Vocalists Compete for 2017 CCM Opera Scholarships on Feb. 25

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.Every year since 1976, the young vocalists of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music take the stage by storm to compete for five coveted full-tuition scholarships and $62,500 in awards that accompany them. This year, the competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Twenty-five current and incoming students will compete before a panel of acclaimed judges for the five scholarships and named awards, including:

  • Corbett Award ($15,000): Supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with CCM.
  • Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000): Supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with CCM.
  • Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500): Supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000): Supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000): Supported by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Each contestant will be judged on the basis of voice, acting, language, musicianship and style in a complete dramatic performance of an aria. This year’s judges are Benita Valente, Stephen Lord and Roberto Mauro.

Valente is an acclaimed American soprano who has performed and recorded with some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Additionally, many composers have collaborated with her to create new works, including William Bolcom, Alberto Ginastera and Libby Larsen. Lord is an American opera conductor who is currently the music director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and who will become the principal conductor of Michigan Opera Theatre in the 2018-19 season. Mauro is the Director of Music and Artistic Administration for the Canadian Opera Company.

About CCM Opera
The Department of Opera at CCM boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. Students at CCM work with some of the most renowned teachers and artists active in opera today.

CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council AuditionsAs reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, four singers with ties to CCM advanced to the semi-final round of the 2016 Met Auditions. This year, alumna Summer Hassan (MM Voice, 2014) and alumnus Cody Quattlebaum (BM Voice, 2015) were first place winners in their respective regions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

In addition, CCM’s Mainstage Opera and Studio Opera Series have received some of the National Opera Association Production Competition’s highest honors throughout the years, taking home six of the 18 non-professional prizes awarded in 2010 and four prizes in 2011.

CCM Opera graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy) and more.

CCM’s 2016-17 Mainstage Opera season concludes next month with Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by Aik Khai Pung with stage direction by Marcus Shields. The production runs from March 30 through April 2. Learn more about the production at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/idomeneo.

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2017 Opera Scholarship Competition

Performance Time
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission

Admission to the Opera Scholarship Competition is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required and audience members may enter and exit the theater at appropriate times throughout the day.

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 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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Guest Artists in HYPERCUBE Quartet Perform at CCM Next Week

New-York-based quartet HYPERCUBE combines contemporary art music with rock-and-roll in true Big Apple fashion, and it will bring that energetic style to CCM next week during its three-day residency with the Composition Program. The residency includes two performances and a workshop with CCM composition students.

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HYPERCUBE. Photo by Michael Yu.

HYPERCUBE will be in residence at CCM from Monday, Feb. 20 to Wednesday, Feb. 22. The residency includes an 8 p.m. recital on Monday in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and an open workshop with CCM student composers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, also in Werner. The ensemble’s final concert will feature work composed especially for HYPERCUBE by CCM student composers at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Werner.

The group consists of Erin Rodgers, saxophone; Jay Sorce, guitar; Andrea Lodge, piano and Chris Graham, percussion. While they often play works that call for all four instruments, the members will often perform duos and trios during their recitals.

Formerly known as the IKTUS Combo, HYPERCUBE has been performing as an ensemble since 2012 and has made appearances at universities and new music festivals across the eastern U.S.

“Hypercube is no stranger to CCM; they performed and did some workshops with our students last year as the IKTUS Combo. They are amazing performers who give electrifying performances,” said Michael Fiday, associate professor of composition at CCM.

Visit hypercubemusic.org for more information about HYPERCUBE. This residency is graciously supported by the Dean’s Office.

Event Information

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20
• Guest Artist Series •
Hypercube, Composition Program Ensemble-in-Residence
A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion, New York’s Hypercube is a slick combination of chamber music and straight up rock-’n’-roll. This first concert of Hypercube’s CCM residency features high-quality, cutting-edge, challenging work from their repertoire.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
• Guest Artist Series •
Hypercube, Composition Program Ensemble-in-Residence
A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion, New York’s Hypercube is a slick combination of chamber music and straight up rock-’n’-roll. This second concert of Hypercube’s CCM residency features work composed especially for Hypercube by CCM student composers.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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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Jerry Herman’s ‘Mack and Mabel’ Makes CCM Mainstage Debut

CCM proudly presents Mack and Mabel on Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5 in Corbett Auditorium. Aubrey Berg directs with choreography by Patti James and musical direction by CCM graduate student Evan Roider.

ccm-mack-mabel-eblastThe performance is rare treat for Cincinnati audiences; a major production of Mack and Mabel has not been staged in the Queen City for over a decade, and it has never been presented as a CCM Mainstage production. With a memorable score by Broadway master Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), Mack and Mabel received eight Tony Award nominations after its original premiere in 1975.

“The CCM production of Mack and Mabel is a rare opportunity to see an all-but-forgotten work by one of the masters of Musical Theatre, Jerry Herman,” Berg says. “It is notable for its interesting concept and its melodic, memorable score, one that Herman cherishes as his personal favorite.”

