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CCM Presents Annual Pianopalooza Concert on March 25

The annual showcase features some of CCM's most gifted student pianists in a program that emphasizes romanticism and virtuosity.

CCM’s Spring 2018 Piano Series presents Pianopalooza: Fast and Fabulous Fingers at 7 p.m. this Sunday, March 25 in Robert J. Warner Recital Hall. The annual showcase features performances by some of CCM’s most gifted student pianists.

This dazzling concert highlights the talent of these students as they present a program that emphasizes romanticism and virtuosity. The program features works from renowned composers including Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Mozart and more! Complete event information is below.

Tickets for Pianopalooza are on sale now through the CCM Box Office for $15 general, $10 non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID.
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REPERTOIRE

RACHMANINOFF: Allegro agitato from Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36; featuring CCM student Benjamin Gittens
LISZT: Étude de concert, S. 144, No. 3 “Un Sospiro”; featuring CCM student Eunhwa Lee
RAUTAVAARA: Piano Sonata No. 2 “The Fire Sermon”; featuring CCM student Pyeongeon Kim
SIBELIUS: Romance, Op. 24, No. 9; featuring CCM student Jiwon Han
LISZT: Études d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, S. 140, No. 3 “La Campanella”; featuring CCM student Jiwon Han
— Intermission —
MOZART: Allegro con spirito from Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major, K. 448; featuring CCM students Sebastian Arredondo and Wenxing Zeng
RAVEL: Movements I, III and V from Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite); featuring CCM students Scott Sherman and Yaoyue Huang
BARBER: Movements I, III and VI from Souvenirs, Op. 28; featuring Eben Wagenstroon and Sam Reich

PERFORMANCE TIME
7 p.m. Sunday, March 25

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets for Pianopalooza are on sale now through the CCM Box Office for $15 general, $10 non-UC students and free for 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 now through our e-Box Office at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM Behind-the-Scenes: Directors’ Notes for ‘Suor Angelica’ + ‘Gianni Schicchi’

CCM pairs two of Puccini’s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production on March 22-25.

CCM pairs two of Giacomo Puccini‘s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production, which opens this Thursday, March 22, and continues through Sunday, March 25, 2018. These two operas highlight Puccini’s mastery of emotional storytelling, each sharing two contrasting tales about moral hypocrisy and greed.

CCM graduate students direct each production; Meredith Kitz directs Suor Angelica while Andreas Hager directs Gianni Schicchi. These young directors are not only challenged with mounting top-notch productions, but also have the added difficulty of presenting two distinct operas as a cohesive show.

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi work well together because they are so different,” says Hager. “The former takes religion and social order very seriously, while the latter completely skewers the awful and rich Donati family. In Suor Angelica, God is the moral compass, but Gianni Schicchi is about flesh and desire, with both the good and bad urges in every human.”

Tickets for CCM Opera’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schcchi are available now through the CCM Box Office.

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You can read more about the productions in the directors’ notes below:

Puccini’s Suor Angelica tells a story of faith, redemption and unconditional love. Under the ever-watchful eye of the Virgin Mary, a cloistered community faces the the daily toil of life in service of God and the greater good. Any longing for the outside world is left behind, and the encouragement to grow in relationship to God is brought to life in pastoral beauty. When a bitter presence thrusts harsh reality into this delicate atmosphere, will mercy and forgiveness provide the respite and salvation these women seek?

Suor Angelica asks us to see beyond desires and material attachments and surrender to a love that is greater than anything this world has to offer — a love that transcends life itself.

– Meredith Kitz, director of Suor Angelica

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Firenze è come un albero fiorito,
che in piazza dei Signori ha tronco e
fronde,
Ma le radici forze nuove apportano
delle convalli limpide e feconde

Florence is like a flowering tree,
With trunk and branches in the piazza,
But the roots draw new strength
From the clear and fertile valleys.

