CCM Jazz and Musical Theatre Dancers, 2015.

CCM Announces Fall 2015 Schedule of Major Events

Pick up or download your guide to CCM's fall schedule today!

Pick up or download your guide to CCM’s fall schedule today!

CCM is delighted to announce its fall schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM proudly presents more than 100 major public performances from Aug. 31 through Dec. 13, 2015.

This fall’s lineup of major events includes faculty and guest artist concerts, fully supported theatrical productions, film screenings, guest lectures and much more.

You can learn more about CCM’s fall schedule of performing and media arts events by referring to the list below or picking up a Fall 2015 Calendar of Major Events at the CCM Box Office.

You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Fall Calendar of Events by visiting ccm.uc.edu/content/dam/ccm/docs/boxoff/fall2015eventscalendar.pdf.

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.
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AUGUST

8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31
• Faculty Artist Series •
Timothy Anderson, trombone
Timothy Northcut, tuba

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital
Admission: FREE
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SEPTEMBER

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
Named quartet-in-residence at CCM in 2012, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. After the success of the ensemble’s initial appointment, CCM has extended the Ariel Quartet’s residency through 2022… and that new era begins here! See for yourself why the Cincinnati Enquirer has declared the Ariel Quartet “rock stars of the classical scene” during this concert event.
MOZART: String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428
BERG: Lyric Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth,  Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg,  Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.
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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE (1900–1909): A SEASON OF EXPLORATION
Works from Russia and Austria
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

STRAVINSKY: Fireworks
SCHOENBERG: Five Orchestral Pieces
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 28
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8
• Faculty Artist Series •
MUSIC FROM FARAWAY
Russell Burge, percussion
Steve Allee, piano

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9
• Faculty Artist Series •
Timothy Lees, violin
Piotr Milewski, violin
Catherine Carroll Lees, viola
Alan Rafferty, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano

BRAHMS: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
DVORÁK: Piano Quintet, Op. 81
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10
• Special Event Series •
In collaboration with Contemporary Arts Center
Vicky Chow, piano
Tristan Perich, composer and visual artist

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Tickets available through the Contemporary Arts Center box office by calling 513-345-8400 or online at https://contemporaryartscenter.org.
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13
• Faculty Artist Series •
Marie-France Lefebvre, piano
Featuring Sujean Kim, violin; Yaël Senamaud, viola; Nathaniel Chaitkin, cello; and Mark Gibson, piano
Featuring works by Poulenc, Milhaud, and Fauré!

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15
• Orchestra Series •
CHINA TOWN II
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director

B. SHENG: Little Cabbage
B. SHENG: Three Chinese Love Songs
L. WANG: Waltz in July
H. CHIN: A Withering Sunflower with Uneven Legs
Y. LIU: For Pipa and Seven Cellos
S. CHEN: Sweet Rice Pie, Six Songs on Four Taiwanese Nursery Rhymes
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17
• Winds Series •
A CONCERT KICKOFF
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor

Join us in kicking off the concert season as we perform significant works written for the wind band. It will be a night to celebrate together with great music by composers Alfred Reed, David Gillingham and others.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
CHANT MANUSCRIPTS AND THEIR LITURGICAL PROGRAMS: SOME BENEVENTAN EXAMPLES
Luisa Nardini, University of Texas

Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
• Winds Series •
CD RELEASE EVENT: FROM ADAMS TO ZAPPA—AMERICAN PIONEERS
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

Come help us celebrate the release of the Wind Orchestra’s new album Latin Landscapes with a concert of American works ranging from march classics to far-out contemporary works!
ADAMS: Lollapalooza
NELSON: Sonoran Desert Holiday
AMERICAN TRIO MARCH:
FILLMORE: Americans We
SOUSA: Black Horse Troop
KING: Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite
ZAPPA: Dog Breath Variations
H. O. REED: La Fiesta Mexicana
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19
• Orchestra Series •
MUSIC FROM NORTHERN EUROPE
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

WEBER: Overture to Der Freischütz
BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

MOZART: Serenade in E-flat
SCHUBERT: Nachtgesang im Walde
HAHN: Le bal de Béatrice d’Este
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20
• Jazz Series •
A NIGHT AT THE BLUE NOTE
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

From the hard bop classics of Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver and Art Blakey to the groovy soul jazz sounds of Cannonball Adderley and Stanley Turrentine, the Blue Note record label set the standard for generations of jazz lovers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21
Composition Department Recital
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21
• Faculty Artist Series •
Randolph Bowman, flute
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
MOZART: Sonata in F Major, K. 332
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A Minor, D 784
BRAHMS: Variation on a theme by Robert Schumann in F-sharp Minor, Op. 9
CHOPIN: Four Mazurkas, Op. 17
CHOPIN: Barcarole in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25
• Percussion Series •
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS’ INUKSUIT
Percussion Group Cincinnati with the CCM Percussion Ensemble
The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s world-famous outdoor percussion ritual comes to the stairs, plazas and balconies of the CCM Circle.
Location: CCM Circle
Admission: FREE
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2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
• Faculty Artist Series •
THE BIRTH PROJECT
Gwen Coleman Detwiler, soprano
Lydia Brown, piano
Featuring guest artists Audrey Luna, soprano; and Libby Larsen, composer
Robin Guarino, stage director

