CCM Wind Symphony presents ‘Pops in Space’ concert on Feb. 21

Journey to the galaxy with an evening of celestial works, including John Williams’ ‘Star Wars Suite.’ Tickets available online.

The CCM Wind Symphony performs the music of the cosmos in its “Pops in Space” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb 21, 2020 in Corbett Auditorium. The concert features a mix of classic and contemporary space-inspired works by composers including Eric Whitacre, J.S. Bach, Gustov Holst and John Williams.

The Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, led by Ann Porter, opens the performance with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’ American Overture and Derek Jenkins’ We Seven, the title of which comes from a book by the same name written by the United States’ first astronauts.

The CCM Wind Symphony then takes the stage to present Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, led by conductor-in-residence Fangfang Li. The journey through outer space continues with Eric Whitacre’s Deep Field, featuring images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Audience members can enjoy both the sights and sounds of the galaxy during the concert by downloading the free Deep Field App from the App Store or Google Play Store. CCM Wind Symphony music director Kevin Michael Holzman will cue the audience to activate the app.

After a brief intermission, the performance resumes with Holst’s “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets. Known for its swelling brass and slow waltzing strings, the piece is led by Fangfang Li.

The performance’s epic finale features the Star Wars Suite by John Williams. The music behind the beloved media franchise invokes feelings of nostalgia with pieces including the “Star Wars Main Title,” “Imperial March,” “Princess Leia’s Theme” and more.

This concert is presented as part of the 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Winds Series. Visit for a complete listing of upcoming ticketed performances. Save up to 10 percent off of single ticket prices by purchasing six or more tickets with a Concert Flex Package.


CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE)
Ann Porter, music director and conductor
Featuring conductor-in-residence Fangfang Li

J. JENKINS: American Overture
D. JENKINS: We Seven
BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
WHITACRE: Deep Field, featuring images from NASA
HOLST: Selections from The Planets
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2020


Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

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CCM Welcomes Thomas Gamboa as Assistant Director of Wind Studies

A graphic announcing the appointment of Thomas Gamboa as CCM's new Assistant Director of Wind Studies.

CCM Interim Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the addition of esteemed conductor and educator Thomas Gamboa as the college’s new Assistant Director of Wind Studies. Gamboa’s appointment begins on Aug. 15, 2018.

Originally from San Diego, Gamboa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Music Performance in bassoon from UCLA. He also earned a Masters of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with Mallory Thompson. Additional conducting studies include work with Tom Lee, Donald Neuen, Victor Yampolsky, Craig Kirchhoff, Kenneth Kiesler, Neal Stulberg, Jerry Junkin, David Effron, David Loebel, Donald Hunsberger, Michael Votta, Kevin Sedatole, Gary Hill and Mark Davis Scatterday. This spring, he will complete his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan, where he is studying with Michael Haithcock.

An accomplished conductor, Gamboa previously held the rank of Captain and served active duty as Conductor and Commander of the United States Air Force Band at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He later served as Associate Conductor and Flight Commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He earned his commission from Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in February 2011.

Gamboa traveled with the Band of the Air Force Reserve on numerous national and international tours including Spain, Germany, Turkey, Qatar and Kuwait. He also helped plan, execute and edit the band’s final television broadcast Holiday Notes from Home 2011, which featured country music group Little Big Town and singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack as guest artists. The Band of the Air Force Reserve celebrated a historic second nomination for an Emmy Award in Entertainment Programming for this broadcast, which was viewed by 1.1 million people in 174 countries.

A seasoned educator, Gamboa taught and served as the Instrumental Music Director and Music Department Chair at West Adams Preparatory High School in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Central Los Angeles. During his tenure, he founded and conducted the high school’s marching band, wind ensemble, chamber orchestra and symphonic orchestra. He was also a conducting and chamber music instructor for the National High School Music Institute, where he served as Assistant Conductor for the Wind Ensemble. Additionally, Gamboa taught drum major camps with the United Spirit Association during the summer for more than 15 years. In addition to teaching, he designed the conducting curriculum and trained instructors throughout his time with the drum major camps.

