Preparatory Ballet Concert. Photography by Kyuran Ann Choe.

CCM Prep Presents Fall Youth Ballet Concert on Dec. 8 and 9

Featuring talented students from ages nine through adult, the CCM Youth Ballet Companies perform the annual Fall Youth Ballet Concert on Dec. 8-9, 2017.

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement presents the Fall Youth Ballet Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, and Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer directs the mixed-repertoire ballet performance, which features the students of the CCM Youth Ballet Companies.

The annual dance concert features talented CCM Prep students from ages nine through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM Prep students and faculty. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

The program opens with Strangers in the Night, set to music by Frank Sinatra with choreography by CCM Prep student Anna Faist. CCM Prep students will then perform an excerpt from Napoli, also known as The Fisherman and His Bride. This story ballet, originally choreographed in 1842 by Danish choreographer August Bournonville, tells the tale of an Italian girl who falls in love with a poor fisherman. The pair finally wed after they endure many trials and tribulations, and their friends present special dances at their wedding. These wedding dances will be performed at the Fall Youth Ballet Concert.

The main highlight of the performance is Babes in Toyland, featuring music by Victor Herbert with choreography and direction by CCM Prep ballet faculty members Thomas Bell, Ana Bird, Heather Cameron-Johnson, Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, Sergey Pakharev and Tricia Sundbeck. Originally an operetta, this work focuses on Mary-Mary Quite Contrary and Tom-Tom the Piper’s Son, two residents of Mother Goose Land. They hope to get married, but the sinister town miser, Barnaby, has other plans for them. They encounter mischievous trees, an evil toy maker and other conniving characters along the way, but ultimately the couple finds their happily ever after.

You can see the CCM Fall Youth Ballet Concert this weekend in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Single tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Visit the CCM Box Office website or call 513-556-4183 for more information.

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8
  • 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE. 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 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 48-Hour Film Festival Celebrates Fourth Year

Audience members filled UC's MainStreet Cinema to watch original, student-created short films during CCM's 48-Hour Film Festival.

Audience members filled UC’s MainStreet Cinema to watch original, student-created short films during CCM’s 48-Hour Film Festival.

On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music kicked off its fourth annual university-wide 48-Hour Film Festival, spearheaded by Richard Hess, Chair of the CCM Acting Department. This year’s festival attracted 100 participating students from across multiple UC colleges who came together in one weekend to create eight short films.

Participants included 45 students from the CCM Acting department, as well as students from CCM’s Electronic Media, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Design and Production programs. The festival also welcomed student participants from other areas of UC, including International Affairs, Biology, English Literature, Aerospace Engineering and more.

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The festival challenges students to quickly solve problems and the fast turnaround of the project helps eliminate the second-guessing often involved in creative work, says Hess. “There is so much that works against creativity at a large and busy school,” Hess adds. “The 48-Hour Film Festival is a perfect chance to say, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’”

“With your creativity, a space, a camera and some people interested in storytelling, you can make a beautiful short film together in a short period of time, and that’s glorious!”

Participants were divided into eight teams and were each required to incorporate a NASA T-shirt, a mini mirrored disco-ball ornament and the phrase “I was hoping you’d say that” into their films. Each unique film lasts approximately seven to eight minutes in length. From there, the potential for creativity is limitless.

In the event’s first year, filmmaker and actor Fraser Kershaw launched the festival with a screening of his documentary, Behind the Water. For the next 48-Hour Film Festival, CCM welcomed six film and theatre students from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

This year, CCM Musical Theatre alumnus Mickey Fisher, who worked on the CBS show Extant and is currently working on the upcoming NBC show Reverie, shared a virtual masterclass with participants on the making of short films.

The eight finished films in this year’s CCM 48-Hour Film Festival were screened at a packed house on Sunday, Nov. 19 in the MainStreet Cinema at UC’s Tangeman University Center.

Visit the festival website to watch the films from the 2017 CCM 48-Hour Film Festival.