CCM welcomes composer-in-residence Libby Larsen with the Cincinnati premiere of Larsen’s song cycle The Birth Project. Commissioned by faculty artist Gwen Detwiler and guest vocalist Audrey Luna, the work explores childbirth and motherhood, showcasing all the happiness and pain that can accompany such personal, private and life-changing events. The evening will also feature other well-known and emotional compositions from the Grammy Award-winning Larsen.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artists
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27
• Choral Series •
MUSIC OF THE BARD – CHORAL SETTINGS OF SHAKESPEARE III
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Christopher Albanese, Alex Sutton and Martin Steidler, conductors

CCM’s Choral Department inaugurates the second year of The Shakespeare Quadricentennial, a two-year commemoration of the playwright’s birth and death through choral music – spanning his 450th birthday on April 23, 2014, through the 400th anniversary of his death, April 23, 2016. Each choir offers Shakespeare choral settings from the Renaissance through our own time. Newly commissioned works include premieres of British composer Judith Bingham’s “Doth the moon shine?” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dan Forrest’s “Ban, Ban Caliban” from The Tempest. Also featured are Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs and choruses from Verdi’s Falstaff.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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4 p.m. Sunday, September 27
• Faculty Artist Series •
APPARATUSSACRI
Lorin Edwin Parker, electronic music

A media art/music performance featuring new works by faculty artist Lorin Edwin Parker, performed with instruments and devices of his own invention. The mystical and the technological are approached through music and performance art.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28
• Faculty Artist Series •
James Bunte, saxophone
Michael Unger, harpsichord
Chialing Hsieh, piano

An eclectic mix of old and new including a world premier adaptation of Kevin Volans’ Walking Song for saxophone, harpsichord and clappers, Fantasia for soprano saxophone and piano by Villa Lobos, and Pärt’s famous Spiegel im Spiegel. Works by Weronika Ratushinska and Graham Fitkin will also be featured.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
• Mainstage Drama Series •
PENTECOST
Written by David Edgar
Richard E. Hess, director

A play of politics and ideas, Pentecost details the discovery of a painting stunningly similar to Giotto di Bondone’s The Lamentation in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. If proven to pre-date the master’s work, the fresco will revolutionize Western Art. A dramatic power struggle ensues, as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve asylum seekers sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “funny, frightening and deeply moving,” this powerful play by the Tony Award-winning adapter of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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OCTOBER

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE: WORKS FROM ITALY AND ENGLAND
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

RAVEL: Alborada del Grazioso
PUCCINI: Duetto: “Bimba, bimba non piangere” (from Madama Butterfly)
ELGAR: Symphony No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 55
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
• Guest Artist Series •
LARCHMERE QUARTET
Featuring works by composer Zack Browning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5
CCM BRASS SHOWCASE
Timothy Northcut, music director and conductor

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6
• Guest Artist Series •
Lindsey Goodman, flute
Featuring visiting composer Elainie Lillios

Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
Music and lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Vince DeGeorge, director
Steve Goers, musical director
Patti James, choreographer

Meet Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in an irrepressible adaptation of a timeless novel. With a foot-stompin’ country score by Roger Miller, Big River brings to life all the favorite characters from the original – Widow Douglas, the King and Duke, Pap Finn, Mary Jane Wilkes and, of course, the Royal Nonesuch. A dazzling, heartwarming slice of Americana and the crowning achievement of one of country music’s most celebrated careers, Big River is a Tony-Award winning musical for all ages.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 5. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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8 p.m. Friday, October 9
8 p.m. Saturday, October 10
3 p.m. Sunday, October 11
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
8 p.m. Thursday, October 15
8 p.m. Friday, October 16
8 p.m. Saturday, October 17
3 p.m. Sunday, October 18
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21
8 p.m. Thursday, October 22
8 p.m. Friday, October 23
8 p.m. Saturday, October 24
• Studio Drama Series •
A co-production between Know Theatre of Cincinnati and CCM’s Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration
THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE
Written by Charise Castro Smith
Brant Russell, director

An absurdist play amped to the max, The Hunchback of Seville delves into the lives of the monarchy and citizens of 15th-century Spain: the infamous Queen Isabella, the spoiled Infanta Juana (the future Queen of Spain), and the Muslim Talib who is desperately attempting to avoid persecution at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. All of this revolves around Maxima, a mathematical genius and adopted royal family member who is locked away in a tower and pines for Talib’s love. Smith’s play uses this dark, comedic plot both for laughs and as a serious means to examine sanitized history and human rights injustices both in Spain and the new world that Columbus “discovered.” This exciting collaboration brings CCM drama students to Know Theatre’s stage for a history lesson you won’t get in college!
Location: 
Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Tickets available through the Know Theatre Box Office by calling 513-300-5669 or online at http://knowtheatre.com.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub
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8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9
• Orchestra Series •
FRENCH FANTASIES
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

RAVEL: Rhapsodie Espagnole
RAVEL: Piano Concerto TBA
DEBUSSY: La Mer
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
• Guest Artist Series •
Oscar Ghiglia, guitar
Celebrating his 41st residency at CCM, virtuoso Ghiglia performs a solo recital of his concert favorites.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
• Winds Series •
AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor
Featuring guest artist Brenda Portman and faculty artist Michael Unger, organ

Enter the courts of musical majesty for an evening of special magnificence. Witness the splendor of guest organists Brenda Portman (resident organist at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church) and CCM Assistant Professor of Keyboard Michael Unger. We are pulling out all of the stops for this!
REED: Alleluja! Laudamus Te
LAURIDSEN: O Magnum Mysterium
TICHELI: Angels in the Architecture
BARBER: Toccata Festiva
Location: Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. on Oct. 11; CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on Oct. 13
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
• Jazz Series •
“WITH A SONG IN MY HEART:” THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Steve Allee, guest conductor

