CCM Shares Artistic Menu of Moveable Feast Performances

Cincinnati’s premier fundraiser returns next Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, when UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents Moveable Feast. Take a look at this year’s artistic menu to create your own schedule of 20-minute samplings of live entertainment, along with backstage tours and much more.

For one night only, Cincinnati audiences can experience CCM’s student stars of tomorrow in a variety of performances that showcase the full spectrum of the performing and media arts. Tickets to Moveable Feast are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.uc.edu/moveablefeast or over the phone at 513-556-2100.

The festivities begin with cocktails and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. CCM’s Jazz Orchestra kicks off the performances with a tribute to The Rolling Stones in Corbett Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Then attendees are free to roam CCM Village to create their own menu of artistic experiences including a dazzling light show, acting, dance, musical theatre and opera performances; concerts by CCM’s Chamber Choir, Steel Drum Band, Chamber Winds and piano students; and more! The evening concludes with a grand finale performance by the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra at 10 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium.

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Hosted by CCMpower — a dedicated volunteer group comprised of fans, advocates and alumni — Moveable Feast showcases students and faculty members in an evening of world-class live entertainment. The funds raised by the event enable CCMpower to fuel the future of the arts by awarding student scholarships and grants. Attendees roam through the expansive CCM Village, socializing and enjoying dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering while creating their own menu of artistic experiences. A complete list of performance details is below.

Moveable Feast Artistic Menu

Attendees will receive a program with a map of CCM Village and performance information. The below performances are organized by location.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRELUDE
The CCM Jazz Orchestra Rolling Stones Project features vocalist Clyde Brown in popular hits by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards including Honky Tonk Woman, Wild Horses and Satisfaction.

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Corbett Auditorium

STEEL DRUM BAND
Featuring two traditional Trinidadian tunes by Boogsie Sharpe and two new pop arrangements by CCM students.

  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Corbett Auditorium

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA FINALE
Featuring Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73, 4. Allegro con spirito.

  • Time: 10 p.m.
  • Location: Corbett Auditorium

BACKSTAGE TOURS
Go behind-the-scenes to visit CCM’s Hair, Wig and Make-Up studios and get an up-close view of the creative work that goes into making our performers ready for the stage. Tours meet in the CCM Atrium and will require some stairs.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Meet in the CCM Atrium

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Learn about the student-created documentary “The Fifth Mode” that follows UC Engineering students who design a Hyperloop pod and made it to the finals of Elon Musk’s International SpaceX Hyperloop Competition.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3140c

THEATRE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Meet CCM’s outstanding student designers and view their senior portfolios, which feature the stunning work you’ve seen on CCM stages. If you’re lucky, you may get a sneak peek at upcoming production designs!

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3240

LIGHTING SHOWCASE: BOOM!
Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular creations of CCM’s stage lighting, technical production and sound students as they unite to present performance art of robotic lighting and technical systems integration.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

CHAMBER WINDS
Enjoy hearing CCM students perform Carl Reinecke’s Octet, Op. 126.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3250

PIANO
CCM piano students perform Debussy’s L’isle joyeuse and the Romance and Tarantella from Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for 2 pianos at 8:30 p.m. The 9:30 p.m. performance features the Rachmaninoff piece and Liszt’s Rigoletto-Paraphrase.

  • Times: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3250

CHAMBER CHOIR
The CCM Chamber Choir and Graduate Brass Quintet present a cappella masterworks and a highlight from our Feast of Carols performance. Featuring graduate choral conducting students.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

MUSICAL THEATRE
Enjoy performances of pop songs and contemporary Broadway hits from the Musical Theatre Freshman Women and CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2020 present a medley featuring songs River Deep, Mountain High; Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Go Into Your Dance.

  • Times: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

PREPARATORY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The rising stars from CCM Prep present music, dance and musical theatre performances.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3705

DANCE
CCM Ballet Ensemble presents En Tournée, set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich with choreography by Jiang Qi.

  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

OPERA
CCM Artist Diploma students perform selections from beloved operas including The Bartered Bride, The Magic Flute and Candide.

  • Times: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

ACTING
k. Jenny Jones, the only woman in the country recognized as a “Fight Master” by the Society of American Fight Directors, and CCM’s Acting Class of 2021 give a sneak peek into the illusion and magic of stage combat!

  • Time: 9 p.m.
  • Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

Event Location

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Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Moveable Feast are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.uc.edu/moveablefeast or over the telephone at 513-556-2100.

