CCM presents 'Candide' Nov. 16-19, 2017, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: ‘Candide’

Here is your sneak peek at CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Candide, presented in conjunction with the world-wide Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration. Conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Emma Griffin, the opera opens at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Based on Voltaire’s biting satirical novella of the same name, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide follows a naïve young man as he searches for the meaning of life in a cruel and chaotic world. CCM’s innovative new production of Candide uses a mysterious, one-room set design that inspires the theatricality of the show.

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“CCM’s highly imaginative staging of this classic opera-musical is part of a long performance tradition of presenting Candide as a theatrically inventive show,” Griffin says. “In our production, we’ve given the performers a blank canvas with which to create a world of heightened theatricality and magical realism.”

Journey through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” in CCM’s production of Candide, presented Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/candide.
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CANDIDE
(New York City Opera House Version)
By Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Leonard Bernstein

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.
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Creative Team

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Emma Griffin, director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Edward Mineishi*, sound designer
  • Ann Marie White*, dialect coach
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Lydia Brown, vocal coach
  • William R. Langley*, chorus master
  • Pauline Humbert*, stage manager

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Brandon Scott Russell# as Candide
  • Rob Stahley^ as Candide
  • Heidi Middendorf# as Cunegonde
  • Shannon Cochran^ as Cunegonde
  • Chelsea Duval-Major# as Old Lady
  • Karis Tucker^ as Old Lady
  • Schyler Vargas as Maximilian
  • Rebecca Printz as Paquette
  • De’ron McDaniel as Pangloss
  • Jacqueline Daaleman, Landon Hawkins, Nick Heffelfinger as Voltaire
  • Clay Edwards as Baron
  • Mia Athey as Baroness
  • Logan Wagner, Grant Peck as Bulgarian Soldiers
  • Breanna Flores, Elle Zambarano as Westphalian Soldiers
  • Michael Hyatt as High Inquisitor
  • Natalie Shepard as Auto-da-fe Victim
  • Chandler Johnson as Governor
  • Kseniia Polstiankina as Pianist
  • Amy Joy Stephens, Briana Moynihan as El Dorado Sheep
  • John Siarris as Prefect of Constantinople

^Denotes performers on Nov. 16 and 18
#Denotes performers on Nov. 17 and 19

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Candide are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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CCM Now Accepting Applications for Graduate Brass Quintet Fellowship

CCM Now Accepting Applications for Brass Quintet Fellowship

CCM is now accepting applications for its inaugural Graduate Brass Quintet. This prestigious Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba players. Pre-formed Quintets are preferred but not required.

The members of CCM’s Graduate Brass Quintet Fellowship program will receive full tuition scholarship support and a graduate assistantship stipend of $8,000 per academic year. Fellows must be enrolled in a two-year Master of Music (MM) or Artist Diploma (AD) program at CCM.

Fellows will receive guidance from CCM’s illustrious faculty members including Phil Collins, Alan Siebert, Tim Anderson, Peter Norton and Tim Northcut, as well as guest artists like Alison Balsom, Warren Deck, the American Brass Quintet, the Army Band Brass Quintet and Harmonic Brass.

The Graduate Brass Quintet will coach undergraduate winds and brass chamber ensembles. The Quintet will give full recitals on campus and must attend one chamber music competition per year with available travel funding assistance.

Brass Studies at CCM connects students to a powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers. Our graduates draw on this network to begin their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians, teachers and players with major symphony orchestras and premier military bands.

Application Requirements
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. A complete application includes an online application, transcript(s), letters of recommendation, 500-word personal statement and a live interview at CCM. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu/apply.

2018 Audition Dates at CCM

  • Pre-formed Quintets: Feb. 16-17
  • Trumpet: Feb. 16-17
  • Horn: Jan. 13 & 27
  • Trombone: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 17
  • Tuba: Feb. 16

Additional Information
For more information, please contact CCM Admissions at 513-556-9478 or email ccmadmis@uc.edu.

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CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Featured in ‘Symphony’ Magazine

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Program 2017 banner image featuring Diana Flores with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Diana Flores with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The inaugural musicians in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/CCM Diversity Fellowship reflect on their first year in the program in a feature story published in the fall 2017 issue of Symphony, the quarterly magazine of the League of American Orchestras.

“This program is truly devoted to helping us get symphony jobs,” says fellow Maurice Todd. “They have given five people of color a chance to experience a professional orchestral setting where every member is approachable and willing to help.”

Titled “Pipeline to Inclusion” the full Symphony feature story is available to read online via issuu or you can click here for a PDF.

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CCM’s Percussion Group Cincinnati Inducted into Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame

Allen Otte, James Culley and Russell Burge in Percussion Group Cincinnati.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is proud to recognize ensemble-in-residence Percussion Group Cincinnati for its induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. The ensemble, founded in 1979, consists of CCM faculty members Allen Otte (Emeritus, 2017), James Culley and Russell Burge.