So sings the lover Rinuccio, begging his narrow-minded family to allow him to marry his girlfriend. The problem: his family does not want him to associate with “newcomers,” as his aunt refers to the non-native born. The aria morphs into a sweeping ode to immigration and the exchange of cultures. Who brought the great arts and sciences to Florence? Arnolfo, Giotto and the Medici were all born outside the city, Rinuccio reminds them.

The family rejects this and doesn’t warm to the marriage until the girl’s father, the titular Gianni Schicchi, crafts a plot to forge a new will and help them inherit their dead uncle’s money. It’s a masterful study in hypocrisy, all the more remarkable because it remains lighthearted and effervescent.

Like the best of Shakespeare, Gianni Schicchi transcends its time period and national distinctions. We recognize each one of the characters onstage. Composed during the final years of World War I, the opera questions the stability of a fossilized world order but also concedes that a rejuvenated and more diverse society will only emerge through a bit of trickery. If the moral lesson is muddied, Gianni Schicchi certainly gets at a fundamental truth: it’s fun to watch the wicked fall.

– Andreas Hager, director of Gianni Schicchi

Suor Angelica will last 1 hour and will be followed by a 15-minute intermission. Gianni Schicchi will last 1 hour. View the program booklet online here.
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CREATIVE TEAM:

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Meredith Kitz, director (Suor Angelica)*
  • Andreas Hager, director (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Theron Wineinger, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Rin Marie Schwob, hair and make-up designer*
  • Sidney Martin, props master*
  • Hankyu Lee, sound designer*
  • Chelsea D. Taylor, stage manager (Suor Angelica)*
  • Margo Leist, stage manager (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Ashley Trujilo, costume designer*
  • Marie-France Lefebvre, musical preparation

*CCM student

CAST LISTS:
SUOR ANGELICA

  • Caitlin Gotimer*, Nicolette Book^ as Sister Angelica
  • Amber Fasquelle*, Karis Tucker^ as The Princess
  • Brenda Iglesias-Zarco as The Abbess
  • Briana Moynihan as The Monitress
  • Mia Athey as The Mistress of the Novices
  • Claire Lopatka*, Allison Anderson^ as Sister Genovieffa
  • Hannah Consenz as Sister Osmina
  • Madeline Jentsch as Sister Dolcina
  • Rebecca Printz as The Nursing Sister
  • Amber R. Monroe as Alms Sister 1
  • Victoria Okafor as Alms Sister 2
  • Amanda Olea as Novice
  • Yewoon Yeon as Lay Sister 1
  • Natalie Sheppard as Lay Sister 2
  • Mercer May Barton as Griffin

GIANNI SCHICCHI

  • Jonathan Stinson*, Samson McCrady^ as Gianni Schicchi
  • Teresa Perrotta*, Lisa Rogali^ as Lauretta
  • Brandon Scott Russell*, Chandler Johnson^ as Rinuccio
  • Rebecca Printz*, Abigail Hoyt^ as Zita
  • Dongwhi (Tony) Baek*, Tyler Jonson^ as Gherardo
  • Murrella Parton*, Amy Joy Stephens^ as Nella
  • Daniel Roger Lefebvre Chaitkin as Gherardino
  • John Siarris*, Antonio Cruz^ as Betto di Signa
  • Michael Hyatt as Simone
  • Zane Hill as Marco
  • Briana Moynihan as La Ciesca
  • Antonio Cruz*, John Siarris^ as Maestro Spinelloccio
  • Miles Wilson-Toliver as Ser Amantio di Nicolao
  • Joshua Cook as Pinellino
  • De’Ron McDaniel as Guccio

* Thursday, March 22 & Saturday, March 24
^ Friday, March 23 & Sunday, March 25

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

LOCATION
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

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/mainstage/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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The Cincinnati Children's Choir, ensemble-in-residence at CCM.

Cincinnati Children’s Choir Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Concert at CCM

CCM’s Ensemble-in-Residence, The Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary with Concert on March 17

CCM Ensemble-in-Residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir celebrates its 25th Anniversary in concert on March 18. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir holds a celebratory concert to honor its 25th anniversary at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Celebrate Youth – Legacy 25 highlights some of the finest, most recognized children’s choir repertoire as well as new and past commissions.

