CCM Announces Fall 2017 Schedule of Major Events

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents more than 100 major public performances this fall as part of its yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM’s Fall 2017 Performance Series runs Sept. 6 through Dec. 9, 2017.

Established in 1867, CCM will spend the 2017-18 performance season looking back on its history as one of the country’s oldest conservatories, celebrating the careers of its impressive alumni and faculty, and looking forward to the artistic futures of its incredible students!

Pick up a copy of CCM's Fall 2017 Calendar of Major Events or view the booklet online at https://issuu.com/ccmpr/docs/ccmfall2017calendarbooklet.

Sesquicentennial highlights include CCM’s Fall Choral Showcase on Sept. 24, which revives Norman Dello Joio’s Proud Music of the Storm, a composition that Ralph and Patricia Corbett originally commissioned for CCM’s centenary and the dedication of Corbett Auditorium in 1967!

On Sept. 26, the Ariel Quartet opens its four-part concert series with a program dedicated to the memory of CCM Professor Emeritus and LaSalle Quartet member Walter Levin, who passed away on Aug. 4, 2017, at the age of 92.

The Sesquicentennial celebrates the work of Broadway composer and CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty (BM, 1982) with a production of his hit musical Seussical, running Oct. 19-22 and 25-29.

Midwest Emmy-winning soprano and CCM alumna Adrienne Danrich (MM, 1995) returns to her alma mater for a guest artist performance on Oct. 22. Composer and CCM alumnus Christopher Stark (MM, 2007), whose work has been called “fetching and colorful” by the New York Times, returns to campus the following week for a collaboration with new music ensemble New Morse Code on Oct. 29.

On Nov. 1, the CCM Jazz Orchestra joins forces with faculty artist and jazz legend John Von Ohlen to present the hits of the Stan Kenton Orchestra during a can’t-miss concert event.

From Nov. 2-4, CCM’s Acting Department mounts a production of Todd Almond’s (BM, 1999) The Earth Is Flat, a play about the American college experience set in UC’s own Calhoun Hall!

This fall’s lineup also includes faculty and guest artist recitals, fully supported theatrical productions, film screenings, orchestral performances and much more!

You can learn more about CCM’s fall schedule of performing and media arts events by referring to the list below or picking up a Fall 2017 Calendar of Major Events at the CCM Box Office.

You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Fall Calendar of Events by visiting issuu.com/ccmpr/docs/ccmfall2017calendarbooklet.
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Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise in the event listings below, 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.

Subscription packages and flex ticket packages are on sale now! Single tickets for all Mainstage Series productions and Concert Series performances go on sale at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

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 information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the 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’S 150th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE SEASON
FALL 2017 MAJOR EVENTS

SEPTEMBER

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6
• Faculty Artist Series •
Commercial Music Production Faculty Concert
Please join the CMP faculty for an evening of original music and arrangements. CMP faculty members Kim Pensyl, Aaron Jacobs, John Taylor, Ric Hordinski, Brad Myers and others will be joined by CCM faculty members Rusty Burge and Rick VanMatre.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7
THEATER OF WAR
Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings of Sophocles’ Ajax, an ancient Greek play about the suicide of a great and respected warrior, as a catalyst for facilitated town hall discussions about suicide, combat stress, substance abuse and the impact of war on families. For the past five years, this groundbreaking project has been used to open up powerful dialogue on military installations and in communities worldwide. The University of Cincinnati’s production of Theater of War is being sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Classics, the CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts, the Taft Center, the A&S Dean’s Office and the Helen Weinberger Center.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater (venue change)
Admission: FREE, but seating is limited. For questions, contact Lauren Ginsberg at lauren.ginsberg@uc.edu.

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CCM’s renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Mark Gibson.

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
• Orchestra Series •
FAITH, DOUBT AND REASON: IN HONOR OF THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
MOZART: Overture to The Magic Flute
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 107 (Reformation)
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10
• Faculty Artist Series •
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
SCHUMANN:Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6
R. SCHUMANN: Carnaval, Op. 9
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11
• Faculty Artist Series •
Mark Gibson and Marie-France Lefebvre, piano
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
BRAHMS: Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op. 34
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12
• Jazz Series •
SATISFACTION: THE MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, music director and conductor

Experience the classic hits of the “Stones” as you’ve never heard them before. L.A.-based composer (and Cincinnati native) Matt Harris’ beautiful orchestrations will have you “dancing in the street!”
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
FRANCK: Le Chausseur Maudit
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17
• Winds Series •
COMING TOGETHER
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
DEBUSSY: Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune
STRAVINSKY: Ragtime for Eleven Instruments
RZEWSKI: Attica – Coming Together
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Donna Loewy, piano
LISZT: Hohe Liebe, S. 307; Kling leise, mein Lied, S. 301/2; O lieb so lang du llieben kannst, S. 298
G. FINZI: A Young Man’s Exhortation, Op. 14
J. BERGER: Villanescas
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18
• Winds Series •
AMERICAN TRANSFORMATIONS
CCM Wind Ensemble
Kevin Holzman, music director and conductor
The CCM Wind Ensemble presents a concert of American transformations — both the transformation of American music into larger works in the Western art-music tradition, as well as music related to transformative events in American history. Mohammed Fairouz’s epic Symphony No. 4, In the Shadow of No Towers memorializes the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and comments on the tragedy’s aftermath.
IVES/SCHUMAN: Variations on “America”
LO PRESTI: Elegy for a Young American
SCHUMAN: New England Triptych
FAIROUZ: Symphony No. 4, In the Shadow of No Towers
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20
• Faculty Artist Series •
Douglas Knehans, composer
Featuring Belinda Burge, viola; Paul York, cello; Mikey Arbulu, clarinet; Dror Biran, piano; and others
Works will include:
Spin-off, for clarinet and electronics
Red Silk, Black Water, for viola and electronics
Lumen, for cello and piano
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21
• Winds Series •
IN MEMORIUM: KAREL HUSA
CCM Wind Orchestra
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
The CCM Wind Orchestra opens its new season with a concert in memory of Karel Husa, who died on December 14, 2016, at the age of 95. Born in Prague, he was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1969), the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition (1993) and a musical champion of freedom for all.
LUKÁS: Musica Boema
HUSA: Concerto for Wind Ensemble
FUČÍK: Entry of the Gladiators March
HUSA: Music for Prague 1968
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23
• Starling Series •
STARLING SHOWCASE
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project and the Starling College class.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24
• Choral Series •
FALL CHORAL SHOWCASE
CCM Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Seven Hills Brass Ensemble
Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger, conductors
The Choral Department celebrates CCM’s 150th Anniversary with festival repertoire featuring Norman Dello Joio’s Proud Music of the Storm for mixed chorus, organ and brass, commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. J. Ralph Corbett in 1967 to celebrate CCM’s CCM 100th Anniversary and the dedication of its new home, the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24
• Jazz Series •
THE LOUD MINORITY: THE MUSIC OF FRANK FOSTER
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Best known for his long association with the great Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster’s swinging saxophone and timeless compositions (Shiny Stockings, Corner Pocket, etc.) help define the classic sounds of one of the most swinging road bands of all time.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12, and Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, No. 7, Op. 83
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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Ariel Quartet members Gershon Gerchikov, Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning and Alexandra "Sasha" Kazovsky. Photography by Robert A. Flischel.

