Long Beach Opera’s production of The Central Park Five. Photo credit: Long Beach Opera

CCM alumnus Leslie B. Dunner conducts Pulitzer Prize-winning opera ‘The Central Park Five’

Long Beach Opera’s production of The Central Park Five. Photo credit: Long Beach Opera

Anthony Davis’ opera won the prestigious prize after Dunner led the world premiere in June 2019

CCM graduate Leslie B. Dunner (DMA Orchestral Conducting, ’82) conducted the premiere of Anthony Davis’ The Central Park Five last June with California’s Long Beach Opera. In May, the opera won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Composed by Davis with a libretto by Richard Wesley, the opera was described by the jury of the prestigious award as, “a courageous operatic work, marked by powerful vocal writing and sensitive orchestration, that skillfully transforms a notorious example of contemporary injustice into something empathetic and hopeful.”

The Central Park Five’s musical style combines elements of jazz, hip-hop, blues and other historically African-American genres. The opera centers on the five African American and Latino teenagers who were unjustly convicted of a Central Park assault in the 1980s, but were exonerated through DNA evidence 13 years later.

CCM audiences may remember Dunner from his recent appearance on campus. In October 2019, Dunner returned to CCM to conduct the Philharmonia in its “CSI Halloween: Post-Mortem” performance. While on campus, Dunner connected with CCM conducting students over dinner and worked with them in studio class as well as in rehearsals to prepare for the performance.

An award-winning conductor with a glowing international reputation, Dunner is the Music Director of the South Shore Opera Company in Chicago and serves as the conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Dunner began rehearsals for The Central Park Five shortly after his teaching and conducting work at the Interlochen Arts Academy ended for the 2018-19 school year. In an interview for Interlochen’s website, Dunner commented on the importance of telling the stories and struggles of black Americans through the lens of opera.

“Anthony Davis said something very interesting,” Dunner tells Interlochen. “He had an interview where he was asked what he thought was relevant with opera. Because the interviewer said, ‘Opera was becoming a dead medium.’ And Anthony replied, ‘No. It’s not a dead medium. It’s a dead medium for your stories. It’s not a dead medium for our stories because our stories have not been told in opera.’”

For Dunner, the story of the Central Park Five is very personal. “I grew up in the area where all of this took place,” Dunner tells Interlochen. “I lived eight blocks away. I used to go to that part of Central Park as a kid. All of what went on during that time I have been through.”

From the Central Park Five to today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement, stories of cultural, racial and socio-economic injustices regularly make headlines across the country. “The cycle is still being perpetuated,” Dunner tells Interlochen. “What happened to them should not be happening anymore. Yet it is still happening. That is the relevance. That’s why this was important.”

One month after Dunner led the world premiere of The Central Park Five at Long Beach Opera, another opera focused on wrongful convictions premiered at Cincinnati Opera. The stories of six people who were wrongfully imprisoned and then freed were told in Blind Injustice, a collaboration with CCM, UC’s Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) and the Young Professionals Choral Collective. Based on casework by the OIP and the book “Blind Injustice” by UC law professor and OIP Director Mark Godsey, the highly acclaimed opera was directed by CCM Professor of Opera Robin Guarino and featured several current and former CCM students in the cast.

Efforts to share diverse stories through the performing arts is not limited to tales of wrongful convictions and struggle. In February, Dunner conducted the Toledo Symphony in a program that highlighted classical musicians of color. Selections included excerpts from Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, Duke Ellington’s The River Suite, André Previn’s Honey and Rue and William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1, among other pieces. As Music Director and Interim Artistic Director of Chicago’s South Shore Opera, Dunner furthers the company’s mission to provide greater opportunities for professional artists of color, especially local black artists, in performances of classic and contemporary operas.

“We are just now coming to the foreground,” Dunner tells Interlochen. “So we are using this medium to tell our stories, and we are modifying the medium so that it’s relevant to our population, and that’s what’s interesting, and that’s what’s exciting, and that’s what I want to be a part of.”

Read Dunner’s full interview on Interlochen’s website.

Learn more about Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, The Central Park Five.

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CCM Announces Megan Steigerwald Ille as New Assistant Professor of Musicology

CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the addition of musicologist Megan Steigerwald Ille, PhD, to the college’s roster of distinguished faculty members. Steigerwald Ille’s appointment as Assistant Professor of Musicology – Educator begins on Aug. 15, 2020.

A portrait of new CCM faculty member Megan Steigerwald Ille.Steigerwald Ille is a musicologist whose research and teaching considers the intersections of operatic, popular and digital cultures in the 21st century in the United States and Canada. Her book-in-progress, Opera for Everyone: Experimenting with American Opera in the Digital Age, explores changing modes of spectatorship and performer labor in contemporary opera in the US through an in-depth ethnographic study of the LA-based experimental opera company called The Industry.

She has articles forthcoming in the Journal of the Society of American Music and The Opera Quarterly. Since 2018 she has served as a Postdoctoral Fellow of Digital Cultures in the American Culture Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Steigerwald Ille completed her PhD in Historical Musicology and a certificate in Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

“I am grateful to Musicology Search Committee Chair Jonathan Kregor and committee members Amy Beegle, Jenny Doctor, Scott Linford and Stephen Meyer for their work finding CCM’s next great musicology professor,” said Romanstein. “We look forward to welcoming Megan Steigerwald Ille to the CCM family.”

About CCM

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. The school’s educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time.

CCM offers nine degree types (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in nearly 120 possible majors. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

CCM’s world-class facilities provide a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. In 2017, the college completed a $15-million renovation of its major performance spaces, ensuring that CCM’s facilities remain state-of-the-art.

The school’s roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu

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CCM Voice Student Advances to Lotte Lenya Competition finals

CCM is delighted to announce that first-year artist diploma student Teresa Perrotta (MM Voice, ’19) reached the finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition, one of the most prestigious vocal competitions for young artists.

Composer John Corigliano and Teresa Perrotta at the French premiere of “The Ghosts of Versailles.” Photo/Gail Luna

A rising soprano, Perrotta won the Seybold-Russell Award at CCM’s 2019 Opera Scholarship Competition and advanced to the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions in this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In December 2019, she made her international debut as Marie Antoinette in the French premiere of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at the Château de Versailles Royal Opera. She studies with CCM Voice Professor Gwendolyn Coleman.

Perrotta is one of 12 finalists in the 2020 Lotte Lenya Competition. These finalists were selected out of 282 applicants from 24 states after a preliminary video round and a semi-finals round in New York City. The finals were initially scheduled for May 2 at the Eastman School of Music, but the Kurt Weill Foundation, which holds the competition, is exploring other options in light of the current global health crisis.

