CCM’s Resident Kurt Weill Expert Featured in New York Times

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CCM’s resident Kurt Weill scholar, Associate Professor of Musicology bruce mcclung, was quoted in an Oct. 21 New York Times article on the discovery of a previously unknown recording of Weill’s “Railroads on Parade” composition from the 1939 World Fair.

Record collector Guy Walker discovered the recordings in 2007 and plans to release the music on CD this month, with liner notes by mcclung. Read the full New York Times article here.

CCM’s yearlong Kurt Weill Festival kicked-off earlier this month. You can learn more about that unprecedented series of events here.

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‘Musical America’ Names Ariel String Quartet New Artists of the Month

Musical America has selected the Ariel String Quartet for its New Artist Spotlight this month!

Learn more about the Quartet, including its connection to the LaSalle Quartet (CCM’s storied quartet-in-residence from 1953-88) by reading Musical America‘s feature here.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2012-13 CCM concert series continues on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Learn more about their inaugural season at CCM here.

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CCM’s Choirs Celebrate the Life of Elmer Thomas on Sept. 30

Elmer Thomas at CCM for the occasion of his 80th birthday in October, 2010.

Elmer Thomas at CCM for the occasion of his 80th birthday in October, 2010.

CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chorale, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble combine at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 in Corbett Auditorium to celebrate the life of Elmer Robert Thomas, a pioneering choral director who left an enduring legacy in Cincinnati. Thomas died of respiratory failure at the age of 81 on June 13, 2012.

Professor emeritus Elmer Thomas founded CCM’s choral studies program over 45 years ago and built it into a program recognized far and wide for its excellence. His caring nature and passion for his art made him an admired mentor by his students and a revered colleague and friend by his peers. He remained director of the program until 1995.

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CCM Video: Drama Professor Rocco Dal Vera Discusses the Boston Dialect

CCM Professor of Drama Rocco Dal Vera discusses the unique characteristics of the Boston dialect in this new video from our friends at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC). Dal Vera is the dialect coach for the regional premiere of Good People, running through September 23 at ETC.

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CCM Professor Featured on CBS’ “Teachers Rock” Special

CCM Professor of Classical Guitar Clare Callahan was featured on the CBS special Teachers Rock 2012 last week in a segment featuring Academy Award-winning film actress Meryl Streep.

“Without a doubt, the most important teacher in my life was my music teacher Clare Callahan,” Streep commented. “She was full of energy, invention and… the belief in how important music was – just the pure joy of making music.”

View Streep’s entire segment above. Congratulations Clare!

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In Memoriam: Former CCM Music Education Division Head Liz Wing

We are saddened to report that former Music Education Division Head Liz Wing passed away yesterday afternoon after a long struggle with lung cancer. Dr. Wing was surrounded by her family in Minnesota at the time of her passing.

“Those of us who worked with Liz will remember her mordant wit, her love of pink flamingos and her steadfast dedication to her students and to her profession,” remarks Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies Terrell Finney.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.

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In Memoriam: Former CCM Opera Department Chair Malcolm Fraser

We are saddened to report that former CCM Opera Department Chair Malcolm Fraser passed away on May 15, 2012 of natural causes relating to long term health issues.

An expert in opera stage direction, unconventional performance venues, the castrato in opera and the influence of the commedia del-arte on opera, Fraser’s tenure saw CCM Opera win a staggering 26 National Opera Association Production Competition awards (15 of which were directed by Fraser himself, 11 by MFA opera stage directors).

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CCM Conductor Leads Decades of Graduating Bearcats Through Pomp and Circumstance

CCM Professor of Music Terence Milligan.

CCM Professor of Music Terence Milligan.

Terence Milligan has played a unique role in the lives of tens of thousands of University of Cincinnati graduates on their special day, dating back to processionals in Nippert Stadium. He has conducted the University Commencement Band at every Commencement ceremony since June, 1980.

This spring will be his 33rd year behind the baton at Commencement directing 48 ceremonies, counting the three in June. Through each ceremony, his service has been all voluntary.

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