CCM Announces 2019 Opera Scholarship Competition Winners

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Six students won awards in CCM’s 2019 Opera Scholarship Competition, which was held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Corbett Auditorium.

Since its inauguration in 1976, the annual competition welcomes current and incoming CCM voice students to compete for scholarships and cash prizes, and a panel of judges composed of opera industry professionals selects each year’s class of prizewinners.

The 2019 CCM Opera Scholarship Competition winners are:

Victor Cardamone, first-year Master of Music student
From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Studying at CCM with Tom Baresel
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Corbett Award ($15,000)
The Corbett Award is supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with CCM.

Carlos Cardenas, first-year Artist Diploma student
From Bogota, Columbia; Studying at CCM with Daniel Weeks
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000)
This award is supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with CCM.

Samuel Kid, incoming Master of Music student from the University of Michigan
From Ann Arbor, Michigan
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500)
This award is supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Teresa Perrotta, second-year Master of Music student
From Orlando, Florida; Studying at CCM with Gwen Detwiler
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000)
This award is supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Amanda Olea, second-year Master of Music student
From Mexico City, Mexico; Studying at CCM with Gwen Detwiler
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000)
This award is supported by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Maria Miller, first-year Master of Music student
From Paducah, Kentucky; Studying at CCM with Amy Johnson
Prize: Norman Treigle Award ($3000)
This award is supported by the Norman Treigle Opera Scholarship Competition Award Fund in cooperation with CCM.

The judges panel for CCM’s 2019 Opera Scholarship Competition included:

  • Thomas Bankston, Artistic Director of Dayton Opera
  • Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater in New York, where he oversees the Composer Librettist Development Program.
  • Neal Goren, Founder and Artistic Director of Catapult Opera, a new touring company premiering in fall 2020 with a new Robert Wilson production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

About CCM Opera
The Department of Opera at CCM boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. Students at CCM work with some of the most renowned teachers and artists active in opera today.

CCM students and alumni frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017, four CCM alumni competed in the semi-finals: Jessica Faselt, soprano (MM Voice, 2016); Summer Hassan, soprano (MM Voice, 2014); Andrew Manea, baritone (MM Voice, 2016); and Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone (BM Voice, 2015) — who was chosen as a finalist in the national competition. In 2018, former CCM Artist Diploma in Opera Performance student Brandon Scott Russell (MM Voice, 2018; AD Vocal Performance, 2018) took first place at the Met’s National Council Auditions Southeast Regional Competition and went on to compete in the semi-final round. This year, three CCM alumni and students will advance to the Met’s National Council Semi-Finals: Joshua Wheeker, tenor (CCM Voice 2007-2012); Murrella Parton (MM Voice, 2017); and Elena Villalón, soprano, currently studying at CCM with William McGraw. The semi-finals take place in New York on March 24, 2019. Learn more at metopera.org/about/auditions/national-council-auditions/.

In addition, CCM’s Mainstage Opera and Studio Opera Series have received some of the National Opera Association Production Competition’s highest honors throughout the years, taking home six of the 18 non-professional prizes awarded in 2010 and four prizes in 2011.

CCM Opera graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy) and more.

CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Opera season concludes with W.A. Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus), conducted by Jiannan Cheng with stage direction by Robin Guarino. The opera runs April 12-14, 2019 at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Learn more about the production at uc.edu/news/articles/2018/09/n201495.html

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CCM Musical Theatre Stages Epic ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

From the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz comes a lush retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.

CCM’s Mainstage Series production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens on Thursday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 10, 2019, at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Directed by CCM Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg, the beloved musical features the college’s student stars of tomorrow with musical direction from Stephen Goers.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s book features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. Parental discretion is advised.

CCM's 2014 production of "Les Misérables" featured Stephanie Jae Park, who is currently in the US tour of "Hamilton," and Eric Geil, who is in the US Tour of "Book of Mormon."

CCM’s 2014 production of “Les Misérables” featured Stephanie Jae Park, who is currently in the US tour of “Hamilton,” and Eric Geil, who is in the US Tour of “Book of Mormon.”

This isn’t the first time Berg has brought one of Victor Hugo’s dramatic tales to the CCM Mainstage. Berg staged a critically acclaimed production of Les Misérables at CCM in March 2014. CityBeat’s Rick Pender called CCM’s production “powerful and memorable, one of the best musical theater productions on a Cincinnati stage this season.”

“With ‘Hunchback,’ we are employing similar techniques,” Berg says. “Set designer Lindsey Purvis has created a 40-ton timber cathedral of the mind — a poetic rather than literal space — in which the action unfolds. Dean Mogle is supplying a boatload of Medieval costumes and Kelly Yurko and her elves are creating wigs and make-up that would be at home in any painting by Brueghel. Oliver Tidwell-Littleton, currently under contract to the Walt Disney Company, is creating the lighting.”

“There is quite a lot to look at, but the stars of the production are the hard-working actors who play a multitude of roles to bring the story to life. They are true ‘triple threats,’ singing and dancing and acting their hearts out to tell this moving tale.”

The musical begins as bells sound through the famed Notre Dame cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools, but he is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. He escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though — the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, CCM Musical Theatre took the No. 3 spot in Playbill Magazine’s list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway” in the 2018-19 season. Cincinnati audiences get the chance to see CCM’s stars of tomorrow perform locally before students move on to the world’s stages.

