CCM presents 'Seussical' through Oct. 29 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

Local Arts Critics Praise CCM’s ‘Seussical’

CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Seussical continues at 8 p.m. tonight, Oct. 25, at Patricia Corbett Theater! Local critics praised the musical, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 29 as part of CCM’s 150th Anniversary Celebration.

Directed by Vince DeGeorge with musical direction by CCM graduate student Luke Flood, Seussical was written by CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, 1982) and Lynn Ahrens. It is now one of the most often performed musicals in the United States, but CCM’s production “demonstrates that the tale can be presented in a fresh way, with ingenious direction and design,” writes Scott Cain of Talkin’ Broadway. Cain hails CCM’s mounting of Seussical as “truly one of a kind.” He writes:

“The story of love, loyalty, sacrifice and caring still comes through clearly in this new approach, and the program continues to showcase its talented pre-professional performers. The direction, design and dances are noteworthy and will make this production one to remember for some time.”

In his review of Seussical for The Sappy Critic, Kirk Sheppard declares: “It’s easily the best costume work I’ve ever seen.” He also praises the performances from CCM Musical Theatre students, the musical’s lighting design by CCM student Eric McCandless and wig and make-up design by professor Kelly Yurko. Read Sheppard’s full review online: new.thesappycritic.com/2017/10/21/review-seussical/.

Laurel Humes recommends to “move your caboosical to CCM’s Seussical” in her review for the League of Cincinnati Theatres. Humes writes: “The show pulls out all the stops: Broadway-worthy costumes, lighting, staging and standout performances. All what audiences expect from CCM.”

In her review for The News Record, Anne Simedinger praises the Seussical performances: “The entire cast had such contagious energy through the entire show, which kept audience members on the edge of their seats.” She adds:

“The vibrant colors in the props, costumes and lighting against the primarily black and white set paints the picture as the story unfolds. This is a production to not be missed.”

Experience Seussical for yourself before the show closes on Sunday, Oct. 29. 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/seussical.
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SEUSSICALTM
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss
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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Seussical 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.

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/seussical.

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

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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SEUSSICAL is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Northwestern Mutual

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Faculty Artist John Von Ohlen Performs with the CCM Jazz Orchestra on Nov. 1

The “living guru of big band drumming” (Modern Drummer) joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra for a special concert featuring hits from the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

The “living guru of big band drumming” (Modern Drummer) joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra for a special concert featuring hits from the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

Cincinnati legend John Von Ohlen joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra, led by Scott Belck, for a special, one-night-only concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert is the first installment in CCM’s 2017-2018 Prestige Event Series.

Von Ohlen, an adjunct instructor of jazz drums at CCM, is famous for his hard swinging and groundbreaking work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Woody Herman. Now at age 76, he has been playing music professionally since he was in his twenties.

He started off playing trombone and piano, but he hung up his trombone in favor of the drum set very early on in his career. Affectionately known as The Baron, Von Ohlen has recorded numerous albums and has appeared on tour with Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and many others. Von Ohlen has led Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Big Band since 1976.

The drum master has been described as a cool, catalyzing force behind the bands he performs with.

“It didn’t seem as if he was doing much, but the band was on fire,” wrote Modern Drummer’s Paul Francis, describing the first time he saw Von Ohlen in concert.

“The way he played and supported the band, there was no way the group couldn’t swing. The Baron, as Stan Kenton dubbed Von Ohlen, is a musical guru.”

The concert features Von Ohlen’s favorite hits from the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Kenton was a pianist who began forming his own big bands and jazz orchestras in 1940s and arguably reached his peak popularity in the 1950s. In the 1960s, Kenton reformed his band and explored different styles, which led to two Grammy Awards for the orchestra. Kenton died in 1979, leaving behind a decades-long legacy of popular, award-winning records and a pantheon of successful musicians who had spent time in his bands.

