CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Receives Big Easy Theater Award

CCM Professor Musical Theatre Diane Lala.

CCM Professor Musical Theatre Diane Lala.

Congratulations to CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Diane Lala on her recent Big Easy Award! The Big Easy Theater Awards were held Monday, March 26 at a black-tie ceremony at Harrah’s New Orleans.

Winners were announced in 26 categories, including CCM’s Diane Lala who took home the Best Director of a Musical 2011 award for her work in Man of La Mancha.

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CCM Presents Piano Celebration and Festival This Week

CCM's Annual Pianopalooza Extravaganza Returns April 15, 2012.

CCM's annual Pianopalooza extravaganza returns April 15, 2012.

CCM will present its annual celebration of the art of the piano with Pianopalooza VII at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, in Corbett Auditorium. This year’s event will be preceded by the third annual Bearcat Piano Festival, which will present master classes and recitals from April 12–14 in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

This year, Pianopalooza welcomes guest of honor Frank Weinstock back to the CCM stage. A dedicated member of the faculty for 30 years, Weinstock served as Professor of Piano and also held key administrative appointments during his tenure, providing leadership as Interim Dean of CCM from January 2010 through August 2011. Recently retired, Weinstock will be playing Franz Shubert’s Impromptus as part of Pianopalooza VII’s program.

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CCM Professor of Ethnomusicology Presents At April 10 ‘Life of the Mind’ Lecture

UC’s popular “Life of the Mind” lecture series resumes next month as UC faculty members present varying perspectives on the theme of “identity.”

CCM Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Stefan Fiol will join UC President Gregory H. Williams and Associate Professor of Political Science Laura Dudley Jenkins for this discussion on Tuesday, April 10 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center. A full list of participating faculty and more information is available here.

“Life of the Mind” is free and open to the public and attracts a broad audience including UC students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as people from the community.

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CCM’s ‘Into the Woods’ Receives a Record Nine League of Cincinnati Theatres Awards

CCM presents INTO THE WOODS, Feb. 23 - March 4, 2012. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM presents INTO THE WOODS, Feb. 23 - March 4, 2012. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods has earned nine awards from the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT)! The fairytale adventure turns traditional stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and others upside down, examining the “after” in these happily-ever-after tales.

LCT panelists praised nearly every aspect of the production, which was described as “fitting CCM like the golden slipper on Cinderella’s foot.” Awards were given in the following categories:

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Discussing ‘The Damnation of Faust’s Visuals with CCM E-Media’s Raul Barcelona

CCM Assistant Professor of Electonic Media Raul Barcelona.

CCM Assistant Professor of Electonic Media Raul Barcelona.

This Saturday, CCM presents a unique multimedia production of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. CCM E-Media faculty member Raul Barcelona recently discussed his work on the project with CCM Public Information Assistant and Arts Administration student Lillian Matchett.

Lillian Matchett: Could you give me a little background about your work at CCM?

Raul Barcelona: I’ve been here now for almost two years. My role here is Assistant Professor of Electronic Media, and I specifically teach new media and video production classes. My main focus is film making, but in the past I have also worked as a web designer and graphics designer, so I am also teaching some of those new media courses as well.

LM: Could you tell me a little about how you originally got involved with the production of The Damnation of Faust?

RB: Earl Rivers [CCM’s Director of Choral Studies and conductor] approached me to see if I would be interested in developing some visuals for the performance. He had this idea that it’s a work that is very cinematic in nature, even just by itself, and he thought that it would be a good opportunity to collaborate so that the music is accompanied with visuals.

LM: What was your original inspiration for the visuals we’ll see on Saturday?

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CCM’s Joel Hoffman Selected for Copland House Residency

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman was one of ten composers selected for a coveted, all-expenses-paid residency at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark house in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin announced the winners of the 2011-12 Aaron Copland Awards, chosen from 90 applicants in 23 states. This year’s eminent jury consisted of composers Steven Stucky and Robert Beaser and violinist Curtis Macomber.

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CCM Faculty Member Joins the Leadership of National Choral Organization

CCM Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting L. Brett Scott.

CCM Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting L. Brett Scott.

CCM Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting L. Brett Scott was recently elected Vice President of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), a service organization dedicated to the needs of collegiate-level choirs and their conductors.

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CCM’s John Von Ohlen Featured in ‘Modern Drummer’ Magazine

Modern Drummer magazine recently ran a feature on CCM Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Drums and “living guru of big band drumming” John Von Ohlen. You can view the full feature here.

An Ohio native and a CCM faculty member since 1985, Von Ohlen is revered for his work with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae, and many others.

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CCM Winds Welcome A New Year And A New Director

CCM's new Director of Wind Studies, Glenn D. Price

CCM's new Director of Wind Studies, Glenn D. Price

CCM ushers in a new school year with a thrilling lineup of fall Winds Series events and a new Director of Wind Studies, Glenn D. Price. Price comes to CCM from the University of Calgary, where he conducted the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, and is also an internationally acclaimed conductor, appearing with wind orchestras and festivals around the world.

Under Price’s direction, CCM’s Wind Symphony and Chamber Players will perform a vast array of stirring pieces of the Winds repertoire, including memorable jazz numbers, motifs encompassing the musical worlds of Britain and France and the unmistakable sounds of Stravinsky.

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CCM Professor Discusses War and the Music of Politics as Part of UC Lecture Series

CCM Professor Joel Hoffman.

CCM Professor Joel Hoffman.

The University of Cincinnati’s popular “Life of the Mind” lecture series will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with a session scheduled for 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center. Free and open to the UC community and the general public, “Life of Mind” features interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty around a one-word theme followed by audience Q&A. The fall “Life of the Mind” theme is “War.”

During this month’s session, CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman will discuss “War and the Music of Politics,” along with fellow thought provocateurs Stanley J. Corkin (Professor of English and Comparative Literature) and Bert Lockwood (College of Law)

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