On the announcement of CCM’s new Assistant Director of Wind Studies, mcclung commented:

“Current and future students will benefit from Professor Gamboa’s extensive experience as a conductor and educator. He makes an excellent addition to CCM’s Division of Ensembles and Conducting, and I am grateful to Wind Studies Search Committee Chair Terence Milligan and committee members James Cully, Kevin Holzman, Ann Porter and Aik Khai Pung for their efforts with this successful search.”

Please join us in welcoming Professor Gamboa to the CCM Family!

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Dynamic Conductor and Educator Kevin Michael Holzman is Named Director of Wind Studies at CCM

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Kevin Michael Holzman will begin his new appointment as Director of Wind Studies at CCM on Aug. 15, 2018.

Interim Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Kevin Michael Holzman to the position of Director of Winds Studies at CCM. Holzman joined CCM’s faculty on a visiting basis in 2017. His new appointment will begin on Aug. 15, 2018.

In his new position, Holzman will serve as the music director for three ensembles: the Wind Orchestra, CCM’s premier large wind ensemble, and two chamber ensembles. His academic responsibilities will include teaching graduate conducting, survey of wind literature and related courses as well as the advising and mentoring of wind conducting students in CCM’s MM and DMA programs.

Prior to his appointment as Visiting Assistant Director of Wind Studies at CCM, Holzman earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Music Director of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mark Scatterday, DMA. As the Frederick Fennell Conducting Fellow and 2016 recipient of the prestigious Walter Hagen Prize for Excellence in Conducting, Holzman served as Associate Conductor of the world-renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra. He regularly appeared as a conductor for OSSIA New Music, including multiple world-premiere performances. He also studied extensively with Neil Varon, Director of Eastman Orchestras.

In summer 2016, Holzman was invited to serve as an associate conductor on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s first tour in Europe, where he conducted the Eastman Harmonie in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. He also collaborated with prominent composers David Maslanka and Bert Appermont for the “Celebration of the Symphony” concert with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. The performance was Eastman’s first live-streamed large ensemble concert, which included the North American premiere of Appermont’s Symphony No. 2 The Golden Age. Holzman also served as an Assistant Producer for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s recent release Sierra Live and upcoming album featuring the music of Jeff Tyzik.

Beyond Eastman, Holzman has worked with professional ensembles including the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 2017, he was appointed conductor of the Music in the American Wild ensemble, a National Endowment for the Arts grant-funded ensemble that commissioned 11 new works in celebration of the 2016 U.S. National Parks Centennial. Holzman recently completed a studio-recording project of commissioned compositions, set for release by ArtistShare NYC in spring 2018. In 2016 Holzman formed and began serving as Music Director of the Upstate Brass Band, an exciting brass ensemble that performs in upstate New York, and was commissioned to record a series of new brass band arrangements by renowned composer/trombonist Bill Reichenbach.

Holzman became the founding Music Director and conductor of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Wind Ensemble in fall 2016. He successfully recruited and led the ensemble’s inaugural year, and it is now the college’s largest instrumental ensemble. After earning his MM in conducting at the University of Arizona (UA), Holzman had the opportunity to teach and conduct as Interim Principal Conductor for the Wind Symphony at UA’s Fred Fox School of Music during the director’s extended absence from 2012 to 2014. He also served as the Director and Coordinator of the UA Symphonic Band and High School Honor Band during his tenure.

In addition to his work with collegiate and professional ensembles, Holzman is a passionate advocate for music education and access to music in all schools. He recently served as Volunteer Coordinator for ROCmusic, an El Sistema-inspired community music program in Rochester, New York, and he assisted with the UA Outreach Honor Band during his tenure in Tucson, Arizona. He is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi music fraternities.

You can catch Holzman and the CCM Wind Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 2, in Patricia Corbett Theater. You can view a schedule of other upcoming CCM Winds Series performances by visiting

Please join us in congratulating Kevin Michael Holzman on his new appointment!

