CCM Prep Presents “Into the Woods Jr.” on May 3-5

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement presents a miniature production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s cult-classic musical, Into the Woods. Co-directed by CCM Prep instructors Becca Kloha Strand and Becky Childs, the 60-minute junior version of the musical is presented on Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5, 2018, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

The production features the students of CCM’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive program, who range from 9 to 14 years old. Into the Woods Jr. features beloved fairytale characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in a whimsical retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

Audience members familiar with the original Into the Woods will recognize most of the junior version from act one of the original. Into the Woods premiered on Broadway in 1987, where it won Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Book. It has been revived many times at major playhouses, and it was adapted for film in 2014, which received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations.

You can see the CCM Prep’s Into the Woods Jr. this weekend in Cohen Family Studio Theater. Single tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 for more information.
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PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3
  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 4
  • 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5

LOCATION
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
Tickets to CCM Prep’s Into the Woods Jr. are $15 general, $10 non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

 

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Prep Brass Choir Celebrates Music Director and Conductor Paul Hillner

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement’s Brass Choir presents a free concert in celebration of Paul Hillner‘s 40 years as the ensemble’s music director and conductor at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Paul Hillner

Paul Hillner.

“As I reflect over the last 40 years of conducting the CCM Prep Brass Choir, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have worked with so many talented high school students,” Hillner says. “It always amazes me to see the progress these students make from the first rehearsal until the concert.”

Hillner earned a BM in Trumpet Performance in 1974 from CCM, where he studied with Eugene Blee, former principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He earned a MM in Wind Conducting in 1978, studying at CCM with Robert Hornyak.

After graduating, Hillner began working in the CCM Admissions Office and later became Assistant Dean of CCM Admissions and Student Services. He worked in the CCM Admissions Office for 36 years before he retired in 2015. Hillner continues to teach in CCM Prep leading the Brass Choir and teaching trumpet lessons as an emeritus professor.

“Since my degrees from CCM are BM in Trumpet Performance and MM in Wind Conducting, directing this ensemble allows me the opportunity to continue my musical passion,” Hillner says of his time leading the CCM Prep Brass Choir. “It is with great honor that I look forward to celebrating my 40 years as director/conductor of this group by presenting our final concert of this season.”

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REPERTOIRE
To be selected from:
PAUL DUKAS: Fanfare pour précéder La péri
PERCY GRAINGER: Irish Tune From County Derry, trans. by Chris Rolfes
MAX DIJULIO: Bound in Brass
ANDREW LAW: Three New England Hymns
BILL HOLCOMBE: Fanfare and Toccata
JOSEPH KREINES: American Song Set
BILL HOLCOMBE: Looney Tunes
RICHARD WAGNER: Gathering of the Armies From Lohengrin, arr. by by Brian Buerkle

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
FREE

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM graduate student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM Prep Presents Spring Youth Ballet Concert

CCM Prep Spring Youth Ballet

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement presents the Spring Youth Ballet Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. CCM Prep’s young dancers will exhibit their skills by performing excerpts from the ballet repertoire and new works.

This year, five graduating high school seniors choreographed original pieces that will be presented at the concert. In addition to these student-created works, the program also features Wishes on the Wind, choreographed by Prep instructor Heather Johnson, as well as Flower Whispers, choreographed by CCM Prep ballet director Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer.

The second half of the program consists of excerpts from Le Corsaire, a feature-length ballet based on Lord Byron’s poem of the same name. The excerpts to be presented include “Les Odalisques,” a pas de deux and a waltz. The choreography for these excerpts is based on that by Marius Petipa, with music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni and Leo Delibes.

You can see the CCM Prep’s Spring Youth Ballet Concert this weekend in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Single tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 for more information.
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PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28

LOCATION
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to CCM Prep’s Spring Youth Ballet Concert are $15 general, $10 non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Holds Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) Collection Drive This Weekend

Do you have a musical instrument collecting dust? Your gift could provide the missing link for a promising young musician! Through the Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program at CCM, you can donate your used instrument to a promising young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own.

