CCM’s Preparatory Department Launches ‘New Horizons Orchestra’ Program for Adults

The Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM Prep) is delighted to announce the launch of the New Horizons Orchestra, an innovative program for beginning musicians over the age of 50 who want to learn to play a musical instrument. No previous musical experience is required, and it truly is “never too late” to learn!

CCM Prep will host a series of informational “play days” in November, giving prospective new students the chance to learn more about the New Horizons Orchestra and to try out various string instruments under the guidance of CCM educators and other local string professionals. Instrument purchase and rental information will also be available at each meeting. Those who would like to know more, but are unable to attend one of the informational meetings, may contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595.

Information “Play Day” Sessions

  • 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at UC Blue Ash (OLLI Brown Bag Lunch Class)
  • 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Sycamore Senior Center
  • 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Mayerson JCC
  • 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. James Episcopal Church in Westwood

Starting Jan. 15, 2014, CCM Prep will hold its first New Horizons Orchestra lessons and rehearsal. Lessons and rehearsals will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Tangeman University Center (TUC), which is located next to CCM with easy access from the CCM garage. The cost of the program will be $125, not including instrument rental. BettyAnne Gottlieb, Assistant Professor of Music Education (Strings) at CCM, will serve as the New Horizons Orchestra’s conductor assisted by area string teachers and CCM music students. Complete information including cost and registration information is available at ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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In Memoriam: Former CCM Dean Douglas Lowry

University of Rochester Eastman School of Music Dean Emeritus Douglas Lowry in the Wolk atrium of Eastman Theatre on October 19, 2010. Photography by  J. Adam Fenster (University of Rochester).

University of Rochester Eastman School of Music Dean Emeritus Douglas Lowry in the Wolk atrium of Eastman Theatre on October 19, 2010. Photography by J. Adam Fenster (University of Rochester).

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Douglas Lowry, who served as Dean of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music from 2000 through 2007. In August of that year, Lowry became the sixth head of the Eastman School of Music. He stepped down from that role last month due to health reasons.

“It is with great sadness that I let you know that Doug Lowry has passed,” CCM Dean Peter Landgren said in a message to the CCM family this morning. “Those of you who worked with Doug know him very directly and honestly. Since I did not have the pleasure of working with Doug, my window into him is more limited than yours, yet I saw him as a strong leader, a compassionate and creative individual and someone who had a good sense of humor combined with a good sense of self. My thoughts and prayers are not only with his family but with those of you who called him a friend and colleague.”

Click here to view the official statement from the University of Rochester.

The Cincinnati Enquirer remembers Douglas Lowry here.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Kodak Hall at the Eastman School. Gifts in his memory may be directed to the Douglas Lowry Fund for Musical Excellence, University of Rochester Office of Gift and Donor Records, 300 E. River Road, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester, N.Y., 14627.

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CCM Slideshows: Don Carlos

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CCM’s 2013-14 Concert Series opened in grand fashion this past Sunday with the American premiere of the uncut 1867 Paris Opera version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos.

In her review for ConcertoNet: The Classical Music Network, Mary Ellyn Hutton called the performance “an amazing accomplishment” and remarked that “the voices were uniformly outstanding.”

In his review for Seen and Heard International, Rafael de Acha observed, “The CCM orchestra and choruses do top-notch work in this challenging and lengthy assignment, playing passionately and when needed providing grounding accompaniment for the singers.”

Our Concert Series continues this week with an “Anniversary” themed performance by the CCM Wind Orchestra on Friday, Sept. 27, and a CCM Jazz tribute to the Rolling Stones on Sunday, Sept. 29.

For a complete calendar of events or to view CCM’s 2013-14 season brochure, visit ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM’s Concert Series Opens With Verdi’s ‘Don Carlos,’ Wind Orchestra’s ‘Anniversaries’ Concert and a CCM Jazz Tribute to the Rolling Stones!

The CCM Philharmonia. Photography by Dottie Stover.

The CCM Philharmonia. Photography by Dottie Stover.

This Sunday, Sept. 22, is not only the first day of fall… it’s also the official beginning of CCM’s 2013-14 Concert Series!

CCM’s Orchestras, Choral Ensembles and special guests join forces to usher in the season in grand style with an epic concert production of Verdi’s Don Carlos on Sept. 22. Learn more about the two-part concert production of Don Carlos here.

Next Friday, Sept. 27, the Wind Orchestra celebrates the centenary of Morton Gould’s birth, the bicentenary of Richard Wagner’s birth and several other “musical milestone” anniversaries in a stylistically diverse concert performance. Learn more about “Anniversaries” here.

Finally, on Sunday, Sept. 29, CCM’s Jazz Ensembles celebrate 50 years of “the world’s greatest rock and roll band” with a jazz tribute to the Rolling Stones, featuring dynamic new arrangements by guest artist Matt Harris. Learn more about “Satisfaction – The Music of the Rolling Stones.” here.

