CCM Mainstage Presents Legends of Dance on April 12-14

CCM Mainstage Dance presents Legends of Dance.

CCM Dance makes its return to the newly renovated Corbett Auditorium with a mixed repertoire concert, featuring the CCM Concert Orchestra and guest artists from the Cincinnati Ballet.

The Dance Department at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music brings the Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series to a stunning conclusion with its mixed repertoire concert Legends of Dance. The production runs Thursday, April 12, 2018, through Saturday, April 14, 2018, and celebrates the Mainstage Series’ return to CCM’s newly renovated Corbett Auditorium.

Directed by Dance Department Chair Jiang Qi with music direction by Aik Khai Pung, Legends of Dance features the CCM Ballet Ensemble with accompaniment from the CCM Concert Orchestra. The performance features two guest artists from the Cincinnati Ballet — soloist David Morse and Derek E. Brockington of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company.

“The high caliber of these two professional dancers not only elevates the performances, but also provides an excellent experience and learning opportunity for CCM’s student dancers,” Jiang says.

Beginning with one of the most celebrated pieces in all of classical ballet, the production opens with “The Kingdom of the Shades” from Act II of Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère, with music by Ludwig Minkus.

“From its first performance, the ballet was hailed by critics as one of Petipa’s supreme masterpieces,” Jiang says. “’The Kingdom of the Shades’ scene was regularly extracted from the full-length work as an independent showpiece for the ballet stages around the world, and it has remained so to the present day.”

The second piece is A Choreographic Offering by American modern dance pioneer José Limón, set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The piece was restaged for CCM’s performance by guest artist Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba, a former dancer and teacher for the José Limón Dance Foundation.

The performance concludes with “Aurora’s Wedding” from Act III of Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Sleeping Beauty is considered one of the most popular classical ballets in the world, Jiang says.

“Aurora’s Wedding is frequently presented by the world’s leading ballet companies because of its colorful fairytale characters and the exquisite showcase of Aurora and the Prince’s grand pas de deux.”

CCM’s Legends of Dance runs April 12-14, 2018 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.
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CREATIVE TEAM

  • Jiang Qi, director
  • Aik Khai Pung, music director
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Chelsea Taylor*, stage manager
  • Daniel Mallampalli*, Fernando Gaggini*, conductors for “The Kingdom of Shades”
  • Maria Fuller*, conductor for A Choreographic Offering
  • Alexandria Black*, Joseph McNamara*, conductors for “Aurora’s Wedding”

* CCM student

Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère Drop Provided by: Cincinnati Ballet

GUEST ARTISTS
Derek E. Brockington, of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company, will play Solor in “The Kingdom of the Shades” evening performances Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.

David Morse, of the Cincinnati Ballet, will play Prince Desire in the performances of “Aurora’s Wedding.”

The full cast list will be available at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12
  • 8 p.m. Friday April 13
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to Legends of Dance are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, 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/legends-of-dance.

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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

Dance Performance Sponsor: Teri Jory & Seth Geiger

This performance of A Choreographic Offering is presented by arrangement with the José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc.
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM Musical Theatre's Class of 2018.

CCM Musical Theatre Presents Annual Senior Showcase

Cincinnati audiences can see the first performances of an original showcase created by CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2018 at the annual “Not Famous Yet” Senior Showcase on April 5 (CCMpower benefit performance), 6 and 7, 2018, in Patricia Corbett Theater.

The benefit performance on Thursday, April 5 starts at 7 p.m. and features a reception prior to the show with CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award recipients Matt Bogart and Jessica Boevers. Tickets include wine and dinner-by-the-bite after the showcase in the CCM Atrium. For tickets and additional information, visit ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/NotFamousYetShowcase2018.

In addition to the benefit performance, the musical theatre students also present the showcase at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. These two performances are free, but reservations must be made in advance. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 2.

Each year, seniors from CCM’s musical theatre program travel to New York to present a showcase for leading agents, casting directors and managers in the business. The show takes the format of a Broadway audition, with the actors showing off their solo and ensemble skills through song and dance numbers. The work is created by the students themselves under the supervision of program chair Aubrey Berg and with the assistance of musical director Julie Spangler.

