CCM showcases the works of Claudio Monteverdi with a 90-minute performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. The CCM Chamber Choir, student soloists and early music guest artists unite under the direction of Earl Rivers for this feast of chamber and large-scale choral works.

The concert features Monteverdi’s madrigals from Book 7 (1619) and Book 8 (1638), as well as concertato motets from the Selva Morale e Spirituale of 1641. These pieces will be contrasted with four works from contemporary composers Dominick Argento, Claude Baker, William Hawley and Ildebrando Pizzetti, who were each influenced by Monteverdi’s compositions.

With support from the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, CCM has invited seven professional early music guest artists to perform on period violins, lute, baroque guitar, theorbo, baroque harp, baroque cello and contrabass at the concert. The guest artists will also coach CCM harpsichord and organ students who perform at the concert.

CCM’s Monteverdi Festival enhances student experiences in historical performance practice and provides CCM voice students with chamber music experiences within a large choral ensemble — all while presenting a feast of works by Monteverdi and his followers that audiences will relish.

The following week, the CCM Chorale and CCM piano professor Kenneth Griffiths perform Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis under the direction of Brett Scott. This masterwork was composed between 1866 and 1878 and portrays Jesus’ journey carrying the cross in 14 meditations. The program, which takes place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater, will also include art songs by Liszt performed by eight student soloists.


3 p.m. Sunday, April 8
Monteverdi Festival
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC Students FREE

4 p.m. Saturday, April 14
Liszt’s Via Crucis
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC Students FREE

Tickets for each choral performance are $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC Students FREE.

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

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors: Jan Rogers; Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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