Get Ready To Watch CCM’s Next Digital Concerts

Please join us this Friday and Saturday for the next two episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online, our new ongoing series of digital concerts and performances.

Tonight’s installment features the CCM Chamber Choir performing an eclectic program of nine musical selections dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The program will stream from 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT.


Tomorrow night’s installment features the CCM Ballet Ensemble performing a mixed repertoire dance concert. The program will stream from 7:30-9 p.m. EDT.


Where To Watch

Each digital concert begins streaming at 7:30 p.m. EDT with a brief countdown clock sequence.

If the video does not start autoplaying on your viewing device, please refresh the web page and then click the play button on the video player. If you have any trouble with CCM’s streams, visit our website for additional viewing options.

Each performance will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after the premiere stream concludes.



Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

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Enjoy a digital performance by the CCM Ballet Ensemble on March 20

CCM Dance provides a “travelogue” of classical and contemporary works during this installment of CCM’s virtual performance series!

The fourth episode of CCMONSTAGE Online debuts at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Travelogue is a 90-minute long virtual performance featuring the CCM Ballet Ensemble. “Travelogue is a mixed repertory performance featuring a vivid array of classical and contemporary ballet, modern and jazz works,” explains CCM Dance Department Chair Shauna Steele, who directs the performance. “As we sat and planned our potential fall season during the unprecedented coronavirus shutdown in spring 2020, we kept returning to the idea that dance is community, it is catharsis, and it is vitally essential, thus Travelogue … where we as the artists could share through a visual medium places and experiences encountered by a ‘traveler.’ It can let us visit people, communities, myths, legends and monumental moments in our shared history allowing the audience to travel without moving.”

The program opens with Les Sylphides, with choreography by Mikhail Fokine restaged by CCM faculty member Deirdre Carberry. This popular one-act Romantic ballet is set to the music of Frédéric Chopin.

The concert features three premieres choreographed by CCM faculty members: Handel Concerto choreographed by Thomas BellThe Space Between choreographed by Shauna Steele and Death and the Maiden choreographed by Jiang Qi.

The performance concludes with August Bournonville’s iconic Napoli restaged by CCM faculty member Tricia Sundbeck. Subtitled “The Fisherman and His Bride,” this ballet depicts a love story in a small Italian fishing village and is celebrated for its solos. Steele explains: “In Napoli, we see through the eyes of August Bournonville, who visited a small Italian village in 1841, and was so enchanted that he created a composition that would forever capture that joyous, bright day and coincidentally created an enduring and touching ballet.”

A collaboration with CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and ProductionTravelogue also features scenic designs by CCM student Karissa Hodge and lighting and projection designs by CCM student Ian MacIntosh.

Like other episodes in CCM’s new virtual performance series, Travelogue features commentary from CCM students and faculty. All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online can be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Travelogue was recorded live in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on Nov. 14, 2020. Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

Learn more about CCM’s upcoming video releases courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, March 20, 2021

Performance Details

Les Sylphides

Choreography
Mikhail Fokine

Restaged by
Deirdre Carberry

Music by Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne in A flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
Valse in G flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1
Mazurka in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka in C Major, Op. 67, No. 3
Valse in C sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Valse in E flat Major, Op. 18, No. 1

Soloists
Lauren Sokol, waltz
Hannah Adamczak, mazurka
Louie Novak, mazurka
Carly Herrmann, prelude

Corps de Ballet
Carmen Doll
Sydney D’Orso
Rae Dougherty
Emily Glaccum
Meg Green
Lily Kozub
Jennifer Listerman
Grace Mitchell
Anna Lee Rohovec
Bethany Roup
Mandi Weitz
Claire Zakrajsek

Understudies
Rae Dougherty for Carly Herrmann
Anna Lee Rohovec for Lauren Sokol
Claire Zakrajsek for Hannah Adamczak

Les Sylphides has been abridged and adapted to honor the restrictions of social distancing and Covid-19.


Handel Concerto

Choreography
Thomas Bell

Music by George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 5 in D Major:
Larghetto e staccato, Allegro, Largo, Menuet, Allegro

Dancers
Sarah Bartlett
Isabelle Cummings
Clementine Greely
Madeline Montgomery
Eva Moore
Megan Schroeder
Sofia Stitz
Madelin Talbot
Gracie Zamiska


The Space Between

Choreography
Shauna Steele

Music by Emeli Sandé
Read All About It, Pt. III
Hope
River

Dancers
Hannah Adamczak
Maia Blake
Carmen Doll
Sydney D’Orso
Meg Green
Amanda Kenner
Jennifer Listerman
Ying-Chi Lu
Anne McGovern
Lauren Sokol

Junichiro Tanizaki believed that to “Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say. Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm…” For me, that point where light and dark meet and form endless unique shadows is the trigger for the wonderous and endless possibilities in our world. Neither the light nor the dark are evil or good. It is the purpose we assign to them that will either “illuminate our paths or darken our way. [As Maya Angelou said] It is a matter of choice.”


