“Not Famous Yet:” CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2019 Presents Senior Showcase

Get a sneak peek at CCM Musical Theatre’s “Not Famous Yet” Showcase on March 15 and 16 before our stars of tomorrow take the show to New York.

Cincinnati audiences can see the first performances of an original showcase created by CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2019 on March 15 (CCMpower benefit performance) and 16, 2019, at Patricia Corbett Theater.

Featuring hit songs from Broadway, Off-Broadway and pop music, the Senior Showcase is created by the students themselves under the supervision of Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg and with the assistance of musical director Julie Spangler. Cincinnati performances include the CCMpower benefit event at 7 p.m. on March 15 and the free performances at 2 and 5 p.m. on March 16.

Admission to the performances on March 16 is free and reservations are required; tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11 through the CCM Box Office. Event details are below.

CCM’s stars of tomorrow share the musical revue with Cincinnati audiences before they take it to New York, where they present it for leading agents, casting directors and managers in the business. The showcase takes the format of a Broadway audition, with the actors showing off their solo and ensemble skills through song and dance numbers. The Class of 2019 will present their showcase at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at New World Stages in New York. For more information and reservations for the showcase in New York, call Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or email hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu.

Many students are connected with professional performance opportunities shortly after they present the showcase in New York. Such was the case with Paul Schwensen (BFA Musical Theatre, 2017), who auditioned for Miss Saigon after his showcase and is now in the national tour of the musical.

The annual showcase began with the establishment of the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre in 1991. At the time of its inception, it was the only academic chair of its kind in the United States.

Meet CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2019

Jordan Alexander is from Sidney, Ohio. He has been seen in The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), A Raisin in the Sun (Bobo) and West Side Story at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. He performed in Gypsy (Tulsa) at Weathervane Playhouse and Runaways (Mex Mongo) at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, he appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Lysistrata Jones (Uardo), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Guys and Dolls, Children of Eden and Big River.

Anya Axel is from Needham, Massachusetts. She has been seen at Kincaid Regional Theatre as Laurey in Oklahoma! and at Reagle Music Theatre in 42nd Street. At CCM, she has appeared in Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), Mack and Mabel (Phyllis Foster), Yeast Nation (Yan the Un-named), A Chorus Line (Tricia, understudy Cassie, Sheila, Maggie), The Merry Widow (Froufrou), American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seussical. She originated the role of Ariel in the developmental workshop of Matryoshka at CCM and in New York for Alchemation. Anya is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Bryce Baxter is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been seen as Davey in Newsies and Josh in 9 to 5 at Porthouse Theatre in Akron, and as Franz in Rock of Ages and Ru in Merrily We Roll Along at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. At CCM, Bryce has performed in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Frollo), Godspell (Sonia), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Sondheim on Sondheim (Matthew Scott), Children of Eden (Adam) and Runaways (Iggy). Bryce is a proud member of AEA.

Aria Braswell is from San Antonio, Texas. Her credits include The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Cabaret and Oliver at Clinton Area Showboat, and Grease and The Man Who Came to Dinner at Wagon Wheel. At CCM, she has performed in Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Sondheim on Sondheim (Erin Mackey), The Merry Widow, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mack and Mabel and the premiere of They Were You: The Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Her film credits include Mystery Diagnosis for the Discovery Health Channel. Aria released her debut album, Lady Nobody, in May 2018.

Kevin Chlapecka is from Chicago, Illinois. He has been seen in Sister Act and Ghost, the Musical at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Footloose (Ren) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Ordinary Days (Warren) at Steel Beam Theatre. At CCM, he appeared in Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin), Big River (The King), Mack and Mabel (Kessel) and A Chorus Line. Kevin is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Dylan Dougal is from Rochester, New York. He has performed in Oklahoma! (Curly) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Runaways (AJ) at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, he has been seen in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Saint Aphrodisius), The Theory of Relativity (Oliver), Children of Eden (Ham) and Guys and Dolls.

Kendall McCarthy is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She played Ariel in Footloose at Kincaid Regional Theater, Pilar in Legally Blonde and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at North Carolina Theater and Young Groupie in Rock of Ages at Lake Dillon Theater Company. At CCM, she performed as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Julie in The Theory of Relativity, Aphra/Eve understudy in Children of Eden, Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Deidre in Runaways and Gertrude understudy in Seussical. She appears in the films Changeover, Pills, Grace Running and A View from the Bay. Kendall is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Jenny Mollet is from the Bronx, New York. She appeared in Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway production of The Color Purple (Young Celie/Henrietta) and H2O: A Play About Water at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She can be seen in the music video of Eve Ensler’s “One Billion Rising.” At CCM, she appeared in Lysistrata Jones (Myrhrinne), Big River (Alice), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Godspell (Joanne) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda). She performed with the University of Cincinnati Marching Band at home games during football season. She has appeared in workshops of new works including Nasha America for Alchemation and is featured on Juel Anthony’s EP available on iTunes. Jenny is a proud member of AEA.

