Music From Latin America and the Caribbean Fills CCM’s Concert Halls This Spring

Take a tour around the tropics in a weekend filled with the rhythmic sounds of steel drums and congas at CCM! At 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM’s Steel Drum Band explores the traditional sounds of Trinidad while incorporating the modern sounds of pop, folk and reggae. See these talented pannists (the technical term for steel drum players) improvise and be transported to the tropics by the soothing sounds of calypso.

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Concerto Competition Winners Concert Showcases CCM’s Student Talent

The CCM Philharmonia

Photography by Jing Huan.

As the final installment of our 2011-12 Orchestra Series, the CCM Philharmonia will feature the talents of some of CCM’s most gifted young soloists and conductors in an all-Mozart matinee concert at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

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CityBeat Spotlights CCM’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ as ‘One Hell of a Collaboration’

Anne Arenstein takes a detailed look at the collaborative efforts that went into CCM’s production of The Rake’s Progress in this week’s issue of CityBeat (on newsstands now and available digitally here).

The Rake’s Progress runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10 and Saturday, May 12, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance scheduled for Sunday, May 13.

Learn more about the opera here.

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CCM Classical Guitar Ensemble in Concert May 8

Members of CCM's Classical Guitar Ensemble

Members of CCM’s Classical Guitar Ensemble.

CCM’s Classical Guitar Ensemble of undergraduate guitarists will present its 39th annual Spring Concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert is free and open to the general public.

Tuesday’s program includes solos, duos, trios, quartets and full company pieces by Praetorius, Scarlatti, Bach, Falla, Roux, Assad, Tocher, Merlin, and Tedesco, among others.

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CCM Opera, Theatre Design & Production and Electronic Media Collaborate on ‘The Rake’s Progress’

'The Rake's Progress' depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

‘The Rake’s Progress’ depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“For idle hearts and hands and minds, the Devil finds a work to do.” The CCM Opera department discovers just how true that adage is in their rendition of Stravinsky’s comedic opera The Rake’s Progress. Unique to this production is a first-time collaboration between CCM’s Departments of Opera and Theatre Design & Production with the Division of Electronic Media, providing an updated technological aspect. Mark Gibson conducts with stage direction by Robin Guarino. This outrageous tale of love, lust, greed and the repercussions of a life of sin plays May 10, 12 and 13 in Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.

The subject matter of The Rake’s Progress is adult in nature and the production of the opera is intended for mature audiences. This production also makes use of haze, smoke and strobe lighting effects.

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CCM Musical Theatre Students Give a Lesson in History Through Song

Dave Clemmons (center) and the cast of CCM's Studio Series production of 'The Civil War.'

Dave Clemmons (center) and the cast of CCM’s Studio Series production of ‘The Civil War.’

Take a trip back in time with the CCM Studio Series production of Frank Wildhorn’s unique musical The Civil War. Premiering on Broadway in 1999, this musical tells the story of the American Civil War through the viewpoints of all involved – Confederate, Union and slave alike – by way of musical numbers spanning the gamut of genres from gospel, folk and country to R&B and rock.

Directed by Jason Podplesky with musical direction by Ryan Shirar, The Civil War runs May 10 – 12 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets to The Civil War are free, but reservations are required.

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