CCM Welcomes Video Game Composer Chance Thomas for Public Lecture and Master Class on Feb. 18

CCM’s Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory hosts award winning video game composer, educator and entrepreneur Chance Thomas for a one-time-only event next week.

Thomas will present a public lecture on “Composing Music for Games: The Art, Tech and Commerce of Video Game Scoring” from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., which will be followed by a master class from 4:30 – 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in room 3240 of the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. These events are free and open to the general public.

This special guest lecture will offer students an extraordinary opportunity to learn vital music design principles, revolutionary adaptive scoring techniques and powerful entrepreneurial strategies from one of the game industry’s most innovative and successful composers.

How does music change seamlessly to follow the action in popular online multiplayer video games like Defense of the Ancients 2? What is the single most powerful piece of technology available to video game composers today? What should every composer take into every single business pitch? Come and discover answers to all of these questions and many more as Thomas delves into the complex and fascinating world of music scoring for games!

CCM alumni are already making names for themselves in this dynamic field. After working on the major motion picture Star Trek: Into Darkness, alumnus Michael John Mollo (MM Composition, 2005) found himself working on his very first interactive score for a video game: Strider HD. Read more about his experiences in the video game industry here.

About Chance Thomas
Chance Thomas is an American composer, educator and entrepreneur. He helps students and professionals navigate the intersection of music scoring, technology and business.

His music has underscored blockbuster commercial success and critical acclaim, including an Oscar, an Emmy and billions of dollars in video game and film sales worldwide. Just last year, more than four million people bought Thomas’ original music score for Defense of the Ancients 2 (otherwise known as DOTA 2) as part of the T14 compendium.

Thomas’ top video game credits include DOTA 2, Lord of the Rings Online, James Cameron’s Avatar, Heroes of Might and Magic, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and many more.

His music can be heard on hit television shows like Pawn Stars, The Bachelorette and America’s Most Wanted. His movie scores include an Academy Award-winner, Columbia Pictures’ delightful animated short film, The ChubbChubbs!

Thomas is a director of the Game Audio Network Guild and serves on several advisory boards. His business interests range across studios, publishing and audio services, successfully supporting an active composing career spanning more than 20 years.

For complete credits, awards and music samples, please visit www.chancethomas.com.

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CCM’s Orchestras Present World-Premieres, 20th Century Masterpieces and More During Spring 2015 Concert Series

The CCM Philharmonia, led by Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson.

The CCM Philharmonia, led by Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson.

CCM’s Department of Orchestral Studies will celebrate the works of contemporary composers and all-time greats alike in concert this spring.

Under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Aik Khai Pung, CCM’s acclaimed orchestral ensembles will present a series of eight concerts from Jan. 30 through April 16, several of which are free and open to the general public. Tickets are on sale now for all performances requiring paid admission.

The Spring Orchestra Series opens with a performance by the CCM Philharmonia on Friday, Jan. 30, featuring the world-premiere of Ulrich Kreppein’s Flucht (Flight). Kreppein earned first prize in CCM’s 2013 Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition for his original work Spiel der Schatten (The Play of the Shadows). For this achievement, Kreppein received a cash award of $30,000 and the opportunity to write a new work for the Philharmonia.

The Philharmonia turns the spotlight to CCM’s own up-and-coming composers on Friday, Feb. 20, with a free concert featuring new works by the gifted students from CCM’s Department of Composition, which has one of the top 10 music composition graduate programs in the country according to current rankings.

The world-premieres continue on Friday, March 6, as CCM’s Concert Orchestra performs Ruins Upon Ruins, a new work by Zemlinsky Composition Competition second prize-winner Aaron Travers. The orchestral work is based on the continual cycle of the creation, destruction and recreation of cities.

The Philharmonia then looks back to the monumental works of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz and 20th century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky in a unique double-bill of Te Deum and The Rite of Spring on Friday, March 13. CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chorale and ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir join the Philharmonia for this concert, which also features faculty artist Michael Unger, organ; and student artist Christopher Bozeka, tenor.

Highlights also include CCM’s always-popular Philharmonic Jazz concert, which returns on Sunday, April 12, as the Philharmonia and Jazz Ensembles join forces to present Chuck Owen’s concerto for jazz guitar, saxophone and orchestra, River Runs. Faculty emeritus and saxophonist Rick VanMatre makes his return to the CCM stage for this performance, which acclaimed jazz bassist Rufus Reid has called “a tour de force.” Mark Gibson and Scott Belck conduct.

CCM’s nationally ranked orchestral program provides an unparalleled educational and performance experience for hundreds of instrumentalists each year. The breadth of each season’s concert series rivals many of the world’s great performing organizations, and students become versed in a body of repertoire that encompasses more than most conservatories venture to program. The close bond between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s orchestral program invigorates student conductors and instrumentalists alike, and our commitment to high standards enriches the cultural life of Cincinnati.

