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CCM Spotlights Talented Young Performers and Acclaimed Guest Artists During Summer 2015 Performance Series

Young artists from all corners of the globe will make their way to Cincinnati this summer to work with CCM’s world-class faculty and renowned guest artists while in residence at the state-of-the-art CCM Village.

CCM offers a wide array of high caliber summer programs, and the general public can experience the artistry themselves during a series of nearly 40 public performances and guest artist recitals running Tuesday, June 2, through Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.

Logo for the Cincinnati World Piano Competition.A complete schedule of summer performances is listed below, with highlights including the Cincinnati World Piano Competition’s Finalists Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on June 13, the Art of the Piano’s Recital Series (curated by CCM faculty member and Cincinnati World Piano Competition Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt) running June 14 – 28, the Classical Guitar Workshops Concert Series running July 12 – 18 and a semi-staged production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen on Aug. 8.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media arts events by referring to the list below.

Event Information

All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets. Please see individual event information for single ticket and subscription prices, along with ordering information.

Tickets to Cincinnati World Piano Competition events are available through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office. Tickets for all other summer performances are available through the CCM Box Office.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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 more information on parking rates.

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

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

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JUNE

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2
• Harpsichord & Cello/Continuo Workshop •
MICHAEL UNGER AND ADRIANA CONTINO RECITAL

Adriana Contino (cello) and Michael Unger (harpsichord) present an evening of sonatas, suites and reflections.
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3
• Harpsichord & Cello/Continuo Workshop •
PARTICIPANT RECITAL
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Thursday, June 4
• Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Workshop •
CYA FACULTY RECITAL
Featuring directors Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty joined by guest faculty Annie Fullard and Mari Sato of the Cavani Quartet, CCM piano faculty Sandra Rivers and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musician Gerry Itzkoff
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Friday, June 5
• Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Workshop •
CYA STUDENT RECITAL
Featuring 2015 Cincinnati Young Artists advanced Chamber Music Workshop students
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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1 p.m. Saturday, June 6
• Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Workshop •
CYA STUDENT FESTIVAL
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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2 – 5:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7
12 – 1:45 p.m. and 7 – 8:45 p.m. Monday, June 8
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC FIRST ROUND
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

The world’s best come to the Queen City during the 2015 Cincinnati World Piano Competition, hosted by UC’s College-Conservatory of Music and featuring the world-renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! During the Competition’s opening rounds, 24 pianists will compete head to head for their position in Round Two, with each day featuring 12 competitors. Each competitor will perform a 15-minute program.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., 4 – 5:45 p.m. and 7 – 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 9
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC SECOND ROUND
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

All 24 competitors will compete head to head in Round Two for one of 12 spots in Round Three. Each competitor will perform at 15-minute program.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and 5 – 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 10
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC THIRD ROUND
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

12 competitors will compete head to head in Round Three for one of six spots in the Semifinals. Each competitor will perform at 30-minute program.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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10 a.m. Thursday, June 11
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC JURY SYMPOSIUM
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

Are you curious about how a jury member decides to advance one competitor versus another? Maybe you’d like to learn more about the processes jury members go through at competitions or maybe you’d like to hear feedback from the jury about the challenges and opportunities of judging a bracket-style competition for the first time. Come meet the jury and engage in a discussion about their role in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Location:
Baur Room
Tickets:
$10, $8 student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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12 – 3 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, June 11
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC SEMIFINALS
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

Six competitors compete head to head in the Semifinals for one of three spots in the Finals. Each competitor will perform at 40-minute program. Advancing competitors will perform in the Finals with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The finalist announcement is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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7 p.m. Saturday, June 13
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC FINALISTS CONCERT
Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

Three competitors will perform concerti with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for $45,000 in prize money, a debut recital in New York City and additional performance opportunities. The 2015 Awards Ceremony and a reception will follow the performances and jury deliberation.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
Starting at $35. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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7 p.m. Sunday, June 14
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series •
JURA MARGULIS RECITAL

