CCM's famed Faculty Jazztet.

CCM Faculty Jazztet Concert features Ariel Quartet, World Premiere of new work from Grammy Award-winning Alumnus

For the first time, acclaimed artists in CCM’s Faculty Jazztet will collaborate with the college’s renowned String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet, in a free concert presented at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert features new compositions by the jazz faculty and the world premiere of Catching Light, by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Patterson (BM Composition, 1978).

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

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

New works by faculty members Steve Allee, Craig Bailey and Kim Pensyl will feature the Ariel Quartet’s virtuoso string sounds and exciting improvisations. Performers will include Allee, piano; Bailey, saxophone and flute; Pensyl, flugelhorn; James Bunte, saxophone and flute; Rick VanMatre, saxophone and clarinet; Rusty Burge, marimba and vibraphone; Aaron Jacobs, bass and Art Gore, drums.

Grammy Award-winning New York composer and CCM alumnus Michael Patterson will also debut his new work, Catching Light, during the program. Featured on stage will be paintings by internationally recognized visual artist Anna Socha VanMatre. Inspired by Michael Patterson’s composition, she has created a large eight-paneled work, also titled Catching Light, which contrasts texture and color to capture the effect of varying sunlight and moonlight.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Admission is free and reservations are not required. Before the concert Patterson will present a lecture on classical composition, jazz composition and film scoring from 4:30-6 p.m. in Room 2150 of CCM’s Mary Emery Hall.

About Michael Patterson
michael_patterson_1-1An alumnus of CCM’s composition department, Patterson is a Grammy and Emmy Award winner who has written concert works for the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester, Utah, and New Mexico orchestras, the Debussy Trio, Judy Kang, Novus, Eddie Daniels and Rick VanMatre. He has composed, arranged and produced records for jazz artists like Marc Copland, Gene Bertoncini, Hank Jones, James Moody, Calabria Foti and Bob McChesney. Patterson’s film work includes episodes of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, over 50 episodes of JAG (CBS-TV), Tiny Toon Adventures with Steven Spielberg, and feature film work on Lucasfilms’ Radioland Murders. He currently teaches composition and film scoring at NYU.
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Event Information

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
CCM FACULTY JAZZTET
Featuring CCM String Quartet-in-Residence, The Ariel Quartet

CCM’s acclaimed jazz faculty artists collaborate with CCM’s renowned String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet. World premieres by faculty members Steve Allee, Craig Bailey and Kim Pensyl will feature virtuoso string sounds combined with exciting improvisations. Grammy Award-winning New York composer and CCM alumnus Michael Patterson will also debut a new work. Featured on stage will be paintings by internationally recognized visual artist Anna Socha VanMatre.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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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Xinghai Concert Hall. Photo by 慕尼黑啤酒.

Musical Theatre Students Travel to China for Valentine’s Day Performance

CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson and four musical theatre students are taking a whirlwind trip to China to perform with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Xinghai Concert Hall on Valentine’s Day.

Students Michelle Coben, David Paul Schwensen, Emily Morris and Zach Erhardt will head to China with Gibson on Friday, Feb. 10. They will rehearse over the weekend and present the program, “A Valentine to New York,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Michelle Coben.

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David Paul Schwensen.

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Emily Morris.

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Zach Erhardt.

 

 

 

 

The program includes excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls and How to Success In Business Without Really Trying and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. The concert will also feature George Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy and Jule Styne’s Overture to Gypsy. 

“This will be a first for the GSO, a first for CCM as a school, a first for each of the gifted students involved and, frankly, a first for me — my very first all-Broadway concert,” Gibson says.

The trip began with an invitation from CCM alumna Huan Jing (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2010), who studied under Gibson and was also a visiting faculty member at CCM. Jing is the resident conductor of the prestigious Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the only Chinese orchestra to tour and perform on five continents.

“The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra is one of the half-dozen top orchestras in China,” Gibson says.  “Huan Jing is not the only CCM alumna in the orchestra. CCM alumna Nicole Leong is the GSO’s new principal harpist, making this a true family affair!”

