Vocalists Compete for 2017 CCM Opera Scholarships on Feb. 25

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.Every year since 1976, the young vocalists of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music take the stage by storm to compete for five coveted full-tuition scholarships and $62,500 in awards that accompany them. This year, the competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Twenty-five current and incoming students will compete before a panel of acclaimed judges for the five scholarships and named awards, including:

  • Corbett Award ($15,000): Supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with CCM.
  • Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000): Supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with CCM.
  • Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500): Supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000): Supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000): Supported by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Each contestant will be judged on the basis of voice, acting, language, musicianship and style in a complete dramatic performance of an aria. This year’s judges are Benita Valente, Stephen Lord and Roberto Mauro.

Valente is an acclaimed American soprano who has performed and recorded with some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Additionally, many composers have collaborated with her to create new works, including William Bolcom, Alberto Ginastera and Libby Larsen. Lord is an American opera conductor who is currently the music director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and who will become the principal conductor of Michigan Opera Theatre in the 2018-19 season. Mauro is the Director of Music and Artistic Administration for the Canadian Opera Company.

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 frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council AuditionsAs reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, four singers with ties to CCM advanced to the semi-final round of the 2016 Met Auditions. This year, alumna Summer Hassan (MM Voice, 2014) and alumnus Cody Quattlebaum (BM Voice, 2015) were first place winners in their respective regions of the Metropolitan Opera 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 2016-17 Mainstage Opera season concludes next month with Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by Aik Khai Pung with stage direction by Marcus Shields. The production runs from March 30 through April 2. Learn more about the production at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/idomeneo.

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2017 Opera Scholarship Competition

Performance Time
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission

Admission to the Opera Scholarship Competition is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required and audience members may enter and exit the theater at appropriate times throughout the day.

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 Studio Series Presents Fantastical Opera ‘Transformations’ Feb. 17-19

Transformations, a chamber opera by American composer Conrad Susa crafted from Anne Sexton’s 1971 book of the same name, runs Friday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 19 at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. The opera presents ten of Sexton’s confessional and somewhat sardonic poems that are based on stories by the Brothers Grimm, including Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Briar Rose.

Admission is free but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 13 through the CCM Box Office. Transformations is directed by Assistant Professor Emma Griffin and conducted by Avishay Shalom, CCM graduate orchestral conducting student.

Transformations contains adult themes and is not recommend for young audiences. Sexton struggled with mental illness for most of her life, which culminated in her suicide in 1974. Her work explores mature themes of sexuality, both consensual and imposed, and mental illness, including its traumatic causes and its public reception.

“There are many surprising moments in this show, but I think the most unanticipated thing about them is the grace with which they come together as a whole, even though some sections contain events that are unbelievable or uncomfortable,” says Transformations dramaturg Hope Rice, a senior art history student at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. “No surprising moment in this show is gratuitous; it really was Sexton’s experience, and everything comes together in the end with purpose.”

While the time and place of the action in Transformations are unspecified, many productions present it in the American 1970s, in part because of the many pop culture references scattered throughout the libretto. CCM’s production does the same, although it also contains stylistic elements from present day.

“The world of the play was born in the 1970s, but, like fairytales, it contains themes that are relevant to the human condition in any time period,” Rice says. “Transformations is visceral because its time and place are not specified.”

It is very much a modern opera in terms of the score, which uses a significant amount of dissonance, but not necessarily to jarring effect. The rhythms that composer Conrad Susa uses are very much influenced by pop culture, according to Transformations conductor Avishay Shalom.

“In the opera you will find grooves like tango, samba, blues and many more that frame the dissonant harmonies within the traditional and familiar grooves,” Shalom says. “Anne Sexton’s world of metaphors is eclectic and full of references. Susa’s approach to setting her text celebrates Sexton’s unique voice and matches her wide-ranging imagination with his use of pitch, harmony and rhythm.”

The opera calls for eight singers and each play at least six roles. There is also an Anne Sexton character who guides the action throughout the opera and experiences her own transformation along the way.

“While the singers in this show are characters from fairytales, like princesses, dwarves or talking mirrors, they all speak to experiences that many audience members may be able to relate to,” Rice said. “Like fairytales, Sexton’s poetry is born out of reality but contains elements of myths in order to speak to a broad audience.”

This production contains adult themes and is not recommend for young audiences.

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Cast List
Caitlin Gotimer*, Annie Barr** as Anne Sexton
Ashley Fabian as Green Cowboy Boots
Eleni Antonia Franck as Woman with Black Hair
Thomas J. Capobianco as Blonde Man with Beard
Pedro André Arroyo as Headphones
John Tibbetts as Red Hat
Benjamin Lee as White T-shirt
Jacob Kincade as Tall Man with Beard

* Feb. 17 and 19
** Feb. 18

Performance Times
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 13. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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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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'Her Naked Skin' Wigs

CCM Behind-the-Scenes: Creating Wigs & Make-Up for ‘Her Naked Skin’

Danae R. Jimenez, third-year graduate student at CCM, always dreamed of doing hair and make-up for theatre. When she was a little girl, she remembers telling her grandma, “I’m gonna do hair and make-up for the stars!”

