The Cohen Family Studio Theater at CCM.

CCM Studio Opera Series Stages William Bolcom’s ‘Dinner at Eight’

CCM continues its 2018-19 Studio Series with Dinner at Eight, a new opera by American composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell. Based on the 1932 Broadway play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, the opera runs Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

The plot follows a group of high-society Americans in the Manhattan of 1931 — just after the Wall Street crash that precipitated the Great Depression. Director Audrey Chait’s program note describes the story:

At first glance, the protagonists are almost comically rich and out-of-touch: Millicent Jordan is fixated on the dinner party she is throwing to impress her socialite friends. Meanwhile, her husband’s business is on the brink of ruin, his health is failing, and her 19-year-old daughter is keeping a scandalous secret. As the story unfolds, it slowly becomes clear that everyone invited to the dinner party is on the brink of a personal disaster, despite their carefully-managed outward appearances.

Dinner at Eight premiered in 2017 at the Minnesota Opera, and relatively few productions have been mounted since then. This version was adapted for two pianos by CCM Associate Professor of Opera Coaching Kathleen Kelly, who also helped with musical preparation for this production. Student conductor Daniel Mallampalli will lead the pianists and vocalists.

“We have kept the original setting because the Great Depression is so important to the fabric of the story that you could even call it a silent character,” says Chait, a CCM Opera Directing student pursuing her Artist Diploma.

“Our production has definite overtones of surrealism and frequent side trips into vaudevillian theatricality. On the surface, Dinner at Eight appears to be a high-society comedy, but as the evening progresses, the story reveals more and more of its darkness.”

Cincinnati audiences will remember Bolcom and his work from CCM’s Fall 2015 performances of his cabaret songs, when the composer visited CCM to coach students and enjoy the show. The music of Dinner at Eight evokes Bolcom’s cabaret works and Broadway tunes.

“We are very lucky to be working on Dinner at Eight so soon after its world premiere; it is an honor to contribute to the early life and production history of this opera,” Chait says.

You can enjoy the Cincinnati premiere of Dinner at Eight from February 22 through 24, 2019, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 18. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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Cast List

  • Shannon Cochran as Millicent Jordan
  • Gabriella Sam as Carlotta Vance
  • Claire Lopatka as Kitty Packard
  • Maria Miller as Lucy Talbot
  • Heidi Middendorf as Paula Jordan
  • Victor Cardamone as Larry Renault
  • Joshua Cook as Oliver Jordan
  • Antonio Cruz as Dan Packard
  • John Siarris as Joseph Talbot
  • Michael Hyatt as Max
  • Mia Athey as Tina
  • Maddy Jentsch as Miss Alden/Maid
  • Lindsay Webber as Miss Copeland/Maid
  • Tayte Mitchell as Eddy
  • Justin Burgess as Mr. Hatfield
  • Turner Staton as Gustave

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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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Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

 

Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Acting presents "Our Country's Good" Feb. 13-17, 2019. Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: ‘Our Country’s Good’ Transports Audiences to the Edge of Australia

Our Country’s Good is a triumph…a tribute to the transforming power of drama…It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre’s unique spiritual power.” (The Guardian)

Dark comedy Our Country’s Good runs tonight, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Based on the true story of convicts and captors producing Australia’s first play, Our Country’s Good explores how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire.

View the gallery below for a sneak peek at CCM Acting’s production.

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Our Country’s Good transports audiences to the edge of Australia, where 18th-century criminals and British colonialists are working together to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. Few of the prisoners can read, let along act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally

CCM’s production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.

Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though 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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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Music for All Seasons Features Four CCM Students and Alumni on Feb. 10

This weekend, Cincinnati’s Music for All Seasons presents a concert featuring the talents of four former and current CCM students. Organized by Cincinnati arts patrons Rafael de Acha and Kimberly Daniel de Acha, the concert features works by Debussy, Glière, Massenet, Turina and Rimsky-Korsakov at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Indian Hill’s historic Peterloon Estate.

Cincinnati's historic Peterloon Estate.

Cincinnati’s historic Peterloon Estate.

Artists include recent CCM graduates soprano Fotina Naumenko (MM 2012 and DMA 2018) and cellist Phillip Goist (BM 2016 and MM 2018), as well as violinist Kanako Shimasaki (BM 2015 and MM 2017) and pianist Eben Wagenstroom, who are each in their second year of doctoral studies at CCM.

In addition to the concert, audience members will enjoy tea, coffee and pastries in Indian Hill’s historic Peterloon Estate, as well as a tour of the home.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations at the event will be presented to CCM for scholarships. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the event with cash or check; to reserve tickets in advance, email musicseasons@zoomtown.com. Student tickets will also be available at the door for $10.

Learn more about the concert at musicseasonsincincinnati.com.
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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Mainstage Acting Presents Dark Comedy ‘Our Country’s Good’

Based on the true story of convicts and captors producing Australia’s first play, “Our County’s Good” is an inspiring tribute to the transforming power of drama. Tickets on sale now.