Death and the Maiden

Choreography
Jiang Qi

Music by Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor

Dancers in Black
Elaina Didier
Ava Gyurcsik
Emma Phillips

Dancers in White
Hazel Alexander
Rebekah Docea
Rose Engel
Emerson Lecrone
Morgan Montour
Alyssa Pankey
Keenan Pennington
Ellen Pierce
Jillian Sadler
Sarah Santarsiero
Mira Sidhu

“Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may, swell.” – Henry Ward Beecher


Napoli

Choreography
August Bournonville

Restaged by
Tricia Sundbeck

Music by Niels W. Gade, Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli
Pas De Six

Dancers
Maia Blake
Amanda Kenner
Ying-Chi Lu
Anne McGovern
Gabby Savka
David Lopena
Garrett Steagall

Napoli has been abridged and adapted to honor the restrictions of social distancing and Covid-19.


Choreographers

August Bournonville (1805-1879)

Born in Copenhagen, August Bournonville was a dancer and choreographer who directed the Royal Danish Ballet for nearly 50 years and established the Danish style based on bravura dancing and expressive mime. He studied under his father, Antoine Bournonville, one of the major dancers of his day, before going to Paris for further training under Auguste Vestris and Pierre Gardel. After appearances at the Paris Opera and in London, Bournonville returned to Copenhagen as soloist and choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet. A strong dancer with excellent elevation and an accomplished mime, he emphasized these qualities in his ballets. His choreographic style also reflected the pre-Romantic approach of his teacher Vestris. Many of his ballets have remained in the repertoire of the Royal Danish Ballet for more than a century. Bournonville also directed the Swedish Royal Opera at Stockholm (1861-64) and staged several of his works in Vienna (1855-56). In 1877, after his return to Denmark, he retired and was knighted. He died on November 30, 1879 in Copenhagen.


Mikhail Fokine (1880-1942)

Born in St Petersburg, Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine trained at the Imperial Ballet Academy before joining the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1904 he became a premier danseur and the following year he created his first choreographic work, Acis and Galatea, for a pupils’ performance, and The Dying Swan, which would become Anna Pavlova’s most famous role. Fokine was engaged by Diaghilev for his 1909 Paris season and created Le Pavillon d’ArmidePolovtsian DancesLes Sylphides, and Cleopâtre. He worked for some time for both the Imperial Theatre and for Diaghilev; he did not return to Russia after 1918. For Diaghilev his works include Le CarnavalSheherazadeFirebirdLe Spectre de la roseNarcissePetrushkaPapillons, and The Golden Cockerel. When he left Diaghilev’s company he worked as a freelance choreographer, creating new works and reviving his successes. He settled in the USA, where he worked with several dance companies, and in musical theatre and film. The Fokine American Ballet Company made its debut in 1924. Fokine, however, spent much of his time in Europe, and in 1936 was engaged as choreographer-in-chief by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where he created three successful ballets – L’Épreuve d’amourDon Juan (both 1936) and Les Éléments (1937). He died in 1942, having created more than sixty works.


Faculty choreographer bios can be found on the Dance Department’s webpage.

Performers and Creative Team

Performance Producer
Denton Yockey, TAPAA Division Head

Stage Management Advisor
Michele Kay

Technical Director Advisor
Stirling Shelton

Lighting Design Advisor
Sharon Huizinga

Sound Design Advisor
Matt Tibbs

Dance Department Faculty
Shauna Steele, chair
Deirdre Carberry
Jiang Qi
Michael Tevlin
John Thomas Bell
Isabele Elefson
Stephen Ferre
Jeri Gatch
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
Kathleen Johannigman
Molly Perez
Tricia Sundbeck

Physical Therapists
Amber Boyd
Heidi Dunning
Heather Graden
Rose Smith

Dance Program Manager
Colleen Condit

Costume Coordinator
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer

Costumes
Courtesy of CCM Dance Department

Accompanists
Angelika Bonyhati-Kovacs
Brian Cashwell
Douglas Sutton
Yudong Wang

Technical Director
Jacob Bober

Assistant Technical Director
Jacob Blumberg

Performance Production Manager
Amanda Powell

Scenic Shop Foreman
Kyle Wichman

Scenic Designer
Karissa Hodge

Lighting Designer/Projection Designer
Ian MacIntosh

Screens Producer
Tayler Durantini

Master Electrician
Ethan Fleek

Board Operator
Dionte Mercado

Projection Associate
Rama van Gils

Sound GA Lead
Alex Brock

Stage Manager
Marley Giggey

Assistant Stage Managers
Rosie Burns-Pavlik
Hannah Lee
Haileigh Warren
Master Carpenter
Maya Eberhardt


Video Production
MasseyGreenAVP, llc
Director – John Massey
Producer/Editor – Austin Maynard

Camera Operators
John Tapogna
Glenn Hartong
Matt Green

Video Production Assistant
Paule Casale

Audio Engineer
Simón Sotelo

Senior Director of Performance Operations
Ray Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by
Curt Whitacre

CCM Digital Content Team
Kenneth D. Allen
Clarence M. Brown
Kevin Burke
Rebecca Butts
Rayburn Dobson
Mikki Graff
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini
Simón Sotelo
Curt Whitacre

Special thanks to Amber Boyd, Will Brenner, Dr. Kyuran Ann Choe, Dr. Jon Divine, Dr. Tonya Dixon, Dr. Michael Donaworth, Heidi Dunning, Heather Graden, Dale Pickett, Diana Queen of Diana’s Dancewear, and Rose Smith.


