CityBeat Spotlights CCM’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ as ‘One Hell of a Collaboration’

Anne Arenstein takes a detailed look at the collaborative efforts that went into CCM’s production of The Rake’s Progress in this week’s issue of CityBeat (on newsstands now and available digitally here).

The Rake’s Progress runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10 and Saturday, May 12, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance scheduled for Sunday, May 13.

Learn more about the opera here.

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CCM Opera, Theatre Design & Production and Electronic Media Collaborate on ‘The Rake’s Progress’

'The Rake's Progress' depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

‘The Rake’s Progress’ depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“For idle hearts and hands and minds, the Devil finds a work to do.” The CCM Opera department discovers just how true that adage is in their rendition of Stravinsky’s comedic opera The Rake’s Progress. Unique to this production is a first-time collaboration between CCM’s Departments of Opera and Theatre Design & Production with the Division of Electronic Media, providing an updated technological aspect. Mark Gibson conducts with stage direction by Robin Guarino. This outrageous tale of love, lust, greed and the repercussions of a life of sin plays May 10, 12 and 13 in Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.

The subject matter of The Rake’s Progress is adult in nature and the production of the opera is intended for mature audiences. This production also makes use of haze, smoke and strobe lighting effects.

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CCM Video: E-Media Launches New Video Series With Performance By Local Band The Seedy Seeds

Today, CCM E-Media launched it’s new video series Queen City Sessions with a set by Cincinnati-based trio the Seedy Seeds.

Described by NPR’s Claire Blaustein as “wonderfully fun,” the Seedy Seeds include Mike Ingram (banjo/vocals), Margaret Darling (guitar/vocals) and Joe Frankl (drums).

Visit Bearcat Radio’s official website for more information.

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Discussing ‘The Damnation of Faust’s Visuals with CCM E-Media’s Raul Barcelona

CCM Assistant Professor of Electonic Media Raul Barcelona.

CCM Assistant Professor of Electonic Media Raul Barcelona.

This Saturday, CCM presents a unique multimedia production of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. CCM E-Media faculty member Raul Barcelona recently discussed his work on the project with CCM Public Information Assistant and Arts Administration student Lillian Matchett.

Lillian Matchett: Could you give me a little background about your work at CCM?

Raul Barcelona: I’ve been here now for almost two years. My role here is Assistant Professor of Electronic Media, and I specifically teach new media and video production classes. My main focus is film making, but in the past I have also worked as a web designer and graphics designer, so I am also teaching some of those new media courses as well.

LM: Could you tell me a little about how you originally got involved with the production of The Damnation of Faust?

RB: Earl Rivers [CCM’s Director of Choral Studies and conductor] approached me to see if I would be interested in developing some visuals for the performance. He had this idea that it’s a work that is very cinematic in nature, even just by itself, and he thought that it would be a good opportunity to collaborate so that the music is accompanied with visuals.

LM: What was your original inspiration for the visuals we’ll see on Saturday?

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Projects for CCM E-Media Alumnus Include A Current Box Office Hit

E-Media Alumnus Elliot Greenberg

E-Media Alumnus Elliot Greenberg

The science fiction film Chronicle topped the box office last weekend and CCM alumnus Elliot Greenberg had a large part in the film’s success. The film was edited by Greenberg, who graduated from CCM E-Media in 2001. You can view the trailer for the film below:

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CCM Video: Watch E-Media Student’s Video From Jan. 28 Cincinnati Pops Concert

As previously reported, last Saturday’s Cincinnati Pops Lollipops Family Concert featured a special video segment directed and produced by CCM senior Kyle Howland.

Today, we are happy to provide you with a look at the final video, which is set to Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite and features Pops conductor John Morris Russell!

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