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.
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.
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.
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.
CCM’s Studio Series of Operas, Musicals and Dramas continues November 4-6 with Anton Chekhov’s influential play, Three Sisters. The decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world is the subject of this Diane Kvapil directed drama.
Continuing the spirit of Halloween, CCM Opera Theatre and the Philharmonia Orchestra join forces to present a fully staged concert version of Benjamin Britten’s operatic thriller, The Turn of the Screw, in the Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus from November 5-7, 2010.