About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming episodes:

The series has recently been featured by Broadway WorldCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati CityBeatCincinnati EnquirerCincinnati MagazineCincinnati Public RadioLocal 12 WKRC-TVMovers and MakersMusical America and The Violin Channel.


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

For more information, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.


Featured image at top: the CCM Ballet Ensemble performs “Les Sylphides.” Photo/Dale Pickett

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The CCM Chamber Choir performs in a still image from the third installment of CCMONSTAGE Online. Photo/MasseyGreenAVP

CCM’s streaming series continues with a performance by the Chamber Choir on March 19

The UC College-Conservatory of Music’s virtual concert series continues with a powerful performance by the CCM Chamber Choir.

CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” are back on stage, and you get the best seats in the house! The next episode of CCMONSTAGE Online debuts at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 19, 2021. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Dubbed Together/Apart, this hour-long virtual concert features the CCM Chamber Choir under the direction of accomplished new faculty member Joe Miller, who was named the director of CCM’s lauded Choral Studies program in 2020.

“The isolation generated by the pandemic is at the heart of Together/Apart,” says Miller. “Strengthening our world by staying apart is a new concept for many of us and one that we both resist and embrace.”

Comprised of nine musical selections dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century, Together/Apart‘s eclectic program takes viewers on an emotional journey that reflects on the impact of COVID-19. Works by Thomas Morley, Claudio Monteverdi and J.S. Bach are featured alongside contemporary pieces like David Lang’s “I Am Walking” and The Wailin’ Jennys’ “One Voice.” The performance is also a collaborative effort with CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and Production, and also features lighting and projections by student designer Emily Rooks.

“Engaging with music allows us to recognize the significance of this isolation,” says Miller. “Together/Apart seeks to provide a musical landscape, reflecting this shared experience.  Sometimes music is the only thing that makes sense.”

Like other episodes in CCM’s new virtual performance series, Together/Apart also features commentary from CCM students. All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online can be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

In addition to the performances recorded in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium, portions of Together/Apart were also recorded at Cincinnati’s Old St. Mary’s Church. Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.


Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, March 19, 2021

Performance Repertoire

  • David Lang: “I Am Walking” from Death Speaks
  • Thomas Morley: Nolo mortem peccatoris
  • Claudio Monteverdi: Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben (from Book VII Madrigals)
  • Robert White: Domine quis habitabit (III)
  • Paweł Łukaszewski: Responsoria Tenebrae: V. Ecce quomodo moritur
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm
  • Ruth Moody, arr. Marcelline Moody: One Voice
  • Nathan Jones: I Would Live in Your Love
  • Ola Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas

Performers and Creative Team

CCM Chamber Choir

Joe Miller, music director and conductor
Joseph Taff, graduate assistant conductor
Shane Thomas, Jr., graduate assistant conductor

Soprano

Tori Adams
Jisoo Bae
Tanya Harris
Jennifer Jun
Rachel Kobernick
Maya McGuire
Melodie Spencer

Alto

Reina Dickey
Reed Demangone
Kate Gardin
Natasha Naik
Jaime Sharp
Nia Spaulding

Tenor

Matt Coffey
Andrew Cunningham
Corbin DeSpain
Jarrett Hazelton
Aaron McKone
Greg Miller
Shane Thomas, Jr.

Bass

Matt Lee
Jay Mobley
Andrew Nash
Erik Nordstrom
Nathan Schludecker
Joseph Taff
Emilio Vasquez

Instrumentalists and Soloists

“I Am Walking” from Death Speaks

Tanya Harris, soprano
Shane Thomas, Jr., tenor
Melodie Spencer, violin
Jay Mobley, guitar
Thomas Heidenreich, piano

Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben (from Book VII Madrigals)

Melodie Spencer, soprano
Reed Demangone, countertenor
Christopher Wilke, theorbo

Komm, Jesu, komm

Christopher Wilke, baroque guitar
Thomas Heidenreich, organ
Joshua Bermudez, cello
Zachary Reich, bass

One Voice

Tori Adams, soprano
Maya McGuire, soprano
Kate Gardin, mezzo-soprano
Matt Coffey and Joseph Taff, guitar

Ubi Caritas

Shane Thomas, Jr., conductor
Joe Miller, piano


Stage Management

Meghan Emanuel, primary stage manager
Morgan Piper, assistant stage manager

Lighting Design

Emily Rooks

Additional Theatre Design and Production Support

Sharon Huizinga, Lighting Design and Technology Faculty Member
Michele Kay, Theatre Design and Production Chair

Piano Technicians

Rebekah Whitacre
Eric Wolfley

Video Production

MasseyGreenAVP, llc
Director – Matt Green
Producer/Editor – Austin Maynard

Camera Operators

John Tapogna
Glenn Hartong
Stacy Doose

Audio Engineers

Simón Sotelo
Joel Crawford (on Thomas Morley’s Nolo mortem peccatoris and Robert White’s Domine Quis Habitabit III)

Senior Director of Performance Operations

Rayburn Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by

Curt Whitacre

CCM Digital Content Team

Kenneth D. Allen
Clarence M. Brown
Kevin Burke
Rebecca Butts
Rayburn Dobson
Mikki Graff
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini
Simón Sotelo
Curt Whitacre

About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming episodes:

The series has recently been featured by Broadway WorldCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati CityBeatCincinnati EnquirerCincinnati MagazineCincinnati Public RadioLocal 12 WKRC-TVMovers and MakersMusical America and The Violin Channel.