Berg first came to CCM 32 years ago to direct Nine as part of the college’s Hot Summer Nights performance series. He says that he particularly enjoyed working on CCM’s productions of Evita, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods and Les Misérables. “None of these would have been possible without the help of my collaborators, the musical directors, choreographers and designers who give their all to teach our students professionalism and discipline,” he adds.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see CCM’s stars in the college’s epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on March 7-10, 2019. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will last 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

Creative Team

  • Aubrey Berg, director
  • Stephen Goers, musical director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Erin Magner*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Oliver Tidwell-Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Matthew Tibbs, sound designer
  • Aria Braswell*, assistant director
  • Kelly Yurko, hair and make-up designer
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, associate sound designer
  • Jenny Jones, fight choreographer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Andrew Alstat asLieutenant Frederic Charlus
  • Bryce Baxter as Claude Frollo
  • Jack Brewer as Father Dupin
  • Kevin Chlapecka as Clopin Trouillefou
  • Matt Copley as Jehan Frollo
  • Dylan Dougal as Saint Aphrodisius
  • Madison Hagler as King Louis Xi
  • Kendall McCarthy as Florika
  • Jenny Mollet as Esmeralda
  • Sam Pickart as Tribunal
  • Alex Stone as Quasimodo
  • Frankie Thams as Captain Phoebus de Martin
  • Madelaine Vandenberg as Madam
  • Jordan Alexander, Michael Canu, Madison Deadman, Sofie Flores, Kylie Goldstein, Zoe Grolnick, Chip Hawver, Joshua Johnson, Camila Paquet, Bryn Purvis, Mikayla Renfrow, Aaron Richert, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph as Multiple Roles
  • Leo Carmody, Samuel Cohen, Britta Cowan, Christian Feliciano, Carina Florio, Ashton Francis, Colton Harksen, Kai Horvit, Jack Johnson, Christian Kidd, Anna Chase Lanier, Tyler J. Martin, Cassandra Lyn Maurer, Drew Minard, Chesney Mitchell, Stone Mountain, Eli Owens, Ben Pimental, Brandon Schumacker, Matthew Skrovan, Eleanor Zambarano as The Voices of Notre Dame
  • Dance Captains: Joshua Johnson, Bryn Purvis
  • Vocal Warm-Ups: Ben Pimental

Understudies:

  • Quasimodo – Aaron Richert
  • Esmeralda – Camila Paquet
  • Male Cover – Ben Pimental
  • Swings – Tori Heinlein, Sammy Schechter

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

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 U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Graeter’s Ice Cream

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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CCM Alumnus Returns for World Premiere concert:nova Performances

michael ippolito

Michael Ippolito (BM Composition, 2003) returns to Cincinnati this month for a collaboration with concert:nova, an innovative chamber music collaboration featuring members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble will present the world premiere of a new work by Ippolito on “Cello+,” a concert featuring two cellists and their respective romantic partners, plus a few other friends.

Ippolito is currently an assistant professor of composition at Texas State University. His works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony and many more. He has received awards from both the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he earned fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and the Copland House’s Cultivate program. In addition to his studies at CCM with emeritus faculty member Joel Hoffman and current CCM professor Michael Fiday, Ippolito studied with John Corigliano at the Juilliard School.

The two musical couples featured on the program are violinist Stefani Matsuo and cellist Hiro Matsuo, with CCM faculty clarinetist Ixi Chen and her husband, cellist Ted Nelson. Also featured are concert:nova artistic directors Henrick Heide, flutist, and Michael Culligan, percussion.

“Cello+” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2019 at Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Tickets range from $25 to $30 and can be purchased via the concert:nova website.

concert:nova is a boundary-pushing ensemble that challenges the audience to engage with the music in various ways. It’s mission is to transform hearts, minds and communities through thought-provoking musical exploration. The musicians collaborate with a cavalcade of interdisciplinary artists from all over the city, region and globe in a diverse array of surprising venues to create provocative, intimate, interactive, and unforgettable experiences that remove the barrier between the artists and the audience.

Learn more about concert:nova at concertnova.com.

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Winter Merchandise Available Online

Stay cozy and warm in official CCM apparel this winter. The CCM Tribunal is sponsoring the college’s winter merchandise campaign to help raise funds for students. CCM hoodies, T-shirts and long-sleeved T-shirts are available for purchase online now through Feb. 10, 2019.

CCM Tribunal is selling merchandise to raise money for student initiatives. A portion of the funds raised by sales benefit CCM students. CCM Tribunal has provided funding for social gatherings, the undergraduate opera, master classes, music stands and more.

The fundraiser is going on now through Feb. 10, 2019, so be sure to order your new CCM swag and support CCM Tribunal’s initiatives while you still can!

CCM winter merchandise is available for purchase online at uc.ignitecx.com/CCMWinter2019.

About CCM Tribunal
CCM Tribunal is the undergraduate Student Government at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Tribunal is comprised of students from every department within CCM. The organization’s mission is to provide support for CCM students by sponsoring projects that would otherwise not come to fruition. In addition, CCM Tribunal hosts school-wide social events throughout the year, provides concessions for CCM’s Mainstage Series productions, holds fundraisers for community engagement programs like WhizKids and participates in UC’s Relay for Life.

You can learn more about the CCM Tribunal by visiting ccm.uc.edu/tribunal.

Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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Start Your New Year at CCM: Spring 2019 Calendar of Events Available Online

This spring’s lineup includes theatre and dance productions, orchestral, choral, piano, jazz and winds performances and much more! CCM’s performance series runs Jan. 14 through May 12, 2019.

Start your new year at CCM, which presents a range of free and ticketed events in spring 2019 that span the spectrum of the performing and media arts.

Spring brings the excitement of next steps and the promise of the future, as CCM students begin the next phases of their careers. Under the guidance of CCM’s internationally renowned educators, students have spent countless hours honing their skills.

Click the graphic to view CCM's Spring 2019 Calendar of Major Events.

Click the graphic to view CCM’s Spring 2019 Calendar of Major Events.

You can see and hear the culmination of their work, be it during CCM’s BAMM showcase of lighting design, sound design and technical production (January 18); our A View from the Edge concerts featuring music by student composers (February 12 and April 2); our annual Senior Showcases highlighting the excellence of our musical theatre (March 14, 15 and 16) and acting majors (March 29); our Wind Symphony’s world premiere of a work by the winner of CCM’s composition contest (March 29); our Piano-Pow-Looza concert of student performers (April 7); the Theatre Design and Production Student Portfolio Showcase (April 13) or any of the other wonderful events listed in our Spring 2019 Calendar of Major Events!

This spring our Mainstage Series also brings The Hunchback of Notre Dame (March 7-10) and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (April 12-14) to Corbett Auditorium, while the inspiring drama Our Country’s Good (Feb. 13-17) and the fairytale ballet Cinderella (April 26-28) come to Patricia Corbett Theater.