The annual showcase began with the establishment of the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre in 1991. At the time of its inception, it was the only academic chair of its kind in the United States. Learn more about the Musical Theatre Class of 2018 here: ccm.uc.edu/theatre/musical_theatre/overview/currentclass.

CCMpower Benefit Performance

The opening performance of the Musical Theatre Senior Showcase on April 5 is part of a benefit for CCMpower. The Host Reception begins at 6 p.m. in CCM’s Baur Room before the performance. The event is followed with wine and dinner-by-the-bite in CCM’s Atrium.

Matt Bogart and Jessica Boevers.

Matt Bogart and Jessica Boevers.

The event also includes the presentations of the Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award, which recognizes professional achievement by graduates of CCM’s Musical Theatre program. This year’s recipients are Matt Bogart and Jessica Boevers, who both graduated in 1994. Bogart has appeared on Broadway in Jersey Boys as Nick Massi, Chris in Miss Saigon, Radames in Elton John’s Aida, The Civil War and Smokey Joe’s Cafe, filmed for PBS. Jessica has appeared as Ado Annie in Sunsa Stroman’s revival of Oklahoma!, and opposite Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Tickets for the April 5 Benefit are:

  • Host Ticket – $100 (includes reception prior to the performance with Matt Bogart and Jessica Boevers (Young Alumni Award Recipients), general performance seating, dinner-by-the-bite, wine and garage parking)
  • General Admission – $75 (includes general performance seating, dinner-by-the-bite, wine and garage parking)
  • CCM Alumni/Young Professional – $50 (includes general performance seating, dinner-by-the-bite, wine and garage parking)

Proceeds benefit student career development grants and scholarships. Seating is limited. To reserve a ticket, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100 or visit ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/NotFamousYetShowcase2018

CCM Hosts FREE Performances of the Showcase on April 6 and 7
Admission to the Musical Theatre Senior Showcase at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, is FREE. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 2; please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to make a reservation. Limit two tickets per order.

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 6
  • 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7

LOCATION
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

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 Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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University of Cincinnati CCM student perform during the CCM's Prep Year End Festival at College-Conservatory of Music. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

CCM Preparatory Offers Summer Programs for Youth and Teens

University of Cincinnati CCM student perform during the CCM's Prep Year End Festival at College-Conservatory of Music. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

Students perform during CCM’s Prep Year End Festival. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II.

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement offers a wide variety of programs in Music, Dance and Theatre Arts for youth and teens of all skill levels — including arts enthusiasts looking for a fun summer experience and motivated students preparing for a future in the performing arts.

CCM Prep provides enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities within a highly creative environment that educate and inspire the whole student. Courses are taught by CCM Prep faculty members and guests artists.

Registration is open for CCM Prep’s 2018 Summer Programs! Visit CCM Prep’s website for more information and tuition details: ccm.uc.edu/summer/youth-teen-programs.

View a complete list of programs below:
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YOUTH PROGRAMS

FUTURE STARS
9 a.m.-noon | June 4-8
For ages 3-6
Each day of this playful camp, future stars will make believe, twirl on their toes, march to the drum and learn about the performing arts — all while having fun.
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CAMP CCM
9 a.m.-5 p.m. | June 11-15
For ages 7-9 (Grades 1-3)
Experience all of CCM in one week! This multi-arts camp lets you choose your “major” — music, theatre or dance while enjoying something new in your electives each day!
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THE CCM EXPERIENCE
9 a.m.-5 p.m. | July 9-20
For ages 8-15 (Grades 3-9)
Do you love the arts? Love performing? Love to move? Spend two weeks in one of the finest performing arts schools in the country and take classes in your area of expertise. A final showcase will put you on one of CCM’s many stages. In addition to concentrated work in your area, each day you’ll have the chance to try something new, take a tour, DIY props, costumes and instruments. You can only get a program like this at CCM where dance, theatre and music live together!
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CAMP BRAVO AT ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | June 25-29
For ages 7-14
Prepare yourself for applause, cheers and rave reviews with our musical theatre camp. Acquire the skills to become a triple threat with acting, dance and voice classes taught by the professional teaching artists of CCM Preparatory. Take a bow at the concluding performance!
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YOUTH CLASSICAL GUITAR WORKSHOP
9 a.m.-5 p.m. | June 11-15
For ages 7-12
The Youth Classical Guitar Workshop is designed to help classical guitarists improve and explore different aspects of their music skills.
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CCM SUZUKI SUMMER STRINGS CAMP
9 a.m.-5 p.m. | June 11-15
For grades K-6
Practice your instrument, gain new friends and have fun learning and reviewing skills and songs while improving your technique!
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TEEN PROGRAMS

