CCM Jazz Presents “Jazz Hot”

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On Sunday, Nov. 14 the CCM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band present “Jazz Hot.” Featuring exciting work and hot solos from the contemporary and big band repertoire, the concert will be held at 7 p.m. in Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Scott Belck and Paul Piller conduct. Our video preview of the concert was shot and edited by CCM Electronic Media student Walter Nini.

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CCM Alumnus Ken Davis Rocks Hard Backstage on Broadway National Tour

UC’s News Record recently profiled CCM alumnus Ken Davis (’89), who is currently serving as production stage manager for the Broadway national tour of Rock of Ages. This is Davis’ ninth such tour. “I’ve helped set up Spamalot in Australia, I’ve taken tours to Japan, and nothing was as hard as some of the things we had to go through at CCM for our training,” he explains. “The standards they hold us to are so high, and now I see we were so well prepared that this is easy compared to the stuff they had us do there.” You can read the full News Record article here.

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CCM Students Advance to Met Opera Central Region Finals in Chicago

Congratulations to two of our own: soprano Xi Wang and mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom, both of whom have advanced to the next round in the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions!

Amongst stiff competition, Wang and Walstrom were singled out by the judges and now move on to the Central Region Finals in Chicago. Also receiving accolades was mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel, who was given an encouragement award by the judges.

MONC is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Many of the world’s foremost singers, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, approximately 100 former auditioners appear in Metropolitan Opera productions.

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Benjamin Britten’s Operatic Thriller Continues the Spirit of Halloween

 

The Turn of the Screw

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Continuing the spirit of Halloween, CCM Opera Theatre and the Philharmonia Orchestra join forces to present a fully staged concert version of Benjamin Britten’s operatic thriller, The Turn of the Screw, in the Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus from November 5-7, 2010.

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CCM Jazz Studies Welcomes New Director and Prepares for a Sizzling 2010-11 Season

Scott Belck, Director of Jazz Studies at CCM

The fall 2010 Jazz Series celebrates everything from the Big Band standards of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to the fresh and hot compositions of CCM students and faculty. As the College-Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies program ushers in the 2010-11 season, it also warmly welcomes a new Director of Jazz Studies, Scott Belck.

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CCM Grad’s Music Featured in New iPod Touch Ad

Honestly, we love all of Apple’s iPod/iPhone/iPad ads, but we’re particularly fond of this one. Why? The ad is catchy and playful and just happens to feature the music of CCM Jazz Studies grad Chris Olson and his band, Chappo. You can check out the video below. Learn more about the band at their official website.

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