Learn more about CCM’s spring schedule of performing and media arts events by referring to the list below.

You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Spring Calendar of Major Events by visiting issuu.com/ccmpr/docs/ccmspring2019calendarbooklet.

Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information. Repertoire and dates are subject to change.

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

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise in the event listings below, 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 information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. 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.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM’s Spring 2019 Major Events

January

8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14
• Faculty Artist Series •
Kurt Sassmannshaus, violin
Anna Reider, violin
KayCee Galano, violin and viola
Boyun Li, viola
Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello
Featuring Mozart’s String Quintet in C Major, Spohr’s Duo for Two Violins and more.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Featuring works by Chopin and Brahms.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
• Guest Artist Series •
Emily Levin, harp
Colin Davin, guitar
Emily Levin of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra joins Colin Davin in a concert of works by Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel, Dylan Mattingly and Will Stackpole.
Location: Watson Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
• Faculty Artist Series •
Giora Schmidt, violin
Elena Kholodova, piano
Featuring works by Britten, Ravel, Fuchs and Fauré.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18
BAMM-19
CCM Moving Light Programming II Course Project
Mark C. Williams, instructor and coordinator
Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular creations of CCM’s talented stage lighting, technical production and sound students as they come together to present performance art of robotic lighting and technical systems integration in this biennial event!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE, but seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
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5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20
• Faculty Artist Series •
THE PAT AND JULIE SHOW: THE COCKTAIL HOUR
Patricia Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
Pat and Julie always supply their audience with something wild and crazy! Featuring songs from the stages of Broadway and cabaret tunes, plus music from new composers. Party favors will also be provided, so don’t miss it!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin

Featuring sonatas by Prokofiev and Brahms.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Yehuda Hanani, cello
Rachel Calin, double bass
DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano, L. 135
J.S. BACH: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
RACHMANINOFF: Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19
ROSSINI: Duet for Cello and Double Bass in D Major
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28
• Faculty Artist Series •
IMPROVISATION ACROSS GENRES
James Bunte, saxophone
Michael Unger, harpsichord
Kim Pensyl, piano
Aaron Jacobs, bass
Rick VanMatre, saxophone
Featuring a newly commissioned piece for mixed media from CCM Commercial Music Production students. Additional works to be announced.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, ZEMLINSKY AND BRAHMS
The Ariel Quartet
CCM’s award-winning string quartet-in-residence continues its 2018-19 concert series with a program featuring:
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
ZEMLINSKY: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, Op. 15
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2018-19 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
NOTE: Rescheduled to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
• Faculty Artist Series •
Ran Dank, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
NOTE: Rescheduled to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
Craig Bailey, saxophone
Playing music from the heart, Craig Bailey presents a recital of soul, ballads, be-bop and a taste of pop music.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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February

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1
• Guest Artist Series •
Martha Guth, soprano 
Graham Johnson, piano
Featuring music of Schubert, Fauré and Britten. Join us the following day at 2 p.m. in Mary Emery Hall 3250 for a master class with Graham Johnson featuring CCM voice and piano students.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1
• Orchestra Series •
WEBER, BLACHER AND TCHAIKOVSKY
CCM Philharmonia
Aik Khai Pung, interim music director and conductor
WEBER: Overture to Euryanthe
BLACHER: Orchestral Variations on a Theme of Paganini
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 73, “Pathétique”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
• Percussion Series •
A TRIP TO TRINIDAD AND BACK
CCM Steel Drum Band
Russell Burge, music coordinator
An annual favorite! CCM’s Streel Drum Band presents an evening of traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
• Jazz Series •
GIVE IT ONE: THE BEST OF MAYNARD FERGUSON
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, conductor
Featuring guest artist Steve Patrick, trumpet

Nashville studio legend and trumpet virtuoso Steve Patrick joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra in this high-voltage concert of some of the most exciting music in big band history.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
• Winds Series •
ECHOES
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor

Music inspired by biblical drama, folk songs, festivals, other cultures and nature serves as the setting for this program featuring the many talented musicians of the CCM Wind Ensemble.
BERNSTEIN: “Profanation” from Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Folk Song Suite
SCHUMAN: George Washington Bridge
HOVHANESS: Symphony No. 4, Op. 165
NELSON: Aspen Jubilee
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6
• Winds Series •
RISING
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
An evening of inspiring works, including a new composition by alumna Jennifer Jolley, Gustav Holst’s timeless classic Hammersmith, and Ida Gotkovsky’s brilliantly virtuosic Poeme du feu.
HOLST: Hammersmith
JOLLEY: The Eyes of the World Are Upon You
BROWNE: Barnstorming Season
J.S. BACH: Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor
WILLIAMS: Jedi Steps and Finale from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
THE (NEO) BAROQUE KEYBOARD
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, harpsichord
The CCM Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Players and Café MoMus) performs an evening of works featuring the harpsichord and piano, highlighted by Richard Strauss’ Der Büger als Edelmann (Le bourgeois gentilhomme) Suite.
POULENC: Suite Française
J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050
STRAUSS: Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite, Op. 60
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
• Jazz Series •
NOTHING BUT THE BLUES
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
This performance explores the evolution of blues, from swing to the present day.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
DIE FLEDERMAUS
Music and libretto by Johann Strauss
Kenneth Shaw, director
Amy Johnson, co-producer
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Matthew Worth, assistant director
Updated to free and frivolous 1920s Vienna, this perennially popular operetta returns to CCM with its captivating melodies and a few wry surprises!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Jiannan Cheng, interim music director and conductor

NICOLAI: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
MOZART: Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467/K. 503
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11
• Winds Series •
BRASS SHOWCASE
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

CCM’s nationally recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small, consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11
• Faculty Artist Series •
LOVE: PICTURES AND PUZZLEMENTS
Quinn Patrick Ankrum, mezzo-soprano
Michael Unger, harpsichord, organ and fortepiano
Featuring works for voice and keyboard by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, François Couperin, Mozart, Barbara Strozzi and more.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
• Faculty Artist Series •
CCM Faculty Jazztet
CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Location: Caffè Vivace, 975 E. McMillan St. Cincinnati, OH 45206
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
• Mainstage Acting Series •
OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
Susan Felder, director
Set in Botany Bay in 1789, Our Country’s Good is a darkly comedic tale based on the true story of Australia’s first theatrical performance. A marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with convicts who populate an Australian prison camp. Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. Our Country’s Good is an inspiring tribute to the transforming power of drama. For mature audiences.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $28; discounts available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15.

