CCM Dance student Emma Webb rehearses for Legends of Dance.

Senior Ballet Student Gives Final CCM Performance in Legends of Dance

Senior ballet student Emma Webb is finishing up her time at CCM with a role that many dancers only dream of performing: the principal role of Nikiya in “The Kingdom of the Shades,” an excerpt from La Bayadère. She will dance the role alongside Cincinnati Ballet guest artist Derek Brockington during CCM’s upcoming Mainstage Dance production, Legends of Dance, which runs from April 12 through April 14 in Corbett Auditorium.

“Dancing and training for this principal role was one of the most difficult and inspiring experiences that shaped me at CCM,” Webb says. “It helped transform my dancing and it allowed me to gain maturity and understanding of what kind of dancer I want to be onstage.”

“This physically and artistically difficult pas de deux feels like a culmination of everything that I have been training for, and I cannot wait to share all that I have become and to share what I love to do in my last performance at CCM.”

The program also includes a restaging of José Limón’s A Choreographic Offering by guest choreographer Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba. Although this work is set to music by J. S. Bach, the dance itself uses much more modern language. Webb is also in the company for this piece.

“It has many challenging choreographic motifs and is filled with entirely different movements compared to classical ballet,” Webb says. “As a ballet dancer, taking off the pointe shoes to be barefoot and to move with a grounded quality was such an exciting experiment and transformation.”

Emma Webb.

Emma Webb.

Legends of Dance also includes the finale of The Sleeping Beauty, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa. Each of these works holds a place in today’s dance repertoire and has something unique to offer potential audience members.

“The production as a whole includes wonderful mixed repertoire suitable for everyone and demonstrates what we as dancers practice and work hard for every day of our lives as artists,” Webb says.

While she’s very excited about the Legends of Dance production, Webb’s favorite ballet during her time at CCM was Swan Lake during the 2015-16 Mainstage season.

“My roles in Swan Lake included lead Czardas, swan corps, four tall swans and lead waltz girl,” she remembers. “Dancing all of those roles in one of my favorite ballets with live music and custom-made tutus was so rewarding after all of the hard work in the studio.  The entire production created extremely memorable moments dancing alongside so many talented students.”

One of Webb’s favorite parts of the dance program at CCM has been the daily ballet technique class she takes with other dance majors, especially because of the guidance and encouragement she received from CCM dance faculty.

“There was emphasis on attending every single day of class ready to work, and it really pushed me to be better,” Webb adds. “There were so many great and inspiring perspectives and talented teachers that profoundly impacted my professional development.”

After her graduation at the end of this semester, Webb plans to continue to pursue a career in dance performance; she has taken several professional auditions already, although she is unsure which dance company she will be a part of in the fall.  In addition to her BFA in Ballet, Webb has earned a minor in Business Management.

Congratulations to Emma Webb and all of CCM’s graduating class of 2018!

To see Webb onstage, attend one of the four performances of Legends of Dance from April 12 through 14 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.
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LEGENDS OF DANCE

CREATIVE TEAM

  • Jiang Qi, director
  • Aik Khai Pung, music director
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Chelsea Taylor*, stage manager
  • Daniel Mallampalli*, Fernando Gaggini*, conductors for “The Kingdom of Shades”
  • Maria Fuller*, conductor for A Choreographic Offering
  • Alexandria Black*, Joseph McNamara*, conductors for “Aurora’s Wedding”

* CCM student

Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère Drop Provided by: Cincinnati Ballet

GUEST ARTISTS
Derek E. Brockington, of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company, will play Solor in “The Kingdom of the Shades” evening performances Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.

David Morse, of the Cincinnati Ballet, will play Prince Desire in the performances of “Aurora’s Wedding.”

The full cast list will be available at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12
  • 8 p.m. Friday April 13
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to Legends of Dance are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.

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 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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

Dance Performance Sponsor: Teri Jory & Seth Geiger

This performance of A Choreographic Offering is presented by arrangement with the José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc.
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CCM Mainstage Presents Legends of Dance on April 12-14

CCM Mainstage Dance presents Legends of Dance.

CCM Dance makes its return to the newly renovated Corbett Auditorium with a mixed repertoire concert, featuring the CCM Concert Orchestra and guest artists from the Cincinnati Ballet.

