CCM’s Corbett Auditorium will be filled with the lively rhythms and beats of CCM’s Steel Drum Band during its annual performance on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature musical styles ranging from reggae to soca, along with a student arrangement of Grammy Award-winning artist Bill Withers’ R&B hit “Lovely Day.”
Cincinnati Opera, in collaboration with CCM Opera, has proudly announced the creation of Opera Fusion: New Works, a program designed to support the development of new American operas. Opera Fusion: New Works is made possible by a three-year grant of $300,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“This wonderful grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation presents extraordinary opportunities to CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera,” said Frank Weinstock, Interim Dean of CCM. “It will allow us to explore the new frontiers of opera in ways that would not otherwise be possible, and to expand the scope of Opera Fusion. We are so fortunate to have Cincinnati Opera as our partner in this venture. Together we will make history with this program, as we discover a new generation of operatic masterpieces.”
This June, five CCM Drama students will take part in an original theater project that brings the power of the performing arts to the world’s largest refugee camp – the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya, which houses 268,000 refugees.
The pilot Dadaab Theater project will involve CCM students working with African youth refugees to share and create original theater projects, culminating in a performance on World Refugee Day in Nairobi, Kenya on June 20. CCM Drama Chair Richard E. Hess will accompany students Alyssa Caputo, Cameron Davis, Kristopher Dean, Will Kiley and Mikayla Stanley as they travel to Kenya for a week to share their talents in this new cultural exchange program.
Congratulations to Josh Halpern, who won top honors at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior String Competition.
Halpern, 17, is a junior at Oakwood High School. He is principal cellist of the Starling Chamber Orchestra, part of CCM’s pre-college program for advanced strings students. At Starling, Halpern is also a member of The Polaris String Quartet, which performed in Salzburg, Austria last month and will compete in the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana this month.
CCM’s Arts Administration students are posed each year with the challenge of finding an internship for the summer as part of their graduate degree. Based on the wealth of knowledge these students have gained in their studies, the students of the Class of 2012 have earned summer spots with the leading arts organizations in their fields of interest. Each student’s strong basis of understanding, stemming from dual-degree coursework in UC’s College of Business and CCM Arts Administration, assisted in earning these highly competitive internships.
The program has consistently prepared its students for real world experience, as is represented by the 100% job placement of last year’s graduating class! Throughout the country (and abroad!) this summer, CCM will be well represented by the Arts Administration students.
Congratulations to sophomore Ty Olwin, who has earned an Acclaim Award nomination for his role in Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter. Olwin, who portrays Matt, was singled out in the category of leading performance by a non-Equity actor. Red Light Winter tells the story of college pals Matt and Davis, who hope to rekindle their friendship by spending a wild night together in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. But when the beautiful, young prostitute they meet there surprisingly returns to their lives a year later, a bizarre love triangle ensues, revealing harsh, emotional truths and the dangers of romantic obsession.
Congratulations to our own Kate Garber, Mia Gentile and Adam Moser for being recognized as three of this year’s Acclaim Awards Rising Stars!
The Acclaim Awards, an initiative of Enquirer Media, has named six 2011 Rising Stars, artists and technicians under the age of 25 who have made extraordinary contributions to the local theatre scene. Each Rising Star will receive a $1,000 grant towards future endeavors, and all will be applauded at the annual Acclaim Awards celebration at 7 p.m. on May 23 at The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Admission is free. Learn more about this year’s winners after the jump!
CCM completes its record-breaking Mainstage Season with the intensely psychological journey encapsulated in Francis Poulenc’s gripping opera Dialogues of the Carmelites (Dialogues des carmélites). Based on a true story, this heartbreaking saga of martyred nuns runs from May 12-15, 2011 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus. Learn more about the opera after the jump.
NEO, (an acronym for “New, Emerging, Outstanding”) celebrates songwriters primed to pen the next generation of Broadway musicals. The benefit concert occurs on May 16 at the Yorke Theatre Company’s home in Saint Peter’s Theatre. Andre’s song “Shelter” will be performed by Broadway performer Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls, 30 Rock.) “Shelter” is from Andre’s song cycle Whisper, Love which debuted at CCM in the Winter of 2010.
The CCM Preparatory Department is teaching families at Mt. Washington Elementary School how to play the violin. This initiative is a partnership between CCM Prep, Mt. Washington Elementary School and CECH PASS (University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services/Partner for Achieving School Success).
The Mt. Washington/University of Cincinnati 21st Century Community Learning Center after school program called “Castle Connections” provides opportunities for Cincinnati Public School students to experience a wealth of enrichment activities as well as academic extensions in an after school setting. UC PASS was selected to be the lead agency for Mt. Washington because of the varied resources within the university. Rayma Waters, UC PASS Co-Director states, “We are very fortunate to have CCM Prep partner with Castle Connections, the quality of instruction is unsurpassed and providing the instruments enables family participation. With less and less art and music being offered through the schools, this program is providing a valuable resource!”