Curated by Awadagin Pratt, the Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series presents Russian-born Jura Margulis in concert. Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “excellent pianism,” Margulis has won numerous competitions, appeared at the Hollywood Bowl and recorded for Sony. Experience for yourself why the Washington Post has applauded his “titanic reserves of sheer power” and his “effortless spontaneity.”
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series •
URSULA OPPENS RECITAL

Curated by Awadagin Pratt, the Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series presents four-time Grammy winner Ursula Oppens in concert. Oppens performs with the world’s top orchestras and has premiered works by today’s leading composers including Ligeti, Carter and Corigliano, to name a few. This is a rare chance to hear Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, a work premiered by Oppens. Her recording on the Vanguard label of the piece was named Record of the Year by Record World and received a Grammy nomination.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17
7 p.m. Thursday, June 18
7 p.m. Friday, June 19
7 p.m. Saturday, June 20
7 p.m. Friday, June 26
7 p.m. Sunday, June 28
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Student Artist Series •
PARTICIPANT RECITALS

Students world-wide participated in a rigorous screening and audition process to play in master classes with some of the world’s most sought-after teachers. These students focus on their recital and competition repertoire while in Cincinnati, and performance is an important part of their residency at CCM. Take a break from the heat and catch some rising stars!
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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1 p.m. Saturday, June 20
• Encore Chamber Orchestra Workshop •
ENCORE ADVANCED CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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11 a.m. Friday, June 26
• CCM Preparatory Department •
JAZZ EXPLOSION WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE
Location:
Kings High School, 5620 Columbia Rd, Kings Mills, OH 45034
Admission:
FREE

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3 p.m. Friday, June 26
• CCM Prep Summer Theatre Arts •
CAMP BRAVO PERFORMANCE
Location:
Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Saturday, June 27
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series •
YONG HI MOON RECITAL

Yong Hi Moon has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the US as a recitalist and with orchestras including the Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Korean National symphony orchestras. She is currently a faculty member at the Peabody Institute.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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JULY

8 p.m. Sunday, July 12
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
FACULTY ENSEMBLE RECITAL
Featuring Renato Butturi, Clare Callahan, Rodney Stucky, Jeffrey Van, Christopher Wilke, William Willits, Karl Wohlwend and Stanley Yates
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, July 13
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
GUITAR CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL
Featuring guest guitarists, instrumentalists and vocalists
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
HANSER-McCLELLAN DUO RECITAL

John McClellan and Kirk Hanser began performing together in 1996, each already being an established solo artist in his own right. As a duo, they quickly became known for their choice of entertaining programs, their technical and musical prowess, and their abilities for connecting with audiences. Over the years, they have become recognized by critics and audiences alike as one of the most highly respected chamber music groups in the U.S.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, July 16
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
STANLEY YATES RECITAL

British-born guitarist Stanley Yates has established an international career as concert performer and recording artist, teacher, arranger and scholar. Performing to wide critical and audience acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, he has been praised by the English magazine Classical Guitar as “one of an elite breed of guitarists,” the Fort Worth Star Telegram for the “transcendent quality of his interpretative abilities” and the Italian magazine Suonare for his “musical instinct and brilliant technique.”
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Friday, July 17
2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18
• Center Stage! Workshop •
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH INTERNET CATS

Location:
Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, July 17
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
SOLOS, CHAMBER MUSIC, GUITAR ORCHESTRA
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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11 a.m. Saturday, July 18
• CCM Prep Summer Arts Immersion •
MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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1 p.m. Saturday, July 18
• CCM Prep Summer Arts Immersion •
ACTING WORKSHOP SHOWCASE
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
FREE

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2 p.m. Saturday, July 18
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
PARTICIPANTS RECITAL
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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2 p.m. Friday, July 24
CINCINNATI PIANO INSTITUTE STUDENT RECITAL
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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AUGUST

3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S CHOIR SUMMER FESTIVAL CONCERT
Robyn Lana, director
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$10 general. Tickets will go on sale beginning on July 27 and may be purchased by calling 513-556-0338.

