In 1953, Loretta Catherine Cessor Manggrum became the first African American to receive a degree from CCM. On Sunday, Dec. 12, the Loretta Manggrum Chorale under the direction of Eric B. Oliver will honor her legacy with a presentation of A Christmas Cantata (one of Manggrum’s compositions) at Union Baptist Church in Cincinnati. This event begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 and is open to the general public.
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CCM alumna Tamara Wilson shares her thoughts in an interview with Washington National Opera. This past September Wilson sang the role of Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera with WNO and this week she is reprising the role with Teatre Principal de Maó.
Jackie Demaline profiles two recent CCM alumni, Preston Boyd (’08, Musical Theatre) and Kelly Meurer (’05, Theatre Design & Production), who are part of the national tour of Young Frankenstein. You can read the story here.
Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts presents Young Frankenstein now through Nov. 28.
UC’s News Record recently profiled CCM alumnus Ken Davis (’89), who is currently serving as production stage manager for the Broadway national tour of Rock of Ages. This is Davis’ ninth such tour. “I’ve helped set up Spamalot in Australia, I’ve taken tours to Japan, and nothing was as hard as some of the things we had to go through at CCM for our training,” he explains. “The standards they hold us to are so high, and now I see we were so well prepared that this is easy compared to the stuff they had us do there.” You can read the full News Record article here.
Scott Barnes spotlights dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski in the November issue of Opera News. Polaski attended CCM from 1972-1975, studying with voice teacher Lucille Evans during that time. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from UC this past June. You can view the entire Opera News feature here.
Musical Theatre graduate Josh Brekenridge plays Owen Montgomery in the new Kander and Ebb musical, The Scottsboro Boys, previewing today on Broadway. Musical Theatre graduate Eric Santagata is the assistant director and choreographer to Susan Stroman.
The Associated Press called the pre-Broadway production at the Guthrie Theatre, “Pitch perfect! A staggeringly inventive piece of musical theatre! Entertainment of the highest order, with inspired direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. An exhilarating evening of theatre!” Expections for the Broadway run are very high. Break a leg, Josh and Eric!