Each year the festival offers awards to the students involved in the audience’s favorite films. This year’s Audience Awards go to:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
Olivia Passafiume, Where We Left Off

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY
David Lehn, Where We Left Off

OUTSTANDING EDITING
Lindsey Ballou, Umpha Koroma and Darius Dudley, Randy the Reference Guy

OUTSTANDING WRITING
Sarah Durham, Where We Left Off

OUTSTANDING ANIMATION AND GRAPHICS
Devon Whalen, Where We Left Off

OUTSTANDING COMPOSITION/SOUND DESIGN
Peter Glassmeyer and Steven Rimke, In and Out

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Cameron Nalley, Where We Left Off

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Madeleine Page-Schmit, Where We Left Off

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR
Reid Robison, Going Up?

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS
Jenny Yue Shi, Randy the Reference Guy

OUTSTANDING FILM
Where We Left Off
Produced by
Kellie Bartle & Sarah Durham

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Classrooms and evnironmental portraits of faculty in CCM's department of Music Theory and Composition.

Apply Now to Study Musicology at CCM

Classrooms and evnironmental portraits of faculty in CCM's department of Music Theory and Composition.

Named “one of the continent’s major music schools” by the Toronto Star, CCM offers a comprehensive learning experience for students interested in pursuing careers in Musicology. Applications are now open to join CCM’s Fall 2018 class!

Musicology students at CCM work closely with internationally recognized musicology faculty. In addition, students engage with the rich and diverse CCM arts community, which includes composition, theory, performance, e-media, scenic design, dance and acting majors. Musicologists also pursue interdisciplinary research across campus.

CCM offers MM and PhD degrees, as well as a combined MM/PhD in Musicology. Graduate students are given ample opportunities to teach both lower and upper-level courses and develop pedagogical skills. Renowned scholars visit CCM regularly to teach, lecture and meet informally with students to discuss their research.

Students are eligible for generous four and six-year financial packages, and may receive summer support for comprehensive exam preparation. CCM also provides support opportunities for student research, conference attendance and dissertation completion.

Student Experience
CCM’s Musicology curriculum includes seminars in special topics, which reflect the research interests of faculty members. The Musicology Colloquium assists students in their professional development and offers students the opportunity to present their research and participate in scholarly discourse.

Founded in 1986, the Music Research Forum is a peer-reviewed journal edited and produced by CCM graduate students. In addition, CCM students organize and develop the biennial Music Theory and Musicology Society’s scholarly conference.

Applications and Additional Information
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu/apply.

For more information, please visit ccm.uc.edu/music/cmt or contact CCM Admissions at 513-556-9478 or email ccmadmis@uc.edu.

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Celebrate the Season at CCM with Annual Holiday Concerts

Bring family and friends to CCM to celebrate the season with annual Jazz, Feast of Carols and Cincinnati Children’s Choir holiday-themed concerts.

Swing into the season to the big band sounds of CCM’s hottest bands and coolest voices at the Jazz Holiday Extravaganza at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The concert features the CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band with Musical Theatre students, led by music directors Scott Belck and Craig Bailey.

Later that week, the annual favorite Feast of Carols returns with performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on both Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.

A tradition that dates back decades, the Feast of Carols concert embraces a variety of holiday songs ranging from the classic and traditional to the contemporary. CCM’s Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra will be joined by the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and guest choirs from Walnut Hills High School, Bridgetown Middle School and the Southern Gateway Chorus for four performances of holiday favorites.

Conductors Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker, Molly Getsinger, Jeff Ledgers, Anthony Nims and Chelsey Sweatman lead the choirs on stage and invite the audience members to join in for the spectacular “Fa-La-La” finale.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s Holiday Concert will feature all 450 members of the Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, performing holiday songs from around the globe. Robyn Lana conducts.