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6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1
• CCM Summer Programs: Opera Studio •
OPERA STUDIO STUDENT RECITAL

A select group of talented young singers from around the country were chosen to spend three weeks in residence at CCM, under the guidance of a renowned faculty led by CCM Voice Professor Amy Johnson, with an emphasis on French repertoire. Join these young artists as they present an evening of art songs and operatic repertoire.
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7
• CCM Summer Programs: Opera Studio •
OPERA STUDIO SCENES

A select group of talented young singers from around the country were chosen to spend three weeks in residence at CCM, under the guidance of a renowned faculty, with an emphasis on French repertoire. Their experience culminates with an evening of operatic scenes under the direction of CCM’s Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage, Vincent DeGeorge.
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8
• CCM Summer Programs: Creating Carmen
CARMEN

Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meihac
Featuring student conductors from CCM’s Summer Workshops
Mark Gibson, artistic director
Jose Maria Condemi, stage director

Up to 12 young conductors, along with a carefully selected cast, were invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind “opera bootcamp” while in residence at CCM. Working with an internationally renowned faculty, led by Mark Gibson, Director of Orchestral Studies at CCM, these young artists have daily language instruction, text and style sessions and conducting and coaching master classes, and also participate in staging rehearsals, work with singers and lead orchestra rehearsals. The course culminates in a semi-staged performance, with orchestra, of Bizet’s beloved Carmen.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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Tickets to the Cincinnati World Piano Competition events are available through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office.

Tickets to the Cincinnati Children’s Choir Summer Festival Concert are available by phone at 513-556-0338.

Tickets for all other summer performances are available through the CCM Box Office.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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Accomplished Director and Choreographer Vince DeGeorge is Named Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage at CCM

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Vince DeGeorge to the position of Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage, a faculty position shared by CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre and Department of Opera. DeGeorge first joined CCM as a Visiting Professor in the fall of 2013. His new appointment becomes effective on August 15, 2015.

CCM Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting Vince DeGeorge.

CCM Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting Vince DeGeorge.

“I would like to thank Dean Peter Landgren, Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg and Opera Chair Robin Guarino for selecting me for this important post,” DeGeorge remarked on his new appointment. “I would also like to thank my colleagues at CCM for welcoming me so graciously. I am grateful and excited to begin this new challenge.”

DeGeorge made a considerable impact during his tenure as a Visiting Professor, directing and/or choreographing seven CCM productions during the last two seasons. Most recently, he served as director and choreographer on CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series production of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ rarely produced 110 in the Shade. “DeGeorge infuses action into a story which could easily be presented in a stagnant fashion,” theatre critic Scott Cain observed in his review of the musical for Talkin’ Broadway, ultimately calling the show, “a praiseworthy one, with strong direction and first-rate performances.”

Local audiences will not have to wait long to see DeGeorge’s next project for the CCM stage. This summer, in addition to directing a feature length film (entitled 18 Mornings), DeGeorge will serve as stage director for the Opera Studio Summer Workshop. He will then direct two productions during CCM’s 2015-16 performance season: a Studio Series production of William Hauptman’s musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in October of 2015 and a Mainstage Series production of Leoš Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen in April of 2016.

An alumnus of CCM, DeGeorge (BFA Musical Theatre, 1992) recently completed his MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia Tech. Following his graduation from CCM, DeGeorge performed as an actor and dancer in regional theaters across the country and was a member of the New York based contemporary dance company dre.dance under artistic directors and choreographers Taye Diggs and Andrew Palermo.

DeGeorge directed numerous works during his time in New York. Highlights include the musical revue Nashville, which he co-wrote and directed in 2009. The production won Nightlife, Bistro and Mac Awards that year. In 2011, DeGeorge directed New York City’s first fully staged production of The Exonerated to critical acclaim.

At Virginia Tech, DeGeorge directed and designed A Dream Play by August Strindberg, and productions of Chekhov’s The Vagabond and Three Sisters. He also developed, directed and designed The Jo Carson Project, a new musical based on the writings and theories of the Appalachian storyteller and playwright, Jo Carson.

