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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 for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit 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 for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit


2017 Spring Jazz Series

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.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
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

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
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

7 p.m. Sunday, March 5
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

4 p.m. Sunday, April 16
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

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.


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


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

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

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 for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

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

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CCM’s ‘Moveable Feast’ benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017! Click on the image for more information.

CCM’s Moveable Feast: Plan Your Artistic Menu

Here is your first look at this year’s artistic menu for CCM’s annual Moveable Feast. Create your own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, along with Backstage tours and much more before Friday’s event!

This year’s “opening course” offers a preview of songs from Broadway’s Anastasia, composed by CCM graduate Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, 1982). Cast as Anya in the new musical, alumna Christy Altomare (BFA Musical Theatre, 2008) returns to the Corbett Auditorium stage to sing “Journey to the Past” with the CCM Philharmonia. View the Moveable Feast program online or scroll below for a complete list of performances.

A map of CCM Village is below, including food stations with dinner by-the-bite from Jeff Thomas Catering. Be sure to visit the CCM Box Office during Moveable Feast for special discounts on spring concerts and Mainstage performances.


Moveable Feast Schedule

Corbett Auditorium
Philharmonia Orchestra featuring Anastasia – 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Orchestra & Musical Theatre Finale – 10 p.m.

Patricia Corbett Theater
– 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
Opera – 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Cohen Family Studio Theater
Musical Theatre
– 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Robert J. Werner Performance Hall
Chamber Choir
– 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
Ariel Quartet – 8:30 p.m.
Piano – 9:30 p.m.

CCM Atrium
Backstage Tours – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Lighting Demonstrations – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Room 3650
Preparatory & Community Engagement – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Room 3250
Classical Guitar – 8 p.m.
Acting – 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
World Music – 9 p.m.

Room 3240
Theatre Design and Production Exhibit – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Room 3140c
Electronic Media – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Tickets to this year’s event are moving fast, so don’t delay – get yours before they’re gone and experience an unforgettable evening of artistic and culinary delights! Call CCM at 513-556-2100 to order.

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CCM's 48-Hour Film Festival

Audience Members Pick Winners from CCM’s 48-Hour Film Festival

img_5232Over the course of 48 hours, 101 University of Cincinnati students came together to create ten original short films in CCM’s third annual 48-Hour Film Festival. They used nothing but their creativity and three seemingly unrelated ingredients: glow-in-the-dark Grinch boxer shorts, the phrase “I wish I could feel like this every day and a can of Glade aerosol air freshener.

The films premiered on Nov. 20 at the Main Street Cinema in Tangeman University Center. Each year the festival offers awards to the students involved in the audience’s favorite films. This year’s Audience Awards go to:

  • Best Actress ­– Jacqueline Daaleman (Craig)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Eliza Palter (Craig)
  • Best Actor – Josh Reiter (Craig)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Isaac Hickox-Young (Craig)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Matt Fox (How to: Feel)
  • Best Cinematography – Jacob Berry and Patrick Murphy (How to: Feel)
  • Best Editing – Salvador Mendoza (I Wish I Could Feel Like This Every Day)
  • Best Composition – Spencer Lackey (How To: Feel)
  • Best Film – How to: Feel, directed by Nick Heffelfinger and produced by Spencer Lackey.

Led by Richard Hess, professor of acting and department chair, CCM’s 48-Hour Film Festival unites creative minds from all over UC to act and film their own short films. This year’s festival included students from six different UC colleges and 22 different majors. The short films can be viewed on the 48-Hour Film Festival website or YouTube.

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Composition Student Wins International Schwarzman Scholarship

Throughout her four years as a University of Cincinnati student, Rachel Walker has split her time between the U.S. and China to study music. She hopes to create an arts organization that serves as a bridge between the two countries and now, as a newly named Schwarzman Scholar, her goal is nearly in sight.

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Rachel Walker. Photo by Jackie Stevens.

Walker, who graduates tomorrow from the UC College-Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s of music in composition, will join students from 30 countries and 75 universities as a member of the second class of Schwarzman Scholars. The new international program is designed to shape future leaders by giving students a better understanding of the changing geopolitical landscape. It funds travel costs, a stipend and one-year tuition for a master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

This won’t be Walker’s first trip to Beijing. As a sophomore at CCM, Walker began teaching herself Mandarin and was encouraged by Professor Emeritus Joel Hoffman to spend a year studying traditional music at the China Conservatory.