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

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Event Information

8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
• Jazz Series •
JAZZ HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Featuring student singers from CCM Musical Theatre
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, musical directors
Swing into the season with the big band sounds of CCM’s hottest bands and coolest voices. You better be good…
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students, UC students FREE
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
• Prestige Event Series •
FEAST OF CAROLS
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and CCM Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Featuring guest choirs from Walnut Hills High School, Bridgetown Middle School and the Southern Gateway (Barbershop) Chorus
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker, Molly Getsinger, Jeff Ledgers, Anthony Nims and Chelsey Sweatman, conductors
Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2017 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CCC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15-$20 for adults, $10-15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, conductor
The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, perform holiday songs from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students, UC students FREE
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Purchasing Tickets
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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CCM Lighting Design and Technology Student Competes in Las Vegas HOG Factor Competition

CCM Lighting Design and Technology student Devaka Walpola recently traveled to the Live Design International Conference in Las Vegas to compete as one of three finalists in one of the top academic lighting competitions in the world.

Devaka Walpola

Devaka Walpola.

Walpola, who is in his third year at CCM, was selected as a finalist in the 2017 HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programing Competition. As a finalist, he had the opportunity to present an original lighting design live at the international conference on November 17.

“HOG Factor is the number one academic lighting competition worldwide as we speak,” says CCM Lighting Professor Jim Gage. “To be selected as a finalist from the hundreds of submissions is quite the accomplishment.”

Now in its fourth year, the HOG Factor Competition is presented annually by High End Systems, a cutting edge company for lighting technology. The three finalists receive awards that are given to the university where the student is enrolled. In 2014, CCM students entered a similar competition and CCM was awarded a $40,000 lighting console.

Walpola first found out about the competition through CCM Lighting Design and Technology Professor Mark Williams. He then spent around 18 hours designing a light show for the song, “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Chainsmokers featuring Daya and submitted his design to High End Systems.

He progressed to the final round of the HOG Factor Competition in Las Vegas, where he had the opportunity to plan and present a lighting design for The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charles Daniels Band.

“For the competition, I was given a virtual lighting rig and had to program a lighting show on my computer and then translate it to a real world live event in Vegas in front of a crowd of industry leaders,” Walpola says.

Walpola is the master electrician on three CCM productions this year. His studies at CCM have taught him techniques that he’s used to set up lighting and sound for events like Lollapalooza in Chicago and the Electric Zoo in New York. This summer, he spent a few months in Milwaukee working for Clearwing, an audio and visual production company that focuses on live entertainment.

“CCM has a great professional network for getting me where I need to go to start my career in the professional world,” Walpola says. “This is the best jump-start to my career that I could ask for. I was very excited to be able to go to Vegas and program this show for people who could be my employers some day.”

About Live Design International
Since 1988, Live Design International (LDI) has been the leading tradeshow and conference for live design professionals from all around the globe. LDI hosts over 13,000 attendees working in theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks and houses of worship, as well as a wide range of international live and broadcast venues. Attendees from more than 80 countries come to LDI to see the latest gear in action, refresh their knowledge, and replenish their creativity. More than 350 companies exhibit, providing live demos and the opportunity for face-to-face discussions about the cutting-edge gear they debut exclusively to LDI attendees.

About High End Systems
At High End Systems Inc., we innovate and create the lighting products and control systems that illuminate some of the world’s biggest artists on the largest stages, as well as film and television studios, cruise ships, corporate events, theme parks, churches, restaurants and retail spaces. Now entering our fourth decade, we’re one of the world’s largest entertainment lighting manufacturers, a pioneer in new digital lighting technology and producer of the industry-preferred lighting controller technology. We attribute our success to staying in touch with the needs of the entertainment lighting community. Product research and development at our Austin, TX headquarters is an ongoing collaboration between in-house engineers and lighting professionals in the field. This collaboration is largely to thank for our status as a major industry innovator and intellectual property holder. We’re not only keeping pace with industry developments – we’re guiding them. We’re constantly pushing the creative and technological envelope to meet customer needs and stay ahead of the curve. As members of the entertainment community, we know reliability is paramount. We maintain rigorous manufacturing standards, while providing industry-leading customer support services. Welcome to the High End Systems community. We’re your source for lighting solutions.
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Story by CCM graduate student Jonathan Dellinger.

