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CCM Piano Professor Michelle Conda Performs with the Cincinnati Community Orchestra This March

CCM Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy Michelle Conda.

CCM Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy Michelle Conda.

Next month, CCM Professor of Piano Michelle Conda will join the Cincinnati Community Orchestra (CCO) for a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. The free concert will take place on Saturday, March 7, and is open to the general public.

Of the five piano concertos written by Prokofiev, his third piano concerto has garnered the greatest popularity and critical acclaim. The CCO’s March 7 program will also include Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141.

Under the musical direction of Gerald R. Doan, the CCO performs a broad range of works representing composers of all eras in music. The orchestra consists of more than 80 amateur and professional musicians. This upcoming concert marks Conda’s eighth invitation to perform with the CCO.

Conda is an Associate Editor for Clavier Companion magazine with her specialty in the field of andragogy (adult learning). She is a founding member and on the Steering Committee of the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3). Last August, Conda coordinated and hosted the GP3’s forum at CCM.

Her national conference participations include the Steering Committee of the Adult Learning session of Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), Steering Committee of the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program and Steering Committee member of The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NMCP). She lectures locally and nationally, including MTNA National Conference, GP3 and NMCP.

In addition to her editorship, Conda’s articles have appeared in Keyboard Companion, Clavier Companion, Yamaha Key Action, American Music Teacher and Piano Pedagogy Forum. Her pedagogy studies were with Jane Magrath and E.L. Lancaster.

At UC, as well as heading the Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy programs, she heads the Communiversity piano program.

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The cover to Jonathan Kregor's 'Program Music.'

CCM Professor Jonathan Kregor Explores Program Music In New Book

CCM Associate Professor of Music Jonathan Kregor.

CCM Associate Professor of Music Jonathan Kregor.

This spring, Cambridge University Press will publish Program Musica new book by CCM Associate Professor of Music Jonathan Kregor. The book is the first English-language publication in over a generation to deal exclusively with program music, a repertoire frequently heard but only rarely written about.

Kregor explains, “As musicians and scholars, we want to know how, and to what extent, music has meaning. Historically, program music has offered answers, but while it is behind some of the most familiar repertoire of the classical music canon, its definition remains hazy and its practices are numerous.”

Program music was one of the most flexible and contentious novelties of the long 19th century, covering a diverse range that included the overtures of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, the literary music of Berlioz and Schumann, Liszt’s symphonic poems, the tone poems of Strauss and Sibelius, and compositions by groups of composers in Russia, Bohemia, the United States and France.

Kregor explores program music’s ideas and repertoire within the book, discussing both well-known and less familiar pieces by an array of 19th and 20th century composers. Setting program music in the context of the intellectual debates of the period, he presents the criticism of writers like A. B. Marx and Hanslick to reveal program music’s growth, dissemination, and reception.

“I wanted to try to present the various ways in which composers have created programmatic works, how audiences have responded to them, and how the debates about music and meaning that lie at the heart of program music continue to challenge us today,” Kregor says.

Designed to be an accessible introduction to the topic of program music, the book features numerous illustrations and music examples and provides detailed case studies of battle music, Shakespeare settings and Goethe’s Faust.

Learn more about Kregor’s Program Music by visiting www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/music/nineteenth-century-music/program-music.

About Jonathan Kregor
Jonathan Kregor, PhD, is a musicologist specializing in 19th century music. His research interests include aesthetics, Franz Liszt, musical reproduction, music and memory, virtuosity and gender, and art song.

He has published articles and reviews in The Journal of MusicologyThe Musical QuarterlyNineteenth-Century Music ReviewJournal of the American Liszt Society and Notes; and has given papers at numerous national and international conferences. He is a recipient of fellowships from the German Historical Institute and the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik.

Kregor is the author of Liszt as Transcriber (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which won the Alan Walker Book Award from the American Liszt Society, and the aforementioned Program Music (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has edited volumes of C.P.E. Bach’s keyboard music (Packard Humanities Institute) and Clara Schumann’s unpublished arrangements for solo piano (A-R Editions), and has co-edited Liszt et le France. Since 2012 he has been editor of the Journal of the American Liszt Society.

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Vote for CCM in CityBeat’s Annual “Best of Cincinnati” Readers Survey

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Click here to place your vote!

The polls are currently open for CityBeat’s 19th Annual Best of Cincinnati® Readers Survey and we are delighted to report that CCM has been nominated in several areas!

Within the Arts & Nightlife category, CCM has been nominated as Best Local Theatre Company.

Our string quartet-in-residence – the Ariel Quartet – has been nominated in for Best Local Classical Music Group.

Another ensemble-in-residence at CCM – the Cincinnati Children’s Choir – is up for Best Local Vocal Arts Group.

Several CCM faculty members have also received nods for Best Local Musician.