“This experience, in addition to trips to Taiwan and Beijing on grants from the UC Research Council and CCMpower [a volunteer fundraising organization] respectively, have made an unspeakable impact on me as a person and an artist,” Walker says. “I have been researching Chinese instruments and collaborating extensively in Beijing, but have felt an increasing need to broaden my understanding of China past the traditional music world alone.”

She worked with UC’s office of Nationally Competitive Awards and the Office of the Provost to prepare her application for the Schwarzman Scholarship. Three hundred semifinalists were invited for in-person interviews before international panels composed of CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents, non-profit executives and other global leaders narrowed the selection to the 129 Schwarzman Scholars. Eileen Strempel, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at UC, helped coach Walker for the interview.

“Working with Rachel was a delight,” Strempel says. “She is an exciting composer who is determined to move music from a passive experience into a global community-building exercise. Her vision, distinctive creativity and perseverance position her perfectly to make the most of the Schwarzman Award.”

Walker was chosen after a rigorous selection process that evaluated leadership skills, academic ability and strength of character. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she will pursue a MA in Management of Global Affairs with a concentration in Public Policy. She wants to expand her network and leadership skills by learning more about how businesses and arts organizations run in China.

“The prestige of this award demonstrates to the world that the UC experience gives students the tools they need to compete with the best in the world,” says UC Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Honors Program, Raj Mehta. “We are proud that Rachel’s success and her future work will continue to build upon the global reach and reputation of our university.”

After the scholarship she plans to start a new organization that creates more dialogue between the new music and folk music worlds in China and the U.S. She has experience in creating and running an arts organization. In 2015, she and another CCM composition student, Ivan Alexander Moscotta, founded Cincinnati Soundbox — a chamber music series aimed at diversifying the Queen City’s music scene with works from local and national composers.

Walker will continue her musical research while in Beijing and hopes to write more compositions that utilize Chinese instruments. Her composition I touched the ground while floating away uses the pipa, a pear-shaped instrument sometimes called the Chinese lute, and the yangqin, a Chinese hammered dulcimer. The piece is available for streaming on Sound Cloud; more of Walker’s work is featured on her website,

“I’m humbled by this opportunity and am excited to return to Beijing,” Walker says of her acceptance into the Schwarzman Scholars program. “It’s been a nice surprise as I close out my time at CCM.”

About Schwarzman Scholars
Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students in residence in 2016. Learn more at

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Preparatory Ballet Concert. Photography by Kyuran Ann Choe.

CCM Prep Presents Fall Youth Ballet Concert This Weekend

CCM Preparatory students present classic and contemporary winter-themed works during the Fall Youth Ballet Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer directs.

The annual concert features excerpts from story ballet Paquita, excerpts from Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Patineurs, a new ballet setting of popular children’s book The Snowy Day and the snow scene from the end of the first act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

The Snowy Day opens the program with original choreography by CCM Prep dance instructor Heather Stevenson. The piece is based on Ezra Jack Keats’ immensely popular 1962 children’s book of the same name, which won the 1963 Caldecott Medal. It tells the story of a small boy experiencing the first snowfall of winter with childlike awe and excitement. Stevenson set this ballet to Jacques Offenbach’s waltz of the snowflakes from his operetta Le voyage dans la lune.

Up next is Les Patineurs, which depicts a group of Victorian skaters frolicking on a frozen pond, with choreography by Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer. After Les Patineurs CCM Prep musicians will take the stage to play a short musical interlude.

The quintessential snow scene from The Nutcracker follows with choreography by CCM Prep dance instructor Ana Bird. This ballet is one of the most beloved holiday traditions for many families and performers, and Tchaikovsky’s music has become a nearly universal sign of the holiday season.

The program’s finale, Paquita is a story ballet set in Napoleonic Spain about a young girl who falls in love with a nobleman. The ballet was first performed in 1846 at the Paris Opéra Ballet with choreography by Joseph Maziller and music by Édouard Deldevez. CCM Prep dancers will perform additional scenes that were added to the ballet in 1881 by composer Ludwig Minkus and choreographer Marius Petipa.

To receive further information please contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595, email or visit

Performance Time
7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9
7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10

Patricia Corbett Theater

$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE. 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 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 for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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