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
• Guest Artist Series •
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Featuring works by Grieg, Piana, Liszt and Poulenc. Join us after the performance for a master class featuring CCM piano students.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

Sponsored by Louis and Susan Meisel
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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
• Choral Series •
ORFF AND STRAVINSKY AND DOVE
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Youth Choir Bel Canto, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Featuring faculty artists Dror Biran and James Tocco, piano, with student vocal soloists, pianists and percussionists
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott and Robyn Lana, Matthew Coffey and Molly Getsinger conductors

An afternoon of spirited and romantic cantatas by master composers. Carl Orff’s Catulli Carmina, a cantata of poems by the Roman poet Catullus (87-54 B.C.), sketches the story of the poet’s passion for the promiscuous Clodia (Lesbia). The program features two masterworks: Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year (2000) and Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces (The Wedding; Russian: Svadebka) (1923). The 20-minute The Passing of the Year features double chorus and piano in settings of poetry by Blake, Dickinson, Peele, Nashe and Tennyson performed by the CCM Chorale. The 24-minute Les Noces captures the essence of a Russian peasant wedding and post-wedding party with four pianos, six percussionists playing 17 instruments, vocal soloists and chorus. Performers include faculty pianists Dror Biran and James Tocco, along with student pianists Seunghun Jeong and Curtis Pavey; student percussionists Brandon Dodge, Joel Garza, Evan Grover, Mason Harwell, Ryan Thomas and Xinyi Zheng; student voice majors Anne Barr, soprano, Mia Athey, mezzo soprano, Salvatore Atti, tenor and Daren Small, bass-baritone; and the CCM Chamber Choir. Cincinnati Youth Choir and the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses offer a variety of choral miniatures highlighting American composers Libby Larsen, Jake Runestad and Timothy Takach.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Kyung Sun Lee, violin
Featuring the complete violin sonatas of Brahms.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19
• Faculty Artist Series •
Amit Even-Tov, cello
Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
• Guest Artist Series •
Michael Hall, viola
Location: Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250
Admission: Free
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
• Studio Opera Series •
DINNER AT EIGHT
Music by William Bolcom
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Daniel Mallampalli, conductor
Audrey Chait, director

Dinner at Eight is a comic opera by composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. It is a Depression-era comedy of manners in which the wife of a once-affluent shipping magnate plans a society dinner for an assortment of wealthy or well-born acquaintances. Eventually, the guests’ tangled and intimate connections to one another are revealed. The original play opened in 1932 on Broadway at the Music Box Theater, and inspired a star-studded film adaptation the following year.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order. 

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
• Jazz Series •
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT
Scott Belck, music director

CCM’s annual Essentially Ellington Festival, sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center, returns in full swing! The daylong event features the region’s top high school jazz ensembles, and the gala concert will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra with a special guest artist from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25
• Faculty Artist Series •
Gi Yeon Koh, violin and viola
Jiwon Han, piano
STRAVINSKY: Suite Italienne
RESPIGHI: Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Minor
PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
GRIEG: Sonata for Viola and Piano in A Minor
Location: Memorial Hall OTR, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE
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CANCELED
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

• Faculty Artist Series •
COMMERCIAL MUSIC PRODUCTION FACULTY RECITAL
Please join the CMP faculty for an evening of original music and arrangements, featuring Tom Haines, Dan Karlsberg, Ric Hordinski, Brad Myers, Nick Fryer, Ellen Graham and special guests.

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
AN ENTERTAINMENT
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

The CCM Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Players and Café MoMus) performs theatrical chamber music from a wide variety of inspirations.
STRAVINSKY: Octet for Wind Instruments
WALTON: Façade, An Entertainment
STRAVINSKY: L’Histoire du Soldat
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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March

8 p.m. Friday, March 1
• Orchestra Series •
¡VIVA ESPAÑA!
CCM Philharmonia
Aik Khai Pung, interim music director and conductor
CHABRIER: España
LALO: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
FALLA: El Sombrero de Tres Picos
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7 p.m. Saturday, March 2
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto with soloist Skye Park and Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, March 2
• Winds Series •
THE WINDS OF NAGUAL
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring emeritus faculty artist Rick VanMatre, saxophone
The CCM Wind Symphony performs an evening of music from a broad spectrum of styles and inspirations, featuring the epic Winds of Nagual by Michael Colgrass and faculty artist Kim Pensyl’s Saxophone Concerto.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Toccata Marziale
RODRIGO: Adagio para instrumentos de viento
PENSYL: Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra (“Moving Formations”)
COLGRASS: The Winds of Nagual
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, March 3
• Winds Series •
SERENADES
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Consisting of beautiful serenades for wind instruments and highlighted by Beethoven’s classic Octet, this concert will thrill and delight.
HARTMANN: Serenade, Op. 43
WOOLFENDEN: Serenade for Sophia
BEETHOVEN: Octet, Op. 103
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, March 3
• Guest Artist Series •
Andrew Henderson, organ
CCM welcomes Andrew Henderson, Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music, for a special guest artist performance presented in collaboration with the Covenant-First Presbyterian Church Organ Festival. Henderson will also host a master class from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 4 at Covenant-First Presbyterian Church.
Location: Covenant-First Presbyterian Church, 717 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5
• Winds Series •
FACT OR FICTION?
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor

This repertoire reflects historical figures and locations as well as fictional stories inspired by musical theatre, ballet, Javanese gamelan and ancient mythology.
WAGNER: Huldigungsmarsch
DEBUSSY: La Cathédrale engloutie
SPARKE: Dance Movements
HAHN: Le bal de Béatrice d’Este
NIXON: Fiesta del Pacifico
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
8 p.m. Friday, March 8
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE
Judith Mikita, director
Come experience the next generation of emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors take the stage with exciting and diverse new works.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
8 p.m. Friday, March 8
2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions
Aubrey Berg, director
Stephen Goers, musical director
Katie Johannigman, choreographer
Based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel with songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins as bells sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools, but he is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. He escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though — the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. In 1999, the musical premiered as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame in Berlin. Parental discretion is advised. Victor Hugo’s novel contains mature themes and situations, which may be distressing for young viewers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $32; discounts available for UC and non-UC students. 