Since the organization’s founding, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir has always had deep ties with CCM. The choral ensemble regularly collaborates with the CCM Music Education Division, the CCM Opera Department and the CCM Division of Ensembles and Conducting. The Cincinnati Children’s Choir became Ensemble-in-Residence at CCM in August 2001 and is lead by Artistic Director and Founder, Robyn Lana.

This award-winning choir is an educationally based choral ensemble program with more than 950 youth students from across the Greater Cincinnati region. Members perform in seven resident choirs, eight satellite choirs, Cincinnati Public School Honor Choir, Queen City Festival, summer festival choir and the Cincinnati Choral Academy.

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s touring choir, Bel Canto, includes 85 singers in grades 6 through 12 with excellent vocal technique and strong sight-singing skills. Bel Canto has been recognized with awards from Chorus America/ASCAP (2016), American Prize in Choral Performance (2015) and a Gold Medal in the 2012 World Choir Games. Singers in this group rehearse twice each week and maintain a prestigious performance and touring schedule. The choir has toured Scandinavia, England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada and extensively throughout the United States.

The March 18 concert features performances from all of the choruses that encompass the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. The performance includes premieres of commissioned works by Dominick DiOrio, Andrea Ramsey and Rollo Dilworth.

Celebrate Youth – Legacy 25 represents a culmination of the history and significance of this nationally celebrated ensemble and the impact the Cincinnati Children’s Choir has had on the lives of children as well as the entire Cincinnati area.

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PERFORMANCE TIME
5 p.m. Sunday, March 18

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

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. Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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Vocalists Compete for 2018 CCM Opera Scholarships on March 17

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Every year since 1976, CCM vocalists take the stage by storm to compete for five coveted full-tuition scholarships and $62,500 in awards that accompany them. This year, the Opera Scholarship competition will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Twenty-seven current and incoming students will compete before a panel of acclaimed judges for the five scholarships and named awards, including:

  • Corbett Award ($15,000): Supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with CCM.
  • Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000): Supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with CCM.
  • Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500): Supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000): Supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000): Supported by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Each contestant will be judged on the basis of voice, acting, language, musicianship and style. This year’s judges are Michael Eberhart from Opera Philadelphia, Cory Lippiello from the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Steven Osgood from the Chautauqua Opera Company.

About CCM Opera
The Department of Opera at CCM boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. Students at CCM work with some of the most renowned teachers and artists active in opera today.

CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Last year, four CCM alumni competed in the semi-finals: Jessica Faselt, soprano (MM Voice, 2016); Summer Hassan, soprano (MM Voice, 2014); Andrew Manea, baritone (MM Voice, 2016); and Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone (BM Voice, 2015) — who was chosen as a finalist in the national competition. This year, CCM Artist Diploma in Opera Performance student Brandon Scott Russell took first place at the Met’s National Council Auditions Southeast Regional Competition. Russell will move on to the semi-final round, held on April 22, 2018 in New York City.

In addition, CCM’s Mainstage Opera and Studio Opera Series have received some of the National Opera Association Production Competition’s highest honors throughout the years, taking home six of the 18 non-professional prizes awarded in 2010 and four prizes in 2011.

CCM Opera graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy) and more.

CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Opera season concludes with a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Meredith Kitz and Andreas Hager. The production runs from March 22-25, 2018. Learn more about the production at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

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2018 CCM OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

PERFORMANCE TIME
Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
Admission to the Opera Scholarship Competition is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required and audience members may enter and exit the theater at appropriate times throughout the day.

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 Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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The Ariel Quartet’s CCM Concert Series Continues on March 20

CCM’s String Quartet-in-Residence will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and the regional premiere John Harbison’s newly commissioned String Quartet No. 6.

CCM proudly presents the Ariel Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. The performance features works by Mozart, Brahms and the regional premiere of John Harbison’s String Quartet No. 6, which was co-commissioned by the Ariel Quartet with the generous support of Ann and Harry Santen.