Teresa Perrotta. Photo/Caitlin and Kevin Photography

Teresa Perrotta. Photo/Caitlin and Kevin Photography

CCM is often well-represented at the Lotte Lenya Competition. In 2017, Paulina Villarreal (DMA Voice, ‘18; MM Voice, ’15) won third prize, while Jasmin Habersham (AD Opera, ‘15; MM Voice, ‘13) and Lisa Marie Rogali (MM Voice, ’18) each received prizes of $3000. Talya Lieberman (AD Opera, ‘16) took Third Prize in the 2016 installment of this prestigious international theatre singing contest, while Lauren Roesner (BFA Musical Theatre, ‘13) won Third Prize in 2013 and alumna Caitlin Mathes (AD Opera, ’10, MM Voice, ‘09) won First Prize in 2011.

About the Lotte Lenya Competition

More than a vocal competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition recognizes talented young singer/actors who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill. Since its inception in 1998, the Lotte Lenya Competition has grown into an internationally recognized leader in identifying and nurturing the next generation of “total-package performers” (Opera News) and rising stars in both the opera and musical theater worlds. The roster of prizewinners has likewise grown to over 100, many of whom have gone on to major performing careers. Visit kwf.org for more information about the Kurt Weill Foundation or the Lotte Lenya Competition.


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CCM Named ‘Best of Cincinnati’ by CityBeat Readers and Staff

Three productions with CCM connections were voted “Best of Cincinnati” by CityBeat readers and staff. CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati 2020 issue is available online now!

CCMONSTAGE Play Series presented “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” in October 2019. Photo/Richard Hess

CCM’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won “Best Play (Student/Community)” in the magazine’s readers poll. Directed by CCM Acting Professor Richard E. Hess, the play was presented in October as part of the CCMONSTAGE Play Series.

Blind Injustice, CCM’s co-production with Cincinnati Opera and UC College of Law’s Ohio Innocence Project, received a special Best of Cincinnati staff pick award as “Best World Premiere Opera to Open Your Eyes.” Directed by CCM Opera Professor Robin Guarino, the opera featured stories of six wrongly incarcerated people who were aided by the OIP.

Blind Injustice, CCM’s co-production with Cincinnati Opera and the Ohio Innocence Project, was presented in July 2019 at Music Hall’s Wilks Studio. Photo/Philip Groshong

CityBeat staff wrote: “Robin Guarino’s terrific staging of the sold-out series of shows in the Wilks Studio in Music Hall in July 2019 drew excellent performances from a gifted cast that included members of Cincinnati’s Young Professionals Choral Collaborative. The five performances sold out months in advance, as did a free presentation at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Bond Hill. Blind Injustice is proof positive that opera can bear powerful witness to the social issues of our time, as well as to the strength of the human spirit in the face of mindless injustice. May it be seen again and again and again, here and throughout the country.”

CCM students self-produced “The Flick” at Clifton’s Esquire movie theater in July 2019. Photo/Ella Eggold

CityBeat staff also recognized CCM students who produced and acted in a unique presentation of The Flick, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Annie Baker, at Clifton’s Esquire movie theater. The production was dubbed “Best Play Held in an Unconventional Setting.” CCM Acting alumni and current students Ella Eggold, Gabriella DiVincenzo, Graham Rogers, Leonard Peterson and Kristina Steinmetz acted and produced the play, which was stage managed by CCM Theatre Design and Production student Jennelle John-Lewis. CityBeat staff praised the production team’s efforts as “spectacular” and “outstanding.”

Congratulations to all of our friends and partners also featured in this special issue of CityBeat! Read more on CityBeat’s website or view a digital version of the issue.


Featured image at top: Best of Cincinnati graphic by Taylor Speed/CityBeat

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Watch: CCM Alumnus Edward Nelson Wins Glyndebourne Opera Cup

CCM alumnus Edward Nelson (BM Voice, 2011; MM Voice, 2013) took home the first prize award at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an international competition designed to discover and spotlight the best young opera singers from around the world. Dame Janet Baker, the competition’s honorary president, gave Nelson his trophy, which was inspired by the golden lyre that Baker used in Glyndebourne’s 1982 production of Orfeo ed Euridice.

This prize includes £15,000 (about $18,400 in U.S. currency) and the guarantee of a professional role at a top international opera house. The members of the deciding jury included opera legends Sumi Jo, Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Felicity Lott, as well as other industry professionals.

Following preliminary rounds in Cape Town, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Vienna and New York, six singers advanced to compete in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup final, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Nelson performed two dramatic arias from Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet before sealing his win with a spectacular performance of “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville. His winning performance is available to watch online at YouTube.

Nelson recently made his European debut with the Norwegian premiere of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera. His performances were well-reviewed, despite his having learned the role in just four weeks. Bachtrack.com said that “Nelson impressed with a ringing baritone, excellent French diction and a surprisingly easy top [register].”

This season, Nelson appears with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Vancouver Opera as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, with San Francisco Opera as Bosun in Billy Budd and with the Saint Louis Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Read more about Nelson’s professional accomplishments.


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CCM presents Handel’s ‘Partenope’ on Feb. 20-23

The CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents this witty romantic comedy from Feb. 20 through 23, 2020. Tickets available online.

CCM opera and voice students sing their way through mistaken identities and declarations of love and war in Partenope, with music by George Frideric Handel and libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. The opera, approaching its 300-year anniversary, tells the story of four rival suitors vying for the hand of Queen Partenope of Naples. Performances run from Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Greg Eldridge directs this production and CCM master’s student Caleb Glickman conducts. The story centers on Queen Partenope and her surplus of potential husbands: the handsome Prince Arsace, the shy Prince Armindo, the volatile Prince Emilio and Eurimene, who is actually Arsace’s ex-fiancée Rosmira in disguise. Who will win the Queen’s heart? In his director’s note, Eldridge says audience members will be able to see glimpses of themselves in each of the characters in the opera.

“It is Handel’s ability to write music that at once humanizes his protagonists while underscoring their majestic or mythological natures that makes his work such a delight for directors, performers and audiences alike,” says Eldridge. “It is this relationship between characters, their emotions and each other that we seek to explore in this production.”

Partenope is Handel’s first comic opera; completed just two weeks before its premiere in 1730, it was such a departure from Handel’s successful opera seria works that the Royal Academy of Music rejected the opera. However, the public disagreed, and it had a successful seven-performance run during the premiere production, with revivals following in the next decade. After a lull in performances of over two centuries, it was premiered in the United States in 1988.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents Partenope on Feb. 20-23, 2020, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Greg Elridge, director
  • Caleb Glickman*, conductor
  • Marie-France Lefebvre and Kathleen Kelly, preparing coaches
  • Nia Burns*, production stage manager
  • Mark Halpin, scenic designer
  • Kelly C. Howland*, lighting designer
  • Hakura Iihoshi*, sound designer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Claire Lopatka as Partenope
  • Nicholas Kelliher as Arsace
  • Grace Kiver as Armindo
  • Tyler Johnson as Emilio
  • Christina Hazen as Rosmira/Eurimene
  • Justin Burgess as Ormonte

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Location

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $23.50; Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


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Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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Review: CSO Presents ‘Spellbinding’ Concert with CCM Student Singers

CCM student singers joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in concert at Music Hall this past weekend. Next weekend, the CSO’s Louis Langrée comes to campus to conduct the CCM Philharmonia in a program of French works!

