A photo from CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Peter Pan' from March of 2015. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Announces 2015-16 Mainstage Series of Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama and Dance

CCM is pleased to announce details for its 2015-16 Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions. Between Sept. 30, 2015, and April 24, 2016, CCM’s stars-of-tomorrow will present seven masterworks for the stage under the guidance of its internationally acclaimed faculty artists.

These works include David Edgar’s epic drama Pentecost, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel, Franz Lehár’s comedic operetta The Merry Widow, Eugene O’Neill’s acclaimed coming-of-age story Ah, Wilderness!, Green Day’s iconic punk rock musical American Idiot, Janácek’s farcical opera The Cunning Little Vixen and Tchaikovsky’s beloved romantic ballet Swan Lake.

Production details are listed below. Details on subscription packages and single ticket sales will be announced this summer.

Visit ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/subscribe to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.

Additional Information
Titles and dates are subject to change—rights pending. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.
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CCM 2015-16 MAINSTAGE SERIES
Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama, Dance

Pentecost
Written by David Edgar
Richard E. Hess, director

A play of politics and ideas, Pentecost details the discovery of a painting stunningly similar to Giotto di Bondone’s The Lamentation in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. If proven to pre-date the master’s work, the fresco will revolutionize Western Art. A dramatic power struggle ensues, as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of 12 refugees sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “funny, frightening and deeply moving,” this powerful play by the Tony Award-winning adapter of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.

Performance Dates: Sept. 30 (preview), Oct. 1–4, 2015
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Carousel
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar
As Adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
Diane Lala, director

Set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, Carousel is the story of carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow and his reckless adventures with women, gambling and the wrong side of the law. Billy loses his job just as he learns that his wife is pregnant and, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” 15 years later, Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day and encounters the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. Declared “Best Musical of the Century” by Time Magazine in 1999, it’s easy to understand why Carousel became Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite.

Performance Dates: Oct. 29–Nov. 1, 2015
Location: Corbett Auditorium
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The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe)
Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
Emma Griffin, director

A 20th century opera molded in the tradition of the great opera seria of the 1700s, The Merry Widow tells a dizzying tale of star-crossed lovers and political intrigue in Paris. Baron Zeta of Pontevedro must prevent the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari from marrying a foreigner; if she does, all of her wealth will leave Pontevedro, thus bankrupting the country. Zeta urges Hanna’s former fiancée Count Danilovich (who pretends to not care for her anymore) to marry her, but Zeta’s wife pushes the flirtatious Camille de Rosillon to go after Hanna instead. Farcical confusion, romance and jealousy abound in this light-hearted romp. Sung in English.

Performance Dates: Nov. 19–22, 2015
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Ah, Wilderness!
Written by Eugene O’Neill
R. Terrell Finney, director

Set in an idyllic Connecticut town during the Fourth of July weekend of 1906, Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! offers a tender portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains and young love. Described as “a breath of fresh air” and “vividly alive” by the New York Post and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival in both 1989 and 1998, this charming comedy is directed by CCM Professor Emeritus R. Terrell Finney.

Performance Dates: Feb. 10 (preview), Feb. 11–14, 2016
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
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American Idiot
Book and lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Michael Mayer
Music and lyrics by Green Day
Aubrey Berg, director

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths diverge when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot features minimal dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

Performance Dates: March 3–13, 2016
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody lišky Bystroušky)
Composed by Leoš Janácek
Libretto by Leoš Janácek (after Rudolf Tesnohlídek)
Vince DeGeorge, director

Based on a famous 1920s Czech comic strip, Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen humorously explores the universal longing for youth. The three main characters – all older men – attempt to connect to their younger days through various means: one longs for a village girl, one obsesses over a childhood indiscretion and one chases a young vixen through the countryside. Will they continue to cling to their delusions? Or will their experiences help them come to terms with the inevitability of time? Sung in English.

Performance Dates: April 8–10, 2016
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Swan Lake
Composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Jiang Qi, director

Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet about love and magic returns to CCM in a fully-staged spectacle! The young Prince Siegfried, disinterested in the potential wives that his mother has picked for him, heads into the woods to hunt one night and comes across a beautiful swan…who then turns into the maiden Odette! She tells him of the curse she and others have been placed under by the evil knight Rothbart, forcing them to become swans by day and human by night. Siegfried instantly falls in love, but will he and Odette be able to overcome the curse, or will Rothbart succeed in keeping his enchantment intact?

Performance Dates: April 21–24, 2016
Location: Corbett Auditorium
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Mainstage Series Subscriptions
The 2015-16 CCM Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre and drama productions includes subscription packages for six-show, four-show and three-show combinations. Subscribers also have the ability to add the Mainstage Series production of Swan Lake to any subscription package “a la carte.”

Full details on subscription packages and single ticket sales will be announced this summer. CCM’s customizable subscription packages range in price from $84 – $180. Current subscribers will get priority access to next season’s subscription packages.

Visit ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/subscribe to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave
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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

Titles and dates are subject to change—rights pending. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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Hannah Zazzaro as Peter Pan and Nathaniel Irvin as Captain Hook in CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Peter Pan.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Series Proudly Presents Broadway’s Timeless Musical ‘Peter Pan’ March 5-8, 2015

CCM continues its 2014-15 Mainstage Series with the classic fairytale musical Peter Pan. Directed and choreographed by guest artist Joe Locarro, with musical direction by CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Roger Grodsky, this production promises to whisk audiences away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter Pan makes its CCM debut at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in Corbett Auditorium and plays through March 8, 2015. Tickets are on sale now.

Hannah Zazzaro as Peter Pan and Nathaniel Irvin as Captain Hook in CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Peter Pan.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

Hannah Zazzaro as Peter Pan and Nathaniel Irvin as Captain Hook in CCM’s Mainstage Series production of ‘Peter Pan.’ Photography by Mark Lyons.

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.

Peter Pan’s enduring status comes as no surprise to Locarro, who brings years of Broadway experience to CCM’s production. In addition to providing perspective on the end of the Victorian Era, Locarro explains that Barrie’s fairy tale is also “a story of longing and the continuum of life. Although Peter Pan is the catalyst, it is really Wendy’s journey through adolescence and subsequently the journey of her daughter Jane and Jane’s daughter after that. Having a 20-year-old daughter of my own, I too see the importance of this journey for all of our children and understand why Peter Pan is popular to this day.”

While CCM is widely known for its remarkable stage productions, audiences can expect something truly remarkable for this production of Peter Pan. This is thanks to Locarro’s unique vision and also to an exciting collaboration between CCM’s faculty, student and staff talent and the expertise of theatrical flying effects and equipment industry leaders, ZFX, Inc. CCM Professor of Drama and Peter Pan fight choreographer k. Jenny Jones explains, “ZFX Flying Effects and I are creating sword fights with aerial dynamics that have never been tried before. Several years ago, I commissioned ZFX for a study of the variables of fighting while flying, and how flying may enhance the action of staged combat. The duel between Peter and Hook in this production is a perfect representation of this research and it will make CCM’s Peter Pan quite special.”

