CCM Video: Highlights from the Opening Day of the 2014 World Piano Competition

The 2014 World Piano Competition got underway yesterday, as 11 of the world’s finest pianists performed in the opening day of the Competition’s First Round. Above, you can enjoy early highlights featuring competitors Reed Tetzloff, Hyun ji You, Maria Fuller and Baron Fenwick.

The Competition resumes at 9 a.m. this morning and runs throughout the day, as 10 more artists compete for a spot in the Semi-Finals!

You can learn more about all of this year’s competitors by visiting www.cincinnatiwpc.org/2014-competitors.

Tickets for all round of the Competition, including this Saturday’s Finals Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, are on sale now through the CSO Box Office.

For prices and additional info, visit www.cincinnatiwpc.org/get-tickets.

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CCM Spotlights Talented Young Performers and Acclaimed Guest Artists During Summer 2014 Performance Series

Marianna Prjevalskaya, 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist. Photography by David Rafie.

Marianna Prjevalskaya, 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist. Photography by David Rafie.

Young artists from all corners of the globe will make their way to Cincinnati this summer to work with CCM’s world-class faculty and renowned guest artists while in residence at the state-of-the-art CCM Village.

CCM offers a wide array of high caliber summer programs, and the general public can experience the artistry themselves during a series of nearly 50 public performances and guest artist recitals running Monday, June 9, through Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

A complete schedule of summer performances is listed below, with highlights including the World Piano Competition’s Finalists Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on June 28, the Art of the Piano’s Guest Artist Recital Series (curated by CCM faculty member and World Piano Competition Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt) running June 27 – July 11, the Classical Guitar Workshop’s Concert Series running July 13 – 19 and a semi-staged production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) on Aug. 9.

CCM’s Preparatory Department also hosts a number of workshops and immersion programs at CCM Village and at various off-campus locations throughout the summer, including the Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Workshop Series, which features performances by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist and CCM faculty member Alan Rafferty, CCM Professor of Viola Catharine Carroll and CCM string quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet. Other highlights include the Centerstage Workshop production of Hoodie playing June 27 – 28 at UC Blue Ash’s Muntz Theater and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s summer concert on Aug. 2.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media arts events by referring to the list below. You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Summer 2014 Performance Calendar by clicking here.

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CCM Alumna Marie Speziale to Receive Pioneer Award at International Women’s Brass Conference

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumna and former faculty member Marie Speziale (BM, 1964) will be presented with a Pioneer Award at the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Northern Kentucky University’s Greaves Hall.

Acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra, Speziale served as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 32 years, from 1964 until her retirement in November of 1996. At this year’s conference, she will be honored as a musician whose career and spirit exemplifies the goals and traditions of the IWBC. Congratulations!

At each IWBC, beginning with the first in 1993, the IWBC has recognized women who have been pioneers in the top levels of brass performance, breaking down barriers and living their lives effecting change for those who followed. A full list of past award recipients may be found on the IWBC web site at myiwbc.org/about/iwbc-pioneers.

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CCM Alumnus Randy Edelman Receives 2014 BMI Spotlight Award

 

CCM alumnus Randy Edelman (far right) with composers Michael Penn and George S. Clinton at the 2014 BMI Film/TV Awards.

CCM alumnus Randy Edelman (far right) with composers Michael Penn and George S. Clinton at the 2014 BMI Film/TV Awards.

Distinguished UC alumnus Randy Edelman (CCM ’69, HonDoc ’04) was recently honored alongside other top composers at the 2014 BMI Film/TV Awards, which were held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on May 14, 2014.

Edelman, who has composed for films including The Last of the MohicansGods and GeneralsWhile You Were Sleeping and The Mask, received the BMI Spotlight Award in recognition of the use of his theme for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. in games of the Olympiads spanning nearly two decades. You can learn more about the history of this composition here.

In 2003 Edelman received BMI’s highest honor, the Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement. Founded in 1939, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the US. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, the organization still nurtures new talent and new music.

Last January, Edelman returned to the stage of Corbett Auditorium for a special performance with CCM’s Philharmonia and Jazz Ensemble. Learn more about his recent return to campus courtesy of UC Magazine.

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CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival Presents 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya in Concert on Feb. 8

World Piano Competition : Gold winner Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain performs during The World Piano Competition in the final round in the Corbett Auditorium Theater at the College Conservatory of Music on the University of Cincinnati campus. Courtesy of Enquirer Media.

World Piano Competition : Gold winner Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain performs during The World Piano Competition in the final round in the Corbett Auditorium Theater at the College Conservatory of Music on the University of Cincinnati campus. Courtesy of Enquirer Media.

CCM proudly presents 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano FestivalTickets for this performance are on sale now.

This concert marks the first time in the history of the World Piano Competition that the winner is presented in a public recital. You can listen to CCM Piano Department Chair Awadagin Pratt speak to the novelty of this exciting performance courtesy of Cincinnati Public Radio here.