Dylan James Mulvaney is from San Diego, California. He has performed in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe, Sons of the Prophet and Spring Awakening at Cygnet Theatre Company, Peter Pan and All Shook Up at Moonlight Stage and Oklahoma! at the Welk Resort. He received a Stage Scene LA award for his work as Peter in Bare: A Pop Opera at Diversionary Theatre. At CCM, he has been seen in Godspell, The Theory of Relativity, Seussical, Mack and Mabel and Runaways. He performed at Joe’s Pub with The Skivvies and in the LA/NYC reading of Living Over the Rainbow. His film and television experience include the current pilot of Love Not Likes, 7th Heaven and Awkwardness. Dylan is an EMC.

Bryn Purvis is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has performed in Legally Blonde (understudy Pilar, Brooke) at the Lexington Theatre Company, and in Cabaret and A Chorus Line (Bebe) at Summer Lyric Theatre. At CCM, she was seen in Seussical (Mayzie LaBird), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Guys and Dolls (Mimi/Dance Captain), Mack and Mabel, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker Suite. Bryn is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Alex Stone is from McLean, Virginia. He has been seen in Newsies (Jack Kelly) at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Dial M for Murder, The 39 Steps, The Bridges of Madison County and Footloose at the Clinton Area Showboat, and in Aftershocks at Signature Theatre. At CCM, he performed in Mack and Mabel (Mack Sennett), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Sondheim on Sondheim (Tom Wopat), Runaways (Eddie), American Idiot and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo). Other credits include the developmental workshops of Home Street Home and Nasha America (Yasha) for Alchemation. Alex is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Frankie Thams is from Detroit, Michigan. He has performed in Mamma Mia (Eddie) at Stages St. Louis and in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Hairspray (Link Larkin) and Annie Get Your Gun at Tulane Summer Lyric Theater. He was also in The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. At CCM, he performed The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), The Theory of Relativity (Ryan), Seussical (Horton), Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line, American Idiot and Carousel. He appeared in the developmental workshop of Nasha America for Alchemation. Frankie is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Zach Triska is from Chicago, Illinois. He has performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Zebulun) at Totem Pole Playhouse, Footloose (Willard) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Iggy in Runaways at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, his credits include Children of Eden (Cain), in The Theory of Relativity (Adam) and Seussical. He appeared in the developmental workshop of Home Street Home for Alchemation. He served as Assistant Director for the CCM production of Godspell. Zach is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Madelaine Vandenberg is from Ithaca, New York. She has appeared as Natalie in Next to Normal at Porthouse Theatre and Urinetown at Cider Mill Playhouse. At CCM, she has been seen in A Chorus Line (Bebe), American Idiot (Libby), Children of Eden (Aysha understudy Mama Noah), Seussical, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She was seen in the developmental workshops of Home Street Home (Trashley) and Nasha America (Loretta) for Alchemation. Madelaine is an Equity Membership Candidate.

About CCM Musical Theatre
The Musical Theatre program at CCM is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind. It was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for the accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, CCM Musical Theatre took the #3 spot in Playbill Magazine’s list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway” in the 2018-19 season. CCM Musical Theatre is widely recognized for its “triple-threat” approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry.

New York Showcase Performance Times
CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2019 presents its showcase to industry professionals. For more information and reservations, call Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or email hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu.

Performance Times
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17

Location
New World Stages
340 W 50th Street, New York, New York 10019

Additionally, the Class of 2019 will join Musical Theatre graduates from the last five decades at two gala cabaret performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York. For reservations, visit 54below.com/events/ccm-golden-anniversary-celebration.

Cincinnati Showcase Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 *CCMpower Benefit
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16

*The CCMpower Benefit performance is followed with wine and dinner-by-the-bite in CCM’s Atrium. The event also includes the presentation of the Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award to Kristy Cates (BFA Musical Theatre, 1999). Cates was a member of the original Broadway cast of Wicked and went on to play Elphaba in the acclaimed production of the musical in Chicago. CCMpower Benefit performance details and ticketing information is available online at ccm.weshareonline.org/NotFamousYetShowcase2019

Admission
Admission to the performances on March 16 is FREE. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

To reserve a ticket to the CCMpower Benefit performance on March 15, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100 or visit ccm.weshareonline.org/NotFamousYetShowcase2019.

