The CCM Philharmonia, led by Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson.

The CCM Philharmonia, led by Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson.

CCM’s Department of Orchestral Studies will celebrate the works of contemporary composers and all-time greats alike in concert this spring.

Under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Aik Khai Pung, CCM’s acclaimed orchestral ensembles will present a series of eight concerts from Jan. 30 through April 16, several of which are free and open to the general public. Tickets are on sale now for all performances requiring paid admission.

The Spring Orchestra Series opens with a performance by the CCM Philharmonia on Friday, Jan. 30, featuring the world-premiere of Ulrich Kreppein’s Flucht (Flight). Kreppein earned first prize in CCM’s 2013 Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition for his original work Spiel der Schatten (The Play of the Shadows). For this achievement, Kreppein received a cash award of $30,000 and the opportunity to write a new work for the Philharmonia.

The Philharmonia turns the spotlight to CCM’s own up-and-coming composers on Friday, Feb. 20, with a free concert featuring new works by the gifted students from CCM’s Department of Composition, which has one of the top 10 music composition graduate programs in the country according to current rankings.

The world-premieres continue on Friday, March 6, as CCM’s Concert Orchestra performs Ruins Upon Ruins, a new work by Zemlinsky Composition Competition second prize-winner Aaron Travers. The orchestral work is based on the continual cycle of the creation, destruction and recreation of cities.

The Philharmonia then looks back to the monumental works of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz and 20th century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky in a unique double-bill of Te Deum and The Rite of Spring on Friday, March 13. CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chorale and ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir join the Philharmonia for this concert, which also features faculty artist Michael Unger, organ; and student artist Christopher Bozeka, tenor.

Highlights also include CCM’s always-popular Philharmonic Jazz concert, which returns on Sunday, April 12, as the Philharmonia and Jazz Ensembles join forces to present Chuck Owen’s concerto for jazz guitar, saxophone and orchestra, River Runs. Faculty emeritus and saxophonist Rick VanMatre makes his return to the CCM stage for this performance, which acclaimed jazz bassist Rufus Reid has called “a tour de force.” Mark Gibson and Scott Belck conduct.

CCM’s nationally ranked orchestral program provides an unparalleled educational and performance experience for hundreds of instrumentalists each year. The breadth of each season’s concert series rivals many of the world’s great performing organizations, and students become versed in a body of repertoire that encompasses more than most conservatories venture to program. The close bond between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s orchestral program invigorates student conductors and instrumentalists alike, and our commitment to high standards enriches the cultural life of Cincinnati.

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, conductor

U. KREPPEIN: Flucht (Flight)
Winner of the 2013 Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
BEASER: Seven Deadly Sins (1984)
MUSSORGSKY, arr. M. RAVEL: Pictures at an Exhibition
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
CCM Concert Orchestra
Annunziata Tomaro, guest conductor

S. WEIMER: Through the Frame
DELIBES: Sylvia Suite
SIBELIUS: Swan of Tuonela
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director

Join us for another journey in today’s sound world, accompanied by coffee, cakes and conversation!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director

CCM’s top orchestral ensemble presents recent works by the gifted students in the college’s internationally recognized composition program. The winning composer will write a new orchestral work to be premiered during CCM’s 2015–16 concert season.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Friday, March 6
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

A. TRAVERS: Ruins Upon Ruins
Second prize winner of the 2013 Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
STRAVINSKY: Firebird Suite
FARBERMAN: Triple Play
COPLAND: Billy the Kid
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Friday, March 13
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Mark Gibson and Earl Rivers, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, organ and student artist Christopher Bozeka, tenor

CCM’s Mighty Harrison pipe organ and Philharmonia Orchestra dialogue as “Pope” and “Emperor” in Berlioz’s monumental Te Deum, featuring two mixed choirs, children’s choir and tenor soloist. Te Deum originally premiered in 1855 in Paris’ Saint-Eustache Church. This concert program also features Stravinsky’s monumentally influential The Rite of Spring.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

7 p.m. Sunday, April 12
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Mark Gibson and Scott Belck, music conductors
Featuring faculty emeritus artist Rick VanMatre, saxophone

Our annual collaborative concert where Jazz and Orchestra meet. This year’s concert features a stunning five-movement work that Rufus Reid, acclaimed bassist and educator, describes as, “a tour de force of contemporary orchestral composition.” Nominated for two Grammy awards, this beautiful work will take your breath away.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

8 p.m. Thursday, April 16
CCM Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director
John Murton, Jiannan Cheng, Avishay Shalom and Levi Hammer, conductors

MENDELSSOHN: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
WIENIAWSKI: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor for Violin, Op. 22
HINDEMITH: Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp and Orchestra
HAYDN: Symphony No. 101 in D Major, “The Clock”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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