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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8 p.m. Friday, March 8
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Jiannan Cheng, interim music director
Ken Lam, guest conductor from Charleston Symphony Orchestra
SMETANA: Overture to The Bartered Bride
DVORÁK: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Saturday, March 9
• Starling Series •
STARLING SHOWCASE
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Fanting Chen, Erica Nam and Christina Nam, soloists
Showcasing Starling violin students from the college and pre-college programs performing concertos for violin and orchestra.
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, March 10
• Choral Series •
SIMPLY SCHUBERT
CCM Chorale
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Selections by the CCM Chorale will include choral pieces, quartets and solo songs by Franz Schubert.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12
• Winds Series •
BRASS SHOWCASE
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

CCM’s nationally recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
7 p.m. Thursday, March 14
7 p.m. Friday, March 15
• Studio Acting Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2019
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess and Brant Russell, producers
TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the students in CCM Acting. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. “Thanks to the [Acting] program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, theatre fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender.
Location:
CCM Village
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
• Choral Series •
OLD AND NEW
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Matthew Coffey and Molly Getsinger, conductors
Comprised of students from all 14 of UC’s colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present the music of Arneson, Copland, Ramsey, Schubert, Szymko and Tormis.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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NEW TIME 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16
CCM MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Created and performed by the Class of 2019 in Musical Theatre
See and hear our musical theatre “stars of tomorrow” in action at the 27th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase, featuring the Class of 2019 prior to its New York City debut.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 14
• Jazz Series •
GREAT BIG BANDS: PAST AND PRESENT
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Featuring the tunes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Maria Schneider, Gerald Wilson, Duke Pearson and more!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 14
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
PIERROT, PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

The CCM Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Players and Café MoMus) performs famous works of iconic composers of the 20th century.
SIBELIUS: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
SCHOENBERG: Pierrot lunaire
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Friday, March 15
CCM MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
A CCMpower Benefit
Created and performed by the Class of 2019 in Musical Theatre
CCMpower
invites you to see our musical theatre “stars of tomorrow” in action at the 27th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2019 prior to their New York City debut. The annual CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award will be presented at the showcase.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Special ticket pricing and limited seating. For more information, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.
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11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 16
OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
Experience tomorrow’s opera stars today as CCM hosts its prestigious national competition, featuring current and new students vying for tuition scholarships and cash awards.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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NEW TIME 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CELEBRATE YOUTH
Cincinnati Youth Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

Building tomorrow’s leaders, one voice at time, the Cincinnati Youth Choir sings of growth, encouragement and unity through new commissions and music from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist Yura Lee, viola
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18
SCHUMANN: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 41
BRAHMS: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2018-19 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 28
• Winds Series •
DARE TO DREAM AND DANCE
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor

An evening of fantastical dance music from various time periods and locations including the United States, France and England.
DUKAS: Fanfare pour préceder La Péri
BALMAGES: Fanfare Canzonique
WOOLFENDEN: Suite Française
GRAHAM: Harrison’s Dream
BRITTEN: Courtly Dances from Gloriana
BENNETT: Suite of Old American Dances
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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2 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 29
CCM ACTING SENIOR SHOWCASE
Enjoy the talents of the CCM Acting Class of 2019 in its exciting industry showcase prior to its professional debut in New York and Los Angeles. The evening performance will be followed by the 16th annual DOLLY awards recognizing excellence by students in the Acting Department, as well as a reception in the Baur Room.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, March 29
• Winds Series •
CLASSICS AND DIVERSIONS
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE) and CCM faculty artists Timothy Anderson, trombone, and Demarre McGill, flute

The CCM Wind Symphony performs a concert featuring Gustav Holst’s classic Hammersmith alongside thrilling newer works by Adam Gorb and Joel Pucket, featuring a world premiere by CCM composition contest winner Julien Monick.
MONICK: Mosaics of Painted Glass
PUCKETT: The Shadow of Sirius
GORB: Downtown Diversions for Trombone and Wind Symphony
HOLST: Hammersmith
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FRAUGHT ADJACENCIES: THE POLITICS OF GERMAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Jennifer Iverson, University of Chicago

Electronic music has been understood as continuing the aesthetic progress of Western art music — and yet, electronic studios are heterogeneous, blending technologies and personnel from science, military engineering, radio and “low art.” In this talk, three vignettes illuminate the network that embeds German electronic music from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Saturday, March 30
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
BACK TO BAROQUE
CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Choir

Earl Rivers, conductor
The combined CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Choir present Handel’s Zadok the Priest, composed in 1727 for the coronation of King George II, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat BWV 243, composed in 1723 for Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig. The Philharmonia performs J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major and Handel’s Water Music in F Major.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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April

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, director
Solos, duos, trios and quartets for classical guitar.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 4
8 p.m. Friday, April 5
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
YEAST NATION
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Vincent DeGeorge, director and choreographer
Henry Lewers, musical director
In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story – and ours – is changed forever. An area premiere from the creators of Urinetown and The Sting.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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NEW TIME: 4 p.m. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7
• Piano Series •
PIANO-POW-LOOZA: DELIGHTFUL MINIATURES
Tickle your fancy with a variety of selections that showcase CCM’s award-winning piano students at one, two and three pianos. There’s something for everyone at this annual fan-favorite concert!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
SONIC EXPLORATIONS
Mara Helmuth, music director
Featuring an evening of electroacoustic and computer music by CCM students, faculty and guests.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
• Winds Series •
CHARACTERISTIC WORKS FOR WINDS
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

