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Jerry Herman’s ‘Mack and Mabel’ Makes CCM Mainstage Debut

CCM proudly presents Mack and Mabel on Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5 in Corbett Auditorium. Aubrey Berg directs with choreography by Patti James and musical direction by CCM graduate student Evan Roider.

ccm-mack-mabel-eblastThe performance is rare treat for Cincinnati audiences; a major production of Mack and Mabel has not been staged in the Queen City for over a decade, and it has never been presented as a CCM Mainstage production. With a memorable score by Broadway master Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), Mack and Mabel received eight Tony Award nominations after its original premiere in 1975.

“The CCM production of Mack and Mabel is a rare opportunity to see an all-but-forgotten work by one of the masters of Musical Theatre, Jerry Herman,” Berg says. “It is notable for its interesting concept and its melodic, memorable score, one that Herman cherishes as his personal favorite.”

Mack and Mabel is a star-crossed, bittersweet love story that explores both the lighter and the darker side of the Golden Age of Comedy. It focuses on the tumultuous relationship between legendary director Mack Sennett and his greatest star, Mabel Normand.

Mack, an aging director whose silent films become obsolete in the age of “talkies,” tells the story in a series of flashbacks. He recalls his first encounter with Mabel, a feisty barista who Mack turns into a silent film star. However, following a torrid affair with Mack, Mabel leaves to act in dramas for a rival director.

Mack and Mabel struggle to find their places in the changing film industry, and both experience their own triumphs and failures along the way.

Praised by the New York Times as “a musical in the old and true tradition,” Mack and Mabel’s musical style is reminiscent of the silent film era in which it is set. CCM’s production includes silent movie clips, hundreds of costumes and props, a Keystone Kops ballet and a large cast of 38 performers. The show is a perfect vehicle and challenge for CCM’s student performers and technicians, says Berg.

“This is a great opportunity to see and hear a rarely-performed Jerry Herman musical with all the stops pulled out,” adds Evan Roider, music director of the show and a CCM graduate student in orchestral conducting.

“The score highlights Herman’s tremendous talent for melody — brassy two-steps, voluptuous ballads and a tap number that rivals those of the early 20th century,” Roider says. “Audiences can expect an old fashioned score that will have them humming as they leave the theater.”
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MACK AND MABEL
Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelglass
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Performance Times
8 p.m. Thursday, March 2
8 p.m. Friday, March 3
8 p.m. Saturday, March 4
2 p.m. Sunday, March 5

Location
Corbett Auditorium, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Mack and Mabel are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/mack-and-mabel.html.

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. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

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

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Mack and Mabel is presented by a special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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CCM Studio Series Presents Fantastical Opera ‘Transformations’ Feb. 17-19

Transformations, a chamber opera by American composer Conrad Susa crafted from Anne Sexton’s 1971 book of the same name, runs Friday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 19 at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. The opera presents ten of Sexton’s confessional and somewhat sardonic poems that are based on stories by the Brothers Grimm, including Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Briar Rose.

Admission is free but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 13 through the CCM Box Office. Transformations is directed by Assistant Professor Emma Griffin and conducted by Avishay Shalom, CCM graduate orchestral conducting student.

Transformations contains adult themes and is not recommend for young audiences. Sexton struggled with mental illness for most of her life, which culminated in her suicide in 1974. Her work explores mature themes of sexuality, both consensual and imposed, and mental illness, including its traumatic causes and its public reception.

“There are many surprising moments in this show, but I think the most unanticipated thing about them is the grace with which they come together as a whole, even though some sections contain events that are unbelievable or uncomfortable,” says Transformations dramaturg Hope Rice, a senior art history student at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. “No surprising moment in this show is gratuitous; it really was Sexton’s experience, and everything comes together in the end with purpose.”

While the time and place of the action in Transformations are unspecified, many productions present it in the American 1970s, in part because of the many pop culture references scattered throughout the libretto. CCM’s production does the same, although it also contains stylistic elements from present day.