CCM Musical Theatre professor Roger Grodsky prepared the students for the concert with assistance from Luke Flood, a master’s of music student in Orchestral Conducting. Gibson and the students will return to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

“We are going to rock Guangzhou!” Gibson says. “Thanks to Huan Jing, Roger Grodsky, Aubrey Berg, Interim Provost Peter Landgren, Interim Dean bruce mcclung, Patti Hall and many more for making this all possible!

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CCM’s Winds Series Presents Masterworks, A World Premiere And More This Semester

CCM Winds' 2010 Prism XIII Concert

CCM’s Department of Wind Studies kicks off a diverse series of spring semester performances on Thursday, Feb. 16. Under the direction of Terence Milligan and Angela Holt, the CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble perform a concert of masterworks, featuring iconic pieces by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and William Schuman.

The series continues on March 1 with the world premiere of the Concerto for Percussion and Wind Orchestra by award-winning Colombian composer Federico Garcia-de Castro. Featuring the CCM Wind Orchestra with guest percussionist Carlos Camacho, the program includes works by Richard Strauss, Gioachino Rossini, Felix Mendelssohn and Florent Scmitt.

On April 6, audiences can listen to CCM’s Wind Ensemble play the sounds of spring in a free concert at the Covenant-First Presbyterian Church, located Downtown. CCM Musical Theatre students join the Wind Orchestra for its final concert on April 12, featuring music for dancing, marching and singing. Feel free to tap your feet and hum along!

Learn more about CCM Winds’ Concert Series below!

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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.

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.

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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2017 SPRING WINDS SERIES

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
MASTERWORKS
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
Angela Holt, music director and conductor
This concert features cornerstone masterworks from the wind band tradition. The Wind Orchestra will perform Vaughan Williams’ Toccata Marziale, Bernstein’s “Profanation” from Symphony No. 1 (Jeremiah) and Copland’s Emblems. The Wind Ensemble will perform Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry and William Schuman’s George Washington Bridge.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, music director and conductor
Hear the creative output of CCM’s composition students through the sounds of the CCM Wind Ensemble. This concert highlights brand new music written at CCM – music that is hot off the press! In addition, CCM student cellist Yijia Fang performs Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1
EUROPE AND SOUTH AMERICA: PAST AND PRESENT
CCM Wind Orchestra
Featuring guest artist Carlos Camacho, percussion
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
This performance features works by European composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the world premiere of the Concerto for Percussion and Wind Orchestra by Federico Garcia-de Castro, a composer of Colombian heritage living and composing today in Pittsburgh.
STRAUSS: Fanfare zur Eröffnung der Musikwoche der Stadt Wien im 1924
ROSSINI: Overture to La gazza ladra
FEDERICO GARCIA-DE CASTRO: Concerto for Percussion and Wind Orchestra (world premiere)
Featuring Carlos Camacho
MENDELSSOHN: Overture for Winds, Op. 24
SCHMITT: Dionysiaques
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, March 5
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll
FRANCAIX: Hommage à l’ami Papageno
WILSON: Dancing with the Devil
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 6
THE SOUNDS OF SPRING
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, music director and conductor
Spring is in the air! Join the CCM Wind Ensemble as we present a concert assortment of musical sounds and colors.
Location: Covenant-First Presbyterian Church, 717 Elm Street – Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, April 9
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
STRAVINSKY: Octet
MARKOWSKI: Octet
CAPLET: Légende
WEILL: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11
THE SOUNDS OF SPRING
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, music director and conductor
Spring is in the air! Join the CCM Wind Ensemble as we present a concert assortment of musical sounds and colors.
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Room 300
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12
DANCES AND MARCHES AND SONGS, OH MY!
CCM Wind Orchestra
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
We are happy to present music for dancing, marching and singing on this final Wind Orchestra concert of the academic year, which will feature students from CCM’s Musical Theatre program in a cameo appearance. Feel free to tap your feet and hum along as we perform music with a sunny disposition and a universal appeal.
BRITTEN/BACH: “Courtly Dances” from Gloriana
GANDALFI: Vientos y Tangos
GANNE: March Lorraine
GRAINGER: Lincolnshire Posy
BENNETT: Suite of Old American Dances
FUCIK: Florentiner March
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Room 300
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 13
CCM Chamber Winds
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
SCHMITT: Lied et Scherzo
IBERT: Concerto for Cello and Winds
RAYMOND MURRAY SCHAFER: Concerto for Harpsichord and Eight Winds
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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