During his studies at Virginia Tech, DeGeorge was also a company member of Building Home, a participatory theatre and music engagement project, led by Bob Leonard along with Jon Catherwood-Ginn. Building Home uses theater to foster healthy civic dialogue among the citizens of the New River Valley concerning pressing regional issues and planning for sustainable communities.

As a part of the Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival 2014, DeGeorge was engaged to design and build Life In The Trees – an art installation, purposed as both a gallery exhibition and the theatrical setting for two performance pieces, adapted and directed by DeGeorge as well.  While working on Life In The Trees, DeGeorge collaborated with Alaskan artist Kesler Woodard, as well as novelist Tom Gardner.

DeGeorge has spent the last 14 years researching and developing the Theatrical Awareness Practice, a somatic and experiential theater technique that trains the actor to live fully in their experiential mind/body. This practice consists of deeply researched and highly structured improvisational explorations that are designed to reacquaint the artist with the infinite intelligence and creative capacity of their own human body experience.

You can learn even more about Vince DeGeorge by clicking here. Please join us in congratulating him on his new appointment.

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Talya Lieberman in CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Hansel and Gretel.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Artist Diploma Student Talya Lieberman Wins Outstanding Performance Award at 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition

CCM artist diploma student Talya Lieberman.

CCM artist diploma student Talya Lieberman.

We are happy to report that soprano Talya Lieberman, an Artist Diploma candidate in CCM’s Opera program, won the Lys Symonette Award for Outstanding Performance of an Individual Number during the final round of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition.

Sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, this year’s competition was held at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music on April 18. Named in honor of Weill’s musical assistant on Broadway, the Lys Symonette Award comes with a cash prize of $3,500.

Now in its 18th year, the Lotte Lenya Competition is an international theatre singing contest that recognizes exceptionally talented young singer/actors, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in a wide range of repertoire, from opera and operetta to contemporary Broadway musicals, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill. The judges of this year’s competition were Rebecca Luker, James Holmes and Theodore S. Chapin. You can view a full list of this year’s competition winners by visiting www.kwf.org/previous-winners.

Lieberman is the latest in a long line of CCM-trained singers to take home top honors at the Lotte Lenya Competition. CCM alumna Lauren Roesner (BFA Musical Theatre, 2013) took Third Prize in the 2013 installment of this prestigious international theater singing contest. CCM alumna Caitlin Mathes (MM Voice, 2009; Artist Diploma in Opera, 2010) earned First Prize in 2011 and fellow alumna Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (BM Voice, 2008; MM Voice, 2010; DMA candidate) progressed to the final round of the competition that same year.

About Talya Lieberman
Originally from Forest Hills, New York, Talya Ilana Lieberman is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at CCM as a student of CCM Professor of Voice William McGraw.

A soprano, Lieberman will be singing Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist this coming summer. She has been invited to make her recital debut with the San Francisco Opera Center as part of their Schwabacher Debut Recital series this spring. She was most recently seen performing Gretel in CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

This past summer she sang the title role in Handel’s Semele as part of the Schwabacher Concert Series (Merola Opera Program). Highlights from 2013-14 include performing selections from Canteloube’s “Chants d’Auverge” with the CCM Philharmonia, as well as performing David del Tredici’s “Haddock’s Eyes” with CCM’s Café MoMus ensemble. She won the Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition (Columbus Opera, 2014) and Alida Vane International Voice Competition (2013) in Latvia, where she studied on a Fulbright scholarship for the 2012-13 school year.

Lieberman made her New York City debut prior to departing for Latvia, singing in concert with Schubert & Co. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the voice program at the Chautauqua School of Music, where she was featured in Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” with the cello studio.

Lieberman is a convert from the orchestra pit and started singing after receiving her master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Judith Saxton. She completed her BA at Duke University with highest distinction in linguistics (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude). She is a two-time winner of full tuition and stipend—winning the Russell-Seybold Award and Italo Tajo Award, respectively—at CCM’s annual Opera Scholarship Competition.