CCM continues its Mainstage series with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good from Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview performance) through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Directed by Susan Felder, the award-winning play centers on a group of 18th-century criminals and British colonialists who explore how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire.

Based on Thomas Keneally’s historical novel “The Playmaker,” Our Country’s Good tells the true story of Australia’s first theatrical performance in the 1780s. A British Royal Marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with English convicts who populate a distant Australian prison camp to remind them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

“The play throws wild humor up against absolute brutality,” Felder says. “We see convicts and soldiers in their daily lives — all while trying their best to produce a play.”

CCM’s production takes advantage of Patricia Corbett Theater’s wide, thrust stage to create the maze of the Australian landscape. The set creates an “edge of the world” feel, Felder says, where the set and the characters transform — sails become a tent, the sun can change into the moon and condemned convicts become aspiring actors.

Recipient of the BBC Award: West End Play of the Year, the Laurence Olivier Award, the London Evening Standard Award and the New York Drama Critics Award, Our Country’s Good is described as “a tribute to the transforming power of drama…It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre’s unique spiritual power” (The Guardian).

CCM Acting presents Our Country’s Good on Feb. 13 (preview performance)-17, 2019 at Patricia Corbett Theater. The production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.
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Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though 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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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The Cohen Family Studio Theater at CCM.

CCM Opera d’arte Presents ‘Die Fledermaus’

CCM showcases its undergraduate opera singers with a studio production of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus on Feb. 8-10, 2019 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Set in 1920s Vienna, this captivating operetta is directed by Kenneth Shaw with co-producer Amy Johnson. Brett Scott serves as music director, while CCM graduate student Matthew Worth is the assistant stage director.

While the libretto for the operatic version of this story was written by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée, the original tale was a play called The Prison written by Julius Roderich Benedix and premiered in 1851. This work then became a French vaudeville play that was re-translated into German by Haffner and turned into a libretto by Genée. Strauss’ operetta premiered in 1874 in Vienna.

The bat, or fledermaus, in this tale is not a flying creature but rather the ghost of a practical joke. At the previous year’s costume ball, a gentleman named Falke dressed as a bat and was abandoned, drunk, in the town square until the morning after the ball. To get revenge this year, Falke plans an elaborate ruse to catch his friend Eisenstein attempting infidelity and thereby embarrass Eisenstein in front of his wife and friends. A great deal of shenanigans ensue involving costumes, situational comedy, and the best-known archetype of comic opera — mistaken identities.

Performances of Die Fledermaus take place Feb. 8-10, 2019, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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Cast List

  • Chloe LeGrand and Amandalynne Perzyck as Rosalinda
  • Elena Villalon and Claudia Neff as Adele
  • Ryan Montgomery and Gregory Miller as Eisenstein
  • Grant Jackson and Hayden Smith as Dr. Falke
  • Bradley Buchmann and Sam Dubin as Alfred
  • Joseph Parrish and Grant Peck as Frank
  • Logan Wagner as Dr. Blind
  • Shannon Keegan and Katherine Gardin as Prince Orlovsky
  • Megan Dendler and Brianna Drew as Ida
  • Surprise Guest Star as Frosch

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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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Opera d’arte Sponsor: Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation

Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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Start Your New Year at CCM: Spring 2019 Calendar of Events Available Online

This spring’s lineup includes theatre and dance productions, orchestral, choral, piano, jazz and winds performances and much more! CCM’s performance series runs Jan. 14 through May 12, 2019.

Start your new year at CCM, which presents a range of free and ticketed events in spring 2019 that span the spectrum of the performing and media arts.

Spring brings the excitement of next steps and the promise of the future, as CCM students begin the next phases of their careers. Under the guidance of CCM’s internationally renowned educators, students have spent countless hours honing their skills.

Click the graphic to view CCM's Spring 2019 Calendar of Major Events.

Click the graphic to view CCM’s Spring 2019 Calendar of Major Events.

You can see and hear the culmination of their work, be it during CCM’s BAMM showcase of lighting design, sound design and technical production (January 18); our A View from the Edge concerts featuring music by student composers (February 12 and April 2); our annual Senior Showcases highlighting the excellence of our musical theatre (March 14, 15 and 16) and acting majors (March 29); our Wind Symphony’s world premiere of a work by the winner of CCM’s composition contest (March 29); our Piano-Pow-Looza concert of student performers (April 7); the Theatre Design and Production Student Portfolio Showcase (April 13) or any of the other wonderful events listed in our Spring 2019 Calendar of Major Events!

This spring our Mainstage Series also brings The Hunchback of Notre Dame (March 7-10) and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (April 12-14) to Corbett Auditorium, while the inspiring drama Our Country’s Good (Feb. 13-17) and the fairytale ballet Cinderella (April 26-28) come to Patricia Corbett Theater.

Learn more about CCM’s spring schedule of performing and media arts events by referring to the list below.

You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Spring Calendar of Major Events by visiting issuu.com/ccmpr/docs/ccmspring2019calendarbooklet.

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. Repertoire and dates are subject to change.

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.