Join us for a thrilling concert of rarely-performed music for winds.
BEETHOVEN: Rondino
PÄRT: Fratres
SPOHR: Notturno, Op. 34
FRANÇAIX: Neuf pièces caractéristiques
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 11
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Jiannen Cheng, interim music director and conductor
BARBER: Overture to “The School for Scandal”
GARRETT GEORGE: Premiere (winner of the 2018 CCM Composition Competition)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, April 12
8 p.m. Saturday, April 13
2 p.m. Sunday, April 14
• Mainstage Opera Series •
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
(THE CLEMENCY OF TITUS)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà

Jiannan Cheng, conductor
Robin Guarino, director
Mozart’s last opera seria displays some of his most memorable and marvelous arias! The story centers on Roman emperor Titus (Tito) who must choose a wife, but is unable to find a suitable match. In his search for an empress, Tito narrowly avoids an assassination plot instigated by his protégé Sesto and the former emperor’s daughter, Vitellia, who wants the throne for herself. Caught between his duty and his heart, the emperor must choose whether to rule with mercy or with an iron fist.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $32; discounts available for UC and non-UC students.

 Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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11 a.m. Saturday, April 13
THEATRE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION STUDENT PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE
Come see the spectacular work of CCM’s talented senior and graduate Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) students as they highlight their portfolios, website and designs in this annual event! A gala event will follow the showcase from 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Saturday, April 13
• Starling Series •
STARLING SHOWCASE
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
KayCee Galano, Lilyanne Thoroughman, Christy Kim, Ryan Cheng, and more, soloists
Showcasing Starling violin students from the college and pre-college programs performing concertos for violin and orchestra.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, April 13
CCM Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music coordinator
The CCM Percussion Ensemble performs chamber works for percussion from Cage and Hovhaness, through DeSantis, Udow and Andriessen, to King Crimson.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 14
• Orchestra and Jazz Series •
FANTASIA BRASILEIRA
CCM Philharmonia and Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist Jovino Santos Neto, piano
Scott Belck and Aik Khai Pung, music directors and conductors
The seductive soundscape of enchanted Brazil comes to life in this evening of cool Brazilian music for orchestra and jazz ensemble. Featuring three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist and composer.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 14
Classical Guitar Chamber Music
Clare Callahan, director
An evening of music for guitar with cello, flute and voice, and other combinations.
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
MODERN CHAMBER SYMPHONIES
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
HAGEN: Chamber Symphony (2003)
ZWILICH: Chamber Symphony (1979)
ADAMS: Son of a Chamber Symphony (2007)
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, April 19
• Winds Series •
BRASS SHOWCASE
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

CCM’s nationally recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, April 20
• Jazz Series •
CCM Student Jazz Combos and Faculty Artists
Tia Fuller, guest artist
Scott Belck, music director

A well-respected bandleader and educator, Tia Fuller is a professor at the Berklee College of Music and a nationally-touring artist. She was the featured saxophone soloist in Beyoncé’s band from 2006-10, and recently released Diamond Cut, a new album that features collaborations with Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
• Choral Series •
CHORAL CLASSICS
CCM Chamber Choir
Earl Rivers, music director and conductor

The CCM Chamber Choir and strings present 20th and 21st century choral classics — John Corigliano’s Fern Hill and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ In Paradisum — contrasted with one-on-a-part chamber ensembles performing J.S. Bach’s motet Der Geist hilft BWV 226, Monteverdi’s madrigal Altri Canti di Marte / Due belli occhi and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Room 300
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
• Winds Series •
OUR STORY
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor
Featuring CCM student trumpet and violin soloists

Every piece of music has a story of its own. This program conveys various stories, folklore and cultures, drawing inspiration from Chinese traditions, Scottish dances and 20th century composition techniques.
FILLMORE: Americans We
STEPHENSON: The Storyteller
HEBEL: Tides Within
CHEN YI: Dragon Rhyme
ARNOLD: Four Scottish Dances
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 25
8 p.m. Friday, April 26
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
• Studio Acting Series •
ASSOCIATION OF CONTROLLED DREAMERS
Written by MJ Kaufman
Brant Russell, director
A young, charismatic senator pursues policies that could have long-lasting repercussions for public education. A group of college students tries every technique available to them to change his mind, from occupying his lawn to collective lucid dreaming. What is the nature of activism? How do we hold legislators accountable? And what is the young senator’s mysterious twin up to?
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Friday, April 26
2 p.m. Saturday, April 27
8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
2 p.m. Sunday, April 28
• Mainstage Dance Series •
CINDERELLA
Karen Russo Burke, guest choreographer
Michael Tevlin, ensemble director
Celebrate spring’s arrival with a fully staged fairytale ballet choreographed by guest artist Karen Russo Burke, Artistic Director of the Dayton Ballet. A poor girl wishes to escape the authoritarian rule of her evil stepmother and stepsisters, so her fairy godmother gives her a ticket to the ball! The girl meets Prince Charming and they fall in love, but she vanishes when the clock strikes midnight. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s memorable score, Cinderella is known for its jubilant melodies, lush scenery and graceful retelling of the timeless romance by Charles Perrault.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $28; discounts available for UC and non-UC students.

Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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8 p.m. Friday, April 26
• Orchestra Series •
STRAUSS, BARTÓK AND BEETHOVEN
CCM Philharmonia
Aik Khai Pung, interim music director
Neil Varon, guest conductor from Eastman School of Music
STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche, Op. 28
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, April 27
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project and featuring violin soloist Christina Nam in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major and Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
• Winds Series •
LONTANO
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring guest artist Steve Houghton, percussion

Featuring faculty artist James Bunte, saxophone
Join the CCM Wind Symphony for its 2018-19 season finale, featuring internationally acclaimed jazz percussionist Steve Houghton in a concerto by CCM faculty artist Steve Allee, and faculty artist James Bunte performing John Mackey’s dazzling Concerto for Soprano Saxophone. Highlights include a work by faculty composer Miguel Roig-Francolí, and Michael Martin’s stunning new Symphony.
ROIG-FRANCOLÍ: A Tale of Madness (Folía)
MACKEY: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
ALLEE: Passages
MARTIN: “Lontano” Symphony for Wind Ensemble
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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4 p.m. Sunday, April 28
• Winds Series •
CLASSICS FOR WINDS
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