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

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

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"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" runs March 8-10, 2019 at CCM's Corbett Auditorium.

CCM Slideshows: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

Come one, come all! CCM is getting “topsy turvy” in its Mainstage production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which continues tonight, March 8, and runs through Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Corbett Auditorium.

View the slideshow below for your sneak peek at CCM’s lush retelling of the musical. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s book features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. Parental discretion is advised.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to see CCM’s stars in the college’s epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on March 8-10, 2019. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will last 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

Creative Team

  • Aubrey Berg, director
  • Stephen Goers, musical director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Erin Magner*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Oliver Tidwell-Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Matthew Tibbs, sound designer
  • Aria Braswell*, assistant director
  • Kelly Yurko, hair and make-up designer
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, associate sound designer
  • Jenny Jones, fight choreographer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Andrew Alstat asLieutenant Frederic Charlus
  • Bryce Baxter as Claude Frollo
  • Jack Brewer as Father Dupin
  • Kevin Chlapecka as Clopin Trouillefou
  • Matt Copley as Jehan Frollo
  • Dylan Dougal as Saint Aphrodisius
  • Madison Hagler as King Louis Xi
  • Kendall McCarthy as Florika
  • Jenny Mollet as Esmeralda
  • Sam Pickart as Tribunal
  • Alex Stone as Quasimodo
  • Frankie Thams as Captain Phoebus de Martin
  • Madelaine Vandenberg as Madam
  • Jordan Alexander, Michael Canu, Madison Deadman, Sofie Flores, Kylie Goldstein, Zoe Grolnick, Chip Hawver, Joshua Johnson, Camila Paquet, Bryn Purvis, Mikayla Renfrow, Aaron Richert, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph as Multiple Roles
  • Leo Carmody, Samuel Cohen, Britta Cowan, Christian Feliciano, Carina Florio, Ashton Francis, Colton Harksen, Kai Horvit, Jack Johnson, Christian Kidd, Anna Chase Lanier, Tyler J. Martin, Cassandra Lyn Maurer, Drew Minard, Chesney Mitchell, Stone Mountain, Eli Owens, Ben Pimental, Brandon Schumacker, Matthew Skrovan, Eleanor Zambarano as The Voices of Notre Dame
  • Dance Captains: Joshua Johnson, Bryn Purvis
  • Vocal Warm-Ups: Ben Pimental

Understudies:

  • Quasimodo – Aaron Richert
  • Esmeralda – Camila Paquet
  • Male Cover – Ben Pimental
  • Swings – Tori Heinlein, Sammy Schechter

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service changes may apply for online orders.

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

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Graeter’s Ice Cream

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year's Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Designing Disney: Inside Look at CCM Student’s Internship at Walt Disney World

Graduate Lighting Design student Oliver Littleton is in his final year at CCM, and is already working full-time as a paid professional intern at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The MFA student is finishing up his school work from Florida in order to graduate on time this May.

Littleton works as a show lighting design intern with Disney Imagineering, but is also working on a CCM project in Cincinnati that was originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions. He is the lighting designer for CCM’s upcoming Mainstage Series production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which runs Thursday, March 7-Sunday, March 10, 2019, at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Now, this is not exactly like the animated film musical that patrons may remember from the late ‘90s. The stage musical is based on Victor Hugo’s gothic novel and songs from Disney’s animated feature. It showcases music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, including some new songs that weren’t heard in the film version.

“The stage musical hews closer to the original novel by Victor Hugo and, despite the endearing gargoyles, is designed for adult audiences who will see it as a cautionary tale for our times,” says CCM Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg, director of CCM’s production. Parental discretion is advised.

Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year's Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year’s Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Disney’s professional internships are designed to connect students and recent graduates with paid professional opportunities and as the company evaluates them for future employment. Littleton began his internship with Disney over the summer, and plans to continue his work for the company for the foreseeable future.

“I want to continue growing my skills in the entertainment and architectural fields,” Littleton says. “I hope to continue designing for theatre and the opera as well, for both enjoyment and experience. However, I think my long term plans lie in architectural entertainment applications for lighting design.”

Between balancing school work and his work as a Disney Imagineer, Littleton found time to catch up with us to share some behind-the-scenes details about CCM’s production of “Hunchback” and his experience in Disney’s professional internship program.

