Have A Ball With Count Basie, CCM Jazz and Guest Artist Dennis Mackrel

CCM welcomes guest artist Dennis Mackrel on Nov. 13.

CCM welcomes guest artist Dennis Mackrel on Nov. 13.

On Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., the CCM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band welcome guest artist Dennis Mackrel, drummer and band leader of the world famous Count Basie Orchestra for “Atomic Basie!”

This fun-filled evening features the hits of the Count Basie library and other swing era favorites that are sure to get the joint jumping, including “April in Paris,” “Corner Pocket,” Dennis Mackrel originals and more. CCM’s Scott Belck and Dominic Marino conduct.

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CCM’s Staged ‘St. Matthew Passion’ a First in the Midwest

Shawn Mlynek, tenor, as one of the Evangelists in CCM's rare staged performance of Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion.'

Shawn Mlynek, tenor, as one of the Evangelists in CCM's rare staged performance of Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion.'

CCM’s Chamber Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra and Cincinnati Children’s Choir combine for an afternoon featuring one of the timeless masterworks of choral music: J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. This massive staged undertaking, the first of its kind in the Midwest, will be held at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Eighth and Plum Street, Downtown Cincinnati) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.

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Reviews Hail ‘Coram Boy’ As An Epic Success

Claron Haydon as Otis Gardiner and Ty Olwin as Alexander in 'Coram Boy.'

Claron Haydon as Otis Gardiner and Ty Olwin as Alexander in 'Coram Boy.'

The reviews are in and the Enquirer‘s Jackie Demaline calls CCM’s Coram Boy “an enormous success for director Richard Hess and his company.” Read her full review here.

You have four more chances to experience what Demaline calls “the theatrical near-symphony that is Coram Boy.” The epic drama runs through Sunday, Oct. 30, in Patricia Corbett Theater.

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CCM Slideshows: Coram Boy

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With a cast of over 30 actors, an on-stage chorus featuring 16 singers from Cincinnati Children’s Choir, a fight on a slave ship and a drowning in the Thames, Coram Boy kicks off CCM’s 2011-12 Mainstage Series in epic fashion.

Tickets are still available for this fascinating intertwining of drama and music, which runs through Oct. 30 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

You can read the Enquirer‘s preview of the show here.

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LISTEN: CCM’s ‘Coram Boy’ Featured on Around Cincinnati

Director Richard E. Hess discussed CCM’s Mainstage Series-opening title Coram Boy with Jim Stump on this past Sunday’s installment of WVXU’s Around Cincinnati. You can listen to the full discussion here.

CCM presents Helen Edmundson’s Tony-nominated play Coram Boy beginning tomorrow evening (preview performance) and running through Oct. 30. Tickets are available via the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or boxoff@uc.edu.

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CCM’s Mainstage Season-Opening ‘Coram Boy’ Sets the Bar High

CCM's Mainstage Series presents the area premiere of 'Coram Boy.' Photography by Greg Kamp.

CCM's Mainstage Series presents the area premiere of 'Coram Boy.' Photography by Greg Kamp.

CCM launches its 2011-12 Mainstage Series with a powerful tale of a bygone era, Helen Edmundson’s Coram Boy. This fascinating intertwining of drama and music runs from Oct. 26 (preview) through Oct. 30 in Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus.

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CCM’s Accent11 Festival Features Energizing Performances

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CCM’s annual Accent Chamber Music Festival for young artists announces six exciting performances from June 12 – 18 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater in CCM Village. A complete schedule is listed below. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Accent11 performances feature masterworks of the chamber music repertoire as well as the innovative works of new composers, performed by the stellar Accent11 faculty-artists alongside outstanding college and graduate-age artists who are immersing themselves in the study of chamber music for the duration of the festival.

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CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale Sing Music Spanning the Choral Repertoire

Two CCM choirs combine for an afternoon of diverse choral literature, spanning from the genius of Mendelssohn to the modern mind of Douglas Pew, current CCM doctoral student. This exploration of standards in the repertoire paired with a newly commissioned work takes place on Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Northside.

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CCM’s Arts Administration Students Gain Experience With Prestigious Arts Organizations

Class of 2012 Front row L to R: Jenifer Thomas, Kristi Russell, LeAnne Anklan, Anna Backer, Zack Germain, Helene Herbert. Back row: Tyler Roe, Stephanie Saunders, Tony Zancanella, Taj Seyal, David Walker, Jason Hurwitz.

CCM’s Arts Administration students are posed each year with the challenge of finding an internship for the summer as part of their graduate degree. Based on the wealth of knowledge these students have gained in their studies, the students of the Class of 2012 have earned summer spots with the leading arts organizations in their fields of interest. Each student’s strong basis of understanding, stemming from dual-degree coursework in UC’s College of Business and CCM Arts Administration, assisted in earning these highly competitive internships.

The program has consistently prepared its students for real world experience, as is represented by the 100% job placement of last year’s graduating class! Throughout the country (and abroad!) this summer, CCM will be well represented by the Arts Administration students.

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CCM Alumna Wins First Prize in 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition

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Congratulations to CCM alumnae Caitlin Mathes (MM, 2008, Artist Diploma, 2010) and Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (MM, 2010, DMA candidate) who both earned sizeable honors at this year’s Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation. Mathes earned First Prize and $15,000, while Jordheim earned a spot in the Final round of competition and $1000. The Lotte Lenya Competition was held on April 16, 2011 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

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