Mack and Mabel is a star-crossed, bittersweet love story that explores both the lighter and the darker side of the Golden Age of Comedy. It focuses on the tumultuous relationship between legendary director Mack Sennett and his greatest star, Mabel Normand.

Mack, an aging director whose silent films become obsolete in the age of “talkies,” tells the story in a series of flashbacks. He recalls his first encounter with Mabel, a feisty barista who Mack turns into a silent film star. However, following a torrid affair with Mack, Mabel leaves to act in dramas for a rival director.

Mack and Mabel struggle to find their places in the changing film industry, and both experience their own triumphs and failures along the way.

Praised by the New York Times as “a musical in the old and true tradition,” Mack and Mabel’s musical style is reminiscent of the silent film era in which it is set. CCM’s production includes silent movie clips, hundreds of costumes and props, a Keystone Kops ballet and a large cast of 38 performers. The show is a perfect vehicle and challenge for CCM’s student performers and technicians, says Berg.

“This is a great opportunity to see and hear a rarely-performed Jerry Herman musical with all the stops pulled out,” adds Evan Roider, music director of the show and a CCM graduate student in orchestral conducting.

“The score highlights Herman’s tremendous talent for melody — brassy two-steps, voluptuous ballads and a tap number that rivals those of the early 20th century,” Roider says. “Audiences can expect an old fashioned score that will have them humming as they leave the theater.”
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MACK AND MABEL
Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelglass
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Performance Times
8 p.m. Thursday, March 2
8 p.m. Friday, March 3
8 p.m. Saturday, March 4
2 p.m. Sunday, March 5

Location
Corbett Auditorium, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Mack and Mabel are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. 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/mack-and-mabel.html.

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. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Mack and Mabel is presented by a special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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CCM Faculty Jazztet Concert features Ariel Quartet, World Premiere of new work from Grammy Award-winning Alumnus

For the first time, acclaimed artists in CCM’s Faculty Jazztet will collaborate with the college’s renowned String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet, in a free concert presented at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert features new compositions by the jazz faculty and the world premiere of Catching Light, by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Patterson (BM Composition, 1978).

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

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

New works by faculty members Steve Allee, Craig Bailey and Kim Pensyl will feature the Ariel Quartet’s virtuoso string sounds and exciting improvisations. Performers will include Allee, piano; Bailey, saxophone and flute; Pensyl, flugelhorn; James Bunte, saxophone and flute; Rick VanMatre, saxophone and clarinet; Rusty Burge, marimba and vibraphone; Aaron Jacobs, bass and Art Gore, drums.

Grammy Award-winning New York composer and CCM alumnus Michael Patterson will also debut his new work, Catching Light, during the program. Featured on stage will be paintings by internationally recognized visual artist Anna Socha VanMatre. Inspired by Michael Patterson’s composition, she has created a large eight-paneled work, also titled Catching Light, which contrasts texture and color to capture the effect of varying sunlight and moonlight.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Admission is free and reservations are not required. Before the concert Patterson will present a lecture on classical composition, jazz composition and film scoring from 4:30-6 p.m. in Room 2150 of CCM’s Mary Emery Hall.

About Michael Patterson
michael_patterson_1-1An alumnus of CCM’s composition department, Patterson is a Grammy and Emmy Award winner who has written concert works for the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester, Utah, and New Mexico orchestras, the Debussy Trio, Judy Kang, Novus, Eddie Daniels and Rick VanMatre. He has composed, arranged and produced records for jazz artists like Marc Copland, Gene Bertoncini, Hank Jones, James Moody, Calabria Foti and Bob McChesney. Patterson’s film work includes episodes of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, over 50 episodes of JAG (CBS-TV), Tiny Toon Adventures with Steven Spielberg, and feature film work on Lucasfilms’ Radioland Murders. He currently teaches composition and film scoring at NYU.
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Event Information

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
CCM FACULTY JAZZTET
Featuring CCM String Quartet-in-Residence, The Ariel Quartet

CCM’s acclaimed jazz faculty artists collaborate with CCM’s renowned String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet. World premieres by faculty members Steve Allee, Craig Bailey and Kim Pensyl will feature virtuoso string sounds combined with exciting improvisations. Grammy Award-winning New York composer and CCM alumnus Michael Patterson will also debut a new work. Featured on stage will be paintings by internationally recognized visual artist Anna Socha VanMatre.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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 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 Studio Series Presents Fantastical Opera ‘Transformations’ Feb. 17-19

Transformations, a chamber opera by American composer Conrad Susa crafted from Anne Sexton’s 1971 book of the same name, runs Friday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 19 at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. The opera presents ten of Sexton’s confessional and somewhat sardonic poems that are based on stories by the Brothers Grimm, including Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Briar Rose.

Admission is free but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 13 through the CCM Box Office. Transformations is directed by Assistant Professor Emma Griffin and conducted by Avishay Shalom, CCM graduate orchestral conducting student.