The concert opens with Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, which is part of a set of six string quartets that Mozart dedicated to his friend and mentor Joseph Haydn — who is often referred to as the “Father of the String Quartet.” Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor is regarded as a pillar of the classical string quartet repertoire, and it is one of the most celebrated and performed works of the genre.

Next on the program is the regional premiere of Harbison’s String Quartet No. 6, which was composed in 2016 and co-commissioned by the Ariel Quartet through support from Ann and Harry Santen, the Lark Quartet, Telegraph Quartet and Tanglewood Music Center with the generous support of the Merwin Geffen, M.D. and Norman Solomon, M.D. New Commissions Fund. Harbison is a Grammy Award-nominated composer who has received multiple national and international commissions. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize.

The concert closes with Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, which was completed in 1873 after many years of work by Brahms. He sought to exhibit the same care as Mozart while composing his quartets, and he also sought to produce something worthy of performance in a genre widely dominated by Ludwig van Beethoven’s compositions. The work closes with a movement based on a Hungarian folk dance.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Complete program information for the March 20 concert is below.
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REPERTOIRE
Please note that previously announced repertoire has been updated:
MOZART: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
HARBISON: String Quartet No. 6 (co-commissioned by the Ariel Quartet with the generous support of Ann and Harry Santen)
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

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. Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Ariel Quartet Sponsors: Anonymous, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, and Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker

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CCM Mainstage Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and ‘Gianni Schicchi’

 CCM pairs two of Puccini’s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production on March 22-25.

CCM’s Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series presents a pair of operas with music by Giacomo Puccini and librettos by Giovacchino Forzano on March 22-25, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Suor Angelica‘s tragic story focuses on a young nun who is serving penance for conceiving an illegitimate child, while Gianni Schicchi is a comedic opera about a family who tries to alter a large inheritance to their favor.

CCM graduate students are directing each production; Meredith Kitz directs Suor Angelica, while Andreas Hager directs Gianni Schicchi. CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson conducts the opera double bill.

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi work well together because they are so different,” Hager says. “The former takes religion and social order very seriously, while the latter completely skewers the awful and rich Donati family. In Suor Angelica, God is the moral compass, but Gianni Schicchi is about flesh and desire, with both the good and bad urges in every human.”

The unique challenges of Gianni Schicchi are twofold, according to Hager; even though the opera is only about an hour long, it is vocally demanding of its leading singers, and those who play members of the Donati family music be completely coordinated with one another for long periods of time. In this way, the family acts as one large, nearly farcical character.

“We’re lucky at CCM to have students with the musical training to negotiate the complicated ensembles and the physical and mental stamina to execute precise comedic timing, often running around the stage at full speed — literally like chickens at one moment,” Hager says.

“The cast has been so supportive of each other, and they have been coming to rehearsal with a complete willingness to play. For me, that’s the essential ingredient to creating a Gianni Schicchi that is funny, moving and perhaps even a bit profound.”

Suor Angelica will last 1 hour and will be followed by a 15-minute intermission. Gianni Schicchi will last 1 hour.
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Creative Team:

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Meredith Kitz, director (Suor Angelica)*
  • Andreas Hager, director (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Theron Wineinger, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Rin Marie Schwob, hair and make-up designer*
  • Sidney Martin, props master*
  • Hankyu Lee, sound designer*
  • Chelsea D. Taylor, stage manager (Suor Angelica)*
  • Margo Leist, stage manager (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Ashley Trujilo, costume designer*
  • Marie-France Lefebvre, musical preparation

*CCM student

Cast Lists:
SUOR ANGELICA

  • Caitlin Gotimer*, Nicolette Book^ as Sister Angelica
  • Amber Fasquelle*, Karis Tucker^ as The Princess
  • Brenda Iglesias-Zarco as The Abbess
  • Briana Moynihan as The Monitress
  • Mia Athey as The Mistress of the Novices
  • Claire Lopatka*, Allison Anderson^ as Sister Genovieffa
  • Hannah Consenz as Sister Osmina
  • Madeline Jentsch as Sister Dolcina
  • Rebecca Printz as The Nursing Sister
  • Amber R. Monroe as Alms Sister 1
  • Victoria Okafor as Alms Sister 2
  • Amanda Olea as Novice
  • Yewoon Yeon as Lay Sister 1
  • Natalie Sheppard as Lay Sister 2
  • Mercer May Barton as Griffin

