The four members of the Ariel Quartet, string quartet-in-residence at CCM, pose on a couch with their musical instruments. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

Stream the Ariel Quartet’s Final CCM Concert of 2019

Although the theaters and concert halls at the University of Cincinnati’s nationally ranked and internationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music are temporarily silent, audiences can still experience world-class performances through CCM’s new CCMONSTAGE Online video series. This week’s release showcases the Ariel Quartet’s concert of fugues from Oct. 22, 2019.

The performance features W.A. Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1, Op.7; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 and 133.

The concert from Oct. 22, 2019, features Beethoven’s Große Fuge (or “Great Fugue”), which the Ariel Quartet performed in its debut Beethoven cycle at CCM in the 2013-14 performance season. Arts reporter Janelle Gelfand praised the ensemble’s performance: “From start to finish, the musicians wonderfully captured Beethoven’s emotional grit and fire, coupled with some of the most sublime music ever written.”

Described by the American Record Guide as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power,” the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. The ensemble is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2019-20 CCM concert series was made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.

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Featured image at top: Ariel Quartet members Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov, Gershon Gerchikov and Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky. Photo/Marco Borggreve

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The four members of the Ariel Quartet, string quartet-in-residence at CCM, pose on a couch with their musical instruments. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

Ariel Quartet Begins 2019-20 Concert Series with ‘Darkness and Light’

The internationally acclaimed ensemble opens its CCMONSTAGE concert series with an evening of works by Joseph Haydn, Tan Dun and Franz Schubert on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

Praised by the New York Times for its “full-blooded, dynamic playing,” the Ariel Quartet opens its new CCMONSTAGE concert series on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at CCM’s intimate Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. The concert, titled “Darkness and Light,” explores the concept of contrast and colors by taking audiences on a musical journey.

Featuring Haydn’s String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Fifths;” Dun’s Eight Colors for String Quartet; and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” — this performance is just the beginning of the Ariel Quartet’s four-part concert series at CCM. The talented string musicians will present three other concerts at CCM during the 2019-20 season on October 22, January 21 and March 10.

Described by the American Record Guide as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power,” the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. The ensemble is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012.

CCMONSTAGE presents four must-see concerts by the Ariel Quartet this season, featuring esteemed guest artists like Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) and Anton Nel (piano). Complete program information for the ensemble’s 2019-20 season is below.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
DARKNESS AND LIGHT
The Ariel Quartet

HAYDN: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Fifths”
DUN: Eight Colors for String Quartet (1986)
SCHUBERT: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
THE FUGUE
The Ariel Quartet

This concert of fugues features Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 with its original final movement, the Grosse Fugue, which is often performed on its own as Beethoven’s Opus 133.
MOZART: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 7
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 and 133
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
A WORLD PREMIERE
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
The Ariel Quartet continues its 2019-20 concert series with a world premiere by Christopher Theofanidis, commissioned by the Manchester Music Festival and written for the Ariel Quartet with guest artist Alexander Fiterstein.
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127
THEOFANIDIS: Clarinet Quintet
MOZART: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
HUNGARY
The Ariel Quartet

Featuring guest artist and CCM alumnus Anton Nel, piano
HAYDN: String Quartet No. 62 in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, “Emperor”
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
DOHNÁNYI: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat Minor, Op. 26
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available


Purchasing Tickets and Subscriptions

Interested in guaranteeing your seats for all four Ariel Quartet concerts? You can still subscribe to the entire series for $79. Single ticket prices start at $29.50 each; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Subscribe to CCMONSTAGE’s Four-Concert Ariel Quartet Series for just $79.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


The Ariel Quartet’s 2019-20 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. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (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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The Ariel Quartet’s Concert Series Continues at CCM on Jan. 29

The Ariel Quartet resumes its 2018-19 concert series at CCM at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the acoustically stunning Corbett Auditorium. Tickets to the performance are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The concert opens with Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135. Beethoven’s last major work, the quartet premiered in March 1828, one year after the composer’s death.

Next on the program is Alexander Zemlinsky’s turbulent String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15, which was first performed in 1918.

The concert closes with Johannes Brahms’ lighthearted and cheerful String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67. Brahms’ last string quartet, the work received its premiere performance on Oct. 30, 1876.

Described by the American Record Guide as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power,” the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. The ensemble is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Learn more about the Quartet by visiting www.arielquartet.com. Complete program information for the Jan. 29 concert is below.

Repertoire

  • BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
  • ZEMLINSKY: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, Op. 15
  • BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67

Performance Time

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. General admission and non-UC student tickets are on sale now. UC students can obtain one free ticket each with valid ID beginning Friday, Jan. 25.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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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The Ariel Quartet’s 2018-19 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. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.

Ariel Quartet photography by Saverio Truglia.

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Ariel Quartet Opens CCM Concert Series on Sept. 11, 2018

CCM String Quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet.

Praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “consummate musicianship,” CCM’s string quartet-in-residence opens its 2018-19 concert series with the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Bartók.