HIGH SCHOOL ARTS IMMERSION
June 17-30 for all programs other than FortiCCMo and Jazz Academy
Spend two weeks surrounded by peers from throughout the nation who share your passion, excitement and dreams. CCM offers an unparalleled immersive experience, allowing you to explore the arts and learn from the best. Programs are generally for rising sophomores through seniors. Housing is available for these programs. Detailed housing information is available on the website. The following workshops are all part of High School Arts Immersion:

VOICE WORKSHOP
For grades 10-12 — rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
Students will work in master class settings with CCM voice and acting faculty, CCM Preparatory faculty and professional vocal coaches to develop healthy vocal delivery, strong interpretation, language skills and physical freedom in their singing. Optional private lessons are available.

ACTING WORKSHOP
For grades 10-12 — rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
The High School Acting workshop is an intensive two-week program where students study movement for the actor, stage combat, the Sanford Meisner technique, practical acting skills, rehearsal process, professional demeanor, audition technique and acting as a career. Faculty includes CCM Preparatory, CCM faculty plus guest artists and instructors.

BALLET INTENSIVE WORKSHOP
For ages 14-18, intermediate though advanced dancers
The Ballet Workshop offers a comprehensive training program for young men and women specializing in ballet technique, pointe, battiere, pas de deux, ballet repertoire, ballet variations and modern dance in a state-of-the-art ballet facility. In addition, it will offer classes in hip-hop, jazz, character dance, Pilates, injury prevention and nutrition. The program is comprised of daily and evening classes. It will also offer seminars by guest teachers and speakers to supplement the student’s learning and interest.

FORTICCMO PIANO WORKSHOP
June 17-23
For grades 9-12 — rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
The FortiCCMo Piano Immersion Workshop is a week-long intensive piano program that aims to nurture talented high school piano students. Students will have the opportunity to take lessons with CCM esteemed faculty, collaborate with their peers in chamber music and perform in concerts and master classes. Students will gain an understanding of what it means to be a piano major at CCM and will get a glimpse of life as a professional musician.

JAZZ ACADEMY
June 18-22
For ages 14-18
CCM Jazz Academy offers an outstanding experience to study jazz performance with professional musicians in a variety of settings. Daily ensemble rehearsals will be augmented with classes in jazz theory, jazz arranging, improvisation, and jazz listening, as well as master classes with guest artists and faculty members. Faculty includes CCM Preparatory and college instructors, along with guest artists and teachers. The week concludes with a performance by the student combos and Jazz Ensemble.

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PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

DROP-IN OR PUNCH CARD BALLET CLASSES
6-7:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Saturday
Classes begin June 4 and continue through August 4
For students in level 5 through adult
Current CCM Preparatory students in these levels do not need to audition. New students should contact Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer by e-mail at jacobsji@uc.edu for further information.
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BALLET INTENSIVE STUDY
5:15-8:15 p.m. | August 28-31
For intermediate and advanced students in levels 5-7
CCM Preparatory’s Summer Ballet Intensive offers comprehensive training for young men and women in ballet technique, pointe, battiere, pas de deux, repertoire, variations and modern dance in our state-of-the-art facility.
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PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
Private music lessons are offered throughout the year to students of all ages. There are opportunities for short-term music lessons for students just wishing to study during the summer.
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Please visit CCM Prep’s online registration website for more information and tuition details: ccm.uc.edu/summer/youth-teen-programs

You can also request more information by calling CCM Prep at 513-556-2695 or emailing ccmprep@uc.edu.

