For the first of our new series of CCM Audio posts, we present the CCM Philharmonia performing George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.
Two CCM educators will share the stage in a unique way at Carnegie Hall on October 24, when violinist Jennifer Roig-Francolí will perform the world premiere of a new piece composed by her husband, CCM Professor of Music Theory and Composition Miguel Roig-Francolí. Mrs. Roig-Francolí, a violinist and CCM Preparatory Department faculty member, will perform “Songs of the Infinite” with pianist Adam Kent at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 24 at 7 p.m.
Musical Theatre graduate Josh Brekenridge plays Owen Montgomery in the new Kander and Ebb musical, The Scottsboro Boys, previewing today on Broadway. Musical Theatre graduate Eric Santagata is the assistant director and choreographer to Susan Stroman.
The Associated Press called the pre-Broadway production at the Guthrie Theatre, “Pitch perfect! A staggeringly inventive piece of musical theatre! Entertainment of the highest order, with inspired direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. An exhilarating evening of theatre!” Expections for the Broadway run are very high. Break a leg, Josh and Eric!
CCM faculty member Annunziata Tomaro recently received one of two second prizes (no first prize was awarded) at the International “Antonio Pedrotti” Competition for Orchestra Conductors in Trento, Italy. From a pool of over 500 applicants hailing from 30 countries, 97 conductors took part in the competition, which ran from Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.
Professors of piano Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, also known as the Pridonoff Duo, will open CCM’s 2010-11 Steinway Hall Series of Concerts on Thursday, Oct. 28. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street in New York City. The CCM Steinway Hall Series is open to the general public, but seating is limited. The next installment of this concert series will occur on Thursday, Dec. 9 and will feature CCM faculty member, and Steinway Artist, Sandra Rivers. More information, including concert footage of the Pridonoff Duo, after the jump!
CCM launches its 2010-11 Mainstage Series with Thornton Wilder’s classic comedy The Matchmaker. Sure to induce a chuckle with its timeless humor and slapstick flair, the fun-loving show runs from Oct. 27 (preview) through Oct. 31 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus.
MFA Lighting Design graduate Tanya Harper just finished up a major project lighting the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremonies on September 25th. The event was held at the Main Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park and featured a number of equestrian acts (including William Shatner with one of his harness horses), headliners Wynnona Judd, Denyce Graves, Ronan Tynan and the University of Kentucky Orchestra. Harper described the project as, “A great experience and one I know I could never have accomplished without the education that CCM gave me.”
You can view video of the opening ceremonies here.
The fall 2010 Jazz Series celebrates everything from the Big Band standards of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to the fresh and hot compositions of CCM students and faculty. As the College-Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies program ushers in the 2010-11 season, it also warmly welcomes a new Director of Jazz Studies, Scott Belck.
CCM Orchestras will begin its fall concert season with the Schumann Bicentennial Festival, a celebration of Schumann’s timeless compositional prowess and diverse repertoire. Performances will showcase symphonies, overtures and the Piano Concerto in A Minor, with soloist and Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music, James Tocco. Ulrich Nicolai, conductor and professor at the Hochscule für Musik und Theater (University of Music and Performing Arts) in Munich, will guest conduct the festival’s opening and closing concerts. A series of free Schumann Festival Atrium Concerts will also be held to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth.