Review: CSO Presents ‘Spellbinding’ Concert with CCM Student Singers

CCM student singers joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in concert at Music Hall this past weekend. Next weekend, the CSO’s Louis Langrée comes to campus to conduct the CCM Philharmonia in a program of French works!

CCM boasts a top-notch opera and vocal performance program, and these students shone in the spotlight at Music Hall this past weekend. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra featured 10 CCM student soloists and the CCM Chamber Choir, led by Earl Rivers, in its performances of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, or “The Child and the Sorceries,” on Feb. 7-8, 2020.

In her review of the concert for the Cincinnati Business Courier, Janelle Gelfand described the entire staged production as “a spellbinding feat that blended a cast of terrific young singers with whimsical animations.”

“It was a stroke of genius to employ opera singers from the Opera Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, who added youthfulness as well as vibrant voices to the wondrous score,” wrote Gelfand.

The performance featured Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in the title role. CCM students who performed as soloists are Yewon Yoon, coloratura; Raven McMillon, coloratura; Anyeé Farrar, coloratura; Elana Bell, mezzo-soprano; Joyner Horn, mezzo-soprano; Georgia Jacobson, mezzo-soprano; Brenda Iglesias Zarco, mezzo soprano; Victor Cardamone, tenor; Ryan Wolfe, bass, and Antonio Cruz, baritone.

This weekend, the onstage partnership between CCM and the CSO continues. On Saturday, Feb. 15, the CSO’s Music Director Louis Langrée will join the CCM Philharmonia in Corbett Auditorium for a concert of symphonic favorites, including Debussy’s Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Kara Huber, a CCM doctoral candidate and Grammy-nominated pianist, will perform as the soloist on Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM and the CSO have long worked together on various projects; many of the musicians of the CSO are on faculty at CCM, and CCM alumni often find employment with the symphony as musicians or administrators. One significant development in this symbiotic relationship is the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship, a program generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that provides an unparalleled two-year learning experience for graduate-level violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music. These students perform alongside the CSO for five weeks of the performance season and receive several stipends from the CCM and the CSO.

More information on the CCM Philharmonia’s Saturday, Feb. 15, concert with Louis Langrée is available online and in the event information below.

Repertoire

CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Louis Langrée, conductor
DEBUSSY: Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune
RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major, featuring Grammy-nominated CCM doctoral student Kara Huber
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati 

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $29.50; Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

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. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

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


 Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

Orchestral Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hirschhorn

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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Giora Schmidt Joins CCM Philharmonia in Season-Opening Concert

The CCMONSTAGE Orchestra Series opens with the CCM Philharmonia and faculty artist Giora Schmidt on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music begins its new, five-part CCMONSTAGE Orchestra Subscription Series with the CCM Philharmonia this Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Corbett Auditorium.

Acclaimed violinist and faculty artist Giora Schmidt joins the CCM Philharmonia for a performance of Dvořák’s radiant Violin Concerto in A Minor for the season-opening concert. The program also includes Brahms’ second symphony and a selection of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances.

The performance on September 20 marks the beginning of a new, five-part orchestra subscription series featuring the CCM Philharmonia collaborating with special guests like Louis Langrée and Leslie Dunner. Patrons can still buy tickets and reserve seats for all CCMONSTAGE concert subscription offerings.

Complete program information for the 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Orchestra Subscription Series is below. Additional concert performances are offered outside of this new five-part orchestra series, visit ccmonstage.universitytickets.com for details.
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20
• Orchestra Series •
SEASON-OPENING CONCERT
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Giora Schmidt, violin
DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46, No. 1
DVOŘÁK: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.
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7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3
• Orchestra Series •
PRIDE OF RUSSIA
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Dror Biran, piano
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 102
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1
• Orchestra Series •
CSI HALLOWEEN: POST-MORTEM
CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director
Featuring guest artist Leslie B. Dunner, conductor and chief medical examiner
LISZT: Totentanz
SAINT-SAËNS: Carnival of the “Dead” Animals
BRITTEN: “Dead” Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $20; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31
• Orchestra Series •
THE LONG GOODBYE
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux
MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 in D Major
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15
• Orchestra Series •
WELCOME TO CCM, MAESTRO LANGRÉE
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Louis Langrée, conductor
DEBUSSY: Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune
RAVEL: Piano Concerto
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.
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Purchasing Tickets and Subscriptions

Interested in guaranteeing your seats for all five CCM Philharmonia concerts? You can still subscribe to the entire series for $99. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Subscribe to the CCMONSTAGE Orchestra five-concert package for just $99.

Additional concert performances are offered outside of this new five-part orchestra series, visit CCM’s new e-box office for details.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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 the CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.

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


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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