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Brett Scott leading CCM's Chorale at this year's Moveable Feast gala event.

CCM’s Spring Choral Series Includes Collaborations with Local Choirs, Guest Artists and More

CCM’s Department of Choral Studies presents contemporary works, a staged performance of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and concerts with CCM’s Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra during its Spring Choral Series.

Under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers and Associate Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Brett Scott, CCM’s and UC’s choral ensembles will present eight concerts from Feb. 12 through May 7. Tickets are on sale now for all performances.

The series begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 with the Winter Choral Showcase, featuring performances from the CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, and the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses. The concert includes selections from William Byrd’s The Great Service, Dominick DiOrio’s A Dome of Many Colored Glass and We Dance, Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home and Craig Hella Johnson’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning.

UC’s Men’s and Women’s Choruses return with the Cabaret Singers on March 4 in a presentation of classical, pop, folk and jazz arrangements, featuring works by Copland, Handel, Holst and more. A week later on March 12, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir will celebrate its 24th anniversary with special guest, the Xavier University Women’s Chorus.

The largest undertaking of the season is a staged presentation of J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on April 9, featuring the CCM Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and the CCM Philharmonia alongside faculty artists Daniel Weeks and Kenneth Shaw, as well as student soloists. This work tells the compelling story of the events leading up to the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus. This performance will be held at Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral.

The Choral Series continues with White Night, a joint performance between the CCM Concert Orchestra and Chorale on April 21. This concert includes Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” (from Prince Igor), Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Little Russian.

View details and repertoire for all Spring Choral Series concerts in the listings below.
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Event Information

All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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.

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.

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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Spring 2017 Choral Series

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
WINTER CHORAL SHOWCASE
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Earl Rivers, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker and Alex Sutton, conductors

Featured works include selections from William Byrd’s Great Service, Dominick DiOrio’s A Dome of Many Colored Glass and We Dance, Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home and Craig Hella Johnson’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, March 4
UC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHORUSES
Kevin Coker and Alex Sutton, conductors
Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers offer a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz arrangements, featuring works of Copland, Cozzolani, Hampton, Handel, Holst, McGlynn, Quick and Silvey.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7
CCM Chorale and Brass Choir
Jillian Nicholson-Dicks and Alex Sutton, conductors
CCM Chorale and Brass Choir present a combined showcase of music for voices and brass. Featured works include Joseph Jongen’s Mass, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ O clap your hands and James MacMillan’s In splendoribus sanctorum from The Strathclyde Motets.
Location: St. Francis de Sales Parish, 1600 Madison Road, Cincinnati 45206
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, March 12
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
TAPESTRY OF VOICES
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
Join CCC resident choirs as they celebrate their 24th anniversary.  The choirs will perform a variety of repertoire from around the world and feature American composers.  With special guest the Xavier University Women’s Chorus.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, April 9
J. S. BACH’S ST. MATTHEW PASSION
CCM Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artists Daniel Weeks, tenor, Kenneth Shaw, bass-baritone and student aria soloists
Earl Rivers, conductor
Andreas Hager, stage director
J.S. Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion is presented in a staged performance, illuminating the dramatic intensity of this Baroque masterwork, which retells the compelling story of the events leading up to the trial of Jesus, his crucifixion and burial.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati 45202
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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5 p.m. Thursday, April 20
A CHORAL SAMPLER
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers
Kevin Coker, Alex Sutton and Tyler Hagy, conductors
Highlighting UC student talent from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Chorus and Cabaret Singers present a 60-minute choral sampler of current popular works from artists such as Michael Bublé, Imagine Dragons and Mike Posner, plus folk arrangements of Singh, Morrison and Hagen. All are invited to enjoy a post-concert reception with light refreshments in the Baur Room following the performance to meet the performers and conductors.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, April 21
WHITE NIGHT
CCM Concert Orchestra & Chorale
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
BORODIN: “Polovtsian Dances” (from Prince Igor)
PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17 (Little Russian)
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, May 7
CELEBRATE YOUTH
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
CCC resident choirs, Satellite Choirs and the Cincinnati Choral Academy will celebrate the future with songs of unity, love and world music.
Location: Princeton High School’s Matthews Auditorium, 150 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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