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Get Ready For Tonight’s Video Premiere!

Please join us at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight for the next episode of CCMONSTAGE Online, our new ongoing series of digital concerts and performances.

Our latest installment features CCM string quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet collaborating with master’s degree students Cristian Diaz and Denielle Wilson, who are also both second-year participants in CCM’s Diversity Fellowship initiative with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.


Where To Watch

Tonight’s digital concert will begin with a brief countdown clock sequence and will then stream from 7:30-8:05 p.m. EST.

If the video does not start autoplaying on your viewing device, please refresh the web page and then click the play button on the video player. Tonight’s performance will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after the premiere stream concludes.


Learn More About The Series


Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Patricia Kisker Foundation.

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A photo of CCM resident artists the Ariel Quartet performing with students.

CCM’s Streaming Concert Series Continues on Feb. 12

Watch the Ariel Quartet collaborate with CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows Cristian Diaz and Denielle Wilson during this upcoming virtual performance.

Arts lovers from around the world are invited to tune in to the next episode of CCMONSTAGE Online at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Titled Joining Hands, this 30-minute-long virtual concert features CCM string quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet collaborating with master’s degree students Cristian Diaz and Denielle Wilson, who are also both second-year participants in CCM’s innovative Diversity Fellowship initiative with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

To open the concert, Wilson and Diaz – a cellist and a violist respectively – join the Ariel Quartet on the stage of CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall for a performance of the first movement of Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet in B-flat Major.

The Ariel Quartet – which is comprised of CCM faculty members Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola – then perform the third movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in D Major.

For the finale of this digital program, the Ariel Quartet are rejoined by Diaz for a performance of the fourth movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quintet in G Minor.

Like other episodes in CCM’s new virtual performance series, Joining Hands also features commentary from CCM students and faculty. All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online will be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. Additional footage provided by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.


The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship

A promotional image for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program featuring two student participants playing with the CSO under the banner: Bravos Without Barriers.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship provides an unparalleled learning experience for graduate-level violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music.

Participants get paid to perform with the acclaimed Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra while completing your two-year graduate degree at CCM with full scholarship support plus stipend. Learn more


Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Performance Details

Repertoire

  • Johannes Brahms: String Sextet in B-flat Major No. 1, Op. 18 (1860)
    • I. Allegro ma non troppo
  • Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D Major No. 3, Op. 44, No. 1 (1838)
    • III. Andante espressivo ma con moto
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor No. 4, K. 516 (1787)
    • IV. Adagio – Allegro

Performers

The Ariel Quartet

A portrait of the four members of CCM string quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet.

Distinguished by its virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet has garnered critical praise worldwide over the span of nearly two decades. Formed in Israel as teenagers at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School of Music and Dance and celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2020-21, the Ariel was named recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, granted by Chamber Music America in recognition of artistic achievement and career support. Since 2012 the members of the ensemble have served as the faculty quartet-in-residence at CCM since, where they direct the chamber-music program and present a concert series in addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule in the United States and abroad.

The ensemble has dedicated much of its artistic energy and musical prowess to the groundbreaking Beethoven quartets, and has performed the complete Beethoven cycle on five occasions throughout the United States and Europe. The Quartet has written a powerful and comprehensive series of program notes on the sixteen quartets, open to the public on their website. The Ariel Quartet regularly collaborates with today’s eminent and rising young musicians and ensembles, including pianist Orion Weiss, violist Roger Tapping, cellist Paul Katz, and the American, Pacifica and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet has toured with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and performed frequently with pianists Jeremy Denk and Menahem Pressler. In addition, the Ariel served as quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program, as well as the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.

Formerly the resident ensemble of the Professional String Quartet Training Program at the New England Conservatory, from which the players obtained their undergraduate and graduate degrees, the Ariel was mentored extensively by acclaimed string quartet giants Walter Levin and Paul Katz. It has won numerous international prizes in addition to the Cleveland Quartet Award: Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Székely Prize for the performance of Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4, and Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. About its performances at the Banff competition, the American Record Guide described the group as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and noted, in particular, their playing of Beethoven’s monumental Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, as “the pinnacle of the competition.”

The Ariel Quartet has received significant support for its studies in the United States from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, the Legacy Heritage Fund and the A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation. The members of the Ariel Quartet are graduates of the Young Musician’s unit of the Jerusalem Music Centre. Visit the Ariel Quartet’s website to learn more.

Cristian Diaz

A portrait of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Cristian Diaz.

Cristian Diaz is a violist from Colombia who holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Colombia’s National University-Conservatory of Music, and a master’s degree in chamber music from Kent State University. His former professors include members of the acclaimed Miami String Quartet, Keith Robinson and Cathy Meng Robinson, and his viola professor Joanna Patterson Zakany, member of the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra.

Diaz has been part of many orchestras across the globe, and was runner up in the Kent State University concerto competition (2017), he was selected to become part of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy 2018 in Dortmund, Germany, winner of the inaugural Diversity Fellowship of the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and is also a member of the Efferus String Quartet.