Prjevalskaya will perform Debussy’s Preludes Book II, along with the following works by Rachmaninoff:

  • Etude-Tableau in D Minor, Op. 33, No. 4
  • Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42
  • Etude-Tableau in C-sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 8
  • Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 32, No. 13

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Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock Returns to the CCM Stage This Evening

Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock returns to CCM for the Bearcat Piano Festival.

Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock returns to CCM for the Bearcat Piano Festival.

This evening, CCM welcomes back Professor Emeritus of Piano Frank Weinstock for the opening concert of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival! Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, this performance is free and open to the general public.

Weinstock will perform Beethoven’s Alla ingharese quasi un Capriccio, Op. 129 (“Rage Over a Lost Penny”), Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960.

About Frank Weinstock
American Frank Weinstock has had a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator. His appearances as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician have taken him throughout the United States, as well as to South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. As concerto soloist, Mr. Weinstock has appeared with such conductors as Jesús López-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, Jorge Mester, Gunther Schuller, Markand Thakar and Luthero Rodrigues. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weinstock has performed with the Tokyo and American String Quartets, Leonard Rose, Larry Combs, Glen Dicterow, the Percussion Group Cincinnati and with members of the Guarneri, LaSalle, Manhattan and Berkshire Quartets.

Frank Weinstock is Professor Emeritus of Piano at CCM where he taught for 31 years until his retirement in 2011; towards the end of that time, he also served as that school’s associate dean and interim dean. He is featured in Benjamin Saver’s book, The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA. His current and former students hail from six continents, and are themselves prominent performers, competition winners, recording artists and professors at universities around the world. Mr. Weinstock has been a member of the performing faculties at the Aspen and Eastern Music Festivals, the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), and has been a juror for many competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, Hilton Head and Virginia Waring International Piano Competitions, as well as the Canadian Music Competition and the American Pianists Association Competition.

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CCM Announces Spring 2014 Calendar of Major Events

Download CCM's Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

Download CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

UPDATED March 7, 2014: CCM is delighted to announce its spring 2014 schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 150 major public performances from Jan. 12 through May 18, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

Highlights of CCM’s spring concert series include the return of Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser “A Moveable Feast” on Jan. 17, the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle running Jan. 23 – March 29, a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle by guest artists Gerald Finley and Julius Drake on Feb. 5, the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival running Feb. 6 – 11, the 17th annual PRISM concert on Feb. 23, a performance of John Adams’ El Niño on March 2 and a celebration of the music of jazz legend Thelonius Monk on March 9.

CCM’s Mainstage Series also continues in early 2014 with a production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, directed by guest artist D. Lynn Meyers, running Feb. 5 – 9; the CCM debut of the iconic musical Les Misérables, running Feb. 27 – March 9;  Donizett’s comedic opera Don Pasquale, running April 3–6; and the quintessential romantic ballet Giselle, running April 17–19.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media-arts events by referring to the list below. You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet here.

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CET Cincinnati Public Television Broadcasts Premiere of ‘Mahler’s Fourth From CCM’ on Oct. 27

Mark Gibson leads the CCM Philharmonia in rehearsals. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Mark Gibson leads CCM’s orchestras in rehearsals. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Save the date for Sunday, Oct. 27!

CET Cincinnati Public Television will premiere the CCM Concert Orchestra’s recent performance Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at 8:30 p.m. that evening on the CET Arts channel. This program is part of an  ongoing collaboration between CCM and CET, which will bring CCM’s world-class performances to PBS viewers throughout the Greater Cincinnati viewing area.

You can read more about this collaboration here.

Mahler’s Fourth from CCM was shot on location in CCM Village in March of 2013. The performance was part of CCM’s day-long Mahler Marathon, which was dedicated to the memory of loyal arts patron and UC alumna Louise Dieterle Nippert, who passed away in July of 2012 at the age of 100. A classically trained singer, Mrs. Nippert was a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1957.

You can learn more about CCM’s Mahler Marathon here.

This Sunday, Sept. 22, we aim to top the spectacle of our Mahler Marathon with an epic concert production of Verdi’s grandest opera, Don Carlos. Learn more about that production here.

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Marianna Prjevalskaya Wins Gold Medal at 2013 World Piano Competition

World Piano Competition Gold winner Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain. Courtesy of Enquirer Media.

World Piano Competition Gold winner Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain. Courtesy of Enquirer Media.

Congratulations to Marianna Prjevalskaya, Gold Medalist in the Artist Division of the 2013 World Piano Competition. Prjevalskaya receives $20,000, a recording deal with Fanfare Cincinnati and a debut recital in New York.

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand attended the sold-out Artist Division Finals concert on Saturday, July 13, and provides a full recap here.

The entire finals concert was taped for future broadcast on CET Cincinnati Public Television. Stay tuned to this site for more information on the broadcast date!

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Catch the Action of the World Piano Competition Finals on Saturday, July 13!

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The 2013 World Piano Competition Finals may be sold out, but you can still witness the three finalists in the Competition’s Artist Division perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to become this year’s gold medalist on Saturday, July 13!

Stream the action LIVE from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13!

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