General admission tickets to Kenton with John Von Ohlen on Nov. 1 are $20, while non-UC students can get tickets for $15 each. UC student tickets are free and available beginning Oct. 30.
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Performance Time
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Tickets
Tickets for Kenton with John Von Ohlen are $20 general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online 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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM presents 'Seussical' Oct. 19-29 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: ‘Seussical’

Here is your first look at CCM Musical Theatre’s Mainstage production of Seussical. Directed by Vince DeGeorge, this musical tale of wonder and excitement opens at 8 p.m. tonight, Oct. 19, and runs through Oct. 29 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

Composed by CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, 1982) and Lynn Ahrens, Seussical is based on some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories. Audiences will recognize some of the author’s timeless characters in the show, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle and The Grinch.

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View the slideshow above for your sneak peek of the production.

DeGeorge says CCM’s design team for Seussical has used their own imaginations to create an original aesthetic that honors Dr. Seuss in spirit.

“Seuss is all about the joy of invention and surprise; it is about taking our expectations and twisting and turning them on their head,” he adds. “Come expecting to see the unexpected.”

Travel to the magical world of Dr. Seuss with CCM’s production of Seussical. 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/seussical.

  • Read Rick Pender’s Cincinnati CityBeat Staff Pick focused on the show here.
  • Read Anne Simendinger’s preview of the show for The News Record here.
  • Learn more about Seussical in CCM’s press release here.
  • Watch behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals here.

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SEUSSICALTM
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss
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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Seussical 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.

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/seussical.

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

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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SEUSSICAL is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Northwestern Mutual

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CCM Announces Fall 2017 Schedule of Major Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise in the event listings below, tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

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

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM’S 150th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE SEASON
FALL 2017 MAJOR EVENTS

SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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

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

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

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

CCM’s famed Faculty Jazztet.

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

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

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

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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24
• Orchestra Series •
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director
ADAMS: Shaker Loops
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7:30 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 (time change)
• Piano and Orchestra Series •
PIANOPALOOZA PLAYS PROKOFIEV
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Featuring Piano faculty member Ran Dank and winners of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition
CCM’s fabulous piano faculty members join forces with the CCM Philharmonia to perform phenomenal works of Prokofiev.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16
March from The Love For Three Oranges
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300 (venue change)
Admission: FREE
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9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
METROPOLITAN OPERA DISTRICT AUDITIONS
North America’s most promising new opera talent will begin their journey to the fabled stage of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York right here! Talented young singers will compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for Southern Ohio at CCM. Winners will go on to Regional auditions in Chicago where they may advance to auditions on stage at the Met!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
• CCM Preparatory & Community Engagement •
Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital
CCM Prep music students will perform in this annual fundraising recital for the Gino DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please join us for a reception following the performance.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE, donations accepted
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8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
• Guest Artist Series •
New Morse Code
Featuring Guest Composer and CCM Alumnus Christopher Stark

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

CCM Jazz at a previous Moveable Feast performance.

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

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

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

CCM Wind Orchestra, led by Terence Milligan.

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

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

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

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100/Mainstage Opera Series •
CANDIDE
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Mark Gibson, conductor
Emma Griffin, director
Now lauded as one of Bernstein’s most characteristic theatrical creations, CCM’s stars of tomorrow proudly present Candide as part of a world-wide celebration leading up to Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. CCM’s highly innovative staging of the opera utilizes a stark, one-room set design that leans into the theatricality of the show. The artistry of CCM students and Leonard Bernstein’s extraordinary score will guide audiences’ imagination as they journey through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” with verve and satirical humor. Presented in conjunction with the official Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $31-35 adults, $22-25 non-UC students, $18-21 UC students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCM Youth Ballet Ensemble.

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

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SPONSORS

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

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

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

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor

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

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

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

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

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

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

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

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

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

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

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor

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

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor
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Dean Mogle holds the white and black swan design sketches for CCM's production of Swan Lake.

From Sketch to Stage: The Making of CCM’s ‘Swan Lake’ Costumes

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There is a shortage of tutu makers in the world, said CCM Professor and Head of the Costume Design and Technology Program Dean Mogle, who faced the daunting task of designing costumes for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet.

CCM is working to fix that shortage by training the next generation of costume designers and technicians, whose work will debut on stage in the conservatory’s first ballet production to have costumes designed and built in-house.

A timeless tale of love, magic and mystery, Swan Lake will grace the Corbett Auditorium stage from April 22-24, marking the second time in CCM’s nearly 150-year history that a full-length story ballet has been included in the Mainstage Series.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Staff and students within the Costume Design and Technology program have worked on the ‘Swan Lake’ costumes for the past 18 months.

