CCM Students Advance to Met Opera Central Region Finals in Chicago

Congratulations to two of our own: soprano Xi Wang and mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom, both of whom have advanced to the next round in the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions!

Amongst stiff competition, Wang and Walstrom were singled out by the judges and now move on to the Central Region Finals in Chicago. Also receiving accolades was mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel, who was given an encouragement award by the judges.

MONC is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Many of the world’s foremost singers, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, approximately 100 former auditioners appear in Metropolitan Opera productions.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Matchmaker”

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Next week, CCM Drama opens our Mainstage Series with The Matchmaker, a classic comedy by the great American playwright Thornton Wilder. Today, we present a behind-the-scenes look at the make-up, wig and prosthetic work going into the show, courtesy of UC Photojournalism student Kevin Wauligman. The Matchmaker runs Oct. 27 (preview) through Oct. 31 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183. You can learn more about the production here.

CCM gratefully acknowledges the support of Mainstage Season Production Sponsor Macy’s.

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Studio Drama Series Opens With Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”

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CCM’s Studio Series of Operas, Musicals and Dramas continues November 4-6 with Anton Chekhov’s influential play, Three Sisters. The decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world is the subject of this Diane Kvapil directed drama.

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Benjamin Britten’s Operatic Thriller Continues the Spirit of Halloween

 

The Turn of the Screw

Photography by John Cahill.

 

Continuing the spirit of Halloween, CCM Opera Theatre and the Philharmonia Orchestra join forces to present a fully staged concert version of Benjamin Britten’s operatic thriller, The Turn of the Screw, in the Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus from November 5-7, 2010.

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CCM Jazz Ensemble – Mean to Me

Continuing our new series of CCM Audio posts, we present the CCM Jazz Ensemble performing Mean to Me.

The CCM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band open their season this Sunday, Oct. 17, with “Big Band Celebration,” a concert featuring the landmark works of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and more. Tickets are still available at the CCM Box Office!

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CCM Choral Honors Program Founder in Very Special Concert

CCM Professor Emeritus Elmer Thomas; photo by Sandy Underwood

CCM Professor Emeritus Elmer Thomas; photo by Sandy Underwood

On Sunday, Oct. 24, CCM’s Choral Studies Program presents a very special concert event. “Elmer Thomas’ 80th Birthday Concert” celebrates CCM Professor Emeritus and Choral Studies-founder Elmer Thomas. Thomas was a member of CCM’s faculty from 1966-1995, elevating the Choral Studies Program to international recognition during that time. His birthday concert will feature the CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and Vocal Arts Ensemble performing a variety of choral classics. Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Brandon Dean, Olga Artemova, Robyn Lana and Stephanie Nash conduct.

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CCM Winds Announces 2010 Fall Concert Schedule

 

CCM Winds

Photography by UC Photographic Services, 2010.

 

CCM Wind Studies ushers in the new school year with everything from contemporary Great Britain wind music, to staples in the American standard wind repertoire. Conductors Rodney Winther and Terence Milligan both partake in this wonderful spectrum of celebrated wind music and usher in a new school year with many celebrated works.

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CCM Opens Studio Series with the Original Work “Under Construction II”

 

Under Construction 2

Photography by Anna Flaglor

 

CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series opens later on this month with the debut of Under Construction II, a new work conceived and choreographed by Diane Lala. “Constructed” with creative input from the performers, Under Construction II explores aspects of love, separation, temptation, deceit, desire and discovery through dance. The work employs a variety of dance styles set to selections by Peter Gabriel, John Williams, Peter Frampton and others to capture the ever-evolving nature of human passion. The production runs Oct. 21 – 23, 2010.

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