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CCM Winds Performs in Memory of Award-Winning Composer Karel Husa on Sept. 21

CCM’s Wind Orchestra performs in honor of the memory of composer Karel Husa at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in CCM’s Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. A musical champion of freedom for all, Husa received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1969 and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1993.

The program features Husa’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble and Music for Prague 1968, along with works by Czech composers Julius Fučík and Zdeněk Lukáš.

All UC students can receive one free ticket to the Sept. 21 Winds concert with a valid ID beginning Tuesday, Sept. 19. Single tickets for all 2017-18 Concert Series performances are on sale now.

CCM’s Department of Winds Studies will give seven concerts in fall 2017, including free and ticketed performances. Programing information for CCM’s Fall 2017 Winds Series is below.

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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Orchestra
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
The CCM Wind Orchestra opens its new season with a concert in memory of Karel Husa, who died on December 14, 2016, at the age of 95. Born in Prague, he was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1969), the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition (1993) and a musical champion of freedom for all.
LUKÁS: Musica Boema
HUSA: Concerto for Wind Ensemble
FUČÍK: Entry of the Gladiators March
HUSA: Music for Prague 1968
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE

4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
VARÈSE: Intègrales
BOLCOM: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
KIRKENDALL: World Premiere
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Ensemble
Kevin Holzman, music director and conductor
The New Colossus (1883) by American poet Emma Lazarus has been inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty since 1903. It was often the first sight seen by the millions of people who immigrated to the United States from war-torn Europe in the 20th century. CCM’s Wind Ensemble celebrates some of the great composers amongst those American immigrants, who have contributed what are now cornerstones of the wind repertoire. This performance is dedicated to the remarkable legacy of Karel Husa.
HUSA: Smetana Fanfare
HUSA: Al Fresco
SKROWACZEWSKI: Music for Winds
NELHYBEL: Symphonic Movement
HINDEMITH/WILSON: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE


8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Orchestra
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
The Wind Orchestra takes a musical excursion to Mexico with music that features the rich sounds and colors found south of the border.
COPLAND: El Salón México
CHÁVEZ: Sinfonía India
CODINA: Zacatecas March
H. OWEN REED: La Fiesta Mexicana
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE

4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
PISTON: Divertimento for Nine Instruments
SCHOENBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Terence Milligan and Kevin Holzman, music directors and conductors
Come share our excitement as the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble combine forces to celebrate the renovation and reopening of our beloved Corbett Auditorium!
MASLANKA: Symphony No. 4
KALINNIKOV: Symphony No. 4, Finale
J.P. SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever
MONTAGUE: Intrada 1631
HOLST: First Suite in E-flat for Military Band
CRAVENS: Symphony No. 1, Finale
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Terence Milligan and Kevin Holzman, music directors and conductors
Featuring the Princeton High School Symphonic Band
MASLANKA: Symphony No. 4
KALINNIKOV: Symphony No. 4, Finale
J.P. SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Admission: FREE

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

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CCM’s 2017-18 Season Brochure Now Available In Print and Online

Welcome to CCM’s Sesquicentennial Performance Season!

The cover to CCM's 2017-18 Season Brochure.This season, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding with an unparalleled series of performances and special events designed to highlight a tradition of innovation and excellence dating back to 1867.

The history of CCM’s success involves three institutions separate in their origins but united by a common cause: the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the College of Music of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. Sometimes partners and sometimes rivals, these three institutions would eventually join forces to establish one of the world’s premier schools for the performing and media arts.

In the year ahead, we will look back on CCM’s illustrious history, celebrate the careers of our impressive alumni and showcase the talents of our incredible students and faculty members. We look forward to welcoming you to the CCM Village to experience our ongoing history, the artistry of our alumni and a chance to experience the stars of tomorrow.

Download a digital copy of CCM’s 2017-18 brochure today (7.1 MB). Physical copies are also available at the CCM Box Office.

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. For more details about CCM’s 2017-18 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit

Learn more about CCM’s Sesquicentennial by visiting

This is our story. This is your season.
Join us for a celebration 150 years in the making!

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