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 Spring 2019 Major Events

January

8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14
• Faculty Artist Series •
Kurt Sassmannshaus, violin
Anna Reider, violin
KayCee Galano, violin and viola
Boyun Li, viola
Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello
Featuring Mozart’s String Quintet in C Major, Spohr’s Duo for Two Violins and more.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Featuring works by Chopin and Brahms.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
• Guest Artist Series •
Emily Levin, harp
Colin Davin, guitar
Emily Levin of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra joins Colin Davin in a concert of works by Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel, Dylan Mattingly and Will Stackpole.
Location: Watson Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
• Faculty Artist Series •
Giora Schmidt, violin
Elena Kholodova, piano
Featuring works by Britten, Ravel, Fuchs and Fauré.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18
BAMM-19
CCM Moving Light Programming II Course Project
Mark C. Williams, instructor and coordinator
Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular creations of CCM’s talented stage lighting, technical production and sound students as they come together to present performance art of robotic lighting and technical systems integration in this biennial event!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE, but seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
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5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20
• Faculty Artist Series •
THE PAT AND JULIE SHOW: THE COCKTAIL HOUR
Patricia Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
Pat and Julie always supply their audience with something wild and crazy! Featuring songs from the stages of Broadway and cabaret tunes, plus music from new composers. Party favors will also be provided, so don’t miss it!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin

Featuring sonatas by Prokofiev and Brahms.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Yehuda Hanani, cello
Rachel Calin, double bass
DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano, L. 135
J.S. BACH: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
RACHMANINOFF: Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19
ROSSINI: Duet for Cello and Double Bass in D Major
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28
• Faculty Artist Series •
IMPROVISATION ACROSS GENRES
James Bunte, saxophone
Michael Unger, harpsichord
Kim Pensyl, piano
Aaron Jacobs, bass
Rick VanMatre, saxophone
Featuring a newly commissioned piece for mixed media from CCM Commercial Music Production students. Additional works to be announced.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, ZEMLINSKY 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
ZEMLINSKY: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, Op. 15
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
NOTE: Rescheduled to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
• Faculty Artist Series •
Ran Dank, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
NOTE: Rescheduled to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
Craig Bailey, saxophone
Playing music from the heart, Craig Bailey presents a recital of soul, ballads, be-bop and a taste of pop music.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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February

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1
• Guest Artist Series •
Martha Guth, soprano 
Graham Johnson, piano
Featuring music of Schubert, Fauré and Britten. Join us the following day at 2 p.m. in Mary Emery Hall 3250 for a master class with Graham Johnson featuring CCM voice and piano students.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1
• Orchestra Series •
WEBER, BLACHER AND TCHAIKOVSKY
CCM Philharmonia
Aik Khai Pung, interim music director and conductor
WEBER: Overture to Euryanthe
BLACHER: Orchestral Variations on a Theme of Paganini
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 73, “Pathétique”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
• Percussion Series •
A TRIP TO TRINIDAD AND BACK
CCM Steel Drum Band
Russell Burge, music coordinator
An annual favorite! CCM’s Streel Drum Band presents an evening of traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
• Jazz Series •
GIVE IT ONE: THE BEST OF MAYNARD FERGUSON
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, conductor
Featuring guest artist Steve Patrick, trumpet

Nashville studio legend and trumpet virtuoso Steve Patrick joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra in this high-voltage concert of some of the most exciting music in big band history.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
• Winds Series •
ECHOES
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor

Music inspired by biblical drama, folk songs, festivals, other cultures and nature serves as the setting for this program featuring the many talented musicians of the CCM Wind Ensemble.
BERNSTEIN: “Profanation” from Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Folk Song Suite
SCHUMAN: George Washington Bridge
HOVHANESS: Symphony No. 4, Op. 165
NELSON: Aspen Jubilee
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6
• Winds Series •
RISING
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
An evening of inspiring works, including a new composition by alumna Jennifer Jolley, Gustav Holst’s timeless classic Hammersmith, and Ida Gotkovsky’s brilliantly virtuosic Poeme du feu.
HOLST: Hammersmith
JOLLEY: The Eyes of the World Are Upon You
BROWNE: Barnstorming Season
J.S. BACH: Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor
WILLIAMS: Jedi Steps and Finale from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
THE (NEO) BAROQUE KEYBOARD
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, harpsichord
The CCM Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Players and Café MoMus) performs an evening of works featuring the harpsichord and piano, highlighted by Richard Strauss’ Der Büger als Edelmann (Le bourgeois gentilhomme) Suite.
POULENC: Suite Française
J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050
STRAUSS: Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite, Op. 60
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
• Jazz Series •
NOTHING BUT THE BLUES
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
This performance explores the evolution of blues, from swing to the present day.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
DIE FLEDERMAUS
Music and libretto by Johann Strauss
Kenneth Shaw, director
Amy Johnson, co-producer
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Matthew Worth, assistant director
Updated to free and frivolous 1920s Vienna, this perennially popular operetta returns to CCM with its captivating melodies and a few wry surprises!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. 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. 8
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Jiannan Cheng, interim music director and conductor