ZFX is one of the many professional industry leaders in theatre technology that will be in Cincinnati for the 55th annual United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference and Stage Expo, which comes to the Duke Energy Convention Center March 18-21, 2015. Expo attendees will have the opportunity to visit CCM Village to see Peter Pan‘s groundbreaking flying effects set up for themselves even after the production has closed.

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Hannah Zazzaro, a senior from Clearwater, Florida, is one of two CCM students playing the demanding part of Peter Pan. She shares the role with junior musical theatre major Clara Cox. The role of Peter Pan will alternate between Cox (March 6; March 7 matinee) and Zazzaro (March 5; March 7; March 8 matinee).

Download Peter Pan‘s cast list here.

Zazzaro’s preparation began back in November when she read and re-read the script and watched every version of Peter Pan that she could find. Her goal was to understand her part in the storytelling and to know the text forward and backward. “Peter Pan is a demanding role in every way,” says Zazzaro. “I have to run, jump, fly, dance, sing while flying, do cartwheels, and sword fight both in the air and on the ground. I started a 60-day physical training program called ‘Insanity’ that I will continue to do regularly through the end of the show… and maybe even after because I like it so much!”

In addition to her copious musical theatre experience, Zazzaro is a classically trained singer, which makes her a perfect choice for this role. “My favorite part of the show is when Peter Pan turns into a ‘lady’ and sings a short aria with Captain Hook. This show has given me the opportunity to finally show off my low notes, my high belt and my high soprano! It’s so much fun,” she says enthusiastically.

Under Jones’ guidance, Zazzaro has also learned to sword fight. “Three things that I know I have to focus on are: trusting my wrists and allowing my sword to swing rather than forcing it to, having a spacial understanding with whomever I’m swinging at, and communicating with them through body language in order to be successful and safe,” Zazzaro explains. Mastering all of these things at once has been challenging, but Zazzaro states it’s been “completely worth it.”

Senior Dallas Padoven plays the role of Cecco the pirate alongside Zazzaro, but he faces his own unique challenges. Padoven is also Captain Hook’s understudy, meaning he has to be prepared to take on the iconic villain’s role on short notice. “Preparing for two characters is extremely interesting,” says Padoven. “I have to be on my toes while working at all times. While I am learning the pirate role, I also have to keep one eye on Hook to make sure I know what he is doing. I am in the same scenes as two different characters.”

Both Zazzaro and Padoven agree that working with Locarro has been wonderful. “He has a lot of experience in the field,” says Padoven. “While we are working with him we are figuring out our blocking and choreography but he also tells us about various shows he’s been in. He really teaches through personal stories, so we’ve learned a lot, especially things like what to do and not to do in audition and rehearsal situations.”

Zazzaro particularly appreciates Locarro’s attention to detail. “One of the hardest things is the Corbett Auditorium. The stage is huge, but it has seemed almost effortless for Joe to create pictures that fill out the entire stage.”

CCM’s production of Peter Pan also features scenic design by Mark Halpin, costume design by Dean Mogle and Rebecca Senske, lighting design by Chris Carter, sound design by Jeremy Lee and wig and make-up design by Kelly Yurko. With the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

About Joe Locarro
Joe Locarro is a director, choreographer and producer who has directed for stage, film and television. His film Finding Billy was nominated for two New York Emmy Awards (for best direction and best documentary) and was an official selection of the 2012 Dance on Camera Festival. Finding Billy has also been broadcast nationally on PBS for the past five years.

Locarro’s recent directing credits include two seasons of the PBS National series Intelligence Squared Debates, productions of Les Misérables for the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department (April 2014) and Music Theatre of Wichita (August 2013), and the PBS series Vine Talk starring Stanley Tucci. Some of his PBS specials include Remember Me with Parsons Dance Co & The East Village Opera Company, A Tale of Two Cities in Concert and three specials with Deepak Chopra.

Locarro specializes in filming and editing dance, theatre and music and is currently guest director for the live web broadcasts from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. He has also directed numerous stage productions including regional productions of Ragtime and Les Misérables.

Locarro began his career as a dancer and choreographer, dancing with the Boston, Joffrey and Hartford Ballet Companies creating and choreographing 30 works for dance companies across the U.S. After a career in ballet, he went on to perform on Broadway and first national tours in six musicals including the role of ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables (both on Broadway and in the first national tour), the original Broadway companies of Ragtime, Goodbye Girl and Merlin as well as the role of Munkstrap in Cats and West Side Story.

Locarro brings his many years of performance experience to his work with artists and arts organizations. He continues to film and edit for dance companies around the world, as well as create promotional videos and documentaries for arts organizations and individual artists.

About ZFX, Inc.
Founded in 1994, ZFX, Inc. is the complete service provider for Flying Effects. They don’t just handle the rigging or flying harnesses. They’re not just skilled at automation, choreography and flying design. ZFX covers every aspect of flying possibilities. From high schools to Broadway, churches to special events, ZFX zealously pursues its goal of worldwide domination of the performer flying industry. Their infectious enthusiasm comes at no additional charge. They don’t wake up and put their pants on one leg at a time like the other guys. They wrap themselves in kilts and stride boldly out into the world. ZFX offers performer flying, high speed hoists, flying of props, automated systems, stunt gags, truss equipment mounting, aerial acts, manually operated systems, corporate shows and events, custom harnesses, spectacle flying and safety consultation. Learn more by visiting www.zfxflying.com.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 6
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Peter Pan are $31-35 for adults, $20-24 for non-UC students and $18-22 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/peter-pan-mainstage.

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

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

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Mainstage Production Sponsor: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Peter Pan 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 | Phone: 212-541-4684 | Fax: 212-397-4684 | http://www.MTIShows.com

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Scenes from CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'The Heidi Chronicles.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: The Heidi Chronicles

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CCM’s 2014-15 Mainstage Series continues TONIGHT with Wendy Wasserstein’s groundbreaking comedy The Heidi Chronicles, playing through Sunday, Feb. 15, in Patricia Corbett Theater. See a complete list of performance times below.

Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, The Heidi Chronicles is directed by CCM’s A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Dramatic Performance Richard Hess.

Rick Pender takes a closer look at The Heidi Chronicles and the legacy of playwright Wendy Wasserstein for CityBeat. Read the story online here.

David Lyman previews the production for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Read the story online here.

Sexuality, feminism, education, gender equality, marriage, women’s rights – there’s no hot-button issue the play doesn’t touch. Learn more about this poignant comedy here.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to The Heidi Chronicles are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID.

Saturday matinee student rush discount tickets are available beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 and are $12-15.

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/heidi-chronicles-mainstage.

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

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

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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

CCM’s Steel Drum Band Returns to the Stage for ‘A Trip to Trinidad and Back’

CCM's Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band will present an evening of the traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 in Corbett Auditorium. CCM Professor of Percussion Russell Burge directs.