Ariel Quartet members Gershon Gerchikov, Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning and Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky. Photography by Robert A. Flischel.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, KURTÁG AND SCHUMANN
The Ariel Quartet
The Ariel Quartet’s season-opening concert is dedicated to CCM Professor Emeritus Walter Levin. A founding member and first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet, Levin played an indelible role in CCM’s history. We present this performance in loving memory of him.
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
KURTÁG: 12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op. 13
SCHUMANN: String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE

The Ariel Quartet’s 2017-18 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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Hamlet

Visit the CCM Box Office for more information on “Hamlet” ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1
• Mainstage Acting Series •
HAMLET
Written by William Shakespeare
Susan Felder, director
CCM’s 150th anniversary Mainstage season opens with one of Shakespeare’s classic tragedies. Hamlet returns from college to find something rotten in his hometown. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between Hamlet and his uncle, the King. Shakespeare’s thriller plunges audiences into the madness of family disillusionment, lost romance, betrayal, murder, suicide and the existential question of what it means to be human. “What a piece of work is a man!”
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students, $15-18 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
• Faculty Artist Series •
Heather Verbeck, flute
QUANTZ: Sonata in B Minor, No. 231
DEHNHARD: Wake Up! for Piccolo and Alarm Clock
HAGEN: In a Yellow Wood
COLEMAN: Legends
CLARKE: Maya
LARSON: Movin’ On
VELDHUIS: Lipstick
Location: Watson Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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OCTOBER

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1
MUSIC FOR FOOD: CCM BENEFIT CONCERT
The Ariel Quartet, Lydia Brown and Gwen Coleman Detwiler, series coordinators
CCM presents the third year of its chamber series supporting Music For Food, a national musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger. CCM is pleased to partner on this series with the Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati’s leading hunger relief organization. Bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation and enjoy a feast of chamber music favorites!
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Admission: Non-perishable food items or cash donation. Suggested donation: $20 general, $15 students.
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director and conductor
CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections.
Location: Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
Admission: FREE
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CCM Moveable Feast. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II

CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Choir during a previous performance at Moveable Feast.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
VIVA ROMA!
CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Featuring Voice faculty members Amy Johnson and Kenneth Shaw, along with student soloists
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome
PUCCINI: Tosca Act I
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and originally directed by James Lapine
Aubrey Berg, director
Stephen Goers, music director
Katie Johannigman, choreographer
A “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments” Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words… and music. Ranging from the beloved to the obscure, the songs are interspersed with in-depth video interviews, delving into Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. Far from the typical song cycle, Sondheim on Sondheim has massive theatrical potency, as well as inarguable staying power. A “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist” and a wonderful showcase for CCM’s Musical Theatre stars of tomorrow.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 2. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6
CCM Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music coordinator
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8
• Guest Artist Series •
Oscar Ghiglia, guitar
Celebrating over 40 years of residencies at CCM, virtuoso Ghiglia performs a solo recital of his concert favorites.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
• Choral Series •
ROSSINI’S PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
CCM Chorale
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Performed in the original chamber version of 1863 for 12 solo and semi-solo singers, two pianos and harmonium, Petite Messe Solennelle is one of Rossini’s last works.
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
• Winds Series •
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
VARÈSE: Intègrales
BOLCOM: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
KIRKENDALL: World Premiere
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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CCM's famed Faculty Jazztet.

CCM’s famed Faculty Jazztet.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17
• Faculty Artist Series •
CCM Faculty Jazztet
CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
BACH/STOKOWSKI: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, B.W.V. 565
MIKLÓS RÓZSA: Viola Concerto, Op. 37
-Featuring the winner of the CCM Viola Concerto Competition
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Location: Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Admission: FREE
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Visit the CCM Box Office for more information on “Seussical” ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage.html.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series
SEUSSICAL
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Co-conceived by Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Vince DeGeorge, director
Luke Flood, musical director
Vince DeGeorge and Christopher Kelley, choreographers
The CCM Sesquicentennial celebrates the work of distinguished alumnus Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, 1982)! One of the most performed shows in the United States, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. The Tony Award-winning team of Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia, Once on This IslandRagtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. This colorful cast of characters transports us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $31-35 adults, $22-25 non-UC students, $18-21 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Northwestern Mutual
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5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
GAMELAN PERFORMANCE IN BRITAIN: ENCOUNTERS AND IMAGINARIES
Maria Mendonça, Kenyon College
The Indonesian gamelan – a predominantly bronze percussion ensemble comprised of gongs, metallophones and other instruments– has had a long entanglement with the discipline of ethnomusicology from its foundational moments to the present. But ethnomusicology is only one of several networks of circulation, including colonial administration, cultural diplomacy, educational ideology and prison rehabilitation, that have facilitated the movement and reinterpretation of the ensemble and its music outside of Indonesia. In this lecture, Maria Mendonça explores the ways in which the ensemble and its music has been reimagined and localized in Britain, drawing on her recent ethnographic film project Gamelan Encounters (2017).
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
• Guest Artist Series •
Adrienne Danrich, soprano
Marcus Küchle and Lydia Brown, pianist
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CCM welcomes the return of alumna Adrienne Danrich (MM Voice, 1995) for this special 150th Anniversary guest artist recital.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24
• Orchestra Series •
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director
ADAMS: Shaker Loops
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
• Piano and Orchestra Series •
PIANOPALOOZA PLAYS PROKOFIEV
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Featuring Piano faculty member Ran Dank and winners of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition
CCM’s fabulous piano faculty members join forces with the CCM Philharmonia to perform phenomenal works of Prokofiev.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16
March from The Love For Three Oranges
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
Location: Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207
Admission: FREE
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9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
METROPOLITAN OPERA DISTRICT AUDITIONS
North America’s most promising new opera talent will begin their journey to the fabled stage of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York right here! Talented young singers will compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for Southern Ohio at CCM. Winners will go on to Regional auditions in Chicago where they may advance to auditions on stage at the Met!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
• CCM Preparatory & Community Engagement •
Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital
CCM Prep music students will perform in this annual fundraising recital for the Gino DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please join us for a reception following the performance.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE, donations accepted
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8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
• Guest Artist Series •
New Morse Code
Featuring Guest Composer and CCM Alumnus Christopher Stark