“The world of the play was born in the 1970s, but, like fairytales, it contains themes that are relevant to the human condition in any time period,” Rice says. “Transformations is visceral because its time and place are not specified.”

It is very much a modern opera in terms of the score, which uses a significant amount of dissonance, but not necessarily to jarring effect. The rhythms that composer Conrad Susa uses are very much influenced by pop culture, according to Transformations conductor Avishay Shalom.

“In the opera you will find grooves like tango, samba, blues and many more that frame the dissonant harmonies within the traditional and familiar grooves,” Shalom says. “Anne Sexton’s world of metaphors is eclectic and full of references. Susa’s approach to setting her text celebrates Sexton’s unique voice and matches her wide-ranging imagination with his use of pitch, harmony and rhythm.”

The opera calls for eight singers and each play at least six roles. There is also an Anne Sexton character who guides the action throughout the opera and experiences her own transformation along the way.

“While the singers in this show are characters from fairytales, like princesses, dwarves or talking mirrors, they all speak to experiences that many audience members may be able to relate to,” Rice said. “Like fairytales, Sexton’s poetry is born out of reality but contains elements of myths in order to speak to a broad audience.”

This production contains adult themes and is not recommend for young audiences.

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Cast List
Caitlin Gotimer*, Annie Barr** as Anne Sexton
Ashley Fabian as Green Cowboy Boots
Eleni Antonia Franck as Woman with Black Hair
Thomas J. Capobianco as Blonde Man with Beard
Pedro André Arroyo as Headphones
John Tibbetts as Red Hat
Benjamin Lee as White T-shirt
Jacob Kincade as Tall Man with Beard

* Feb. 17 and 19
** Feb. 18

Performance Times
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 13. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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'Her Naked Skin' Wigs

CCM Behind-the-Scenes: Creating Wigs & Make-Up for ‘Her Naked Skin’

Danae R. Jimenez, third-year graduate student at CCM, always dreamed of doing hair and make-up for theatre. When she was a little girl, she remembers telling her grandma, “I’m gonna do hair and make-up for the stars!”

Now, at least during CCM’s production of Her Naked Skin, Jimenez is turning her focus to suffragettes.

Danae Jimenez with two wigs from CCM's production of 'Her Naked Skin.'

Danae Jimenez with two wigs from CCM’s production of ‘Her Naked Skin.’

Jimenez is the Wig and Make-Up Designer for Her Naked Skin, a political drama about women who fought for the right to vote in London in 1913. Directed by CCM Acting Chair Richard E. Hess, the play runs Feb. 8 (preview) through Feb. 12 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

There are 24 wigs in the production and 5 different facial hair pieces, Jimenez says. It is a big production for CCM’s five-person Wig and Make-up Shop, but the students are no strangers to hard work.

CCM has one of the only graduate-level Wig and Make-Up programs in the country, which is why Jimenez choose to study at the college after she graduated with an undergraduate degree in theatre from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

“Im from Ohio and CCM has always been one of those places with prestige attached to it,” she says. “My professors at Saint Mary’s said this was the place I needed to be.”

Since she became at student at CCM, Jimenez has designed wigs and make-up for several shows, including Mainstage productions of A Chorus Line and Pentecost. She began designing for Her Naked Skin in the fall and the students started building the hair pieces when everyone returned from winter break.

“This show is very different for me design-wise because we had to do so much pre-planning,” she says. “I think one of the largest challenges was to not over design. We wanted to make sure that our choices were made smartly.”

She looked at historical photos to shape her designs around how people actually wore their hair in the early 1900s. She even found photos of the real suffragettes who were sent to Holloway Prison, a setting depicted in Her Naked Skin.

“Being able to look at real photos of women from that time in those situations was very cool,” says Jimenez, who minored in women’s studies when she was an undergraduate student. “Finding actual true historical research was probably the best and easiest part of the design process.”