Single tickets and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Contact the Box Office at 556-4183 or order your tickets online here.

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CCM Jazz Celebrates the Music of the Rolling Stones on Sunday, Sept. 29

CCM Jazz celebrates 50 years of the Rolling Stones in a rocking tribute concert on Sept. 29.

CCM Jazz celebrates 50 years of the Rolling Stones in a rocking tribute concert on Sept. 29.

CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band perform a much-anticipated tribute to the Rolling Stones at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Under the direction of Scott Belck and Dominic Marino, with composer Matt Harris as guest conductor, student artists from CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies will capture the energy and excitement of “the world’s greatest rock and roll band” in this unique jazz performance. Single tickets and flex concert packages are on sale now.

Last year, both CCM and the Rolling Stones celebrated 50th anniversaries (the Rolling Stones formed in early 1962; Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music merged with the University of Cincinnati later that year). This year, CCM explores the work of the Stones in a one night only performance featuring such favorites as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Paint it Black” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Audiences will be delighted by an extraordinary marriage of styles and a night of music that embodies the spirit of rock and roll.

View a 2008 performance of Matt Harris’ arrangement for the Stones’ classic “Wild Horses” below:

Each season, CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies welcomes approximately 15 guest artists to perform with students and present clinics, critiques and lectures. In addition to Matt Harris, guest artists scheduled for 2013-14 include Jeff Rupert (tenor saxophone), Matt Wilson (drummer and bandleader), Diego Rivera (tenor saxophone) and Fareed Haque (guitar), amongst others.

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Cincinnati Public Television Broadcasts CCM Philharmonia Concert on June 10

Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s internationally-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra will be coming to a television near you this month courtesy of CET, Cincinnati Public Television. The CET Arts channel will premiere CCM’s Orchestra Series: Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 10.

This broadcast 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. CET Arts, which is celebrating three years on-air, brings the world stage to Greater Cincinnati and showcases the arts in our community.

Recorded in March, this performance was part of CCM’s day-long “Mahler Marathon,” which featured performances of Gustav Mahler’s Third and Fourth Symphonies and other selections by the CCM Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras. CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson conducted the entire “marathon” performance.

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‘Cincinnati Enquirer’ Previews CCM’s March 2 Mahler Marathon

The CCM Philharmonia.

The CCM Philharmonia.

Janelle Gelfand provides an in-depth preview of CCM’s Mahler Marathon for the Cincinnati Enquirer. If you missed the feature in the Enquirer‘s Feb. 24 issue, you can find it online here.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major, along with selections from his Des knaben Wunderhorn, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

After a program break for dinner, the CCM Philharmonia will be joined by choirs from throughout the region at 8 p.m. for Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.

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CCM Jazz Department Celebrates the Music of Louis Armstrong

Jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling joins CCM Jazz on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling joins CCM Jazz on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Celebrated jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling joins the CCM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band for a concert tribute to brilliant jazz virtuoso Louis Armstrong at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Scott Belck and Dominic Marino conduct.

Hear the hits of the legendary “Satchmo” and his hometown of New Orleans brought to life as Stripling joins CCM’s big bands on stage for one night only. Tickets are on sale now.

Below, watch Stripling perform “Shine” in a previous concert tribute to Louis Armstrong.

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CCM Orchestras Mount a Mahler Marathon This March

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

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

CCM’s Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras proudly present Gustav Mahler’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, along with other selections from the composer’s oeuvre, during a unique double-bill performance on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

This unique undertaking begins with a 4 p.m. performance by CCM’s Concert Orchestra, featuring selections from Mahler’s Des knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn), followed by his Symphony No. 4 in G Major.

At 8 p.m. that evening, the CCM Philharmonia will then present Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, his longest piece and the longest symphony in the standard repertoire.

Due to its length and the significant forces it requires, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is performed in concert far less frequently than his other symphonies, making this double-bill an especially rare feat. CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson conducts both symphonies.

“The Third and Fourth Symphonies of Mahler, based on the worldview and musical material from Des knaben Wunderhorn, outline the progress of humankind from earthly life to heavenly life,” Gibson explains. “I, along with 300 gifted student performers in our orchestras and choruses, look forward to sharing this unique spiritual and sonic journey with the Cincinnati public on March 2.”

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CCM Winds Present ‘The Genius of Grainger’

CCM Wind Orchestra music director and conductor Glenn D. Price.

CCM Wind Orchestra music director and conductor Glenn D. Price.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the wind masterwork Lincolnshire Posy by renowned composer Percy Grainger with the concert “The Genius of Grainger” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Glenn D. Price.

Grainger was one of the most celebrated concert pianists of his day and a revolutionary composer whose contributions have been recently reassessed and featured in a major recording project of his complete works. Especially beloved by wind aficionados, he has composed light and serious works to the medium in equal measure, enriching the core repertoire for wind groups around the world. Also featured in the program are Colonial Song and Gumsucker’s March, both works by Grainger.

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