What does your work at Disney entail? How did you come to this opportunity?
In the spring of 2018, I applied for a Lighting Design Professional Internship with Disney Parks Live Entertainment in Walt Disney World, Florida.  Disney Parks Live Entertainment is the group who design and plan all of the live entertainment aspects of Disney’s parks and resorts around the world. That includes stage shows, parades, live celebrations, events and nighttime spectaculars.  I was chosen as the Lighting Design Professional Intern for the summer and fall cycles, and held that position from June until the end of 2018. I worked as an assistant designer, associate designer, draftsmen and lighting consultant for dozens of projects both current and upcoming. Some of the completed projects that I worked on include Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, DVC Moonlight Magic Events and The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration Live on ABC.

As the end of my professional internship with entertainment neared, I was offered a position working as a Show Lighting Design Professional Intern with Disney Imagineering. Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments and regional entertainment venues worldwide. As a part of the show lighting design team I work to evaluate and assess the existing lighting design in all of our venues and help to maintain the original intent as well as improve the quality of the lighting.  I will be in this position until June, at which time I hope to be offered a full-time position in the same group doing similar work.

Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year’s Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Photo provided.

How have you been able to balance your work at Disney and your studies at CCM?
A combination of great understanding by my professors and not much sleep! Last semester I was officially on co-op for 9 of my credit hours, so that was a bit easier than this one has been. I have been working on “Hunchback” with Aubrey Berg and my assistants since last September, and that was pretty easy to balance by putting in a few hours a week in the evenings to communicate with the team via email. After I was offered the opportunity to stay at Disney, I communicated extensively with my advisors about what was best for my education along with, obviously, my future career.  We worked out how many days I would be in Cincinnati during the semester for the show and how I could fulfill some of my class requirements online from Florida. I continued communicating with the director and design team from afar. Frankly it’s just been plenty of long nights and busy weekend days as its been both my full-time job with Disney and another 20 to 30 hours a week of doing things for my MFA.

It has been awesome of my professors to work with me and help me take this amazing opportunity while staying on track to get my degree in May as planned.

What sort of special effects have you incorporated into your lighting design for CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
The show presents us with lots of unique challenges. We need to quickly tell complex moments of the story and show the various scenic changes as characters travel from location to location. We use some great physical tricks to achieve this in the set with props and lighting — but I don’t want to give anything away for people who will come see the show. The big two challenges on this show have been lighting a huge and architectural set, as well as treating five different backdrops for the show. I’ve used a lot of the same techniques and approaches in “Hunchback” that I have previously taken in lighting buildings and event structures, as well as approaches I’ve used in more traditional theatre settings. I think a lot of people who come and see the show will experience a set that feels just a bit different than what they are used to seeing onstage.

A set rendering for CCM’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by student scenic designer Lindsey Purvis.

Hunchback” feels epic, dynamic and very real, where so many sets can come off as thin, flimsy and flat. I think the other thing to appreciate is how we use light and subtle changes of the set to quickly move through time and place. I think the audience will be able to quickly understand where we are just from a backdrop or a color movement and hopefully they are impressed by how many looks and feelings we draw out of the space.

What has been your favorite lighting design experience at CCM? What about outside of CCM?
At CCM, I designed the 2017-18 Mainstage production of Candide in Patricia Corbett Theatre. I had both a really great experience and, I think, a pretty cool and unique outcome. We worked hard to create a very unique and bold approach to the tricky piece. A huge part of the storytelling fell to my lighting design and it was a blast to take on that responsibility with such a fun show. Outside of CCM my work at Disney has been really exciting, obviously, and I think that’s been my favorite experience in a long time.

Has there been a specific class or instructor who particularly impacted your learning experience at CCM? How so?
Mark Williams and his Moving Light Programming class my first year at CCM was both an incredible challenge and an essential learning experience for me. The course was about learning to use moving light consoles to program intelligent fixtures in high pressure environments. The course taught me about my own design process as well as ways to use technology to help create stories that otherwise couldn’t exist. The training from Mark’s course is something I use all the time in my work now.

Do you have anything else to add about your experience working on CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
It has been great to work on my first musical at CCM and an exciting change of pace. It’s a unique and powerful addition to our season and a wonderful conclusion to my time earning a masters. I hope everyone who is able to see our production appreciates the piece as a modern and important show; watching rehearsals and being a part of the process has given me a real appreciation for the music and elegant storytelling that comes from both Hugo’s novel and Disney’s animated take on the story. It has been a process that I will remember and continue learning from for a long time.

CCM’s epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens on Thursday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 10, 2019. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service charges may apply for online orders.

Single tickets are on sale now! 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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Graeter’s Ice Cream

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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CCM Musical Theatre Stages Epic ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

From the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz comes a lush retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.