The hard part was planning around the multiple wig and make-up changes that occur throughout the production. Most of the actors in Her Naked Skin play multiple roles, so the wig and make-up changes often signify character changes. Jimenez was challenged to create practical designs that can be quickly fixed and altered behind-the-scenes during the performance.

Some of the lead female characters have two wigs. The backup wigs are used during certain “action scenes” so the primary wigs can remain styled correctly. For example, Jimenez designed a second wig for a character who is forcibly hosed with water when she is jailed in Holloway prison.

Danae Jimenez with CCM acting student Spencer Lackey.

Danae Jimenez with CCM acting student Spencer Lackey.

She kept the make-up fairly simple to give the women a natural look because make-up was not widely used until the 1920s. However, the men wear more make-up and have more wigs and hair pieces to represent their character changes.

“Some of the men get fun character make-up because they are playing specific historical characters so we are adjusting that make-up to make them look more like the real people,” Jimenez says.

“My favorite one right now is Spencer Lackey, who is playing Keir Hardie [a former leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party]. We are doing a beard for him and we are going to do his make-up to make him look aged.”

The students also built a curly white “judge” wig from scratch for CCM actor Landon Hawkins, who plays the Speaker of the House in Her Naked Skin. Jimenez is working with Assistant Professor of Make-Up Kelly Yurko on the complicated wig. She has never built such a wig before but she previously created a fully hand-tied wig for  class that took her between 50 and 60 hours to complete — from laying the wig’s lace foundation and sewing it together to tying all of the hair into place.

The wig and make-up crew did not build all of the wigs from scratch, most were built by previous students for past CCM productions. However, Jimenez styled all of the wigs. They also had to be altered to fit the actors; the students traced the actors heads to create new measurements for the wigs.

Danae Jimenez with fellow wig and make-up student Meredith Keister as she "wefts," or creates tracks of hair, for a wig.

Danae Jimenez with fellow wig and make-up student Meredith Keister as she “wefts,” or creates tracks of hair, for a wig.

Many of the wigs needed to be “refronted,” which means the students replaced part of the wigs to blend with the actors’ natural hairlines. This process involves tying hair piece-by-piece into a lace foundation from the middle of the crown to the hairline. This can take about 10 to 12 hours.

“Everyone has been so helpful,” Jimenez says about the other students working with her. “For there only being five of us in the shop, everyone has been great.”

Audiences can see the products of their handy work when CCM presents Her Naked Skin from Feb. 8-12 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are available online through CCM’s Box Office.

After Her Naked Skin closes the shop will focus on CCM’s next Mainstage production, Jerry Herman’s powerful musical Mack and Mabel. Jimenez has been assisting Yurko in creating wig and make-up designs for the musical, which is set in the 1920s.

“I know it’s going to be a lot of wigs and a lot of changes, Jimenez says. “It’s going to be another big one.”

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Event Information
Her Naked Skin contains adult themes and situations, including brief nudity, and is intended for mature audiences.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Her Naked Skin are $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Feb. 8 preview performance are just $15.

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

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

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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Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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Brett Scott leading CCM's Chorale at this year's Moveable Feast gala event.

CCM’s Spring Choral Series Includes Collaborations with Local Choirs, Guest Artists and More

CCM’s Department of Choral Studies presents contemporary works, a staged performance of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and concerts with CCM’s Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra during its Spring Choral Series.

Under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers and Associate Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Brett Scott, CCM’s and UC’s choral ensembles will present eight concerts from Feb. 12 through May 7. Tickets are on sale now for all performances.

The series begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 with the Winter Choral Showcase, featuring performances from the CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, and the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses. The concert includes selections from William Byrd’s The Great Service, Dominick DiOrio’s A Dome of Many Colored Glass and We Dance, Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home and Craig Hella Johnson’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning.