CCM boasts a top-notch opera and vocal performance program, and these students shone in the spotlight at Music Hall this past weekend. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra featured 10 CCM student soloists and the CCM Chamber Choir, led by Earl Rivers, in its performances of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, or “The Child and the Sorceries,” on Feb. 7-8, 2020.

In her review of the concert for the Cincinnati Business Courier, Janelle Gelfand described the entire staged production as “a spellbinding feat that blended a cast of terrific young singers with whimsical animations.”

“It was a stroke of genius to employ opera singers from the Opera Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, who added youthfulness as well as vibrant voices to the wondrous score,” wrote Gelfand.

The performance featured Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in the title role. CCM students who performed as soloists are Yewon Yoon, coloratura; Raven McMillon, coloratura; Anyeé Farrar, coloratura; Elana Bell, mezzo-soprano; Joyner Horn, mezzo-soprano; Georgia Jacobson, mezzo-soprano; Brenda Iglesias Zarco, mezzo soprano; Victor Cardamone, tenor; Ryan Wolfe, bass, and Antonio Cruz, baritone.

This weekend, the onstage partnership between CCM and the CSO continues. On Saturday, Feb. 15, the CSO’s Music Director Louis Langrée will join the CCM Philharmonia in Corbett Auditorium for a concert of symphonic favorites, including Debussy’s Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Kara Huber, a CCM doctoral candidate and Grammy-nominated pianist, will perform as the soloist on Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM and the CSO have long worked together on various projects; many of the musicians of the CSO are on faculty at CCM, and CCM alumni often find employment with the symphony as musicians or administrators. One significant development in this symbiotic relationship is the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship, a program generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that provides an unparalleled two-year learning experience for graduate-level violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music. These students perform alongside the CSO for five weeks of the performance season and receive several stipends from the CCM and the CSO.

More information on the CCM Philharmonia’s Saturday, Feb. 15, concert with Louis Langrée is available online and in the event information below.

Repertoire

CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Louis Langrée, conductor
DEBUSSY: Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune
RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major, featuring Grammy-nominated CCM doctoral student Kara Huber
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati 

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $29.50; Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


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CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM Opera d’arte Presents Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo’

CCM Opera d’arte presents Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, opening on Thursday, Feb. 6 with additional performances on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. Tickets available online.

CCM showcases its undergraduate opera singers with an Opera d’arte production of L’Orfeo, opening at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. L’Orfeo centers the Greek myth of the tragically-doomed musician, Orpheus, with music by Claudio Monteverdi and a libretto by Alessandro Striggio. Amy Johnson directs and co-produces the opera alongside Kenneth Shaw, with Brett Scott serving as music director and conductor.

L’Orfeo, premiered in 1607, bridges the musical divide between the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. It is the oldest opera that is still regularly performed to this day. CCM’s production embraces the aesthetic of 1969’s iconic music festival, Woodstock. With the ideas of the Age of Aquarius, flower children, free love, social justice and peace in mind, the opera celebrates the 50th anniversary of the colorful and hopeful music festival.

The story opens on Orpheus and Eurydice’s wedding day, but their joy is cut short when Eurydice is fatally bitten by a venomous snake. Orpheus follows after her to Hades, where he vows to win her back or die trying. The queen of the underworld is moved by Orpheus’ song of woe and appeals to her husband to give Orpheus and Eurydice another chance at love and life. If he is to return her to the land of the living, Orpheus must combat his own doubts, or else he will lose his beloved forever.

L’Orfeo opens on Thursday, Feb. 6 with additional performances on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve.

Cast List

  • Logan Wagner and Andrew Cunningham as Orfeo
  • Claudia Neff as La Musica
  • Melody Spencer as Eurydice
  • Alea Vernon as Nifa/Ensemble
  • Breanna Flores as Proserpina/Ensemble
  • Storm Hargrave and Sarah Scofield as Messaggiera (Sylvia)
  • Clara Reeves as Speranza
  • Briana Drew as Spirit 3/Ensemble
  • Katie Riederer as Spirit 2/Ensemble
  • Victoria Popritin as Spirit 1/Ensemble
  • Sam Dhobhany as Plutone/Ensemble
  • Josh Klein as Caronte/Ensemble
  • Matthew Goodheart as Apollo/Pastore II/Ensemble
  • Reed Demangone as Eco/Pastore I/Ensemble
  • Grant Peck as Pastore III/Ensemble
  • Henry Lunn as Pastore IV/Ensemble

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9

Location

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Tickets

Prices start at $10. Please visit the CCM Box Office website or call 513-556-4183 to reserve.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

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.


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CCM Shares Artistic Menu of Moveable Feast Performances

Cincinnati’s premier fundraiser returns next Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, when UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents Moveable Feast. Take a look at this year’s artistic menu to create your own schedule of 20-minute samplings of live entertainment, along with backstage tours and much more.

For one night only, Cincinnati audiences can experience CCM’s student stars of tomorrow in a variety of performances that showcase the full spectrum of the performing and media arts. Tickets to Moveable Feast are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.uc.edu/moveablefeast or over the phone at 513-556-2100.

The festivities begin with cocktails and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. CCM’s Jazz Orchestra kicks off the performances with a tribute to The Rolling Stones in Corbett Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Then attendees are free to roam CCM Village to create their own menu of artistic experiences including a dazzling light show, acting, dance, musical theatre and opera performances; concerts by CCM’s Chamber Choir, Steel Drum Band, Chamber Winds and piano students; and more! The evening concludes with a grand finale performance by the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra at 10 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium.

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Hosted by CCMpower — a dedicated volunteer group comprised of fans, advocates and alumni — Moveable Feast showcases students and faculty members in an evening of world-class live entertainment. The funds raised by the event enable CCMpower to fuel the future of the arts by awarding student scholarships and grants. Attendees roam through the expansive CCM Village, socializing and enjoying dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering while creating their own menu of artistic experiences. A complete list of performance details is below.

Moveable Feast Artistic Menu

Attendees will receive a program with a map of CCM Village and performance information. The below performances are organized by location.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRELUDE
The CCM Jazz Orchestra Rolling Stones Project features vocalist Clyde Brown in popular hits by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards including Honky Tonk Woman, Wild Horses and Satisfaction.

