CCM’s Theatrical Props: Making the Scene Seem Seamless

Jackie Demaline explores the design work behind The Matchmaker and other upcoming CCM productions in “Making the Scene Seem Seamless” – you can read her full story here.

CCM’s Mainstage production of The Matchmaker runs tonight (preview) through Oct. 31 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183. You can learn more about the production here.

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Deborah Polaski Spotlighted in November’s Opera News Magazine

Scott Barnes spotlights dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski in the November issue of Opera News. Polaski attended CCM from 1972-1975, studying with voice teacher Lucille Evans during that time. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from UC this past June. You can view the entire Opera News feature here.

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CCM Holds Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Student Andrew Howell

A candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of musician, student and valued friend Andrew Howell in the CCM Alumni Gardens on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. A slideshow compiled by Howell’s friends and colleagues will be shown in the adjacent Baur Room during this time. Interim Dean Frank Weinstock and Professor of Horn Randy Gardner will say a few words and the CCM Horn Studio will perform.

The Alumni Gardens, home to the iconic Pan fountain, are located just past the breezeway between the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts and CCM Memorial Hall. The gardens are also accessible from the Baur Room. More information on the event is available here.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Howell’s family, friends and instructors during this time.

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The CCM Chorale Performs Duruflé’s “Requiem” Oct. 31, 2010

This Sunday, the Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati welcomes the CCM Chorale for an all-Duruflé program that will feature Notre Pere and the Requiem, the composer’s unquestioned masterwork. Brett Scott conducts. Other guest artists will include include mezzo-soprano Karen Lykes and organist Bryan Mock, who will perform works for solo organ: Prelude sur l’Introit de l’Epiphanie and Toccata, Opus 5. Part of the Mary Slade Rust Martin and Louis Henry Martin Memorial Program, this event starts at 5pm and is open to the public. The program is offered free of charge, but voluntary donations are welcome. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of CCM student Andrew Howell. More information after the jump.

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CCM Presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Evita,” Nov. 17-21

 

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CCM’s Musical Theatre department kicks off its Mainstage Season with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Evita. This vivacious show runs from November 17 (preview) through November 21 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.

Winner of seven Tony Awards, Evita brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Perón. Her huge political influence and widespread charity catapulted her into the hearts of the working class, but enraged the wealthy and the military of Argentina. This exuberant production creates a gripping theatrical experience and features the memorable songs “High Flying, Adored” and the legendary “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” putting into music the unfortunately short life of the unofficial heroine of Argentina.

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CCM Students Advance to Met Opera Central Region Finals in Chicago

Congratulations to two of our own: soprano Xi Wang and mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom, both of whom have advanced to the next round in the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions!

Amongst stiff competition, Wang and Walstrom were singled out by the judges and now move on to the Central Region Finals in Chicago. Also receiving accolades was mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel, who was given an encouragement award by the judges.

MONC is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Many of the world’s foremost singers, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, approximately 100 former auditioners appear in Metropolitan Opera productions.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Matchmaker”

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Next week, CCM Drama opens our Mainstage Series with The Matchmaker, a classic comedy by the great American playwright Thornton Wilder. Today, we present a behind-the-scenes look at the make-up, wig and prosthetic work going into the show, courtesy of UC Photojournalism student Kevin Wauligman. The Matchmaker runs Oct. 27 (preview) through Oct. 31 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183. You can learn more about the production here.

CCM gratefully acknowledges the support of Mainstage Season Production Sponsor Macy’s.

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