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CCM Announces Initial Concert Schedule for 2014-15

CCM is pleased to announce initial details on its 2014-15 Concert Series. From J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart to Leonard Bernstein and Ray Charles, CCM’s student ensembles, faculty artists and guest performers will traverse the breadth and depth of the performing arts in this dynamic series of events.

Encompassing over 50 different concerts, this series begins with a performance by the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet with legendary guest artist Menahem Pressler on Sept. 9, 2014, and concludes with a number of performances by CCM’s Preparatory Department running May 1 – 9, 2015.

Other highlights of CCM’s 2014-15 concert series include:

  • a performance of Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Timothy Lees and Ilya Finkelshteyn,
  • choral concerts celebrating the Shakespearean Quadricentennial,
  • a Wind Orchestra tribute to Leonard Bernstein,
  • a guest artist recital by renowned German countertenor Andreas Scholl,
  • a joint faculty artist recital by CCM’s two Naumburg gold medalists Awadagin Pratt and Soyeon Kate Lee,
  • a rare stateside performance by the Cambridge-based Academy of Ancient Music,
  • jazz concerts celebrating the music of Ray Charles and Duke Ellington,
  • a guest artist recital by renowned pianist Stephen Hough co-presented with the Xavier University Classical Piano Series,
  • a CCM Ballet Ensemble production of Stravinsky’s Les Noces,
  • and much more!

Several perennial favorites are also returning this season, including the Feast of Carols holiday concert, the Steel Drum Band’s annual performance, the 18th PRISM showcase and the 10th installment of PIANOPALOOZA, which celebrates the piano concerti of Rachmaninoff.

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CCM’s Wind Orchestra Welcomes Special Guests the Oasis Quartet on Feb. 13

CCM welcomes Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artists the Oasis Quartet for a "Saxophone Spectacular" on Feb. 13, 2014.

CCM welcomes Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artists the Oasis Quartet for a “Saxophone Spectacular” on Feb. 13, 2014.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra presents “Saxophone Spectacular,” a concert showcasing the beauty of wind instruments, at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Feb. 13) in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Glenn D. Price.

David Maslanka is an American composer best known for his highly acclaimed wind ensemble compositions. His compositional style is rhythmically intense and extremely complex, which audiences will enjoy in the Oasis Quartet’s world premiere of Maslanka’s Concerto for Saxophone Quartet.

The program will also feature Henry Kucharzyk’s Some Assembly Required and selections from Tielman Susato’s The Danserye.

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CCM’s Wind Orchestra Performs The Works of French Composers

CCM's Wind Orchestra. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra. Photography by Dottie Stover.

The CCM Wind Orchestra concludes 2013 with a spectacular performance of French wind classics at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Corbett Auditorium.

Director of Wind Studies Glenn D. Price wields the baton as conductor and music director of the prestigious CCM Wind Orchestra, treating the audience to the spectacular composition “Suite Française” by Darius Milhaud, an early 19th century French composer and teacher. Milhaud’s “suite” takes the listener on a daring audible journey through the French countryside beginning on the west coast and moving through France, telling the tale of each region. Audiences will be delighted as the orchestra touches on themes from the beloved Normandie, Bretagne, Ile-de-France, Alsace-Lorraine and Provence regions.

The Wind Orchestra also presents an intriguing composition by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, one of France’s most renowned composers. “Occident et Orient” will once again take the audience on a musical journey, crossing cultures from west to east. The piece begins with a rousing march, then transitions into an homage to Turkish janissary music before returning to western themes for its exhilarating finale. Saint-Saëns is also known for his compositions “Carnival of the Animals,” the opera “Samson and Delilah,” “Danse Macabre” and the “Organ Symphony.”

The Wind Orchestra will also perform “Children’s Overture,” a gem by early 20th century French composer Eugene Joseph Bozza. Audiences will be enchanted by Bozza’s elegant, lyrical style.

“Dionysiasques” is a spirited composition by Florent Schmitt inspired by Dionysis, Greek god of the grape harvest, wine and madness. This composition describes a raucous evening festival held in Dionysis’ honor. It begins with the slower party preparations and evolves into a march as the fête kicks into high gear. The music becomes more and more hectic until the final jubilant climax. Schmitt’s other works include “La tragédie de Salome” and “Psalm 47.”

“Pantomime,” one of Pierre Mercure’s first compositions, was completed in 1948. During this time period, Canada, Mercure’s homeland, was going through a national identity shift. This has sparked a debate as to whether “Pantomime” is a nationalistic piece or whether it expresses the influences of the budding surrealist movement. Despite the debate surrounding Mercure’s intentions, “Pantomime” is a lyrical and dramatic piece. It reflects the influences of the French masters, while retaining its own personality and sense of joy. Audiences will happily follow the story of “Pantomime” which depicts a sleeping figure waking, playing gleefully and returning to a resting state.