He has attended the XI Cartagena Music Festival (Colombia, 2017), the first and second International Festival of String Quartets (Colombia, 2015 and 2016), III Bogota’s Viola Festival (Colombia, 2015), Santa Catarina Music Festival FEMUSC (Brazil, 2012) and also the Kent Blossom Music Festival (2019). Diaz began his master’s degree at CCM in the fall of 2019 where he studies with Professor Catharine Lees.

Denielle Wilson

A portrait of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Denielle Wilson.

Denielle Wilson is a cellist from Lithonia, Georgia. A former resident of Evanston, Illinois, she has played in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and maintains a studio of private cello students. She completed an undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 2017, having majored in cello performance and music education.

Wilson’s musical mentors have included Hans Jørgen Jensen, Joel Dallow and Nan Kimberling. She has spent summers at the Meadowmount School of Music, Bowdoin Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Wilson plays in a piano trio with her siblings, and they enjoy sharing classical and religious music with their local community.


About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming episodes:

The series has recently been featured by Broadway WorldCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati CityBeatCincinnati EnquirerCincinnati MagazineCincinnati Public RadioLocal 12 WKRC-TVMovers and MakersMusical America and The Violin Channel.

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Get Ready For Tonight’s Video Premiere!

We invite you to join us at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight (Dec. 11) for the premiere of CCMONSTAGE Online, our new ongoing series of digital concerts and performances.

Our first installment features the CCM Philharmonia student orchestra. Future episodes will feature performances by CCM’s many other ensembles and departments as our series continues.

Tonight’s premiere streams on CCM’s website from 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST. The performance will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after the premiere stream concludes tonight.

The premiere will begin autoplaying on our website at 7:30 p.m. with a brief countdown clock sequence. If the video does not start autoplaying on your device, please refresh the web page and then click the play button on the video player.

If you have any trouble viewing the stream on our website, you can instead access the stream on CCM’s YouTube channel.

Under the direction of CCM Professor Mark Gibson, the CCM Philharmonia performs a program of “Classical Virtuosity” with works by Claude Debussy/Maurice Ravel, Ottorino Respighi, Julia Perry and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


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Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

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CCM presents new series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations

CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” are back on stage, and you get the best seats in the house!

The University of Cincinnati’s nationally ranked and internationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music invites arts lovers from around the world to join in the viewing party for the debut episode of CCMONSTAGE Online at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s homepage and YouTube channel.

Download the concert program.

This dynamic new series of digital concerts and performing arts presentations will allow audiences near and far to experience the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff.

“The performing arts help to build and sustain a sense of community,” says CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein, PhD. “Now more than ever, we crave the sense of fellowship that comes through shared cultural experiences. While we may not yet be able to welcome audiences back to the CCM Village for live performances, we are excited to help you stay connected to the arts and to each other through our new CCMONSTAGE Online performance series.”

A behind-the-scenes look at the CCM Philharmonia’s video shoot.

Recorded live at CCM while adhering to strict health and safety precautions, each installment of this new performance video series spotlights a different CCM program or ensemble.

The debut installment features the CCM Philharmonia student orchestra performing a program of Classical Virtuosity that includes works by Claude Debussy/Maurice Ravel, Ottorino Respighi, Julia Perry and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Each episode also features insight into the repertoire and commentary on the process of rehearsing and performing during the era of COVID-19.

A behind-the-scenes look at the CCM Chamber Choir’s video shoot.

Future episodes will showcase performances by the CCM Ballet Ensemble, the CCM Chamber Choir, and a collaborative concert with CCM string quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet and members of the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program. The performances by the CCM Ballet Ensemble and CCM Chamber Choir are further augmented by the cutting-edge artistry of students and faculty from CCM’s Theatre Design and Production programs. CCM will announce the premiere dates for these subsequent episodes later this fall.

CCM turned to the considerable expertise of its E-Media faculty and alumni to help produce this new series. Video production services for CCMONSTAGE Online are provided by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. “Our goal was to capture the world-renowned talent that CCM has to offer through multiple cameras, providing CCM with professionally-produced videos to share with their fans virtually,” says CCM alumnus John Massey (BFA E-Media, ‘03), who directs each installment in this new series.

CCM alum John Tapogna preps his camera for the CCM Philharmonia’s video shoot.

Massey explains, “Our team is made up of videographers with decades of experience from the news, sports and entertainment industries. We were excited to be able to shoot in CCM’s beautiful facilities. We recruited E-Media grad John Tapogna (BFA Broadcasting, 1988), who has over 25 years’ experience as a sports videographer, to tackle providing tight shots. We sought to capture the energy and emotion of the performance up close while showing off the performers’ technical skill.”

All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online will be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s website and YouTube channel.

“Whether you’re a longtime CCM performance patron or a first-timer, we hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming viewing parties to get a front row seat to see tomorrow’s stars today,” says Romanstein.

CCM student David Lopena participates in an interview during the CCM Dance video shoot.

This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.