CCM’s Mainstage Series production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens on Thursday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 10, 2019, at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Directed by CCM Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg, the beloved musical features the college’s student stars of tomorrow with musical direction from Stephen Goers.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s book features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. Parental discretion is advised.

CCM's 2014 production of "Les Misérables" featured Stephanie Jae Park, who is currently in the US tour of "Hamilton," and Eric Geil, who is in the US Tour of "Book of Mormon."

CCM’s 2014 production of “Les Misérables” featured Stephanie Jae Park, who is currently in the US tour of “Hamilton,” and Eric Geil, who is in the US Tour of “Book of Mormon.”

This isn’t the first time Berg has brought one of Victor Hugo’s dramatic tales to the CCM Mainstage. Berg staged a critically acclaimed production of Les Misérables at CCM in March 2014. CityBeat’s Rick Pender called CCM’s production “powerful and memorable, one of the best musical theater productions on a Cincinnati stage this season.”

“With ‘Hunchback,’ we are employing similar techniques,” Berg says. “Set designer Lindsey Purvis has created a 40-ton timber cathedral of the mind — a poetic rather than literal space — in which the action unfolds. Dean Mogle is supplying a boatload of Medieval costumes and Kelly Yurko and her elves are creating wigs and make-up that would be at home in any painting by Brueghel. Oliver Tidwell-Littleton, currently under contract to the Walt Disney Company, is creating the lighting.”

“There is quite a lot to look at, but the stars of the production are the hard-working actors who play a multitude of roles to bring the story to life. They are true ‘triple threats,’ singing and dancing and acting their hearts out to tell this moving tale.”

The musical begins as bells sound through the famed Notre Dame cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools, but he is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. He escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though — the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, CCM Musical Theatre took the No. 3 spot in Playbill Magazine’s list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway” in the 2018-19 season. Cincinnati audiences get the chance to see CCM’s stars of tomorrow perform locally before students move on to the world’s stages.

Berg first came to CCM 32 years ago to direct Nine as part of the college’s Hot Summer Nights performance series. He says that he particularly enjoyed working on CCM’s productions of Evita, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods and Les Misérables. “None of these would have been possible without the help of my collaborators, the musical directors, choreographers and designers who give their all to teach our students professionalism and discipline,” he adds.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see CCM’s stars in the college’s epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on March 7-10, 2019. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will last 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

Creative Team

  • Aubrey Berg, director
  • Stephen Goers, musical director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Erin Magner*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Oliver Tidwell-Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Matthew Tibbs, sound designer
  • Aria Braswell*, assistant director
  • Kelly Yurko, hair and make-up designer
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, associate sound designer
  • Jenny Jones, fight choreographer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Andrew Alstat asLieutenant Frederic Charlus
  • Bryce Baxter as Claude Frollo
  • Jack Brewer as Father Dupin
  • Kevin Chlapecka as Clopin Trouillefou
  • Matt Copley as Jehan Frollo
  • Dylan Dougal as Saint Aphrodisius
  • Madison Hagler as King Louis Xi
  • Kendall McCarthy as Florika
  • Jenny Mollet as Esmeralda
  • Sam Pickart as Tribunal
  • Alex Stone as Quasimodo
  • Frankie Thams as Captain Phoebus de Martin
  • Madelaine Vandenberg as Madam
  • Jordan Alexander, Michael Canu, Madison Deadman, Sofie Flores, Kylie Goldstein, Zoe Grolnick, Chip Hawver, Joshua Johnson, Camila Paquet, Bryn Purvis, Mikayla Renfrow, Aaron Richert, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph as Multiple Roles
  • Leo Carmody, Samuel Cohen, Britta Cowan, Christian Feliciano, Carina Florio, Ashton Francis, Colton Harksen, Kai Horvit, Jack Johnson, Christian Kidd, Anna Chase Lanier, Tyler J. Martin, Cassandra Lyn Maurer, Drew Minard, Chesney Mitchell, Stone Mountain, Eli Owens, Ben Pimental, Brandon Schumacker, Matthew Skrovan, Eleanor Zambarano as The Voices of Notre Dame
  • Dance Captains: Joshua Johnson, Bryn Purvis
  • Vocal Warm-Ups: Ben Pimental

Understudies:

  • Quasimodo – Aaron Richert
  • Esmeralda – Camila Paquet
  • Male Cover – Ben Pimental
  • Swings – Tori Heinlein, Sammy Schechter

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service changes may apply for online orders.

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

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Graeter’s Ice Cream

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information. Repertoire and dates are subject to change.

