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CCM Dance Presents Annual Fall Concert Dec. 5-7

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Choreography by guest artist Michael Bearden. Photo copyright Luke Isley.

CCM’s Department of Dance concludes its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with a demanding and impressive Fall Dance Concert, running Dec. 5-7 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert program features ballets by guest choreographers Michael Bearden and Tong Wang, as well as works by CCM Dance faculty members. Department Chair Jiang Qi and Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry direct.

This concert’s mixed repertoire includes a world premiere of Tong Wang’s contemporary ballet Good Monsters with music by Philip Glass. Wang’s young son, who shares his fantasies about his imaginary animal friends each morning, inspired this piece. Wang has danced a full range of ballets from classical to contemporary with world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and Frederic Ashton.

Michael Bearden choreographs Simpatico, a contemporary ballet with music by Dmitri Shostakovich depicting the human condition with an emphasis on our struggle for unity as we wrestle with internal battles and conflicts with others over ideals. Earlier this fall, CCM students performed Simpatico at the Beijing Dance Academy’s 60th anniversary international gala celebration under the direction of Jiang Qi. CCM was one of only 20 schools from around the world – and one of only three schools from the United States – invited to participate in this event. Bearden also studied with Balanchine, Ashton and Tudor along with many others.

Jiang Qi presents his work The Reflection of Autumn with music by Mauro Giuliani, which was originally performed in 2007. A neoclassical ballet,The Reflection of Autumn portrays how young people experience the challenges and complications in their relationships.

Deirdre Carberry restages Flames of Paris with choreography by Vasily Vainonen and music by Boris Asafyev. This classical ballet depicts the turbulent era of the French Revolution and was originally created to portray the Soviet ideology for the Soviet stage during the 1930s and 40s. The contemporary version focuses on the struggle of the heroic revolutionary.

In addition to these wonderful works, newly appointed faculty member Andre Megerdichian premiers Released Naked with music by Aaron Copland. This piece is a visceral rite of passage following a young woman’s journey through the innocence of youth, the passion of love and the realization of her personal manifest destiny.

CCM’s Fall Dance Concert promises to be a bold combination of choreography and talent by both students and professional dancers.

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CCM Dance Invited to Perform at the Beijing Dance Academy’s 60th Anniversary International Gala Celebration This Month

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Choreography by guest artist Michael Bearden. Photo copyright Luke Isley.

We are delighted to report that CCM’s Department of Dance has been invited to perform at the Beijing Dance Academy‘s 60th anniversary international gala celebration later on this month.

Twenty schools from around the world have been invited to participate in this event, including just two other representatives from the United States: SUNY Purchase College’s Conservatory of Dance and Brigham Young University’s Department of Dance.

This celebration runs Oct. 10 – 16 and includes performances, lectures and exchange classes in Beijing. Five dance majors will be participating in this celebration: Luca De-Poli, Regina DuPont, Gabrielle Gulan, Dominic Barrett and Claire Bergman. They will be performing Simpatico, choreographed by guest artist Michael Bearden. This piece will also be presented locally in CCM’s Fall Dance Concert later on this semester (Dec. 5 – 7).

These students will gain international performance and study abroad experience during this trip, while also strengthening  CCM’s relationship with the world-renowned Beijing Dance Academy, paving the way for future exchange programs and job opportunities. CCM Dance Chair Jiang Qi and CCM Dean Peter Landgren will also be traveling to China for this celebration.

This invitation is just the latest example of CCM Dance’s ever-rising profile. Earlier this year, Dance Magazine named CCM one of “three top programs to consider.” Read the full report here.

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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CCM Announces Initial Concert Schedule for 2014-15

CCM is pleased to announce initial details on its 2014-15 Concert Series. From J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart to Leonard Bernstein and Ray Charles, CCM’s student ensembles, faculty artists and guest performers will traverse the breadth and depth of the performing arts in this dynamic series of events.

Encompassing over 50 different concerts, this series begins with a performance by the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet with legendary guest artist Menahem Pressler on Sept. 9, 2014, and concludes with a number of performances by CCM’s Preparatory Department running May 1 – 9, 2015.

Other highlights of CCM’s 2014-15 concert series include:

  • a performance of Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Timothy Lees and Ilya Finkelshteyn,
  • choral concerts celebrating the Shakespearean Quadricentennial,
  • a Wind Orchestra tribute to Leonard Bernstein,
  • a guest artist recital by renowned German countertenor Andreas Scholl,
  • a joint faculty artist recital by CCM’s two Naumburg gold medalists Awadagin Pratt and Soyeon Kate Lee,
  • a rare stateside performance by the Cambridge-based Academy of Ancient Music,
  • jazz concerts celebrating the music of Ray Charles and Duke Ellington,
  • a guest artist recital by renowned pianist Stephen Hough co-presented with the Xavier University Classical Piano Series,
  • a CCM Ballet Ensemble production of Stravinsky’s Les Noces,
  • and much more!

Several perennial favorites are also returning this season, including the Feast of Carols holiday concert, the Steel Drum Band’s annual performance, the 18th PRISM showcase and the 10th installment of PIANOPALOOZA, which celebrates the piano concerti of Rachmaninoff.

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