The final concert of CCM Wind Studies 2018-19 season showcases classics from well-known European composers.
DONIZETTI: Sinfonia for Winds
UHL: Drei Tanzstücke
PASCAL: Octuor
GÁL: Divertimento
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 28
• Jazz Series •
THE VOCAL STYLING OF CARLA COOK
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Carla Cook joins the CCM Jazz Lab Band for an evening of classic jazz favorites honoring the legacy of Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and other great jazz vocalists.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Monday, April 29
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and Jr. Youth Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter, Kevin Michael Holzman, Thomas Gamboa, Christopher Nichter and Rick Canter, conductors

The area’s most talented middle school and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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May

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Robert Stull, music director and conductor

Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to share their love of great music from the orchestral repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Preparatory Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Thursday, May 2
• Winds Series •
UC Bearcat Bands
Christopher Nichter, music director
Join the UC Bearcat Bands for a thrilling evening of music. Consisting primarily of students majoring in fields outside music, these future musical citizens are sure to impress and inspire!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
SPRING YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director
The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
A MELODIOUS JOURNEY
Cincinnati Youth Choir

Robyn Lana, music director

The Cincinnati Youth Choir, including CCM resident choirs and community choirs continue to sing for the future featuring songs of life, love and laughter.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Thursday, May 9
7 p.m. Friday, May 10
3 p.m. Saturday, May 11
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
GODSPELL JR.
Becca Kloha Strand, Rebecca N. Childs and Karie-Lee Sutherland, co-directors
CCM’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive provides a challenging and disciplined educational experience for students ages 9-14 with a special interest in musical theatre. Join the students for their spring performance as they showcase what they’ve learned this year!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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3 p.m. Sunday, May 12
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Cincinnati Junior Strings
Rachel Bierkan, director

The area’s finest young string musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for string orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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Sponsors and Partners

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor and Opera Fusion: New Works Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter & All-Steinway School Sponsor

ArtsWave
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Senior Showcase Sponsor

Dr. & Mrs. Carl Fischer
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors
  

Ms. Margaret L. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsors

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

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Brett Offenberger & Douglas E. Duckett
Cincinnati Dreams Come True, Inc.
Musical Theatre Birthday Cabaret Sponsor

Graeter’s Ice Cream
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors 

Trish & Rick Bryan
The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
CCMpower
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Jeff Thomas Catering
Dianne & David Rosenberg

Event Sponsors 

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor 

Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation
Opera d’arte Sponsor


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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Alumni Spotlight: Brian Katona, MM Choral Conducting 2002

Story by CCM Associate Director of Alumni Relations Jamie Muenzer. Originally published online at alumni.uc.edu/ccm/katona.

Choose a college. Get through courses, tests and performances. Graduate and never look back. Right?

Well, we hope not.

And we are especially fortunate that Brian Katona (MM Choral Conducting, 2002) keeps choosing to look back. “I worked with conducting alumni while I was in school, had access to all kinds of professors, and wasn’t restricted to only doing one thing,” Brian says. “The College-Conservatory of Music was an incredible resource to both learn and play.” And as an Emmy Award-winning documentary film score composer, Brian felt it was important to eventually come “home” and pay it forward.

Similar to many students going into the creative or performing arts, Brian started his Master’s at CCM somewhat unsure of his ultimate path. Documentary filmmaking wasn’t even on his radar. But as a true testament to the well-rounded nature of CCM’s programs, there was an incredible amount of crossover with many other departments — Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting, Opera — and he found himself conducting many of the shows in Corbett Auditorium while expanding his own personal preference and repertoire.

And thanks to a master class he attended, Brian caught the bug for documentary film scoring. Soon after the workshop, he traveled to the renowned Aspen Music Festival for The Susan and Ford Schumann Composition Film Score program, and the field has been his driving passion ever since. Thinking back on this time, he says the faculty at CCM were especially encouraging, helping to develop both his composing and conducting craft.

CCM to Film: Coming Full Circle
Having worked on award-winning films ranging from The Town that Disappeared Overnight to The Builder, Brian says film scoring is about creating a connection with the imagery through sound. “As a film composer, you’re trying to capture moments through music, sometimes in scenes with very little dialogue. It’s a challenge, but you become so drawn to the story.”

Spending most of his time composing in his home studio in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Brian works with footage provided by the production companies and uses both computer-based and live instruments to create the musical score. He says each project is a brand new adventure and challenge. When he approached CCM to teach a master class, he hoped to share some of the same trials and joys of film scoring that he’s encountered. “And selfishly, it’s so nice to connect with younger composers,” he adds. “By sharing their thoughts and fresh creative ideas they often teach me as much as I teach them.

After connecting with Professor of Commercial Music Production professor Tom Haines and learning of his advanced Film Scoring class, Brian saw the perfect match. And for seniors pursuing their Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music Production, it was the perfect opportunity. Students would work with Brian over the course of a three-session Skype master class to develop their own scores for a documentary film. The catch: It was a film Brian had already worked on, stripped of the music.

“It was up to the students to create their own interpretation of the mood the film should take on,” Brian says. “By the third session, they were presenting to me and I was providing feedback on some really amazing scores. The students demonstrated a wide variety of musical styles ranging from the traditional classical approach to scores that had elements of jazz and pop. Regardless of style, each score fit very well and gave a unique and powerful emotional subtext to the film.” The workshop has gone so well that Brian says there might be one more session in the works.

If Brian’s career path is any indication, all it takes is one workshop or master class to alter the trajectory for the rest of your life. His hope for students? Find that spark.


Brian Katona is an Emmy® Award-winning composer, orchestrator, arranger, and conductor. Recent film/television credits: The Builder (Emmy Winner for best musical composition), A Hope For Hartly (Best Melodic Theme, Garden State Film Festival), PEI Kids: Generation Change (Film: Broader Vision Award, Garden State Film Festival), The Town That Disappeared Overnight (Film: Two time Emmy Winner, Garden State Film Festival Winner), Biserici De Lemn Din Romania (SEEFest Official Selection), I Throw Rocks (Film: Maumee Film Festival Winner), My Spirited Sister (Sitcom). Theater credits: Jesse James: Dead or Alive. Commercial recordings: The Voice of Christmas: “The Night Before Christmas,” A Christmas Journey: “I Wonder What I’ll Get for Christmas.” Published concert music (Imagine Music): Anthem for the Patriots, Space Battle, Space Fantasy, When I Hear Music, An Irish Blessing.