Audiences will recognize some of the Trinidad standards, which include “Bee’s Melody” by Lord Kitchener, an internationally famous calypsonian from Arima, Trinidad, and “Rant and Rave” by solo artist Christopher “Tambu” Herbert. Herbert was a founding member of the well-known Trinidad and Tobago brass band, Charlie’s Roots.

In addition, the Steel Drum Band will perform several powerful contemporary pieces with a jazz influence, arranged by recent CCM alumnus Doug Sutton (BM Percussion Performance, 2014).

Sutton’s arrangement of “Opus Pocus,” a song by influential American jazz musician and electric bass player Jaco Pastorius, is a track on Pastorius’ self-titled album, which many consider the finest bass album ever recorded. Sutton says, “’Opus Pocus’ will be a challenging piece as it is written in a 13/8 time signature, or as people refer to it more often, an odd meter.” This is perfect for a talented group of percussionists who are masters of rhythmic changes and interesting meters. Sutton also touts that “the piece incorporates a lot of interesting harmonies,” which will be great fun for audiences.

The band will also perform Sutton’s arrangement of “High Noon” from Chris Potter’s album Gratitude, released in 2001. Potter is a critically acclaimed saxophonist who has been called “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” by DownBeat magazine.

Sutton describes his inspiration for choosing “High Noon” as follows: “The original piece incorporated a steel drum solo, giving me the idea to arrange the whole tune for the steel drum band. It has very difficult moving melody lines and lots of syncopation. It’s a very groovy tune, and Professor Burge will be playing drum set for the performance.” It will be a treat for the audience and performers alike to see the talented professor in action.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band is composed mainly of students from CCM’s percussion department, but also includes a few additional players who have had relevant experience and are interested in participating in the ensemble.

Audiences who enjoyed last year’s Trip to Trinidad concert will love this year’s A Trip to Trinidad and Back, which is sure to be a classic Steel Drum Band performance.

Performance Time
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “A Trip to Trinidad and Back” are $12 general, $6 for non-UC students and UC students FREE with a valid ID.

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

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

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

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

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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CCM's Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM Announces Spring 2015 Calendar of Major Events

Click on the image above to view CCM's Spring 2015 Calendar Booklet.

Click on the image above to view CCM’s Spring 2015 Calendar Booklet.

This spring, CCM proudly presents over 125 major public performances from Jan. 18 through May 17, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported drama, musical theatre and opera productions!

Download a copy of CCM’s Spring 2015 Calendar of Major Events today.

Highlights of CCM’s spring concert series include the return of Cincinnati’s premier fundraiser “A Moveable Feast” on Jan. 23; a CCM Jazz tribute to the music of Ray Charles on Feb. 15; a double-bill performance of Berlioz’s Te Deum and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring by the CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Cincinnati Children’s Choir on March 13; a star-studded Bearcat Piano Festival running March 23 – April 4; and a Spring Dance Concert featuring accompaniment by the CCM Chamber Choir, student percussionists, faculty artist James Tocco and student pianists running April 23 – 25.

The internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet will also continue its 2014-15 concert series at CCM with performances on Jan. 27 and March 31. Recently hailed by The Strad for its “vitality, clarity of line, depth of sound and… impeccable sense of direction,” CCM’s string quartet-in-residence will perform works by Brahms, Bartók, Schubert, Stravinsky and more this spring.

CCM’s Mainstage Series will also resume in early 2015 with a production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama The Heidi Chronicles, running Feb. 11 – 15; a highflying trip to Neverland with Peter Pan: The Musical running March 5 – 8; and a production of Mozart’s magnificent opera Così Fan Tutte, running April 9 – 12.

Tickets for CCM’s Mainstage and Concert Series performances are on sale now.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media arts events by referring to the list below. For more details about CCM’s Spring 2015 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CCM SPRING 2015 CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS

JANUARY

4 p.m. Saturday Sunday, Jan. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
IT’S MY PARTY
Pat Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
Come help Pat and Julie celebrate a BIG birthday for Pat.  How old is she? “Somewhere between 40 and Death.” A fun afternoon of celebration, reflection and just plain craziness that only Pat and Julie can provide!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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CCM's Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

CCM’s Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23
“A MOVEABLE FEAST” BENEFIT EVENT
Experience the unparalleled magic of CCM Village as you sample performances by our “stars of tomorrow.” Create your own menu and timetable of artistic selections, including jazz, musical theatre, piano, opera, drama, dance, choral, orchestra, E-media video productions and much more! Your ticket will help the Friends of CCM continue to support the hopes and dreams of CCM students through student travel funds and scholarships.
Location: CCM Village
Tickets: Special ticket prices and limited seating. For more information, contact CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25
• Faculty Artist Series •
Amy Johnson, soprano
Kenneth Shaw, bass-baritone
Marie-France Lefebvre, piano
Featuring works by Brahms, Schoenberg, Chausson and Charpentier.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25
• Jazz Series •
CCM JAZZ: COMPOSERS CONCERT
CCM Jazz Ensembles
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring adventurous works from some of today’s most exciting and interesting composers, including Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Ellen Rowe and Jim McNeely as well as compositions from CCM Jazz students, faculty and alumni.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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From left to right: Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning, Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet. Photography by Saverio Truglia.

From left to right: Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning, Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet. Photography by Saverio Truglia.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
Grand Prize winners at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and 2014 recipients of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Ariel Quartet was recently hailed by the New York Times for its “gift for filling the pristine structures of Classicism with fire.” You can experience that fire for yourself as the Quartet presents Schulhoff’s Divertimento for String Quartet, Op. 14, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $20 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE

The Ariel Quartet’s 2014-15 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Corbett Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dianne & J. David Rosenberg.

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7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28
• CCM Preparatory Department •
CCM Jazz Explosion and CCM Youth Jazz Orchestra
Jan Diehl, Bernardo Lopez, Bill Burns and Jennifer Grantham, music directors and conductors
The area’s most talented middle and high school jazz musicians perform classic and popular jazz music.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29
• Starling Series •
Starling Showcase
Kurt Sassmannshaus, director
CCM’s finest violin soloists from college and pre-college in performance with orchestra piano.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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Zemlinsky First Prize-winner Ulrich Kreppein. Photo by Raf Thienpont.

Zemlinsky First Prize-winner Ulrich Kreppein. Photo by Raf Thienpont.

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
• Orchestra Series •
ON DISPLAY – CELEBRATING THE WINNER OF CCM’S ZEMLINSKY PRIZE FOR COMPOSITION
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, conductor
U. KREPPEIN: Flucht (Flight)
Winner of the 2013 Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
BEASER: Seven Deadly Sins (1984)
MUSSORGSKY, arr. M. RAVEL: Pictures at an Exhibition
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31
• Opera Fusion: New Works Lab •
A collaboration between CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera
Co-artistic directors Robin Guarino and Marcus Küchle
MEET JOHN DOE
Composed by Daniel Catán
Eduardo Diazmuñoz, conductor
Robin Guarino, director
Co-produced with the Gotham Chamber Opera and Cincinnati Opera

Composer Daniel Catán.

