University of Cincinnati Closed After 1 P.M. Today (Dec. 6, 2013)

The Uptown, Blue Ash, and Clermont campuses of the University of Cincinnati will close at 1 p.m. today in anticipation of severe weather this afternoon. The National Weather Service is predicting snow beginning around noon, with heavy snowfall into the evening.

Classes meeting at 1 p.m. or later are canceled and all offices — with the exception of those noted in the UC emergency closing policy (University Rule 30-16-01) — will be closed at 1 p.m.

View the official University announcement here: http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=18936

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CCM’s Preparatory Department Celebrates 35 Years of Cincinnati Junior Strings

Cincinnati Junior Strings founding maestro Gerald “Gerry” Doan.

Cincinnati Junior Strings founding maestro Gerald “Gerry” Doan.

CCM’s Preparatory Department (CCM Prep) celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Cincinnati Junior Strings ensemble with a winter concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Muntz Theater. This special event will honor recently retired Cincinnati Junior Strings founder Gerald Doan and new director Rachel Bierkan.

The 43 talented string students performing in this orchestra range in age from 9 – 14 years old. Under the direction of Bierkan, Jennifer Cox and Betty Anne Gottlieb, they will perform a variety of classical works, many arranged by Doan specifically for the Cincinnati Junior Strings!

Alumni of of the Cincinnati Junior Strings are encouraged to attend the Dec. 15 concert and perform with the orchestra. A reception will follow the performance, and both the concert and reception are free and open to the public.

Donations will be accepted for the Doan Scholarship Fund, which recognizes an outstanding member of Cincinnati Junior Strings. For further information about the event, please contact Amy Dennison, Assistant Dean and Director of CCM Prep at 513-556-946.

You can learn more about the Dec. 15 concert courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

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CCM Alums in NBC’s Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

NBC's 'The Sound of Music'The hills will be alive with the sound of CCM alumnae during this evening’s live television broadcast of The Sound of Music on NBC! The Carrie Underwood-starring musical features a number of former CCM students in its cast, including Ashley Brown, Nikki Renee Daniels and Adrienne Danrich!

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand recently spoke with Danrich about her role in the TV event. Read the interview online here.

Read about The Sound of Music‘s other Cincinnati connections courtesy of the Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter here.

The Sound of Music airs live at 8/7c tonight (Thursday, Dec. 5) on the NBC network. You can learn more about the broadcast by visiting NBC.com and view the complete cast list courtesy of Broadway World.

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CCM Welcomes the Holiday Season with Choral Concerts

Santa Claus makes a guest appearance at the 2012 Feast of Carols. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Santa Claus makes a guest appearance at the 2012 Feast of Carols. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Hundreds of voices will fill the stage of Corbett Auditorium this December as CCM celebrates the season with a pair of holiday-themed concert programs. The Feast of Carols returns with 2 and 5 p.m. performances on both Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. The following Saturday, Dec. 14, CCM’s ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir presents its Holiday Concert with performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Only a limited number of seats remain for each of these concerts.

The annual Feast of Carols – a tradition that dates back decades – will embrace an eclectic mix of holiday songs ranging from the classic and traditional to the contemporary and even barbershop. CCM’s Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and outstanding area guest choirs, including Anderson, Lakota East and Mason High Schools, will perform these treasures sounds. Conductors Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Marie Bucoy-Calavan, Michael Fuchs and Robyn Lana invite audiences to sing along to favorite holiday carols during the spectacular “Fa-La-La” Finale with audience, combined choirs and CCM’s Concert Orchestra.

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s Holiday Concert will feature all 450 members of the Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the tri-state area, performing holiday songs from around the globe. Robyn Lana conducts.

Only a limited number of seats remain for each of these performances. Please see individual listings below for ticket prices and additional information.

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CCM’s Wind Orchestra Performs The Works of French Composers

CCM's Wind Orchestra. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra. Photography by Dottie Stover.

The CCM Wind Orchestra concludes 2013 with a spectacular performance of French wind classics at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Corbett Auditorium.

Director of Wind Studies Glenn D. Price wields the baton as conductor and music director of the prestigious CCM Wind Orchestra, treating the audience to the spectacular composition “Suite Française” by Darius Milhaud, an early 19th century French composer and teacher. Milhaud’s “suite” takes the listener on a daring audible journey through the French countryside beginning on the west coast and moving through France, telling the tale of each region. Audiences will be delighted as the orchestra touches on themes from the beloved Normandie, Bretagne, Ile-de-France, Alsace-Lorraine and Provence regions.

The Wind Orchestra also presents an intriguing composition by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, one of France’s most renowned composers. “Occident et Orient” will once again take the audience on a musical journey, crossing cultures from west to east. The piece begins with a rousing march, then transitions into an homage to Turkish janissary music before returning to western themes for its exhilarating finale. Saint-Saëns is also known for his compositions “Carnival of the Animals,” the opera “Samson and Delilah,” “Danse Macabre” and the “Organ Symphony.”

