Xinghai Concert Hall. Photo by 慕尼黑啤酒.

Musical Theatre Students Travel to China for Valentine’s Day Performance

CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson and four musical theatre students are taking a whirlwind trip to China to perform with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Xinghai Concert Hall on Valentine’s Day.

Students Michelle Coben, David Paul Schwensen, Emily Morris and Zach Erhardt will head to China with Gibson on Friday, Feb. 10. They will rehearse over the weekend and present the program, “A Valentine to New York,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Michelle Coben.

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David Paul Schwensen.

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Emily Morris.

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Zach Erhardt.

 

 

 

 

The program includes excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls and How to Success In Business Without Really Trying and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. The concert will also feature George Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy and Jule Styne’s Overture to Gypsy. 

“This will be a first for the GSO, a first for CCM as a school, a first for each of the gifted students involved and, frankly, a first for me — my very first all-Broadway concert,” Gibson says.

The trip began with an invitation from CCM alumna Huan Jing (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2010), who studied under Gibson and was also a visiting faculty member at CCM. Jing is the resident conductor of the prestigious Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the only Chinese orchestra to tour and perform on five continents.

“The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra is one of the half-dozen top orchestras in China,” Gibson says.  “Huan Jing is not the only CCM alumna in the orchestra. CCM alumna Nicole Leong is the GSO’s new principal harpist, making this a true family affair!”

CCM Musical Theatre professor Roger Grodsky prepared the students for the concert with assistance from Luke Flood, a master’s of music student in Orchestral Conducting. Gibson and the students will return to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

“We are going to rock Guangzhou!” Gibson says. “Thanks to Huan Jing, Roger Grodsky, Aubrey Berg, Interim Provost Peter Landgren, Interim Dean bruce mcclung, Patti Hall and many more for making this all possible!

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CCM Prep’s Starling Chamber Orchestra to tour China

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Community Engagement is proud to announce that the remarkable talents of the Starling Chamber Orchestra are embarking on a tour in southern China this summer. Between June 13 and June 24, 2016, these young artists will perform a total of six concerts in professional venues.

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Starling Chamber Orchestra. Photo by Gary Kessler.

The program features a refreshing variety of composers, classical periods and regional styles. Among the selections are Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Bartok’s Romanian Folkdances and Spring of Xinjiang, a Chinese traditional piece, to name a few.While on tour the Starling Chamber Orchestra will perform in six professional venues: the Hunan Radio and Television Center studio, Shantou Arts Grand Theatre, Shenzhen Poly Theater, Huizhou Poly Culture and Arts Center and Heyuan Theatre.

While on tour the Starling Chamber Orchestra will perform in six professional venues: the Hunan Radio and Television Center studio, Shantou Arts Grand Theatre, Shenzhen Poly Theater, Huizhou Poly Culture and Arts Center and Heyuan Theatre.

The Starling Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is a 25-member string ensemble of young artists from the Cincinnati Starling Project. CCM Violin Professor and Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin, Kurt Sassmannshaus, founded the Starling Project in 1989. It offers unprecedented opportunities for young artists to perform as soloists, tour internationally, and make recordings. These young virtuosi have attracted widespread attention, including feature articles in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Branded as “The World’s Youngest Chamber Orchestra” by the Münchner Merkur, the orchestra has been featured on From the Top, Performance Today and on Robert Sherman’s Young Artists Showcase program in New York. The SCO maintains a busy touring and recording schedule. Since 1992, the orchestra has performed frequently at the Aspen Music Festival and has toured Europe, Korea, Russia, and the People’s Republic of China and at Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. The orchestra also performs an annual series of concerts at CCM.

The members of the Starling Chamber Orchestra also participate in the Cincinnati Starling Project, a specialized educational program for talented young string players. Its mission is to pass on the rich tradition of classical music to the next generation of performers and audiences by training exceptional students. In addition to private lessons, students participate in a comprehensive program that includes chamber music and music theory.

Starling Project students and alumni have won awards such as the International Tchaikovsky Competition, The China International Violin Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

The Cincinnati Starling Project and Starling Chamber Orchestra are generously funded through a grant from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, as well as a number of generous donors. The program is also supported by the Starling Project Foundation, Inc. and the Preparatory Department of CCM.

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Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies

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Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

CCM Welcomes Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society for New Year Concert on March 28

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society (GCCMS) presents its 14th annual Chinese New Year Concert at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 28, in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. This unique event celebrates the cultural diversity in the tri-state region with music from East and West.

This year’s concert theme is “Songs of Bamboo,” featuring a variety of Chinese traditional musical instruments made from bamboo.

The event not only features an annual appearance by the CCM Philharmonia (conducted by CCM’s Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson), it also serves as a homecoming for alumnus tenor Yi Li (AD Opera, 2013), a current member of the Washington National Opera and a 2014 winner of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions Grand Finals (alumna Amanda Woodbury (MM, 2012) was also a Grand Finals Winner in 2014).

Yi Li, tenor.

Yi Li, tenor.

A native of Jinan, China, Yi Li also participated in CCM’s festival in Spoleto, Italy, as well as the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam. Recent performances include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. In addition to his win in the Met finals, he won first prize at the 2012 Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition; the 2009 International Singing Competition in Marmande, France; and the 2008 World Chinese Singing Competition of Taipei.

Other guests joining Li, Gibson and the Philharmonia include China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra members Ying Dong and Hui Zhang as well as Cincinnati Ballet member Sirui Liu. It is sure to be an exciting event for all! Happy the Year of the Goat!

For complete details about this event, please visit www.cincinnatichinesemusicsociety.org or email info@cincinnatichinesemusicsociety.org.

Performance Time
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the 2015 Chinese New Year Concert are available through the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society. Ticket prices are $20 for family, $25 for general and $50 for patrons. For tickets, please call 513-658-3852 or 513-885-1328.

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 Dance Invited to Perform at the Beijing Dance Academy’s 60th Anniversary International Gala Celebration This Month

Photo copyright Luke Isley.

Choreography by guest artist Michael Bearden. Photo copyright Luke Isley.

We are delighted to report that CCM’s Department of Dance has been invited to perform at the Beijing Dance Academy‘s 60th anniversary international gala celebration later on this month.

Twenty schools from around the world have been invited to participate in this event, including just two other representatives from the United States: SUNY Purchase College’s Conservatory of Dance and Brigham Young University’s Department of Dance.

This celebration runs Oct. 10 – 16 and includes performances, lectures and exchange classes in Beijing. Five dance majors will be participating in this celebration: Luca De-Poli, Regina DuPont, Gabrielle Gulan, Dominic Barrett and Claire Bergman. They will be performing Simpatico, choreographed by guest artist Michael Bearden. This piece will also be presented locally in CCM’s Fall Dance Concert later on this semester (Dec. 5 – 7).

These students will gain international performance and study abroad experience during this trip, while also strengthening  CCM’s relationship with the world-renowned Beijing Dance Academy, paving the way for future exchange programs and job opportunities. CCM Dance Chair Jiang Qi and CCM Dean Peter Landgren will also be traveling to China for this celebration.

This invitation is just the latest example of CCM Dance’s ever-rising profile. Earlier this year, Dance Magazine named CCM one of “three top programs to consider.” Read the full report here.

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

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CCM Brings NPR’s Hit Show ‘From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley’ to UC on April 2

The logo for NPR's 'From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley.'CCM is pleased to announce that From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians, will come to UC’s Corbett Auditorium to record a radio broadcast on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Heard weekly in the Greater Cincinnati area on WGUC 90.9 FM, the popular NPR radio program features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. The From the Top episode recorded on April 2 will be presented by CCM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Starling Chamber Orchestra, the college’s premier preparatory string ensemble.

The show will feature the Starling Chamber Orchestra, with conductor and CCM Violin Chair Kurt Sassmannshaus, and will include solo performances by several current and past Starling Chamber Orchestra participants. Twelve-year-old violinist Skye Park from Lexington, Kentucky, is a participant in the Starling Chamber Orchestra and previously appeared on From the Top in 2012 from a special show taped at CCM’s Great Wall Academy in Beijing, China.

Violinist and 2012 Naumburg Competition-winner Tessa Lark, 24, and violinist Jonathan Miron, 21, both Starling Orchestra alumni, will perform “Romance” by Joseph Hellmesberger, along with From the Top alumnus Charles Yang.

