Illustration of William Shakespeare.

CCM Celebrates the Music of the Bard at Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 23

CCM’s Departments of Choral Studies and Dramatic Performance honor the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare‘s passing (April 23, 1616) with a special concert honoring the Music of the Bard on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Under the music direction of Earl Rivers and stage direction of D’Arcy Smith, the Music of the Bard is a 75-minute, one-act presentation of Shakespeare’s texts through choral music, scenes, monologues and sonnets.

Flyer for CCM's 'Music of the Bard IV' concert.This concert features the 30-voice Chamber Choir, CCM’s premiere choral ensemble, along with nine student actors. Featured students include conductors Daniel Blosser and Matthew Swanson, and actors Owen AldersonSydney AsheMafer Del RealJames EgbertAnnie GroveLaura McCarthyMeg OlsonJosh Reiter and Graham Rogers.

The program showcases texts from 18 Shakespeare plays and sonnets, highlighted with the premieres of three newly commissioned choral works by composers Judith BinghamDominick DiOrio and Jake Runestad. The music encompasses a range of styles from jazz arrangements by legendary jazz pianist George Shearing to modern a cappella classics, enhanced with violin, flute, clarinet, vibraphone, piano, and string bass as accompanying and obbligato instruments.

With this performance, CCM’s Department of Choral Studies completes The Shakespeare Quadricentenniala two-year commemoration of the playwright’s birth and death through choral music. The celebration commenced on Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on April 23, 2014.

The Shakespeare Quadricentennial has produced four all-Shakespeare programs since Sept. 21, 2014, which have featured CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chorale, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and local guest choirs.

The Shakespeare Quadricentennial has fostered the commissioning of new works on Shakespeare texts by Dan Forrest (Cincinnati Children’s Choir), Daniel Elder (UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses), as well as those performed on April 23, 2016 by Judith Bingham, Dominick DiOrio and Jake Runestad.

Performance Time
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23

Location
Knox Presbyterian Church
Michigan and Observatory Avenues,
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 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 now through our e-Box Office!

Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions
Knox Church is located on the corner of Observatory and Michigan, at 3400 Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Hyde Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Please refer to the interactive map found online at www.knox.org/directions for details on Knox’s location and for directions to Knox Church.

Parking at Knox can be a bit challenging. The best advice is to arrive a little early for the event you are attending.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave
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Story by Curt Whitacre

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The CCM Chorale. Photography by Lisa Britton.

CCM Presents Dave Brubeck’s ‘The Gates of Justice’ in Concert at the Knox Presbyterian Church on April 19

CCM’s Choral Concert Series comes to a close this month with a special performance of Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

The CCM Chorale, with music director and conductor Brett Scott. Photography by Lisa Britton.

The CCM Chorale, with music director and conductor Brett Scott. Photography by Lisa Britton.

Under the direction of CCM Associate Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Brett Scott, the CCM Chorale and Brass Choir will welcome the Phil DeGreg Trio and special guests from the Martin Luther King Chorale for this performance. This powerful and moving work will be presented at Hyde Park’s Knox Presbyterian Church.

Originally premiered in 1969 for the dedication of Cincinnati’s Rockdale Temple, Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice was a co-commission by CCM and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, with a premiere conducted by the legendary Cincinnati Pops conductor and former CCM faculty member Erich Kunzel.

Brubeck’s second large-scale sacred composition, the piece was a plea for brotherhood between blacks and Jews during a period of strife in the 1960s, immediately following the 1968 death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It was a tremendous hit,” Kunzel recalled of the premiere in a Cincinnati Enquirer feature in February of 2004. “There was a standing ovation. I remember it very vividly; it was very exciting. Everyone loved it. It’s a very meaningful piece, and we were all so happy with what the result was.”

In that same story, Brubeck observed, “It was an emotional time. The idea was to bring these two cultures together, to show similarities rather than their differences.”

The Gates of Justice
 is a cantata based on biblical and Hebrew liturgical texts—together with quotations from Martin Luther King’s speeches, as well as from Negro spirituals and from the Jewish sage Hillel, and with lyrics by Brubeck’s wife, Iola, with whom he collaborated on this and other works.

Brubeck pointed to the explicit connection between the historical experience of the Jewish people and that of American blacks, and he expressed his conviction that both peoples possess traditional spiritual values with important meaning for contemporary society.

Performance Time
3 p.m. Sunday, April 19

Location

Knox Presbyterian Church
3400 Michigan Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to The Gates of Justice are $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE. 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/brubeck-gates-of-justice. Tickets will also be available beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of the performance at Knox Presbyterian Church; cash and check only at the door.

Parking and Directions

Please note that this performance does not take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Knox Church is located on the corner of Observatory and Michigan, at 3400 Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Hyde Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Parking at Knox can be a bit challenging. The best advice is to arrive a little early for the event you are attending.

Please visit www.knox.org/directions for more details on parking and directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Sponsored by: The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts

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CCM's Steel Drum Band takes the stage for its annual spring concert on Jan. 31, 2015.

CCM Spring 2015 Calendar of Major Events – April Updates

Please note the following updates to CCM’s schedule of major events for the spring:

  • The Pangea Chamber Players guest artist concert originally scheduled for April 2 has been cancelled.
  • The April 12 performance of Chuck Owen’s River Runs features the CCM Concert Orchestra, not the CCM Philharmonia.
  • The venue has changed for CCM’s April 19 performance of Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice. The concert will now take place at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
  • The faculty artist concert entitled “The Original Phil DeGreg and Friends” has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. This celebration of the career of retiring faculty member Phil DeGreg will take place in Patricia Corbett Theater. The performance is free and open to the general public. You can listen to Professor DeGreg preview his concert, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 17, courtesy of WVXU 91.7 FM.
  • CCM welcomes composer Mark Applebaum for a guest artist performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 in Watson the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. This performance is free and open to the general public.
  • CCM’s Division of Electronic Media will host its Senior Showcase at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in Watson Hall. Admission to the event is free and open to the general public.

You can always find the most up-to-date information on CCM’s calendar of events at ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM Prep’s 2014-15 Program Offerings Guide Is Now Available Online

CCMPrepProgramOfferings2014Immerse yourself in the performing arts through CCM’s Preparatory Department!

CCM Prep offers a wide variety of programs in Music, Dance and the Theatre Arts for both pre-professional students and arts enthusiasts of all ages.

CCM Prep offers a relaxed and welcoming environment where students of all ages may explore their artistic interests. Download a digital copy of this year’s Program Offerings brochure to find out about CCM Prep’s program offerings, tuition rates and more.

Download a copy of CCM Prep’s 2014-15 Program Offerings today. Copies are also available at the CCM Prep Office.

You can request a free physical copy of the Program Guide by calling 513-556-2595 or emailing ccmprep@uc.edu.

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