NICOLAI: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
MOZART: Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467/K. 503
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11
• Winds Series •
BRASS SHOWCASE
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

CCM’s nationally recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small, consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11
• Faculty Artist Series •
LOVE: PICTURES AND PUZZLEMENTS
Quinn Patrick Ankrum, mezzo-soprano
Michael Unger, harpsichord, organ and fortepiano
Featuring works for voice and keyboard by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, François Couperin, Mozart, Barbara Strozzi and more.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
• 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: Caffè Vivace, 975 E. McMillan St. Cincinnati, OH 45206
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
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. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
• Mainstage Acting Series •
OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
Susan Felder, director
Set in Botany Bay in 1789, Our Country’s Good is a darkly comedic tale based on the true story of Australia’s first theatrical performance. A marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with convicts who populate an Australian prison camp. Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. Our Country’s Good is an inspiring tribute to the transforming power of drama. For mature audiences.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $28; discounts available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15.

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
• Guest Artist Series •
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Featuring works by Grieg, Piana, Liszt and Poulenc. Join us after the performance for a master class featuring CCM piano students.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

Sponsored by Louis and Susan Meisel
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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
• Choral Series •
ORFF AND STRAVINSKY AND DOVE
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Youth Choir Bel Canto, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Featuring faculty artists Dror Biran and James Tocco, piano, with student vocal soloists, pianists and percussionists
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott and Robyn Lana, Matthew Coffey and Molly Getsinger conductors

An afternoon of spirited and romantic cantatas by master composers. Carl Orff’s Catulli Carmina, a cantata of poems by the Roman poet Catullus (87-54 B.C.), sketches the story of the poet’s passion for the promiscuous Clodia (Lesbia). The program features two masterworks: Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year (2000) and Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces (The Wedding; Russian: Svadebka) (1923). The 20-minute The Passing of the Year features double chorus and piano in settings of poetry by Blake, Dickinson, Peele, Nashe and Tennyson performed by the CCM Chorale. The 24-minute Les Noces captures the essence of a Russian peasant wedding and post-wedding party with four pianos, six percussionists playing 17 instruments, vocal soloists and chorus. Performers include faculty pianists Dror Biran and James Tocco, along with student pianists Seunghun Jeong and Curtis Pavey; student percussionists Brandon Dodge, Joel Garza, Evan Grover, Mason Harwell, Ryan Thomas and Xinyi Zheng; student voice majors Anne Barr, soprano, Mia Athey, mezzo soprano, Salvatore Atti, tenor and Daren Small, bass-baritone; and the CCM Chamber Choir. Cincinnati Youth Choir and the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses offer a variety of choral miniatures highlighting American composers Libby Larsen, Jake Runestad and Timothy Takach.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Kyung Sun Lee, violin
Featuring the complete violin sonatas of Brahms.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19
• Faculty Artist Series •
Amit Even-Tov, cello
Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
• Guest Artist Series •
Michael Hall, viola
Location: Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250
Admission: Free
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
• Studio Opera Series •
DINNER AT EIGHT
Music by William Bolcom
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Daniel Mallampalli, conductor
Audrey Chait, director

Dinner at Eight is a comic opera by composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. It is a Depression-era comedy of manners in which the wife of a once-affluent shipping magnate plans a society dinner for an assortment of wealthy or well-born acquaintances. Eventually, the guests’ tangled and intimate connections to one another are revealed. The original play opened in 1932 on Broadway at the Music Box Theater, and inspired a star-studded film adaptation the following year.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. 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. Saturday, Feb. 23
• Jazz Series •
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT
Scott Belck, music director

CCM’s annual Essentially Ellington Festival, sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center, returns in full swing! The daylong event features the region’s top high school jazz ensembles, and the gala concert will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra with a special guest artist from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25
• Faculty Artist Series •
Gi Yeon Koh, violin and viola
Jiwon Han, piano
STRAVINSKY: Suite Italienne
RESPIGHI: Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Minor
PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
GRIEG: Sonata for Viola and Piano in A Minor
Location: Memorial Hall OTR, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE
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CANCELED
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

• Faculty Artist Series •
COMMERCIAL MUSIC PRODUCTION FACULTY RECITAL
Please join the CMP faculty for an evening of original music and arrangements, featuring Tom Haines, Dan Karlsberg, Ric Hordinski, Brad Myers, Nick Fryer, Ellen Graham and special guests.