Lieberman has lived a few lives before coming to opera full-time; she worked on sleep apnea research as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, served as program coordinator for the El Sistema inspired program Play On, Philly!, and had a short stint as a singer-songwriter. She is an avid student of contact improvisation and various forms of meditation. She loves reading, writing, editing, working with children, teaching and being an aunt.

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CCM Voice Student Andrew G. Manea Named Albert Rees Davis Scholar by the Singers’ Club of Cleveland

CCM graduate student Andrew Manea.

CCM graduate student Andrew Manea.

Late last year, CCM master of music in voice candidate Andrew G. Manea was named one of three Albert Rees Davis Scholars in the S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Singers’ Club of Cleveland. A previous Albert Rees Davis Scholar, Manea received a $1,250 cash award.

Manea was one of 16 singers selected from 28 applicants to compete for five scholarships funded by the S. Livingston Mather Charitable Trust, the George L. Hackett Scholarship Endowment and the Albert Rees Davis Endowment Fund, Inc. You can learn more about all of the current scholarship winners by visiting www.singersclub.org/scholarship-winners.

Founded in 1892, the Singers’ Club of Cleveland presents a repertoire of traditional men’s choral music, bold commissioned works and modern compositions. In addition, the Club undertakes challenging pieces typically reserved for professional choruses. A cross section of Greater Cleveland, the members come from varied ages and backgrounds, all sharing a love for performing outstanding vocal music.

A baritone, Manea has performed numerous opera roles at Music Academy of the West, Palacio de la Opera in A Coruña, Spain, Castleton Festival and Cleveland Institute of Music. He sang the role of Father in CCM’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel earlier this season.

Learn more about CCM’s remarkable students by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/students.

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Award-Winning Conductor and Educator Aik Khai Pung is Named Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies at CCM

Aik Khai Pung, Assistant Professor of Music in Orchestral Conducting at CCM.

Aik Khai Pung, Assistant Professor of Music in Orchestral Conducting at CCM.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Aik Khai Pung to the position of Assistant Professor of Music in CCM’s Department of Orchestral StudiesPung first joined CCM’s faculty on a visiting basis in 2014. His new appointment becomes effective on August 15, 2015.

An all-around conductor and educator, Pung is music director of the CCM Concert Orchestra, NANOWorks Opera and Café MoMus, CCM’s contemporary music ensemble.

An alumnus of CCM, Pung (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2009; DMA Orchestral Conducting, 2014) studied under Mark Gibson, Annunziata Tomaro, Xu Xin, Zhang Yi and Ulrich Nicolai. He has also worked with Gustav Meier and JoAnn Falletta. Pung holds a BA from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in addition to his degrees from CCM.

Prior to his engagement at CCM, Pung taught at Earlham College in Indiana, Akademie der Chinesische Bunte Blätter in Munich and Peking University in Beijing. He has served as head instructor of the Orchestral, Choir and Opera Conducting Workshop in Malaysia, and was a clinician for Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music Orchestra Festival in New Jersey.

On top of his passion for teaching, Pung is actively involved in music festivals around the world such as Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, S.C.), CCM Spoleto (Spoleto, Italy), Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (Lucca, Italy), Georgetown Festival (Penang, Malaysia) and Luminato Festival (Toronto, Canada) where he conducts and assists opera productions as well as symphonic concerts.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Pung plays the piano, violin, Er-hu (Chinese traditional fiddle), Chinese dulcimer and viola da gamba. On top of instrumental music, he is equally involved with vocal music. He programs and performs new operas as the music director of NANOWorks Opera. Aside from the music from the Classical and Romantic eras, Pung has conducted his research on the music of Guo Wenjing, Toshio Hosokawa, Nico Muhly, John Adams, Philip Glass and young composers such as CCM alumna Jennifer Jolley (MM Composition, 2009; DMA Composition, 2012), Danny Clay, Eric Knechtges, Li ShaoSheng and Marie Incontrera, among others.

Pung won second prize in the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra (TCO) International Conducting Competition (2015) and was the Special Award winner for Conducting Chinese Music at the First Hong Kong International Conducting Competition (2011).

