Discussing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Costumes with Student Designer Brittany McManus

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Brittany McManus is a third-year master’s degree student in costume design. Along with the production’s scenic designer, lighting designer, sound designer and wig & make-up designer (all of whom are third-year graduate students at CCM), McManus’ work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is serving as her thesis project.

McManus’ unique costume design concepts for this production draw inspiration from the 1960s. “We are doing three different groups of people,” she explains. “The 60s are when the countercultures really emerge, so you start to see these different facets of society in a way that you may have seen before… but not to this extent.”

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Beethoven Festival Continues Tomorrow Night

CCM's Concert Orchestra.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra.

This fall’s Beethoven Festival continues at 8 p.m. tomorrow evening (Sept. 21) with the CCM Concert Orchestra presenting the Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus and Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Mark Gibson conducts.

The performance also features Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major with soloist Yang Liu, a graduate student from Wuhan, China and the winner of this year’s CCM Violin Concerto Competition.

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Cincinnati Season Openers Feature the Talents of CCM Drama

CCM alumna Torie Wiggins in Cincinnati Shakespeare's production of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

CCM alumna Torie Wiggins in Cincinnati Shakespeare’s production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

This fall, visit any stage in Cincinnati to enjoy season opening theatre productions and you will have the chance to see the talents of current and former CCM Drama students!

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CCM Student Wins Third Prize in Li Delun National Conducting Competition

Jing Huan was awarded third prize in China's first Li Delun National Conducting Competition (photo: Ren Xihai)

CCM student Jing Huan was awarded third prize in China’s first Li Delun National Conducting Competition (photo: Ren Xihai)

Congratulations to CCM doctoral candidate Jing Huan for winning third prize in China’s first Li Delun National Conducting Competition in Qingdao!

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, China Symphony Development Foundation and Qingdao local government, the competition was held from June 18-23, 2012.

Learn more courtesy of Gramophone Magazine here.

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CCM Jazz Student Profiled By Soapbox Cincinnati

Josh Jessen performing with the CCM Jazz Ensemble.

Josh Jessen performing with the CCM Jazz Ensemble.

Congratulations to current CCM student Josh Jessen on his recent Soapbox Cincinnati profile! Jessen is a multi-genre oriented pianist working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at CCM.

“He’s got it all,” says CCM Adjunct Instructor of Jazz and “living guru of big band drumming” John Von Ohlen. “He can write his own ticket if that’s what he wants to do.”

You can view the entire Soapbox Cincinnati feature here.

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CCM Students Give Back To The Community With Cincinnati Out Reach Music Project

Cincinnati’s Fox 19 recently profiled the Cincinnati Out Reach (COR) Music Project, an after-school program co-founded and directed by CCM graduate students Deron Hall and Louisa Shepherd.

“COR Music Project aligns my professional arena with my personal arena as far as the things I am most interested in,” Hall explains. “I have a really strong interest in using the arts to change lives.”

Read Fox 19’s feature here.

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