GIANNI SCHICCHI

  • Jonathan Stinson*, Samson McCrady^ as Gianni Schicchi
  • Teresa Perrotta*, Lisa Rogali^ as Lauretta
  • Brandon Scott Russell*, Chandler Johnson^ as Rinuccio
  • Rebecca Printz*, Abigail Hoyt^ as Zita
  • Dongwhi (Tony) Baek*, Tyler Jonson^ as Gherardo
  • Murrella Parton*, Amy Joy Stephens^ as Nella
  • Daniel Roger Lefebvre Chaitkin as Gherardino
  • John Siarris*, Antonio Cruz^ as Betto di Signa
  • Michael Hyatt as Simone
  • Zane Hill as Marco
  • Briana Moynihan as La Ciesca
  • Antonio Cruz*, John Siarris^ as Maestro Spinelloccio
  • Miles Wilson-Toliver as Ser Amantio di Nicolao
  • Joshua Cook as Pinellino
  • De’Ron McDaniel as Guccio

* Thursday, March 22 & Saturday, March 24
^ Friday, March 23 & Sunday, March 25

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

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/mainstage/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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Students rehearse for CCM's TRANSMIGRATION Festival. Photos by CCM Acting student Jabari Carter.

TRANSMIGRATION Festival of New Works Returns to CCM March 7-9

CCM Acting presents the annual Transmigration Festival March 7-9, 2018.

Tickets for the 10th Anniversary edition of CCM’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival become available at noon on Monday, March 5 through the CCM Box Office.

CCM presents six original works in the Acting Department’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival: Nightlight, Flipping Channels, Price of Admission, Powder Train, Everyman and Underneath Paoli, Arizona. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the annual festival runs March 7-9, 2018 throughout CCM Village.

TRANSMIGRATION gives CCM Acting students the freedom to produce an entirely new show from start to finish. The teams are tasked with writing, designing and producing a 30-minute piece of theatre all on their own. View the slideshow below for behind-the-scenes rehearsal images of this year’s festival:

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Co-produced by CCM Acting Chair Richard Hess and Professor Brant Russell, this unique festival has presented 60 original productions over the past 10 years. The shows are performed simultaneously and in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees may customize their personal theater-going experience by viewing up to four shows of their choice throughout the evening.
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NIGHTLIGHT
“There is always a light in the darkness.”
Featuring: Amanda Nelson, Rin Wallace, Chandler Hoffert, Will Clark, Gaby Medina, Ella Eggold, Mafer Del Real, Isaac Hickox-Young, Gema Ibarra
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
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UNDERNEATH PAOLI, ARIZONA
“10, 9, 8, 7…”
Featuring: Reid Robison, Trey Peterson, Sierra Coachman, Duncan Weinland, Jeremy Maislin, Jack Steiner, Jacqueline Daaleman, Kenzie Clark, Lauren Carter
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
*This production will involve an accessible, short audience “field trip.”
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FLIPPING CHANNELS
“Sit tight and turn up the volume for Molly the Traveler!”
Featuring: Canaan Bracey, Sydney Miles, Kayla Temshiv, Graham Lutes, Zoe Cotzias, Carter LaCava, Jabari Carter, Meg Olson, Olivia Passafiume, Dan DeGroh
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
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PRICE OF ADMISSION
“The Circus is Coming to Town!”
Featuring: Cameron Nalley, Olivia Buss, Lucas Prizant, Matt Fox, Chandler Bates, Sarah Durham, Nick Heffelfingers, Josh Reiter
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
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POWDER TRAIN
“Don’t worry too much, it’ll happen to you.”
Featuring: Carlee Coulehan, Frankie Chuter, Michelle Jardine, Briley Oakley, Abby Palen, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Landon Hawkins, Rupert Spraul
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
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EVERYMAN
“So God wants you to save humanity… What next?”
Featuring: Jason Pavlovich, Annie Jacques, Paige Jordan, Madison Pullman, Graham Rogers, Gabriella DiVincenzo, Carissa Cardy, James Egbert
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
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Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 9

Location
CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 5. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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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 Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

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CCM's production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" runs through March, 4, 2018. Photos by Mark Lyons.