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The cast of "The Theory of Relativity." Photo by Kaelin Butts.

Musical Theatre Meets Physics in CCM’s “The Theory of Relativity”

Art and science unite in the next Studio Musical Theatre Series production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Using Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity as a beautiful and thought-provoking metaphor, The Theory of Relativity offers a crash course in physics while telling the story of a group of interconnected people who are searching for love.

The cast of "The Theory of Relativity." Photo by Kaelin Butts.

The cast of “The Theory of Relativity.” Photo by Kaelin Butts.

The musical runs Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, March 31, 2018, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 26 through the CCM Box Office.

From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, The Theory of Relativity presents an array of characters experiencing life’s joys and heartbreaks and the inevitability and wonder of human connection.

The physics metaphors are expressed through lyrics, formulas and movement on stage, says CCM Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Katie Johannigman, director and choreographer of The Theory of Relativity.

CCM’s production invited Dr. Richard Gass, Undergraduate Director of UC’s Physics Department, to give the cast a crash course on General Relativity to prepare for the show. What was planned as a 30-minute lesson turned into an over two-hour interactive lesson about light cones, Newton’s laws, The Theory of Relativity and more, Johannigman says.

“Our students became enraptured by the physics and it launched a huge discussion about technology usage in our generation, perceptions people try to maintain through social media and how important our every action is during our time here on Earth.”

Gass listened to the musical and applied all of the physics lessons through the lyrics in the songs. He later brought ten of his students to watch a rehearsal of the show and had a discussion with the cast of CCM Musical Theatre students about how art and science overlap. Johannigman and The Theory of Relativity cast are grateful for Gass’ help, she says.

“We sing about the cosmos and our insatiable need to connect with each other through witty and contemporary lyrics that often reference Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein’s findings,” Johannigman adds. “The Theory of Relativity is funny, sad, heart-warming and familiar — a whirl of stars figuring out where we fit into every expanding universe.”
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THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY
Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Katie Johannigman, director and choreographer
Stephen Goers, musical director

CAST LIST
Delaney Guyer as Amy
Madison Deadman as Caroline
Camila Paquet as Catherine
Zoe Grolnick as Jenny
Kendall McCarthy as Julie
Mikayla Renthrow as Mira
Bailee Endebrock as Sara
Zach Triska as Adam
Dylan Mulvaney as Anthony
Dylan Dougal as Oliver
Jack Brewer as Mike
Sam Pickart as Paul
Frankie Thams as Ryan
Swings: Eli Goykham, Elle Zambarano 

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 30
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31

LOCATION
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 26. 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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 CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Theory of Relativity is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. http://www.MTIShows.com

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CCM Presents Annual Pianopalooza Concert on March 25

The annual showcase features some of CCM's most gifted student pianists in a program that emphasizes romanticism and virtuosity.

CCM’s Spring 2018 Piano Series presents Pianopalooza: Fast and Fabulous Fingers at 7 p.m. this Sunday, March 25 in Robert J. Warner Recital Hall. The annual showcase features performances by some of CCM’s most gifted student pianists.

This dazzling concert highlights the talent of these students as they present a program that emphasizes romanticism and virtuosity. The program features works from renowned composers including Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Mozart and more! Complete event information is below.

Tickets for Pianopalooza are on sale now through the CCM Box Office for $15 general, $10 non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID.
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REPERTOIRE

RACHMANINOFF: Allegro agitato from Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36; featuring CCM student Benjamin Gittens
LISZT: Étude de concert, S. 144, No. 3 “Un Sospiro”; featuring CCM student Eunhwa Lee
RAUTAVAARA: Piano Sonata No. 2 “The Fire Sermon”; featuring CCM student Pyeongeon Kim
SIBELIUS: Romance, Op. 24, No. 9; featuring CCM student Jiwon Han
LISZT: Études d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, S. 140, No. 3 “La Campanella”; featuring CCM student Jiwon Han
— Intermission —
MOZART: Allegro con spirito from Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major, K. 448; featuring CCM students Sebastian Arredondo and Wenxing Zeng
RAVEL: Movements I, III and V from Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite); featuring CCM students Scott Sherman and Yaoyue Huang
BARBER: Movements I, III and VI from Souvenirs, Op. 28; featuring Eben Wagenstroon and Sam Reich