Each year, the Percussive Arts Society chooses two to four individuals or groups to recognize as inductees into its hall of fame. This year, Percussion Group Cincinnati was selected alongside Andy Narell, Bobby Hutcherson and Zeferino Nandayapa. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Composer John Cage (far left) with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Composer John Cage (far left) with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Percussion Group Cincinnati is especially well known for its relationship with and performances of music by John Cage, who had a residency at CCM in 1967.  The group also emphasizes the promotion of new music by fostering relationships with living composers, such as John Luther Adams and Qu Xiao-Song.

Their daily rehearsal schedule over the decades has been supplemented with teaching and coaching student musicians, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in creative music, in teaching and with major symphony orchestras. Percussion Group Cincinnati has appeared in performances in major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools of America, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include the Shanghai International Spring Music Festival, a tour of Japan, and the premiere of a new concerto in Singapore with the Singapore Chinese Instrument Orchestra.

In addition to performing around the world, Percussion Group Cincinnati has made many recordings on several record labels, including Mode Records and their own label, ars moderno. The group participated in Mode Records’ project to release all of Cage’s music by creating Works for Percussion 1, an album that features two versions of Credo in US and several of Cage’s Imaginary Landscapes.

Previous inductees into the PAS Hall of Fame include Ringo Starr, modern composer and percussionist Steve Reich, 20th century jazz drummer Warren “Baby” Dodds, a few timpanists of the greatest orchestras and many contributors to the industry of percussion equipment, including Vic Firth and several members of the Zildjian family.

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame was established in 1972 and recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded professional leaders in percussion performance, education, research, scholarship, administration, composition and the industry. Inductees demonstrate the highest ideals and professional integrity to their profession to bring about significant events, substantive improvements in the world of percussion and the betterment of the profession through exemplary services or acts.

The Percussive Arts Society, established in 1961, has approximately 5,000 members in over 68 chapters around the world. Its mission is to inspire, educate and support percussionists and drummers around the world. Learn more at www.pas.org.

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Fine Arts Electives

CCM Spring Electives Bring Arts Experiences to All

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers more than 60 different general studies and fine arts elective courses during the spring 2018 semester. These credit-granting courses are open to all UC students and cover a wide range of topics from dance to music, media and theatre arts.

Learn the basics of modern dance and ballet or master the hip-hop moves seen in your favorite music videos in classes designed for beginners or experienced dancers. Watch classic Hollywood films, analyze the development of American TV sitcoms and take a closer look at how entertainment culture is created and consumed in media classes.

CCM’s music appreciation courses cover genres from Japanese pop and video game music to rock ‘n’ roll, including the music of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. New classes offered this spring explore the music of Prince, Woodstock or local music in your communities.

You can also turn your laptop into a musical instrument, or learn to play the piano or guitar with hands-on music performance classes. Theatre arts classes allow students to learn the craft of acting, study script analysis or discover the art of stage and make-up design in introductory courses.

Online and on-campus arts courses are just a click away! Visit ccm.uc.edu/arts4all for a full listing of the spring 2018 fine arts course listings.

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Ariel Quartet members Gershon Gerchikov, Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning and Alexandra "Sasha" Kazovsky. Photography by Robert A. Flischel.

CCM’s Ariel Quartet Welcomes Weilerstein Duo in Nov. 14 Concert

Ariel Quarter performs with the Weilerstein Duo on Nov. 14.

The Ariel Quartet continues its 2017-18 concert series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Guest artists Donald Weilerstein, viola, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano, join the quartet for an evening of music featuring works by Janáček, Mozart and Shostakovich.

Donald Weilerstein was a founding member and the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world, earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review. He performs regularly across the country with Vivian in the Weilerstein Duo.

Critics have praised the Weilerstein Duo’s performances and recordings. Fanfare declared the duo’s recordings of music by Ernest Bloch a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List” and the American Record Guide lauded the duo’s recordings of both Bloch and Janáček.

Both musicians also perform across the country as part of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory. The trio includes Donald, Vivian and their daughter, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Highlights of the trio’s previous performances include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Complete program information for the Nov. 14 concert is below.

About Donald and Vivian Weilerstein

Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and was honored at graduation by the National Foundation of the Arts as an outstanding graduate of the school. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968, he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo.

For twenty years (1969–1989) Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.

Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa, Keshet Eilon, “Chamber Music Encounters” sponsored by La Cite de la Musique, the Paris Conservatory and many more. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and at the Perlman Music Program.

He also performs as a duo recitalist with pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. The Duo was enthusiastically received at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and in the major American cities. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, and the Janáček, Dohnányi and Enescu Sonatas for Arabesque, as well as the complete Schumann Sonatas for Azica Records.