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Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

Performance Repertoire

  • Claude Debussy, orch. Maurice Ravel: Danse (1890)
  • Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano (1927)
  • Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra (1952)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSymphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (1774)

Orchestra Roster

The CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Strings after principal stands are listed alphabetically

Violin I

Magdiell Antequera, concertmaster
Grace Brown, assistant concertmaster
Daniel Fields
Andrew Horak
Jade McClellan
Angkun Uabamrungit
Alayne Wegner

Violin II

Grace Wride, principal
Lauren Greene, assistant principal
Yasmine Bougacha
Sydney Ebersohl
Brittany Hausmann
Rachel Mancini

Viola (1st Half)

Julius Adams, principal
Murphy Combs
Javier Otalora
Aadhivan Ramkumar
Caleb Robinson

Viola (2nd Half)

Maya Fields, principal
Chloe Drake
Celeste Meisel
Nathaniel Sendi
Lucas Wardell

Cello

Maximiliano Oppeltz, principal
Marcel Bobe

Double Bass (1st Half)

Taiga Benito, principal
Zoe Heuser
Zachary Reich

Double Bass (2nd Half)

Caleb Edwards, principal
Esther Kwon
Peter McCutcheon

Flute

Vincenzo Volpe, principal
Caitlyn Lyerly

Oboe (1st Half)

Dylan Reynallt, principal
Daniel Outlaw

Oboe (2nd Half)

Yayi Senior, principal
Elena Suarez

Clarinet

Alyssa Berry, principal
Rachel Beil

Bassoon

John Robken, principal
Elizabeth Beeche

Horn (1st Half)

Sarah Yarbrough, principal
Jacob Speakman

Horn (2nd Half)

Will Morgan, principal
Sarah Palmer

Trumpet

Emery Hicks, principal
Kole Pantuso

Trombone

James Smith, principal
Jordan Rowan

Percussion

Jacob Ottmer
Ryan Thomas

Harp

Claire Greene
Madeline Arney (Debussy)
Janna Young (Respighi)

Celeste

Kara Piatt

Piano

Thomas Ryskamp

Graduate Assistants

Xiao Geng
Kara Piatt
Shimon Ohi
Sophie Mok
Kin Szeto
Caleb Glickman

Librarians

Rebecca Flank
Kristin Welke

Sponsors

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

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

H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners

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

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CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Production Sponsors

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

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

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Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
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Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

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

Robert & Debra Chavez
Three Arts Scholarship Fund
CCMpower Partners

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. James L. Miller
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

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Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors

Trish & Rick Bryan
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts
The Harmony Endowment Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice Through the Performing Arts
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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

For more information, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.


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Watch CCM Wind Symphony’s Performance of Omar Thomas’ “A Mother of a Revolution”

In November 2019, the UC College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony presented a special concert to commemorate the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising. Exclusively featuring works by LGBTQ+ composers, the performance showcased Omar Thomas’ A Mother of a Revolutionwhich is available to watch online.

A Mother of a Revolution celebrates the bravery of trans women, particularly Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson, a pioneering leader of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, an LGBTQ+ bar and, today, a National Historic Landmark. This raid sparked a series of riots and protests that served as a significant catalyst for the country’s modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Pride Month, celebrated each year in the month of June, honors the Stonewall Uprising as well as the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally.

CCM Wind Symphony music director and conductor Kevin Michael Holzman looks to find relevant anniversaries of important events to share with students and the community, which inspired him to program the concert of all LGBTQ+ works. Other works featured in the concert included Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Higdon’s Mysterium, Clay Mettens’ Un-Masqued and Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man.

“The contributions to music (and all of the fine arts) from LGBTQ+ artists are truly incredible; despite this fact, they are so rarely recognized explicitly,” says Holzman, CCM Interim Division Head of Ensembles and Conducting. “Many of these artists suffered tremendously and were treated as outcasts socially and professionally, particularly in the years prior to the turn of the millennium. An equal or greater number never felt safe coming out due to discrimination.”

The LGBTQ+ rights movement has seen significant success in recent years. Major milestones include when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in 2015 and ruled that existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status in a landmark case on June 15, 2020. Despite these victories, hate and prejudice towards the LGBTQ+ community remain prevalent in many parts of the U.S. and world.

CCM Wind Symphony’s performance was sponsored by the CCM Harmony Fund, which supports artistic works that fight hate and prejudice through the performing arts. This Fund was created based on the belief that the arts inspire imaginative thinking, encourage conversations, present contrasting attitudes and help us examine our own viewpoints. For the month of June, Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts in Newport, Kentucky, is selling pride cupcakes and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the CCM Harmony Fund.

Kevin Michael Holzman and Omar Thomas in front of CCM's booth at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago in December 2019.

Kevin Michael Holzman and Omar Thomas in front of CCM’s booth at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago in December 2019.

“I think it’s our job as music directors to recognize the powerful voice we have to amplify composers and musicians, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented,” Holzman says. “Our students at CCM represent so many diverse backgrounds and cultures, and it’s my responsibility to make sure they feel seen and heard. The first step, in my opinion, is to program works by composers with whom they identify. I also think it’s important that our audiences also feel seen and heard, and can relate to not only the music we perform but to the artists they see on stage and the composers on the program.”