Now, at least during CCM’s production of Her Naked Skin, Jimenez is turning her focus to suffragettes.

Danae Jimenez with two wigs from CCM's production of 'Her Naked Skin.'

Danae Jimenez with two wigs from CCM’s production of ‘Her Naked Skin.’

Jimenez is the Wig and Make-Up Designer for Her Naked Skin, a political drama about women who fought for the right to vote in London in 1913. Directed by CCM Acting Chair Richard E. Hess, the play runs Feb. 8 (preview) through Feb. 12 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

There are 24 wigs in the production and 5 different facial hair pieces, Jimenez says. It is a big production for CCM’s five-person Wig and Make-up Shop, but the students are no strangers to hard work.

CCM has one of the only graduate-level Wig and Make-Up programs in the country, which is why Jimenez choose to study at the college after she graduated with an undergraduate degree in theatre from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

“Im from Ohio and CCM has always been one of those places with prestige attached to it,” she says. “My professors at Saint Mary’s said this was the place I needed to be.”

Since she became at student at CCM, Jimenez has designed wigs and make-up for several shows, including Mainstage productions of A Chorus Line and Pentecost. She began designing for Her Naked Skin in the fall and the students started building the hair pieces when everyone returned from winter break.

“This show is very different for me design-wise because we had to do so much pre-planning,” she says. “I think one of the largest challenges was to not over design. We wanted to make sure that our choices were made smartly.”

She looked at historical photos to shape her designs around how people actually wore their hair in the early 1900s. She even found photos of the real suffragettes who were sent to Holloway Prison, a setting depicted in Her Naked Skin.

“Being able to look at real photos of women from that time in those situations was very cool,” says Jimenez, who minored in women’s studies when she was an undergraduate student. “Finding actual true historical research was probably the best and easiest part of the design process.”

The hard part was planning around the multiple wig and make-up changes that occur throughout the production. Most of the actors in Her Naked Skin play multiple roles, so the wig and make-up changes often signify character changes. Jimenez was challenged to create practical designs that can be quickly fixed and altered behind-the-scenes during the performance.

Some of the lead female characters have two wigs. The backup wigs are used during certain “action scenes” so the primary wigs can remain styled correctly. For example, Jimenez designed a second wig for a character who is forcibly hosed with water when she is jailed in Holloway prison.

Danae Jimenez with CCM acting student Spencer Lackey.

Danae Jimenez with CCM acting student Spencer Lackey.

She kept the make-up fairly simple to give the women a natural look because make-up was not widely used until the 1920s. However, the men wear more make-up and have more wigs and hair pieces to represent their character changes.

“Some of the men get fun character make-up because they are playing specific historical characters so we are adjusting that make-up to make them look more like the real people,” Jimenez says.

“My favorite one right now is Spencer Lackey, who is playing Keir Hardie [a former leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party]. We are doing a beard for him and we are going to do his make-up to make him look aged.”

The students also built a curly white “judge” wig from scratch for CCM actor Landon Hawkins, who plays the Speaker of the House in Her Naked Skin. Jimenez is working with Assistant Professor of Make-Up Kelly Yurko on the complicated wig. She has never built such a wig before but she previously created a fully hand-tied wig for  class that took her between 50 and 60 hours to complete — from laying the wig’s lace foundation and sewing it together to tying all of the hair into place.

The wig and make-up crew did not build all of the wigs from scratch, most were built by previous students for past CCM productions. However, Jimenez styled all of the wigs. They also had to be altered to fit the actors; the students traced the actors heads to create new measurements for the wigs.

Danae Jimenez with fellow wig and make-up student Meredith Keister as she "wefts," or creates tracks of hair, for a wig.

Danae Jimenez with fellow wig and make-up student Meredith Keister as she “wefts,” or creates tracks of hair, for a wig.

Many of the wigs needed to be “refronted,” which means the students replaced part of the wigs to blend with the actors’ natural hairlines. This process involves tying hair piece-by-piece into a lace foundation from the middle of the crown to the hairline. This can take about 10 to 12 hours.

“Everyone has been so helpful,” Jimenez says about the other students working with her. “For there only being five of us in the shop, everyone has been great.”

Audiences can see the products of their handy work when CCM presents Her Naked Skin from Feb. 8-12 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are available online through CCM’s Box Office.

After Her Naked Skin closes the shop will focus on CCM’s next Mainstage production, Jerry Herman’s powerful musical Mack and Mabel. Jimenez has been assisting Yurko in creating wig and make-up designs for the musical, which is set in the 1920s.

“I know it’s going to be a lot of wigs and a lot of changes, Jimenez says. “It’s going to be another big one.”

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Event Information
Her Naked Skin contains adult themes and situations, including brief nudity, and is intended for mature audiences.

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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CCM Winds' 2010 Prism XIII Concert

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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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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