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

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

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM’s Spring 2019 Major Events

January

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

Featuring sonatas by Prokofiev and Brahms.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Yehuda Hanani, cello
Rachel Calin, double bass
DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano, L. 135
J.S. BACH: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
RACHMANINOFF: Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19
ROSSINI: Duet for Cello and Double Bass in D Major
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28
• Faculty Artist Series •
IMPROVISATION ACROSS GENRES
James Bunte, saxophone
Michael Unger, harpsichord
Kim Pensyl, piano
Aaron Jacobs, bass
Rick VanMatre, saxophone
Featuring a newly commissioned piece for mixed media from CCM Commercial Music Production students. Additional works to be announced.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, ZEMLINSKY AND BRAHMS
The Ariel Quartet
CCM’s award-winning string quartet-in-residence continues its 2018-19 concert series with a program featuring:
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
ZEMLINSKY: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, Op. 15
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2018-19 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
NOTE: Rescheduled to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
• Faculty Artist Series •
Ran Dank, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
NOTE: Rescheduled to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
Craig Bailey, saxophone
Playing music from the heart, Craig Bailey presents a recital of soul, ballads, be-bop and a taste of pop music.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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February

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

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

Music inspired by biblical drama, folk songs, festivals, other cultures and nature serves as the setting for this program featuring the many talented musicians of the CCM Wind Ensemble.
BERNSTEIN: “Profanation” from Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Folk Song Suite
SCHUMAN: George Washington Bridge
HOVHANESS: Symphony No. 4, Op. 165
NELSON: Aspen Jubilee
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6
• Winds Series •
RISING
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
An evening of inspiring works, including a new composition by alumna Jennifer Jolley, Gustav Holst’s timeless classic Hammersmith, and Ida Gotkovsky’s brilliantly virtuosic Poeme du feu.
HOLST: Hammersmith
JOLLEY: The Eyes of the World Are Upon You
BROWNE: Barnstorming Season
J.S. BACH: Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor
WILLIAMS: Jedi Steps and Finale from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
THE (NEO) BAROQUE KEYBOARD
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, harpsichord
The CCM Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Chamber Players and Café MoMus) performs an evening of works featuring the harpsichord and piano, highlighted by Richard Strauss’ Der Büger als Edelmann (Le bourgeois gentilhomme) Suite.
POULENC: Suite Française
J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050
STRAUSS: Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite, Op. 60
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
• Jazz Series •
NOTHING BUT THE BLUES
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
This performance explores the evolution of blues, from swing to the present day.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
DIE FLEDERMAUS
Music and libretto by Johann Strauss
Kenneth Shaw, director
Amy Johnson, co-producer
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Matthew Worth, assistant director
Updated to free and frivolous 1920s Vienna, this perennially popular operetta returns to CCM with its captivating melodies and a few wry surprises!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Jiannan Cheng, interim music director and conductor

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

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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

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

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

Dinner at Eight is a comic opera by composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. It is a Depression-era comedy of manners in which the wife of a once-affluent shipping magnate plans a society dinner for an assortment of wealthy or well-born acquaintances. Eventually, the guests’ tangled and intimate connections to one another are revealed. The original play opened in 1932 on Broadway at the Music Box Theater, and inspired a star-studded film adaptation the following year.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order. 

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
• Jazz Series •
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT
Scott Belck, music director

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

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

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

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

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

This repertoire reflects historical figures and locations as well as fictional stories inspired by musical theatre, ballet, Javanese gamelan and ancient mythology.
WAGNER: Huldigungsmarsch
DEBUSSY: La Cathédrale engloutie
SPARKE: Dance Movements
HAHN: Le bal de Béatrice d’Este
NIXON: Fiesta del Pacifico
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
8 p.m. Friday, March 8
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE
Judith Mikita, director
Come experience the next generation of emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors take the stage with exciting and diverse new works.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
8 p.m. Friday, March 8
2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions
Aubrey Berg, director
Stephen Goers, musical director
Katie Johannigman, choreographer
Based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel with songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins as bells sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools, but he is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. He escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though — the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. In 1999, the musical premiered as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame in Berlin. Parental discretion is advised. Victor Hugo’s novel contains mature themes and situations, which may be distressing for young viewers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $32; discounts available for UC and non-UC students. 