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
AN ENTERTAINMENT
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

The CCM Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Players and Café MoMus) performs theatrical chamber music from a wide variety of inspirations.
STRAVINSKY: Octet for Wind Instruments
WALTON: Façade, An Entertainment
STRAVINSKY: L’Histoire du Soldat
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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March

8 p.m. Friday, March 1
• Orchestra Series •
¡VIVA ESPAÑA!
CCM Philharmonia
Aik Khai Pung, interim music director and conductor
CHABRIER: España
LALO: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
FALLA: El Sombrero de Tres Picos
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7 p.m. Saturday, March 2
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto with soloist Skye Park and Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, March 2
• Winds Series •
THE WINDS OF NAGUAL
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring emeritus faculty artist Rick VanMatre, saxophone
The CCM Wind Symphony performs an evening of music from a broad spectrum of styles and inspirations, featuring the epic Winds of Nagual by Michael Colgrass and faculty artist Kim Pensyl’s Saxophone Concerto.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Toccata Marziale
RODRIGO: Adagio para instrumentos de viento
PENSYL: Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra (“Moving Formations”)
COLGRASS: The Winds of Nagual
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, March 3
• Winds Series •
SERENADES
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Consisting of beautiful serenades for wind instruments and highlighted by Beethoven’s classic Octet, this concert will thrill and delight.
HARTMANN: Serenade, Op. 43
WOOLFENDEN: Serenade for Sophia
BEETHOVEN: Octet, Op. 103
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, March 3
• Guest Artist Series •
Andrew Henderson, organ
CCM welcomes Andrew Henderson, Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music, for a special guest artist performance presented in collaboration with the Covenant-First Presbyterian Church Organ Festival. Henderson will also host a master class from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 4 at Covenant-First Presbyterian Church.
Location: Covenant-First Presbyterian Church, 717 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5
• Winds Series •
FACT OR FICTION?
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor

This repertoire reflects historical figures and locations as well as fictional stories inspired by musical theatre, ballet, Javanese gamelan and ancient mythology.
WAGNER: Huldigungsmarsch
DEBUSSY: La Cathédrale engloutie
SPARKE: Dance Movements
HAHN: Le bal de Béatrice d’Este
NIXON: Fiesta del Pacifico
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
8 p.m. Friday, March 8
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE
Judith Mikita, 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 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4. 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, March 7
8 p.m. Friday, March 8
2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions
Aubrey Berg, director
Stephen Goers, musical director
Katie Johannigman, choreographer
Based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel with songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins as bells sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools, but he is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. He escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though — the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. In 1999, the musical premiered as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame in Berlin. Parental discretion is advised. Victor Hugo’s novel contains mature themes and situations, which may be distressing for young viewers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $32; discounts available for UC and non-UC students. 

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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8 p.m. Friday, March 8
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Jiannan Cheng, interim music director
Ken Lam, guest conductor from Charleston Symphony Orchestra
SMETANA: Overture to The Bartered Bride
DVORÁK: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Saturday, March 9
• Starling Series •
STARLING SHOWCASE
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Fanting Chen, Erica Nam and Christina Nam, soloists
Showcasing Starling violin students from the college and pre-college programs performing concertos for violin and orchestra.
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, March 10
• Choral Series •
SIMPLY SCHUBERT
CCM Chorale
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Selections by the CCM Chorale will include choral pieces, quartets and solo songs by Franz Schubert.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12
• Winds Series •
BRASS SHOWCASE
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

CCM’s nationally recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
7 p.m. Thursday, March 14
7 p.m. Friday, March 15
• Studio Acting Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2019
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 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, theatre fans were offered 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 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
• Choral Series •
OLD AND NEW
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Matthew Coffey and Molly Getsinger, conductors
Comprised of students from all 14 of UC’s colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present the music of Arneson, Copland, Ramsey, Schubert, Szymko and Tormis.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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NEW TIME 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16
CCM MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Created and performed by the Class of 2019 in Musical Theatre
See and hear our musical theatre “stars of tomorrow” in action at the 27th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase, featuring the Class of 2019 prior to its New York City debut.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. 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, March 14
• Jazz Series •
GREAT BIG BANDS: PAST AND PRESENT
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Featuring the tunes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Maria Schneider, Gerald Wilson, Duke Pearson and more!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 14
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
PIERROT, PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

The CCM Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Players and Café MoMus) performs famous works of iconic composers of the 20th century.
SIBELIUS: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
SCHOENBERG: Pierrot lunaire
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Friday, March 15
CCM MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
A CCMpower Benefit
Created and performed by the Class of 2019 in Musical Theatre
CCMpower
invites you to see our musical theatre “stars of tomorrow” in action at the 27th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2019 prior to their New York City debut. The annual CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award will be presented at the showcase.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Special ticket pricing and limited seating. For more information, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.
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11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 16
OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
Experience tomorrow’s opera stars today as CCM hosts its prestigious national competition, featuring current and new students vying for tuition scholarships and cash awards.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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NEW TIME 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CELEBRATE YOUTH
Cincinnati Youth Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

Building tomorrow’s leaders, one voice at time, the Cincinnati Youth Choir sings of growth, encouragement and unity through new commissions and music from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 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: Purchase tickets online; $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 28
• Winds Series •
DARE TO DREAM AND DANCE
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor

An evening of fantastical dance music from various time periods and locations including the United States, France and England.
DUKAS: Fanfare pour préceder La Péri
BALMAGES: Fanfare Canzonique
WOOLFENDEN: Suite Française
GRAHAM: Harrison’s Dream
BRITTEN: Courtly Dances from Gloriana
BENNETT: Suite of Old American Dances
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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2 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 29
CCM ACTING SENIOR SHOWCASE
Enjoy the talents of the CCM Acting Class of 2019 in its exciting industry showcase prior to its professional debut in New York and Los Angeles. The evening performance will be followed by the 16th annual DOLLY awards recognizing excellence by students in the Acting Department, as well as a reception in the Baur Room.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, March 29
• Winds Series •
CLASSICS AND DIVERSIONS
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE) and CCM faculty artists Timothy Anderson, trombone, and Demarre McGill, flute

The CCM Wind Symphony performs a concert featuring Gustav Holst’s classic Hammersmith alongside thrilling newer works by Adam Gorb and Joel Pucket, featuring a world premiere by CCM composition contest winner Julien Monick.
MONICK: Mosaics of Painted Glass
PUCKETT: The Shadow of Sirius
GORB: Downtown Diversions for Trombone and Wind Symphony
HOLST: Hammersmith
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FRAUGHT ADJACENCIES: THE POLITICS OF GERMAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Jennifer Iverson, University of Chicago

Electronic music has been understood as continuing the aesthetic progress of Western art music — and yet, electronic studios are heterogeneous, blending technologies and personnel from science, military engineering, radio and “low art.” In this talk, three vignettes illuminate the network that embeds German electronic music from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Saturday, March 30
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
BACK TO BAROQUE
CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Choir

Earl Rivers, conductor
The combined CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Choir present Handel’s Zadok the Priest, composed in 1727 for the coronation of King George II, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat BWV 243, composed in 1723 for Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig. The Philharmonia performs J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major and Handel’s Water Music in F Major.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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April

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, director
Solos, duos, trios and quartets for classical guitar.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 4
8 p.m. Friday, April 5
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
YEAST NATION
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Vincent DeGeorge, director and choreographer
Henry Lewers, musical director
In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story – and ours – is changed forever. An area premiere from the creators of Urinetown and The Sting.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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4 p.m. Sunday, April 7
• Piano Series •
PIANO-POW-LOOZA: DELIGHTFUL MINIATURES
Tickle your fancy with a variety of selections that showcase CCM’s award-winning piano students at one, two and three pianos. There’s something for everyone at this annual fan-favorite concert!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
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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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
• Winds Series •
CHARACTERISTIC WORKS FOR WINDS
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

Join us for a thrilling concert of rarely-performed music for winds.
BEETHOVEN: Rondino
PÄRT: Fratres
SPOHR: Notturno, Op. 34
FRANÇAIX: Neuf pièces caractéristiques
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 11
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Jiannen Cheng, interim music director and conductor
BARBER: Overture to “The School for Scandal”
GARRETT GEORGE: Premiere (winner of the 2018 CCM Composition Competition)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, April 12
8 p.m. Saturday, April 13
2 p.m. Sunday, April 14
• Mainstage Opera Series •
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
(THE CLEMENCY OF TITUS)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà

Jiannan Cheng, conductor
Robin Guarino, director
Mozart’s last opera seria displays some of his most memorable and marvelous arias! The story centers on Roman emperor Titus (Tito) who must choose a wife, but is unable to find a suitable match. In his search for an empress, Tito narrowly avoids an assassination plot instigated by his protégé Sesto and the former emperor’s daughter, Vitellia, who wants the throne for herself. Caught between his duty and his heart, the emperor must choose whether to rule with mercy or with an iron fist.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $32; discounts available for UC and non-UC students.

 Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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11 a.m. Saturday, April 13
THEATRE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION STUDENT PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE
Come see the spectacular work of CCM’s talented senior and graduate Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) students as they highlight their portfolios, website and designs in this annual event! A gala event will follow the showcase from 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Saturday, April 13
• Starling Series •
STARLING SHOWCASE
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
KayCee Galano, Lilyanne Thoroughman, Christy Kim, Ryan Cheng, and more, soloists
Showcasing Starling violin students from the college and pre-college programs performing concertos for violin and orchestra.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, April 13
CCM Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music coordinator
The CCM Percussion Ensemble performs chamber works for percussion from Cage and Hovhaness, through DeSantis, Udow and Andriessen, to King Crimson.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 14
• Orchestra and Jazz Series •
FANTASIA BRASILEIRA
CCM Philharmonia and Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist Jovino Santos Neto, piano
Scott Belck and Aik Khai Pung, music directors and conductors
The seductive soundscape of enchanted Brazil comes to life in this evening of cool Brazilian music for orchestra and jazz ensemble. Featuring three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist and composer.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 14
Classical Guitar Chamber Music
Clare Callahan, director
An evening of music for guitar with cello, flute and voice, and other combinations.
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
MODERN CHAMBER SYMPHONIES
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
HAGEN: Chamber Symphony (2003)
ZWILICH: Chamber Symphony (1979)
ADAMS: Son of a Chamber Symphony (2007)
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, April 19
• Winds Series •
BRASS SHOWCASE
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

CCM’s nationally recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, April 20
• Jazz Series •
CCM Student Jazz Combos and Faculty Artists
Tia Fuller, guest artist
Scott Belck, music director