The Wind Orchestra will also perform “Children’s Overture,” a gem by early 20th century French composer Eugene Joseph Bozza. Audiences will be enchanted by Bozza’s elegant, lyrical style.

“Dionysiasques” is a spirited composition by Florent Schmitt inspired by Dionysis, Greek god of the grape harvest, wine and madness. This composition describes a raucous evening festival held in Dionysis’ honor. It begins with the slower party preparations and evolves into a march as the fête kicks into high gear. The music becomes more and more hectic until the final jubilant climax. Schmitt’s other works include “La tragédie de Salome” and “Psalm 47.”

“Pantomime,” one of Pierre Mercure’s first compositions, was completed in 1948. During this time period, Canada, Mercure’s homeland, was going through a national identity shift. This has sparked a debate as to whether “Pantomime” is a nationalistic piece or whether it expresses the influences of the budding surrealist movement. Despite the debate surrounding Mercure’s intentions, “Pantomime” is a lyrical and dramatic piece. It reflects the influences of the French masters, while retaining its own personality and sense of joy. Audiences will happily follow the story of “Pantomime” which depicts a sleeping figure waking, playing gleefully and returning to a resting state.

Performance Times
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the “The French Revolution” are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

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 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 new 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

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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‘Hunger Games’ Film Series Features Make-Up Design By CCM Alumnus Bradley Look

CCM alumnus Bradley Look.

CCM alumnus Bradley Look.

Fans of the Hunger Games film series have another opportunity to see CCM alumnus Bradley Look’s handiwork in action. Look (MFA, 88) served as one of the makeup artists for the original film phenomenon and returns for the long-awaited sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theatres now!

Since studying Make-Up and Wig Design at CCM, Look has become an Emmy-winner and one of the most sought-after make-up artists in the industry.

Learn more about Look’s work on both popular television programs and on major motion pictures courtesy of UC Magazine.

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CCM Concert Orchestra Presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 on Nov. 26

Guest conductor Ken Lam with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Competition in May 2011.

Guest conductor Ken Lam with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Competition in May 2011.

On the heels of last season’s acclaimed Beethoven Festival, CCM’s Concert Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 under the direction of guest conductor Ken Lam at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Corbett Auditorium.

Beethoven’s eighth symphony was composed in 1812 and is generally light-hearted, including various passages often interpreted by listeners as musical jokes.

Hindemith’s virtuoso turn for viola solo, Der Schwanendreher, will round out the program with medieval German folk melodies.

CCM’s celebration of the music of Beethoven will continue throughout 2014 as the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet presents its first complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets in January, February and March. You can learn more about this momentous undertaking by visiting ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/arielsubscription.

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CCM Slideshows: Owen Wingrave

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Over 40 years after receiving its television premiere, Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave finally makes its regional debut this weekend as part of CCM’s Mainstage Series! Do not miss your chance to experience this rarely seen chamber opera. Tickets are on sale now for performances at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 23, along with a 2 p.m. performance on Nov. 24.

This opera is conducted by guest artist and CCM alumnus Johannes Müller-Stosch, with stage direction by Kenneth Shaw. Learn more about Owen Wingrave here.

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CCM Slideshows: Boeing Boeing

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This weekend is your final chance to see CCM Drama‘s co-production of the Tony Award-winning comedy Boeing Boeing with the Carnegie in Covington, Ky. Directed by CCM’s new Assistant Professor of Drama Brant Russell, this production runs through Sunday, Nov. 24.

In her CityBeat review, Stacy Sims declares, “This winning partnership brings an abundance of talent, youth, energy and physical comedy to the Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theater.”

Cincy Whimsy calls the show, “Quite possibly the most humorous play you will see all year” and the Adventure Mom Blog calls Boeing Boeing, “the perfect play to see after a stressful week.” Tickets are on sale now!

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CCM Students Present the Fourth Annual Carols for a Cause Benefit Concert

RohsStreetCafeStudents from CCM’s Departments of Drama and Musical Theatre are joining forces to present the fourth annual “Carols for a Cause” benefit concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26. This year’s holiday cabaret will take place at the Rohs Street Café (located at 245 W. McMillan Street, right next to the campus of the University of Cincinnati). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to “Carols for a Cause” is “pay what you can” and all proceeds benefit the Great Globe Foundation, an organization founded by CCM alumni Michael Littig and Julianna Bloodgood. Learn more about the Great Globe Foundation and CCM Drama’s Dadaab Theater Project here.

About the Great Globe Foundation
The Great Globe Foundation uses the power of the arts to inspire the voices of youth throughout the world in creating their own opportunities and platforms for positive personal and community change through education and arts engagement. Learn more by visiting www.greatglobefoundation.org.

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