CCM Alumnus Edward Nelson Makes Professional Debut in San Francisco Opera’s ‘Two Women’

Janelle Gelfand reviews Marco Tutino’s new opera Two Women, which serves as a San Francisco Opera debut for CCM alumnus Edward Nelson (BM Voice, 2011; MM Voice, 2013)!

You can read her full recap online at here.

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Italian diva Anna Caterina Antonacci took her cue from Sophia Loren as the character Cesira in "Two Women" Italian diva Anna Caterina Antonacci took her cue from Sophia Loren as the character Cesira in “Two Women”

Marco Tutino’s new opera “Two Women,” which takes place in war-torn Italy during World War II, has one stirring moment. Near the end of Act I, Rosetta (sung by Sarah Shafer), the 16-year-old daughter of Cesira, lifts her pure-toned soprano in a poignant prayer for peace. It becomes a touching anthem for the whole village, as they join her a lush chorus, singing “Father, do not abandon us,” as battles are growing closer to their village.

To a full War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Opera presented the world premiere on Saturday of the hotly-anticipated opera, “Two Women” (“La Ciociara”) by Tutino, to his libretto with Fabio Ceresa. As the creators told us in a panel discussion on Friday, the opera is based on Alberto Moravia’s novel, but not so…

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CCM E-Media Presents Free Screening of ‘Gold Rush Expedition Race’ Film on April 24

CCM E-Media will host a debut screening of the documentary film Gold Rush Expedition Race at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the MainStreet Cinema of UC’s Tangeman University Center. Admission is free and open to the general public.

The screening of this hour long film will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by a question and answer session with the student producers, camera operators and film editors.

Educationally grounded, professionally driven and student produced, the Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary is a collaborative film produced by an interdisciplinary group of students at UC working under the guidance of a professional television and film producer/director. Sponsored by the UC Forward Collaborative, the project involved 33 students from four academic programs at three colleges at the University of Cincinnati:

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Ariel Quartet’s CCM Debut Receives Rave Reviews

The acclaimed Ariel String Quartet made its official debut as a CCM quartet-in-residence before a capacity crowd in UC’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall last night.

“If the artistry of their playing and the electricity in the hall are any indication, the Ariel has the potential to revive the glory days of the LaSalle Quartet, quartet-in-residence from 1953 to 1988, the last full-time resident quartet at the school,” Janelle Gelfand writes for the Cincinnati Enquirer. You can read her full review here.

“Violinists Gershon Gerchikov and Alexandra Kazovsky, violist Jan Grüning and cellist Amit Even-Tov play with energy, consummate technique and an esprit de corps that bode exceedingly well for CCM and the community,” Mary Ellyn Hutton writes for Music in Cincinnati. You can read her full review here.

If you missed last evening’s performance, be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Tickets are still available for the next installment in the Ariel Quartet’s 2012-13 CCM concert series… but they won’t be for long!

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The Ariel String Quartet Makes Its CCM Debut Tonight

The Ariel Quartet. Photography by Liz Dufour; provided by the Enquirer/Cincinnati.com.

CCM has a new String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet. They will make their Inaugural Concert on September 11 at the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. (L-R) Jan Gruning on viola, Amit Even-Tov on cello, Alexandra Kazovsky on violin and Gershon Gerchikov on violin. Photographed at CCM on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.
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“The Ariel String Quartet is a breath of fresh air in chamber music,” Janelle Gelfand writes for the Cincinnati EnquirerRead Gelfand’s profile of CCM’s newly appointed string-quartet-in-residence here.

The Quartet makes its CCM debut at 8 p.m. tonight in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Learn more about the Quartet’s debut performance here.

Mary Ellyn Hutton also previews tonight’s Ariel Quartet concert and more of this month’s upcoming performances for Music In Cincinnati. Read her September preview here.

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LISTEN: The Ariel Quartet Featured on WVXU’s Around Cincinnati

Tomorrow evening, the Ariel Quartet opens our 2012-13 series of major events with its CCM debut.

In the latest installment of WVXU’s “Around Cincinnati,” Anne Arenstein speaks with Quartet members Amit Even-Tov and Jan Grüning about the concert, the Quartet’s 10th anniversary together and their new quartet-in-residence status at CCM.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

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