‘Music in Cincinnati’ Hails CCM Students Debut Album As ‘Phenomenal’

Mary Ellyn Hutton reviews CCM student Carmine Miranda‘s debut solo album (Bach: 6 Cello Suites) for Music in Cincinnati, calling the recording “phenomenal.”

She writes, “Miranda’s approach is virtuosic and musically persuasive. Tempos tend to be brisk (if not pushed now and then), but he brings to bear interpretive insights — his term is “folkloric” — which make the set as a whole a delight.” You read Hutton’s full review here.

Read our recent profile of Miranda hereBach: 6 Cello Suites is available digitally on iTunes, Amazon and elsewhere.

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‘Music in Cincinnati’ Reviews CCM’s Cage Centennial Celebration Conclusion

First year MM in Piano Performance student Kris Rucinski.

First year MM in Piano Performance student Kristofer Rucinski.

Mary Ellyn Hutton reviews the Nov. 29 conclusion to CCM’s month-long Cage Centennial Celebration for Music in Cincinnati.

Hutton writes: “the signal event of the evening was (Lou) Harrison’s (Piano) Concerto,” performed by first year Master of Music student Kristofer Rucinski.

You can read her full review here.

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‘Music in Cincinnati’ Reviews CCM’s Monteverdi Project

Mary Ellyn Hutton provides a comprehensive review of CCM’s Nov. 28 Monteverdi Project concert for Music in Cincinnati, declaring that “early music is thriving at CCM.” You can read her full review here.

As previously reported, the Nov. 28 Monteverdi concert was recorded for future broadcast as part of an exciting new collaboration between CCM and CET, Cincinnati Public Television. Learn more about this collaboration here or read the News Records‘ coverage here.

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Ariel String Quartet’s Inaugural CCM Concert Series Continues Dec. 4

The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour

The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour

The Ariel String Quartet‘s inaugural CCM concert series continues at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 4 in UC’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Winners of the Fischoff Grand Prize, the Quartet’s program is scheduled to include:

  • Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No.1
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, KV 575
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 (featuring James Tocco, piano)

Last month, the Quartet visited CET, Cincinnati Public Television to record an episode of Showcase with Barbara Kellar. You can view the entire episode here.

Earlier last month, Musical America also featured the Ariel Quartet in its New Artist Spotlight! You can view the profile here.

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Ariel Quartet’s CCM Debut Receives Rave Reviews

The acclaimed Ariel String Quartet made its official debut as a CCM quartet-in-residence before a capacity crowd in UC’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall last night.

“If the artistry of their playing and the electricity in the hall are any indication, the Ariel has the potential to revive the glory days of the LaSalle Quartet, quartet-in-residence from 1953 to 1988, the last full-time resident quartet at the school,” Janelle Gelfand writes for the Cincinnati Enquirer. You can read her full review here.

“Violinists Gershon Gerchikov and Alexandra Kazovsky, violist Jan Grüning and cellist Amit Even-Tov play with energy, consummate technique and an esprit de corps that bode exceedingly well for CCM and the community,” Mary Ellyn Hutton writes for Music in Cincinnati. You can read her full review here.

If you missed last evening’s performance, be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Tickets are still available for the next installment in the Ariel Quartet’s 2012-13 CCM concert series… but they won’t be for long!

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The Ariel String Quartet Makes Its CCM Debut Tonight

The Ariel Quartet. Photography by Liz Dufour; provided by the Enquirer/Cincinnati.com.

CCM has a new String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ariel Quartet. They will make their Inaugural Concert on September 11 at the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. (L-R) Jan Gruning on viola, Amit Even-Tov on cello, Alexandra Kazovsky on violin and Gershon Gerchikov on violin. Photographed at CCM on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.
– The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour

“The Ariel String Quartet is a breath of fresh air in chamber music,” Janelle Gelfand writes for the Cincinnati EnquirerRead Gelfand’s profile of CCM’s newly appointed string-quartet-in-residence here.

The Quartet makes its CCM debut at 8 p.m. tonight in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Learn more about the Quartet’s debut performance here.

Mary Ellyn Hutton also previews tonight’s Ariel Quartet concert and more of this month’s upcoming performances for Music In Cincinnati. Read her September preview here.

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CCM Artist Diploma Candidate Jennifer Williams Receives Fulbright Award

CCM Artist Diploma candidate Jennifer Williams.

CCM Artist Diploma candidate Jennifer Williams.

Congratulations to CCM student Jennifer Williams for receiving a Fulbright grant to study in Germany next year!

A second-year artist diploma candidate in Opera Stage Direction, Williams directed CCM’s acclaimed staged production of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion last November. You can learn more about that performance here and see Williams discuss the production here.

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The Reviews Are In For CCM’s “The Marriage of Figaro”

Photography by Mark Lyons.

Photography by Mark Lyons.

The Cincinnati Enquirer and ConcertoNet.com have both posted glowing reviews of CCM’s sold-out reinterpretation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

CCM’s Opera Series continues March 4 – 6 with the Studio Series production of Jacques Offenbach’s The Island of Tulipatan. You can learn more about the production here.

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