New Morse Code is devoted to bold and engaging performances of music. Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31
• Choral Series •
CHORAL CLASSICS
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger, music directors and conductors
Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present works by Fauré, Holmes, Koppin, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi and Tormis.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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NOVEMBER

CCM Jazz at a previous Moveable Feast performance.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
• Prestige Event Series •
KENTON WITH JOHN VON OHLEN
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist John Von Ohlen
Cincinnati legend “The Baron” John Von Ohlen, famous for his hard swinging and groundbreaking work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Woody Herman, returns to join the CCM Jazz Orchestra in a concert featuring some all-time favorite Kenton hits and a few surprises.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $20 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
• Jazz Series •
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director and conductor
Location: Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
• Studio Acting Series •
THE EARTH IS FLAT
Written by Todd Almond

Richard E. Hess, director
The CCM Sesquicentennial celebrates the work of accomplished alumnus Todd Almond (BM, 1999)! A love letter to the University of Cincinnati written by Almond, The Earth is Flat explores the universal awkwardness of the American college experience. The search for identity by those least prepared with answers resonates with unexpected comedy in this new play commissioned by CCM Acting as part of the Cincinnati Playwrights Conference in 2016. A coming-of-age story set in Calhoun Hall, The Earth is Flat follows purple-haired Ethan as he takes his first tentative steps toward self-knowledge.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 30. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

 Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
• Winds Series •
THE NEW COLOSSUS: MUSIC OF AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS
CCM Wind Ensemble
Kevin Holzman, music director and conductor
The New Colossus (1883) by American poet Emma Lazarus has been inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty since 1903. It was often the first sight seen by the millions of people who immigrated to the United States from war-torn Europe in the 20th century. CCM’s Wind Ensemble celebrates some of the great composers amongst those American immigrants, who have contributed what are now cornerstones of the wind repertoire. This performance is dedicated to the remarkable legacy of Karel Husa.
HUSA: Smetana Fanfare
HUSA: Al Fresco
SKROWACZEWSKI: Music for Winds
NELHYBEL: Symphonic Movement
HINDEMITH/WILSON: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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CCM Winds' 2010 Prism XIII Concert

CCM Wind Orchestra, led by Terence Milligan.

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
• Winds Series •
SOUTH OF THE BORDER
CCM Wind Orchestra
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
The Wind Orchestra takes a musical excursion to Mexico with music that features the rich sounds and colors found south of the border.
COPLAND: El Salón México
CHÁVEZ: Sinfonía India
CODINA: Zacatecas March
OWEN REED: La Fiesta Mexicana
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
J.S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Student Soloists
Earl Rivers, music director and conductor

The Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, is the Mount Everest of the Late Baroque period. Bach’s supreme achievement of setting the Mass text for soloists, chorus and orchestra summarizes his writing for voices and instruments, not only in the variety of styles, compositional devices and range of sonorities, but also in the high level of technical polish.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
J.S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Student Soloists
Earl Rivers, music director and conductor
The Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, is the Mount Everest of the Late Baroque period. Bach’s supreme achievement of setting the Mass text for soloists, chorus and orchestra summarizes his writing for voices and instruments, not only in the variety of styles, compositional devices and range of sonorities, but also in the high level of technical polish.
Location: Knox Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director
Solos, duos, trios and quartets for classical guitar.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
JANÁČEK, MOZART AND SHOSTAKOVICH
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artists Donald Weilerstein, viola, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano
Praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “consummate musicianship,” CCM’s string quartet-in-residence continues its 2017-18 four-part concert series with an evening featuring:
JANÁČEK: String Quartet No. 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)
MOZART: String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE 

The Ariel Quartet’s 2017-18 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14
SONIC EXPLORATIONS
Mara Helmuth, music director
Featuring an evening of electroacoustic and computer music by CCM students, faculty and guests.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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Visit the CCM Box Office for more information on “Candide” ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100/Mainstage Opera Series •
CANDIDE
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Mark Gibson, conductor
Emma Griffin, director
CCM’s stars of tomorrow proudly present Candide as part of a world-wide celebration leading up to Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Crossing the boundaries between opera, operetta and stage musical, Bernstein’s Candide journeys through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” with verve and satirical humor. Highlights include the energetic overture and the aria “Glitter and Be Gay.” Presented in conjunction with the official Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $31-35 adults, $22-25 non-UC students, $18-21 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
A WISDOM OF MUSIC
Scott Murphy, University of Kansas School of Music
Earlier this year, Harvard professor Mihir Desai published The Wisdom of Finance, which demonstrates how certain economic structures parallel humanity’s timeless struggles and aspirations as encoded in works of culture. One of those structures is the set of incommensurable preferences: citing Martha Nussbaum’s The Fragility of Goodness, Desai finds this set embedded in notions of what makes for a good life. In this talk, Murphy demonstrates that this set also undergirds many stylistic aspects of Western classical tonal music, in direct contradiction to a prevailing trend in music-theoretical research. From this perspective, defaults such as major-minor tonality and four-part textures emerge as solutions.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
• Orchestra Series •
SCHUBERT, STRAVINSKY AND BEETHOVEN
CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, music director
Aik Khai Pung, conductor
SCHUBERT: Overture to “Rosamunde”
STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
Location: Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• Winds Series •
WALTER AND ARNOLD
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
PISTON: Divertimento for Nine Instruments
SCHOENBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
Classical Guitar Chamber Music
Clare Callahan, music director
Pieces for guitar with voice, strings and winds.
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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CCM Drama major Bartley Booz in the E-Media short film 'Solitude.'