Within the Urban Life category, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has also been nominated as Best College/University.

Your votes count! Show your support for all of CCM’s Best of Cincinnati® nominees by visiting http://survey-citybeat.wehaaserver.com/survey-120-best-of-cincinnati-2015.html and casting your ballot today!

Voting ends at midnight on Tuesday Feb. 10. Look for results in the April 1 issue of CityBeat!

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CCM Piano Professor Michael Chertock Performs with the Boston Pops This February

CCM Professor Michael Chertock. Photography by Lisa Ventre.

CCM Professor Michael Chertock. Photography by Lisa Ventre.

CCM Associate Professor of Piano and Keyboard Studies Division Head Michael Chertock will perform as a soloist with the Boston Pops during the beloved orchestra’s tour of Florida next month.

Affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will be performing a “best of” program throughout Florida from Feb. 3 – 9. Conductor Keith Lockhart promises, “a broad spectrum of styles, from jazz to pop, indie rock to big band, film music to the great American songbook, and Broadway to classical.” Learn more about the tour here.

Chertock will also conduct and perform as soloist with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra on March 6 in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

You can view Chertock’s full 2014-15 performance schedule by visiting www.michaelchertock.net/Pages/201415Schedule.

Recently, Chertock performed as soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

He also recorded two Piano Concerti by John Alden Carpenter with the BBC Concert Orchestra in Abbey Road Studios in London, with Keith Lockhart conducting. The recording will be released on the Dutton Epoch label in February.

Learn  more about CCM’s world-class faculty members by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/faculty.

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Thanks to YOU For Making This Year’s MOVEABLE FEAST So Successful!

CCM's Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

CCM’s Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

To the sponsors, partners, Friends of CCM Members, volunteers, faculty members, student artists, staff, event attendees and everyone else responsible for making this year’s Moveable Feast such an overwhelming success: THANK YOU!

  • Check out Cincinnati Refined‘s coverage of the evening here.
  • Check out the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s coverage of the evening here.
  • Check out the News Record‘s coverage of the evening here.

It was a night to remember – thank you for sharing it with us!

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CCM faculty artists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt. Photo by Andrew Higley.

CCM Piano Professor Soyeon Kate Lee Performs at Lincoln Center on Jan. 29

CCM welcomes Assistant Professor of Music in Piano Soyeon Kate Lee to its faculty. Her appointment begins in August of 2014.

CCM Assistant Professor of Music in Piano Soyeon Kate Lee.

New York residents, mark your calendars: Assistant Professor of Piano Soyeon Kate Lee will play a concert at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Lee’s performance is part of the Chamber Music Society New Music series, which champions modern composers of chamber music and invites listeners to witness musical innovation in the stunning Kaplan Penthouse.

For those not based in New York, the concert will also be streamed live at www.chambermusicsociety.org/watchlisten/watchlive.

Lee joined CCM’s faculty in the fall of 2014 and played a sold-out joint faculty artist recital with CCM Chair of Piano and Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt in October. Lee’s appointment to the Department of Piano gives CCM the rare distinction of having two Naumburg Gold Medalists on faculty! Learn more about Lee’s appointment by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/faculty/soyeun-kate-lee-joins-piano-faculty.

For more information about Lee’s upcoming performance at Lincoln Center and to purchase tickets, please visit www.chambermusicsociety.org.

About the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
The Chamber Music Society is one of 11 constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater and the Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society has its home at Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall. Through its performance, education and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

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From left to right: Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet.

The Ariel Quartet’s CCM Concert Series Continues on Jan. 27

The internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet continues its concert series at CCM on Tuesday, Jan. 27, with a performance featuring works by Schubert, Stravinsky and Schulhoff. Tickets for this performance are on sale now.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The Quartet was formed in Israel 16 years ago when its members were young students, and they have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the string quartet-in-residence at CCM, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts – a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young.

Last season, the Quartet performed its first complete Beethoven Cycle at CCM, a feat that the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand characterized as “a challenge like climbing Mount Everest, and you could only marvel at their musicianship each step of the way.” You can watch excerpts from last season’s concert series by visiting www.arielquartet.com/video.

“The Cycle” proved so popular that the Ariel Quartet was invited to perform another complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets for New York City audiences at the SubCulture music venue on Bleeker Street.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal‘s Barrymore Laurence Scherer praised the Quartet members for their “vigorous aplomb” and their “palpable joie de vivre born of understanding and affection for the works channeled through their own consummate musicianship.”

Repertoire
SCHULHOFF: Divertimento for String Quartet, Op. 14
STRAVINSKY: Three Pieces for String Quartet
SCHUBERT: String Quartet in G Major, D. 887

Performance Time
8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

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 ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Ariel Quartet’s 2014-15 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Corbett Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg.

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