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Corbett Auditorium

STEEL DRUM BAND
Featuring two traditional Trinidadian tunes by Boogsie Sharpe and two new pop arrangements by CCM students.

  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Corbett Auditorium

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA FINALE
Featuring Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73, 4. Allegro con spirito.

  • Time: 10 p.m.
  • Location: Corbett Auditorium

BACKSTAGE TOURS
Go behind-the-scenes to visit CCM’s Hair, Wig and Make-Up studios and get an up-close view of the creative work that goes into making our performers ready for the stage. Tours meet in the CCM Atrium and will require some stairs.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Meet in the CCM Atrium

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Learn about the student-created documentary “The Fifth Mode” that follows UC Engineering students who design a Hyperloop pod and made it to the finals of Elon Musk’s International SpaceX Hyperloop Competition.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3140c

THEATRE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Meet CCM’s outstanding student designers and view their senior portfolios, which feature the stunning work you’ve seen on CCM stages. If you’re lucky, you may get a sneak peek at upcoming production designs!

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3240

LIGHTING SHOWCASE: BOOM!
Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular creations of CCM’s stage lighting, technical production and sound students as they unite to present performance art of robotic lighting and technical systems integration.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

CHAMBER WINDS
Enjoy hearing CCM students perform Carl Reinecke’s Octet, Op. 126.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3250

PIANO
CCM piano students perform Debussy’s L’isle joyeuse and the Romance and Tarantella from Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for 2 pianos at 8:30 p.m. The 9:30 p.m. performance features the Rachmaninoff piece and Liszt’s Rigoletto-Paraphrase.

  • Times: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3250

CHAMBER CHOIR
The CCM Chamber Choir and Graduate Brass Quintet present a cappella masterworks and a highlight from our Feast of Carols performance. Featuring graduate choral conducting students.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

MUSICAL THEATRE
Enjoy performances of pop songs and contemporary Broadway hits from the Musical Theatre Freshman Women and CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2020 present a medley featuring songs River Deep, Mountain High; Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Go Into Your Dance.

  • Times: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

PREPARATORY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The rising stars from CCM Prep present music, dance and musical theatre performances.

  • Times: 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 3705

DANCE
CCM Ballet Ensemble presents En Tournée, set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich with choreography by Jiang Qi.

  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

OPERA
CCM Artist Diploma students perform selections from beloved operas including The Bartered Bride, The Magic Flute and Candide.

  • Times: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

ACTING
k. Jenny Jones, the only woman in the country recognized as a “Fight Master” by the Society of American Fight Directors, and CCM’s Acting Class of 2021 give a sneak peek into the illusion and magic of stage combat!

  • Time: 9 p.m.
  • Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

Event Location

CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to Moveable Feast are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.uc.edu/moveablefeast or over the telephone at 513-556-2100.

  • Soloist Package: $600 – price includes two tickets to Moveable Feast and two tickets to CCM Musical Theatre’s “Not Famous Yet” Showcase (March 13, 2020), valet parking for Moveable Feast and program recognition
  • Patron Package: $225 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast, one ticket to CCM Musical Theatre’s “Not Famous Yet” Showcase, valet parking for Moveable Feast and program recognition
  • Host Ticket: $150 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast, valet parking for Moveable Feast and program recognition
  • General Public Tickets: $75 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast
  • CCM Alumni and Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets: $50 – price includes one ticket to Moveable Feast

Seating is limited. Event proceeds raised by CCMpower support student scholarships for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” and help fund student and ensemble travel, master class opportunities and collaborative projects.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

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Welcome to What’s Next: CCM Shares Spring 2020 Calendar

The UC College-Conservatory of Music’s spring CCMONSTAGE events range from choral and winds concerts to theatre arts productions and more. Events start on Jan. 17, 2020.

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music welcomes the dawn of a new decade and the start of a new semester with sensational CCMONSTAGE performances by student stars, faculty artists and renowned guests.

Click the image to view a digital version of CCM’s spring 2020 calendar of major events.

Click the image to view a digital version of CCM’s spring 2020 calendar of major events.

CCM’s spring 2020 performance series begins with the return of Moveable Feast on Friday, Jan. 17, a one-of-a-kind event that lets audiences sample artistic and culinary delights while exploring CCM Village. Hosted by CCMpower, this star-powered showcase perfectly illustrates why the future of the performing and media arts lives here.

Spring highlights include events that bring exciting guest artists to collaborate with CCM students and faculty, including a CCM Philharmonia concert with special guest Louis Langrée, Ariel Quartet performances with visiting artists Alexander Fiterstein and Anton Nel, CCMONSTAGE Musical production of The Secret Garden with Broadway choreographer Connor Gallagher (BFA Musical Theatre, 2006) and more.

Tickets are available online at ccmonstage.universitytickets.com and in person through the CCM Box Office. Please note: the CCM Box Office is closed for winter season days until Monday, Jan. 13.

Learn more about CCM’s spring schedule of major events in the list below or pick up a copy of the spring 2020 calendar booklet from the CCM Box Office. You can also view a digital copy of the CCMONSTAGE Spring Calendar of Events by visiting https://issuu.com/ccmpr/docs/ccm-spring-2020-calendar-booklet.

CCMONSTAGE Spring 2020 Calendar of Major Events

January

6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17
MOVEABLE FEAST RETURNS
Experience the return of Cincinnati’s favorite arts fundraiser as CCMpower proudly presents Moveable Feast! Create your own menu and timetable of artistic selections by our “stars of tomorrow.” Where else can you sample performances of jazz, musical theatre, piano, opera, acting, dance, choir, orchestra and much more all in one night? This one-of-a-kind evening can only happen at CCM!
Location: CCM Village
Tickets: Special ticket pricing and limited seating. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/34sYv2I or call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.


7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18
BOOM!
CCM Moving Light Programming II Course Project
Mark C. Williams, instructor and coordinator
Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular creations of CCM’s talented stage lighting, technical production and sound students as they come together to present performance art of robotic lighting and technical systems integration!
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE


CANCELLED
4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19
THE PAT AND JULIE SHOW
Patricia Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
If you’ve attended the Pat and Julie Show before, you know this will be a wild evening featuring a mix of cabaret, pop and musical theatre favorites, as well as party favors and guest appearances by CCM students and faculty!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
A REGIONAL PREMIERE
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
The Ariel Quartet continues its 2019-20 concert series with a Midwest premiere by Christopher Theofanidis, commissioned by the Manchester Music Festival and written for the Ariel Quartet with guest artist Alexander Fiterstein.
MOZART: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
THEOFANIDIS: Clarinet Quintet
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2019-20 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.