Composer Daniel Catán.

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera present a rare behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an original work! Groundbreaking Mexican composer Daniel Catán, creator of the operas Il Postino and Florencia en el Amazonas, began an adaptation of the 1941 Frank Capra film Meet John Doe, but it remained unfinished at his untimely death in 2011. Opera Fusion: New Works welcomes a creative team tasked with the completion of the work: Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Michaela Eremiášová, Jairo Duarte-López, and the composer’s widow, Andrea Puente Catán. Following a 10-day residency, the workshop will culminate in a public performance of excerpts of the new opera. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Story in 1942, Meet John Doe tells the story of Ann Mitchell, a newspaper columnist who unwittingly sparks a grassroots populist movement with a fictional letter to the editor from “John Doe” protesting society’s ills, and John Willoughby, a homeless former baseball player whom she hires to pose as the public face of John Doe.
Location: Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati 45202
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets available beginning Monday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. Please call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at 513-241-2742 to reserve.

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8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31
• Percussion Series •
A TRIP TO TRINIDAD AND BACK
CCM Steel Drum Band
Rusty Burge, director
CCM’s Steel Drum Band presents an evening of the traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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FEBRUARY

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2
• Faculty Artist Series •
Rodney Stucky, lute and Baroque guitar
Mary Stucky, mezzo-soprano
The music of 17th century Spain, England and the Netherlands will be on display as Rodney and Mary Stucky perform the works of Jan Sweelinck, Nicolas Vallet, Francisco Guerau, Robert Johnson and José Marín.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3
• Guest Artist Series •
4 & 4 Saxophone Quartet
One of South Korea’s premier chamber ensembles, the 4 & 4 Saxophone Quartet will perform works ranging from the traditional – a transcription of Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12  – to recent compositions influenced by jazz and Americana, as well as a new adaptation of the Korean folk song “Arirang.” The 4 & 4 Saxophone Quartet recital at CCM will be the first recital by a Korean saxophone quartet in the United States.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3
• Faculty Artist Series •
Randy Bowman, flute
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE

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2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
THE STOPPED CLOCK: SOME MOMENTS IN TONALITY AND TECHNOLOGY SINCE 1950
Joseph Auner, Tufts University
In the second half of the 20th century, two technological advancements emerged to change the way we think about music: voltage-controlled modular synthesizers and the tape loop. For his lecture, Professor Joseph Auner will discuss how these and other developments helped alter how we listen to and think about acoustics, including the most basic triads and tonal materials.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Annunziata Tomaro, guest conductor
S. WEIMER: Through the Frame
DELIBES: Sylvia Suite
SIBELIUS: Swan of Tuonela
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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The CCM Chorale.

The CCM Chorale.

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
• Choral Series •
MUSIC OF THE BARD – CHORAL SETTINGS OF SHAKESPEARE II
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, UC Men’s & Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and guest choir from Shanghai’s East China Normal University
Brett Scott, Christopher Albanese, Alexander Sutton, Daniel Blosser, Stephen Milloy, Robyn Lana and Yaru Tan, conductors
CCM’s Choral Department continues The Shakespeare Quadricentennial, a two-year commemoration of the playwright’s legacy through choral music spanning his 450th birthday this past April 23, 2014, and culminating on April 23, 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. Each choir offers a Shakespearean choral setting from the Renaissance through our own time. Featured works include Frank Martin’s “Five Songs of Ariel” from The Tempest, Jaakko Mantyjarvi’s “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” from Macbethand Matthew Harris’ “Shakespeare Songs” from Measure by Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona andHamlet.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
Presenting a world premiere of Scott Lindroth’s Starshake, along with works by CCM composers.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE

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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
• Faculty Artist Series •
Piotr Milewski, violin
Sandra Rivers, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
• Faculty Artist Series •
Faculty Jazztet
Featuring Craig Bailey, James Bunte and Rick VanMatre, saxophone; Scott Belck, trumpet; Marc Fields, trombone; Russell Burge, vibraphone; James E. Smith, guitar; Phil DeGreg, piano; Aaron Jacobs, bass; Art Gore and John Von Ohlen, drums
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
• Orchestra Series •
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director
Join us for another journey in today’s sound world, accompanied by coffee, cakes and conversation!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15
• Mainstage Drama Series •
THE HEIDI CHRONICLES
Written by Wendy Wasserstein
Richard E. Hess, director
Wendy Wasserstein’s groundbreaking and moving examination of feminism and its evolution from the 1960s through the 1990s, The Heidi Chronicles is the winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. Sexuality, feminism, education, gender equality, marriage, women’s rights; there’s no hot-button issue the play doesn’t touch. This penetrating comedy asks: “Will our ideals stand the test of time, and what do they cost us?”
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students, $15-18 UC students.

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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CCM's Wind Orchestra. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra. Photography by Dottie Stover.

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12
• Winds Series •
THE MUSIC OF STRAUSS, MACKEY, SPARKE AND MORE
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Featuring guest conductor Jerry Junkin, Dallas Wind Symphony
Glenn D. Price and Angela Holt, conductors
MACKEY: Aurora Awakes
Jerry Junkin, conductor
STRAUSS: Allerseelen
SPARKE: Dance Movements
GRAINGER: Colonial Song
WHITACRE: Sleep
DELLO JOIO: Scenes from The Louvre
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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After serving as Ray Charles' lead alto saxophonist for nearly 20 years, Bailey returns to his native Cincinnati as an assistant professor of jazz studies at CCM. Photo by Charlene Diehl.

After serving as Ray Charles’ lead alto saxophonist for nearly 20 years, Bailey returns to his native Cincinnati as an assistant professor of jazz studies at CCM. Photo by Charlene Diehl.

7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15
• Jazz Series •
JAZZ+GENIUS+SOUL = THE MUSIC OF RAY CHARLES
CCM Jazz Ensembles
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring guest artist Billy Osborne, vocals
Ray Charles re-defined the sound of the big band with his classic blend of soul, jazz, gospel and swing. New CCM jazz professor Craig Bailey, a Ray Charles alumnus and former lead alto saxophonist who spent nearly 20 years with the band, takes us back to the days of the great Ray Charles Orchestra by welcoming vocalist Billy Osborne to join the CCM Jazz Ensembles.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director
CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16
• Faculty Artist Series •
Ellen Harrison, composition
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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CCM faculty artist Phil DeGreg.