Critics Praise CCM’s Production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

CCM’s Mainstage Production of  Jesus Christ Superstar continues Wednesday, Feb. 28 and runs through Sunday, March 4. Tickets are limited for the remaining performances, please call the CCM Box Office for ticket availability.

Local arts critics praised the opening weekend performances of the rock opera, which is based on the last week of Jesus’ life. The iconic rock score features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. CCM’s production is directed and choreographed by Diane Lala with musical direction by Roger Grodsky.

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“CCM’s mounting incorporates copious amount of dance, showcases the seemingly never-ending pool of talented performers and includes some impressively stark design elements,” writes Scott Cain of Talkin’ Broadway.

Cain adds that Bryce Baxter is “vocally stunning” as Jesus, and Jordan Miller “clearly communicates the torment and inner conflict” of Judas. “The entire hardworking ensemble deserves kudos for their dancing and vocal support throughout,” he writes. He also praises the scenic design by Matthew D. Hamel, the costumes by Ashley Berg and the lighting design by Erik McCandless.

“Like most CCM productions, between the phenomenal talent on stage and the incredible behind-the-scenes work from the technical students, you feel like you are seeing a Broadway show,” writes Anne Simendinger of The News Record. “It can be hard to believe the cast is comprised of college students.”

The roles of Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene are double cast in CCM’s production. The Sappy Critic Kirk Sheppard saw the musical twice so he could experience both sets of performers. He compliments Stavros Koumbaros‘ “solid singing voice and powerful physique” in his portrayal of Jesus, and Alex Stone‘s “exquisite vocal range” as well as his ability to express Judas’ “righteous anger and emotion.” Sheppard adds:

Ciara Alyse Harris and Keaton Whittaker both shine as Mary Magdalene, with such professionalism and heart.”

In her review for the League of Cincinnati Theatres, Laurel Humes declares: “From stunning dramatic images to outright comedy, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has staged a terrific production of Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Tickets for the remaining performances of Jesus Christ Superstar are extremely limited. Please call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for ticket availability.
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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

Creative Team

  • Diana Lala, director and choreographer
  • Roger Grodsky, musical director
  • Kevin Chlapecka, associate director and choreographer*
  • Matthew D. Hamel, scenic designer*
  • Erik McCandless, lighting designer*
  • Matt. D Birchmeier, sound designer*
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Berg, costume designer*
  • Meredith Keister, hair and make-up designer*
  • Kyle Birdsall, stage manager*
  • Levi Kiess and Mara Tunnicliff, prop masters*

*CCM student

The Company

  • Jesus – Bryce Baxter^, Stavros Koumbaros*
  • Judas – Jordan Miller^, Alex Stone*
  • Mary Magdalene – Keaton Whittaker^, Ciara Alyse Harris*
  • Simon Zealotes – Ej Dohring
  • Peter – Christopher Kelley
  • James – Daniel Marhelko
  • John – Donelvan Thigpen
  • Thaddeus – Ben Pimental
  • Thomas – Matt Copley
  • Andrew – Emily Ashton Meredith
  • Phillip – Areo Keller
  • Bartholomew/Priest 3 – Marissa Hecker
  • Matthew – Emily Royer
  • James, the lesser – Madelaine Vandenberg
  • Caiaphas – Gabe Wrobel
  • Annas – Madison Hagler
  • Pontius Pilate – Phillip Johnson-Richardson
  • King Herod – Derek Kastner
  • Priest 1 – Hank Von Kolnitz
  • Priest 2 – Nick Berninger
  • Ensemble – Andrew Alstat, Anya Murphy Axel, Aria Braswell, Michael Canu, Emily Celeste Fink, Kylie Goldstein, Joshua Johnson, Elijah King, Jenny Mollet, Kyle Pollak, Bryn Purvis, Erich Schleck, Ethan Zeph
  • Swings – Haley Holcomb, Quinn Surdez

