Music for All Seasons Features Four CCM Students and Alumni on Feb. 10

This weekend, Cincinnati’s Music for All Seasons presents a concert featuring the talents of four former and current CCM students. Organized by Cincinnati arts patrons Rafael de Acha and Kimberly Daniel de Acha, the concert features works by Debussy, Glière, Massenet, Turina and Rimsky-Korsakov at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Indian Hill’s historic Peterloon Estate.

Cincinnati's historic Peterloon Estate.

Cincinnati’s historic Peterloon Estate.

Artists include recent CCM graduates soprano Fotina Naumenko (MM 2012 and DMA 2018) and cellist Phillip Goist (BM 2016 and MM 2018), as well as violinist Kanako Shimasaki (BM 2015 and MM 2017) and pianist Eben Wagenstroom, who are each in their second year of doctoral studies at CCM.

In addition to the concert, audience members will enjoy tea, coffee and pastries in Indian Hill’s historic Peterloon Estate, as well as a tour of the home.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations at the event will be presented to CCM for scholarships. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the event with cash or check; to reserve tickets in advance, email musicseasons@zoomtown.com. Student tickets will also be available at the door for $10.

Learn more about the concert at musicseasonsincincinnati.com.
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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM’s Music For Food Concert Features Piano Trios by Beethoven and Schubert

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music concludes the second year of its chamber music series supporting Music For Food at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. Part of a national musician-led initiative to raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, CCM’s Music For Food concert benefits Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

Logo for "Music for Food" initiative.The concert exclusively features acclaimed guest artists, the Lee-Cho-Katz Trio. Founding cellist of the world-renowned Cleveland Quartet and a master teacher at the New England Conservatory, Paul Katz joins violinist Catherine Cho and pianist Pei Shan Lee to perform piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert in concert.

CCM’s Music For Food concert is presented by series coordinators Lydia Brown, Gwen Coleman Detwiler and the Ariel Quartet. In lieu of paid admission, concert attendees are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items or cash for the Freestore Foodbank.

Program Details
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 1 No. 1
SCHUBERT: Piano Trio in E-flat major, D.929

Performance Time
2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5

Location
Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Admission
Non-perishable food items or cash donation
Suggested donation: $20 general, $15 students

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the 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 information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

About Music For Food
Music for Food is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on hunger relief. It’s concert series that strives to raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger. The organization is in its seventh season and has local chapters in ten U.S. cities. Over 335,000 meals have been provided as a direct result of Music for Food concerts. Learn more by visiting www.musicforfoodboston.org.

About Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank
Recognized as non-profit of the year at the 2016 Cincinnati USA Business Awards, the Freestore Foodbank serves 23 million meals each year across 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. As one of Ohio’s largest foodbanks, the non-profit organization distributes meals through a network of 350 community partner agencies, which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, senior centers and daycare facilities. Ninety-four percent of donations to the foodbank go directly to programs and services. The Freestore Foodbank is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and a member of Feeding America and United Way. Learn more by visiting www.freestorefoodbank.org.

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CCM Performances Make Critics’ “Best of 2014” Lists

In case you missed it, Music for All Seasons Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer and Music in Cincinnati have each published “year in review” stories, looking back on the great performances of 2014.

Rafael de Acha selected 10 special performances from 2014 for Music for All Seasons Cincinnati, including:

  • Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock‘s return to the CCM stage as part of the 2014 Bearcat Piano Festival;
  • Guest artist Andreas Scholl‘s all-Lieder recital at CCM;
  • CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Les Misérables, which “won them a fine judgment from judicious lovers of the musical,” according to de Acha;
  • CCM’s Studio Series production of Chabrier’s L’ étoile;
  • CCM’s Opera d’arte Series production of Ravel’s L’ enfant et les sortilèges;
  • and CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Don Pasquale, directed by the-graudate student Omer Ben-Seadia, who was in “full command of the style that infuses the spirit of Donizetti’s masterpiece,” by de Acha’s estimation.

Janelle Gelfand picked her 14 highlights of 2014 for the Enquirer, including:

Mary Ellyn Hutton widened her selection to 21 highlights for 2014 for Music In Cincinnati, including:

The magic continues in 2015, as CCM presents over 125 major public performances during UC’s Spring Semester, beginning with a faculty artist recital by Pat Linhart and Julie Spangler on Sunday, Jan. 18, and concluding with the CCM Prep Jazz Extravaganza concert on Sunday, May 17!

See a full schedule of events at ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/spring-2015-calendar-of-events!

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CCM Performances and Collaborations Highlighted on Several “Best of 2013” Lists

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As we ring in a new year, several local arts writers have released their “year in review” lists for 2013. Rafael de Acha, Mary Ellyn Hutton, Kirk Sheppard, Rick Pender and Janelle Gelfand help us take a look back at the year that was:

In his “best of” roundup for Music for All Seasons, Rafael de Acha commented, “(CCM) consistently achieves professional level in its numerous productions of operas, musicals and concerts which approached the four-digit mark this past year.” Last spring’s original production of Into a Lamplit Room: The Songs of Kurt Weill and the recent concert production of Verdi’s Don Carlos, along with CCM’s Mainstage Series productions of Singin’ in the Rain and Owen Wingrave, all received special mention in de Acha’s review.

Mary Ellyn Hutton presented her top 16 performances for Music in Cincinnati, which included three CCM productions: Verdi’s Don Carlos, Bach’s St. John Passion and Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Of Verdi’s Don Carlos, Hutton commented, “This gets my vote as perhaps the single finest concert of 2013 in Cincinnati.”

Compiled for The Snappy Critic, Kirk Sheppard‘s list of favorite theatre productions of 2013 included last spring’s Mainstage production of The Threepenny Opera and the Studio production of Parade produced in collaboration with the Carnegie in Covington. This past fall’s CCM productions of Carrie and Singin’ in the Rain also made Sheppard’s list.

Rick Pender included two CCM productions in his 2013 round up of theatre in Cincinnati for CityBeat. Last spring’s co-production of Parade with the Carnegie and the recent Mainstage production of Singin’ in the Rain received special attention.

Janelle Gelfand also included CCM’s massive concert production of Don Carlos in her list of “Top 13 Classical Music Shows in 2013” for the Cincinnati Enquirer. In addition to her performance-specific list, she published a summary of “arts highlights” for the year, which included the work of the MYCincinnati after-school program in East Price Hill (learn more about CCM’s connection to the organization here) and the new partnership between Cincinnati’s World Piano Competition, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM.

What were your favorite performances of 2013? What are you looking forward to most in 2014? Get a first look at what’s coming up at CCM in 2014 here!

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CCM Students, Faculty and Alums Featured in ‘Music For All Seasons’ Concert Series

Cincinnati's historic Peterloon Estate.

Cincinnati’s historic Peterloon Estate.

CCM students, faculty and alumni will be among the artists featured in the debut concert series produced by Music for All Seasons at Historic Peterloon.

A celebration of music for the human voice organized by Kimberly Daniel de Acha and Rafael de Acha, all of the concerts in this series will be presented at 3 p.m. on Sundays at Cincinnati’s historic Peterloon Estate.

The concert series will premiere on Oct. 13, with an afternoon of music for voices in solos and duets by Rossini, Bellini, Schubert and Beethoven. Titled “All’Italiana,” the concert features CCM alumni soprano Molly Hanes (MM, 2013) and pianist Valerie Pool (AD, 2013), along with current students mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky and guitarist William Willits.

Learn more about this series courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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