Timeless songwriters like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael come to life in through these classic and contemporary arrangements for big band.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
• Faculty Artist Series •
CCM Faculty Jazztet
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14
• Winds Series •
POSTCARDS
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Timothy Anderson, trombone

TICHELI: Postcard
ALBENIZ: Fête-dieu á Seville
DE MEIJ: T-Bone Concerto
GRAINGER: Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon
ITO: Sinfonia Singaporiana
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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Time TBA Saturday, Oct. 17
• Opera Fusion: New Works Lab •
SHALIMAR THE CLOWN
A collaboration between CCM Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Co-artistic directors Robin Guarino and Marcus Küchle
Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by James Robinson

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera present a rare behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an original work. An opera based on the novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown revolves around a child named India who loses her father—a United States diplomat to India’s namesake country—to assassination at the hands of his former chauffeur Shalimar. The reasons that led the former clown to murder India’s father tell of the fragility of human life and love, detailing how complicated and non-simplistic our stories are, how large the consequences of our actions can loom, and how great joys can turn into unbearable sadness and senseless tragedy.
Location: TBA
Admission: For ticket details and location for the public reading of Shalimar the Clown, please contact the Cincinnati Opera box office at 513-241-2742.
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22
Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music director

Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
• Studio Opera Series •
WILLIAM BOLCOM: CABARET SONGS
Lydia Brown, music director and piano
Robin Guarino and Marcus Shields, stage directors
William Bolcom’s career is storied: famed pianist, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Ragtime revivalist and acclaimed professor at the University of Michigan. Arnold Weinstein, a self-proclaimed “theatre poet,” won acclaim as a lyricist for famed musicals such as Metamorphoses. Brought together by Darius Milhaud, the duo had a prolific partnership from 1964 until Weinstein’s death in 2005. Their collaborations included famed operas such as McTeagueA Wedding and others. Among these works were four sets of cabaret songs written between the 1970s and 1990s. CCM Opera is proud to present the first complete performance of all 24 of these cabaret songs.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 19. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

SCHOËNBERG: Chamber Symphony
LIGETI: Sechs Bagatellen
POULENC: Suite Française
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
CAROUSEL
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar
As Adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
Diane Lala, director and choreographer
Roger Grodsky, musical director

Set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, Carousel is the story of carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow and his reckless adventures with women, gambling and the wrong side of the law. Billy loses his job just as he learns that his wife is pregnant and, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” Fifteen years later, Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day and encounters the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. Declared “Best Musical of the Century” by Time Magazine in 1999, it’s easy to understand why Carousel became Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
• Choral Series •
In collaboration with the Cincinnati Bach Festival
BEST OF THE ITALIAN, FRENCH AND GERMAN BAROQUE
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir and student soloists
Earl Rivers, conductor

“Best of the Baroque” features the virtuosic Dixit Dominus composed by the young George Frederic Handel during his sojourn to Italy, Dominus Regnavit, a grand motet of the French Baroque by Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, noted violinist and Music Director of Paris’ first public concert series, the Concert Spirituel, and Magnificat in D, composed by J.S. Bach for his first Christmas in Leipzig, Germany.
HANDEL: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
MONDONVILLE: Dominus Regnavit 
J.S. BACH: Magnificat in D, BWV 243
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati 45202
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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NOVEMBER

3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• Choral Series •
In collaboration with the Cincinnati Bach Festival
BEST OF THE ITALIAN, FRENCH AND GERMAN BAROQUE
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir and student soloists
Earl Rivers, conductor

HANDEL: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
MONDONVILLE: Dominus Regnavit 
J.S. BACH: Magnificat in D, BWV 243
Location: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Covington, KY
Admission: FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital
CCM Prep music students will perform in this annual fundraising recital for the Gino DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please join us for a reception following the performance.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE, donations accepted
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• Jazz Series •
STUDIO J MEETS EVANESSENCE: THE MUSIC OF MARIA SCHNEIDER AND TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Maria Schneider have been two of the strongest voices at the vanguard of modern jazz writing. Join us as we celebrate the music of two of the most fascinating and important composer/band leaders of the past forty years.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3
Composition Department Recital
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4
• Choral Series •
IMAGINING PARADISE
UC MEN’S & WOMEN’S CHORUSES
Christopher Albanese and Alex Sutton, conductors

Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present Part I of Haydn’s classical masterwork The Creation (with texts from the Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost). The Men’s and Women’s choruses individually will also present settings of Shakespeare texts by Morrison, Harris and MacMillan, as well as a variety of classical, popular, folk, gospel and jazz arrangements by famed composers such as Copland, Lauridsen, Schubert, Crenshaw, Kedrov, Powell, Gretchaninoff, Miloy and O’Regan.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
• Choral Series •
FRENCH MASTERWORKS
CCM Chorale and Concert Orchestra
Brett Scott and Alexander Colding Smith, conductors

This All-French program features CCM graduate organ majors performing Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth & Sycamore Streets, Downtown Cincinnati
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8
• Winds Series •
PRISM XIX
CCM Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles and Special Guests
Glenn D. Price, music director
Angela Holt, conductor

CCM proudly presents 60 minutes of crowd-pleasing, non-stop excitement by diverse performers throughout Corbett Auditorium. An annual favorite, the PRISM concert is perfect entertainment for the entire family!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8
• E-Media/Drama Film Series •
CCM 48-Hour Film Festival
Richard E. Hess and John Owens, producers