  • Soloist Package: $600 – price includes two tickets to Moveable Feast and two tickets to CCM Musical Theatre’s “Not Famous Yet” Showcase (March 13, 2020), valet parking for Moveable Feast and program recognition
  • Patron Package: $225 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast, one ticket to CCM Musical Theatre’s “Not Famous Yet” Showcase, valet parking for Moveable Feast and program recognition
  • Host Ticket: $150 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast, valet parking for Moveable Feast and program recognition
  • General Public Tickets: $75 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast
  • CCM Alumni and Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets: $50 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast

Seating is limited. Event proceeds raised by CCMpower support student scholarships for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” and help fund student and ensemble travel, master class opportunities and collaborative projects.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

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CCM Alumnae Tamara Wilson and Amanda Woodbury Receive Major Awards from Richard Tucker Music Foundation

We are ecstatic to report that CCM alumnae Tamara Wilson (BM Voice, 2004) and Amanda Woodbury (MM Voice, 2012) have both received major awards from the prestigious Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

Wilson, a soprano who studied with Barbara Honn while attending CCM, has been named winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation’s most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Featuring such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, David Daniels, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato, the list of past winners reads like a who’s who of American opera. Wilson is a previous recipient of the Foundation’s Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2008 and Richard Tucker Career Grant in 2011.

Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor, commented, “I first met Tamara Wilson when she auditioned for – and won – a Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2008. I was blown away not only by the power and sheer beauty of her voice, but also by how grounded she is as a person. Last year, when I was listening to the Saturday matinee broadcast of Aida from the Met and realized it was her singing the title role, I couldn’t have been more impressed by how she’s evolved as an artist. She has a bright future ahead of her, and we are thrilled to have her as our 2016 Richard Tucker Award winner.”

Wilson is not the only CCM-trained singer honored by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation this year. Woodbury, a soprano who studied with William McGraw while attending CCM, has been named a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant recipient. Selected through a vocal competition, these grants are provided to singers who have begun professional careers and who have already performed roles with opera companies nationally or internationally. As previously reported, Woodbury was awarded the Foundation’s Sara Tucker Grant in 2014.

About the Richard Tucker Music Foundation
Founded in 1975, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization that honors the artistic legacy of the great American tenor through support of talented American opera singers and by bringing opera into the community.

The Foundation’s awards program offers grants for study, performance opportunities and other career-enhancing activities, thereby providing professional development for singers at several levels of career-readiness. You can learn more about the Richard Tucker Music Foundation by visiting richardtucker.org/about.

Soprano Tamara Wilson (BM Voice, 2004).

Soprano Tamara Wilson (BM Voice, 2004).

About Tamara Wilson
American soprano Tamara Wilson made her much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut in December of 2014 in the title role of Aida, when the New York Times praised the “laserlike authority of her high notes,” and observed: “Her voice blooms with her palpable involvement in her own story: Her singing is urgent, her physical performance restrained yet powerful.”

Nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera after her English National Opera debut last fall as Leonora in La forza del destino, the soprano will make further debuts next season at the Bayerischer Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin. She was a finalist in the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Grand Prize Winner at Barcelona’s Annual Francisco Viñas Competition, a winner of the George London Award and the recipient of both a 2008 Sara Tucker Study Grant and a 2011 Richard Tucker Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

After launching the present season headlining Aida at the Aspen Music Festival, Wilson returned to Oper Frankfurt as Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo; sang Lucrezia in Verdi’s I due Foscari in Santiago, Chile; made her Cleveland Orchestra debut; and joined Marin Alsop for Mahler in São Paulo. Back in the States after touring Japan as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, the soprano looks forward to taking Brahms’s German Requiem on an East Coast tour with Seraphic Fire and singing Desdemona in Otello at Cincinnati’s May Festival, in celebration of James Conlon’s 37th and final year as Music Director. Last season Wilson made her role and house debuts headlining Norma at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, following recent debuts at Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Carnegie Hall. In addition to being a CCM graduate, Wilson is also an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

CCM alumna Amanda Woodbury.

CCM alumna Amanda Woodbury.

About Amanda Woodbury
An alumna of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, Amanda Woodbury was recently honored with the second place and Audience Choice awards in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. She also won the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2014 Sara Tucker Study Grant, and both second place and Audience Choice awards at Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition.