The annual 48-Hour Film Festival showcases original film work by students.

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• Studio Acting/Digital Media Collaborative/E-Media Series •
FOURTH ANNUAL 48-HOUR FILM FESTIVAL
Richard E. Hess and John Owens, producers
Join us for our annual celebration of original film work by students. After random team placement, student authors, actors, directors, editors and composers have 48 hours from 7 p.m. on Friday night to 7 p.m. on Sunday night to create finished original short films. All UC students are invited to participate.
Location: Main Street Cinema, UC’s Tangeman University Center
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director and conductor
CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
RACHMANINOFF: The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
BARBER: Violin Concerto
Featuring the winner of the CCM Violin Competition
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28
• Winds Series •
CELEBRATION: A NEW BEGINNING
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Terence Milligan and Kevin Holzman, music directors and conductors
Come share our excitement as the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble combine forces to celebrate the renovation and reopening of our beloved Corbett Auditorium!
MASLANKA: Symphony No. 4
KALINNIKOV: Symphony No. 4, Finale
J.P. SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever
MONTAGUE: Intrada 1631
HOLST: First Suite in E-flat for Military Band
CRAVENS: Symphony No. 1, Finale
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
• Jazz Series •
JAZZ HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Featuring CCM Musical Theatre students
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, music directors
Swing into the season to the big band sounds of CCM’s hottest bands and coolest voices. You better be good…
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Terence Milligan and Kevin Holzman, music directors and conductors
Featuring the Princeton High School Symphonic Band
MASLANKA: Symphony No. 4
KALINNIKOV: Symphony No. 4, Finale
J.P. SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Admission: FREE
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Visit the CCM Box Office for more information on “The Art of Motion” ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
• Mainstage Dance Series •
THE ART OF MOTION
Jiang Qi and Deirdre Carberry, co-directors
Alexandria Black, conductor of Café MoMus for Shaker Loops
CCM’s Department of Dance opens this anniversary season with a concert of mixed repertoire featuring the enchanting The Little Mermaid choreographed by guest artist and Missouri Ballet Theatre director Adam Sage with music by Léo Delibes and Antonín Dvořàk. The concert also showcases Paquita (Act II) with music by Ludwig Minkus, restaged by Deirdre Carberry. Additional highlights include the world premiere of Shaker Loops, choreographed by André Megerdichian and featuring music by John Adams performed by CCM’s Café MoMus ensemble. This premiere will also include illuminated projections by DAAP faculty member Henry Hildebrandt.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students, $15-18 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.
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DECEMBER

Santa arrives at CCM's 2010 Feast of Carols concert.

Santa arrives at CCM’s 2010 Feast of Carols concert.

2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
• Prestige Event Series •
FEAST OF CAROLS
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and CCM Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Featuring guest choirs from Walnut Hills High School, Bridgetown Middle School and the Southern Gateway (Barbershop) Chorus
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker, Molly Getsinger, Jeff Ledgers, Anthony Nims and Chelsey Sweatman, conductors
Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2017 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CCC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15-$20 for adults, $10-15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and Jr. Youth Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter and Jim Daughters, conductors
The area’s most talented middle school and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4
William Winstead’s 75th Birthday Celebration
Alumni from CCM’s Bassoon Studio return to campus to celebrate William Winstead’s career as a professor, bassoonist and composer with a birthday-themed concert. Join us for the festivities as Winstead’s former students perform his compositions and other favorite works.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Front, music director and conductor
Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to share their love of great music from the orchestral repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Preparatory Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, music director
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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Preparatory Ballet Concert. Photography by Kyuran Ann Choe.

CCM Youth Ballet Ensemble.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
FALL YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director
The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, perform holiday songs from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE

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SPONSORS

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor and Opera Fusion: New Works Sponsor

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter and All-Steinway School Sponsor

ArtsWave
Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

Elizabeth C.B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter and Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

Anonymous
The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom
Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret L. Straub and Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor

CCMpower
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts
Jeff Thomas Catering
Event Sponsors

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor
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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

This is our story. This is your season.
Join us for a celebration 150 years in the making…

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The Cohen Family Studio Theater at CCM.

CCM Announces Sesquicentennial Studio Series of Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre and Opera

CCM presents nine eclectic and electrifying productions as part of its 150th Anniversary Studio Series of Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre and Opera. This annual series of performing and media arts events features CCM’s acclaimed “stars of tomorrow” in a collection of scaled-down stagings set in the Cohen Family Studio Theater and other intimate performance spaces.

Composer, lyricist, playwright and CCM alumnus Todd Almond.

Composer, lyricist, playwright and CCM alumnus Todd Almond.

The 2017-18 series opens in October with the musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, which showcases the songs of legendary musical theatre composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. In November, CCM proudly presents The Earth is Flat, a touching coming-of-age story written by CCM alumnus Todd Almond (BM, 1999) and set in UC’s Calhoun Hall. November also sees the return of the 48-Hour Film Festival, which showcases 10 student-created short films produced over the course of a single weekend.

The series continues in early 2018 with productions of the operas Trouble in Tahiti, The Telephone, Tale for a Deaf Ear and Ariodante. CCM’s popular Dance Student Choreographers’ Showcase and TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student-Created New Works both return in March. The 150th Anniversary Studio Series concludes in Spring 2018 with the unconventional and moving musical drama The Theory of Relativity (directed and choreographed by CCM alumna Katie Johannigman) and the debut of an original 60-minute play created by CCM Acting for the 71st Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Studio Series is just one part of the yearlong CCM Sesquicentennial Celebration, which includes world premieres, guest artist performances, a series of off-campus concerts and a one-of-a-kind alumni showcase event. For an initial overview of CCM’s 150th anniversary programming, please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/sesquicentennial-celebration.