You are invited to a celebration of original film work by CCM students. After random team placement, student authors, actors, directors, editors and composers have 48 hours to create finished original short films. The general public is invited to a screening of these works at the end of the 48-hour project time! Six teams, six short films, plus six guest artists from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya will surprise and delight. 
Location:
 Main Street Cinema at TUC
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring CCM Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt, piano

Join us for the dawn of a new era for CCM and the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet! Praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “consummate musicianship” and the New York Times for its “gift for filling the pristine structures of Classicism with fire,” the Ariel Quartet continues its 2015-16 concert series in grand fashion, joined in this concert by CCM Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt.
SCHUBERT: String Quartet in C Minor, D. 703 “Quartettsatz”
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 8
DVORÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81
Feat. Awadagin Pratt, piano
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth,  Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg,  Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director

Featuring solos, duos, trios and quartets by CCM’s classical guitar majors.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

MILHAUD: La Creation du Monde
IVES: Calcium Night Light
IVES: Scherzo – Over the Pavements
LINDROTH: Starshake
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15
• Piano Series •
PIANOPALOOZA: WARM MUSIC FROM COLD COUNTRIES
Featuring CCM Piano Faculty

CCM’s world-class piano faculty will be on display as they present an exciting collection of works from Russia and other northern countries.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17
Sonic Explorations
Mara Helmuth, music director

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
• Guest Artist Series •
Iktus+ Combo
An ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, piano and percussion, IKTUS Combo is a slick combination of classical music and straight up rock-n-roll. Smart, gritty, elegant, head-bopping – a chamber group of today, comfortable in electric and acoustic worlds.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
• Mainstage Opera Series •
THE MERRY WIDOW
Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
Aik Khai Pung, conductor
Emma Griffin, director

A glorious early-20th century operetta (a forerunner to the great musicals), The Merry Widow tells a fizzy tale of star-crossed lovers and political shenanigans in a fantastical Paris. Baron Zeta of Pontevedro must prevent the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari from marrying a foreigner; if she does, all of her wealth will leave Pontevedro, thus bankrupting the country. Will Hanna’s former flame Count Danilovich—a debonair rake—win her heart again, or will she choose a flirtatious Frenchman instead? Farce, romance and jealousy abound in this sparkling romp. Sung in English.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
LISZT & THE POLITICS OF CULTURE: THE CASE OF ST. ELIZABETH
Monika Hennemann, Cardiff University

Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE: MAHLER
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Ulrich Nicolai, guest conductor

MOZART: Piano concerto TBA
Feat. the winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition
MAHLER: Symphony No. 7
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
• Jazz Series •
DUKE ELLINGTON’S NUTCRACKER SUITE AND HOLIDAY CONCERT
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Featuring Musical Theatre Dancers
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Diane Lala, choreographer

Enjoy our re-telling of Ellington’s remarkable adaptation of this holiday classic, brought to life with stunning new choreography by CCM Musical Theatre’s own Diane Lala and featuring the stars of Musical Theatre Dance.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director

Featuring music for classical guitar, voice and instruments.
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director

CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
• UC Fellows of the Graduate School Distinguished Speaker Series •
CHALLENGES AND REWARDS OF A CONDUCTOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Louis Langrée, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The French conductor Louis Langrée is Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg and Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. The UC Fellows of the Graduate School welcome him for this very special lecture.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
• Orchestra Series •
FROM SCOTLAND TO SPILLVILLE
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
Mark Gibson, conductor

MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides, Op. 26
BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
Feat. the winner of the CCM Violin Concerto Competition
DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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DECEMBER

8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1
• Winds Series •
FROM LANDS NEAR AND FAR…
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor

Pack a bag and travel across the seas to distant lands of musical wonder. Explore the sights and sounds of the CCM Wind Ensemble as they take you on a journey throughout the world and beyond the stars. This will be an adventure you will not want to miss!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
• Winds Series •
A CHILD’S GARDEN OF DREAMS
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

GRAINGER: Children’s March
PRICE: Voices of Spring
TOCH: Spiel
MASLANKA: A Child’s Garden of Dreams
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
3 & 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
• Dance Series •
FALL DANCE CONCERT
CCM Ballet Ensemble
Michael Tevlin & Andre Megerdichian, directors

Celebrate the joyous season as the CCM Ballet Ensemble presents a mixed bill of five pieces choreographed and restaged by CCM Dance faculty members Deidre Carberry, Andre Megerdichian and Michael Tevlin, as well as by guest choreographers Diego Salterini and David Hochoy. The evening will showcase some of the nation’s most talented collegiate dancers and promises to rouse the audiences to their feet!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
• Prestige Event Series •
FEAST OF CAROLS
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra; UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses; Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Featuring guest choirs from Elder, Sycamore and Walnut Hills High Schools
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Christopher Albanese, Alexander  Sutton, David F. Allen, Kenneth Holdt and Anthony Nims, conductors

Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2015 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CCC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter, music director

The area’s most talented middle school and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Brian Diller, music director and conductor

Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Preparatory Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
• CCM Preparatory Department •
FALL YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director

The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adults. The featured ballet in this holiday concert will be Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland in addition to other traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Preparatory faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tri-state area, perform holiday songs from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
• CCM Preparatory Department•
CCM Preparatory Jazz Combo Concert
Location: Mary Emery Hall 3250
Admission: FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
• CCM Preparatory Department•
Cincinnati Junior Strings
Rachel Bierkan, director

Cincinnati’s first string ensemble for middle school students presents its annual spring concert, featuring music by a variety of composers.
Location: Muntz Theater, UC-Blue Ash Campus
Admission: FREE
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Purchasing Tickets
Subscription packages and concert series single tickets are on sale now. Single tickets for CCM’s Mainstage Series productions go on sale at noon on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

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.