The Dance Department at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music brings the Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series to a stunning conclusion with its mixed repertoire concert Legends of Dance. The production runs Thursday, April 12, 2018, through Saturday, April 14, 2018, and celebrates the Mainstage Series’ return to CCM’s newly renovated Corbett Auditorium.

Directed by Dance Department Chair Jiang Qi with music direction by Aik Khai Pung, Legends of Dance features the CCM Ballet Ensemble with accompaniment from the CCM Concert Orchestra. The performance features two guest artists from the Cincinnati Ballet — soloist David Morse and Derek E. Brockington of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company.

“The high caliber of these two professional dancers not only elevates the performances, but also provides an excellent experience and learning opportunity for CCM’s student dancers,” Jiang says.

Beginning with one of the most celebrated pieces in all of classical ballet, the production opens with “The Kingdom of the Shades” from Act II of Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère, with music by Ludwig Minkus.

“From its first performance, the ballet was hailed by critics as one of Petipa’s supreme masterpieces,” Jiang says. “’The Kingdom of the Shades’ scene was regularly extracted from the full-length work as an independent showpiece for the ballet stages around the world, and it has remained so to the present day.”

The second piece is A Choreographic Offering by American modern dance pioneer José Limón, set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The piece was restaged for CCM’s performance by guest artist Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba, a former dancer and teacher for the José Limón Dance Foundation.

The performance concludes with “Aurora’s Wedding” from Act III of Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Sleeping Beauty is considered one of the most popular classical ballets in the world, Jiang says.

“Aurora’s Wedding is frequently presented by the world’s leading ballet companies because of its colorful fairytale characters and the exquisite showcase of Aurora and the Prince’s grand pas de deux.”

CCM’s Legends of Dance runs April 12-14, 2018 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.
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CREATIVE TEAM

  • Jiang Qi, director
  • Aik Khai Pung, music director
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Chelsea Taylor*, stage manager
  • Daniel Mallampalli*, Fernando Gaggini*, conductors for “The Kingdom of Shades”
  • Maria Fuller*, conductor for A Choreographic Offering
  • Alexandria Black*, Joseph McNamara*, conductors for “Aurora’s Wedding”

* CCM student

Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère Drop Provided by: Cincinnati Ballet

GUEST ARTISTS
Derek E. Brockington, of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company, will play Solor in “The Kingdom of the Shades” evening performances Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.

David Morse, of the Cincinnati Ballet, will play Prince Desire in the performances of “Aurora’s Wedding.”

The full cast list will be available at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12
  • 8 p.m. Friday April 13
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to Legends of Dance are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.

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 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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

Dance Performance Sponsor: Teri Jory & Seth Geiger

This performance of A Choreographic Offering is presented by arrangement with the José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc.
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Dean Mogle holds the white and black swan design sketches for CCM's production of Swan Lake.

From Sketch to Stage: The Making of CCM’s ‘Swan Lake’ Costumes

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There is a shortage of tutu makers in the world, said CCM Professor and Head of the Costume Design and Technology Program Dean Mogle, who faced the daunting task of designing costumes for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet.

CCM is working to fix that shortage by training the next generation of costume designers and technicians, whose work will debut on stage in the conservatory’s first ballet production to have costumes designed and built in-house.

A timeless tale of love, magic and mystery, Swan Lake will grace the Corbett Auditorium stage from April 22-24, marking the second time in CCM’s nearly 150-year history that a full-length story ballet has been included in the Mainstage Series.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Staff and students within the Costume Design and Technology program have worked on the ‘Swan Lake’ costumes for the past 18 months.

Presented by CCM’s Department of Dance, the ballet uses three different casts and the principal roles are all double cast ­— which is challenging for the costume shop students and staff responsible for ensuring the pieces fit each dancer correctly.

“You have to understand what dancers go through—what they need,” Mogle said. “Balance becomes really important.”

Costume designers and technicians must consider the weight of the fabrics and headpieces so the dancer can retain their natural balance. There is also limited “real estate” on the costume for artistic expression or characterization, Mogle said. If a female dancer needs to be lifted, safety dictates the fabric around her waist can’t be too slick and can’t get caught on anything.

“The ballet world is a totally different beast.”

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Newly designed costumes for the Hungarian Czardas in Act III of ‘Swan Lake,’ made by costume students and staff. To the far right is Prince Siegfried’s jacket, made by Jessica Barksdale.