CCM holds its annual LINKS Collection Days this Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion. The hours for the collection drive are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

A project of CCMpower in partnership with Buddy Roger’s Music, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and WGUC 90.9 FM, LINKS began in 1993 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971). The Vice President of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was somewhat simple: a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

LINKS accepts donations of new and used instruments from the Greater Cincinnati community, then places them with students in local elementary, middle and school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement programs. Students are qualified by the recommendation of their music teacher, and a LINKS scholarship application is submitted in the student’s name.

Since its inception, LINKS has placed over 3,000 instruments into the hands of children. Even if the instrument is not in perfect condition, donations are gladly accepted. Buddy Roger’s Music generously contributes the time to carefully clean, restore and tune each instrument.

Entertainment during the collection will be provided by local music students of all ages.

If you do not have an instrument, you can still assist young musicians who need a helping hand by making a contribution to the LINKS fund at ccm.weshareonline.org/LINKS.

In addition to the March 10 and 11 collection days, instruments are accepted year-round at Buddy Roger’s Music. Call 513-729-1950 for information on store hours and locations.

For more information on LINKS or to make a monetary donation, call the CCM External Relations Office at 513-556-2100.

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WCPO Features 9-year-old CCM Prep Piano Prodigy

Nine-year-old Sophia Suwiryo has studied piano with CCM Preparatory instructor Takako Frautschi for the last four years. This weekend, she will display her talent on stage with the Cincinnati Pops in the “Mozart’s Neighborhood” program.

The Lollipops concert takes place at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. Local news station WCPO, featured Suwiryo in a preview story about the performance. News anchor Chris Riva caught up with the young star and her family during a CCM Prep piano lesson with Frautschi, who says Suwiryo is a “once-in-a-generation talent.”

You can watch WCPO’s feature online at wcpo.com/entertainment/music/9-year-old-piano-prodigy-will-play-with-the-cincinnati-pops.

Learn more about CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement at ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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Preparatory Ballet Concert. Photography by Kyuran Ann Choe.

CCM Prep Presents Fall Youth Ballet Concert on Dec. 8 and 9

Featuring talented students from ages nine through adult, the CCM Youth Ballet Companies perform the annual Fall Youth Ballet Concert on Dec. 8-9, 2017.

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement presents the Fall Youth Ballet Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, and Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer directs the mixed-repertoire ballet performance, which features the students of the CCM Youth Ballet Companies.

The annual dance concert features talented CCM Prep students from ages nine through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM Prep students and faculty. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

The program opens with Strangers in the Night, set to music by Frank Sinatra with choreography by CCM Prep student Anna Faist. CCM Prep students will then perform an excerpt from Napoli, also known as The Fisherman and His Bride. This story ballet, originally choreographed in 1842 by Danish choreographer August Bournonville, tells the tale of an Italian girl who falls in love with a poor fisherman. The pair finally wed after they endure many trials and tribulations, and their friends present special dances at their wedding. These wedding dances will be performed at the Fall Youth Ballet Concert.

The main highlight of the performance is Babes in Toyland, featuring music by Victor Herbert with choreography and direction by CCM Prep ballet faculty members Thomas Bell, Ana Bird, Heather Cameron-Johnson, Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, Sergey Pakharev and Tricia Sundbeck. Originally an operetta, this work focuses on Mary-Mary Quite Contrary and Tom-Tom the Piper’s Son, two residents of Mother Goose Land. They hope to get married, but the sinister town miser, Barnaby, has other plans for them. They encounter mischievous trees, an evil toy maker and other conniving characters along the way, but ultimately the couple finds their happily ever after.

You can see the CCM Fall Youth Ballet Concert this weekend in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Single tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Visit the CCM Box Office website or call 513-556-4183 for more information.

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8
  • 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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Registration is now open for all 2017-18 CCM Prep courses

CCM Preparatory Offers New Dance, Music and Theatre Arts Classes for Teens and Adults

Registration is now open for all 2017-18 CCM Prep courses

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement offers a variety of programs for pre-professional students and arts enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.  Seven new courses for teens and adults are now included in CCM Prep’s 2017-18 program offerings.

The new offerings are for students interested in learning dance, theatre arts and music skills. Registration is now open. Visit ccm.uc.edu/prep/registrationinfo for a complete list of programs and registration information.