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 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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SPONSORS

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support of $10,000 and above:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter & All-Steinway School Sponsor

ArtsWave
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor
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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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The Ariel Quartet. From left to right: Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov and Gershon Gerchikov.

CCM Extends Residency of Internationally Acclaimed Ariel Quartet

Peter Landgren, dean and Thomas James Kelly professor of music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has announced that the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet will continue to serve as the college’s string quartet-in-residence for the next seven years. An ensemble-in-residence since 2012, this extension will keep the Quartet at CCM through the 2021-22 academic year and concert season.

“I am thrilled that the Ariel Quartet will call CCM its permanent home for the foreseeable future,” said Landgren. “Their residency has already had a notable impact on both our college and the city of Cincinnati. In their first three and a half years, the members of the Ariel Quartet have provided unparalleled coaching and mentorship to our students, presented our community with its first complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, performed as part of Bryce Dessner’s MusicNOW Festival, collaborated with distinguished CCM guest artists like Menahem Pressler and David Geringas, and served as ambassadors for the Queen City as part of the CINCYinNYC initiative.”

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998, and they have been playing together ever since. 2014 recipients of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet directs CCM’s chamber music program as part of this residency, in addition to their annual series of concerts at the college.

“The past three and a half years exceeded our initial expectations of this residency in every respect,” the members of the Ariel Quartet explained. “The eagerness of CCM’s students paired with the incredible support of our esteemed faculty colleagues has enabled us to help cultivate the active and enthusiastic chamber music community of our dreams. We are thrilled to be able to make Cincinnati our permanent home and are excited at the prospect of continuing to be a part of this community’s musical life.”

The Ariel Quartet will continue to perform four concerts per year in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium for the duration of this new seven-year agreement. The Quartet will continue to coach 20 – 25 student string quartets in the fine art of chamber music performance, as well. The members of the Ariel Quartet will also expand their pedagogic roles at CCM by adding one-on-one teaching to their responsibilities.

CCM’s new agreement with the Quartet also provides a fund to attract guest artists who will perform with the Ariels and provide masterclasses for students, along with funding to support an annual student string quartet competition.

The Ariel Quartet will also be able to maintain its impressive international performance schedule thanks to support from the University of Cincinnati, which was key in assisting the members of the Quartet in obtaining their H-1B visas.

According to Paul Katz, the scope of the Ariel Quartet’s new arrangement with CCM is quite noteworthy. Founding cellist of the world-renowned Cleveland Quartet and a master teacher at the New England Conservatory, Katz said, “The long-term nature of this agreement brings both deserved economic security to this amazing young string ensemble, and gives CCM and the Ariel Quartet time together to build a first class string chamber music program for the school.”

Prior to its residency at CCM, the Ariel Quartet was the resident ensemble of the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, which is led by Katz. “I am delighted that my 26 years in the Cleveland Quartet and our groundbreaking residency arrangement at the Eastman School of Music was able to serve as a successful model for CCM’s relationship with the Ariel Quartet,” he observed.

Katz concluded, “In 45 years of mentoring extraordinary young groups, seldom have I seen an arrangement of comparable perception, detail and mutual benefit.”

“This has all been made possible by a group of individuals who understand how their investment in this young quartet revives a proud tradition initiated by the LaSalle Quartet,” Landgren explained, referring to CCM’s storied string quartet-in-residence from 1953-88. “Cincinnati and CCM will continue to benefit from the remarkable talents and engaging personality of the Ariel Quartet, whose members are writing an exciting new chapter in our community’s strong history of chamber music.”

A poster for the Ariel Quartet's 2015-16 concert series at CCM.

Learn more about the Ariel Quartet’s upcoming CCM Concert Series by visiting ccm.uc.edu/ariel.

A New Era Dawns: The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 Concert Series
For its next season in residence at CCM, the Ariel Quartet will present concerts at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, Nov. 10, Jan. 26 and March 1. These Tuesday night concerts will be held in CCM’s acoustically stunning Corbett Auditorium and will feature works by Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Brahms, Haydn and others.

Series highlights will also include a performance of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite and a collaboration with CCM artist-in-residence Awadagin Pratt on Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81. Complete concert series repertoire is available online at ccm.uc.edu/ariel.

Audiences can experience the Ariel Quartet’s next concert series in its entirety for just $75 per subscription, a savings of 25% off single ticket prices. Subscription packages can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183.

Single tickets become available on Monday, August 24, and are $25 for general audiences and $15 for non-UC students. Single 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.

About the Ariel Quartet
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation.

The Quartet was formed in Israel 17 years ago when its members were young students, and they have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where its members direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts – a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young.

Highlights of the 2014-15 season include a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge; a performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; performances resulting from the Cleveland Quartet Award in Kansas City, Austin and Buffalo; and a tour of South America.

The Ariel Quartet performs widely in North America, Europe and Israel, including two recent record-setting Beethoven cycles, performed before all the members of the quartet turned 30. The Ariel continues to astonish with its performances of complete works by memory and has remained committed to performing extensively in Israel. In addition, the Ariel has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein during the 2013-14 season, and performs regularly with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and for the Perlman Music Program.

Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of international prizes including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize at the international competition “Franz Schubert And The Music Of Modernity” in Graz, Austria, in 2003, when the Quartet’s members were remarkably young. After they won the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók, as well as the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and called their performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 “the pinnacle of the competition.”

The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian and Martha Strongin Katz, among others. The Quartet has received extensive scholarship support throughout its studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, the Legacy Heritage Fund, as well as The A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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A portion of the cover to CCM's 2015-16 Season Brochure.

CCM’s 2015-16 Subscription Packages Are On Sale Now. Plan Your Season With Our New Brochure Today!

Established in 1867, the nationally ranked and internationally renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts.

CCM's 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Click here to view CCM’s 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Each year, our talented young artists and world-class faculty and staff members collaborate on an unparalleled series of performing arts events.

This year, we proudly present over 50 major concert and theatre productions, ranging from all-time classics to modern Broadway blockbusters.

Whether you prefer charming operas or thrilling dramas, stunning symphonies or swinging jazz, old favorites or world premieres, there’s something for you at CCM this season.

Join us for a performance and see for yourself why critics and audiences alike can’t stop talking about our resident artists and “stars of tomorrow!”

Plan your season today by downloading a digital copy of CCM’s 2015-16 brochure. Physical copies are available at CCM’s Box Office, as well!

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single Concert Series and Ariel Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 24, 2015. Single Mainstage Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 31, 2015.

For more details about CCM’s 2015-16 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

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SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support of $10,000 and above:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter & All-Steinway School Sponsor

ArtsWave
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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Cincinnati World Piano Competition gold medal.

Cincinnati World Piano Competition Announces 2015 Finalists

After an incredible Semifinal Round on June 11, the 2015 Cincinnati World Piano Competition has its three finalists!

Congratulations to Artem Yasynskyy, Mei Rui and Nino Bakradze! You can learn more about each of these competitors below.

The final round will take place in Corbett Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The order of performance is as follows:

  • Mei Rui, United States
  • Artem Yasynskyy, Ukraine
  • Intermission
  • Nino Bakradze, Georgia

 The awards ceremony will follow immediately after the performances. Dessert and coffee with the medalists in CCM’s Baur Room will follow the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all of our semi finalists and best of luck to our three final competitors! Order your tickets online at here.

Cincinnati World Piano Competition 2015 finalist Nino Bakradze.

CWPC 2015 finalist Nino Bakradze.

About Nino Bakradze
Nino Bakradze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, into a family of musicians. From a very early age, she has presented piano recitals worldwide including Finland, Poland, Armenia, Georgia, China, Spain, Brazil and the USA. In 2014, she was a Prizewinner in Spain’s Maria Canals International Piano Competition, and in 2012, she was awarded Third Place at the BNDS International Piano Competition of Rio de Janeiro. She won both New England Conservatory’s Concerto Competition and the Piano Honors Competition. Ms. Bakradze was a prizewinner at the International A. Khachaturian Competition in Armenia, and at the J. Flier International Piano Competition. Awards from within her home country include First Place at the N. Gabunia National Competition and the R. Rozhok and E. Gurevich Young Georgian Piano Competitions.

During tomorrow’s performance, Bakradze will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30.

Cincinnati World Piano Competition 2015 finalist Mei Rui.

CWPC 2015 finalist Mei Rui.

About Mei Rui
Pianist Mei Rui’s playing has been praised as “riveting,” full of “dramatic tension and lucidity” by the Boston Globe. Dr. Rui graduated from Yale, and holds degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and music. While pursuing her D.M.A., she taught as Visiting Professor of Organic and General Chemistry at the City University of New York.

In September 2013, Dr. Rui played to a sold-out audience with violinist Xiang Yu at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. She has appeared at Yellowbarn, Taos, and Norfolk, and has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, George Manahan, Shinik Hahm, Paul Katz and Roger Tapping.

At age 11, she made her orchestral debut soloing with the Beijing Radio Symphony and has since played with the Beijing Radio Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yale Philharmonic. Recently she recorded Eric Nathan’s solo works to be released by Albany Records in 2015.

During tomorrow’s performance, Rui will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30.

Cincinnati World Piano Competition 2015 finalist Artem Yasynskyy.

CWPC 2015 finalist Artem Yasynskyy.

About Artem Yasynskyy
Ukrainian pianist Artem Yasynskyy has appeared on many international stages. He has won prizes at major international piano competitions such as the Gina Bachauer Piano Artist Competition, the Sendai and Gian Battista Viotti Music competitions, as well as the Horowitz and First German competitions.

Mr. Yasynskyy has appeared at festivals such as the Bremer Musikfest, the Maggio Piano Festival Vercelli, the Summer Night Music Festival of Kiev, the Festival “Days of Slavic Culture” in Rome and the Polish Music Festival in Hamburg.

During tomorrow’s performance, Yasynskyy will perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23.

Performance Time
7 p.m., Saturday, June 13

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the Cincinnati World Piano Competition Finals Concert start at $35. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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's Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

CCM Summer Concert Tickets Now Available for Purchase Online

You can now secure your seats for this summer’s hottest performances online using CCM’s new eBox Office!

Tickets for the following Art of the Piano Guest Artist Concerts can be purchased online, over the telephone or in-person at the CCM Box Office today!