Holzman has pledged that he will continue to program more works by female composers, Black composers and composers coming from other underrepresented populations in the future. Concert programming is just the start, though, and Holzman has formed a working group of graduate students to identify other ways to partner with the Black community and Cincinnati Public Schools.

Holzman first met A Mother of a Revolution composer Omar Thomas two years ago, when he programed Thomas’ Of Our New Day Begun on his first concert as Director of Wind Studies at CCM. Of Our New Day Begun honors the nine people who were murdered in a tragic mass shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (commonly referred to as “Mother Emanuel”) in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.

“I knew I had to get to know the composer who wrote the work to be able to do it justice, and it turned into a great friendship,” Holzman says. “I’ll be a champion of Omar’s music and voice forever.”

Read about UC and CCM’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and a just community.

About Omar Thomas

Described as “elegant, beautiful, sophisticated, intense and crystal clear in emotional intent,” the music of Omar Thomas continues to move listeners everywhere it is performed. Born to Guyanese parents in Brooklyn, New York in 1984, Thomas moved to Boston in 2006 to pursue a Master of Music in Jazz Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music after studying Music Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is the protégé of lauded composers and educators Ken Schaphorst and Frank Carlberg, and has studied under multiple Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider.

Hailed by Herbie Hancock as showing “great promise as a new voice in the further development of jazz in the future,” educator, arranger and award-winning composer Thomas has created music extensively in the contemporary jazz ensemble idiom. It was while completing his Master of Music degree that he was appointed the position of Assistant Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music at the surprisingly young age of 23. He was awarded the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award in 2008, and invited by the ASCAP Association to perform his music in their highly exclusive JaZzCap Showcase, held in New York City. In 2012, Thomas was named the Boston Music Award’s “Jazz Artist of the Year.” Following his Berklee tenure, he served on faculty of the Music Theory department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thomas’ music has been performed in concert halls the world over. He has been commissioned to create works in both jazz and classical styles. His work has been performed by such diverse groups as the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, the San Francisco and Boston Gay Mens’ Choruses, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, in addition to a number of the country’s top collegiate music ensembles. Thomas has had a number of celebrated singers perform over his arrangements, including Stephanie Mills, Yolanda Adams, Nona Hendryx, BeBe Winans, Kenny Lattimore, Marsha Ambrosius, Sheila E., Raul Midon, Leela James, Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan. His work is featured on Dianne Reeves’s Grammy Award-winning album, “Beautiful Life.”

Thomas’ first album, “I AM,” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes Jazz Charts and peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Albums Chart. His second release, ” We Will Know: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements,” has been hailed by Grammy Award-wining drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington as being a “thought provoking, multi-layered masterpiece” which has “put him in the esteemed category of great artists.” “We Will Know” was awarded two OUTMusic Awards, including “Album of the Year.” For this work, Thomas was named the 2014 Lavender Rhino Award recipient by the History Project, acknowledging his work as an up-and-coming activist in the Boston LGBTQ community. Says Terri Lyne: “Omar Thomas will prove to be one of the more important composer/arrangers of his time.”

Learn more about Omar Thomas on his professional website.


Feature image at top: CCM Wind Symphony in rehearsal. Design/Mikki Graff. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative Services.

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First Look: CCMONSTAGE ‘The Secret Garden’

The CCMONSTAGE Musicals Series presents “The Secret Garden” through March 8, 2020. Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents this award-winning story tonight, March 5-Sunday, March 8, 2020. Tickets available online.

Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight, March 5, and continues through Sunday, March 8, 2020 at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Presented by CCM’s Musical Theatre student stars of tomorrow, this “turn-of-the-century fairy tale” (Los Angeles Times) offers an enchanting evening of entertainment for the whole family.

The musical is brought to life on stage by director and choreographer Connor Gallagher (BFA Musical Theatre, ’06), who most recently created choreography for Broadway’s Beetlejuice. Get a sneak peek at the production in the slideshow below. Photos by Mark Lyons.

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The compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal centers on 11-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who moves from India to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his ailing son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents The Secret Garden on March 5-8, 2020, at Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student and group discounts are available.

CCM’s production of The Secret Garden will last two hours, plus a 15-minute intermission.

The Secret Garden Billing Credits

  • Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
  • Music by Lucy Simon
  • Based on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Creative Team

  • Connor Gallagher, director and choreographer
  • Jeremy Robin Lyons*, musical director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Zach Buscher* and Seth Howard*, prop masters
  • Andrew Volzer*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Marnee Porter*, wig and make-up designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Zoe Mezoff as Mary Lennox
  • Delaney Guyer as Lily
  • Madison Hagler as Archibald Craven
  • Sam Pickart as Dr. Neville Craven
  • Anna Chase Lanier as Martha
  • Kurtis Bradley Brown as Dickon
  • Jenna Bienvenue as Colin
  • Britta Cowan as Mrs. Medlock
  • Jamie Goodson as Mrs. Winthrop/Jane
  • Nick Berninger as Ben
  • Christian Feliciano as Fakir
  • Sofie Flores as Ayah
  • Mikayla Renfrow as Rose Lennox
  • Matt Copley as Captain Albert Lennox
  • Michael Canu as Lt. Peter Wright
  • Elijah King as Lt. Ian Shaw
  • Hank Von Kolnitz as Major Holmes
  • Veronica Stern as Claire Holmes
  • Jack Brewer as Major Shelley
  • Zoë Grolnick as Mrs. Shelley
  • Bailee Endebrock as Alice
  • Chip Hawver as William
  • Cassie Maurer as Betsy
  • David Littlefield as Timothy
  • Swings: Sasha Spitz and Cole Harksen
  • Dance Captains: Michael Canu and Bailee Endebrock

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $35.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


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Established Broadway Veteran Named Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM

UC College-Conservatory of Music Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the appointment of Eric Santagata to the position of Associate Professor and Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM. A 2004 graduate of CCM’s nationally recognized BFA Musical Theatre program, Santagata’s appointment begins on Aug. 15, 2020.