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

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! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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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2015 SPRING ORCHESTRA SERIES

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
ON DISPLAY – CELEBRATING THE WINNER OF CCM’S ZEMLINSKY PRIZE FOR COMPOSITION
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, conductor

U. KREPPEIN: Flucht (Flight)
Winner of the 2013 Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
BEASER: Seven Deadly Sins (1984)
MUSSORGSKY, arr. M. RAVEL: Pictures at an Exhibition
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
CCM Concert Orchestra
Annunziata Tomaro, guest conductor

S. WEIMER: Through the Frame
DELIBES: Sylvia Suite
SIBELIUS: Swan of Tuonela
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director

Join us for another journey in today’s sound world, accompanied by coffee, cakes and conversation!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20
CAFÉ MOMUS PRESENTS THE CCM COMPOSITION COMPETITION
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director

CCM’s top orchestral ensemble presents recent works by the gifted students in the college’s internationally recognized composition program. The winning composer will write a new orchestral work to be premiered during CCM’s 2015–16 concert season.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, March 6
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

A. TRAVERS: Ruins Upon Ruins
Second prize winner of the 2013 Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
STRAVINSKY: Firebird Suite
FARBERMAN: Triple Play
COPLAND: Billy the Kid
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, March 13
MONUMENTAL: BERLIOZ AND STRAVINSKY
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Mark Gibson and Earl Rivers, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, organ and student artist Christopher Bozeka, tenor

CCM’s Mighty Harrison pipe organ and Philharmonia Orchestra dialogue as “Pope” and “Emperor” in Berlioz’s monumental Te Deum, featuring two mixed choirs, children’s choir and tenor soloist. Te Deum originally premiered in 1855 in Paris’ Saint-Eustache Church. This concert program also features Stravinsky’s monumentally influential The Rite of Spring.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 12
RIVER RUNS – A CONCERTO FOR JAZZ GUITAR, SAXOPHONE AND ORCHESTRA BY CHUCK OWEN
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Mark Gibson and Scott Belck, music conductors
Featuring faculty emeritus artist Rick VanMatre, saxophone

Our annual collaborative concert where Jazz and Orchestra meet. This year’s concert features a stunning five-movement work that Rufus Reid, acclaimed bassist and educator, describes as, “a tour de force of contemporary orchestral composition.” Nominated for two Grammy awards, this beautiful work will take your breath away.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Thursday, April 16
ANNUAL CONCERTO CONCERT
CCM Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director
John Murton, Jiannan Cheng, Avishay Shalom and Levi Hammer, conductors

MENDELSSOHN: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
WIENIAWSKI: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor for Violin, Op. 22
HINDEMITH: Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp and Orchestra
HAYDN: Symphony No. 101 in D Major, “The Clock”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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CCM Village panoramic photo; Winter of 2015. Photography by Curt Whitacre.

Welcome To CCM’s Spring Semester Performance Series

Peter Landgren

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Musicspring semester! Creative collaborations are an essential part of CCM’s vision of UnCompromising Excellence, and the concept of faculty and students working across divisional boundaries is one of five strategic priorities embedded within the ONECCM initiative. Through these efforts, the magic of building talent in front of your eyes comes alive on CCM Village’s many stages.

CCM is showcasing these partnerships through once-in-a-lifetime performances this semester, and perhaps nothing speaks more vividly to the collaborative spirit than CCM’s Moveable Feast, a veritable smorgasbord of student and faculty artists from all corners of our college working together to create a single can’t-miss evening on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Moveable Feast returns to CCM Village on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

CCM also brings world-class guest artists to campus through ongoing collaborations like Opera Fusion, a special co-presentation between CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival and the Xavier University Classical Piano Series and even a guest appearance by Shanghai’s East China Normal University choir at an upcoming CCM Choral concert.

Learn more about CCM’s schedule of public performances this spring by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/spring-2015-calendar-of-events.

CCM’s mission is to provide life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment, and fortunately for us all, the lives that are changed through this process of education include YOU – CCM’s patrons.

Welcome,

DeanSignature

 

Peter Landgren, Dean
Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music

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The Tony-winning writing team of composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens.

CCM Alumnus Stephen Flaherty Composes ‘Little Dancer’ For Kennedy Center

The official poster for the Kennedy Center musical 'Little Dancer.' Illustration/Kennedy Center.

The official poster for the Kennedy Center musical ‘Little Dancer.’ Illustration/Kennedy Center.