The internationally renowned Ariel Quartet opens its 2018-19 concert series at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Featuring Mozart’s String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590; Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3; and Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4 — this performance is just the beginning of the ensemble’s four-part concert series at CCM! The talented string musicians will hold four concerts at CCM during the 2018-19 season: October 30, January 29 and March 26.

Gramophone Magazine recently praised the Ariel Quartet for the way it conveyed “ferocity without ever seeming to break a sweat” in the ensemble’s debut CD, released on the AVIE label in March. The album showcased Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 and Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1.

Formed in Israel in 1998, the Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. It has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Complete program information for the ensemble’s 2018-19 season is below.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
MOZART, MENDELSSOHN AND BARTÓK
The Ariel Quartet

Praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “consummate musicianship,” CCM’s string quartet-in-residence opens its 2018-19 four-part concert series with an evening featuring:

MOZART: String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 4

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
HAYDN, ZEMLINSKY AND MENDELSSOHN
The Ariel Quartet

The Ariel Quartet has a gift for “filling the pristine structures of Classicism with fire” (New York Times). Experience their artistry for yourself in an energetic performance showcasing:

HAYDN: String Quartet No. 55 in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
ZEMLINSKY: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44, No. 1

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, LIGETI AND BRAHMS
The Ariel Quartet

CCM’s award-winning string quartet-in-residence continues its 2018-19 concert series with a program featuring:

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
LIGETI: String Quartet No. 2
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist Yura Lee, viola

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18
SCHUMANN: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 41
BRAHMS: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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PURCHASING SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SINGLE TICKETS
Interested in guaranteeing your seats for all four Ariel Quartet Concerts? You can still subscribe to the entire series for $75 and save 25% off single ticket prices!

Single tickets go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183. Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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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The Ariel Quartet’s 2018-19 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. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.

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

CCM’s Ariel Quartet Welcomes Weilerstein Duo in Nov. 14 Concert

Ariel Quarter performs with the Weilerstein Duo on Nov. 14.

The Ariel Quartet continues its 2017-18 concert series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Guest artists Donald Weilerstein, viola, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano, join the quartet for an evening of music featuring works by Janáček, Mozart and Shostakovich.

Donald Weilerstein was a founding member and the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world, earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review. He performs regularly across the country with Vivian in the Weilerstein Duo.

Critics have praised the Weilerstein Duo’s performances and recordings. Fanfare declared the duo’s recordings of music by Ernest Bloch a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List” and the American Record Guide lauded the duo’s recordings of both Bloch and Janáček.

Both musicians also perform across the country as part of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory. The trio includes Donald, Vivian and their daughter, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Highlights of the trio’s previous performances include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Complete program information for the Nov. 14 concert is below.

About Donald and Vivian Weilerstein

Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and was honored at graduation by the National Foundation of the Arts as an outstanding graduate of the school. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968, he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo.

For twenty years (1969–1989) Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.

Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa, Keshet Eilon, “Chamber Music Encounters” sponsored by La Cite de la Musique, the Paris Conservatory and many more. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and at the Perlman Music Program.

He also performs as a duo recitalist with pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. The Duo was enthusiastically received at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and in the major American cities. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, and the Janáček, Dohnányi and Enescu Sonatas for Arabesque, as well as the complete Schumann Sonatas for Azica Records.

Weilerstein is the violinist in the renowned Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at New England Conservatory. The trio’s highly acclaimed 2006 CD on the Koch label, with music of Dvořák, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Vivian Hornik Weilerstein is the director of the Professional Piano Trio Training Program and coordinator of Piano Chamber Music at the New England Conservatory.

Weilerstein has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s most eminent artists and ensembles. She has appeared as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino, and has toured throughout Europe and Japan. She has been featured in More magazine, and on the “Jane Pauley Show” in stories about professional mother/daughter teams.

Weilerstein is the pianist in the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio. Highlights of the Trio’s current and past seasons include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston. They gave their London debut in spring ’04 at the Royal Academy of Music.

Critics and audiences have welcomed Weilerstein’s performances as part of the Weilerstein Duo, with violinist Donald Weilerstein. Fanfare declared the duo’s Bloch recordings a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List,” and American Record Guide lauded both the Bloch and Janáček recordings. In addition to the duo and trio recordings, Weilerstein has also recorded for the EMI Debut Series.

Weilerstein has performed at the major American music festivals, including Music Academy of the West, the Marlboro, Aspen, Chamber Music West, Yellow Barn, Norfolk, Sarasota, Roundtop and La Jolla festivals and the Perlman Chamber Music Program. She has been a guest artist at Kneisal Hall, the Young Musicians Festival in Israel, the Daniel Days in Holland and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She also taught and performed in Shanghai, China as part of the Morningside Music Bridge and in Caracas, Venezuela as part of El Sistema.

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REPERTOIRE
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

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Subscription packages and single tickets are now available for the Ariel Quartet’s full 2017-18 concert series.

Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183. Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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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CCM’s 2014-15 Season Brochure Now Available Online

201415CCMSeasonBrochureCoverFINALGet swept away by CCM’s 2014-15 Performance Season.