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

CCM’s nationally recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
7 p.m. Thursday, March 14
7 p.m. Friday, March 15
• Studio Acting Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2019
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess and Brant Russell, producers
TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the students in CCM Acting. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. “Thanks to the [Acting] program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, theatre fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender.
Location:
CCM Village
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
• Choral Series •
OLD AND NEW
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Matthew Coffey and Molly Getsinger, conductors
Comprised of students from all 14 of UC’s colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present the music of Arneson, Copland, Ramsey, Schubert, Szymko and Tormis.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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NEW TIME 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16
CCM MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Created and performed by the Class of 2019 in Musical Theatre
See and hear our musical theatre “stars of tomorrow” in action at the 27th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase, featuring the Class of 2019 prior to its New York City debut.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 14
• Jazz Series •
GREAT BIG BANDS: PAST AND PRESENT
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Featuring the tunes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Maria Schneider, Gerald Wilson, Duke Pearson and more!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 14
• Orchestra and Winds Series •
PIERROT, PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor

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

Building tomorrow’s leaders, one voice at time, the Cincinnati Youth Choir sings of growth, encouragement and unity through new commissions and music from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist Yura Lee, viola
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18
SCHUMANN: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 41
BRAHMS: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2018-19 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 28
• Winds Series •
DARE TO DREAM AND DANCE
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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

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

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

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

Every piece of music has a story of its own. This program conveys various stories, folklore and cultures, drawing inspiration from Chinese traditions, Scottish dances and 20th century composition techniques.
FILLMORE: Americans We
STEPHENSON: The Storyteller
HEBEL: Tides Within
CHEN YI: Dragon Rhyme
ARNOLD: Four Scottish Dances
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 25
8 p.m. Friday, April 26
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
• Studio Acting Series •
ASSOCIATION OF CONTROLLED DREAMERS
Written by MJ Kaufman
Brant Russell, director
A young, charismatic senator pursues policies that could have long-lasting repercussions for public education. A group of college students tries every technique available to them to change his mind, from occupying his lawn to collective lucid dreaming. What is the nature of activism? How do we hold legislators accountable? And what is the young senator’s mysterious twin up to?
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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8 p.m. Friday, April 26
2 p.m. Saturday, April 27
8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
2 p.m. Sunday, April 28
• Mainstage Dance Series •
CINDERELLA
Karen Russo Burke, guest choreographer
Michael Tevlin, ensemble director
Celebrate spring’s arrival with a fully staged fairytale ballet choreographed by guest artist Karen Russo Burke, Artistic Director of the Dayton Ballet. A poor girl wishes to escape the authoritarian rule of her evil stepmother and stepsisters, so her fairy godmother gives her a ticket to the ball! The girl meets Prince Charming and they fall in love, but she vanishes when the clock strikes midnight. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s memorable score, Cinderella is known for its jubilant melodies, lush scenery and graceful retelling of the timeless romance by Charles Perrault.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online. Prices start at $28; discounts available for UC and non-UC students.

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

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

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

The area’s most talented middle school and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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May

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Robert Stull, music director and conductor

Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to share their love of great music from the orchestral repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Preparatory Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Thursday, May 2
• Winds Series •
UC Bearcat Bands
Christopher Nichter, music director
Join the UC Bearcat Bands for a thrilling evening of music. Consisting primarily of students majoring in fields outside music, these future musical citizens are sure to impress and inspire!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
SPRING YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director
The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Purchase tickets online; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
A MELODIOUS JOURNEY
Cincinnati Youth Choir

Robyn Lana, music director

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

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

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

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor and Opera Fusion: New Works Sponsor

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

ArtsWave
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

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

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

Dr. & Mrs. Carl Fischer
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

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

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

Choral Studies Sponsors
  

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

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

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

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

Graeter’s Ice Cream
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors 

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

Event Sponsors 

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor 

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


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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Don’t Miss Your Final Chances to See ‘Guys and Dolls’ at CCM: Oct. 26-27

See the show critics call “stunning” and “a joy to watch.” Tickets on sale now for final performances.

CCM’s lavish new production of Guys and Dolls concludes with performances on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018! Purchase your tickets online and celebrate 50 years of musical theatre excellence at CCM with this classic from Broadway’s Golden Age.

