CCM performance photography by UC Photojournalism major Lauren Kremer.

CCM Announces Spring 2016 Calendar of Major Events

CCM is delighted to announce its spring schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM proudly presents 120 major public performances, lectures and showcases from Jan. 12 through May 7, 2016.

This spring’s lineup of major events includes faculty and guest artist concerts, fully supported theatrical productions, guest lectures and much more!

CCM also introduces a new addition to its concert offerings this spring: a collaboration with the national hunger relief initiative Music for Food to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Join us on Feb. 28 and April 3 for the inaugural benefit performances coordinated by the Ariel Quartet and members of our Voice and Opera faculty. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation and enjoy a musical feast!

The cover to CCM's Spring 2016 Calendar of Events.

Download CCM’s Spring 2016 Calendar of Events now.

You can learn more about CCM’s spring schedule of performing and media arts events by referring to the list below or picking up a Spring 2016 Calendar of Major Events at the CCM Box Office.

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

View a digital copy of CCM’s Spring 2016 Calendar of Major Events below or click on the image to the right to download a copy of our latest calendar booklet.

Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information.

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

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise, tickets to CCM performances can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online 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 new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

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

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CCM SPRING 2016 CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS

JANUARY

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
• Faculty Artist Series •
Alan Rafferty, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano

CCM piano faculty member Sandra Rivers joins Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist and fellow faculty member Alan Rafferty to kick off the CSO’s two-year Brahms Fest. Johannes Brahms was composing music at the same time Cincinnati was being settled. This performance of the composer’s rich works for cello and piano sets the stage for the city-wide festival honoring the German roots of Cincinnati, and connecting Brahms’ music to the romance and intrigue of the architectural treasures of our city.  
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15
BOOM!
CCM Lighting Technology II Course Project

Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular creations of CCM’s talented stage lighting, technical production and audio students as they come together to present performance art of robotic lighting and technical systems integration in this once-every-two-year event!
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE, but seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17
• Faculty Artist Series •
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PAT LINHART?
Patricia Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
Luke Dumm, cello
Assisted by Musical Theatre seniors Hannah Kornfeld and Samantha Pollino

You’ve come to expect the unexpected from Pat and Julie. This year is no different! Join us for an afternoon of great fun and music from across the musical spectrum…and – of course – party favors!
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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CCM's 'Moveable Feast' benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016!

CCM’s ‘Moveable Feast’ benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016!

6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
“MOVEABLE FEAST” BENEFIT EVENT

Experience the unparalleled magic of CCM Village as you sample performances by our “stars of tomorrow.” Create your own menu and timetable of artistic selections, including jazz, musical theatre, piano, opera, drama, dance, choral, orchestra, E-media video productions and much more! Your ticket will help the Friends of CCM continue to support the hopes and dreams of CCM students through student travel funds and scholarships.
Location:
 CCM Village
Tickets:
 Special ticket prices and limited seating. For more information, contact CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.

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10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 (Viewing only)
6 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 (Gala Showing)
THE TD&P 2016 PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE

Come see the spectacular work of CCM’s talented senior and master’s Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) students as they highlight their portfolios, websites and designs in this once-a-year event!
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater – Backstage Entrance
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
• Faculty Artist Series •
Nathan Nabb, saxophone
Chialing Hsieh, piano

FRANCK/arr. FOURMEAU: Violin Sonata in A Major
ALBRIGHT: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer joins CCM's Ariel Quartet on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

Acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer joins CCM’s Ariel Quartet on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist David Krakauer, clarinet

Named quartet-in-residence at CCM in 2012, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. After the success of the ensemble’s initial appointment, CCM has extended the Ariel Quartet’s residency through 2022… and that new era continues with this concert, complete with a guest appearance by famed clarinetist David Krakauer!
DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
WEBERN: Sechs Bagatellen, Op. 9
GOLIJOV: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
Feat. David Krakauer, clarinet
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of Anonymous, Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.

Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artist

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2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
ORCHESTRATIONAL SCENARIOS IN THE MUSIC OF SIBELIUS
Blair Johnston, Indiana University

Orchestration—and, with it, the roles that timbre plays in musical rhetoric, expressive trajectories, and the choices made by performers—deserves more attention from scholars than it has received. In an ongoing project, Blair Johnston is examining the rich ways that orchestrational choices in post-Romantic symphonic works interact with the “structures” described by more conventional music analysis, an area that features music-theoretic vocabularies that do not always allow for easy discussion of certain dimensions of sound—in broad terms, its shapes, its colors, its densities—that are especially essential in music from this era. This talk will explore this through the use of late symphonic works by Sibelius (excerpts from the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Symphonies and Tapiola), music in which complex approaches to musical form and material are fused to a highly individual orchestrational language—indeed, music in which there may be almost no line between form, material and timbre.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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CCM Assistant Professor Amy Johnson in Arizona Opera’s production of 'Salome.' Photography by Tim Fuller.

CCM Assistant Professor Amy Johnson in Arizona Opera’s production of ‘Salome.’ Photography by Tim Fuller.

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE IN OPERA: RICHARD STRAUSS’ SALOME (1905)
CCM Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artists Amy Johnson, Kenneth Shaw and Tom Baresel, guest artists Elizabeth Bishop and Allan Glassman, and student soloists
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Emma Griffin, stage director
The capstone of CCM’s festival celebrating “The Great Decade,” Richard Strauss’ 1905 masterpiece Salome represents the epitome of pre-World War I decadence, opulence and extravagance. An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s controversial stage work of the same name, this staging is an hour and a half of irresistible drama and ecstatic hyper-romanticism. It is a must see for opera fans, theatre enthusiasts and lovers of massive orchestral sound.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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CCM's Steel Drum Band, performing at the annual Moveable Feast event; directed by Professor Russell Burge. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band, performing at the annual Moveable Feast event; directed by Professor Russell Burge. Photography by Dottie Stover.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30
• Percussion Series •
A TRIP TO TRINIDAD AND BACK
CCM Steel Drum Band
Russell Burge, director

CCM’s Steel Drum Band presents an evening of the traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
Featuring the Torrential Saxophone Quartet

Featuring Philip Glass’ Glassworks and original works by CCM Composition students.
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31
• Jazz Series •
THE COMET’S TAIL: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL BRECKER
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

One of the most influential saxophonists and composers of the last half of the 20th century, Michael Brecker’s music runs the gamut from straight ahead to funk and beyond. Also featuring exciting original new works from CCM students, alumni and today’s hottest writers.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

FEBRUARY

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2
• Orchestra Series •
ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
Featuring a new work by CCM student composer Xian Wang along with classic works from European composers!
WANG: New work TBA
Winner of the CCM Composition Competition
BARTÓK: Viola Concerto
HINDEMITH: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4
• Winds Series •
MASTERWORKS
CCM Wind Orchestra & Wind Ensemble
Glenn D. Price and Angela Holt, music directors and conductors
Featuring guest artist Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

J. S. BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
SCHWANTNER: …and the mountains rising nowhere
IVES: Variations on “America”
Feat. Craig Kirchhoff
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8
• Faculty Artist Series •
Piotr Milewski, violin
Donna Loewy, piano

J. S. BACH: Adagio and Fugue in G Minor”(from Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Meditation, Op. 42, No. 1
BRAHMS/JOACHIM: Hungarian Dance, WoO 1, No. 6
YSAŸE: Sonata, Op. 27, No. 6
WIENIAWSKI: Legende, Op. 17
LIPINSKI/MILEWSKI: Polonaise, Op. 7
PAGANINI: I Palpiti, Op. 13
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Associate Dean R. Terrell Finney directs this beloved classic by Eugene O'Neill.

Associate Dean R. Terrell Finney directs this beloved classic by Eugene O’Neill.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
• Mainstage Drama Series •
AH, WILDERNESS!