“The appointment of Eric Santagata ushers in an exciting new era for CCM Musical Theatre, which is recognized nationally for its tradition of excellence in preparing our graduates to take their places on the world’s stages,” Romanstein says.

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Eric Santagata. Photo by Walter McBride.

The Musical Theatre program at CCM was the first of its kind in the country. A four-year bachelor of fine arts (BFA) program, it was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in creating the guidelines for accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. The program is widely recognized for its “triple-threat” approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry. The program is regularly ranked near the top of Playbill Magazine’s annual list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway.”

“A gifted director, teacher and nurturing mentor, Eric is precisely the kind of educator who will lead our top-rated musical theatre training program to even greater heights,” says Denton Yockey, CCM Professor of Arts Administration and Head of the Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (TAPAA).

Santagata’s appointment concludes an extensive national search that began when long-time CCM Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg retired at the end of the 2018-19 academic year after holding the position for 32 years. Yockey chaired the search committee, which consisted of CCM faculty members Diane Lala, Roger Grodsky, Vincent DeGeorge, Richard Hess, Robin Guarino, Mark Halpin, Katie Johannigman, Shauna Steele and UC College of Arts and Sciences faculty member Sharrell Luckett.

“As a musical theatre alumnus, CCM has been crucial in my development as both an educator and an artist,” Santagata says. “The tools and training I honed here have been the backbone of my career. I look forward to having the opportunity to take the knowledge I’ve accrued in the professional entertainment industry and focus it into a curriculum that speaks to the tradition that CCM is founded on, while ushering it into a new era of success.”

An accomplished director, choreographer, performer and educator, Santagata has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on national tours and in regional theaters across the country. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the Hal Prince retrospective Prince Of Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club. His other performing credits include Bullets Over Broadway at St. James Theatre, Chaplin at Barrymore Theatre, The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company, Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater, Stairway to Paradise and Face the Music at City Center Encores!.

Santagata has served as associate director to Tony Award-winning director/writer James Lapine in the national tour and Broadway productions of Falsettos — nominated for five Tony Awards — as well as assistant director and choreographer to Lapine in A New Brain at Encores! Off-Center in New York. He has also served as associate director and choreographer to Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman in Off-Broadway productions of The Beast in the Jungle and Dot at Vineyard Theatre as well as Broadway productions of The Scottsboro Boys, which received 12 Tony Award nominations, seven Olivier Award Nominations and the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical. In London, Santagata was the associate choreographer on Stroman’s The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic and West End theaters.

In addition to his work on stage and behind-the-scenes, Santagata has presented master classes and taught theatre arts at universities and programs across the country including at Penn State STAGES Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Orpheum Theater Group, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Oklahoma City University and the Open Jar Institute as well as London’s Mousetrap Theatre Organization. His master classes and talkbacks focus on Santagata’s professional experiences in acting, singing, dancing, directing, choreographing and audition techniques.

He is also an active board member of Westport Country Playhouse’s Resident Conservatory – the Broadway Method Academy, a non-profit program that offers focused training for young adults while connecting them with established industry professionals. He previously served as an adjudicator at the 2017-18 Stephen Sondheim Awards, Connecticut’s Regional Award program in association with the Jimmy Awards and the National High School Musical Theatre Awards; and as a directing mentor during the week-long Staples High School Directing Intensive in Westport, Connecticut.

Santagata is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

About CCM Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind. A four-year bachelor of fine arts (BFA) program, it was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for the accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide.

The program provides professional conservatory training designed to help singers, dancers and actors become accomplished musical theatre performers. Students participate in a number of productions while in residence and create a freshman and a senior showcase, the latter functioning as their New York debut for agents and casting directors. In addition, students undertake courses in English, history, psychology, dramatic literature, social and ethical issues and the humanities.

CCM Musical Theatre is widely recognized for its “triple-threat” approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry. CCM Musical Theatre graduates are working on Broadway and throughout the nation in such productions as Anastasia, Hamilton, Waitress, Moulin Rouge, The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, Pippin, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, Big Fish, Newsies and The Lion King. Students represent CCM in national and international touring productions, in dinner theatres and theme parks, on cruise ships, on television, in talent agencies, as producers and in many of the related entertainment fields.

The Musical Theatre program is part of a larger academic division known as TAPAA: Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration. At the time of its establishment in 1991, the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM was the only academic chair of its kind in the United States, the American equivalent of the Chair in Musical Theatre endowed by Cameron Macintosh in honor of Stephen Sondheim at Oxford one year later.

About CCM

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts.

The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage. For more information about CCM, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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