For nearly 150 years, our performing and media arts events have served as the first steps of a journey that eventually takes our students far beyond the CCM Village. You can be a part of that journey this year as our talented young artists and accomplished faculty members present nearly 60 major concert and theatre productions designed to move your senses, your sensibilities and your soul.

Join us for a season that will set our “rising stars” on a path to some of the most renowned stages in the world. The season is yours. Get swept away.

Download a digital copy of CCM’s 2014-15 brochure, and plan your journey today. Physical copies are also available at the CCM Box Office.

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

For more details about CCM’s 2014-15 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

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The Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle Concludes with Performances on March 25, 27 and 29

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Join us next week for the stunning conclusion to the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle! The Ariel Quartet will finish its first complete tour of Beethoven’s string quartets with a trio of performances on March 25, 27 and 29.

To celebrate the occasion, we are delighted to present an excerpt of Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor Op. 95, “Serioso,” recorded live in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium in January of 2014. Watch the video embed below or view it on YouTube here!

Please see the schedule below for complete details.

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CCM Announces Revised Performance Schedule for the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle

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CCM is pleased to announce a revised performance schedule for the remaining installments of the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. A make-up date of Tuesday, March 25, has been added to this concert series, necessitated by the weather-related cancellation of the Quartet’s Jan. 25 performance.

The original order of the repertoire will be followed for the remainder of the Beethoven Cycle, so the program originally announced for Jan. 25 will now be performed on Thursday, Feb. 20. Please see the revised schedule below for complete details.

Concert ticket holders affected by the University of Cincinnati’s closure on Jan. 25 can contact CCM Box Office Manager Jeanne Rose at 513-556-9443 or rosej2@ucmail.uc.edu for additional assistance.

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CCM Announces Performance Schedule for 2014 Moveable Feast

CCM’s annual Moveable Feast benefit event returns to the campus of the University of Cincinnati this Friday, Jan. 17, for an unparalleled evening of artistic and culinary delights.

Today, we are delighted to provide you with an advanced look at the schedule for this year’s feast! Click on the image below for a print-friendly copy.

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Tickets to CCM’s 2014 Moveable Feast are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.uc.edu/support/events or ccm.weshareonline.org/MoveableFeast2014 or by calling 513-556-2100.

Learn even more about this event here.

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The Ariel Quartet Presents a Complete Tour of Beethoven’s String Quartets in Early 2014

From left to right: Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet.

From left to right: Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet. Photography by Saverio Truglia.

The Ariel Quartet proudly presents its first Beethoven Cycle during a series of six concerts in January, February and March of 2014. The acclaimed string quartet-in-residence at CCM will present a complete tour of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 17 string quartets (including the “Große Fuge” or “Grand Fugue”) in a performance series dubbed “The Cycle.”

With this series, the Ariel Quartet (Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov, violinists; Jan Grüning, violist; and Amit Even-Tov, cellist) is poised to become one of the first professional Quartets to publicly perform the complete Beethoven cycle before its members reach the age of 30.

These six concerts will also mark the first time a complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets has been performed at CCM. The series is believed to be Cincinnati’s first complete Beethoven Cycle, as well.

“The members of the Ariel Quartet and I began speaking of their interest in performing the Beethoven Quartet Cycle almost as soon as they began their CCM residency,” explains Peter Landgren, Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music at CCM. “I view the performance of all of the Beethoven String Quartets as the scaling of Mount Everest for not just the performers, but also the listeners.”

Beethoven’s 17 string quartets are considered by many to be the greatest achievement in the history of western chamber music. The members of the Ariel Quartet have had a longstanding fascination with these pieces, exploring Beethoven’s quartets one by one as a young ensemble.

“The quartets exhibit the gradual transformation of Beethoven’s musical language and were of tremendous influence on the development of music history,” the members of the Quartet explain. “Beethoven’s tragedies and struggles in life come through this music. The complete cycle of his string quartets translates into a journey leading to the most intimate and spiritual heights of the human soul.”

While many Quartets perform the cycle over a year’s time or longer, Dean Landgren challenged the Ariel Quartet to consider a “festival-style” approach to its upcoming cycle, keeping the performances in close proximity. The result is a concert series running on three pairs of consecutive Thursdays and Saturdays at the end of January, February and March. See complete schedule below.

“Hearing these masterpieces performed by the Ariel Quartet – not one member of which will be 30 years old at the time of these performances – will be life-changing for our audiences,” says Dean Landgren. “We have plans to record these live performances for posterity.”

For their part, the members of the Ariel Quartet are equally enthused about this concert series. “After exploring these works for so many years, we feel very lucky to have the opportunity to perform all of them as a cycle following the historical path these quartets reveal. This will be our first complete cycle, which will add so much to the unbelievable excitement and thrill!”

“The Cycle” will be held in UC’s acoustically stunning Corbett Auditorium with performances scheduled for 8 p.m. on January 23 and 25, February 20 and 22 and March 27 and 29, 2014.

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