UC’s Men’s and Women’s Choruses return with the Cabaret Singers on March 4 in a presentation of classical, pop, folk and jazz arrangements, featuring works by Copland, Handel, Holst and more. A week later on March 12, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir will celebrate its 24th anniversary with special guest, the Xavier University Women’s Chorus.

The largest undertaking of the season is a staged presentation of J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on April 9, featuring the CCM Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and the CCM Philharmonia alongside faculty artists Daniel Weeks and Kenneth Shaw, as well as student soloists. This work tells the compelling story of the events leading up to the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus. This performance will be held at Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral.

The Choral Series continues with White Night, a joint performance between the CCM Concert Orchestra and Chorale on April 21. This concert includes Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” (from Prince Igor), Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Little Russian.

View details and repertoire for all Spring Choral Series concerts in the listings below.
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Event Information

All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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

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.

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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Spring 2017 Choral Series

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
WINTER CHORAL SHOWCASE
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Earl Rivers, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker and Alex Sutton, conductors

Featured works include selections from William Byrd’s Great Service, Dominick DiOrio’s A Dome of Many Colored Glass and We Dance, Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home and Craig Hella Johnson’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, March 4
UC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHORUSES
Kevin Coker and Alex Sutton, conductors
Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers offer a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz arrangements, featuring works of Copland, Cozzolani, Hampton, Handel, Holst, McGlynn, Quick and Silvey.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7
CCM Chorale and Brass Choir
Jillian Nicholson-Dicks and Alex Sutton, conductors
CCM Chorale and Brass Choir present a combined showcase of music for voices and brass. Featured works include Joseph Jongen’s Mass, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ O clap your hands and James MacMillan’s In splendoribus sanctorum from The Strathclyde Motets.
Location: St. Francis de Sales Parish, 1600 Madison Road, Cincinnati 45206
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, March 12
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
TAPESTRY OF VOICES
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
Join CCC resident choirs as they celebrate their 24th anniversary.  The choirs will perform a variety of repertoire from around the world and feature American composers.  With special guest the Xavier University Women’s Chorus.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, April 9
J. S. BACH’S ST. MATTHEW PASSION
CCM Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artists Daniel Weeks, tenor, Kenneth Shaw, bass-baritone and student aria soloists
Earl Rivers, conductor
Andreas Hager, stage director
J.S. Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion is presented in a staged performance, illuminating the dramatic intensity of this Baroque masterwork, which retells the compelling story of the events leading up to the trial of Jesus, his crucifixion and burial.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati 45202
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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5 p.m. Thursday, April 20
A CHORAL SAMPLER
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers
Kevin Coker, Alex Sutton and Tyler Hagy, conductors
Highlighting UC student talent from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Chorus and Cabaret Singers present a 60-minute choral sampler of current popular works from artists such as Michael Bublé, Imagine Dragons and Mike Posner, plus folk arrangements of Singh, Morrison and Hagen. All are invited to enjoy a post-concert reception with light refreshments in the Baur Room following the performance to meet the performers and conductors.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, April 21
WHITE NIGHT
CCM Concert Orchestra & Chorale
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
BORODIN: “Polovtsian Dances” (from Prince Igor)
PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17 (Little Russian)
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, May 7
CELEBRATE YOUTH
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
CCC resident choirs, Satellite Choirs and the Cincinnati Choral Academy will celebrate the future with songs of unity, love and world music.
Location: Princeton High School’s Matthews Auditorium, 150 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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

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People enjoyed performances during the University of Cincinnati CCM Moveable Feast. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

CCM Jazz Swings into Spring with Legendary Artists and New Works

CCM’s Spring Jazz Series begins on Sunday, Jan. 29 and continues through April 16, featuring works by jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Bob Belden, along with new pieces by students and faculty!

The concert series kicks off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 with the CCM Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Combos, under the direction of CCM Jazz faculty members Craig Bailey and Steve Allee. The program features original works from CCM jazz students as well as pieces by Thelonious Monk and today’s hottest composers.