He was the first international conducting student to be accepted to the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music, the top conservatory in China, where he was awarded outstanding student in 2005.

You can learn even more about Aik Khai Pung by clicking herePlease join us in congratulating him on his new appointment.

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Daniel Weeks, Associate Professor of Music in CCM's Department of Voice.

Accomplished Tenor Daniel Weeks Joins CCM’s Voice Faculty

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Daniel Weeks, tenor, to the position of Associate Professor of Music in CCM’s Department of Voice. Weeks’ appointment becomes effective on August 15, 2015.

Daniel Weeks, Associate Professor of Music in CCM's Department of Voice.

Daniel Weeks, Associate Professor of Music in CCM’s Department of Voice.

Praised for his Italianate timbre and sensitive musicianship, Daniel Weeks maintains an active performing schedule including opera, oratorio and recitals. As a concert artist, Weeks has sung with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Winter Park Bach Festival, the Bozeman Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Symphony of Mexico, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Xalapa Symphony (Mexico) and the National Youth Orchestra of Caracas (Venezuela). On the operatic stage, he has performed with the Florentine Opera, Kentucky Opera, Mercury Opera, Nevada Opera and in 2001 toured the US in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater.

Conductors with whom he has performed include Steuart Bedford, Christoph Campestrini, Hal France, Stefan Lano, Jane Glover, Christopher Larken, Hans Graf, Gustav Meier, Junkchi Hirokami, Vladimir Spivakov, Alessandro Siciliani, John Keenan, John Rutter, Jorge Mester, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Eduardo Müller, Gregory Vajda, Stefan Sanderling, Ari Pelto, Lyndon Woodside, Uriel Segal, Robin Stamper, Mark Gibson and Joe Mechavich. Stage directors with whom he has worked include Linda Brovsky, Michael Cavanaugh, Leonard Foglia, David Gately, Casey Stangl, Nicholas Muni, Donald Westwood and John Davies. In 2009, Weeks was honored by his alma mater, Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with their Second Annual “Encore Alumni Award” for excellence in the field of classical music.

A passionate advocate for Art Song recitals, Weeks taught the Vocal Literature seminars at the University of Louisville after joining the voice faculty in 1998. In 1999, he was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions and was also named Young Artist by the National Federation of Music Clubs. In October 1999, he made his New York recital debut with CCM Accompanist-in-Residence Donna Loewy on the Judith Raskin Memorial Concert Series. In February 2000, Weeks was the “On Wings of Song” recitalist with Loewy under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. For the next three years, he and Loewy presented recitals and school presentations for the Horne Foundation across the country.

Additionally, Weeks has collaborated with such notable pianists as Timothy Cheek, Valerie Trujillo and Douglas Fisher. Additionally, he and pianist, Naomi Oliphant have given over 150 performances throughout the US, Canada and Europe since 2002. These performances include recitals in Katowice, Poland, Brno, CZ and an appearance in Toronto, Canada, at the 2007 Collaborative Conference hosted jointly by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association, the Music Teachers National Association and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In 2009, Weeks and Naomi Oliphant released their album Women of Firsts: A Recording of Art Songs by Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Vítězslava Kaprálová on the Centaur Records label. Critically acclaimed in the US and Europe, this recording showcases art songs by women who were the first in their respective countries to achieve national and international recognition for composition. He and Dr. Oliphant recorded their second album entitled The Lieder of Franz Liszt, which is scheduled for release with Centaur Records in 2015.

You can learn even more about Daniel Weeks by visiting www.tenorweeks.com. Please join us in welcoming him to the CCM family!

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CCM presents COSÌ FAN TUTTE from April 9-12, 2015. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: Così fan tutte

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CCM’s 2014-15 Mainstage Series comes to a spectacular conclusion TONIGHT through Sunday, April 12, with a groovy new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this masterpiece this week ONLY. Mark Gibson conducts, with direction by Robin Guarino. Photography by Mark Lyons.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 10
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Così fan tutte are $31-35 for adults, $20-24 for non-UC students and $18-22 UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/cosi-fan-tutte-mainstage.

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 more information on parking rates.

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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