1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
IDEALIST AND EMPIRICAL PERSPECTIVES IN THEORIES OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL MODES
Edward Nowacki, CCM Emeritus Professor of Musicology
Location: CCM Baur Room
Admission: FREE


CANCELLED
4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26
• Faculty Artist Series •
James Bunte, saxophone
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26
A TRIP TO TRINIDAD AND BACK
CCM Steel Drum Band
Russell Burge, music coordinator
Featuring guest artists the Vienna Jammers and CCM alumnus Jonathan Bisesi
CCM’s Steel Drum Band presents an evening of traditional music from Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions. This year, the Vienna Jammers children’s steel drum band joins the show, as well as CCM alumnus Jonathan Bisesi (BM Percussion, ’00) who has been a member of the President’s Own United States Marine Band since 2004.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27
• Guest Artist Series •
Dozier Winds Woodwind Quintet (282d Army Band)
Featuring works by Dvořák, Kilar, Novak and Pärt.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30
• Guest Artist Series •
Henry Kramer, piano
Featuring works by Ravel, Chopin and Haydn.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

Sponsored by Louis and Susan Meisel


 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31
• Orchestra Series •
THE LONG GOODBYE
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux
MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 in D Major
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


February

11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1
THEATRE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION STUDENT PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE
Come see the spectacular work of CCM’s talented senior and graduate Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) students as they highlight their portfolios, websites and designs in this annual event! A gala event will follow the showcase from 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3
• Guest Artist Series •
Nathan Nabb, saxophone
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4
• Jazz Series •
MILES AHEAD
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
Featuring the music of Miles Davis.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5
• Orchestra Series •
THE ROMANTIC
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
MONICK: World Premiere New Work
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, “Romantic”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
DUMBARTON OAKS
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung and Kevin Michael Holzman, music directors and conductors
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, harpsichord
DEBUSSY: Petite Suite
FRANÇAIX: Dixtuor for Wind Quintet and String Quintet
MARTINŮ: Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra, H. 246
STRAVINSKY: Dumbarton Oaks
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
L’ORFEO
Music by Claudio Monteverdi
Libretto by Alessandro Striggio
Amy Johnson, director and co-producer
Kenneth Shaw, co-producer
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
This opera, premiered in 1607, bridges the musical divide between the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. It is the oldest opera that is still regularly performed to this day. In the story, the musician Orpheus loses his bride, Eurydice, and must travel to the underworld in an attempt to win her back. If he is to return her to the land of the living, Orpheus must combat his own doubts, or else he will lose his beloved forever.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $10; student and group discounts available (tickets on sale Jan. 13).

Sponsored by The Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation


7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7
• Winds Series •
TRANSFORMATIONS: MASLANKA 4
CCM Wind Symphony
Featuring the Mason High School Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Denise Tryon, horn
The CCM Wind Symphony celebrates the new decade with a concert featuring Ash by CCM alumna Jennifer Jolley (MM Composition, 2009; DMA Composition, 2012).
SIERRA: Fandangos
JOLLEY: Ash
BECKEL: The Glass Bead Game
MASLANKA: Symphony No. 4
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8
• CSO/CCM Collaboration •
PLAY OF LIGHT: RAVEL’S ENCHANTMENT
Presented by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Grégoire Pont, concept and video
James Bonas, director
Thibault Vancraenenbroeck, set and costumes
Christophe Chaupin, lighting
CCM Chamber Choir, Earl Rivers, director
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents a fully staged production of Ravel’s fantastical L’Enfant et les sortilèges in collaboration with the CCM Chamber Choir and student soloists. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard reprises her Grammy-winning title role as “the child” in this production, which features animations projected in light on and around the orchestra. This CSO performance also includes Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian, featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano.
Location: Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets: Visit cincinnatisymphony.org or call the Music Hall Box Office at 513-381-3300 for ticket details.


4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9
• Winds Series •
OCTANDRE
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
VARÈSE: Octandre
STRAUSS: Serenade in E-flat, Op. 7
WEBER: Concertino for Oboe and Wind Band
GIPPS: Seascapes, Op. 53
REINECKE: Octett, Op. 216
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10
• Winds Series •
CCM BRASS SHOWCASE: VERDI, JANÁČEK, HUSA
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
JANÁČEK: Sokol Fanfare
HUSA: Divertimento
VERDI: Selections from Requiem
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10
• Faculty Artist Series •
Marty Garcia, bassoon
Join the Cincinnati Symphony bassoon section for a recital celebrating the 95th birthday of composer and bassoonist Bernard Garfield!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 (preview)
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14
2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16
• Play Series •
CLYBOURNE PARK
By Bruce Norris
Richard E. Hess, director
Clybourne Park was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (1959), the play explodes in two high-powered acts set 50 years apart. It imagines events in a racially-charged America and reveals that underneath a house in a typical neighborhood, racial fault lines run deep and wide. This production contains strong language.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $32.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online. Preview performance tickets start at $15.50.

CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s


7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15
• Orchestra Series •
WELCOME TO CCM, MAESTRO LANGRÉE
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Louis Langrée, conductor
DEBUSSY: Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune
RAVEL: Piano Concerto
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.

Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn


3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16
• Choral Series •
ANDREA STANILAND’S DARK STAR REQUIEM
CCM Chorale
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Audrey Chait, stage director
CCM presents the American premiere of Andrea Staniland’s Dark Star Requiem, a work simultaneously challenging and joyous, complex and beautiful. Over the course of its 14 movements, a sequence of 19 poems chart a short history of HIV and AIDS. These poems vary from linked haikus to ghazals, praise poems and free verse. This piece features soloists, chorus, piano trio and percussion.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16
• Faculty Artist Series •
Alan Rafferty, cello
Colleagues and friends from near and far join Alan Rafferty for an afternoon of chamber music.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