The complete 2017-18 Studio Series lineup is listed below. Titles and dates are subject to change.

Tickets and Parking Information
All Studio Series performances are free and open to the general public, but reservations are required and seating is limited. Reservations can be made the week of each show by visiting the CCM Box Office in UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts or by calling 513-556-4183.

Unless otherwise noted, all Studio Series productions take place in CCM’s intimate and versatile “black box” performance space, the Cohen Family Studio Theater.

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 directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM’s 150TH ANNIVERSARY STUDIO SERIES
Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Opera

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and originally directed by James Lapine
Aubrey Berg, director
Stephen Goers, music director
Katie Johannigman, choreographer

A “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments,” Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words… and music. Ranging from the beloved to the obscure, the songs are interspersed with in-depth video interviews, delving into Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. Far from the typical song cycle, Sondheim on Sondheim has massive theatrical potency, as well as inarguable staying power. A “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist” and a wonderful showcase for CCM’s Musical Theatre stars of tomorrow.

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 2. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
• Studio Acting Series •
THE EARTH IS FLAT
Written by Todd Almond
Richard E. Hess, director

The CCM Sesquicentennial celebrates the work of accomplished alumnus Todd Almond! A love letter to the University of Cincinnati written by Almond, The Earth is Flat explores the universal awkwardness of the American college experience. The search for identity by those least prepared with answers resonates with unexpected comedy in this new play commissioned by CCM Acting as part of the Cincinnati Playwrights Conference in 2016. A coming-of-age story set in Calhoun Hall, The Earth is Flat follows purple-haired Ethan as he takes his first tentative steps toward self-knowledge.

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 30. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• Studio Acting/Digital Media Collaborative/E-Media Series •
FOURTH ANNUAL 48-HOUR FILM FESTIVAL
Richard E. Hess and John Owens, producers

Join us for our annual celebration of original film work by students. After random team placement, student authors, actors, directors, editors, and composers have 48 hours from 7 p.m. on Friday night to 7 p.m. on Sunday night to create finished original short films. All UC students are invited to participate.

Location: MainStreet Cinema, Tangeman University Center
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are not required, but space may be limited.
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100/Opera d’arte Series •
TROUBLE IN TAHITI + THE TELEPHONE + TALE FOR A DEAF EAR
Music and libretto by Leonard Bernstein/Music and words by Gian Carlo Menotti/Music and lyrics by Mark Bucci
Brett Scott, conductor
Amy Johnson, director and co-producer
Kenneth Shaw, co-producer
Gabriela Sam, assistant director

The CCM Opera d’arte Series of undergraduate productions proudly presents a triple bill of one-act American operas! Featured works include Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, a one-act opera that candidly portrays the troubled marriage of a young suburban couple. Written between Bernstein’s biggest Broadway successes, Trouble in Tahiti draws upon popular song styles to deliver an uncompromising critique of Mid-century American marriage. The triple bill also includes Gian Carlo Menotti’s bit of froth, The Telephone, and Mark Bucci’s rarely produced, but haunting Tale for a Deaf Ear. Taken together, Opera d’arte’s triple bill offers three vastly contrasting views into the extremes of human relationships.

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Jan. 29. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit
two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb 17
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18
• Studio Opera Series •
ARIODANTE
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto based on a work by Antonio Salvi
Aik Khai Pung, conductor
Robin Guarino, director

Hailed as one of Handel’s finest operas, Ariodante presents a tale of royal intrigue and betrayal set in the remote Scottish Highlands. The daughter of the King of Scotland is happily engaged to Prince Ariodante, but the scheming Duke Polinesso plots to take the princess’ hand in marriage and seize the throne for himself. Intrigue ensues in this celebrated opera seria, but true love wins the day!

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 12. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 1
8 p.m. Friday, March 2
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE
André Megerdichian, director

Come experience the next generation of emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors take the stage with exciting and diverse new works.

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 26. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7
7 p.m. Thursday, March 8
7 p.m. Friday, March 9
• Studio Acting Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2018
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess and Brant Russell, producers

TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the students in CCM Acting. Six teams of actors craft and perform six original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, this 10th Anniversary Edition of TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. “Thanks to the [Acting] program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, theatre fans were offer a jolt of onstage vitality,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender.

Location: CCM Village
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 5. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 29
8 p.m. Friday, March 30
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY
Music and lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Katie Johannigman, director and choreographer
Stephen Goers, musical director

From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (The Story of My Life), The Theory of Relativity is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Whether you’re allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germophobe or simply a unique individual, audience members and actors alike are sure to find themselves in this fresh new musical. Created using the real-life experiences and struggles of Millennials, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 26. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 19
8 p.m. Friday, April 20
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21
• Studio Acting Series •
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL PROJECT
Susan Felder and Richard E. Hess, directors

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh, Scotland for the largest arts festival in the world. For the first time, CCM Acting will present an original 60-minute piece in August of 2018 in the 71st Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Join us at CCM in April as we present our original creation for Cincinnati audiences.

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 16. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

This is our story. This is your season. Join us for a celebration 150 years in the making…

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CCM Mainstage Series Continues with Timely Political Drama ‘Her Naked Skin’

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Mainstage Acting Series resumes in February with the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s enthralling drama, Her Naked Skin. Directed by CCM Acting Chair Richard E. Hess, Her Naked Skin plays Feb. 9-12 with a special preview performance on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Set in London in 1913, this production focuses on the thousands of suffragettes who served time in Holloway Prison after demanding their right to vote.

'Her Naked Skin' plays Feb. 8-12 at CCM.

‘Her Naked Skin’ plays Feb. 8-12 at CCM.

Her Naked Skin explores a crucial moment in the Suffragette Movement when, with emancipation almost in sight, women refuse to let the establishment stand in their way. Political battles collide with personal struggles when Celia Cain, trapped by the policies of the day and a frustrating marriage, begins an affair with seamstress Eve Douglass while they are imprisoned.