CCM Prep aims to provide enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities within a highly creative environment that educate and inspire the whole student, at any age and skill level. Courses are taught by CCM Prep faculty members and guest artists. Visit ccm.uc.edu/prep for more information.
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NEW 2017-18 CCM PREP OFFERINGS

STREET STYLE DANCE
Instructor: Julius Jenkins (Eclypse)
4-5 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Sept. 5 to Jan. 9

Ages 15 and up, no experience required
Street Style Dances have strong foundational movements and extremely rich histories. Learn styles originating from the Bronx to L.A. through high-energy participatory movement. Classes focus on five major street dance styles, Breaking, Popping, Locking, House and Krump. Learn how each style differs from the other and how they are related. Students will gain a basic understanding of the history and historical contexts out of which these styles evolved.
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 MUSICAL THEATRE INSIGHTS
Instructors: Dee Anne Bryll and Becca Kloha Strand
Session One: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, Sept. 9 to Nov. 18
Session Two: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, Jan. 20 to March 24
Ages 14-18 in grades 9 and above, no audition required
This 10-week, two-hour weekly session consists of a one-hour musical theatre dance class and a one-hour musical theatre performance class. Students will work on further enhancing their skills in acting for musical theatre, musical theatre dance, audition techniques and ensemble building. Students will have the opportunity to prepare and present material of varying styles and historical periods over the course of 10 weeks. The last day of class will consist of class observation and a question and answer session.
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INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE
Instructor: Ka-Ron Brown Lehman
Noon-1:30 p.m. every Saturday through May 12
Ballet Level 5 or higher, or with instructor permission
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CHAMBER MUSIC
Instructor: CCM Preparatory Faculty
Coaching times will be arranged based on individual student/teacher schedules
For adults and advanced high school musicians
Chamber music has been referred to as “a musical conversation among friends.” In this semester-long program, students will increase their musical skills and learn new repertoire while making new friends and enjoying the true joys of music making. The program includes coaching by CCM Preparatory faculty, a special event that may be a master class, an informal reading session or a social hour/recital. The semester culminates in a formal recital and reception.
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THE CENTERED PERFORMER: HOW TO THRIVE UNDER STRESS FOR PERFORMANCE SUCCESS
Instructor: Jennifer Roig-Francoli
Noon-1:30 p.m. every Saturday (15 week session), with occasional online classes
For ages 16 and above
This class is open to students from all performance areas (age 16+). Musicians, dancers and actors of all skill levels are welcome. In this class, you will learn powerful mind-body coordination techniques to manage stress under any circumstances and how to release tension to improve your artistic skill. You will learn how to free yourself from negative habits of mind and body that sabotage your success, and how to save time and energy with mindful, deliberate practice. This is a structured class covering specific performance-related topics, which may be taken more than once. Occasional “Easy-Access” classes may be offered online instead of onsite at CCM. Learning materials and links will be provided. Classes are taught by certified Alexander Technique teacher and professional performer Jennifer Roig-Francolí.
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THE CENTERED MUSICIAN TM: RELAX UNDER STRESS AND PLAY YOUR BEST!
Instructor: Jennifer Roig-Francoli
4-5 p.m. every Sunday (15 week session), with occasional online classes
For teens 14 and above
In this class, you will learn how to speed up your learning and save time in the practice room, how to relax your body while you play, and how to overcome pain, stress and performance anxiety. This is a structured class which may be taken more than once. Occasional “Easy-Access” classes may be offered online instead of onsite at CCM. Learning materials and links will be provided. Classes are taught by certified Alexander Technique teacher and professional performer Jennifer Roig-Francolí.
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THE CENTERED MUSICIAN TM: RELAX UNDER STRESS AND PLAY YOUR BEST!
Instructor: Jennifer Roig-Francoli
11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday (15 week session), with occasional online classes
For adults
In this class, you will learn how to speed up your learning and save time in the practice room, how to relax your body while you play, and how to overcome pain, stress and performance anxiety.  This is a structured class which may be taken more than once. Occasional “Easy-Access” classes may be offered online instead of onsite. Learning materials and links will be provided. Classes are taught by certified Alexander Technique teacher and professional performer Jennifer Roig-Francolí.
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Please visit CCM Prep’s online registration site for descriptions and tuition details on all programs offered during the 2017-18 academic year. You can also request more information by calling 513-556-2595 or emailing ccmprep@uc.edu.

 

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