired in part by Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Swineherd. It is a melodic and pleasant work in three movements.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 opens with a slow, smooth introduction barely hinting at what has been called one of the most masterful manipulations of motives and moods in classical music. The second movement is built from an extravagant melody introduced by the violins, while the third movement finishes out the piece with one of Haydn’s characteristically boisterous country-dance minuets.

About Xue Su
Xue Su is a Yamaha Young Performing Artist. She currently studies with CCM Professor of Flute Bradley Garner. She began studying the Flute with Dr. Guoliang Han at age 6 at the Elementary School Program of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Su is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where she received her diploma with the school’s Achievement Award, given to 10 outstanding graduates.

Active as a soloist, Su appears frequently at international competitions. She recently received the Most Promising Semifinalist Award at the first Unisa International Flute and Clarinet Competition and was invited back for a recital tour in summer 2014. In 2013 she won second prize at the NFA Young Artist Competition and was also awarded the Best Performance of the Commissioned Piece. Her past prize winning competitions include the NFA High School Soloist, Japan Biwako and Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competitions.

About Travis Peplinski
Travis Peplinski is an Artist Diploma student with a concentration in Bassoon Performance at CCM. His primary teachers include CCM Bassoon Professor William Winstead and Martin James. Peplinski currently holds a Master of Music degree from CCM and a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. where he studied with Susan Barber.

He has performed with a number of orchestras including Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and has participated in several music festivals including Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and National Orchestra Institute. Peplinski is also an active member of the West Clifton Winds, a woodwind quintet founded by CCM graduate students. They have found recent success in the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Division, advancing through the Ohio state level, the East Central regional level and becoming National Finalists in 2014.

About Patrick Sikes
Patrick Sikes is a Master of Music student in Clarinet Performance at CCM. Sikes received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the John and Ruth Amott Award for most outstanding Clarinet student.

While in Florida, Sikes served as the second clarinetist of the Ocala Symphony. Sikes has appeared as a soloist with the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and he can be heard on several Mark Custom Recordings albums, where he plays principal roles with the UF Wind Symphony as well as the Clarinet Ensemble. While at CCM, Sikes has been a member of the West Clifton Winds, a woodwind quintet that maintains an active performance schedule. Sikes’ most influential teachers include Mitchell Estrin and CCM Clarinet Professor Ixi Chen.

Performance Time
8 p.m. Friday, April 11

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to CCM’s Annual Concerto Concert are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID.

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 UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit 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 Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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