Written by Eugene O’Neill
R. Terrell Finney, director

Set in an idyllic Connecticut town during the Fourth of July weekend of 1906, Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! offers a tender portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains and young love. Described as “a breath of fresh air” and “vividly alive” by the New York Post and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival in both 1989 and 1998, this charming comedy is directed by CCM Professor Emeritus R. Terrell Finney.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
• Choral Series •
HONEGGER’S JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE AND VERDI’S OVERTURE FROM GIOVANNA D’ARCO
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir and Chorale; UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses; and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Earl Rivers, conductor
Marcus Shields, stage director

CCM showcases the American university premiere of a staged concert production of Arthur Honegger’s 1938 Joan of Arc at the Stake (Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher), featuring Joan of Arc in the final moments of her life, with flashbacks to her trial and younger days. Actors, soloists, choristers and children play and sing multifaceted roles in Honegger’s borderline opera and oratorio of classical, popular and jazz styles. This program also features the Overture to Verdi’s take on the Joan of Arc story: 1845’s Giovanna d’Arco.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

Performance Sponsor: Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Foundation

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

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

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
• Faculty Artist Series •
SONGS OF LOVE AND DEVOTION
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Donna Loewy, piano

DALBY: Excerpts from A Muse of Love
HOEKMAN: For the Most Improbable She
PREVIN: Is it for now?
MUSTO: Echo
BRAHMS: Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 57
CAPLET: Trois Poèmes de G. Jean-Aubry
ROYEN: Farewell Love
FAITH: If I were
HENNESSEY: I’ll Love You
GENDEL: Variation on a Lennon and McCartney Song
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Assistant Professor Craig Bailey and the CCM Jazz Lab Band.

Assistant Professor Craig Bailey and the CCM Jazz Lab Band.

7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
• Jazz Series •
THE GREAT JAZZ SAXOPHONE COMPOSERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, conductor

Featuring music of artists such as Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and Oliver Nelson, a chosen few who have influenced generations of jazz performers and composers through their playing AND composing.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15
• Faculty Artist Series •
Kurt Sassmannshaus, violin
Rohan DeSilva, piano
Featuring Gyuhyun Han, violin; Boyun Li, viola; and Christoph Sassmannshaus, cello

BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
DEBUSSY: Sonata in G Minor, L 140
DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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6 p.m. Tuesday, February 16
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra & Jazz Explosion
Jennifer Grantham and Matthew Holt, directors

The area’s most talented high school and middle school jazz musicians.
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
  FREE

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CCM's famed Faculty Jazztet.

CCM’s famed Faculty Jazztet.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
• Faculty Artist Series •
CCM FACULTY JAZZTET

CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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UPDATE: Percussion Group Cincinnati’s Feb. 19 has been canceled.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19

• Faculty Artist Series •
PERCUSSION GROUP CINCINNATI

CCM faculty artists Allen Otte, Russell Burge and James Culley present an exciting concert featuring their own arrangement of Stockhausen’s Twelve Signs of the Zodiac as well as CCM alum Mark Saya’s new piece From the Book of Imaginary Beings.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
• Studio Opera Series •
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO  

Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa
Avishai Shalom, conductor
Frances Rabalais, director

A brilliant one-act operatic farce based upon the play Le fils par hasard, ou ruse et folie by Alissan de Chazet and E.T.M. Ourry, Il signor Bruschino features the traditional hallmarks of opera buffa: mistaken identity, star-crossed lovers, betrothed confusion and an ending that ties up all the loose ends. Relax your mind and enjoy a playful romp in a French castle!
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 15. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
• Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society Concert •
2016 CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Join us as we usher in the “Year of the Monkey” at our annual Chinese New Year concert! CCM Philharmonia principal cellist Yijia Fang is featured as soloist in the classic Butterfly Lovers Concerto.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 Contact the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society at 513-254-9402 or 513-328-8921 to order tickets.

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Professor Timothy Northcut and the CCM Brass Choir.

Professor Timothy Northcut and the CCM Brass Choir.

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director

CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections, featuring Peter Graham’s On the Shoulders of Giants.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Composition Department Recital
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
MUSIC INHERITANCE AND HEREDITARY MUSICIANS: INDIA TODAY, THE WEST IN THE PAST
Daniel Neuman, University of California at Los Angeles

In this talk, Daniel Neuman considers the role of hereditary musicians in India in the recent past as well as today, as they become increasingly rare in the Hindustani classical music world. Some comparative gestures to Western classical music (and in particular J.S. Bach) highlight the important roles that genealogy, pedigree and biography play as different kinds of authentication markers and historical sources in each classical music practice.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
• Orchestra Series •
PROKOFIEV AND SHOSTAKOVICH
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

PROKOFIEV: Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto TBA
Featuring the winner of the CCM Violin Competition
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission: 
FREE

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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
• Jazz Series •
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT

CCM is honored to host its first annual “Essentially Ellington Festival” (sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center)—a daylong event featuring the region’s top high school jazz ensembles. The gala concert will feature the competition’s Outstanding Ensemble winner as the opening act, with the CCM Jazz Orchestra following with a performance featuring a very special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Logo for "Music for Food" initiative.4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28
MUSIC FOR FOOD – CCM BENEFIT CONCERT
The Ariel Quartet, Lydia Brown and Gwen Coleman Detwiler, series coordinators
CCM presents an exciting new chamber music 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.

MARCH

8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet

Praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “consummate musicianship” and the New York Times for its “gift for filling the pristine structures of Classicism with fire,” the Ariel Quartet concludes its fourth concert series at CCM with works by a trio of heavyweight composers!
HAYDN: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
BRAHMS: String Quartet, Op. 51, No. 2
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of Anonymous, Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.

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8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1
• Guest Artist Series •
Erinn Frechette, flute

Flutist Erinn Frechette of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra joins us for an evening of delightful music!
Location: 
Watson Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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From left to right, recent CCM graduates Eric Geil, Thomas Knapp, Dallas Padoven and Nate Irvin rehearsing 'Holiday' from 'American Idiot.'

From left to right, recent CCM graduates Eric Geil, Thomas Knapp, Dallas Padoven and Nate Irvin rehearsing ‘Holiday’ from ‘American Idiot.’

8 p.m. Thursday, March 3
8 p.m. Friday, March 4
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5
2 p.m. Sunday, March 6
8 p.m. Thursday, March 10
8 p.m. Friday, March 11
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12
2 p.m. Sunday, March 13
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
AMERICAN IDIOT

Book and lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Michael Mayer
Music and lyrics by Green Day
Aubrey Berg, director
Steve Goers, musical director
Samantha Pollino, choreographer

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths diverge when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot features minimal dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line. This production contains mature subject matter, including references to drug use, sexual content and profanity.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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8 p.m. Thursday, March 3
8 p.m. Friday, March 4
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE
Andre Megerdichian, director

Come experience the next generation of emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors take the stage with exciting and diverse new works.
Location:
 Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 29. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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5 p.m. Saturday, March 5
• Starling Series •
Starling Showcase
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

CCM’s finest violin soloists from college and pre-college appear in performances with orchestra.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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4 p.m. Sunday, March 6
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

SAINT-SAËNS: Carnival of the Animals
VAN OTTERLOO: Sinfonietta
HINDEMITH: Kammermusik
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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NEW ADDITION
6 p.m. Sunday, March 6
• Guest Artist Series •
The U.S. Army Ground Forces Band’s “Forscom Four” Clarinet Quartet
The Army Ground Forces Band’s Clarinet Quartet performs works by Bernstein, Farrenc, Sayers and more.
Location: 3250 Mary Emery Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, March 6
• Jazz Series •
SWING, SWING, SWING!!
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to jump, jive and wail to the classic big band hit parade of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James and many more!
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

This concert is dedicated in memory of Lincoln “Link” Wendell Pavey, a long-standing CCM jazz supporter.

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TRANSMIGRATION, CCM Drama's festival of student-created new works.

TRANSMIGRATION, CCM Drama’s festival of student-created new works.

7 p.m. Thursday, March 10
7 p.m. Friday, March 11
7 p.m. Saturday, March 12
• Studio Drama Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2016
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess, coordinator
Brant Russell, producer

TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the acting students in CCM Drama. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. “Thanks to the drama program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender, “theater fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality.”
Location:
 Various locations throughout CCM Village
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 7. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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UPDATE: Brian Kane’s March 11 lecture has been canceled.
2:30 p.m. Friday, March 11
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
HEARING DOUBLE: JAZZ AND ONTOLOGY
Brian Kane, Yale University

Philosophers have often considered the ontology of music, worrying over the relation between works, scores and performances. Yet, surprisingly, jazz has not received the same consideration, even though jazz—where performances of works such as “standards” vary widely in their properties—represents an even more challenging ontological problem than found in classical music. In this talk, Brian Kane will argue for a non-essentialist, network-based ontology of jazz standards. This argument will depend on two basic operations—chains of replication and chains of nomination—that together provide a robust basis for judgments concerning a performance’s identity and individuation. Also, just as jazz is an exemplification of a network-based ontology of music, Kane will try to draw out some wider implications for the ontology of music more generally.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, March 11
• Orchestra Series •
AMERICAN VOICES XVIII
CCM Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artist James Bunte, soprano saxophone
Also featuring recent music of faculty composer Douglas Knehans
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

CCM presents the world premiere of a new symphony by faculty artist Douglas Knehans, along with the exhilarating soprano saxophone concerto by Jennifer Hidgon and “Cruel Sister” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.
KNEHANS: Unfinished Earth
HIGDON: Soprano Sax Concerto
James Bunte, soloist
WOLFE: Cruel Sister
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Friday, March 11
8 p.m. Saturday, March 12
2 p.m. Sunday, March 13
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
MARIA STUARDA

Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giuseppe Bardari
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Amy Johnson, stage director
Kenneth Shaw, co-producer

One of the hallmarks of bel canto opera, Maria Stuarda is a story of intrigue, confrontation and tragedy loosely based upon the lives of Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart) and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I.
Location:
 Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 7. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12
OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

Hear tomorrow’s opera stars today as CCM hosts its prestigious national competition, featuring current and new students vying for tuition scholarships and cash awards.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 FREE

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CCM ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children's Choir.