Watch the video below for a look at CCM’s production, showcasing musical theatre students in the “Crapshooters’ Ballet.” Take a journey to the sewers below Broadway, where Nathan Detroit is secretly running the oldest established craps game in New York. The gamblers are counting on their luck, but Big Jule is a sore loser…

Here’s what the critics have to say about the show:

“CCM’s production of Guys and Dolls showcases the seemingly endless stream of talented performers who go through the program, as well as superb dances and design.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“From the moment the curtain rises, audiences are met with the raw beauty of the set. The stunning visuals only get better as the actors cross in perfect 1940s fashion.” – The News Record

“Director Diane Lala managed a lot of moving pieces, and as choreographer, she fills the stage with dancers and movers that are a joy to watch. The ensemble is amazing.” – League of Cincinnati Theatres

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GUYS AND DOLLS
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters by Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Creative Team

  • Diane Lala, director and choreographer
  • Roger Grodsky, musical director
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Nicholas Smith*, lighting designer
  • Jason Sebastian, sound designer
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Meredith Keister*, wig and make-up designer
  • Caroline Castleman*, production stage manager
  • Jenny Jones, fight coordinator
  • D’Arcy Smith and Kate Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Nick Berninger as Nicley-Nicely Johnson
  • Sam Pickart as Benny Southstreet
  • Hank Von Kolnitz as Rusty Charlie
  • Aria Braswell as Sarah Brown
  • Dain Alan Paige (BFA Dramatic Performance, 1993)+ as Arvide Abernathy
  • Michael Canu as Harry the Horse
  • Stone Mountain as Lt. Brannigan
  • Kevin Chlapecka^/Matt Copley* as Nathan Detroit
  • Andrew Alstat as Angie the Ox
  • Kendall McCarthy^/Anya Axel* as Miss Adelaide
  • Frankie Thams as Sky Masterson
  • Eli Mayer as Joey Baltimore
  • Dylan Dougal as Hot Box MC
  • Bryn Purvis as Mimi
  • Elle Zambarano as General Matilda B. Cartwright
  • Elijah King as Big Jule
  • Sofie Flores as Agatha
  • Cole Harksen as Calvin
  • Britta Rae as Martha
  • Hot Box Girls: Bailee Endebrock, Jamie Goodson, Zoe Grolnick, Bryn Purvis
  • Tower Boys: Leo Carmody, Christian Feliciano, Kai Horvit, Christian Kidd, Drew Minard, Eli Owens, Aaron Richert, Sammy Schechter
  • Ensemble: Andrew Alstat, Kurtis Brown, Michael Canu, Dylan DougaL, Sofie Flores, Haley Holcomb, Chip Hawver, Jack Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Eli Mayer, Jordan Miller, Britta Rae, Mikayla Renfrow, Erich W. Schleck, Veronica Stern, Quinn Surdez, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph
  • Dance Captain Bryn Purvis

Understudies:

  • Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Erich W. Schleck
  • Benny Southstreet – Andrew Alstat
  • Sarah Brown – Mikayla Renfrow
  • Sky Masterson – Ethan Zeph
  • Swings – Anna Chase Lanier, Brandon Schumacker

* Friday, Oct. 19; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.

^ Saturday, Oct. 20; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

+ Denotes CCM alumnus

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 26
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 27

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service changes may apply for online orders.

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

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2018-19 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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors: Graeter’s Ice Cream

GUYS AND DOLLS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
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Feature image by Mark Lyons

Video created by Kaelin Butts, a third-year Communication/ Electronic Media double major at the University of Cincinnati.

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Photo of the Cincinnati skyline courtesy of www.cincinnati-oh.gov.

City of Cincinnati Declares Oct. 20 “CCM Musical Theatre Day”

In an official proclamation, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has declared Oct. 20, 2018, as "CCM Musical Theatre Day" in honor of the program's 50th anniversary.

In an official proclamation, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has declared Oct. 20, 2018, as “CCM Musical Theatre Day” in honor of the program’s 50th anniversary.

The City of Cincinnati has officially declared Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, as “CCM Musical Theatre Day” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s legendary BFA program in musical theatre!

CCM commemorates this milestone with a special gala performance of Guys and Dolls on the evening of Oct. 20. Arts lovers are invited to get “all dolled up” for a 7-9:30 p.m. performance of the Broadway classic in CCM’s newly-renovated Corbett Auditorium and then enjoy the Guys and Dolls-themed “Saints and Sinners Bash” afterparty in the Great Hall of UC’s Tangeman University Center!

Tickets and event details are available online at uc.edu/news/articles/legacy/enews/2018/08/e26724 or over the phone at 513-556-2100.

CCM Musical Theatre major Frankie Thams and Acting alumna Mackenzie “Kenzie” Clark in a Guys and Dolls promotional image. Photo/Mark Lyons, graphic design/Mikki Graff.

CCM’s Mainstage Series will also present performances of Guys and Dolls on Oct. 19, 21, 26 and 27. Learn more about these performances at uc.edu/news/articles/2018/10/n203102.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors: Graeter’s Ice Cream

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GUYS AND DOLLS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 http://www.MTIShows.com

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