7 p.m. Sunday, June 14 Jura Margulis
$15 general, $10 students Buy Tickets
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 Ursula Oppens
$15 general, $10 students Buy Tickets
7 p.m. Saturday, June 27 Yong Hi Moon $15 general, $10 students Buy Tickets

Tickets to our semi-staged production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen can also be purchased in advance.

8 p.m. Saturday, August 8 Carmen
$15 general, $10 students Buy Tickets

You can learn more about our Summer Performance Series by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/save-the-date/summer-2015-performance-series.

 

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Cincinnati World Piano Competition 2014 Finals Concert with the CSO.

24 International Competitors Take the Stage This Week for the Cincinnati World Piano Competition

CCM’s Summer Performance Series is heating up this week with the return of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition!

If you missed the coverage in yesterday’s Cincinnati Enquirer, you can find Janelle Gelfand‘s extensive report on the Competition online here. See how our new bracket format works in the video below!

The First Round of the 2015 Cincinnati World Piano Competition continues through June 10, with the Semifinal Round scheduled for June 11. On Saturday, June 13, our finalists take the stage with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the summer’s can’t-miss concert!

Tickets are still available for all rounds of the Competition and are on sale now through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office!

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'The Birth Song Cycle' rehearsals featuring Audrey Luna, Libby Larsen, Lydia Brown and Gwen Detwiler. Photography by Joseph Fuqua II.

CCM Faculty and Alumni Artists Premiere New Work by Grammy Award-Winning Composer Libby Larsen at SongFest 2015

This summer, a trio of faculty and alumni artists from CCM will premiere a new work by Grammy award-winning composer Libby Larsen.

The Birth Song Cycle will be performed at the Colburn School’s Thayer Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, as part of this year’s SongFest Signature Series of concerts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Birth Song Cycle was written for CCM Associate Professor of Voice Gwen Coleman Detwiler and CCM alumna Audrey Luna (MM Voice, 1988). The two sopranos will collaborate with internationally renowned pianist and CCM Associate Professor of Opera Lydia Brown in performing this cutting edge composition, giving fresh and current perspective to the powerful subject of childbirth.

While the canon of vocal literature touches on many deeply felt human experiences, the profound transformation of childbirth is scarcely addressed. Larsen’s The Birth Song Cycle breaks that taboo, exploring those human sensations of exuberance and loss, of pain and triumph that are the emotional fabric of childbirth.

Through humor and lyricism, Larsen illuminates our humanity with a genius blending of music and the words of modern authors including Pheobe Damrosch, M. K. Dean, Jennifer Gilmore, Lauren Groff, Langston Hughes, Heidi Pitlor, A. E. Stallings, Cheryl Strayed, Akiko Yosano and Gina Zucker.

You can learn more about this and other SongFest 2015 events by visiting www.songfest.us/2015-festival.

Following the work’s world premiere at SongFest, The Birth Song Cycle will be performed as part of CCM’s 2015-16 Faculty Artist Series on Saturday, Sept. 26.

About Libby Larsen

Grammy award-winning composer Libby Larsen.

Grammy award-winning composer Libby Larsen.

Libby Larsen is one of America’s most prolific and most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over 12 operas. Her music has been praised for its dynamic, deeply inspired and vigorous contemporary American spirit. Constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, Larsen has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

Larsen has been hailed as “the only English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively” by USA Today; as “a composer who has made the art of symphonic writing very much her own” by Gramophone; as “a mistress of orchestration” by Times Union; and for “assembling one of the most impressive bodies of music of our time” by Hartford Courant. Her music has been praised for its “clear textures, easily absorbed rhythms and appealing melodic contours that make singing seem the most natural expression imaginable” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Libby Larsen has come up with a way to make contemporary opera both musically current and accessible to the average audience.”

Larsen has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 1994 Grammy as producer of the CD The Art of Arlene Augér, an acclaimed recording that features Larsen’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. Her opera Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus was selected as one of the eight best classical music events of 1990 by USA Today. The first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra, she has held residencies with the California Institute of the Arts, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Philadelphia School of the Arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony. Larsen’s many commissions and recordings are a testament to her fruitful collaborations with a long list of world-renowned artists, including the King’s Singers, Benita Valente and Frederica von Stade, among others. Her works are widely recorded on such labels as Angel/EMI, Nonesuch, Decca, and Koch International.

As a past holder of the 2003-04 Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Library of Congress and recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Larsen is a vigorous, articulate champion of the music and musicians of our time. In 1973, she co-founded (with Stephen Paulus) the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, which has been an invaluable advocate for composers in a difficult, transitional time for American arts. Consistently sought-after as a leader in the generation of millennium thinkers, Larsen’s music and ideas have refreshed the concert music tradition and the composer’s role in it.

About Gwen Coleman Detwiler

CCM Associate Professor Gwen Coleman Detwiler.

CCM Associate Professor Gwen Coleman Detwiler.

Soprano Gwen Coleman Detwiler has been praised by music critics for possessing a voice of “divine beauty” with “sparkling coloratura” and “impressive high-flying top notes.” Her solo concert work includes appearances with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Detwiler made her European debut as the soprano soloist for the Klassiche Musikfest’s performances of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten and Beethoven’s Mass in C at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. Her opera role repertoire includes Gilda in Rigoletto, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Blonde in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, the Governess in Turn of the Screw, Monica in The Medium and the title role in Cendrillon, among others. Dr. Detwiler can be heard on the Newport Classic’s CD recording of Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe and as the leading soprano, Suleika, on Centaur Record’s world-premier recording of Schubert’s Der Graf von Gleichen.