CCM ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir.

4 p.m. Sunday, March 13
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
TAPESTRY OF VOICES
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

The CCM resident choirs of the award winning, internationally celebrated Cincinnati Children’s Choir will premiere new works in recognition of their 23rd season.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15
• Winds Series •
THE MUSIC OF EUROPE
CCM Wind Orchestra
Featuring guest artist George Carpten, trumpet
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

STRAUSS: Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare
SWEELINCK: Variations on “Mein junges Leben hat ein End”
STRENS: Danse Funambulesque
PÜTZ: Trumpet Concerto
LUKAS: Musica Boema
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16
• Winds Series •
A SPRING POTPOURRI
CCM Wind Ensemble
Featuring the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble with music director and conductor Ann Porter
Angela Holt, music director and conductor

Spring is in the air! Join the CCM Wind Ensemble and CYWE as they collaborate for a concert assortment of musical sounds and colors.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission: 
FREE

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NEW ADDITION
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16
• Guest Artist Series •
The U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” Woodwind Quintet
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Thursday, March 17
THE MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
A Friends of CCM Benefit
Created and performed by the Class of 2016 in Musical Theatre

The Friends of CCM invite you to see our musical theatre stars of tomorrow in action at the 24th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2016 prior to their 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 prices and limited seating. For more information, contact CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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2 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 18
THE DRAMA SENIOR SHOWCASE

Enjoy the talents of the CCM Drama Class of 2016 in their exciting industry showcase prior to their professional debuts in New York and Los Angeles. The performance will be followed by the 13th annual DOLLY awards (recognizing excellence in the 2015-16 Drama Season) as well as a reception in the Baur Room.
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
 FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, March 18
• Orchestra Series •
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director

Featuring the winners of the CCM Composition Competition.
Location:
 Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 FREE

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4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19
THE MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Created and performed by the Class of 2016 in Musical Theatre

Our musical theatre stars of tomorrow in action at the 24th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2016 prior to their New York City debut.
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 14. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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NEW ADDITION
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
Caroline Hong, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
SONIC EXPLORATIONS
Mara Helmuth, music director

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

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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30
• Choral Series •
UC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHORUSES
Christopher Albanese and Alex Sutton, conductors

Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz works. The program will include a newly commissioned work from Daniel Elder titled The Brightest Heaven (with texts from Shakespeare’s Henry V) and highlights from the UC Choruses Spring Break Tour to Washington, D.C., featuring masterpieces by Bernstein, Dickau, Barber, Miller, Belen, Gibbs, Lang, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi, DeCormier, Nelson, Burchard, Sperry and Thompson.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE

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NEW ADDITION
7 p.m. Thursday, March 31
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
J.S. BACH: THE COMPLETE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER BOOK II
CCM Student Pianists
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

APRIL

2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
SENSIBILITY TRIUMPHANT: C. P. E. BACH AND THE ART OF FEELING
Annette Richards, Cornell University

In Goethe’s Triumph der Empfindsamkeit (1777), sensibility, feeling and sympathy are brutally exposed as trivial obsessions with postures and props. Excess, bad taste and poor behavior are the focus of Goethe’s hilarious critique of the craze unleashed by his own Sorrows of Young Werther. Embodied in this strange and funny text is satire aimed not only at the cult of Empfindsamkeit and at the works of the artist himself, but also at the conspicuous blurring of public and private spheres, the untoward exposure of personal proclivities and private feeling. Given the ubiquitous textbook designation of C. P. E. Bach as the architect of the ‘Empfindsamer Stil’ in music, Dr. Annette Richards takes another look at what ‘Empfindsamkeit’ might mean, especially for the composer’s late keyboard works. By examining this music (along with then-contemporary views on humor, satire and other cultural elements), the audience may have to reconsider Bach’s own claims about the competing aesthetics of public and private music.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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Logo for "Music for Food" initiative.4 p.m. Sunday, April 3
MUSIC FOR FOOD – CCM BENEFIT CONCERT
The Ariel Quartet, Lydia Brown and Gwen Coleman Detwiler, series coordinators

CCM presents an exciting new chamber music 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.

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 3
• Piano Series •
PIANO-POW-LOOZA: STUDENT SHOWCASE
Andy Villemez and Sophie Wang, music curators

Come hear an all-star evening of performances by some of CCM’s most spectacular student pianists. Selected from CCM’s nearly 100 piano majors, these young artists will provide witty repartee and stunning performances, triumphantly helping us conclude a week of special events in our annual Bearcat Piano Festival!
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director

Featuring solos, duos, trios and quartets by CCM’s classical guitar majors.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, April 7
8 p.m. Friday, April 8
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
LYSISTRATA JONES

Lyrics and Music by Lewis Flinn
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Emma Griffin, director
Danny White, musical director
Patti James, choreographer

The Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop “giving it up” to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end. Adapted from Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy, Lysistrata Jones takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are.
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 4. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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8 p.m. Friday, April 8
8 p.m. Saturday, April 9
2 p.m. Sunday, April 10
• Mainstage Opera Series •
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

Composed by Leoš Janáček
Libretto by Leoš Janáček (after Rudolf Tesnohlídek)
Mark Gibson, conductor
Vince DeGeorge, director

Based on the famous 1920s Czech comic strip and newspaper serial, The Cunning Little Vixen is Leoš Janáček’s symphonic celebration of the diversity and interdependence of all life. The opera, focusing on the lives of an aging Forester and an adventurous Vixen, tells the story of humans living long lives of quiet desperation along side animals interacting with each other in brutal harmony. It is a playful and heartbreaking tale of how life unfolds before us, circles around and reveals itself to be nothing more, nothing less, than a million little miracles. Sung in English, in a new singing translation by CCM Professor Emeritus David Adams.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 10
• Jazz & Orchestra Series •
CHARLIE PARKER WITH STRINGS

CCM Jazz Orchestra and Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung and Craig Bailey, conductors

Our annual collaboration between Jazz and Orchestra! Join us for an exciting night of orchestral jazz featuring music from the classic album Charlie Parker with Strings.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 10
• Winds Series •
CONDUCTOR’S CHOICE
CCM Chamber Winds
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

Prof. Glenn Price journeys into his library of wind works to find some of his favorites to share!
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, April 11
Composition Department Recital
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12
• Winds Series •
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, music director and conductor

This is your opportunity to hear the creative minds of CCM’s composition students debut a variety of new music with help from the CCM Wind Ensemble – you will not want to miss out!
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
• Winds Series •
SKETCHES
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

ZUK: Scherzo
TULL: Sketches on a Tudor Psalm
Feat. the winner of the CCM Wind Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition
MASLANKA: Give Us This Day
VALENCIA: Suite Colombiana No. 2
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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2:30 p.m. Friday, April 15
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
DOMENICO SCARLATTI, ESCAPE ARTIST: SIGHTINGS OF HIS “MIXED STYLE” TOWARDS THE END OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Janet Schmalfeldt, Boston University
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, April 15
Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music director

The CCM Percussion Ensemble presents a variety of modern chamber compositions from established composers such as Frederick Rzewski and Stuart Saunders Smith, as well as CCM student composers Hangrui Zhang, Nate May and Evan Williams.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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3 p.m. Sunday, April 17
• Jazz and Choral Series •
WYNTON MARSALIS’ ABYSSINIAN MASS: A GOSPEL CELEBRATION
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Chorale and Central State University Gospel Choir
Scott Belck, Brett Scott and Jeremy Winston, directors
Featuring guest artist Damien Sneed, conductor

Commissioned to celebrate the 2008 bicentennial of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, Marsalis’ Mass is a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentals and vocals with “hand-clappin’” and “tambourine-slappin’,” reflecting the form of the African American church service.
Location: 
Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artists

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4 p.m. Sunday, April 17
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