 

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CCM presents 'Candide' Nov. 16-19, 2017, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: ‘Candide’

Here is your sneak peek at CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Candide, presented in conjunction with the world-wide Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration. Conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Emma Griffin, the opera opens at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Based on Voltaire’s biting satirical novella of the same name, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide follows a naïve young man as he searches for the meaning of life in a cruel and chaotic world. CCM’s innovative new production of Candide uses a mysterious, one-room set design that inspires the theatricality of the show.

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“CCM’s highly imaginative staging of this classic opera-musical is part of a long performance tradition of presenting Candide as a theatrically inventive show,” Griffin says. “In our production, we’ve given the performers a blank canvas with which to create a world of heightened theatricality and magical realism.”

Journey through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” in CCM’s production of Candide, presented Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/candide.
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CANDIDE
(New York City Opera House Version)
By Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Leonard Bernstein

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.
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Creative Team

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Emma Griffin, director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Edward Mineishi*, sound designer
  • Ann Marie White*, dialect coach
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Lydia Brown, vocal coach
  • William R. Langley*, chorus master
  • Pauline Humbert*, stage manager

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Brandon Scott Russell# as Candide
  • Rob Stahley^ as Candide
  • Heidi Middendorf# as Cunegonde
  • Shannon Cochran^ as Cunegonde
  • Chelsea Duval-Major# as Old Lady
  • Karis Tucker^ as Old Lady
  • Schyler Vargas as Maximilian
  • Rebecca Printz as Paquette
  • De’ron McDaniel as Pangloss
  • Jacqueline Daaleman, Landon Hawkins, Nick Heffelfinger as Voltaire
  • Clay Edwards as Baron
  • Mia Athey as Baroness
  • Logan Wagner, Grant Peck as Bulgarian Soldiers
  • Breanna Flores, Elle Zambarano as Westphalian Soldiers
  • Michael Hyatt as High Inquisitor
  • Natalie Shepard as Auto-da-fe Victim
  • Chandler Johnson as Governor
  • Kseniia Polstiankina as Pianist
  • Amy Joy Stephens, Briana Moynihan as El Dorado Sheep
  • John Siarris as Prefect of Constantinople

^Denotes performers on Nov. 16 and 18
#Denotes performers on Nov. 17 and 19

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Candide are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

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

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/candide.

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 Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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CCM Now Accepting Applications for Graduate Brass Quintet Fellowship

CCM Now Accepting Applications for Brass Quintet Fellowship

CCM is now accepting applications for its inaugural Graduate Brass Quintet. This prestigious Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba players. Pre-formed Quintets are preferred but not required.

The members of CCM’s Graduate Brass Quintet Fellowship program will receive full tuition scholarship support and a graduate assistantship stipend of $8,000 per academic year. Fellows must be enrolled in a two-year Master of Music (MM) or Artist Diploma (AD) program at CCM.

Fellows will receive guidance from CCM’s illustrious faculty members including Phil Collins, Alan Siebert, Tim Anderson, Peter Norton and Tim Northcut, as well as guest artists like Alison Balsom, Warren Deck, the American Brass Quintet, the Army Band Brass Quintet and Harmonic Brass.

The Graduate Brass Quintet will coach undergraduate winds and brass chamber ensembles. The Quintet will give full recitals on campus and must attend one chamber music competition per year with available travel funding assistance.

Brass Studies at CCM connects students to a powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers. Our graduates draw on this network to begin their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians, teachers and players with major symphony orchestras and premier military bands.

Application Requirements
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. A complete application includes an online application, transcript(s), letters of recommendation, 500-word personal statement and a live interview at CCM. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu/apply.

2018 Audition Dates at CCM

  • Pre-formed Quintets: Feb. 16-17
  • Trumpet: Feb. 16-17
  • Horn: Jan. 13 & 27
  • Trombone: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 17
  • Tuba: Feb. 16

Additional Information
For more information, please contact CCM Admissions at 513-556-9478 or email ccmadmis@uc.edu.

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