PERFORMANCE TIME
7 p.m. Sunday, March 25

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets for Pianopalooza are on sale now through the CCM Box Office for $15 general, $10 non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM Wind Studies Presents 21st Annual PRISM Concert

This edition of the annual crowd-pleasing concert includes students from CCM Jazz and CCM Preparatory.
CCM presents the 21st installment of its annual PRISM concert, a 60-minute musical revue featuring CCM Wind Studies, Jazz Studies and Preparatory and Community Engagement. The annual concert is at 4 p.m. this Sunday, March 25, 2018 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

This year’s program includes performances by the CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, CCM Brass Choir, the Miles Davis Collective, the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and a solo performance by nine-year-old pianist Sophia Suwiryo, a CCM Prep student who recently performed with the Cincinnati Pops.

“This concert is packed with exciting performances by gifted performers” says Terence Milligan, CCM’s Interim Director of Wind Studies and Professor Emeritus of Music. “In fact, the concert moves so quickly from one work to another that there will be no time for applause until the end.”

PRISM will use all of Corbett Auditorium as its stage, with acts performing in front of the curtain while large ensembles move into position on stage. The concert is fast-past and riveting, as well as a prime opportunity for new and returning CCM patrons to discover ensembles and genres that pique their interest.

“Our target audience includes anyone who enjoys good performances by fine players, from jazz, to brass choirs, to concert bands, to flute duets, to trumpet quartets and anything in between,” Milligan says.

The addition of CCM Preparatory and the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble to PRISM this year is an exciting change from previous years, which will serve as an opportunity for CCM Preparatory students and parents to become better acquainted with the musical life of CCM as the young students share their talents with CCM patrons.
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PERFORMANCE TIME
4 p.m. Sunday, March 25

LOCATION

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to Prism XXI are $15 for general audiences, $10 for non-UC students. UC student tickets are FREE. 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.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle
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CCM Behind-the-Scenes: Directors’ Notes for ‘Suor Angelica’ + ‘Gianni Schicchi’

CCM pairs two of Puccini’s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production on March 22-25.

CCM pairs two of Giacomo Puccini‘s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production, which opens this Thursday, March 22, and continues through Sunday, March 25, 2018. These two operas highlight Puccini’s mastery of emotional storytelling, each sharing two contrasting tales about moral hypocrisy and greed.

CCM graduate students direct each production; Meredith Kitz directs Suor Angelica while Andreas Hager directs Gianni Schicchi. These young directors are not only challenged with mounting top-notch productions, but also have the added difficulty of presenting two distinct operas as a cohesive show.

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi work well together because they are so different,” says Hager. “The former takes religion and social order very seriously, while the latter completely skewers the awful and rich Donati family. In Suor Angelica, God is the moral compass, but Gianni Schicchi is about flesh and desire, with both the good and bad urges in every human.”

Tickets for CCM Opera’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schcchi are available now through the CCM Box Office.

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You can read more about the productions in the directors’ notes below:

Puccini’s Suor Angelica tells a story of faith, redemption and unconditional love. Under the ever-watchful eye of the Virgin Mary, a cloistered community faces the the daily toil of life in service of God and the greater good. Any longing for the outside world is left behind, and the encouragement to grow in relationship to God is brought to life in pastoral beauty. When a bitter presence thrusts harsh reality into this delicate atmosphere, will mercy and forgiveness provide the respite and salvation these women seek?

Suor Angelica asks us to see beyond desires and material attachments and surrender to a love that is greater than anything this world has to offer — a love that transcends life itself.