STRAVINSKY: L’histoire du soldat
PINKHAM: Music for an Indian Summer
LIGETI: Chamber Concerto
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 17
Classical Guitar Chamber Music
Clare Callahan, music director

An evening of music for guitar with cello, violin, voice and other combinations.
Location: 
Watson Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, April 18
STAR QUALITY
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director

CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections. This concert features brass students as soloists.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20
• Orchestra Series •
CAFÉ MOMUS PRESENTS THE 2016 CCM ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director

This public reading by the CCM Philharmonia features new works by CCM students. The winning composer will write a new work for the 2016-17 CCM Orchestra Series.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, April 21
8 p.m. Friday, April 22
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23
• Studio Drama Series •
VERY DUMB KIDS
(formerly THE GREAT MAJORITY)
Written by Gracie Gardner
Brant Russell, director

Join us for a staged reading of an in-process play by rising New York star Gracie Gardner. Sarah Nehal was murdered while working as a correspondent in New Delhi while her college friends were at home in the U.S. watching TV on the internet and peddling their esoteric skill sets. One year after her funeral, the friends meet for their annual Fourth of July reunion. The play explores entitlement and how its effects are visited upon the disenfranchised as well as the privileged. But it’s also about empowerment. How do we live responsibly in an irresponsible universe? Join CCM Drama as we embark on a new play commissioning initiative: plays that speak to the unique experience that is being young in America; plays that are written for and about our students; plays that will go on to be produced by educational institutions and professional theatre companies all over the country; plays that will involve a new generation of artists and audiences. And you’ll be able to say you were there when it all started.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 18. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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The CCM Ballet Ensemble presents 'Swan Lake.' Photography by Rene Micheo.

The CCM Ballet Ensemble presents ‘Swan Lake.’ Photography by Rene Micheo.

8 p.m. Friday, April 22
8 p.m. Saturday, April 23
2 p.m. Sunday, April 24
• Mainstage Dance Series •
SWAN LAKE

Composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Jiang Qi and Deirdre Carberry, co-directors
Aik Khai Pung, conductor

Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet about love and magic returns to CCM in a fully staged spectacle! The young Prince Siegfried, disinterested in the potential wives that his mother has picked for him, heads into the woods to hunt one night and comes across a beautiful swan… who then turns into the maiden Odette! She tells him of the curse she and others have been placed under by the evil knight Rothbart, forcing them to become swans by day and human by night. Siegfried instantly falls in love, but will he and Odette be able to overcome the curse, or will Rothbart succeed in keeping his enchantment intact?
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students.

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

Sponsors: Rosemary & Mark Schlachter, Teri Jory & Seth Geiger and Graeter’s

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7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23
• Choral Series •
MUSIC OF THE BARD IV – 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF SHAKESPEARE
CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Drama Department

CCM’s Department of Choral Studies culminates its two-year Shakespeare Quadricentennial, honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing (April 23, 1616). The Chamber Choir performs music on Shakespeare texts with scenes presented actors from CCM’s Department of Drama. Featured are premieres of newly commissioned choral works on Shakespeare texts by American composers Ola Gjeilo, Dominick DiOrio, and Jake Runestad.
Location: 
Knox Presbyterian Church, Michigan and Observatory Avenues, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Admission: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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The Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble.

The Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble.

7 p.m. Monday, April 25
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble & Jr. Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter and Jim Daughters, conductors

The area’s most talented middle and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Brian Diller, music director and conductor

Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
• CCM Preparatory Department •
CCM Prep Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director

The area’s finest young brass musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for brass choir.
Location:
 Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
 FREE

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7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30
• CCM Preparatory Department •
SPRING YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
CCM Preparatory Ballet Company
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director

The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adults, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty. 
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

MAY

2 & 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CELEBRATE YOUTH!
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

Celebrate spring and 23 years of choral artistry with the 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, CCM Resident Choirs and Satellite Choirs.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Thursday, May 5
7 p.m. Friday, May 6
3 p.m. Saturday, May 7
• CCM Preparatory Department •
MARY POPPINS, JR.

CCM’S Junior Musical Theatre Intensive Program
Dee Anne Bryll, director
Rebecca Childs, musical director

CCM Preparatory Department’s Junior Musical Theatre Program is proud to be included in a select group of pilot productions of Mary Poppins, Jr. Join the talented young actors ages 9–15 as they perform this “practically perfect” one-act version of the award winning musical. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, this is a musical treat for the entire family.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Saturday, May 7
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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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 Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

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

ArtsWave
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

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

Anonymous
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

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

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor

Rosemary & Mark Schlachter
Teri Jory & Seth Geiger
Graeter’s

Swan Lake Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Friends of CCM
The CCM Harmony Fund:  Challenging Hate and
Prejudice through Performing Arts

Event Sponsors

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, 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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Header for CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program.

The Application Deadline is Approaching for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship!

Time is running out to apply for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship! The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra are accepting applications for the inaugural class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows through Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015!

Study at the UC College-Conservatory of Music.Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this one-of-a-kind program provides an unparalleled learning experience for violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music.

Fellows receive full tuition scholarship support while earning a Master of Music or Artist Diploma degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.Fellows perform the equivalent of five weeks per season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Each fellow receives compensation of $8,000 per season while performing with the CSO.

Fellows receive a $10,000 per year graduate stipend and one-time Graduate School Dean’s Excellence Award of $3,000 from CCM.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. For application and audition requirements, visit us at ccm.uc.edu/chance2perform.

Apply online now at ccm.uc.edu/admissions/application/gradapplication.

Questions? Email us at ccmadmis@uc.edu.

CCM News
CCM's Steinways. Photography by Jay Yocis.

CCM Welcomes Award-Winning Pianists Dror Biran and Ran Dank to Keyboard Studies Faculty

Dean Peter Landgren has announced two new additions to CCM’s already-illustrious roster of piano faculty members. Acclaimed performers and pedagogues Dror Biran and Ran Dank have both been appointed to full-time faculty positions with CCM’s Division of Keyboard Studies.

“Both men have distinguished themselves internationally through numerous competition wins,” Landgren commented. “Their impressive artistry coupled with their vast teaching experience will make them excellent additions to our already exceptional piano faculty.”

Incoming CCM faculty member Dror Biran.

Incoming CCM faculty member Dror Biran.

Dror Biran’s playing has been described as “powerful, but also beautifully sensitive,” by Die Bleed magazine. He is winner of the top prizes at the M.K. Ciurlionis International Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (where he also received a special prize for best performance of works by Chopin), along with other competitions in Spain, Israel and the US.

Biran joins CCM as Associate Professor of Piano in August 2016 after serving as Visiting Adjunct Professor of Piano during the 2015-16 academic year. A graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory and Tel-Aviv University in Israel, Biran holds a Doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. A native Israeli, he has been the recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for Distinguished Musicians.

Incoming CCM faculty member Ran Dank.

Incoming CCM faculty member Ran Dank.

Described as, “a strong player with technique and imagination,” by the New York Times, Ran Dank has received numerous awards, including a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009. He is a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition, the Sydney International Piano Competition and was First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Dank joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Piano in August of 2016 after serving as the Director of Piano Studies at the College of Charleston. He holds degrees from Tel Aviv University in his native Israel, as well as Master’s and Artist Diploma degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City. Dank joins his wife, Soyeon Kate Lee, who became a member of CCM’s faculty in August of 2014.

“In my opinion,” Landgren added, “the hires of Dror Biran and Ran Dank will continue to strengthen CCM’s status as a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts in the US, while also enhancing our global reputation as a leader in arts education.”

Please join us in welcoming Dror Biran and Ran Dank to the CCM family! You can learn more about both pianists below.

About Dror Biran
Dror Biran has been described by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier as “mesmerizing in the intensity and emotionalism of his playing. His fingering in the fast passages was breathtaking, and the loving care he gave to the sweetly lyrical passages was riveting.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer added, “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively… he has technique to burn and uses it effectively.” Biran’s superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

Born in Israel, Biran is a top prizewinner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lily Dorfman, as well as the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Professor Arie Vardi. Biran received his Doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro.

Biran won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. His honors include the first prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), first prize at the Israeli Rubin Academy Piano Competition (1998) and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition (2000). Biran has been a recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Mester, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to the United States, Israel and South America, along with Eastern and Western Europe.

As a chamber musician Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as Carmel and Aviv String Quartets. He has also performed with members of the Cleveland Orchestra in different venues. His concerts have been broadcast by WUOL, WCLV, WQXR, The Voice of Music – Israel and Classic FM South Africa, among others. Biran can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Prior to his CCM appointment, Biran taught at the University of Louisville, Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University.