Thanks to the brilliant composition by CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty (BM, ’82), Edgar Degas’ most renowned sculpture “Little Dancer, Aged 14” will magically come to life in the world premiere Kennedy Center musical Little Dancer beginning this Sunday, Oct. 5 Saturday, Oct. 25, and running through Nov. 30, 2014!

Those without tickets to the sold-out world premiere can get a box seat right on their couches when the center streams the show live, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Flaherty, the Tony-winning composer of the Broadway musical Ragtime, composed the music for what is being called “the splashiest Kennedy Center production of the season.”

His lyricist partner Lynn Ahrens penned the lyrics and book for Little Dancer. In 1998, they both won Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Original Musical Score for Ragtime. In 1991, they won the Best Musical Tony Award for Once on This Island.

Learn even more about this new musical via Deborah Rieselman and the UC Magazine.

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THE VILLAGE NEWS – Fall 2014

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NOTATIONS AND OVATIONS

STUDENT PRODUCED ‘GOLD RUSH EXPEDITION RACE’ FILM SERIES TO AIR ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK
This action-packed documentary film series will be coming to television sets nationwide this fall! Read more…

CCM WELCOMES ITS FIRST DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Anne Cushing-Reid will help CCM expand its community engagement efforts through her new role with the Preparatory Department. Read more…

ALUMNI APPLAUSE

PERFORMANCE STUDIES ALUMNA APPOINTED TO PROFESSOR OF OBOE
Merideth Hite (BM, ’06) has joined the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi. Read more…

CCM ALUMNUS MAKES HIS BROADWAY DEBUT IN THE HIT REVIVAL OF PIPPIN
After touring the nation with The Book of Mormon, Michael Schwitter (BFA, ’12) takes on the role of Pippin’s brother Lewis at the Music Box Theatre. Read more…

CCM ALUMNI WIN TOP PRIZES IN PLÁCIDO DOMINGO’S WORLD OPERA COMPETITION
Amanda Woodbury (MM, ’12), John Holiday (MM, ’12) and Yi Li (AD, ’13) were among this year’s finalists in the Operalia competition. Read more…

FACULTY FANFARE

CCM PROFESSOR OF COMPOSITION ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Joel Hoffman joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 1978. This October, CCM will celebrate his service with a special concert featuring the Ariel Quartet. Read more…

STUDENT SALUTES

FRESHMAN DRAMA MAJOR RECEIVES CINCINNATUS PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
Isaac Hickox-Young is one of only 11 incoming UC students to receive this prestigious award, which pays full tuition, boarding fees and more for four years. Read more…

CCM DMA CANDIDATE RECEIVES MAY FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP
First-year graduate student Daniel Blosser has been chosen as the 2014-15 May Festival Choral Conducting Fellow. Read more…

TUNE IN

THE CCM WIND ORCHESTRA TAKES THE STAGE AT A NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Watch the complete performance here.

DID YOU KNOW?

CCM’S STUDIO SERIES REMAINS ONE OF THE HOTTEST TICKETS IN CINCINNATI!
Box Office Manager Jeanne Rose provides the inside scoop on how to score tickets for this year’s productions! Read more…

SAVE THE DATE

CCM’S MAINTAGE SERIES PRESENTS MACBETH
Shakespeare’s dark and twisted tragedy makes its CCM debut Oct. 1 – 5, 2014. Read more…

THE MIND AND MUSIC OF CHOPIN
The Friends of CCM and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute welcome special guest artist Richard Kogan on Oct. 10. Read more…

CCM IN THE NEWS

New Artist of the Month: Conductor and CCM Alumnus Isaac Selya (Musical America Worldwide). Read more…
CCM Prep Teaches More Than How to Perform (Cincy Magazine). Read more…

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CCM Video: Introducing CCM’s Summer Film Scoring Institute

Earlier this month, CCM launched a new two-week immersion program in contemporary film music composition and production.

Under the direction of CCM Professor of Commercial Music Production Thomas Haines, the CCM Film Scoring Institute gives young composers the opportunity to work with acclaimed industry professionals like Blake Neely (TV’s Arrow and The Mentalist), Jeff Rona (movies Traffic, Black Hawk Down and The Thin Red Line), Tyler Bates (TV’s Californication and Low Winter Sun), Jack Smalley (movie orchestration on The Last of the Mohicans, The Gladiator and Conan the Barbarian) and Lennie Moore (video games Fighter Within and Halo: Combat Evolved).

From June 2 – 13, students will experience 60 hours of instruction in writing labs, master classes and recording studios.

In today’s video, Haines and Neely discuss the industry in general and what our young recruits are doing during their residency at CCM. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes looks at this exciting new summer program.

Learn more about the CCM Film Scoring Institute by visiting ccm.uc.edu/summer/film_scoring.

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