Mogle, with a team of students and faculty within the Costume Design and Technology program, has worked on the Swan Lake costumes for the past 18 months. They’ve borrowed and modified some costumes from a previous CCM performance of Brigadoon and the Broadway production of Cyrano, The Musical. Costumes for the principal and specialty roles in the ballet are newly designed and made.

Iconic white tutus, bodices, vibrant dresses and rich fabrics have taken over their workshop. The costumes are designed in the traditional style typically associated with the classic ballet. CCM plans to reuse and rent out some of them after the performance.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Jessica Barksdale is building Mogle’s design for Prince Siegfried’s costume, which will be worn in Acts III and IV.

Mogle, who previously designed costumes for the Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker, watched five or six different productions of Swan Lake to prepare for his costume designs. The pieces are still evolving on a daily basis, he said.

“Since we are making the production to last about 30 or 40 years, we don’t ever want to get too wild and crazy with the concept because it is pretty traditional,” Mogle said. “The things that really change in a traditional ballet like this are going to be the specialty characters.”

Those include the newly designed and made pieces that will be worn at the ball in Act III, where the Queen invites potential wives from Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Naples and Poland to match with her son, Prince Siegfried.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

A sketch and sleeve of Von Rothbart’s Act III costume, made by Erin Winslow.

At the ball, Prince Siegfried will wear a newly designed black and gold jacket made by Jessica Barksdale, first-year costume technology graduate student. Rothbart, the evil sorcerer who cursed the prince’s love Odette, will wear an intricately detailed costume made by senior costume technology student, Erin Winslow, as part of her capstone project.

Barskdale and Winslow are also making the iconic white and black swan costumes for leading female characters Odette and Odile. Associate Professor of Costume Technology Regina Truhart is managing all costume production for the ballet.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

The in-progress white and black swan costumes for characters Odette and Odile are being made by Jessica Barksdale and Erin Winslow, respectively.

After 27 years at CCM, Mogle is familiar with the 30,000 costume pieces the conservatory has in stock. Luckily, the costume department was able to pull pieces from past performances of Brigadoon and Cyrano to modify them for courtier and peasant costumes in Swan Lake.

The costume department dyed some of the costumes in bright jewel tones and added details such as sashes, sleeves, aprons and hats. Net petticoats were used to make the costumes lighter and easier to dance in.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Costumes from the CCM production of ‘Brigadoon’ are being modified for the female peasants in Act I of ‘Swan Lake.’

“Every time we do [Swan Lake], we’ll add more to it and rely less on our costume stock,” Mogle said, adding that when the ballet is performed again in 6 years they will likely build new peasant costumes.

“That’s how some companies do it anyway. They’ll use tutus from many kinds of shows. Pulling together a show like this from all of these different places is a great exercise.”

Acquiring materials is one hurdle but then, of course, the costumes must actually fit.

It helps that musical theatre bodies and dancer bodies are similar in stature, Mogle said. It would cost around $5,000 to reproduce one of the Cyrano costumes today.

Costuming for CCM's 'Swan Lake.' Photo by Ryan Strand.

Costume technicians included three clasp sizes on the ‘Swan Lake’ bodices so they can be adjusted for different dancers.

With three different casts, and double-cast principals, it was important to make the costumes interchangeable for different dancers. The technicians included three clasp sizes for the bodices to make them more adjustable and, in some cases, built extra costumes.

The process and pieces are evolving daily, with more adjustments expected after fittings and the dress rehearsals. A beautiful design can look perfect on a mannequin but flawed when put on a body that needs to breathe, dance and kick. That is why it’s important for the costuming students to learn each step in the creative process, said Mogle.

 “The whole focus of our program is teaching design and technology so designers know how to make stuff and makers know how to design stuff. So they all have the same sensibility as to how things should look and how they should be handled. If the knowledge base in those two roles isn’t strong then things fall apart.”

After the designs are sketched, the appropriate fabrics need to be found, Mogle said of the costuming process. Then there’s making the patterns and cutting them out of the cloth and stitching them together. There’s also fabric painting and dying and mask and jewelry making.

“Each one of those is a profession in itself,” Mogle said. “The more skills you have as a technician and the more kinds of plays and operas and ballets that you can design as a designer, your job market opens up. It’s a good part of training and real life experience.”

Co-directed by Dance Department Chair Jiang Qi and Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry, the Mainstage Series production features students from CCM’s BFA Ballet program. The lavishly staged spectacle features accompaniment by CCM’s lauded Concert Orchestra under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Aik Khai Pung.