Presented by CCM’s Department of Dance, the ballet uses three different casts and the principal roles are all double cast ­— which is challenging for the costume shop students and staff responsible for ensuring the pieces fit each dancer correctly.

“You have to understand what dancers go through—what they need,” Mogle said. “Balance becomes really important.”

Costume designers and technicians must consider the weight of the fabrics and headpieces so the dancer can retain their natural balance. There is also limited “real estate” on the costume for artistic expression or characterization, Mogle said. If a female dancer needs to be lifted, safety dictates the fabric around her waist can’t be too slick and can’t get caught on anything.

“The ballet world is a totally different beast.”

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Newly designed costumes for the Hungarian Czardas in Act III of ‘Swan Lake,’ made by costume students and staff. To the far right is Prince Siegfried’s jacket, made by Jessica Barksdale.

Mogle, with a team of students and faculty within the Costume Design and Technology program, has worked on the Swan Lake costumes for the past 18 months. They’ve borrowed and modified some costumes from a previous CCM performance of Brigadoon and the Broadway production of Cyrano, The Musical. Costumes for the principal and specialty roles in the ballet are newly designed and made.

Iconic white tutus, bodices, vibrant dresses and rich fabrics have taken over their workshop. The costumes are designed in the traditional style typically associated with the classic ballet. CCM plans to reuse and rent out some of them after the performance.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Jessica Barksdale is building Mogle’s design for Prince Siegfried’s costume, which will be worn in Acts III and IV.

Mogle, who previously designed costumes for the Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker, watched five or six different productions of Swan Lake to prepare for his costume designs. The pieces are still evolving on a daily basis, he said.

“Since we are making the production to last about 30 or 40 years, we don’t ever want to get too wild and crazy with the concept because it is pretty traditional,” Mogle said. “The things that really change in a traditional ballet like this are going to be the specialty characters.”

Those include the newly designed and made pieces that will be worn at the ball in Act III, where the Queen invites potential wives from Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Naples and Poland to match with her son, Prince Siegfried.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

A sketch and sleeve of Von Rothbart’s Act III costume, made by Erin Winslow.

At the ball, Prince Siegfried will wear a newly designed black and gold jacket made by Jessica Barksdale, first-year costume technology graduate student. Rothbart, the evil sorcerer who cursed the prince’s love Odette, will wear an intricately detailed costume made by senior costume technology student, Erin Winslow, as part of her capstone project.

Barskdale and Winslow are also making the iconic white and black swan costumes for leading female characters Odette and Odile. Associate Professor of Costume Technology Regina Truhart is managing all costume production for the ballet.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

The in-progress white and black swan costumes for characters Odette and Odile are being made by Jessica Barksdale and Erin Winslow, respectively.

After 27 years at CCM, Mogle is familiar with the 30,000 costume pieces the conservatory has in stock. Luckily, the costume department was able to pull pieces from past performances of Brigadoon and Cyrano to modify them for courtier and peasant costumes in Swan Lake.

The costume department dyed some of the costumes in bright jewel tones and added details such as sashes, sleeves, aprons and hats. Net petticoats were used to make the costumes lighter and easier to dance in.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Costumes from the CCM production of ‘Brigadoon’ are being modified for the female peasants in Act I of ‘Swan Lake.’

“Every time we do [Swan Lake], we’ll add more to it and rely less on our costume stock,” Mogle said, adding that when the ballet is performed again in 6 years they will likely build new peasant costumes.

“That’s how some companies do it anyway. They’ll use tutus from many kinds of shows. Pulling together a show like this from all of these different places is a great exercise.”

Acquiring materials is one hurdle but then, of course, the costumes must actually fit.

It helps that musical theatre bodies and dancer bodies are similar in stature, Mogle said. It would cost around $5,000 to reproduce one of the Cyrano costumes today.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Costume technicians included three clasp sizes on the ‘Swan Lake’ bodices so they can be adjusted for different dancers.

With three different casts, and double-cast principals, it was important to make the costumes interchangeable for different dancers. The technicians included three clasp sizes for the bodices to make them more adjustable and, in some cases, built extra costumes.