Performance Times
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the “The French Revolution” are $12 for general admission, $6 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
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 uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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CCM Wind Orchestra Invites Audiences on ‘Romantic Voyages’

CCM's Wind Symphony. Image by UC Photographic Services.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra. Image by UC Photographic Services.

The CCM Wind Orchestra presents a program of musical “Romantic Voyages” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Professor Glenn D. Price.

The CCM Wind Orchestra is poised to deliver an evening of rich music featuring compositions by Brouwer, Graham, Ellerby and de Meij. Despite the diversity of styles among the pieces, each one will similarly transport the listener through the evening’s festive set of romantic programming.

Scottish composer Peter Graham’s Harrison’s Dream was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band and won the 2002 American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award. Extreme Makeover by Dutch composer Johan de Meij consists of a set of metamorphoses on a theme from Tchaikovsky’s well-known Andante cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 in D. The audience will also hear Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s famous Cancion de Geste (For the Boat Loaded with the Future) and English composer Martin Ellerby’s Neapolitan Serenade to round out the program.

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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 Student Thanapol Setabrahmana Achieves Second Place in National ‘American Prize’ Competition

CCM graduate student Thanapol Setabrahmana.

CCM graduate student Thanapol Setabrahmana.

We are delighted to report that DMA candidate Thanapol Setabrahmana has achieved second place nationally in the band/wind ensemble division of The American Prize‘s 2013 Conducting Competition!

Setabrahmana was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. One competition judge commented, “this is a first class musician. Good control over his scores and very solid technique.” Setabrahmana can next been seen at CCM conducting Morton Gould’s “West Point Symphony” as part of the CCM Wind Orchestra’s Sept. 27 concert.

The American Prize is a series of new non-profit competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.

For a list of additional conducting and ensembles winners for 2013, please visit theamericanprize.blogspot.com.

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CCM’s Wind Orchestra Showcases Musical ‘Anniversaries’ During Sept. 27 Concert

The CCM Wind Orchestra, with faculty members Terence Milligan (far left) and Glenn D. Price (far right). Photography by Dottie Stover.

The CCM Wind Orchestra, with faculty members Terence Milligan (far left) and Glenn D. Price (far right). Photography by Dottie Stover.

The CCM Wind Orchestra opens its 2013-14 concert series with a program of musical “Anniversaries” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in Corbett Auditorium.

The CCM Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Professor Glenn D. Price, is poised to deliver an evening of rich music featuring compositions by Schoenberg, Woolfenden, Gould, Wagner and Hindemith. Stylistically diverse, the pieces are tied together by shared anniversaries. For example, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, the 100th anniversary of Morton Gould’s birth and the 30th anniversary of Guy Woolfenden’s composition, Gallimaufry.

Most notably, the concert will showcase “Symphony in B-flat” by Paul Hindemith, a brilliant cornerstone of the wind repertoire written in 1951. In addition, graduate student Thanapol Setabrahmana guest conducts Gould’s “West Point Symphony,” a compelling patriotic piece and a tribute to the US military.

The audience will also hear Arnold Shoenberg’s majestic “Fanfare on Motifs from Die Gurrelieder,” which he composed for the Hollywood Bowl Concerts in 1945. The program is rounded out by Wooflenden’s well known Gallimaufry, inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV, and Wagner’s somber Trauermusik, written for the funeral of Carl Maria von Weber based on themes from Weber’s opera, Euryanthe.

In addition to the Wind Orchestra’s “Anniversaries” concert on Sept. 27, CCM will also celebrate both the bicentenary of Wagner and the centenary of Benjamin Britten with a series of concerts, opera productions, film screenings and guest lectures scheduled for October and November. For more information about these and other events, refer to CCM’s fall calendar of events by visiting uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=18322.

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Define Your Inspiration: Download CCM’s 2013-14 Season Brochure Today!

CCM's 2013-14 Season Brochure.Experience the evocative. Embrace the unexpected. Rekindle old flames and discover new loves during CCM’s 2013-14 performance season.

This year, we proudly present 50 major concert and theatre productions designed to entertain, to challenge, to delight and to inspire.

Discover the world-class musicians, virtuoso performances, creative collaborations and inspiring productions that make us CCM.

Download a digital copy of CCM’s 2013-14 brochure and define your season today.

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

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CCM Winds, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Guitar And More On Display This Weekend!

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You will find something for everyone on the CCM stage this weekend!

At 8 p.m. this evening (Friday, April 12), the CCM Wind Orchestra closes out its successful 2012-13 season with a survey of contemporary American composers. The eclectic program will include works by Samuel Barber, Warren Benson and more! Learn more about this performance here.

CCM welcomes acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee to the stage at 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 13, for an encore performance of the program from his recent Carnegie Hall debut. Brownlee will be accompanied by composer, conductor and pianist Damien Sneed for this special performance. Learn more about this performance here.

CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will celebrate the impact of adjunct instructor of jazz drums and “living guru of big band drumming” John Von Ohlen with a swinging tribute concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Learn more about this performance here.

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