CCM faculty artist Phil DeGreg.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17
UPDATE: This concert has been rescheduled to April 22
• Faculty Artist Series •
The Original Phil DeGreg and Friends
CCM celebrates the career of Professor of Jazz Studies Phil DeGreg with a concert of music composed by the faculty artist! DeGreg will be joined by guest artists Rick VanMatre, Rusty Burge, Kim Pensyl, Scott Belck, Marc Fields, Craig Bailey and more for this very special event.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
LUIGI NONO’S FRAGMENTE-STILLE, AN DIOTIMA AND THE INEFFABLE
Michael Cherlin, University of Minnesota
The Romantic fragment, in poetry and music, points toward something that is ineffable – the sounds listeners hear point toward those that cannot be realized. Whether it is beyond or still within Romanticism, it is this aesthetic that Professor Michael Cherlin associates with Schoenberg and Webern, most particularly. Nono’s string quartet, a meditation on Diotima, continues that tradition. The lecture will explore the implications of this composition for a poetics of musical interpretation (whose falsifying “scientific” name is analysis).
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22
• Studio Opera Series •
L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (THE CORONATION OF POPPEA)
Music by Claudio Monteverdi
Libretto by Francesco Busenello
Brett Scott, conductor
Emma Griffin, director
Love, power, morality, corruption… Monteverdi’s final masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea, is often described as his greatest achievement, combining mythic and very human themes and featuring some of his most glorious music. One of the first operas to use historical events and people, it tells the story of Nero’s infatuation with the young and beautiful Poppea as she tries to make him divorce his wife Ottavia and take her as his new queen and empress of Rome. The Coronation of Poppea is a rich, complex and thoroughly modern work; a world populated by ruthless and all-too-human characters where lust and ambition ultimately triumph over virtue.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 16. 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. 20
CAFÉ MOMUS PRESENTS THE CCM COMPOSITION COMPETITION
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
CCM’s top orchestral ensemble presents recent works by the gifted students in the college’s internationally recognized composition program. The winning composer will write a new orchestral work to be premiered during the 2015–16 season.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22
• Faculty Artist Series •
Tsun-Hui Hung, erhu (Chinese fiddle)
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24
Composition Department Recital
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24
• Guest Artist Series •
West Point Band’s Academy Wind Quintet
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 (matinee performance canceled)
2 p.m. Sunday, March 1
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
ALCINA
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Riccardo Broschi
Brett Scott, conductor
Kenneth Shaw, director
Amy Johnson, producer
A sorceress, an enchanted island, disguised lovers and mistaken identities are woven together beautifully with some of Handel’s most memorable melodies.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 23. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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MARCH

CCM presents 'Peter Pan,' Broadway's timeless musical.

CCM presents ‘Peter Pan,’ Broadway’s timeless musical.

8 p.m. Thursday, March 5
8 p.m. Friday, March 6
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7
2 p.m. Sunday, March 8
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
PETER PAN
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie
Joe Locarro, guest director and choreographer
Roger Grodsky, musical director
“Second star to the right, and straight on ‘till morning!” Based on the famous story by James Barrie, Peter Pan tells the tale of the mischievous boy who can fly, who never ages and who spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the spellbinding isles of Neverland as the playful leader of the Lost Boys. Featuring high-flying spectacle and timeless music, CCM Musical Theatre’s production of Peter Pan will thrill and delight audiences of all ages!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $31-35 adults, $20-24 non-UC students, $18-22 UC students.

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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2:30 p.m. Friday, March 6
UPDATE: This talk has been postponed due to weather-related flight delays.
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
SENSIBILITY TRIUMPHANT: C. P. E. BACH AND THE ART OF FEELING
Dr. Annette Richards, Cornell University

In Goethe’s Triumph der Empfindsamkeit (1777), sensibility, feeling and sympathy are brutally exposed as trivial obsessions with postures and props. Excess, bad taste and poor behaviour are the focus of Goethe’s hilarious critique of the craze unleashed by his own Sorrows of Young Werther. Embodied in this strange and funny text is satire aimed not only at the cult of Empfindsamkeit and at the works of the artist himself, but also at the conspicuous blurring of public and private spheres, the untoward exposure of personal proclivities and private feeling. Given the ubiquitous text-book designation of C. P. E. Bach as the architect of the ‘Empfindsamer Stil’ in music, Dr. Annette Richards takes another look at what ‘Empfindsamkeit’ might mean, especially for the composer’s late keyboard works. By examining this music (along with then-contemporary views on humor, satire and other cultural elements), the audience may have to reconsider Bach’s own claims about the competing aesthetics of public and private music.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, March 6
• Orchestra Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
A. TRAVERS: Ruins of Ruins
Second prize winner of the 2013 Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
STRAVINSKY: Firebird Suite
FARBERMAN: Triple Play
COPLAND: Billy the Kid
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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5 p.m. Saturday, March 7
• Starling Series •
Starling Showcase
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
CCM’s finest violin soloists from college and pre-college in performances with orchestra.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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4 p.m. Sunday, March 8
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
RAVEL: Introduction and Allegro
VARESE: Octandre
TAKEMITSU: Rain Spell
STRAUSS: Suite for Winds in B-flat Major, Op. 4
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, March 8
• Jazz Series •
MODERN MASTERS: THE MUSIC OF ELLINGTON AND STRAYHORN
CCM Jazz Ensembles
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring guest artist Todd Stoll, conductor and lecturer
Considered by many as the greatest American composer of all time, Duke Ellington embodied the elegance, dignity and sophistication of a classic era while his band personified the joy and exuberance of swing. Come celebrate Ellington’s music with CCM Jazz.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, March 9
• Guest Artist Series •
David Griffin, horn
CCM welcomes David Griffin of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a guest artist recital.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
• Guest Artist Series •
Linda McAllister, soprano
Liza Kelly, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Ware, piano
Miami University Professor Linda McAllister and Western Kentucky University Professor Liza Kelly join Jonathan Ware (resident pianist for the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany) for this special recital. Using readings and video projections, the trio will explore the relationship between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara and Johannes Brahms, as well as the Lieder compositions of all three.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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TRANSMIGRATION, CCM Drama's festival of student-created new works.

TRANSMIGRATION, CCM Drama’s festival of student-created new works.

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
7 p.m. Thursday, March 12
7 p.m. Friday, March 13
• Studio Drama Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2015
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess, coordinator
Brant Russell, producer

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 acting students in CCM Drama. 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 drama program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender, “theater fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality.”
Location: Various locations throughout CCM Village
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 9. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
• Winds Series •
TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, conductor
Featuring Young Artist Concerto Competition Winners
DE MEIJ: Lord of the Rings
IANNACONE: After a Gentle Rain
COLGRASS: The Winds of Nagual
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
8 p.m. Thursday, March 12
8 p.m. Friday, March 13
2 p.m. Saturday, March 14
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE
Deirdre Carberry and Andre Megerdichian, directors
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 noon on Monday, March 9. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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8 p.m. Thursday, March 12
• Winds Series •
A BLAST FROM THE PAST
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor
Terence Milligan, guest conductor
DELLO JOIO: Scenes from The Louvre
HOLST: First Suite in E-flat
WEINBERGER: “Polka and Fugue” from Schwanda the Bagpiper
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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2:30 p.m. Friday, March 13
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
LESTER YOUNG: NEW DISCOVERIES 
Loren Schoenberg, Artistic Director, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
As an American jazz tenor saxophonist and a member of Count Basie’s orchestra, Lester Young was one of the young genre’s most influential forces. In the last few years, a significant amount of previously unheard recordings have shed new light on his innovations. As Loren Schoenberg will attest, every surviving sound recorded by Young is vital, since there are no documents that capture the qualities that his peers remember most vividly.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE

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Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

8 p.m. Friday, March 13
• Choral and Orchestra Series •
MONUMENTAL: BERLIOZ AND STRAVINSKY
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Mark Gibson and Earl Rivers, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, organ and student artist Christopher Bozeka, tenor
CCM’s Mighty Harrison pipe organ and Philharmonia Orchestra dialogue as “Pope” and “Emperor” in Berlioz’s monumental Te Deum, featuring two mixed choirs, children’s choir and tenor soloist. Te Deumoriginally premiered in 1855 in Paris’ Saint-Eustache Church. This concert program also features Stravinsky’s monumentally influential The Rite of Spring.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14
OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
Hear 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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4 p.m., Sunday, March 15
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CELEBRATE YOUTH!
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including all seven CCM resident choirs and 12 satellite choirs from across the Tri-State area, will celebrate the artistry of youth, performing a variety of repertoire including traditional, folk and world music.
Location: Christ’s Church at Mason, 5165 Western Row Rd, Mason, OH 45040
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, March 23
• Piano Series •
BEARCAT PIANO FESTIVAL GUEST ARTIST RECITAL
Jerome Lowenthal and Ursula Oppens, piano
The Big Apple comes to CCM as esteemed artists Jerome Lowenthal (The Julliard School) and Ursula Oppens (CUNY and Brooklyn College) visit for an evening of diverse piano works, with a program featuring:
RZEWSKI: Four Hands
SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, Op. 90
FAURÉ: Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat Major, Op. 63
FRANCK/CORTOT: Sonata for piano and violin (arr. for solo piano)
FAURÉ: Dolly Suite, Op. 56
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24
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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Guest artist Sergei Babayan. Photo copyright Christian Steiner.

Guest artist Sergei Babayan. Photo copyright Christian Steiner.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
• Special Event Series •
BEARCAT PIANO FESTIVAL GUEST ARTIST RECITAL
Sergei Babayan, piano
Artist-in-Residence at CIM, Sergei Babayan is acclaimed for the immediacy, sensitivity and depth of his interpretations. His philosophy that a recital should reveal a spiritual dimension results in playing that sustains a captivating intensity. A student of such legendary musicians as Gornostayeva, Naumov, Pletnev and Vlasenko at the Moscow Conservatory, Babayan won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions, including the Casadesus and Hammamatsu. Since that time, he has appeared in recital internationally in the most important venues, and with the world’s best orchestras. Additionally Babayan is a frequent two piano collaborator with Martha Argerich.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
• Choral Series •
SPRING SHOWCASE
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Christopher Albanese and Alexander Sutton, conductors
The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers, comprised of students from all 13 UC colleges, perform a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz tunes. UC Women’s Chorus presents “Oceania and the Ocean; Americana and Devotion,” featuring works of William Billings from The New England Psalm Singer, Irving Fine from Alice in Wonderland, and Jussi Chydenius, Craig Hella Johnson, Stephen Leek and Annea Lockwood. UC Men’s Chorus offers Gustav Holst’s Dirge for Two Veterans and Grieg’s Brothers Sing On. Combined Choruses perform Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me for solo guitar and chorus on a Civil War text by Walt Whitman.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Thursday, March 26
THE MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
A Friends of CCM Benefit
Created and performed by the Class of 2015 in Musical Theatre
The Friends of CCM invite you to see our musical theatre stars of tomorrow in action at the 23rd edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2015 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 prices and limited seating. For more information, contact CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.

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2 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 27
THE DRAMA SENIOR SHOWCASE
Enjoy the talents of the CCM Drama Class of 2015 in their exciting industry showcase prior to their professional debuts in New York and Los Angeles. The performance will be followed by the 12th annual DOLLY awards recognizing excellence in the 2014-15 Drama Season and a reception in the Baur Room of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, March 27
• Piano Series •
BEARCAT PIANO FESTIVAL GUEST ARTIST RECITAL
Polina Bespalko, piano
Pianist and Xavier University professor Polina Bespalko returns to her alma mater to present the works of Prokofiev, Kapustin, Gubaidulina, Pärt and the monumental Liszt Sonata.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28
THE MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Created and performed by the Class of 2015 in Musical Theatre
Our musical theatre stars of tomorrow in action at the 23rd edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2015 prior to their New York City debut.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 23. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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

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4 p.m. Sunday, March 29
• Winds Series •
PRISM XVIII
CCM Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles and Special Guests
Glenn D. Price, music director
Angela Holt, conductor
CCM proudly presents 60 minutes of crowd-pleasing, non-stop excitement by diverse performers throughout Corbett Auditorium. An annual favorite, the PRISM concert is perfect entertainment for the entire family!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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Guest artist Stephen Hough. Photo copyright Andrew Crowley.

Guest artist Stephen Hough. Photo copyright Andrew Crowley.

8 p.m. Monday, March 30
• Prestige Event Series •
BEARCAT PIANO FESTIVAL GUEST ARTIST RECITAL
Stephen Hough, CBE, piano
Presented in cooperation with the Xavier University Classical Piano Series
The Inaugural Father John Heim, S.J. Concert
CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival welcomes extraordinary pianist, composer, writer, teacher, painter and 2001 MacArthur Fellowship-recipient Stephen Hough to the stage for the inaugural Father John Heim Concert. Hough’s program will include Debussy’s La plus que lenteEstampesL’isle joyeux and Children’s Cornerand Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38, Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47 and Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014 for his services to the art of music, Hough’s concert appearance is being presented in cooperation with the Xavier University Classical Piano Series, directed by Polina Bespalko.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC/Xavier University students, $10 for UC and Xavier University students.

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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
The Ariel Quartet’s 2014-15 CCM Concert Series comes to a stunning conclusion with a program featuring Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102 and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67. This concert is dedicated to the loving memory of businessman and philanthropist William A. Friedlander. The Friedlanders’ generosity has helped to make the Ariel Quartet’s residency at CCM possible.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $20 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2014-15 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Corbett Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Dianne & J. David Rosenberg.

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APRIL

5 p.m. Thursday, April 2
• Guest Artist Series •
Cleveland Orchestra Horns
Featuring Richard King, horn; Jesse McCormick, horn; and Lydia Brown, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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CANCELED
8 p.m. Thursday, April 2

• Guest Artist Series •
Pangaea Chamber Players
Formed and based in Oklahoma, this contemporary group performs works (from Weber to Rorem) as diverse as their ensemble!
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE

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Pianopalooza 2009

CCM celebrates 10 years of Pianopalooza!

