The Bearcat Piano Festival Returns to CCM This Week!

Bearcat Piano Festival organizer Awadagin Pratt.

Bearcat Piano Festival organizer Awadagin Pratt.

Celebrate the sounds of the piano during the second-annual Bearcat Piano Festival, which includes master classes, recitals, competitions and concerts from April 14-17 at CCM. Internationally renowned pianist and recording artist Ann Schein, who has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and many other major orchestras, will lead several events including a recital and master class.

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CCM Announces Winner of 2011 Orchestral Composition Competition

Jennifer Jolley

Jennifer Jolley

Congratulations to DMA composition student Jennifer Jolley, the winner of the 2011 CCM Orchestra Composition Competition! This annual competition involves several CCM composition students whose works are initially given readings by the Philharmonia. Then, a panel of judges chooses one composer to write a new orchestral work for the CCM Philharmonia for a performance during the following season.

Jennifer’s new piece will be conducted by Professor Mark Gibson and the other piece on the program (a year from April) will be the 8th symphony of Bruckner.

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Composition Alum’s Work Wins Praise in the New York Times

CCM Composition alumnus Ethan Wickman (DMA, ’03) received a recent rave review in the New York Times for his CD Portals and Passages. “Mr. Wickman is a composer of facility and imagination,” writes the Times‘ Steve Smith, “the kind to whom both performers and audiences respond.” You can read Smith’s full review here.

Wickman’s album is available for purchase here.

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CCM’s Faculty Artist Concert Series Resumes Jan. 6

Happy 2011! CCM is delighted to ring in the New Year with another quarter’s worth of concerts, recitals, productions, lectures and master classes.

Professor Joel Hoffman‘s Three Paths for cello and piano will kick off our Winter Faculty Artist Series this Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Featuring Three Paths and other new works by Hoffman, the recital is open and free to the general public.

The Faculty Artist Series continues this Sunday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. with a recital by Patricia Linhart and friends. Julie Spangler will accompany. The theme of the concert is “It’s June in January” and audience members are encouraged to wear their summer togs! Featuring music hot enough to melt away your winter blues, this concert takes place in Patricia Corbett Theater and is also open and free to the general public!

View CCM’s full Calendar of Winter Events here.

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Music Theory Professor Steven Cahn Discusses “The Project”

UC’s Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning recently spotlighted Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Music Theory Steven Cahn’s collaborative research with Peter Basser and Sinisa Pajevic on music and signal processing. “The Project,” as the work has been dubbed, marries aural and visual percepts into color-coded images and movies that track the generating musical performance.

Intrigued? You can view the entire faculty spotlight here.

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