Later in the semester, CCM presents its second annual Essentially Ellington Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18. Sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center, this daylong event features the region’s top high school jazz ensembles. A special gala concert that evening will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra and a special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The series wraps up on Sunday, April 16 with the CCM Jazz Orchestra, led by Director of Jazz Studies, Scott Belck. The concert features works from Grammy Award-winning composer Bob Belden, from his interpretations of Puccini’s Turandot to his arrangements for Prince, Sting and McCoy Tyner.

View a complete concert listing below!

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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

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.

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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2017 Spring Jazz Series

MODERN MASTERS: THE CCM JAZZ COMPOSERS CONCERT
CCM Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Combos
Craig Bailey and Steve Allee, conductors
Featuring exciting new works from CCM students and alumni, along with pieces by today’s hottest composers!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
CCM FACULTY JAZZTET
Featuring CCM String Quartet-in-Residence, The Ariel Quartet
For the first time, CCM’s acclaimed jazz faculty artists collaborate with CCM’s renowned String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet. World premieres by faculty members Steve Allee, Craig Bailey and Kim Pensyl will feature virtuoso string sounds combined with exciting improvisations. Grammy Award-winning New York composer and CCM alumnus Michael Patterson will also debut a new work. Featured on stage will be paintings by internationally recognized visual artist Anna Socha VanMatre.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT
CCM Jazz Orchestra
CCM is honored to host its second annual Essentially Ellington Festival, sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center. This daylong event features the region’s top high school jazz ensembles. The gala concert will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra plus a very special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, March 5
THE KID FROM RED BANK: JUMPING WITH COUNT BASIE
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Kansas City swings to life with an exciting concert tribute to the most swinging band of all time!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, April 16
FROM PUCCINI TO PRINCE: THE GENIUS OF BOB BELDEN
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, conductor
Bob Belden was the embodiment of the modern genius and iconoclast. We feature his work, from sublime interpretations of Puccini’s Turandot to Prince and Sting and all the way to straight-ahead arrangements for McCoy Tyner.
Location: Great Hall, Tangeman University Center
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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

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CCM's Steel Drum Band, performing at the annual Moveable Feast event; directed by Rusty Burge. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Feel the Beat with CCM Percussion Ensembles this Semester

CCM is proud to present a trio of diverse percussion concerts this semester featuring a musical trip to the Caribbean, faculty artists and musical tributes to American composer Lou Harrison to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

CCM’s Spring Percussion Series kicks off at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, as the CCM Steel Drum Band presents its annual concert A Trip to Trinidad and Back. The concert offers an evening of traditional music from Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions designed to warm up the coldest winter nights.

Faculty artists in Percussion Group Cincinnati present a free Lou Harrison Centennial Concert on Feb. 24, featuring music spanning the composer’s entire career.

The series concludes on April 10 with a free concert featuring chamber music from the last several decades, including works by composers Steve Reich and Makoto Shinohara. The program also features a tribute to Lou Harrison on the centennial of his birth.

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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

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.

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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2017 Spring Percussion Series

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
A TRIP TO TRINIDAD AND BACK
CCM Steel Drum Band
Russell Burge, director
CCM’s Steel Drum Band presents an evening of traditional music from Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
LOU HARRISON CENTENNIAL CONCERT
Percussion Group Cincinnati and Friends
Featuring music spanning composer Lou Harrison’s entire career, including music written for Percussion Group Cincinnati.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, April 10
CCM Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music director
Performing chamber music from the last several decades, including works by Steve Reich and Makoto Shinohara, plus a tribute to Lou Harrison on the centennial of his birth.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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CCM Mainstage Series Continues with Timely Political Drama ‘Her Naked Skin’

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Mainstage Acting Series resumes in February with the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s enthralling drama, Her Naked Skin. Directed by CCM Acting Chair Richard E. Hess, Her Naked Skin plays Feb. 9-12 with a special preview performance on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Set in London in 1913, this production focuses on the thousands of suffragettes who served time in Holloway Prison after demanding their right to vote.