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Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake runs April. 22 – 24 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/swan-lake.

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Production Sponsors: Rosemary & Mark Schlachter, Teri Jory & Seth Geiger and Graeter’s
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CCM Dance presents 'Swan Lake.'

CCM Dance Presents Lavish New Production of Enduring Classic Ballet ‘Swan Lake’ April 22-24, 2016

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Madison Holschuh as Odette and Samuel Jones as Prince Siegfried in CCM’s production of ‘Swan Lake.’ Photo by René Micheo.

CCM’s Department of Dance presents Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, Swan Lake, April 22-24 in Corbett Auditorium. Co-directed by Dance Department Chair Jiang Qi and Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry, the Mainstage Series production features students from CCM’s BFA Ballet program, which Dance Magazine has hailed as one of the country’s “top programs to consider.” The lavishly staged spectacle features accompaniment by CCM’s lauded Concert Orchestra under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Aik Khai Pung.

A tale of unending love and haunting mystery, Swan Lake is one of the most well-known fables of our time. The classic Russian ballet is performed in four acts and tells the story of Odette, a maiden turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart.

Disinterested in potential love matches arranged by his mother, Prince Siegfried is in search of a wife when he stumbles upon Odette during a night hunt. The two fall madly in love but their romance is hindered by Odette’s curse – which forces her and her fellow maidens to become swans by day and human by night.

Swan Lake marks only the second time in CCM’s nearly 150-year history that a full-length story ballet has been included in the Mainstage Series. As a result, this production features brand new costumes designed and built in-house, which is actually a CCM first.

Costume Design and Technology Program Head Dean Mogle spent 18 months on the creation of Swan Lake’s intricate costumes. For the past 40 years, Mogle has designed for numerous drama, musical theatre, opera and dance productions, including the Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

“The ballet world is a totally different beast,” Mogle said of the challenging costume designs. “In dance, it’s all about the body and movement.”

In addition to the famous white swan costumes traditionally associated with the ballet, the story will come to life with vibrant colors and rich fabrics adorning the talented performers of CCM Dance. In particular, keep an eye out for the intricately designed costumes worn by Prince Siegfried’s potential wives on display during the opulent ball in Act III.

For this production, the iconic role of Odette will be performed by dance majors Yu-Ting Huang (on Friday and Sunday) and Madison Holschuh (on Saturday).

Guest artist Patric Palkens, appearing by permission of the Cincinnati Ballet, will perform as Prince Siegfried in the Friday and Sunday performances of Swan Lake. Palkens joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2011 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2015. He returns to Cincinnati after spending a year in Europe with Salzburg State Theater Austria Dance.

The ballet will also feature Assistant Professor of Dance André Megerdichian, who will dance the role of evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. Megerdichian has performed professionally over two decades with such companies and choreographers as the Jose Limón Dance company, Janis Brenner and Dancers, The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Soundance Repertory Company, Reidel Dance Theatre, Daniel Charon and Sean Curran.

Join us for this timeless tale of love and magic in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium April 22-24.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 22
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Swan Lake are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 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 at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/swan-lake.

Parking and Directions

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

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

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

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Production Sponsors: Rosemary & Mark Schlachter, Teri Jory & Seth Geiger and Graeter’s

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CCM Alumna Marie Speziale to Receive Pioneer Award at International Women’s Brass Conference

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumna and former faculty member Marie Speziale (BM, 1964) will be presented with a Pioneer Award at the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Northern Kentucky University’s Greaves Hall.

Acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra, Speziale served as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 32 years, from 1964 until her retirement in November of 1996. At this year’s conference, she will be honored as a musician whose career and spirit exemplifies the goals and traditions of the IWBC. Congratulations!

At each IWBC, beginning with the first in 1993, the IWBC has recognized women who have been pioneers in the top levels of brass performance, breaking down barriers and living their lives effecting change for those who followed. A full list of past award recipients may be found on the IWBC web site at myiwbc.org/about/iwbc-pioneers.

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CCM Alumnus Carmon DeLeone Celebrated at Carnegie Theater on May 22

CCM alumnus and former faculty member Carmon DeLeone.

CCM alumnus and former faculty member Carmon DeLeone.