A well-respected bandleader and educator, Tia Fuller is a professor at the Berklee College of Music and a nationally-touring artist. She was the featured saxophone soloist in Beyoncé’s band from 2006-10, and recently released Diamond Cut, a new album that features collaborations with Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
• Choral Series •
CHORAL CLASSICS
CCM Chamber Choir
Earl Rivers, music director and conductor

The CCM Chamber Choir and strings present 20th and 21st century choral classics — John Corigliano’s Fern Hill and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ In Paradisum — contrasted with one-on-a-part chamber ensembles performing J.S. Bach’s motet Der Geist hilft BWV 226, Monteverdi’s madrigal Altri Canti di Marte / Due belli occhi and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Room 300
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
• Winds Series •
OUR STORY
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor
Featuring CCM student trumpet and violin soloists

Every piece of music has a story of its own. This program conveys various stories, folklore and cultures, drawing inspiration from Chinese traditions, Scottish dances and 20th century composition techniques.
FILLMORE: Americans We
STEPHENSON: The Storyteller
HEBEL: Tides Within
CHEN YI: Dragon Rhyme
ARNOLD: Four Scottish Dances
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 25
8 p.m. Friday, April 26
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
• Studio Acting Series •
ASSOCIATION OF CONTROLLED DREAMERS
Written by MJ Kaufman
Brant Russell, director
A young, charismatic senator pursues policies that could have long-lasting repercussions for public education. A group of college students tries every technique available to them to change his mind, from occupying his lawn to collective lucid dreaming. What is the nature of activism? How do we hold legislators accountable? And what is the young senator’s mysterious twin up to?
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22. 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, April 26
2 p.m. Saturday, April 27
8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
2 p.m. Sunday, April 28
• Mainstage Dance Series •
CINDERELLA
Karen Russo Burke, guest choreographer
Michael Tevlin, ensemble director
Celebrate spring’s arrival with a fully staged fairytale ballet choreographed by guest artist Karen Russo Burke, Artistic Director of the Dayton Ballet. A poor girl wishes to escape the authoritarian rule of her evil stepmother and stepsisters, so her fairy godmother gives her a ticket to the ball! The girl meets Prince Charming and they fall in love, but she vanishes when the clock strikes midnight. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s memorable score, Cinderella is known for its jubilant melodies, lush scenery and graceful retelling of the timeless romance by Charles Perrault.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $28; discounts available for UC and non-UC students.

Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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8 p.m. Friday, April 26
• Orchestra Series •
STRAUSS, BARTÓK AND BEETHOVEN
CCM Philharmonia
Aik Khai Pung, interim music director
Neil Varon, guest conductor from Eastman School of Music
STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche, Op. 28
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, April 27
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project and featuring violin soloist Christina Nam in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major and Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
• Winds Series •
LONTANO
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring guest artist Steve Houghton, percussion

Featuring faculty artist James Bunte, saxophone
Join the CCM Wind Symphony for its 2018-19 season finale, featuring internationally acclaimed jazz percussionist Steve Houghton in a concerto by CCM faculty artist Steve Allee, and faculty artist James Bunte performing John Mackey’s dazzling Concerto for Soprano Saxophone. Highlights include a work by faculty composer Miguel Roig-Francolí, and Michael Martin’s stunning new Symphony.
ROIG-FRANCOLÍ: A Tale of Madness (Folía)
MACKEY: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
ALLEE: Passages
MARTIN: “Lontano” Symphony for Wind Ensemble
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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4 p.m. Sunday, April 28
• Winds Series •
CLASSICS FOR WINDS
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

The final concert of CCM Wind Studies 2018-19 season showcases classics from well-known European composers.
DONIZETTI: Sinfonia for Winds
UHL: Drei Tanzstücke
PASCAL: Octuor
GÁL: Divertimento
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 28
• Jazz Series •
THE VOCAL STYLING OF CARLA COOK
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Carla Cook joins the CCM Jazz Lab Band for an evening of classic jazz favorites honoring the legacy of Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and other great jazz vocalists.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Monday, April 29
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and Jr. Youth Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter, Kevin Michael Holzman, Thomas Gamboa, Christopher Nichter and Rick Canter, 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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May

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Robert Stull, 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, May 1
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Preparatory Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Thursday, May 2
• Winds Series •
UC Bearcat Bands
Christopher Nichter, music director
Join the UC Bearcat Bands for a thrilling evening of music. Consisting primarily of students majoring in fields outside music, these future musical citizens are sure to impress and inspire!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
SPRING 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: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
A MELODIOUS JOURNEY
Cincinnati Youth Choir

Robyn Lana, music director

The Cincinnati Youth Choir, including CCM resident choirs and community choirs continue to sing for the future featuring songs of life, love and laughter.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Thursday, May 9
7 p.m. Friday, May 10
3 p.m. Saturday, May 11
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
GODSPELL JR.
Becca Kloha Strand, Rebecca N. Childs and Karie-Lee Sutherland, co-directors
CCM’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive provides a challenging and disciplined educational experience for students ages 9-14 with a special interest in musical theatre. Join the students for their spring performance as they showcase what they’ve learned this year!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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3 p.m. Sunday, May 12
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Cincinnati Junior Strings
Rachel Bierkan, director