'Her Naked Skin' plays Feb. 8-12 at CCM.

‘Her Naked Skin’ plays Feb. 8-12 at CCM.

Her Naked Skin explores a crucial moment in the Suffragette Movement when, with emancipation almost in sight, women refuse to let the establishment stand in their way. Political battles collide with personal struggles when Celia Cain, trapped by the policies of the day and a frustrating marriage, begins an affair with seamstress Eve Douglass while they are imprisoned.

Lenkiewicz’s plays “give theatre a fighting chance in an easily distracted age,” wrote The Guardian. One of her first works, The Night Season, won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2004. Four years later Her Naked Skin became the first play written by a living female playwright to be performed in London’s Olivier Theatre, the National Theatre’s largest venue. The play “plants a defiant feminist flag” on stage, praised The Guardian after its premiere.

“It is imperative that the CCM Acting Department presents stories written by women that place women center stage,” says Hess. “There is a gender bias to so many aspects of life, intentional or not, and Her Naked Skin stands proudly on the side of inclusion and equality.”

Current events, such as the Women’s March on Washington, and a tumultuous political climate make this play resonate with “unexpected timeliness,” Hess adds. “The students in this play, many of whom participated in the recent marches, do not view this as a story of the past.”

Hess elaborates, “CCM Acting students must be engaged with the world, and our world is currently not unlike the world of 1913. Audiences will be exhilarated by the universal struggle presented in Her Naked Skin.”

Her Naked Skin isn’t the first play from the National Theatre that Hess brings to CCM. The National Theatre is known for presenting sweeping historical dramas like Helen Edmundson’s Coram Boy, which premiered in Cincinnati during CCM’s 2011-12 Mainstage Series. “These scripts, first presented in London, will be new to Cincinnati audiences,” Hess says, “and the drama on stage is guaranteed to be epic and exciting.”

“The right to vote is not guaranteed, although it seems to be promised. What would you do to fight for the right to vote if you were denied? Her Naked Skin answers that question.”

This production contains adult themes and situations, including brief nudity, and is intended for mature audiences.

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Creative team
Richard E. Hess, director
William Sawyer, scenic designer*
Tanner Elker, sound designer*
Patrick Jansen, sound designer*
k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
Whitney Glover, projections & media designer*
Ashley Berg, costume designer*
Marilyn Caskey, dialect coach
Foster Johns, dialect coach
Erik McCandless, lighting designer*
Danae Jimenez, wig & make-up designer*
Chelsea Taylor, stage manager*
*CCM Student

Cast

Kenzie Clark as Emily Davison/Mary Nicholson
Sarah Durham as Miss Brint
Mickey Tropeano as Celia Cain
Julia Netzer as Eve Douglas
Sydney Ashe as Flower Seller/Mrs. Major/Mrs. Collins
Carissa Cardy as Clara Franks/Miss Beacham/Waitress
Mafer Del Real as Florence Boorman
Ella Eggold as Mrs. Schliefke
Clare Combest as Mrs. Briggs
Meg Olson as Woman in Street/Prison Wardress
Katie Langham as Prison Wardress
Annie Grove as Nurse
Cater Lacava as John Seely/Guard/Freddie
Nicholas Heffelfinger as Augustine Burrell/Guard/Dr. Klein
Graham Rogers as Edward Grey/Guard
Owen Alderson as Herbert Asquith/Cecil/Guard
Spencer Lackey as Newspaper Vendor/Keir Hardie/Guard
Landon Hawkins as Potter/Speaker/Brown/George Curzon
Ryan Garrett as Dr. Vale/Hunt
Rupert Spraul as Dr. Parker/Charlie Power
Isaac Hickox-Young as William Cain
Andrew Ramsey as Guard

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Her Naked Skin are $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Feb. 8 preview performance are just $15.

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

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

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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