The Ariel Quartet gives its final performance in its 2017-18 CCM Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Corbett Auditorium. The performance includes string quartets by Robert Schumann, Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms, along with John Cage’s Five, which features CCM emeritus faculty member Allen Otte, percussion.

Composer John Cage (far left) with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Composer John Cage (far left) with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Celebrating CCM’s 150th Anniversary season, the Ariel Quartet programed Five as a nod to John Cage’s time as CCM composer-in-residence from 1966-1967. The Quartet will be joined by Otte, who worked with and performed pieces by Cage with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Composed in 1988, Five is one of Cage’s early so-called “number” pieces — fittingly scored for five instruments. The avant-garde composer “profoundly influenced 20th-centruy music,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer in a story about Cage’s time at CCM.

You can see the Ariel Quartet give its final performance of its 2017-18 CCM Concert Series on April 26! Tickets can be purchased in person or online at the CCM Box Office and over the telephone at 513-556-4183.

Please note: the repertoire for this concert has changed from what was previously announced at the request of the Quartet. See updated program information below.

HAYDN: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85
SCHUMANN: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Sz. 40
CAGE: Five (1988)
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1

8 p.m. Thursday, April 26

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Single tickets are on sale now.

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.

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 new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

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

Ariel Quartet Sponsors: Anonymous, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, and Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker

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