Woodbury made her professional debut as Micaëla in Carmen at Los Angeles Opera, where she returned as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She then joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, appearing as Tebaldo in Don Carlo and covering the roles of Antonia and Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

This season she sang Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Met, and looks forward to appearing as Musetta in La bohème with the Los Angeles Opera. Having taken part in the Met’s “Rising Stars” concert tour, she looks forward to headlining a new Met production of Roméo et Juliette and making house debuts at PORTopera as Micaëla in Carmen and at Atlanta Opera as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Woodbury completed her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at CCM in 2012, after receiving her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University.

In a 2014 interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Woodbury reflected on her recent success and on her time at CCM, telling Janelle Gelfand:

“I sang two roles onstage [at CCM], Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites. I can’t tell you how much that has helped my career. It helped me to prepare for the next step, and just everything they did opened up doors for me. I’m so glad I went to CCM, because I passed up Juilliard for CCM.”

You can read the Enquirer‘s full interview with Woodbury online here.

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Story by Curt Whitacre

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CCM Alumni Amanda Woodbury and John Holiday Named 2014 Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipients

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We are delighted to report that two CCM alumni – Amanda Woodbury (MM, 2012) and John Holiday (MM, 2012) – have been named 2014 Sara Tucker Grant Recipients by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation!

Soprano Amanda Woodbury, 25, is a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at LA Opera and was a winner of the recent Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She made her LA Opera debut as Micäela in Carmen and also appeared as Papagena in The Magic Flute. This summer she will make her debut at the Cincinnati May Festival as a soloist in the Mahler 8th Symphony and will join the Merola Opera at San Francisco Opera to sing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She was a second place winner at the McCollum Competition in Houston and received degrees from Indiana University and CCM.

Counter-tenor John Holiday, 29, has been heard recently as Radamisto at the Juilliard School and will debut with Wolf Trap Opera this summer in the title role of Giulio Cesare and be heard this fall as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with LA Opera. He will also return to the St. Paul Chamber Festival in concert. Other recent engagements include Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” at Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Symphony, covering Nereno in Giulio Cesare at the Met, and Glass’ Galileo Galilei at Cincinnati and Portland Opera. Holiday was an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera and holds degrees from SMU and CCM.

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CCM Announces New Community Engagement Initiatives Fueled by 2012-13 ArtsWave Grant

Participants from the Music for Youth in Cincinnati's (MYCincinnati's) free youth orchestra program in Price Hill.

Participants from the Music for Youth in Cincinnati’s (MYCincinnati’s) free youth orchestra program with John Morris Russell (center) in Price Hill.

CCM is proud to announce several new collaborations supported by a grant from ArtsWave. Awarded in June 2012, CCM’s $50,000 ArtsWave Community Partnership grant was designed to develop mutually beneficial projects that will advance both organizations’ goals for the community and the arts sector.

ArtsWave’s generous support will help CCM enhance its current collaborative relationship with the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) and will also allow CCM to formalize new partnerships with several community outreach programs, almost all of which were initiated by CCM faculty, students or alumni.

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CCM Receives $50,000 ArtsWave Grant

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CCM has been awarded an ArtsWave Community Partnership Grant. As part of their 2012 funding efforts, the ArtsWave Board of Trustees approved an award of $50,000 to CCM.

This Community Partnership Grant is designed to develop a mutually beneficial project that will advance both organizations’ goals for the community and for the arts sector.

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CCM Artist Diploma Candidate Jennifer Williams Receives Fulbright Award

CCM Artist Diploma candidate Jennifer Williams.

CCM Artist Diploma candidate Jennifer Williams.

Congratulations to CCM student Jennifer Williams for receiving a Fulbright grant to study in Germany next year!

A second-year artist diploma candidate in Opera Stage Direction, Williams directed CCM’s acclaimed staged production of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion last November. You can learn more about that performance here and see Williams discuss the production here.

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Three-Year Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Supports Groundbreaking Opera Fusion Program

Cincinnati Opera, in collaboration with CCM Opera, has proudly announced the creation of Opera Fusion: New Works, a program designed to support the development of new American operas. Opera Fusion: New Works is made possible by a three-year grant of $300,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“This wonderful grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation presents extraordinary opportunities to CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera,” said Frank Weinstock, Interim Dean of CCM. “It will allow us to explore the new frontiers of opera in ways that would not otherwise be possible, and to expand the scope of Opera Fusion. We are so fortunate to have Cincinnati Opera as our partner in this venture. Together we will make history with this program, as we discover a new generation of operatic masterpieces.”

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