Soundcloud: @emlaproductions
Homepage: www.facebook.com/emlaproductions/

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Anita Graef performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow.

Bravos Without Barriers: Inside the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Anita Graef performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Anita Graef performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Anita Graef really wanted a cello for her birthday when she turned two years old. She remembers being frustrated when her parents made her wait until she was four. Now the 24-year-old graduate student plays cello with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Graef is in her second year of the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship, which connects students with paid professional performance experiences with the CSO while they receive full tuition scholarships to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2019.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship aims to change the face of American orchestras by making them more inclusive. It provides new opportunities for exceptional violin, viola, cello and double bass players from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music. The program utilizes a broad definition of diversity that encompasses race and culture while also including first-generation college students and individuals who took non-traditional pathways to higher education.

The program’s tagline — “Bravos Without Barriers” — gets to the heart of its mission: eliminating obstacles that can prevent extraordinary musicians from achieving their full potential.

“All of these people running the program have invested in me, believe in me and support me,” Graef says about her time in the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship. “It’s incredibly moving that all of these people want to see me succeed and are in my corner.”

Anita Graef plays her cello at age four.

Anita Graef plays her cello at age four.

Obviously, Graef eventually received the cello she so coveted. She began studying cello when she was four years old and made her concerto debut at age 12. Her parents are both professional musicians — her father, Richard Graef, is the assistant principal flutist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and her mother, Emily Seaberry Graef, is the founder and flutist of Chicago’s Juliani Ensemble. They encouraged her to pursue any career she desired and did not want to pressure her to follow in their musical footsteps — but she did anyway.

Graef was home schooled until junior high school, which gave her a flexible schedule to practice cello, explore Chicago and get involved in a number of other activities. She was a competitive horseback rider until college, played volleyball for six years, trained in ballet for seven years and studied piano for 10 years. She was also involved in sports, art classes, photography and worked on her high school year book.

“There were a lot of other things that I really enjoyed doing, but I never seriously considered anything else,” Graef says. “I feel like most of my formative years were me planning for the future and banking on becoming a professional musician.”

She was able to sample what life was like for professional musicians through her parents. When her father went on tours with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Graef, her mother and siblings went with him. Together, they visited Europe and China.

Graef earned her bachelor’s degree in cello from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. When she arrived at CCM to audition for the college’s graduate cello program, a few professors encouraged her to attend an introductory meeting about the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship.

“I was blown away,” she remembers. “It sounded like an incredible opportunity at a great place while getting a degree, which was really important to me.”

“I think it’s definitely accomplishing its goal in helping prepare you for the future through academic training and professional experience,” Graef adds about her experience in the program so far. “Getting a master’s degree debt-free is amazing.”

The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship accepts up to five fellows each year, and is currently accepting applications for the 2019-21 class. Fellows perform the equivalent of five weeks per season with the CSO while enrolled in a two-year Master of Music or Artist Diploma degree program at CCM. Each Fellow receives full tuition scholarship support from CCM, in addition to a $10,000 per year graduate stipend and a one-time Graduate School Deans Excellence Award of $3,000. Each Fellow also receives compensation of $8,000 per season while performing with the CSO.

As a master’s student, Graef balances her time between course work and performance work. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays tend to be busier days where she is usually at school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a mix of classes and ensemble meetings. Her fall semester at CCM includes courses in music theory, music history, a chamber music seminar with the Ariel Quartet and more. After class, she practices cello or works on school projects.

Shannon Lock, violin, Hyeji Park Miranda, piano, and Anita Graef, cello, after their trio recital.

Shannon Lock, violin, Hyeji Park Miranda, piano, and Anita Graef, cello, after their trio recital.

She is the principal cellist in the CCM Philharmonia and she performs in a trio with CCM students Shannon Lock, violin, and Hyeji Park Miranda, piano. Graef’s favorite concert at CCM was when she performed works by Haydn and Shostakovich with the trio.

“I’m always busy, but busy in the way I want to be — working as a musician,” Graef says. “I’m really grateful to be here and am really inspired on a daily basis.”

When she isn’t in class or at the CSO, Graef enjoys exploring Cincinnati and spending time with friends. She has visited many of Cincinnati’s museums and parks — she loves Eden Park — and is always looking for restaurant recommendations. Graef is also passionate about weight lifting, which helps her posture as a musician, and loves cooking and reading.

She stays on top of everything by looking ahead, staying goal-oriented and communicating with her professors, she says. Graef takes private cello lessons with CCM professor Ilya Finkelshteyn, principal cellist of the CSO, who also mentors her at the orchestra.

“One of the most beneficial parts for me has been the one-on-one lessons I get with my teacher,” Graef says.

“Playing with the CSO is really eye opening. It will push you to be even better than you were before and more alert. It teaches you the ins and outs of what it takes to be in a professional orchestra and the kind of skills you need for that kind of work.”

She most recently performed in the CSO’s “One City: Beethoven 9” concert at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. Last year, during her first year as a Diversity Fellow, Graef performed Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 with the CSO. Graef is looking forward to performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 at the CSO’s 2018-19 season finale in May.

The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program is currently accepting applications for its 2019-21 class of fellows. Now in her final year of the program, Graef has some words of wisdom for future fellows:

“It’s a very rigorous program but it’s incredibly rewarding. You learn a lot about music, about yourself, about the process of working and obtaining a permanent job in a symphony orchestra and you’ll meet incredible people along the way and make lifelong relationships.”

Join the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship
CCM and the CSO are now accepting applications for the 2019-21 class of Fellows. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. For application and audition requirements, visit us at ccm.uc.edu/chance2perform.

Apply online now at ccm.uc.edu/admissions/application/gradapplication.

Questions? Email us at ccmadmis@uc.edu.

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