The CCM Chamber Choir performs in a still image from the third installment of CCMONSTAGE Online. Photo/MasseyGreenAVP

CCM’s streaming series continues with a performance by the Chamber Choir on March 19

The UC College-Conservatory of Music’s virtual concert series continues with a powerful performance by the CCM Chamber Choir.

CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” are back on stage, and you get the best seats in the house! The next episode of CCMONSTAGE Online debuts at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 19, 2021. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Dubbed Together/Apart, this hour-long virtual concert features the CCM Chamber Choir under the direction of accomplished new faculty member Joe Miller, who was named the director of CCM’s lauded Choral Studies program in 2020.

“The isolation generated by the pandemic is at the heart of Together/Apart,” says Miller. “Strengthening our world by staying apart is a new concept for many of us and one that we both resist and embrace.”

Comprised of nine musical selections dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century, Together/Apart‘s eclectic program takes viewers on an emotional journey that reflects on the impact of COVID-19. Works by Thomas Morley, Claudio Monteverdi and J.S. Bach are featured alongside contemporary pieces like David Lang’s “I Am Walking” and The Wailin’ Jennys’ “One Voice.” The performance is also a collaborative effort with CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and Production, and also features lighting and projections by student designer Emily Rooks.

“Engaging with music allows us to recognize the significance of this isolation,” says Miller. “Together/Apart seeks to provide a musical landscape, reflecting this shared experience.  Sometimes music is the only thing that makes sense.”

Like other episodes in CCM’s new virtual performance series, Together/Apart also features commentary from CCM students. All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online can be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

In addition to the performances recorded in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium, portions of Together/Apart were also recorded at Cincinnati’s Old St. Mary’s Church. Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.


Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, March 19, 2021

Performance Repertoire

  • David Lang: “I Am Walking” from Death Speaks
  • Thomas Morley: Nolo mortem peccatoris
  • Claudio Monteverdi: Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben (from Book VII Madrigals)
  • Robert White: Domine quis habitabit (III)
  • Paweł Łukaszewski: Responsoria Tenebrae: V. Ecce quomodo moritur
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm
  • Ruth Moody, arr. Marcelline Moody: One Voice
  • Nathan Jones: I Would Live in Your Love
  • Ola Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas

Performers and Creative Team

CCM Chamber Choir

Joe Miller, music director and conductor
Joseph Taff, graduate assistant conductor
Shane Thomas, Jr., graduate assistant conductor

Soprano

Tori Adams
Jisoo Bae
Tanya Harris
Jennifer Jun
Rachel Kobernick
Maya McGuire
Melodie Spencer

Alto

Reina Dickey
Reed Demangone
Kate Gardin
Natasha Naik
Jaime Sharp
Nia Spaulding

Tenor

Matt Coffey
Andrew Cunningham
Corbin DeSpain
Jarrett Hazelton
Aaron McKone
Greg Miller
Shane Thomas, Jr.

Bass

Matt Lee
Jay Mobley
Andrew Nash
Erik Nordstrom
Nathan Schludecker
Joseph Taff
Emilio Vasquez

Instrumentalists and Soloists

“I Am Walking” from Death Speaks

Tanya Harris, soprano
Shane Thomas, Jr., tenor
Melodie Spencer, violin
Jay Mobley, guitar
Thomas Heidenreich, piano

Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben (from Book VII Madrigals)

Melodie Spencer, soprano
Reed Demangone, countertenor
Christopher Wilke, theorbo

Komm, Jesu, komm

Christopher Wilke, baroque guitar
Thomas Heidenreich, organ
Joshua Bermudez, cello
Zachary Reich, bass

One Voice

Tori Adams, soprano
Maya McGuire, soprano
Kate Gardin, mezzo-soprano
Matt Coffey and Joseph Taff, guitar

Ubi Caritas

Shane Thomas, Jr., conductor
Joe Miller, piano


Stage Management

Meghan Emanuel, primary stage manager
Morgan Piper, assistant stage manager

Lighting Design

Emily Rooks

Additional Theatre Design and Production Support

Sharon Huizinga, Lighting Design and Technology Faculty Member
Michele Kay, Theatre Design and Production Chair

Piano Technicians

Rebekah Whitacre
Eric Wolfley

Video Production

MasseyGreenAVP, llc
Director – Matt Green
Producer/Editor – Austin Maynard

Camera Operators

John Tapogna
Glenn Hartong
Stacy Doose

Audio Engineers

Simón Sotelo
Joel Crawford (on Thomas Morley’s Nolo mortem peccatoris and Robert White’s Domine Quis Habitabit III)

Senior Director of Performance Operations

Rayburn Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by

Curt Whitacre

CCM Digital Content Team

Kenneth D. Allen
Clarence M. Brown
Kevin Burke
Rebecca Butts
Rayburn Dobson
Mikki Graff
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini
Simón Sotelo
Curt Whitacre

About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming episodes:

The series has recently been featured by Broadway WorldCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati CityBeatCincinnati EnquirerCincinnati MagazineCincinnati Public RadioLocal 12 WKRC-TVMovers and MakersMusical America and The Violin Channel.