The process and pieces are evolving daily, with more adjustments expected after fittings and the dress rehearsals. A beautiful design can look perfect on a mannequin but flawed when put on a body that needs to breathe, dance and kick. That is why it’s important for the costuming students to learn each step in the creative process, said Mogle.

 “The whole focus of our program is teaching design and technology so designers know how to make stuff and makers know how to design stuff. So they all have the same sensibility as to how things should look and how they should be handled. If the knowledge base in those two roles isn’t strong then things fall apart.”

After the designs are sketched, the appropriate fabrics need to be found, Mogle said of the costuming process. Then there’s making the patterns and cutting them out of the cloth and stitching them together. There’s also fabric painting and dying and mask and jewelry making.

“Each one of those is a profession in itself,” Mogle said. “The more skills you have as a technician and the more kinds of plays and operas and ballets that you can design as a designer, your job market opens up. It’s a good part of training and real life experience.”

Co-directed by Dance Department Chair Jiang Qi and Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry, the Mainstage Series production features students from CCM’s BFA Ballet program. The lavishly staged spectacle features accompaniment by CCM’s lauded Concert Orchestra under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Aik Khai Pung.

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Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake runs April. 22 – 24 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID.

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

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Production Sponsors: Rosemary & Mark Schlachter, Teri Jory & Seth Geiger and Graeter’s
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Very Dumb Kids

CCM Presents Free Workshop Production of Gracie Gardner’s ‘Very Dumb Kids’

Gracie Gardner

New York playwright Gracie Gardner, commissioned to write ‘Very Dumb Kids.’

CCM’s Studio Series comes to a dramatic conclusion with a workshop production of Very Dumb Kids (formerly titled The Great Majority) by rising New York playwright Gracie Gardner. We invite you to join us Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, April 23 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater for a sneak-peek at this developing drama, which is part of CCM’s new play commissioning initiative. Assistant Professor of Drama Brant Russell directs.

One of the perks of producing a work-in-progress play is observing it evolve over time. Since its genesis, the title of this play has changed from The Great Majority to Very Dumb Kids. According to Gardner, she referred to the production as “the play about the very dumb kids” for quite some time, so this title change was a natural result of the creative process.

This action-packed drama tells the tale of an adventurous woman named Sarah who is tragically murdered while working as a correspondent in New Delhi. While Sarah was busy confronting the world, her college friends sat calmly at home in the U.S., streaming TV shows on the internet and peddling their esoteric skill sets. One year after her funeral, Sarah’s friends meet for their annual Fourth of July reunion.

The play explores entitlement and its effects are on the disenfranchised as well as the privileged in the millennial era. How can we live responsibly in an irresponsible universe?

Very Dumb Kids is the inaugural production of CCM Drama’s new play-commissioning initiative, which focuses on plays that speak to the unique experience of being young in America. The plays, written for and about our students, will enrapture a new generation of artists and audiences. They will go on to be produced by educational institutions and professional theatre companies all over the country to expand CCM’s reach and reputation as a preeminent institution for the performing arts. And you will be able to say you were there when it all started!

We invite you to join us April 21-23 for the workshop production of Very Dumb Kids and ask you to return next year for the full production!

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 22
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Reserving Tickets
Admission to Very Dumb Kids is free but reservations are required.

Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 18. 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/park for more information on parking rates.

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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 CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

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CCM Slideshows: Leoš Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’

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Come see Leoš Janáček’s fantastical opera The Cunning Little Vixen, which opens tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday as part of this year’s Mainstage Series.

Directed by Vince DeGeorge, this anthropomorphic opera explores the intimate relationship between man and nature. This production will be conducted by Mark Gibson and sung in English, with a new translation by CCM Professor Emeritus David Adams.

Learn more about the performance or view the cast list.

Leoš Janácek’s
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
An Opera in Three Acts
Critical revised version by Jiri Zahrádka
Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, U.S. and Canadian agent for Universal Edition Vienna, publisher and copyright owner.

Performance Times

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

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to The Cunning Little Vixen are $31-35 for adults, $20-24 for non-UC students and $18-22 for UC students with a valid ID.

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

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

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

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

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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