CANCELLED
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18
• Faculty Artist Series •
Demarre McGill, flute
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19
• Winds Series •
DANCE AND MOVE WITH US
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor
Featuring conductor-in-residence Fangfang Li and faculty artist Ron Aufmann, clarinet
The CCM Wind Ensemble performs music inspired by movement, marches and dances.
BEETHOVEN: March for Military Band No. 1 in F Major, WoO 18
HINDEMITH: “Geschwindmarsch” Paraphrase from Symphonia Serena
BENSON: The Solitary Dancer
NAVARRO: Clarinet Concerto No. 1
QIAN: Come, Drink One More Cup
REED: Armenian Dances
ETEZADY: Anahita
TCHAIKOVSKY: Dance of the Jesters
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23
• Opera Series •
PARTENOPE
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Silvio Stampiglia
Caleb Glickman, conductor
Greg Eldridge, director
Four rival suitors must navigate their way through mistaken identities, cross-dressing and declarations of war as they vie for Queen Partenope’s hand in marriage. Written in 1730, Handel’s witty romantic comedy features gorgeous arias and captivating music.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $23.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21
• Winds Series •
STAR WARS: POPS IN SPACE
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring conductor-in-residence Fangfang Li and the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE)
BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
WHITACRE: Deep Field, featuring images from NASA
HOLST: Selections from The Planets
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
• Starling Series •
STARLING SHOWCASE
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing Starling violin students from the college and pre-college programs, including violinist KayCee Galano performing Elgar’s epic Violin Concerto.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
• Jazz Series •
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT
Scott Belck, music director
Featuring guest artist James Chirillo, guitar
CCM’s Essentially Ellington festival, sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center, returns in full swing! The daylong event features the region’s top high school jazz ensembles, and the gala concert will feature the CCM Jazz Orchestra with guitarist James Chirillo, who appears regularly with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $23.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
Featuring Alan Rafferty, cello, and Timothy Lees, violin
BRAHMS: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
SCHUBERT: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23
CREATIVE COMMISSIONS PREMIERES CONCERT AND EXHIBITION
Sponsored by the CCM Harmony Fund
Andy Villemez, director
Creative Commissions and CCM’s Harmony Fund present an art and music exhibition featuring visual artists and choral ensembles from the Tristate area. The event will premiere new works that celebrate the power of the arts to promote inclusion and unity, as well its ability to fight hate and prejudice. Participating schools and ensembles include: the May Festival Youth Chorus, Cincinnati Youth Choir, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, St. Xavier High School and Harrison High School. Participating composers include Alex Gartner, Ellen Harrison, Cara Haxo, Carrie Magin, Brian Nabors and Sarah Riskind.
Art Exhibit: 2:30 p.m. in the Patricia Corbett Theater Lobby and Atrium
Premieres Concert (90 minutes): 4 p.m. in Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25
• Faculty Artist Series •
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
CHINA TOWN IV
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
DUN: Circle with Four Trios, Conductor, and Audience
LONG: Dhyana
HUANG: Resonant Theatre No. 2: Woven
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Christina Nam and other student soloists
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
SCHUBERT: Death and the Maiden arr. for string orchestra
PAGANINI/MILONE: Caprice No. 9 for String Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


March

 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1
• Winds Series •
SINFONIETTA
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
MILHAUD: Chamber Symphony No. 5, Op. 75
CRAWFORD SEEGER: Suite
SCHUBERT: Little Symphony for Winds
RAFF: Sinfonietta
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3
• Faculty Artist Series •
Ran Dank, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6
2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7
2 p.m. Sunday, March 8
• Musical Series •
THE SECRET GARDEN
Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Connor Gallagher, director and choreographer
Jeremy Robin Lyons, musical director
This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his ailing son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $35.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.

CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s, Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer and Graeter’s Ice Cream


7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7
2 p.m. Sunday, March 8
• Dance Series •
STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE
Shauna Steele, director
Experience six emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors present dynamic and diverse works from classical ballet to traditional jazz dance with music ranging from Bizet to Queen.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $15.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


1:30 p.m. Friday, March 6
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
GIVING VOICE TO A FOXTROT FROM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
Patricia Hall, University of Michigan School of Music
The Collections Department of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum preserves a number of manuscripts of popular songs arranged by members of the Auschwitz I men’s orchestra. These songs, written with great care in black ink on Beethoven Papier brand music paper, often bear highly ironic, but also tragically relevant titles: “Letters That Never Arrived,” “Hours That One Can Never Forget,” “Sing a Song When You’re Sad.” Hall describes the complex process of realizing one of these songs, “Die schönste Zeit des Lebens” (The Most Beautiful Time of Life) from a manuscript deposited in the Collections Department in 1975, to a concert performance and recording in 2018. Originally a 1941 popular song composed by the German film composer Franz Grothe with a text by Willi Dehmel, it has been arranged for four first violins, five second violins, a viola, two clarinets, a trombone and a tuba. During Hall’s presentation, she will play a recording of the foxtrot performed by SMTD’s Contemporary Directions Ensemble, conducted by Oriol Sans.
Location: CCM Baur Room
Admission: FREE


4 p.m. Sunday, March 8
• Jazz Series •
SWING, SWANG, SWINGING
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, music director
 
Featuring classic swing music from different eras.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


4 p.m. Sunday, March 8
• Guest Artist Series •
Alan Morrison, organ
CCM welcomes internationally-renowned organist Alan Morrison, Head of the Organ Department at The Curtis Institute of Music and Organist in Residence at Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, for a special guest artist performance presented in collaboration with the second annual Covenant-First Presbyterian Church Organ Festival. Morrison will also host a master class from 10 a.m.-noon on Monday, March 9, 2020, at Covenant-First Presbyterian Church.
LocationCovenant-First Presbyterian Church, 717 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9
• Guest Artist Series •
American Horn Quartet
Featuring Kerry Turner, Geoffrey Winter, Kristina Mascher-Turner and Denise Tryon, horns.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •
HUNGARY
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist and CCM alumnus Anton Nel, piano
HAYDN: String Quartet No. 62 in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, “Emperor”
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
DOHNÁNYI: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat Minor, Op. 26
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2019-20 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.


7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
7 p.m. Thursday, March 12
7 p.m. Friday, March 13
TRANSMIGRATION 2020
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess and Brant Russell, producers
Transmigration, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” features six teams of CCM Acting students who craft and then perform original 30-minute shows simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village. Transmigration audience members will have the opportunity to experience four different works of their choosing in one spectacular evening.
Location: CCM Village
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9. Call 513-556-4183 or visit the CCM Box Office to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
CCM Concert Orchestra and Chorale
Aik Khai Pung and Brett Scott, music directors
Aik Khai Pung, conductor
This collaboration between the CCM Concert Orchestra and Chorale features Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53; Nänie (A Funeral Song), Op. 82 and Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54. The CCM Concert Orchestra will also perform Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Thursday, March 12
4 p.m. Saturday, March 14
CCM MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Created and performed by the Class of 2020 in Musical Theatre
See and hear our musical theatre “stars of tomorrow” in action at the 28th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase, featuring the Class of 2020 prior to its New York City debut.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9. Call 513-556-4183 or visit the CCM Box Office to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.


7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12
• Winds Series •
CCM BRASS SHOWCASE: THE PLANETS
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
CCM’s nationally-recognized Brass Choir performs classical, popular and folk selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios.
NYMAN: For John Cage
HOLST: The Planets
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Friday, March 13
CCM MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
A CCMpower Benefit
Created and performed by the Class of 2020 in Musical Theatre
See and hear our musical theatre “stars of tomorrow” in action at the 28th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase, featuring the Class of 2020 prior to its New York City debut. The annual CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award will be presented at the showcase.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Special ticket pricing and limited seating. For more information, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.