– Meredith Kitz, director of Suor Angelica

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Firenze è come un albero fiorito,
che in piazza dei Signori ha tronco e
fronde,
Ma le radici forze nuove apportano
delle convalli limpide e feconde

Florence is like a flowering tree,
With trunk and branches in the piazza,
But the roots draw new strength
From the clear and fertile valleys.

So sings the lover Rinuccio, begging his narrow-minded family to allow him to marry his girlfriend. The problem: his family does not want him to associate with “newcomers,” as his aunt refers to the non-native born. The aria morphs into a sweeping ode to immigration and the exchange of cultures. Who brought the great arts and sciences to Florence? Arnolfo, Giotto and the Medici were all born outside the city, Rinuccio reminds them.

The family rejects this and doesn’t warm to the marriage until the girl’s father, the titular Gianni Schicchi, crafts a plot to forge a new will and help them inherit their dead uncle’s money. It’s a masterful study in hypocrisy, all the more remarkable because it remains lighthearted and effervescent.

Like the best of Shakespeare, Gianni Schicchi transcends its time period and national distinctions. We recognize each one of the characters onstage. Composed during the final years of World War I, the opera questions the stability of a fossilized world order but also concedes that a rejuvenated and more diverse society will only emerge through a bit of trickery. If the moral lesson is muddied, Gianni Schicchi certainly gets at a fundamental truth: it’s fun to watch the wicked fall.

– Andreas Hager, director of Gianni Schicchi

Suor Angelica will last 1 hour and will be followed by a 15-minute intermission. Gianni Schicchi will last 1 hour. View the program booklet online here.
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CREATIVE TEAM:

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Meredith Kitz, director (Suor Angelica)*
  • Andreas Hager, director (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Theron Wineinger, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Rin Marie Schwob, hair and make-up designer*
  • Sidney Martin, props master*
  • Hankyu Lee, sound designer*
  • Chelsea D. Taylor, stage manager (Suor Angelica)*
  • Margo Leist, stage manager (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Ashley Trujilo, costume designer*
  • Marie-France Lefebvre, musical preparation

*CCM student

CAST LISTS:
SUOR ANGELICA

  • Caitlin Gotimer*, Nicolette Book^ as Sister Angelica
  • Amber Fasquelle*, Karis Tucker^ as The Princess
  • Brenda Iglesias-Zarco as The Abbess
  • Briana Moynihan as The Monitress
  • Mia Athey as The Mistress of the Novices
  • Claire Lopatka*, Allison Anderson^ as Sister Genovieffa
  • Hannah Consenz as Sister Osmina
  • Madeline Jentsch as Sister Dolcina
  • Rebecca Printz as The Nursing Sister
  • Amber R. Monroe as Alms Sister 1
  • Victoria Okafor as Alms Sister 2
  • Amanda Olea as Novice
  • Yewoon Yeon as Lay Sister 1
  • Natalie Sheppard as Lay Sister 2
  • Mercer May Barton as Griffin

GIANNI SCHICCHI

  • Jonathan Stinson*, Samson McCrady^ as Gianni Schicchi
  • Teresa Perrotta*, Lisa Rogali^ as Lauretta
  • Brandon Scott Russell*, Chandler Johnson^ as Rinuccio
  • Rebecca Printz*, Abigail Hoyt^ as Zita
  • Dongwhi (Tony) Baek*, Tyler Jonson^ as Gherardo
  • Murrella Parton*, Amy Joy Stephens^ as Nella
  • Daniel Roger Lefebvre Chaitkin as Gherardino
  • John Siarris*, Antonio Cruz^ as Betto di Signa
  • Michael Hyatt as Simone
  • Zane Hill as Marco
  • Briana Moynihan as La Ciesca
  • Antonio Cruz*, John Siarris^ as Maestro Spinelloccio
  • Miles Wilson-Toliver as Ser Amantio di Nicolao
  • Joshua Cook as Pinellino
  • De’Ron McDaniel as Guccio

* Thursday, March 22 & Saturday, March 24
^ Friday, March 23 & Sunday, March 25

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

LOCATION
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, 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/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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