8 p.m. Saturday, April 4
• Special Event Series •
PIANOPALOOZA X
Michael Chertock, director
Featuring the CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, conductor
Celebrate the art of the piano with the tenth installment of this popular concert, showcasing CCM’s most spectacular student pianists, with special appearances by CCM’s faculty artists. In honor of the tenth annual Pianopalooza, the Concert Orchestra will join CCM’s pianists for performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43; and Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, April 6
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director
CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director
Featuring solos, duos, trios and quartets by CCM’s classical guitar majors.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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CCM's Mainstage Series presents Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte.'

CCM’s Mainstage Series presents Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte.’

8 p.m. Thursday, April 9
8 p.m. Friday, April 10
8 p.m. Saturday, April 11
2 p.m. Sunday, April 12
• Mainstage Opera Series •
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Music by W.A. Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Mark Gibson, conductor
Robin Guarino, director
Così fan tutte is in many ways Mozart’s most celebrated opera score and Da Ponte’s most inspired script. It is a comedy of innocence and experience, at times hilarious and other times bewildering, but always filled with heart and satire. Director Robin Guarino, who staged this masterpiece at the Metropolitan Opera last year, has a special love for this opera, with all its whimsy and ingenuity, and because of the passion that only Mozart can express through music. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $31-35 adults, $20-24 non-UC students, $18-22 UC students.

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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8 p.m. Thursday, April 9
8 p.m. Friday, April 10
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
MUSICALS REDUX: 110 IN THE SHADE
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book by N. Richard Nash
Vince DeGeorge, director and choreographer
Steve Goers, music director
CCM’s award-winning Musicals Redux series returns with a gem from the storehouse of forgotten American musicals. Based upon the play The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, 110 in the Shade tells the tale of Lizzie Curry, a forthright “old maid” living on a ranch with her father and brothers in the American southwest. When a charismatic con man posing as a rainmaker promises to bring relief to the drought-stricken area, he awakens new feelings of love and self-discovery in the heart of the lonely woman. With a lush score by the composers of The Fantasticks110 in the Shade is a lovely reminder of the “Golden Age” of American Musical Theatre.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 6. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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CCM faculty emeritus and guest artist Rick VanMatre.

CCM faculty emeritus and guest artist Rick VanMatre.

7 p.m. Sunday, April 12
• Jazz and Orchestra Series •
RIVER RUNS – A CONCERTO FOR JAZZ GUITAR, SAXOPHONE AND ORCHESTRA BY CHUCK OWEN
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Mark Gibson and Scott Belck, music conductors
Featuring faculty emeritus artist Rick VanMatre, saxophone
Our annual collaborative concert where Jazz and Orchestra meet. This year’s concert features a stunning five-movement work that Rufus Reid, acclaimed bassist and educator, describes as, “a tour de force of contemporary orchestral competition.” Nominated for two Grammy awards, this beautiful work will take your breath away.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 12
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Winds
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 12
Guitar Chamber Music
Clare Callahan, music director
An evening of music for guitar with cello, violin, voice and other combinations.
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14
• Winds Series •
THE BRITISH HERITAGE
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, conductor
HANDEL: Music from Royal Fireworks
TURNBULL: African Dances
BENNETT: Morning Music
ARNOLD: “Sarabande” from Solitare
WALTON: Crown Imperial
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15
• Winds Series •
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor
Featuring faculty artists Mark Gibson, piano; and Randy Gardner, French horn
This showcase features CCM faculty artists Mark Gibson and Randy Gardner in a rare concert performance with the Wind Ensemble! Music will include a national premiere by recent CCM graduate Thanapol Setabrahmana plus a world premiere by CCM professor Miguel Roig-Francolí.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, April 16
• Orchestra Series •
ANNUAL CONCERTO CONCERT
CCM Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director
John Murton, Jiannan Cheng, Avishay Shalom and Levi Hammer, conductors
MENDELSSOHN: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
WIENIAWSKI: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor for Violin, Op. 22
HINDEMITH: Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp and Orchestra
HAYDN: Symphony No. 101 in D Major, “The Clock”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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2:30 p.m. Friday, April 17
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
IS ETHNOMUSICOLOGY INHERENTLY FEMINIST?
Dr. Ellen Koskoff, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Dr. Ellen Koskoff will present excerpts from her recent book, A Feminist Ethnomusicology. In the process, she will raise several important questions. What, if anything, is feminist about ethnomusicology? What do fieldwork, ethnography and music contribute to the process of dismantling hierarchies of power based on gender? Furthermore, what does feminism contribute to a deeper understanding of social and musical difference?
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Saturday, April 18
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Saturday, April 18
• Percussion Series •
Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, coordinator
The ensemble will present recent percussion chamber works by innovative composers including James Tenney, Vinko Globokar, Michael Byron, Baljinder Sekhon and more.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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3 p.m. Sunday, April 19
• Choral Series •
DAVE BRUBECK’S THE GATES OF JUSTICE
CCM Chorale and Brass Choir
Featuring the Phil DeGreg Trio and guest choir The Martin Luther King Chorale
Brett Scott, conductor
Originally premiered in 1969 for the dedication of Cincinnati’s Rockdale Temple, Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice was a co-commission by CCM and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, with a premiere conducted by Erich Kunzel. The text is drawn from the Hebrew Bible, speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Negro Spirituals, the writings of Hillel and lyrics by the composer’s wife, Iola Brubeck.
Location: St. Francis de Sales Parish, 1600 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH
New venue: Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE. Tickets will also be available beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of the performance at St. Francis de Dales Parish Knox Presbyterian Church; cash and check only at the door.

Sponsored by The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts

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4 p.m. Sunday, April 19
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
WILSON: Dancing with the Devil
VILLA-LOBOS: Quintette Instrumental
HINDEMITH: Septet
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21
Composition Department Recital
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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New Addition!
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
• Faculty Artist Series •
The Original Phil DeGreg and Friends
Newly rescheduled, due to a snow day on Feb. 17: CCM celebrates the career of retiring Professor of Jazz Studies Phil DeGreg with a concert of music composed by the faculty artist!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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CCM Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence James Tocco.

CCM Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence James Tocco.

8 p.m. Thursday, April 23
8 p.m. Friday, April 24
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25
• Special Event Series •
SPRING DANCE CONCERT – FEATURING STRAVINSKY’S LES NOCES (THE WEDDING)
CCM Ballet Ensemble
Jiang Qi and Michael Tevlin, directors
Earl Rivers, conductor
Featuring the CCM Chamber Choir, Percussionists and faculty artist James Tocco, along with members of his Piano Studio
Premiered in Paris in 1923, Stravinsky’s Les Noces captures the scenes and flavor of a Russian peasant wedding through the unique texture of four pianists, six percussionists, solo quartet and chorus.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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CCM's Studio Series presents 'You're Welcome (A Cycle of Bad Plays).'

CCM’s Studio Series presents ‘You’re Welcome (A Cycle of Bad Plays).’