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People enjoyed performances during the University of Cincinnati CCM Moveable Feast. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

CCM Jazz Swings into Spring with Legendary Artists and New Works

CCM’s Spring Jazz Series begins on Sunday, Jan. 29 and continues through April 16, featuring works by jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Bob Belden, along with new pieces by students and faculty!

The concert series kicks off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 with the CCM Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Combos, under the direction of CCM Jazz faculty members Craig Bailey and Steve Allee. The program features original works from CCM jazz students as well as pieces by Thelonious Monk and today’s hottest composers.

Later in the semester, CCM presents its second annual Essentially Ellington Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18. Sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center, this daylong event features the region’s top high school jazz ensembles. A special gala concert that evening will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra and a special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The series wraps up on Sunday, April 16 with the CCM Jazz Orchestra, led by Director of Jazz Studies, Scott Belck. The concert features works from Grammy Award-winning composer Bob Belden, from his interpretations of Puccini’s Turandot to his arrangements for Prince, Sting and McCoy Tyner.

View a complete concert listing below!

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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.

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.

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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2017 Spring Jazz Series

MODERN MASTERS: THE CCM JAZZ COMPOSERS CONCERT
CCM Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Combos
Craig Bailey and Steve Allee, conductors
Featuring exciting new works from CCM students and alumni, along with pieces by today’s hottest composers!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
CCM FACULTY JAZZTET
Featuring CCM String Quartet-in-Residence, The Ariel Quartet
For the first time, CCM’s acclaimed jazz faculty artists collaborate with CCM’s renowned String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet. World premieres by faculty members Steve Allee, Craig Bailey and Kim Pensyl will feature virtuoso string sounds combined with exciting improvisations. Grammy Award-winning New York composer and CCM alumnus Michael Patterson will also debut a new work. Featured on stage will be paintings by internationally recognized visual artist Anna Socha VanMatre.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT
CCM Jazz Orchestra
CCM is honored to host its second annual Essentially Ellington Festival, sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center. This daylong event features the region’s top high school jazz ensembles. The gala concert will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra plus a very special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, March 5
THE KID FROM RED BANK: JUMPING WITH COUNT BASIE
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Kansas City swings to life with an exciting concert tribute to the most swinging band of all time!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, April 16
FROM PUCCINI TO PRINCE: THE GENIUS OF BOB BELDEN
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, conductor
Bob Belden was the embodiment of the modern genius and iconoclast. We feature his work, from sublime interpretations of Puccini’s Turandot to Prince and Sting and all the way to straight-ahead arrangements for McCoy Tyner.
Location: Great Hall, Tangeman University Center
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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

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CCM Mainstage Series Continues with Timely Political Drama ‘Her Naked Skin’

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Mainstage Acting Series resumes in February with the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s enthralling drama, Her Naked Skin. Directed by CCM Acting Chair Richard E. Hess, Her Naked Skin plays Feb. 9-12 with a special preview performance on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Set in London in 1913, this production focuses on the thousands of suffragettes who served time in Holloway Prison after demanding their right to vote.

'Her Naked Skin' plays Feb. 8-12 at CCM.

‘Her Naked Skin’ plays Feb. 8-12 at CCM.