About Ran Dank
Israeli pianist Ran Dank has been hailed as a “superb pianist… absolutely splendid: dashing, impetuous and full of imagination” by the Washington Post.

A favorite of New York audiences, Dank performs in New York City’s most notable venues to frequent critical acclaim by the New York Times. In recent seasons, he has been heard in recitals in Town Hall and Symphony Space. As a soloist, he has performed Prokofiev’s Second Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall and Tobias Picker’s Keys to the City at Columbia University. In September of 2013 he and fellow CCM faculty member Soyeon Kate Lee performed the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s Four Hands at (le) Poisson Rouge to a glowing review by the New York Times.

Dank’s other recent performance highlights include recitals at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mantta Festival and performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ piano concerto with the Mobile Symphony. His recent chamber music performances include appearances at the Santa Fe, Great Lakes, Maverick, Seattle, Montreal, Tokyo Chanel and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals.

Last season, Dank returned to his native Israel for a double-bill concert featuring Liszt’s Concerto No.1 and Totentanz with the Jerusalem Symphony.

His upcoming engagements include a performance at the prestigious Ravinia Festival, recitals in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and a return engagement with the Kansas City Symphony.

A recipient of numerous honors, Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists’ roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut. He is a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, where he also won the Bach Prize, the Naumburg and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and was the First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and the Juilliard School, he has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Ursula Oppens and Robert McDonald.

In 2014 Dank joined the faculty of the College of Charleston as the Director of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor. He also serves as Artistic Director of the College of Charleston International Piano Series.

In addition to concertizing and academic posts, Dank established a series of concerts with his wife, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. Dubbed “Music by the Glass,” this series is held in a New York So-Ho art gallery, where young professionals mix and mingle with performing artists, who play solo pieces and chamber works. The performances are accompanied by sweet and savory treats paired with wines by the glass. Learn more about these popular events by visiting www.musicbytheglass.com.

Learn more about CCM’s preeminent piano faculty by visiting ccm.uc.edu/music/keyboard/faculty.

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Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Taps CCM Dean and Alumni for New Leadership Positions

The Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has announced several changes in leadership, as well as the creation of two important artistic positions.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren will be joining the staff in the role of Director of Artistic Planning. He will be responsible for guiding the CCO’s artistic vision and direction of Summermusik 2016. He will work closely with the Artistic Advisor, and staff, board and musicians of the CCO to ensure a successful season.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren.

“I am thrilled that the CCO recognizes CCM’s desire to build collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships between Cincinnati’s arts organizations,” said Landgren. “I had the privilege of performing with the CCO under the leadership of their first music director, Paul Nadler, during my time as a student at CCM. I am honored that the CCO’s leadership feels that my background and perspective will lend a helping hand to this important year as they prepare for the final stages of a search for a new music director.”

Landgren began his tenure as Dean of CCM in September of 2011. During his initial appointment, he secured the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence, initiated a number of collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (including the collaboration with the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program), partnered with faculty search committees to hire over 20 new full-time tenure-track faculty members, participated in the UC Provost’s Cluster-Hire initiative through the Digital Media Collaborative, enhanced the college’s community engagement efforts through key staff hires and grant support, and much more. He also refocused CCM’s vision and mission for the 21st century through the “ONECCM” initiative. In June of 2015, the UC Board of Trustees unanimously approved Landgren’s reappointment to a new seven-year term, extending his tenure at CCM through June 30, 2023.

Prior to his appointment at CCM, Landgren served as Conservatory Director at Baldwin-Wallace College from 2007 – 2011 after having spent the previous twenty-nine years as a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and twenty-six years as a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. From 2005-2006, Landgren served the Peabody Institute as the Interim Director. He also led Peabody in an institute-wide Change Initiative from 2003-2005 that was responsible for examining the institute in a quest to increase Peabody’s preeminence amongst its peers. In the spring of 2003, Landgren received the Excellence in Teaching award from The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. This was the second time Landgren had been awarded this honor as a Peabody faculty member.

Landgren became a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when he was 21 years old, before completing his undergraduate training at CCM. Three years later he made his professional solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Silverstein. Landgren has performed with Summit Brass, the Melos Ensemble and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has also performed as Principal Horn with the Cincinnati, Houston and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. An alumnus of CCM, Landgren won the college’s concerto competition three times and regularly performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet during his time as a student.

CCM alumnus Isaac Selya has been named as Artistic Advisor for Summermusik 2016. He will work with the Director of Artistic Planning and the CCO staff and musicians to ensure the artistic quality of the highly successful Chamber Crawl festival performances. Isaac will also serve as Associate Conductor, working with the four finalist music director candidates who will be conducting the four Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concerts at SCPA during Summermusik 2016.

A musician of remarkable versatility, Isaac is a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, cellist and singer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Queen City Chamber Opera, where he has coached and conducted Walküre Act I and Siegfried Acts I and II from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Der Schauspieldirektor, Bastien und Bastienne, Zaide, Abu Hassan, and L’amore dei tre re. As of March 2015, he has conducted all of Mozart’s German-language operas. He joined Cincinnati Opera in 2014 as a coach/accompanist, and in September of 2014 he was the featured new artist of the month in Musical America. In the summer of 2015, he joined the Glimmerglass Festival as Assistant Conductor.

Equally at home in the symphonic repertoire, Isaac debuted with the National Symphony of Guatemala in September 2014 with two programs focusing on Beethoven Symphonies 5 and 6.

He holds a BA from Yale College, where he studied conducting with Toshiyuki Shimada. He holds a doctorate from CCM.

CCM alumna LeAnne Anklan has been named General Manager of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. LeAnne joined the staff of the CCO in 2012 in the position of artistic and orchestra operations manager. She was promoted to acting general manager in July, 2014.

Her professional background includes experience as senior marketing coordinator for FRCH Design Worldwide, public relations manager for the Contemporary Arts Center, and marketing associate for the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, she held the position of festival manager for the successful inaugural season of the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts. LeAnne serves as vice president of the board of the not-for-profit Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, which she helped to found. She is also a Board member of Cincy Emerging Arts Leaders.

A Cincinnati native, LeAnne holds three degrees from the University of Cincinnati: Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and International Business, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Arts Administration. A lifelong musician, she also serves as vice president of the UC Band Alumni Association and plays flute and piccolo regularly with the Alumni and Community Bands at UC.

Wes Needham has been elected by the CCO board to succeed Jennifer Funk as board president and assumes his new role November 15, 2015. Wes has been a board member since 2012, and has served this past year as first vice-president, secretary and chair of the music director search committee. He is the Lead Engineer for Distribution Design with Duke Energy and a resident of Northern Kentucky.

“I am honored and humbled to assume the role of board president with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra,” said Needham. “Since becoming a part of the CCO board in 2012, I have come to care passionately about the success of this remarkable organization and about chamber music in Cincinnati. This is a time of exciting change for the CCO and I look forward helping the CCO continue its longstanding tradition of musical excellence.”

About the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is an independent ensemble of 32 professional musicians that celebrated its 40th anniversary season in 2014 and launched the critically acclaimed summer music festival Summermusik in August, 2015. The CCO offers a vibrant and fresh musical experience in an intimate and informal setting, for both the seasoned and novice concert patron. The CCO’s size allows for flexibility and creativity in programming, the ideal ensemble for presenting orchestral works ranging from the Baroque and Classical eras to commissioned works by contemporary composers. Collaborations have become a hallmark of the CCO, including ongoing partnerships with VAE: Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and Madcap Puppets.

For additional information on the CCO, visit www.ccocincinnati.org.

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Opera Fusion Fall 2015: Shalimar the Clown.

Opera Fusion: New Works Grant Renewed by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 

Cincinnati Opera and CCM are pleased to announce that their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works, has been renewed by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with a gift of $300,000, which will fund another six workshops over the next three years.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Opera Fusion: New Works was created in 2011 to foster the development of new American operas. The program offers composers or composer/librettist teams the opportunity to workshop an opera during a 10-day residency in Cincinnati, utilizing the talent, personnel, and facilities of both organizations. The workshops are cast with a combination of CCM students and professional artists, and each workshop concludes with a public performance. The program is led by co-artistic directors Marcus Küchle, Director of Artistic Operations of Cincinnati Opera, and Robin Guarino, the J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair of Opera at CCM.

“We are thrilled that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recognized the impact and importance of this collaboration,” said Patricia K. Beggs, The Harry Fath General Director & CEO of Cincinnati Opera. “The mainstage success of the operas that have come through Opera Fusion: New Works is a testament to the invaluable workshop opportunity the program offers to a new piece.”