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Alumna Molly Barth. Photo by Alyson Levy.

CCM Alumni Featured in Recently Released ‘Thorn’ album

Alumna Molly Barth (AD Flute Performance, 2000) recently released a CD that includes performances from fellow CCM alumni Matt Albert (AD Violin Performance, 2000) and Stuart Gerber (MM Percussion Performance, 1998; DMA Percussion Performance, 2003). The new record, thorn, is a collection of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and was released on the Cantaloupe Music record label.

The Grammy Award-winning flutist is a Cantaloupe artist and has established herself as one of the leading performers of contemporary music for flute. Lang approached Barth to collaborate on thorn after hearing her perform. The record is named after one of Lang’s pieces for unaccompanied flute, which is also featured on the album.

“David Lang’s music is incredibly focused,” Barth says. “Each of his pieces has a very specific goal in mind, and he is meticulous in the manner in which he expresses his musical intent for each work. David approached me to collaborate on this album after hearing two of my performances of thorn for solo flute. He was captivated by the energy embodied in these performances and was intrigued enough to invite me to record many of his chamber works.”

Also featured on the new CD are violinist Matt Albert and percussionist Stuart Gerber. Albert formerly served as the director of chamber music at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and is currently the chair of the Department of Chamber Music at the University of Michigan School of Music. Gerber regularly performs around the world as a soloist and is an Associate Professor of Percussion at Georgia State University.

Barth is one of the founding members of new music sextet eighth blackbird, which she performed with from 1996 to 2006. Currently, Barth is part of Duo Damiana with guitarist Dieter Hennings. The duo’s forthcoming CD on Innova Recordings will feature a work by CCM composition professor Michael Fiday.

Barth also co-founded the Beta Collide New Music Project, which creates interdisciplinary art as well as music-only performances and recordings. She is the flutist in the Oregon Wind Quintet and is an Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon.

“I perform solo, chamber, and orchestral music spanning several centuries. All music requires the same diligence in practice and attention to detail, and I approach it all in pretty much the same manner. Musical intent of each note, intricacies of phrasing, and knowledge of each performers’ musical role are equally relevant in preparation and performance,” Barth says.

In a review of thorn for The Log Journal, Steve Smith writes, “What emerges is a varied yet consistent overview of Lang’s chamber-music activities… The performances, by Barth and a small host of excellent associates (including fellow former blackbird Matt Albert on violin), strike just the right balance between nervous tension and technical security.”

Visit the Cantaloupe Music’s website for information on how to preview or purchase thorn.

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Presents Acclaimed Flutist Molly Alicia Barth and Guitarist Dieter Hennings In Concert This Week

CCM’s Guest Artist Series proudly presents Grammy Award-winning flutist (and CCM alumna) Molly Alicia Barth and acclaimed guitarist Dieter Hennings in concert at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets to this performance are free. Reservations are not required.

Barth and Hennings’ Jan. 24 performance is scheduled to include a performance of CCM Associate Professor of Composition Michael Fiday‘s Five Haiku for alto flute and guitar, along with Philippe Hurel’s Loops, Juan Trigos’ From Partita, André Jolivet’s Ascèses, Herbet Vazquez’s El jardín del pasaje púrpura, David Lang’s Vent, Jean Micahel Damase’s Quatre Facettes and Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea.

Grammy Award-winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth.

Grammy Award-winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth.

About Molly Alicia Barth
Described as “ferociously talented” by The Oregonian, Grammy-Award winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth is an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician, specializing in the music of today. As a founding member of the new music sextet eighth blackbird, Barth toured extensively throughout the world, recorded four CDs with Cedille Records, won a 2008 Grammy (“Best Chamber Music Performance”) and was granted the 2000 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, first prize at the 1998 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 1998/2000/2002 CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, first prize at the 1997 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and first prize at the 1996 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

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CCM Announces Winter 2012 Calendar of Major Events

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents nearly 1,000 public events throughout the year and offers free admission to many of its performances. Unless otherwise indicated, all events listed here take place on the CCM campus and are free. Some events require paid admission; please see individual event information for details and ordering information.

Tickets and Additional Information:
Please visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

Parking:
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 ccm.uc.edu for directions.

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