Her Naked Skin explores a crucial moment in the Suffragette Movement when, with emancipation almost in sight, women refuse to let the establishment stand in their way. Political battles collide with personal struggles when Celia Cain, trapped by the policies of the day and a frustrating marriage, begins an affair with seamstress Eve Douglass while they are imprisoned.

Lenkiewicz’s plays “give theatre a fighting chance in an easily distracted age,” wrote The Guardian. One of her first works, The Night Season, won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2004. Four years later Her Naked Skin became the first play written by a living female playwright to be performed in London’s Olivier Theatre, the National Theatre’s largest venue. The play “plants a defiant feminist flag” on stage, praised The Guardian after its premiere.

“It is imperative that the CCM Acting Department presents stories written by women that place women center stage,” says Hess. “There is a gender bias to so many aspects of life, intentional or not, and Her Naked Skin stands proudly on the side of inclusion and equality.”

Current events, such as the Women’s March on Washington, and a tumultuous political climate make this play resonate with “unexpected timeliness,” Hess adds. “The students in this play, many of whom participated in the recent marches, do not view this as a story of the past.”

Hess elaborates, “CCM Acting students must be engaged with the world, and our world is currently not unlike the world of 1913. Audiences will be exhilarated by the universal struggle presented in Her Naked Skin.”

Her Naked Skin isn’t the first play from the National Theatre that Hess brings to CCM. The National Theatre is known for presenting sweeping historical dramas like Helen Edmundson’s Coram Boy, which premiered in Cincinnati during CCM’s 2011-12 Mainstage Series. “These scripts, first presented in London, will be new to Cincinnati audiences,” Hess says, “and the drama on stage is guaranteed to be epic and exciting.”

“The right to vote is not guaranteed, although it seems to be promised. What would you do to fight for the right to vote if you were denied? Her Naked Skin answers that question.”

This production contains adult themes and situations, including brief nudity, and is intended for mature audiences.

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Creative team
Richard E. Hess, director
William Sawyer, scenic designer*
Tanner Elker, sound designer*
Patrick Jansen, sound designer*
k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
Whitney Glover, projections & media designer*
Ashley Berg, costume designer*
Marilyn Caskey, dialect coach
Foster Johns, dialect coach
Erik McCandless, lighting designer*
Danae Jimenez, wig & make-up designer*
Chelsea Taylor, stage manager*
*CCM Student

Cast

Kenzie Clark as Emily Davison/Mary Nicholson
Sarah Durham as Miss Brint
Mickey Tropeano as Celia Cain
Julia Netzer as Eve Douglas
Sydney Ashe as Flower Seller/Mrs. Major/Mrs. Collins
Carissa Cardy as Clara Franks/Miss Beacham/Waitress
Mafer Del Real as Florence Boorman
Ella Eggold as Mrs. Schliefke
Clare Combest as Mrs. Briggs
Meg Olson as Woman in Street/Prison Wardress
Katie Langham as Prison Wardress
Annie Grove as Nurse
Cater Lacava as John Seely/Guard/Freddie
Nicholas Heffelfinger as Augustine Burrell/Guard/Dr. Klein
Graham Rogers as Edward Grey/Guard
Owen Alderson as Herbert Asquith/Cecil/Guard
Spencer Lackey as Newspaper Vendor/Keir Hardie/Guard
Landon Hawkins as Potter/Speaker/Brown/George Curzon
Ryan Garrett as Dr. Vale/Hunt
Rupert Spraul as Dr. Parker/Charlie Power
Isaac Hickox-Young as William Cain
Andrew Ramsey as Guard

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Her Naked Skin are $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Feb. 8 preview performance are just $15.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12-15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, also based on availability.

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/mainstage/her-naked-skin.

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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Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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Thank You For Making Moveable Feast A Success

 

To the sponsors, partners, CCMpower members, volunteers, faculty members, staff, students, event attendees and everyone else responsible for making this year’s Moveable Feast such an overwhelming success: THANK YOU!

Learn more about Moveable Feast and CCM’s upcoming events on ccm.uc.edu.

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