^ Friday, Feb. 23; Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, March 1; Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 4
* Thursday, Feb. 22; Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 25; Wednesday, Feb. 28; Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 2
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets for the remaining performances of Jesus Christ Superstar are extremely limited. Please call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for ticket availability.

Tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $25, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

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 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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Grammy-Winning Jazz Artist Leads CCM’s Benny Goodman Tribute Concert

Two-time Grammy Award winner Loren Schoenberg guest conducts the CCM Jazz Orchestra in a special program dedicated to the music of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing.”

Two-time Grammy Award winner Loren Schoenberg guest conducts the CCM Jazz Orchestra in a special program dedicated to the music of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing.”

The CCM Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to a legendary jazz clarinetist and bandleader in its next concert, Let’s Dance: The Music of Benny Goodman, King of Swing at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Corbett Auditorium. Two-time Grammy Award-winner Loren Schoenberg guest conducts the concert, which features National Endowment for the Arts Award recipient and guest soloist Frank Glover on clarinet.

With music direction from CCM Jazz Professor Steve Allee, the performance showcases some of the swinging works that were performed in what many call “the most important jazz concert in history” — Goodman’s 1938 concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Goodman’s orchestra was one of the first to perform jazz at the famed music hall, and the performance helped establish the big band sound firmly in the popular consciousness of America. The 1938 concert also featured stars of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras.

CCM’s Prestige Series performance includes jazz standards One O’clock Jump, Don’t Be That Way, Sometimes I’m Happy, Blue Skies and Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) — which served as the climactic piece of the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Goodman’s recording of Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.

Tickets are on sale now for the concert; for ticketing information visit the CCM Box Office or refer to the event information below.
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Repertoire To Be Selected From:
PRIMA: Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing), arr. Jimmy Mundy
MORTON: King Porter Stomp, arr. Fletcher Henderson
YOUMANS/CAESAR: Sometimes I’m Happy
WALLER: Stealin’ Apples, arr. Fletcher Henderson
RODGER/HART: Blue Room, arr. Fletcher Henderson
BASIE: One O’clock Jump
GOODMAN: Swingtime In The Rockies, arr. James Mundy
SAMPSON: Don’t Be That Way, arr. Jeff Hest
BERLIN: Blue Skies
JAMES: Life Goes to A Party
CARISI: The Bulgar and Other Balkan Type Inventions
SAUTER: Benny Rides Again
LOESSER: Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
DAMERON: Moon from the East

Performance Time
7 p.m. March 4, 2018

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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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Dance Students Debut New Moves in CCM’s Choreographer Showcase

Student Choreographers Showcase

CCM Dance students present original choreography in the annual Student Choreographer Showcase on March 1-3, 2018 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 26 through the CCM Box Office.

The Choreographer Showcase is directed by Assistant Professor of Dance André Megerdichian and presents an exciting mixed bill of choreography from classical ballet to contemporary dance. The featured student choreographers are Molly-Grace Lewis, Brenna Sweeny, Hope Friedman, Amelia Harris, Alexandria Wright, Hannah Holtsclaw and Erin Donnelly.

Students are reimagining what can be done on point shoes and are commissioning original music for their choreography, Megerdichian says. They have collaborated with CCM set and lighting designers and are “pushing the boundaries of expected norms.”

“The works are bold, imaginative and incredibly moving,” Megerdichian adds. “The sheer variety of work combined and their emotional resonance will keep audiences at the edge of their seats. It’s a beautiful show.”
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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 2
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 26. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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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Featured image by Will Brenner.
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The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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