In recital, Dr. Detwiler’s repertoire includes literature spanning Baroque chamber music, German lieder, and the modern American art song. Audiences have enjoyed her performances at the Chautauqua Institute in New York, Summerfest Chamber Music Festival in Missouri, the Grandin Chamber Music Festival in Ohio, the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Ohio, the Fredonia Opera House in New York, the Château de Vianden in Luxembourg and in Central City, Colorado, among many others.

A 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council regional winner, Dr. Detwiler has won numerous national awards for her artistry, including a MacAllister Award, the Italo Opera Award, a Presser Award and the Naftzger Young Artists Auditions first prize. She received her vocal and opera training at Northwestern University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Opera Center Merola Young Artist Program.

Dr. Detwiler is currently an associate professor of voice at CCM. In the summer of 2012, she joined the faculty of SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. In addition, she has taught at the Spoleto Festival in Italy (2011), the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg (2010) and the State University of New York at Fredonia (1999-2010). Her vocal students have sung on the some of world’s most illustrious stages from the New York Metropolitan Opera to the stages of Broadway, others have attended prestigious graduate schools in the United States and in Europe. Dr. Detwiler was the recipient of the 2006 Revolutionary Woman on Campus Award and the 2001 Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Detwiler performs and provides vocal master classes throughout the United States. She currently lives in the greater Cincinnati area with her husband, Jim, and two children, Jacob and Katelyn.

About Audrey Luna

CCM alumna Audrey Luna.

CCM alumna Audrey Luna.

Audrey Luna has been heard in international festivals and concert halls across the US, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. She launched her career abroad on tour with the famous Hagen Quartet and in Germany as a fest soloist in Bremen, where she was lauded as “musically and theatrically first class… with technical sovereignty, she laid before us so much warmth, expression, and sensitivity that it was pure joy.”

Luna has enjoyed a widely varied career opera, oratorio, chamber music, art song recitals and contemporary music. Among her credits are the Salzburger Festspiel, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiel, Mettlach Chamber Music Festival, Jerusalem Festival, Shanghai Spring Festival, Lexington Bach Festival, Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Queens Hall, the Louvre, St. John the Divine and the Kennedy Center to name a few.

Luna’s love of chamber music has led to collaborations with not only the Hagen Quartet, but also the Artis Quartet, Baseler Quartet, Ciompi Quartet, Amernet Quartet, Carpe Diem Quartet and the Bennewitz Quartet. She works regularly with renowned percussionist and CCM faculty member Allen Otte in recital and experimental theatre and recently performed at the Lucerne Festival with Walter Levin (of CCM’s legendary string quartet-in-residence the LaSalle Quartet) in his lecture recitals. A frequent collaborator with pianists Brad Caldwell and CCM Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music James Tocco, she has appeared in numerous recitals across the Midwestern United States and at the Great Lakes Chamber Festival. Recent performances with Laura Hynes and their soprano duo Detour de Force, have received wide acclaim.

Luna’s extensive work in contemporary music is marked by her invitation to sing with the Hagen Quartet at the historic opening of the Schoenberg Institute in Vienna and to premier music of Chinese composer Qu Xiao-Song at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. Dramatic work with Dagmar Birke led to the commission of the monodrama CLOTHO, based on original writings of Camille Claudel, for soprano, percussion and computer. Her most recent contemporary music projects include work in Paris with Hungarian composer György Kurtag, which resulted in her recording of his Kafka Fragmente, as well as work with Chinese composer Chen Yi, German composer and guitarist Wolfgang Netzer and American composers Moiya Callahan, CCM Professor Mara Helmuth, Allen Otte and John Corigliano. Luna also appeared in New York City Opera’s Showcase of American Composers series.

Luna currently teaches at Miami University of Ohio and during the summer teaches voice and the Alexander Technique at SongFest at the Colburn School. Her students are singing in opera houses internationally, have toured worldwide with William Christie and Chanticleer and are winners in competitions in the US including the Metropolitan Opera Regional and District Council Auditions, Columbus Opera and NATSAA. Luna’s students sing with young artist programs and in opera houses across the US and attend some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the US and Europe: CCM, Eastman, Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, Rice University, the Royal College of Music in London and Paris Conservatory. Luna has mentored students to win Fullbright, Marshall and Frank Huntington Beebe scholarships.

Luna has sung with such noted conductors as Niklaus Harnoncourt, Marcello Viotti, Anthony Pappano, Jesús López-Cobos, Helmut Rilling, José-Luis Novo, Stephen Cleobury and Stephanie Gonley. Luna is recording the music for soprano and percussion in Mode Records’ integrated edition of the complete music of John Cage with Percussion Group Cincinnati, as well as the voice and percussion music of Qu Xiao-Song for Peer Publishers. She can be heard on the Bonneville Classics, Oehms Classics, and arsmoderna labels.

About Lydia Brown

CCM Associate Professor Lydia Brown.

CCM Associate Professor Lydia Brown.

Lydia Brown has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the world. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she currently serves as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.

Brown won the Second Prize of the 1996 New Orleans International Piano Competition and was honored as an NFAA Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Her recital appearances include notable venues such as the Salle Cortot, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the Dusseldorf InselFestival, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd St. Y, Caramoor, the Goethe Institute of New York, the Phillips Gallery and Steinway Hall among others.

Brown holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School as well as degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. She studied art song with Elly Ameling and pianist Rudolf Jansen and has served on the musical coaching staffs of the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Institute Voice Program, the Marlboro Music Festival and the Ravinia Steans Institute.

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