Lenkiewicz’s plays “give theatre a fighting chance in an easily distracted age,” wrote The Guardian. One of her first works, The Night Season, won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2004. Four years later Her Naked Skin became the first play written by a living female playwright to be performed in London’s Olivier Theatre, the National Theatre’s largest venue. The play “plants a defiant feminist flag” on stage, praised The Guardian after its premiere.

“It is imperative that the CCM Acting Department presents stories written by women that place women center stage,” says Hess. “There is a gender bias to so many aspects of life, intentional or not, and Her Naked Skin stands proudly on the side of inclusion and equality.”

Current events, such as the Women’s March on Washington, and a tumultuous political climate make this play resonate with “unexpected timeliness,” Hess adds. “The students in this play, many of whom participated in the recent marches, do not view this as a story of the past.”

Hess elaborates, “CCM Acting students must be engaged with the world, and our world is currently not unlike the world of 1913. Audiences will be exhilarated by the universal struggle presented in Her Naked Skin.”

Her Naked Skin isn’t the first play from the National Theatre that Hess brings to CCM. The National Theatre is known for presenting sweeping historical dramas like Helen Edmundson’s Coram Boy, which premiered in Cincinnati during CCM’s 2011-12 Mainstage Series. “These scripts, first presented in London, will be new to Cincinnati audiences,” Hess says, “and the drama on stage is guaranteed to be epic and exciting.”

“The right to vote is not guaranteed, although it seems to be promised. What would you do to fight for the right to vote if you were denied? Her Naked Skin answers that question.”

This production contains adult themes and situations, including brief nudity, and is intended for mature audiences.

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Creative team
Richard E. Hess, director
William Sawyer, scenic designer*
Tanner Elker, sound designer*
Patrick Jansen, sound designer*
k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
Whitney Glover, projections & media designer*
Ashley Berg, costume designer*
Marilyn Caskey, dialect coach
Foster Johns, dialect coach
Erik McCandless, lighting designer*
Danae Jimenez, wig & make-up designer*
Chelsea Taylor, stage manager*
*CCM Student

Cast

Kenzie Clark as Emily Davison/Mary Nicholson
Sarah Durham as Miss Brint
Mickey Tropeano as Celia Cain
Julia Netzer as Eve Douglas
Sydney Ashe as Flower Seller/Mrs. Major/Mrs. Collins
Carissa Cardy as Clara Franks/Miss Beacham/Waitress
Mafer Del Real as Florence Boorman
Ella Eggold as Mrs. Schliefke
Clare Combest as Mrs. Briggs
Meg Olson as Woman in Street/Prison Wardress
Katie Langham as Prison Wardress
Annie Grove as Nurse
Cater Lacava as John Seely/Guard/Freddie
Nicholas Heffelfinger as Augustine Burrell/Guard/Dr. Klein
Graham Rogers as Edward Grey/Guard
Owen Alderson as Herbert Asquith/Cecil/Guard
Spencer Lackey as Newspaper Vendor/Keir Hardie/Guard
Landon Hawkins as Potter/Speaker/Brown/George Curzon
Ryan Garrett as Dr. Vale/Hunt
Rupert Spraul as Dr. Parker/Charlie Power
Isaac Hickox-Young as William Cain
Andrew Ramsey as Guard

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Her Naked Skin are $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Feb. 8 preview performance are just $15.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12-15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, also based on availability.

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/mainstage/her-naked-skin.

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 information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the 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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Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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CCM’s Moveable Feast: Plan Your Artistic Menu

Here is your first look at this year’s artistic menu for CCM’s annual Moveable Feast. Create your own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, along with Backstage tours and much more before Friday’s event!

This year’s “opening course” offers a preview of songs from Broadway’s Anastasia, composed by CCM graduate Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, 1982). Cast as Anya in the new musical, alumna Christy Altomare (BFA Musical Theatre, 2008) returns to the Corbett Auditorium stage to sing “Journey to the Past” with the CCM Philharmonia. View the Moveable Feast program online or scroll below for a complete list of performances.

A map of CCM Village is below, including food stations with dinner by-the-bite from Jeff Thomas Catering. Be sure to visit the CCM Box Office during Moveable Feast for special discounts on spring concerts and Mainstage performances.

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Moveable Feast Schedule

Corbett Auditorium
Philharmonia Orchestra featuring Anastasia – 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Orchestra & Musical Theatre Finale – 10 p.m.

Patricia Corbett Theater
Dance
– 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
Opera – 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Cohen Family Studio Theater
Musical Theatre
– 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Robert J. Werner Performance Hall
Chamber Choir
– 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
Ariel Quartet – 8:30 p.m.
Piano – 9:30 p.m.

CCM Atrium
Backstage Tours – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Lighting Demonstrations – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Room 3650
Preparatory & Community Engagement – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Room 3250
Classical Guitar – 8 p.m.
Acting – 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
World Music – 9 p.m.

Room 3240
Theatre Design and Production Exhibit – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Room 3140c
Electronic Media – 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Tickets to this year’s event are moving fast, so don’t delay – get yours before they’re gone and experience an unforgettable evening of artistic and culinary delights! Call CCM at 513-556-2100 to order.

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CCM Village panoramic photo; Winter of 2015. Photography by Curt Whitacre.

CCM Holiday Gift Guide: Treat Family and Friends to Performing Arts

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has gifts for all of the art lovers on your shopping list this holiday season. Whether it’s CCM-branded merchandise, tickets to a performance or hiring student musicians for your holiday party, CCM offers something for everyone.

Holiday “CCM Swag”
090116-Ignite 3131-CCM-G185The undergraduate student government (CCM Tribunal) is selling officially branded sweatshirts, long-sleeve T-shirts and hoodies online through Dec. 1. Proceeds benefit student projects throughout the college such as undergraduate masterclasses, Memorial Hall music stands and more.

Prices vary from $18 to $25; items will ship by mid-December to arrive before the holidays. Please visit uc.ignitecx.com/CCMHoliday to place your order.

Book CCM Talent For Hire
Photography by Dottie Stover.Need some carolers for your holiday party? Or a pianist during your family dinner? CCM students and alumni are available to provide live entertainment for your event through Talent for Hire.