8 p.m. Thursday, April 23
8 p.m. Friday, April 24
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25
• Studio Drama Series •
YOU’RE WELCOME (A Cycle of Bad Plays)
Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed by Oliver Butler
Made by The Debate Society
Brant Russell, director
You’re Welcome is a collection of five small plays about creation and failure; a unified theatrical myth that tells the story of an invented band of performers and their catastrophic attempts at connection. The plays are about love, death, desire, tragedy, comedy, drunk driving, sexiness, beauty, loss, the battle between good and evil, a baby born wearing a hat. And theater. They’re about theater. Kind of the last word on theater. This is You’re Welcome—five plays that pretty much nail it. You’re welcome
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 20. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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New Addition!
7 p.m. Saturday, April 25
• Guest Artist Series •
Mark Applebaum, composition
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Monday, April 27
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble & Jr. Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter and Jim Daughters, conductors
The area’s most talented middle and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Brian Diller, music director and conductor
Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
• CCM Preparatory Department •
CCM Prep Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director
The area’s finest young brass musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for brass choir.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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New Addition!
7 p.m. Thursday, April 30
Electronic Media Senior Showcase
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE

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MAY

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2
• CCM Preparatory Department •
SPRING YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
CCM Preparatory Ballet Company
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director
The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adults, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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5 p.m. Sunday, May 3
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
ANGELIC SPRING
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
Come celebrate spring through song and the energy of youthful artistry with the 300 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir CCM Resident Choirs. Highlights include the Bel Canto Choir who will preview sacred and secular music to be performed at the Vatican and the World Expo in Milan this summer.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Thursday, May 7
7 p.m. Friday, May 8
3 p.m. Saturday, May 9
• CCM Preparatory Department •
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, JR.
CCM’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive Program
Dee Anne Bryll, director
Rebecca Childs, musical director
Based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of Millie Dillmount, a small-town girl who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love—a thoroughly modern aim! Winner of six 2002 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this comic pastiche performed by the talented members of the Jr. Musical Theatre Intensive program promises to delight audiences with its modern ways.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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3 p.m. Sunday, May 10
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Junior Strings
Rachel Bierkan, director
Cincinnati’s first string ensemble for middle school students presents its annual spring concert, featuring music by a variety of composers.
Location: Muntz Theater, UC-Blue Ash Campus
Admission: FREE

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9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, May 16
• CCM Preparatory Department •
CCM Preparatory Showcase
CCM Prep presents a full day of ongoing performances by theatre arts and dance students in Patricia Corbett Theater, with Achievement Festival Music Recitals all day throughout CCM Village! Audiences get the chance to experience the year’s worth of hard work and the talents of CCM Prep students from a variety of disciplines. For more information call 513-556-2595.
Location: CCM Village
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, May 17
• CCM Preparatory Department •
CCM Prep Jazz Extravaganza
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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SPONSORS

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

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

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

Community Partners
ArtsWave
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./ U.S. Bank Foundation
The Louise Taft Semple Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor
Macy’s

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

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

Ariel Quartet Sponsors
The Corbett Foundation
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg

Drama Studio Series Sponsor
Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

Community Outreach Sponsors
Buddy Roger’s Music
The Ladislas and Vilma Segoe Family Foundation

Mainstage Production Sponsor
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Orchestral Sponsor
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn

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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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CCM’s ‘Legally Blonde’ Receives Rave Reviews

Photography by Mark Lyons.The critics are praising CCM’s current production of Legally Blonde – The Musical, which plays through a matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 2!

In his review for the Sappy Critic, Kirk Sheppard writes, “Legally Blonde – The Musical is an energetic, satisfying show and CCM has brought all of the elements together continuing their reputation as one of the best musical theatre programs in the country.” Sheppard singles out the performance of senior Lawson Young (one of two CCM students playing Elle Woods in this double-cast production), going so far as to say, “Of the five [different] productions I’ve seen, she’s by far the best and that includes the national tour and the [Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera] last summer.”

David Lyman has similar praise for the production and for senior Sarah Bishop in his review for the Cincinnati Enquirer. “What’s really refreshing about this production,” he observes, “is that, as Elle, Sarah Bishop gives a measure of humanity that we rarely get to see. We see Elle develop a conscience and compassion and – heaven forbid – come to love a man to whom she never would have given the time of day at the outset of the show.”

The News Record‘s review praised the entire company, with Aidan Smith writing, “The humor offered by every cast member made this musical stand out, and it showed in the audience’s constant giggling.”

“Featuring strong performances, fun choreography, and a superb set design, this mounting is a true crowd pleaser,” Scott Cain observes in his review for Talkin’ Broadway.

In his review for Behind the Curtain Cincinnati, Rob Bucher calls CCM’s production, “a very fun and entertaining show. Excellent work.”

Rick Pender profiles Legally Blonde director/choreographer and CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Diane Lala in his “Curtain Call” column for Cincinnati CityBeat, observing that “the evidence of her success is currently onstage at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.”

You have five more chances to catch this all-singing, all-dancing production… and tickets are still available!

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Legally Blonde are $31-35 for adults, $20-24 for non-UC students and $18-22 UC students with a valid ID, with $12-$15 student rush tickets available for the Saturday matinee beginning at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Customizable subscription packages are also available. 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/legally-blonde-mainstage.

Parking and Directions

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

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

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Mainstage Production Sponsor: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Legally Blonde: The Musical 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 | Phone: 212-541-4684 | Fax: 212-397-4684 | http://www.MTIShows.com

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CCM’s Mainstage Production of ‘Legally Blonde’ Receives a 4.5 Star Rating from the League of Cincinnati Theatres

Senior Lawson Young as Elle and junior Chris Collins-Pisano as Emmett in CCM's production of LEGALLY BLONDE, playing Oct. 23 - Nov. 2, 2014. Photography by Mark Lyons.

Senior Lawson Young as Elle and junior Chris Collins-Pisano as Emmett in CCM’s production of LEGALLY BLONDE, playing Oct. 23 – Nov. 2, 2014. Photography by Mark Lyons.

We are tickled pink to report that panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Legally Blonde – The Musical with a 4.5 star recommendation.

Panelists loved the CCM production, with one individual reporting: “Going back to college for the opening night of CCM‘s Legally Blonde did not disappoint! The stage becomes a powerhouse of song and dance… Ohmigod you guys, just go see this show and have a lot of fun.”

Panelists praised Diane Lala’s “well designed and executed” choreography (“the highlight of the show”) and guest scenic designer/CCM alumnus Joe Leonard’s “spectacular” scenic design: “Sophisticated…transforms constantly and seamlessly.”

Lead actress Lawson Young as Elle, lead actor Chris Collins-Pisano as Emmett, and supporting actress Madeline Lynch as Paulette were all singled out for their outstanding performances, but panelists gave kudos to all the performers: “The real strength of this musical was the total ensemble singing and dancing their hearts out for the pure joy felt by the audience.”

Legally Blonde plays tonight through next Sunday, Nov. 2, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more by visiting ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/legally-blonde-mainstage.

About the League of Cincinnati Theatres
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. Learn more about the LCT here.

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