Here They Come A-Caroling: CCM Choirs Celebrate Holidays with Annual Feast of Carols

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More than 300 choir voices will fill the halls of Corbett Auditorium with favorite holiday songs during CCM’s annual Feast of Carols on December 4 and 5. The festivities will include treasured sounds of the season performed by CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra; UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and outstanding area high school choirs. Performances will take place on Saturday, December 4 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati.

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American Opera Legend Returns to CCM

CityBeat‘s Anne Arenstein and the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand each take a closer look at Carlisle Floyd’s current residency at CCM – you can view the CityBeat story here and the Cincinnati.com piece here.

The “Evening With Carlisle Floyd” concert event is scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Patricia Corbett Theater. Maestro Floyd will be joined by renowned pianist George Darden and CCM student artists for an evening celebrating Floyd’s life in the theater. This special concert event is free and open to the general public.

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CCM Dance Presents Their Fall Concert Dec. 3-5

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The CCM Ballet Ensemble present their Fall Concert Dec. 3 – 5 in Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert showcases two world premieres by award winning choreographers and CCM faculty members Jiang Qi (with CCM composer Michael Fiday) and Michael Tevlin. The event also features a re-staging of the “Pas de Deux” from Don Quixote by CCM faculty and former American Ballet Theatre ballerina Deirdre Carberry and additional works by adjunct faculty members Ka-Ron Lehman Brown and Suzette Boyer Webb.

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“Young Frankenstein” Teams Recent CCM Grads

Jackie Demaline profiles two recent CCM alumni, Preston Boyd (’08, Musical Theatre) and Kelly Meurer (’05, Theatre Design & Production), who are part of the national tour of Young Frankenstein. You can read the story here.

Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts presents Young Frankenstein now through Nov. 28.

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CCM Singer Advances to Met Opera Nationals

Congratulations to mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom, one of two singers to win first prize in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions held at the Music Institute of Chicago last weekend. Walstrom, who shared first place with baritone Ryan Milstead, will advance to the national semifinals in March. Janelle Gelfand provides more details here.

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CCM Students and Alumni Featured in Cincinnati Boychoir Performance of Handel’s “Messiah”

Four current and former CCM students will be featured soloists in the upcoming performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Cincinnati Boychoir. On December 11-12, soloists Kelly Ballou (soprano), John Holiday (countertenor), Ian McEuen (tenor) and Michael Dauterman (baritone) will join the boys and men of the Cincinnati Boychoir as they perform Part I (the Christmas portion) of Handel’s masterpiece along with other holiday favorites. Outside of New York, Cincinnati will be the only place in the U.S. in 2010 where a choir of boys and men will perform Messiah.

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