10 a.m. Saturday, March 14
OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
Experience tomorrow’s opera stars today as CCM hosts its prestigious national competition, featuring current and newly admitted students vying for tuition scholarships and cash awards.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


2 p.m. Sunday, March 15
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
AROUND THE WORLD: CELEBRATING OUR STORIES
Cincinnati Youth Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
CYC resident choirs sing of growth, encouragement and unity while connecting our stories with music and special theatrical performances from CCM Acting alumnus Graham Rogers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24
• Winds Series •
AMERICA AND RUSSIA
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor
Join the CCM Wind Ensemble as they feature American and Russian music showcasing cultural connections.
SHOSTAKOVICH: Folk Dances
DELLO JOIO: Scenes from the Louvre
McFARLAND: Sunset on the New England Coast
HANSON: Chorale and Alleluia
McCUNE: High Water Rising
KOZHEVNIKOV: Symphony No. 3, “Slavyanskaya”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24
• Faculty Artist Series •
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26
CCM CELLO-BRATION!
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Alan Rafferty and Sarah Kim, co-coordinators and soloists
KLENGEL: Hymnus for 12 cellos, op. 57
BOULEZ: Messagesquisse
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileiras
VIVALDI: Double Cello Concerto
SOLLIMA: Violoncelles Vibrez!
DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Winds, Op. 44
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


2 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 27
CCM ACTING SENIOR SHOWCASE
Enjoy the talents of the CCM Acting Class of 2020 in its exciting industry showcase prior to its professional debut in New York and Los Angeles. The evening performance will be followed by the 17th annual DOLLY awards recognizing excellence by students in the Acting Department, as well as a reception in the Baur Room.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28
• Winds Series •
FIREWORKS
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring Percussion Group Cincinnati, with the Carmel High School Wind Symphony
Indiana’s nationally-acclaimed Carmel High School Wind Symphony joins the CCM Wind Symphony for a blockbuster program featuring Percussion Arts Society Hall of Fame ensemble Percussion Group Cincinnati.
MONTAGUE: Intrada 1631
JACOBSEN: World Premiere Composition
GOTKOVSKY: Poeme du feu
GRAINGER: Lincolnshire Posy
PECK: The Glory and the Grandeur
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


4 p.m. Sunday, March 29
MUSIC FOR FOOD: CCM BENEFIT CONCERT
Gwen Coleman Detwiler and the Ariel Quartet, series coordinators
CCM presents the sixth year of its chamber series supporting Music For Food, a national musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger. CCM is pleased to partner on this series with the Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati’s leading hunger relief organization. Bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation and enjoy a feast of chamber music favorites!
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Admission: Non-perishable food items or cash donation.
Suggested donation: $20 general, $15 students.


April

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4
2 p.m. Sunday, April 5
• Opera Series •
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Mark Gibson, conductor
Robin Guarino, director
Joshua Cook, associate director
In a world at war and suffering the devastating effects of climate change, two young people undertake a great journey to save their lives and the planet. Director Robin Guarino presents a unique, contemporary spin on this all-time classic. Mozart composed this beloved opera for the person who wants everything: a hero and heroine questing for true love, evil villains and a comical sidekick. The opera will be sung in German with English dialogue. There will be English supertitles.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $39.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.

CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s


7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3
2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4
2 p.m. Sunday, April 5
• Musical Series •
BRIGHT STAR
Inspired By A True Story
Music, Book and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics and Story by Edie Brickell
Katie Johannigman, director and choreographer
Stephen Goers, musical director
Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; an extremely limited number of tickets are still available. Buy tickets online.

Sponsored by Greg Mathein


1:30 p.m. Friday, April 3
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
THE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN HAYDN’S STRING QUARTETS
Danuta Mirka, Northwestern University

This lecture will explore Haydn’s use of the high register in his first violin parts for string quartet, as well as how these undermine the ideal of the string quartet as a conversation among peers. This lecture also marks the beginning of the Music Theory and Musicology Society Student Conference.
Location: Albino Gorno Memorial CCM Library, 600 Blegen Library
Admission: FREE


10 a.m. Saturday, April 4
• The Music Theory and Musicology Society Conference Keynote •
Daniel Goldmark, Case Western Reserve University
The Music Theory and Musicology Society Student Conference presents this lecture on how music shapes our understanding of the past and our memories, with a focus on popular music and animation.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE


12 p.m. Saturday, April 4
ANDREW HOWELL HORN SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
Hear performances by outstanding young horn players during the Andrew Howell Memorial Scholarship Competition. Open to current undergraduates as well as applicants who have committed to attend CCM in 2020-21, the winner of this competition will receive a $3,000 scholarship and a solo performance opportunity. The competition is held in loving memory of Andrew Howell, an extraordinary musician and an exceptional person who passed away during his undergraduate studies as a horn major at CCM.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


4 p.m. Sunday, April 5
• Choral Series •
UC CHORUSES’ CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers
Matthew Coffey, Molly Getsinger and Shane Thomas, conductors
Comprised of students from all 14 of UC’s colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers celebrate their 100th anniversary with a reunion concert featuring classics, jazz, pops and spirituals. UC Choruses alumni are invited to participate in this special performance, which will be followed by a celebratory reception.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
A showcase of music by CCM student composers.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan and Christopher Wilke, directors
Solos, duos, trios and quartets for classical guitar.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8
• Winds Series •
CCM BRASS SHOWCASE: RULE BRITANNIA!
CCM Brass Choir
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
HOLST: Suite from The Perfect Fool
HANDEL: Music for the Royal Fireworks
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Henry V
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10
CCM Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music coordinator
Including works by Mark Applebaum, Dennis DeSantis, Mark Saya and Karel Goeyvaerts.
Location
: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Saturday, April 11
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Lilyanne Thoroughman, Miriam Smith and other student soloists
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
RAVEL: Duo for Violin and Cello
MILONE: Carmen Fantasy
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11
• Jazz Series •
SIMPLY SINATRA
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, music director
Featuring guest artist Steve Lippia, vocals
Critically-acclaimed jazz vocalist Steve Lippia joins CCM’s Big Band for a hard-swinging tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra. Experience the romance of an evening filled with hits including Come Fly With Me, New York, New York and My Way.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14
SONIC EXPLORATIONS
Mara Helmuth, coordinator

Featuring an evening of electroacoustic and computer music by CCM students, faculty and guests.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Ensemble
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor
Christopher Nichter, conductor
Featuring the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band
WILLIAMS: Symphonic Dance No. 3
STILL: “Summerland” from Three Visions
GOULD: Symphony No. 4, “West Point”
HESKETH: Masque
GRAINGER: Three Miniatures
BERNSTEIN: “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE


5 p.m. Saturday, April 18
• Starling Series •
STARLING SHOWCASE
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director
Showcasing Starling violin students from the college and pre-college programs performing concertos for string soloists and orchestra, including violinist Christy Kim performing Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