Transformations contains adult themes and is not recommend for young audiences. Sexton struggled with mental illness for most of her life, which culminated in her suicide in 1974. Her work explores mature themes of sexuality, both consensual and imposed, and mental illness, including its traumatic causes and its public reception.

“There are many surprising moments in this show, but I think the most unanticipated thing about them is the grace with which they come together as a whole, even though some sections contain events that are unbelievable or uncomfortable,” says Transformations dramaturg Hope Rice, a senior art history student at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. “No surprising moment in this show is gratuitous; it really was Sexton’s experience, and everything comes together in the end with purpose.”

While the time and place of the action in Transformations are unspecified, many productions present it in the American 1970s, in part because of the many pop culture references scattered throughout the libretto. CCM’s production does the same, although it also contains stylistic elements from present day.

“The world of the play was born in the 1970s, but, like fairytales, it contains themes that are relevant to the human condition in any time period,” Rice says. “Transformations is visceral because its time and place are not specified.”

It is very much a modern opera in terms of the score, which uses a significant amount of dissonance, but not necessarily to jarring effect. The rhythms that composer Conrad Susa uses are very much influenced by pop culture, according to Transformations conductor Avishay Shalom.

“In the opera you will find grooves like tango, samba, blues and many more that frame the dissonant harmonies within the traditional and familiar grooves,” Shalom says. “Anne Sexton’s world of metaphors is eclectic and full of references. Susa’s approach to setting her text celebrates Sexton’s unique voice and matches her wide-ranging imagination with his use of pitch, harmony and rhythm.”

The opera calls for eight singers and each play at least six roles. There is also an Anne Sexton character who guides the action throughout the opera and experiences her own transformation along the way.

“While the singers in this show are characters from fairytales, like princesses, dwarves or talking mirrors, they all speak to experiences that many audience members may be able to relate to,” Rice said. “Like fairytales, Sexton’s poetry is born out of reality but contains elements of myths in order to speak to a broad audience.”

This production contains adult themes and is not recommend for young audiences.

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Cast List
Caitlin Gotimer*, Annie Barr** as Anne Sexton
Ashley Fabian as Green Cowboy Boots
Eleni Antonia Franck as Woman with Black Hair
Thomas J. Capobianco as Blonde Man with Beard
Pedro André Arroyo as Headphones
John Tibbetts as Red Hat
Benjamin Lee as White T-shirt
Jacob Kincade as Tall Man with Beard

* Feb. 17 and 19
** Feb. 18

Performance Times
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 13. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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CCM Slideshows: ‘Her Naked Skin’

Let CCM’s Mainstage production of political drama Her Naked Skin take you back in time to London in 1913, when women fought the establishment for the right to vote. Directed by CCM Acting Chair Richard E. Hess, Her Naked Skin plays Feb. 9-12 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

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Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin explores a crucial moment in the Suffragette Movement when thousands of women were sent to Holloway Prison after demanding equal rights. Political battles collide with personal struggles when Celia Cain, trapped by the policies of the day and a frustrating marriage, begins an affair with seamstress Eve Douglass while they are imprisoned.

This production contains adult themes and situations, including brief nudity, and is intended for mature audiences.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Her Naked Skin are $27-31 adults, $17-20 non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Feb. 8 preview performance are just $15.

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

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/her-naked-skin.

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 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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Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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Musical Theatre Students Travel to China for Valentine’s Day Performance

CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson and four musical theatre students are taking a whirlwind trip to China to perform with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Xinghai Concert Hall on Valentine’s Day.

Students Michelle Coben, David Paul Schwensen, Emily Morris and Zach Erhardt will head to China with Gibson on Friday, Feb. 10. They will rehearse over the weekend and present the program, “A Valentine to New York,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Michelle Coben.

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David Paul Schwensen.

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Emily Morris.

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Zach Erhardt.

 

 

 

 

The program includes excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls and How to Success In Business Without Really Trying and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. The concert will also feature George Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy and Jule Styne’s Overture to Gypsy. 

“This will be a first for the GSO, a first for CCM as a school, a first for each of the gifted students involved and, frankly, a first for me — my very first all-Broadway concert,” Gibson says.

The trip began with an invitation from CCM alumna Huan Jing (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2010), who studied under Gibson and was also a visiting faculty member at CCM. Jing is the resident conductor of the prestigious Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the only Chinese orchestra to tour and perform on five continents.

“The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra is one of the half-dozen top orchestras in China,” Gibson says.  “Huan Jing is not the only CCM alumna in the orchestra. CCM alumna Nicole Leong is the GSO’s new principal harpist, making this a true family affair!”

CCM Musical Theatre professor Roger Grodsky prepared the students for the concert with assistance from Luke Flood, a master’s of music student in Orchestral Conducting. Gibson and the students will return to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

“We are going to rock Guangzhou!” Gibson says. “Thanks to Huan Jing, Roger Grodsky, Aubrey Berg, Interim Provost Peter Landgren, Interim Dean bruce mcclung, Patti Hall and many more for making this all possible!

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