“Opera Fusion: New Works provides CCM’s students with something truly remarkable: an opportunity to work directly with world-class artists on the development of new creative works,” said Peter Landgren, the Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music and Dean at CCM. “This workshopping process allows our students to exercise a very different set of artistic and pedagogical muscles, when compared to the process of learning standard repertoire. These life-changing opportunities would not be possible without The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s generous support of experiential learning at CCM, and we could not have a better partner in this endeavor than Cincinnati Opera.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the trust in and recognition of our work with Opera Fusion: New Works over the past three years that is expressed through this generous grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” said Marcus Küchle, co-artistic director of Opera Fusion: New Works. “These are exciting times for the development of new opera and we are thrilled to continue to play a meaningful role.”

In 2011, Opera Fusion: New Works awarded its first workshop to composer Douglas J. Cuomo and librettist John Patrick Shanley in support of their new opera Doubt, which premiered at Minnesota Opera in January 2013. In 2012, Opera Fusion: New Works provided workshops for Champion, by composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Michael Cristofer, which premiered at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in June 2013; and Morning Star, by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist William M. Hoffman, which premiered at Cincinnati Opera in June 2015. In 2013, the residency went to Fellow Travelers, by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce, which will have its world premiere at Cincinnati Opera on June 17, 2016. In 2014, the program invited composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally to workshop Great Scott, which will premiere at The Dallas Opera on October 30, 2015. For the final workshop of the original six-workshop grant, the residency was awarded to Meet John Doe, with music and libretto by the late Daniel Catán.

“Over the past three years, Opera Fusion: New Works has had a seismic effect on the current art of opera, developing six world premieres, all operas with vital themes for today’s audiences,” said co-artistic director Robin Guarino. “We kick off the next three years and the renewal of our grant with an opera by an innovative composer and librettist team.”

'Shalimar the Clown' is adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie.

‘Shalimar the Clown’ is adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie.

The first opera to benefit from the new cycle of workshops will be Shalimar the Clown, which will receive a residency in Cincinnati from October 7 to 17, 2015. The new opera features music by Jack Perla and a libretto by Rajiv Joseph, adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie.

The opera will have its world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on June 11, 2016. The workshop will be directed by James Robinson, artistic director at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, who will also direct the mainstage premiere, and will be conducted by Roberto Kalb, the resident assistant conductor at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. This is the second time that Opera Fusion: New Works has awarded a workshop to an opera with an upcoming premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; the first was the aforementioned Champion, by composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Michael Cristofer.

The 10-day workshop will culminate in a free public reading of excerpts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the newly-opened Over-the-Rhine event space The Transept, 1205 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Tickets are available now through the Cincinnati Opera box office; call 513-241-2742 to reserve. The performance will stream on the Cincinnati Opera website at cincinnatiopera.org.

“I’ve been hoping to work with Robin, Marcus, and Opera Fusion: New Works for some time, and I couldn’t ask for better than to do so with Shalimar the Clown,” said composer Jack Perla. “This is a tremendous opportunity to test and fine-tune this opera stem to stern—to assess its pacing, vocal writing, and dramatic development, well in advance of production and the work’s premiere. Director Jim Robinson, librettist Rajiv Joseph, and the Opera Fusion: New Works team all together in one place, focused on that effort? I couldn’t ask for a better situation for developing this ambitious piece.”

“Workshops such as these are essential for the development of new works such as Shalimar,” said librettist Rajiv Joseph. “It’s one thing to sit in one’s room and write out a bunch of sentences and lyrics, hoping they’re perfect. But, for me at least, it’s not until I can hear them read—and sung—aloud in a room that I have any idea whether what I’ve done is working. Usually it’s not, and so the real work begins.”

About Shalimar the Clown
Shalimar the Clown tells the story of Shalimar and his beloved Boonyi, who have grown up together in a pastoral Kashmiri village, making people laugh as acrobats and dancers in a traditional folk theater. Though one is Muslim and one is Hindu, they fall in love—and despite all odds, their village embraces their marriage. But when a new American ambassador sees Boonyi dance, dark clouds gather. The promise of a new life tears their love apart and sends Shalimar down a path of revenge.

About composer Jack Perla
Composer and pianist Jack Perla is active in opera, jazz, chamber, and symphonic music. His operas and instrumental compositions have been widely performed, and he has performed in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, forging a reputation for his unique cross-fertilization of jazz and classical music. Perla has been commissioned by Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. He is also a recipient of the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Composers Award, as well as awards, support, and recognition from the Argosy Fund for New Music, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and numerous other organizations. Called “a gripping piece of musical theater,” An American Dream, Perla’s fifth work for a major U.S. company, received its premiere with Seattle Opera in August 2015. Enormous Changes, Perla’s third jazz recording, was recently released on Origin Records, and Pretty Boy, a new disc of chamber and vocal music, is slated for release this winter. Perla grew up in Brooklyn and lived in New York City while attending NYU and the Manhattan School of Music. He earned his D.M.A. in composition from the Yale School of Music, and lives and works in San Francisco.

About librettist Rajiv Joseph
Rajiv Joseph is the author of the Broadway play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Joseph’s other plays include Guards at the TajThe North PoolGruesome Playground InjuriesAnimals Out of PaperMr. Wolf, and The Lake Effect. Joseph has written for television, including seasons 3 and 4 of the award-winning Showtime series Nurse Jackie. He also has written for film, and is the co-writer of the 2014 Lionsgate feature Draft Day and the upcoming release, Army of One. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn.

About stage director James Robinson
James Robinson is the artistic director at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he has directed the world premieres of Terence Blanchard’s Champion and Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 in addition to John Adams’s Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, the American premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. His work has been seen throughout the world at such companies as the Wexford Festival, the Royal Swedish Opera, Opera Australia, Canadian Opera Company, the London Symphony, Welsh National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has directed several productions for the Santa Fe Opera, including the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and will return in 2016 for Vanessa. Other future projects include Nixon in China for Houston Grand Opera, The Elixir of Love for the Canadian Opera Company, and the world premiere of Shalimar the Clown for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Opera Fusion: New Works is sponsored by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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CCM Announces Fall 2015 Schedule of Major Events

Pick up or download your guide to CCM's fall schedule today!

Pick up or download your guide to CCM’s fall schedule today!

CCM is delighted to announce its fall schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM proudly presents more than 100 major public performances from Aug. 31 through Dec. 13, 2015.

This fall’s lineup of major events includes faculty and guest artist concerts, fully supported theatrical productions, film screenings, guest lectures and much more.

You can learn more about CCM’s fall schedule of performing and media arts events by referring to the list below or picking up a Fall 2015 Calendar of Major Events at the CCM Box Office.

You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Fall Calendar of Events by visiting ccm.uc.edu/content/dam/ccm/docs/boxoff/fall2015eventscalendar.pdf.

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

8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31
• Faculty Artist Series •
Timothy Anderson, trombone
Timothy Northcut, tuba

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital
Admission: FREE
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SEPTEMBER

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
Named quartet-in-residence at CCM in 2012, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. After the success of the ensemble’s initial appointment, CCM has extended the Ariel Quartet’s residency through 2022… and that new era begins here! See for yourself why the Cincinnati Enquirer has declared the Ariel Quartet “rock stars of the classical scene” during this concert event.
MOZART: String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428
BERG: Lyric Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth,  Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg,  Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.
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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE (1900–1909): A SEASON OF EXPLORATION
Works from Russia and Austria
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

STRAVINSKY: Fireworks
SCHOENBERG: Five Orchestral Pieces
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 28
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8
• Faculty Artist Series •
MUSIC FROM FARAWAY
Russell Burge, percussion
Steve Allee, piano

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9
• Faculty Artist Series •
Timothy Lees, violin
Piotr Milewski, violin
Catherine Carroll Lees, viola
Alan Rafferty, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano

BRAHMS: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
DVORÁK: Piano Quintet, Op. 81
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10
• Special Event Series •
In collaboration with Contemporary Arts Center
Vicky Chow, piano
Tristan Perich, composer and visual artist

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Tickets available through the Contemporary Arts Center box office by calling 513-345-8400 or online at https://contemporaryartscenter.org.
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13
• Faculty Artist Series •
Marie-France Lefebvre, piano
Featuring Sujean Kim, violin; Yaël Senamaud, viola; Nathaniel Chaitkin, cello; and Mark Gibson, piano
Featuring works by Poulenc, Milhaud, and Fauré!