Book some of CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” to perform at your event before they go on to the world’s stage. Talent for Hire’s online referral service will connect you with student artists, from singers to actors or instrumentalists. Pay is determined by the individual performers.

Find more information and book CCM Talent for Hire online at ccm.uc.edu/talentforhire.html.

Feast of Carols Holiday Celebration, Dec. 3 and 4
CCM's Feast of Carols Holiday ConcertThis annual concert features yuletide favorites performed by the CCM Concert Orchestra, CCM choral ensembles and outstanding high school and community choirs from the Tristate. Performances take place at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID. For tickets and information, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

cccholidayconcertCincinnati Children’s Choir, Dec. 10
CCM ensemble-in-residence, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, presents its annual Holiday Concert with performances at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. All 450 members of the ensemble, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, will perform holiday songs from around the globe.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID. For tickets and information, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

Join us in 2016-17 as CCM presents a season of passion, courage and romance.Mainstage Series Subscriptions and Single Tickets Available
For the acting, dance, musical theatre and opera lovers in your life, CCM offers a variety of Mainstage Series subscription packages. The final performances of the 2016 season occur Dec.1-4, featuring Classics with a Twist from the Department of Dance.

The series continues February through April with suffragette drama Her Naked Skin, Broadway master Jerry Herman’s powerful musical Mack and Mabel, Mozart’s epic opera Idomeneo and the Department of Dance’s celebration of Masterworks and Beyond

Choose between 4-Show or 3-Show Subscriber Packages to ensure the theater aficionados in your life get the most from their Mainstage experience. Packages range from $69 to $112.

Or pick and choose your favorite shows by purchasing single tickets. Prices range from $17 to $35.

For more information on Mainstage Series tickets, please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

CCM has hundreds of additional performing and media arts events from December through May. Visit ccm.uc.edu for more information and a schedule of events.

 

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CCM's Cohen Family Studio Theater. Photography by Adam Zeek.

CCM Announces 2016-17 Studio Series of Opera, Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting Productions

All-time favorites and daring new works receive equal billing during CCM’s 2016-17 Studio Series. This year’s 13-part series of performing and media arts events features an eclectic mix of opera, musical theatre, dance and acting productions, all featuring CCM’s acclaimed “stars-of-tomorrow.”

CCM's Studio Series opens with Elizabeth Swados' RUNAWAYS, co-produced with Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

CCM’s Studio Series opens with Elizabeth Swados’ RUNAWAYS, co-produced with Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

Season highlights include Elizabeth Swados’ powerful and rarely-seen musical Runaways co-produced with Know Theatre of Cincinnati and two world-premieres produced by the Opera Fusion: New Works Lab in partnership with Cincinnati Opera.

CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre also presents the world-premiere of a musical revue showcasing the work of legendary Broadway collaborators Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Devised and directed by Aubrey Berg, the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM, They Were You: The Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt features songs from throughout the celebrated duo’s oeuvre.

This year’s lineup also includes the return of two popular festivals, the 48-Hour Film Festival and the TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student-Created Plays.

CCM’s Studio Series runs from Sept. 21, 2016, through April 22, 2017. Please see below for full production and ticketing details.

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CCM’S 2016-17 STUDIO SERIES

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
A co-production between CCM and Know Theatre of Cincinnati
RUNAWAYS
Music, lyrics and book by Elizabeth Swados
Vince DeGeorge, director and choreographer
Luke Flood, music director

Runaways is a collage of songs, monologues and dances that captures the energy, courage and honesty of a group of teenagers who are running away “from home… from a boyfriend… from a predator… from themselves.” Created in 1977 by groundbreaking theatre artist Elizabeth Swados, Runaways was born from interviews and workshops that she held with children and young adults who were escaping from their deteriorating family lives. It is a challenging piece of theatre that ultimately celebrates the power of the imagination and the resilience of the human spirit.
Location: Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Ticket prices range from $15 – $25. Tickets available through the Know Theatre Box Office by calling 513-300-5669 or online at http://knowtheatre.com.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
• Opera Fusion: New Works Lab •
A collaboration between CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera
Co-Artistic Directors Robin Guarino and Marcus Küchle
SOME LIGHT EMERGES
Composed by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Robin Guarino, director
Bradley Moore, conductor

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera present a rare behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an original work! Presented in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera, Some Light Emerges takes its inspiration from the creation of Houston’s iconic Rothko Chapel by philanthropist and art collector Dominique de Menil.
Location: Cincinnati Club Oak Room, 30 Garfield Place, Cincinnati 45202
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available on Monday, Sept. 12. Please contact the Cincinnati Opera box office for tickets at 513-241-2742 or www.cincinnatiopera.org.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
THEY WERE YOU: The Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Aubrey Berg, director
Stephen Goers, musical arrangements

CCM proudly presents the world premiere of a musical revue showcasing the work of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Devised and directed by Aubrey Berg with musical arrangements by Steve Goers, They Were You features songs from The Fantasticks, Celebration, 110 in the Shade, The Bone Room, Colette Collage and more. This revue celebrates Jones’ and Schmidt’s ability to reflect the human condition with humor, compassion and wry affection.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 3. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
• Studio Acting Series •
MIDDLETOWN
Written by Will Eno
Richard E. Hess, director

Middletown considers the strange beauty of life and its sometimes unbearable weight. Inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, the inhabitants of Middletown have a remarkable talent for articulating the hiccups of fear and anxiety in their souls with moving delicacy. The folks are friendly, and the view of star-dappled skies and modest homes is familiar and comforting. Welcome to Middletown.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 17. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub
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8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6
• Studio Opera Series •
BRIGHT-EYED JOY! A RICKY IAN GORDON CABARET
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon, one of America’s most respected composers of art song, opera and musical theatre, joins CCM’s Opera and Voice singers and pianists for an evening of his music. Come watch our “stars-of-tomorrow” work with a living legend!
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 31. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14
• Opera Fusion: New Works Lab •
A collaboration between CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program
Co-Artistic Directors Robin Guarino and Marcus Küchle
INTIMATE APPAREL
Composed by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Lynn Nottage
Robin Guarino, director
Paul Cremo, Dramaturg
Timothy Meyers, conductor