4 p.m. Sunday, April 19
• Choral Series •
MONTEVERDI’S VESPERS OF 1610
CCM Chamber Choir and Concert Orchestra
Featuring student soloists, faculty and guest early music artists with the Dark Horse Consort (cornetti and sackbuts), Adriane Post, Baroque violin; Adriana Contino, Baroque cello; Michael Unger, harpsichord and organ
Earl Rivers, conductor
Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 serves as the “Brandenburg Gate” that ushered in the Baroque era with grand-scale choral-orchestral masterworks and virtuosic vocal and instrumental pieces. Early music guest artists join the CCM Concert Orchestra to accompany vocal lines of one through 10 parts in a variety of musical textures and colors.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


4 p.m. Sunday, April 19
• Winds Series •
OLD MEETS NEW
CCM Chamber Winds
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
MOZART: Divertimento in B-flat, K. 186 (K. 159b)
JANÁČEK: Mladi Suite for Wind Sextet
SCHMITT: Lied et Scherzo
BERGER: Serendade in F Major, Op. 102
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Sunday, April 19
Classical Guitar Chamber Music
Clare Callahan and Christopher Wilke, directors
An evening of music for guitar with cello, flute, voice, and others.
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25
2 p.m. Sunday, April 26
• Dance Series •
SERENADE + STRETTO + STRAVINSKY
Jiang Qi, director
Mark Gibson, conductor
CCM Dance and the CCM Philharmonia presents Serenade, the first ballet George Balanchine crafted in America, restaged by guest artist Joysanne Sidimus. With music by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, it is considered to be a defining moment in the creation of the American ballet aesthetic. In addition, guest choreographer Matthew Farmer presents Stretto, set to the six movements of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. The second half of this concert celebrates Igor Stravinsky and his ongoing and inspiring influence on dance with new original choreography to The Rite of Spring and Suite No. 2 by CCM dance faculty Jiang Qi and Shauna Steele.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $25.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.

The performance of Serenade, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangements with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.


7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24
2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25
2 p.m. Sunday, April 26
• Play Series •
PUNK ROCK
By Simon Stephens
Brant Russell, director
In the library of a British high school, William and his fellow classmates prepare for their final exams while navigating the pressures of teenage life. They are educated and aspirational young people, but the savagery and combustibility of their world infects them. For mature audiences.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23
DER SCHWANENDREHER
CCM Chamber Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung and Kevin Michael Holzman, music directors and conductors
Catharine Lees, viola
MICHAEL HAYDN: Divertimento in G Major
BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046
HINDEMITH: Der Schwanendreher
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


5 p.m. Sunday, April 26
• Winds and Choral Series •
BRUCKNER & BRAHMS
CCM Wind Symphony and Chorale
Kevin Michael Holzman and Brett Scott, music directors and conductors
LAURIDSEN: O Magnum Mysterium
STRAVINSKY: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947)
SIMON: Amen!
BRAHMS: Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13
BRUCKNER: Mass No. 2 in E Minor
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7 p.m. Monday, April 27
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and Jr. Youth Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter, Kevin Michael Holzman, Christopher Nichter and Rick Canter, conductors
The area’s most talented middle school and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28
UC Bearcat and Jazz Bands
Christopher Nichter, music director
Join the UC Bearcat Bands for a thrilling evening of music. Consisting primarily of students majoring in fields outside music, these future musical citizens are sure to impress and inspire!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Preparatory Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
UC Symphony Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
Alice Markiewicz, Gayle Castle and Shaun Day, associate conductors
Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to share their love of great music from the orchestral repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


May

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
SPRING YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director
The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adult performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
A MUSICAL MOSAIC
Cincinnati Youth Choir
Robyn Lana, music director 
Completing the 27th anniversary concert series, the Cincinnati Youth Choir, including CCM resident choirs, ChoralQuest, Cincinnati Choral Academy community choirs and local dance troupes, produce a beautiful picture of hope by arranging smaller pieces to create a musical masterpiece.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


7 p.m. Friday, May 8
3 p.m. Saturday, May 9
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
ANNIE JR.
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan
Becca Kloha Strand, Rebecca N. Childs and Karie-Lee Sutherland, co-directors
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. She eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Buy tickets online.


3 p.m. Sunday, May 10
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •
Cincinnati Junior Strings
Rachel Bierkan, director
The area’s finest young string musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for string orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE


Event Information

All events listed above take place in CCM Village on UC’s campus unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information. Repertoire and dates are subject to change.

Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event of inclement weather conditions, CCM will handle the cancellation of events and performances as follows: if the University of Cincinnati is closed, all CCM performances on that day will be cancelled.

Purchasing Tickets

Experiencing the magic of CCMONSTAGE has never been easier! Purchase your tickets:

  • Online at ccmonstage.universitytickets.com
  • Over the phone at 513-556-4183
  • In person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Ticket discounts are available for UC and non-UC students and groups.

CCM’s Box Office is open Mon-Fri from 12:30-6 p.m., Sat. from 12-4 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain for ticketed performances. Hours subject to change based on the University of Cincinnati calendar. Please note: the CCM Box Office is closed for winter season days until Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

CCM Student Ticket Options

Advance Sales
Want to guarantee your seat? Current CCM students can purchase up to two tickets for each spring 2020 CCMONSTAGE concert and production at the discounted rate of just $5 per ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office. A valid student ID is required.

Rush Tickets
Current CCM students also have the opportunity to attend most CCMONSTAGE events at no charge through student rush. CCM student rush tickets become available two days before each concert performance and one hour prior to the start of each theatre arts (dance, plays, musicals, opera) performance. CCM student rush tickets subject to availability. Tickets must be requested in person at the CCM Box Office. A valid student ID is required.

Other restrictions may apply. Inquire at the CCM Box Office for full details.

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. CCMONSTAGE patrons can order prepaid parking at $10 for each performance selected. Prepaid parking is date/performance specific. UC CCM Garage parking rates for a performance or special event is usually available for $10-15.

For additional information on parking at UC, please visit uc.edu/parking.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/parking/visitors-maps. 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.


Sponsors and Partners

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter
All-Steinway School Sponsor

ArtsWave
Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor

Dr. & Mrs. Carl Fischer
Macy’s
CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsors

Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Showcase Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor 

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Collaborative Piano Sponsor

Anonymous
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors

Robert & Debra Chavez
Three Arts Scholarship Fund
DIGS
CCMpower Partners

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

 Mr. & Mrs. James L. Miller
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

Graeter’s Ice Cream
Greg Mathein
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors

Trish & Rick Bryan
CCMpower
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./ U.S. Bank Foundation
KMK Law
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething
PNC
Jeff Thomas Catering
Event Sponsors

Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation
Voice Sponsor

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor

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