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15
• Orchestra Series •
CHINA TOWN II
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director

B. SHENG: Little Cabbage
B. SHENG: Three Chinese Love Songs
L. WANG: Waltz in July
H. CHIN: A Withering Sunflower with Uneven Legs
Y. LIU: For Pipa and Seven Cellos
S. CHEN: Sweet Rice Pie, Six Songs on Four Taiwanese Nursery Rhymes
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17
• Winds Series •
A CONCERT KICKOFF
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor

Join us in kicking off the concert season as we perform significant works written for the wind band. It will be a night to celebrate together with great music by composers Alfred Reed, David Gillingham and others.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
CHANT MANUSCRIPTS AND THEIR LITURGICAL PROGRAMS: SOME BENEVENTAN EXAMPLES
Luisa Nardini, University of Texas

Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
• Winds Series •
CD RELEASE EVENT: FROM ADAMS TO ZAPPA—AMERICAN PIONEERS
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

Come help us celebrate the release of the Wind Orchestra’s new album Latin Landscapes with a concert of American works ranging from march classics to far-out contemporary works!
ADAMS: Lollapalooza
NELSON: Sonoran Desert Holiday
AMERICAN TRIO MARCH:
FILLMORE: Americans We
SOUSA: Black Horse Troop
KING: Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite
ZAPPA: Dog Breath Variations
H. O. REED: La Fiesta Mexicana
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19
• Orchestra Series •
MUSIC FROM NORTHERN EUROPE
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

WEBER: Overture to Der Freischütz
BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

MOZART: Serenade in E-flat
SCHUBERT: Nachtgesang im Walde
HAHN: Le bal de Béatrice d’Este
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20
• Jazz Series •
A NIGHT AT THE BLUE NOTE
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

From the hard bop classics of Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver and Art Blakey to the groovy soul jazz sounds of Cannonball Adderley and Stanley Turrentine, the Blue Note record label set the standard for generations of jazz lovers.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21
Composition Department Recital
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21
• Faculty Artist Series •
Randolph Bowman, flute
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22
• Faculty Artist Series •
Dror Biran, piano
MOZART: Sonata in F Major, K. 332
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A Minor, D 784
BRAHMS: Variation on a theme by Robert Schumann in F-sharp Minor, Op. 9
CHOPIN: Four Mazurkas, Op. 17
CHOPIN: Barcarole in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25
• Percussion Series •
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS’ INUKSUIT
Percussion Group Cincinnati with the CCM Percussion Ensemble
The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s world-famous outdoor percussion ritual comes to the stairs, plazas and balconies of the CCM Circle.
Location: CCM Circle
Admission: FREE
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2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
• Faculty Artist Series •
THE BIRTH PROJECT
Gwen Coleman Detwiler, soprano
Lydia Brown, piano
Featuring guest artists Audrey Luna, soprano; and Libby Larsen, composer
Robin Guarino, stage director

CCM welcomes composer-in-residence Libby Larsen with the Cincinnati premiere of Larsen’s song cycle The Birth Project. Commissioned by faculty artist Gwen Detwiler and guest vocalist Audrey Luna, the work explores childbirth and motherhood, showcasing all the happiness and pain that can accompany such personal, private and life-changing events. The evening will also feature other well-known and emotional compositions from the Grammy Award-winning Larsen.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artists
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4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27
• Choral Series •
MUSIC OF THE BARD – CHORAL SETTINGS OF SHAKESPEARE III
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Christopher Albanese, Alex Sutton and Martin Steidler, conductors

CCM’s Choral Department inaugurates the second year of The Shakespeare Quadricentennial, a two-year commemoration of the playwright’s birth and death through choral music – spanning his 450th birthday on April 23, 2014, through the 400th anniversary of his death, April 23, 2016. Each choir offers Shakespeare choral settings from the Renaissance through our own time. Newly commissioned works include premieres of British composer Judith Bingham’s “Doth the moon shine?” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dan Forrest’s “Ban, Ban Caliban” from The Tempest. Also featured are Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs and choruses from Verdi’s Falstaff.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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4 p.m. Sunday, September 27
• Faculty Artist Series •
APPARATUSSACRI
Lorin Edwin Parker, electronic music

A media art/music performance featuring new works by faculty artist Lorin Edwin Parker, performed with instruments and devices of his own invention. The mystical and the technological are approached through music and performance art.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28
• Faculty Artist Series •
James Bunte, saxophone
Michael Unger, harpsichord
Chialing Hsieh, piano

An eclectic mix of old and new including a world premier adaptation of Kevin Volans’ Walking Song for saxophone, harpsichord and clappers, Fantasia for soprano saxophone and piano by Villa Lobos, and Pärt’s famous Spiegel im Spiegel. Works by Weronika Ratushinska and Graham Fitkin will also be featured.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
• Mainstage Drama Series •
PENTECOST
Written by David Edgar
Richard E. Hess, director

A play of politics and ideas, Pentecost details the discovery of a painting stunningly similar to Giotto di Bondone’s The Lamentation in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. If proven to pre-date the master’s work, the fresco will revolutionize Western Art. A dramatic power struggle ensues, as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve asylum seekers sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “funny, frightening and deeply moving,” this powerful play by the Tony Award-winning adapter of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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OCTOBER

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE: WORKS FROM ITALY AND ENGLAND
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

RAVEL: Alborada del Grazioso
PUCCINI: Duetto: “Bimba, bimba non piangere” (from Madama Butterfly)
ELGAR: Symphony No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 55
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
• Guest Artist Series •
LARCHMERE QUARTET
Featuring works by composer Zack Browning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5
CCM BRASS SHOWCASE
Timothy Northcut, music director and conductor

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6
• Guest Artist Series •
Lindsey Goodman, flute
Featuring visiting composer Elainie Lillios

Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
Music and lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Vince DeGeorge, director
Steve Goers, musical director
Patti James, choreographer

Meet Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in an irrepressible adaptation of a timeless novel. With a foot-stompin’ country score by Roger Miller, Big River brings to life all the favorite characters from the original – Widow Douglas, the King and Duke, Pap Finn, Mary Jane Wilkes and, of course, the Royal Nonesuch. A dazzling, heartwarming slice of Americana and the crowning achievement of one of country music’s most celebrated careers, Big River is a Tony-Award winning musical for all ages.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 5. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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8 p.m. Friday, October 9
8 p.m. Saturday, October 10
3 p.m. Sunday, October 11
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
8 p.m. Thursday, October 15
8 p.m. Friday, October 16
8 p.m. Saturday, October 17
3 p.m. Sunday, October 18
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21
8 p.m. Thursday, October 22
8 p.m. Friday, October 23
8 p.m. Saturday, October 24
• Studio Drama Series •
A co-production between Know Theatre of Cincinnati and CCM’s Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration
THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE
Written by Charise Castro Smith
Brant Russell, director

An absurdist play amped to the max, The Hunchback of Seville delves into the lives of the monarchy and citizens of 15th-century Spain: the infamous Queen Isabella, the spoiled Infanta Juana (the future Queen of Spain), and the Muslim Talib who is desperately attempting to avoid persecution at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. All of this revolves around Maxima, a mathematical genius and adopted royal family member who is locked away in a tower and pines for Talib’s love. Smith’s play uses this dark, comedic plot both for laughs and as a serious means to examine sanitized history and human rights injustices both in Spain and the new world that Columbus “discovered.” This exciting collaboration brings CCM drama students to Know Theatre’s stage for a history lesson you won’t get in college!
Location: 
Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Tickets available through the Know Theatre Box Office by calling 513-300-5669 or online at http://knowtheatre.com.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub
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8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9
• Orchestra Series •
FRENCH FANTASIES
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

RAVEL: Rhapsodie Espagnole
RAVEL: Piano Concerto TBA
DEBUSSY: La Mer
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
• Guest Artist Series •
Oscar Ghiglia, guitar
Celebrating his 41st residency at CCM, virtuoso Ghiglia performs a solo recital of his concert favorites.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
• Winds Series •
AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor
Featuring guest artist Brenda Portman and faculty artist Michael Unger, organ

Enter the courts of musical majesty for an evening of special magnificence. Witness the splendor of guest organists Brenda Portman (resident organist at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church) and CCM Assistant Professor of Keyboard Michael Unger. We are pulling out all of the stops for this!
REED: Alleluja! Laudamus Te
LAURIDSEN: O Magnum Mysterium
TICHELI: Angels in the Architecture
BARBER: Toccata Festiva
Location: Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. on Oct. 11; CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on Oct. 13
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
• Jazz Series •
“WITH A SONG IN MY HEART:” THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Steve Allee, guest conductor