The area’s finest young string musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for string orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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Sponsors and Partners

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

ArtsWave
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

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

Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Senior Showcase Sponsor

Dr. & Mrs. Carl Fischer
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

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

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

Choral Studies Sponsors
  

Ms. Margaret L. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsors

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bloom
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors 

Teri Jory & Seth Geiger
Dance Production Sponsor 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Brett Offenberger & Douglas E. Duckett
Cincinnati Dreams Come True, Inc.
Musical Theatre Birthday Cabaret Sponsor

Graeter’s Ice Cream
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors 

Trish & Rick Bryan
The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
CCMpower
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Jeff Thomas Catering
Dianne & David Rosenberg

Event Sponsors 

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor 

Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation
Opera d’arte Sponsor


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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Alumni Spotlight: Brian Katona, MM Choral Conducting 2002

Story by CCM Associate Director of Alumni Relations Jamie Muenzer. Originally published online at alumni.uc.edu/ccm/katona.

Choose a college. Get through courses, tests and performances. Graduate and never look back. Right?

Well, we hope not.

And we are especially fortunate that Brian Katona (MM Choral Conducting, 2002) keeps choosing to look back. “I worked with conducting alumni while I was in school, had access to all kinds of professors, and wasn’t restricted to only doing one thing,” Brian says. “The College-Conservatory of Music was an incredible resource to both learn and play.” And as an Emmy Award-winning documentary film score composer, Brian felt it was important to eventually come “home” and pay it forward.

Similar to many students going into the creative or performing arts, Brian started his Master’s at CCM somewhat unsure of his ultimate path. Documentary filmmaking wasn’t even on his radar. But as a true testament to the well-rounded nature of CCM’s programs, there was an incredible amount of crossover with many other departments — Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting, Opera — and he found himself conducting many of the shows in Corbett Auditorium while expanding his own personal preference and repertoire.

And thanks to a master class he attended, Brian caught the bug for documentary film scoring. Soon after the workshop, he traveled to the renowned Aspen Music Festival for The Susan and Ford Schumann Composition Film Score program, and the field has been his driving passion ever since. Thinking back on this time, he says the faculty at CCM were especially encouraging, helping to develop both his composing and conducting craft.

CCM to Film: Coming Full Circle
Having worked on award-winning films ranging from The Town that Disappeared Overnight to The Builder, Brian says film scoring is about creating a connection with the imagery through sound. “As a film composer, you’re trying to capture moments through music, sometimes in scenes with very little dialogue. It’s a challenge, but you become so drawn to the story.”

Spending most of his time composing in his home studio in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Brian works with footage provided by the production companies and uses both computer-based and live instruments to create the musical score. He says each project is a brand new adventure and challenge. When he approached CCM to teach a master class, he hoped to share some of the same trials and joys of film scoring that he’s encountered. “And selfishly, it’s so nice to connect with younger composers,” he adds. “By sharing their thoughts and fresh creative ideas they often teach me as much as I teach them.

After connecting with Professor of Commercial Music Production professor Tom Haines and learning of his advanced Film Scoring class, Brian saw the perfect match. And for seniors pursuing their Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music Production, it was the perfect opportunity. Students would work with Brian over the course of a three-session Skype master class to develop their own scores for a documentary film. The catch: It was a film Brian had already worked on, stripped of the music.

“It was up to the students to create their own interpretation of the mood the film should take on,” Brian says. “By the third session, they were presenting to me and I was providing feedback on some really amazing scores. The students demonstrated a wide variety of musical styles ranging from the traditional classical approach to scores that had elements of jazz and pop. Regardless of style, each score fit very well and gave a unique and powerful emotional subtext to the film.” The workshop has gone so well that Brian says there might be one more session in the works.

If Brian’s career path is any indication, all it takes is one workshop or master class to alter the trajectory for the rest of your life. His hope for students? Find that spark.


Brian Katona is an Emmy® Award-winning composer, orchestrator, arranger, and conductor. Recent film/television credits: The Builder (Emmy Winner for best musical composition), A Hope For Hartly (Best Melodic Theme, Garden State Film Festival), PEI Kids: Generation Change (Film: Broader Vision Award, Garden State Film Festival), The Town That Disappeared Overnight (Film: Two time Emmy Winner, Garden State Film Festival Winner), Biserici De Lemn Din Romania (SEEFest Official Selection), I Throw Rocks (Film: Maumee Film Festival Winner), My Spirited Sister (Sitcom). Theater credits: Jesse James: Dead or Alive. Commercial recordings: The Voice of Christmas: “The Night Before Christmas,” A Christmas Journey: “I Wonder What I’ll Get for Christmas.” Published concert music (Imagine Music): Anthem for the Patriots, Space Battle, Space Fantasy, When I Hear Music, An Irish Blessing.

Soundcloud: @emlaproductions
Homepage: www.facebook.com/emlaproductions/

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