Weilerstein is the violinist in the renowned Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at New England Conservatory. The trio’s highly acclaimed 2006 CD on the Koch label, with music of Dvořák, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Vivian Hornik Weilerstein is the director of the Professional Piano Trio Training Program and coordinator of Piano Chamber Music at the New England Conservatory.

Weilerstein has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s most eminent artists and ensembles. She has appeared as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino, and has toured throughout Europe and Japan. She has been featured in More magazine, and on the “Jane Pauley Show” in stories about professional mother/daughter teams.

Weilerstein is the pianist in the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio. Highlights of the Trio’s current and past seasons include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston. They gave their London debut in spring ’04 at the Royal Academy of Music.

Critics and audiences have welcomed Weilerstein’s performances as part of the Weilerstein Duo, with violinist Donald Weilerstein. Fanfare declared the duo’s Bloch recordings a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List,” and American Record Guide lauded both the Bloch and Janáček recordings. In addition to the duo and trio recordings, Weilerstein has also recorded for the EMI Debut Series.

Weilerstein has performed at the major American music festivals, including Music Academy of the West, the Marlboro, Aspen, Chamber Music West, Yellow Barn, Norfolk, Sarasota, Roundtop and La Jolla festivals and the Perlman Chamber Music Program. She has been a guest artist at Kneisal Hall, the Young Musicians Festival in Israel, the Daniel Days in Holland and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She also taught and performed in Shanghai, China as part of the Morningside Music Bridge and in Caracas, Venezuela as part of El Sistema.

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REPERTOIRE
JANÁČEK: String Quartet No. 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)
MOZART: String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Subscription packages and single tickets are now available for the Ariel Quartet’s full 2017-18 concert series.

Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183. Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

The Ariel Quartet’s 2017-18 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.

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CCM’s 150th Anniversary Mainstage Series Presents Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’

CCM presents "Candide" Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

CCM’s innovative staging of this classic opera highlights the artistry of the college’s “stars of tomorrow” and Bernstein’s extraordinary score.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) continues its Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series with Candide, presented in conjunction with the world-wide Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration. Conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Emma Griffin, the opera runs Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, through Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Based on Voltaire’s biting satirical novella of the same name, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide follows a naïve young man as he searches for the meaning of life in a cruel and chaotic world. First performed on Broadway in 1956 and then revised in 1973, the comic operetta won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and multiple Drama Desk and Tony Awards. The opera’s energetic overture and the aria “Glitter and Be Gay” quickly became classics in their own time.

CCM’s innovative new production of Candide uses a mysterious, one-room set design that inspires the theatricality of the show. The performance will guide audiences’ imaginations as they journey through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” with verve and humor.

“CCM’s highly imaginative staging of this classic opera-musical is part of a long performance tradition of presenting Candide as a theatrically inventive show,” Griffin says. “In our production, we’ve given the performers a blank canvas with which to create a world of heightened theatricality and magical realism.”

The production’s cast includes students from CCM’s opera, voice, musical theatre and acting programs, who use various items that are at hand to transform themselves and their surroundings in order to tell the story.

Candide is a dark, funny satirical tale about the dangers of an unexamined world view,” Griffin says. “Pushing through the humor and the showbiz pizazz of the piece is the vital question: What do people do in times of cultural uncertainty?”

“Our answer is: We make joyful art, raucous and rich and strange, full of life and beauty.”

Explore the “best of all possible worlds” in CCM’s production of Candide, presented Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/candide.
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CANDIDE
(New York City Opera House Version)
By Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Leonard Bernstein

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.
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Creative Team

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Emma Griffin, director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Edward Mineishi*, sound designer
  • Ann Marie White*, dialect coach
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Lydia Brown, vocal coach
  • William R. Langley*, chorus master
  • Pauline Humbert*, stage manager

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Brandon Scott Russell# as Candide
  • Rob Stahley^ as Candide
  • Heidi Middendorf# as Cunegonde
  • Shannon Cochran^ as Cunegonde
  • Chelsea Duval-Major# as Old Lady
  • Karis Tucker^ as Old Lady
  • Schyler Vargas as Maximilian
  • Rebecca Printz as Paquette
  • De’ron McDaniel as Pangloss
  • Jaqueline Daaleman, Landon Hawkins, Nick Heffelfinger as Voltaire
  • Clay Edwards as Baron
  • Mia Athey as Baroness
  • Logan Wagner, Grant Peck as Bulgarian Soldiers
  • Breanna Flores, Elle Zambarano as Westphalian Soldiers
  • Michael Hyatt as High Inquisitor
  • Natalie Shepard as Auto-da-fe Victim
  • Chandler Johnson as Governor
  • Kseniia Polstiankina as Pianist
  • Amy Joy Stephens, Briana Moynihan as El Dorado Sheep
  • John Siarris as Prefect of Constantinople

^Denotes performers on Nov. 16 and 18
#Denotes performers on Nov. 17 and 19

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Candide are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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

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

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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