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera present a rare behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an original work! Adapted by Lynn Nottage from her prize-winning 2003 play of the same name, Intimate Apparel tells the story of Esther, a 35-year-old seamstress in 1905 New York City. Esther sews lingerie for a living, interacting with a wealthy Fifth Avenue wife, a Tenderloin prostitute and a Jewish fabric merchant on the Lower East Side, with whom she shares a closeness that cannot be pursued further because of his religion. Esther embarks on a letter-writing relationship with a Panama Canal laborer, leading to marriage and ultimately heartbreak, but she maintains her strength of character and determination to make a better life for herself.
Location: Cincinnati Club Oak Room, 30 Garfield Place, Cincinnati 45202
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Please contact the Cincinnati Opera box office for tickets at 513-241-2742 or www.cincinnatiopera.org.
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20
• E-Media/Acting Film Series •
THIRD ANNUAL CCM 48-HOUR FILM FESTIVAL
Join us for our annual celebration of original film work by students. After random team placement, student authors, actors, directors, editors and composers have 48 hours from 7 p.m. on Friday night to 7 p.m. on Sunday night to create finished original short films. At the close of the 48-hour period, audiences can join us in UC’s MainStreet Cinema to enjoy eight original short films by eight amazing teams.
Location: MainStreet Cinema, UC’s Tangeman University Center
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
ALBERT HERRING
Composed by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Eric Crozier, freely adapted from a story of Guy de Maupassant
Jesse Leong, conductor
Kenneth Shaw, director

Britten’s brilliantly witty score comes to life again at CCM, presented with the effervescence and energy unique to the outstanding young artists of Opera d’arte! Set in the small town of Loxford, in East Sussex, Albert Herring explores the themes of losing innocence and coming of age in the face of old fashioned morality and social stratification.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Jan. 30. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

This production of Albert Herring is presented in honor of Rafael and Kimberly de Acha

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19
• Studio Opera Series •
TRANSFORMATIONS
Music by Conrad Susa
Libretto by Anne Sexton
Avishay Shalom, conductor
Emma Griffin, director

CCM’s Studio Series presents the Brothers Grimm fairy tales like you’ve never seen them before! This 1973 chamber opera, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton, is darkly humorous with audaciously recounted tales, and filled with mid-20th-century references, both literary and musical. Based on Sexton’s acclaimed 1971 book of poems of the same name, Transformations promises to challenge audiences’ understanding of what “happily-ever-after” truly means. This production contains adult themes and is not recommend for young audiences.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 13. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 2
8 p.m. Friday, March 3
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE
André Megerdichian, director
Come experience the next generation of emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors take the stage with exciting and diverse new works.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 27. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.
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7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8
7 p.m. Thursday, March 9
7 p.m. Friday, March 10
• Studio Acting Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2017
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess and Brant Russell, producers

TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the acting students in CCM Acting. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. “Thanks to the [Acting] program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender, “theater fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality.”
Location: Various locations throughout CCM Village
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 6. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 30
8 p.m. Friday, March 31
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
CHILDREN OF EDEN
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Caird
Vince DeGeorge, director and choreographer
Steve Goers, musical director

From the composer of smash hits Wicked and Godspell comes a uniquely personal and intimate retelling of the biblical Genesis story. Through the narratives of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and his family, this beloved 1991 musical explores the uniquely human trait to desire adventure but yearn for the comfort and safety of home, or, “Eden.”
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 27. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 20
8 p.m. Friday, April 21
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22
• Studio Acting Series •
VERY DUMB KIDS
By Gracie Gardner
Brant Russell, director

Sarah Nehal was murdered while working as a correspondent in New Delhi while her college friends were at home in the U.S. watching TV on the internet and peddling their esoteric skill sets. One year after her funeral, her friends meet for their annual Fourth of July reunion. Very Dumb Kids explores entitlement and how its effects are visited upon the disenfranchised as well as the privileged. But it’s also about empowerment, exploring how to live responsibly in an irresponsible universe. Join CCM Acting as we embark on our new play commissioning initiative: plays that speak to the unique experience that is being young in America; plays that are written for and about our students; plays that will go on to be produced by educational institutions and professional theater companies all over the country; plays that will involve a new generation of artists and audiences. And you’ll be able to say you were there when it all started.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 17. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub
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Reserving Tickets
All Studio Series performances held in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater are free and open to the general public, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made the Monday before each show by visiting the CCM Box Office in person or calling 513-556-4183. Limit two tickets per order.

For additional information on reserving tickets for CCM’s Studio Series, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/did-you-know/how-to-studio-series.

Some off-campus Studio Series productions require paid admission or reservations through a partner organization’s box office. Please refer to individual production listings for more information.

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 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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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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Freshmen Acting Students find Bill Clinton during CCM Scavenger Hunt

Bill Clinton’s surprise visit to Graeter’s Ice Cream shop will likely leave a lasting impression on a few CCM Acting students who found him during an annual scavenger hunt Monday afternoon.

Each year, CCM “Acting I” students are sent on a Labor Day weekend scavenger hunt to explore Cincinnati staples such as Findlay Market, Washington Park and Fountain Square. The student teams will create original theatrical compositions to present to the rest of the class based on their scavenger hunt experiences this week.

“Our students come to Cincinnati from across the U.S., and, rather than sitting in their dorms on their first holiday weekend, I want them to conquer Cincinnati together and learn that it is a place in which to play,” said CCM Professor of Acting Richard Hess. “A student who immerses herself in our city learns that artists must draw from the life that surrounds us.”

This year, students found an unexpected surprise and completed an unassigned stop on their scavenger hunt: Find a former U.S. President.

CCM Acting students Paige Lindsay Jordan and Matt Fox with former president Bill Clinton.

CCM Acting students Paige Lindsay Jordan and Matt Fox with former president Bill Clinton.

Freshmen Acting students Paige Lindsay Jordan, Nick King, Will Clark and Matt Fox found former U.S. President Bill Clinton at Graeter’s Ice Cream shop while he was in Cincinnati to support his wife Hillary Clinton’s local presidential campaign efforts.

Hess said the encounter was a shock to the students, who may incorporate the chance meeting in their original work to share with classmates.

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