Our friends at the Carnegie Theatre in Covington, Kentucky, will honor distinguished CCM alumnus Carmon DeLeone (BM, 1964; BS, 1965; MM, 1967) and his storied career in Cincinnati with a special program entitled Birdie to Brice: 50 Years of Carmon DeLeone at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22.

With DeLeone at the podium, this concert will feature his Middletown Symphony Orchestra in an evening of musical theatre favorites including selections from Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl and Man of La Mancha.

Distinguished CCM alumnus and Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams (BM, 1964; MA, 1982; HonDoc, 1998) will also be featured on the program.

Tickets to 50 Years of Carmon DeLeone are on sale now through the Carnegie Box Office. Call 859-957-1940 or click here for details.

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CCM Joins Other Area Arts Organizations in NYC Next Week

CINCYinNYCLogoBeginning next Tuesday, May 6, Cincinnati’s top cultural institutions and hundreds of Cincinnatians will descend upon New York City for CINCYinNYC, a seven-day showcase of the vibrant array of the Queen City’s performing arts.

CCM will be joining the likes of the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, the Taft Museum of Art, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, the Taft House, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati for this unique cultural movement!

New York-based alumni won’t want to miss this week-long artistic extravaganza, which includes three Jazz at Lincoln Center performances by the CCM Jazz Ensemble on May 6.

Under the direction of CCM professor and alumnus Scott Belck, CCM’s big band will feature Jazz Studies alumni and other special guests, including CCM Professor Emeritus Rick VanMatre on saxophone and guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque.

Fresh off of its first complete Beethoven Cycle, CCM’s internationally acclaimed quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet, will also perform on May 12 as part of CINCYinNYC.

University of Cincinnati alumni are invited to join us for these performances and for a special YP event at Arlene’s Grocery on Friday, May 9!

Find out more about our CINCYinNYC schedule below:

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‘Cincinnati Enquirer’ and ‘News Record’ Preview CCM’s Fall Dance Concert

'The Kingdom of the Shades' photography by Will Brenner.

‘The Kingdom of the Shades’ photography by Will Brenner.

Both the Cincinnati Enquirer and the News Record provide extensive previews of this weekend’s Fall Dance Concert, featuring George Balanchine’s Serenade and other masterworks. Running Nov. 16 and 17, this concert kicks off CCM Dance’s 50th anniversary celebration!

Learn more about the history of Serenade courtesy of David Lyman and the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

Learn more about the rest of the Fall Dance Concert’s program courtesy of Emily Begley and the News Record here.

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Experience CCM’s Department of Dance In Concert This Weekend!

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Celebrate the kick-off of CCM Dance’s 50th anniversary with an exciting program of mixed repertoire on Nov. 16 and 17! This concert showcases George Balanchine’s masterpiece SERENADE, set to music by Tchaikovsky and staged by guest répétiteur and Balanchine authority Joysanne Sidimus.

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CCM Dance Kicks-Off Anniversary Season with Fall Dance Concert Nov. 16 and 17

Photograph from 'Serenade' by Rene Micheo. Choreography by George Balanchine, copyright The George Balanchine Trust.

Photograph from ‘Serenade’ by Rene Micheo. Choreography by George Balanchine, copyright The George Balanchine Trust.

CCM’s Department of Dance opens its 50th Anniversary Season with a demanding and impressive Fall Dance Concert on Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, in Corbett Auditorium. Department Chair and Professor of Dance Jiang Qi directs. As part of the department’s yearlong anniversary celebration, CCM Dance welcomes honored guests from Cincinnati Ballet for a special performance on Sunday.

The concert features George Balanchine’s ballet Serenade, restaged by guest répétituer and pre-eminent Balanchine scholar Joysanne Sidimus. Sidimus studied under Balanchine at the School of American Ballet and later joined him as a dancer at the New York City Ballet. This is the first ballet that Balanchine choreographed in the United States and is considered to be a masterpiece of 20th century choreography.

CCM seniors Ellyn McCarthy, Christine Humbach, Olivia Lafrenz, Kelly Korfhage and Martin Roosaare, as well as junior dance major Trevor Misplay and exchange student Haojun Xie from the Beijing Dance Academy, will be featured in Serenade. It is a wonderfully energetic piece set to Tchaikovsky’s composition of the same name: Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48. The audience will be delighted by the extensive corps work and enchanted by the poise and mastery of the dancers.

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