Also featured on the show will be 17-year-old pianist Yilun Xu from New York City and 17-year-old horn player Avery Roth-Hawthorne from Oakland, California.

For tickets and information, contact the CCM Box Office at boxoff@uc.edu or 513-556-4183, or visit ccm.uc.edu/fromthetop.

From the Top may be heard locally on WGUC 90.9 on Saturdays at 9 a.m.; this episode will air nationally the week of May 5.

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CCM Welcomes Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society for New Year Concert on Feb. 15

Jin Shan performs the matouqin, or horse-head fiddle.

Jin Shan performs the matouqin, or horse-head fiddle.

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society (GCCMS) presents its 13th annual Chinese New Year Concert at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 15, in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. This unique event celebrates the increasing cultural diversity in the tri-state region with music from East and West.

Conducted by CCM’s Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, the CCM Philharmonia kicks off the celebratory concert with the much-anticipated masterpiece The Grand Canal Symphonic Suite by Chinese American composer Zhou Tian.

The Grand Canal Symphonic Suite tells a story of history, culture and lives along the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the longest canal in the world. This piece was selected as theme music for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The soul of the concert emerges from the performance by Matouqin virtuoso Jin Shan, highlighting the concert’s theme: Melodies of the Prairie. A traditional bowed stringed instrument, the Matouqin produces an extraordinary sound, like a wild horse neighing, or a breeze in the grasslands. Jin Shan has performed at numerous national and international concerts and events, whose astounding performance frequently earned him standing ovations.

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UC Hosts Global Lens Film Festival This Fall

CCM hosts 2013 Global Lens Film Festival ScreeningsThe University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Division of Electronic Media (CCM E-Media) and the University of Cincinnati Libraries will host free public screenings of ten award-winning narrative feature films from Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Serbia this fall as part of the Global Film Initiative’s 2013 Global Lens film series.

All films will be shown at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in the TUC MainStreet Cinema on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, except for the screening of Eduardo Nunes’ Southwest, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

Launched in 2003, the Global Lens film series is designed to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. The 2013 series premiered at the Museum of Modern Art this past January and is now being presented in over 35 cities across the United States and Canada.

This year’s film series includes The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (El Fantástico Mundo De Juan Orol) on Sept. 4, Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong) on Sept. 18, Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh) on Oct. 2, The Parade (Parada) on Oct. 9, About 111 Girls (Darbare 111 Dokhtar) on Oct. 16, Life Kills Me (La Vida Me Mata) on Oct. 30, Cairo 678 on Nov. 6, Student on Nov. 13, Southwest (Sudoeste) on Dec. 2 and Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights on Dec. 4. Learn more about each film below.

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CCM Student Profiled By South Carolina’s ‘Post and Courier’

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Congratulations to CCM doctoral candidate and adjunct instructor Aik Khai Pung on his recent profile in Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier!

Khai was the assistant conductor for the production of Matsukaze at this year’s Spoleto USA Music Festival. In addition, Khai also led members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in a May 27 Intermezzo performance of works by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky.

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.

You can read the full article here.

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CCM and Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society Present ‘Beijing Melody in Vogue’ on Feb. 16

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CCM welcomes the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society (GCCMS) for its annual spring festival concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Entitled Beijing Melody in Vogue, the concert features music that harmonizes the classical with the modern and unifies the East with the West!

The CCM Philharmonia will be joined by two renowned concert artists from China: Huqin player Jiang Kemei and Suona player Guo Yazhi. Mark Gibson and Hu Yongyan conduct. For more information on this concert, please visit www.cincinnatichinesemusicsociety.org.

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The CCM Wind Orchestra Presents Contemporary Music from Japan and China on Feb. 15

Photography by Dottie Stover.

Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra presents exciting new works by contemporary Chinese and Japanese composers at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

Dubbed “Asia Rising,” this concert celebrates the dynamic new sounds for winds and percussion coming from Japan and China. Led by Director of Wind Studies Glenn D. Price, the Wind Orchestra will explore the music of composers Youichi Kamioka, Chen Yi, Masanori Taruya and Yasuhide Ito. The colors of Asia will mix with the “best of the West” to create a delectable Asian fusion for the senses during this special concert.Tickets are on sale now.

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