Timeless songwriters like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael come to life in through these classic and contemporary arrangements for big band.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
• Faculty Artist Series •
CCM Faculty Jazztet
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14
• Winds Series •
POSTCARDS
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Timothy Anderson, trombone
Featuring CCM DMA candidate Andrew Nelson, trombone
TICHELI: Postcard
ALBENIZ: Fête-dieu á Seville
DE MEIJ: T-Bone Concerto
GRAINGER: Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon
ITO: Sinfonia Singaporiana
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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Time TBA Saturday, Oct. 17
• Opera Fusion: New Works Lab •
SHALIMAR THE CLOWN
A collaboration between CCM Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Co-artistic directors Robin Guarino and Marcus Küchle
Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by James Robinson

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera present a rare behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an original work. An opera based on the novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown revolves around a child named India who loses her father—a United States diplomat to India’s namesake country—to assassination at the hands of his former chauffeur Shalimar. The reasons that led the former clown to murder India’s father tell of the fragility of human life and love, detailing how complicated and non-simplistic our stories are, how large the consequences of our actions can loom, and how great joys can turn into unbearable sadness and senseless tragedy.
Location: TBA
Admission: For ticket details and location for the public reading of Shalimar the Clown, please contact the Cincinnati Opera box office at 513-241-2742.
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22
Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music director

Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
• Studio Opera Series •
WILLIAM BOLCOM: CABARET SONGS
Lydia Brown, music director and piano
Robin Guarino and Marcus Shields, stage directors
William Bolcom’s career is storied: famed pianist, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Ragtime revivalist and acclaimed professor at the University of Michigan. Arnold Weinstein, a self-proclaimed “theatre poet,” won acclaim as a lyricist for famed musicals such as Metamorphoses. Brought together by Darius Milhaud, the duo had a prolific partnership from 1964 until Weinstein’s death in 2005. Their collaborations included famed operas such as McTeagueA Wedding and others. Among these works were four sets of cabaret songs written between the 1970s and 1990s. CCM Opera is proud to present the first complete performance of all 24 of these cabaret songs.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 19. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

SCHOËNBERG: Chamber Symphony
LIGETI: Sechs Bagatellen
POULENC: Suite Française
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
CAROUSEL
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar
As Adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
Diane Lala, director and choreographer
Roger Grodsky, musical director

Set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, Carousel is the story of carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow and his reckless adventures with women, gambling and the wrong side of the law. Billy loses his job just as he learns that his wife is pregnant and, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” Fifteen years later, Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day and encounters the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. Declared “Best Musical of the Century” by Time Magazine in 1999, it’s easy to understand why Carousel became Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
• Choral Series •
In collaboration with the Cincinnati Bach Festival
BEST OF THE ITALIAN, FRENCH AND GERMAN BAROQUE
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir and student soloists
Earl Rivers, conductor

“Best of the Baroque” features the virtuosic Dixit Dominus composed by the young George Frederic Handel during his sojourn to Italy, Dominus Regnavit, a grand motet of the French Baroque by Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, noted violinist and Music Director of Paris’ first public concert series, the Concert Spirituel, and Magnificat in D, composed by J.S. Bach for his first Christmas in Leipzig, Germany.
HANDEL: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
MONDONVILLE: Dominus Regnavit 
J.S. BACH: Magnificat in D, BWV 243
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati 45202
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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NOVEMBER

3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• Choral Series •
In collaboration with the Cincinnati Bach Festival
BEST OF THE ITALIAN, FRENCH AND GERMAN BAROQUE
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir and student soloists
Earl Rivers, conductor

HANDEL: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
MONDONVILLE: Dominus Regnavit 
J.S. BACH: Magnificat in D, BWV 243
Location: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Covington, KY
Admission: FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital
CCM Prep music students will perform in this annual fundraising recital for the Gino DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please join us for a reception following the performance.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE, donations accepted
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
• Jazz Series •
STUDIO J MEETS EVANESSENCE: THE MUSIC OF MARIA SCHNEIDER AND TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Maria Schneider have been two of the strongest voices at the vanguard of modern jazz writing. Join us as we celebrate the music of two of the most fascinating and important composer/band leaders of the past forty years.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3
Composition Department Recital
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4
• Choral Series •
IMAGINING PARADISE
UC MEN’S & WOMEN’S CHORUSES
Christopher Albanese and Alex Sutton, conductors

Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present Part I of Haydn’s classical masterwork The Creation (with texts from the Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost). The Men’s and Women’s choruses individually will also present settings of Shakespeare texts by Morrison, Harris and MacMillan, as well as a variety of classical, popular, folk, gospel and jazz arrangements by famed composers such as Copland, Lauridsen, Schubert, Crenshaw, Kedrov, Powell, Gretchaninoff, Miloy and O’Regan.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
• Choral Series •
FRENCH MASTERWORKS
CCM Chorale and Concert Orchestra
Brett Scott and Alexander Colding Smith, conductors

This All-French program features CCM graduate organ majors performing Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth & Sycamore Streets, Downtown Cincinnati
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8
• Winds Series •
PRISM XIX
CCM Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles and Special Guests
Glenn D. Price, music director
Angela Holt, conductor

CCM proudly presents 60 minutes of crowd-pleasing, non-stop excitement by diverse performers throughout Corbett Auditorium. An annual favorite, the PRISM concert is perfect entertainment for the entire family!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8
• E-Media/Drama Film Series •
CCM 48-Hour Film Festival
Richard E. Hess and John Owens, producers

You are invited to a celebration of original film work by CCM students. After random team placement, student authors, actors, directors, editors and composers have 48 hours to create finished original short films. The general public is invited to a screening of these works at the end of the 48-hour project time! Six teams, six short films, plus six guest artists from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya will surprise and delight. 
Location:
 Main Street Cinema at TUC
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring CCM Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt, piano

Join us for the dawn of a new era for CCM and the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet! Praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “consummate musicianship” and the New York Times for its “gift for filling the pristine structures of Classicism with fire,” the Ariel Quartet continues its 2015-16 concert series in grand fashion, joined in this concert by CCM Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt.
SCHUBERT: String Quartet in C Minor, D. 703 “Quartettsatz”
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 8
DVORÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81
Feat. Awadagin Pratt, piano
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth,  Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg,  Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director

Featuring solos, duos, trios and quartets by CCM’s classical guitar majors.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

MILHAUD: La Creation du Monde
IVES: Calcium Night Light
IVES: Scherzo – Over the Pavements
LINDROTH: Starshake
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15
• Piano Series •
PIANOPALOOZA: WARM MUSIC FROM COLD COUNTRIES
Featuring CCM Piano Faculty

CCM’s world-class piano faculty will be on display as they present an exciting collection of works from Russia and other northern countries.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School.
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17
Sonic Explorations
Mara Helmuth, music director

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
• Guest Artist Series •
Iktus+ Combo
An ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, piano and percussion, IKTUS Combo is a slick combination of classical music and straight up rock-n-roll. Smart, gritty, elegant, head-bopping – a chamber group of today, comfortable in electric and acoustic worlds.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
• Mainstage Opera Series •
THE MERRY WIDOW
Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
Aik Khai Pung, conductor
Emma Griffin, director

A glorious early-20th century operetta (a forerunner to the great musicals), The Merry Widow tells a fizzy tale of star-crossed lovers and political shenanigans in a fantastical Paris. Baron Zeta of Pontevedro must prevent the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari from marrying a foreigner; if she does, all of her wealth will leave Pontevedro, thus bankrupting the country. Will Hanna’s former flame Count Danilovich—a debonair rake—win her heart again, or will she choose a flirtatious Frenchman instead? Farce, romance and jealousy abound in this sparkling romp. Sung in English.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
LISZT & THE POLITICS OF CULTURE: THE CASE OF ST. ELIZABETH
Monika Hennemann, Cardiff University

Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE: MAHLER
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Ulrich Nicolai, guest conductor

MOZART: Piano concerto TBA
Feat. the winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition
MAHLER: Symphony No. 7
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
• Jazz Series •
DUKE ELLINGTON’S NUTCRACKER SUITE AND HOLIDAY CONCERT
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Featuring Musical Theatre Dancers
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors
Diane Lala, choreographer

Enjoy our re-telling of Ellington’s remarkable adaptation of this holiday classic, brought to life with stunning new choreography by CCM Musical Theatre’s own Diane Lala and featuring the stars of Musical Theatre Dance.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director

Featuring music for classical guitar, voice and instruments.
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director

CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
• UC Fellows of the Graduate School Distinguished Speaker Series •
CHALLENGES AND REWARDS OF A CONDUCTOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Louis Langrée, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The French conductor Louis Langrée is Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg and Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. The UC Fellows of the Graduate School welcome him for this very special lecture.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
• Orchestra Series •
FROM SCOTLAND TO SPILLVILLE
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
Mark Gibson, conductor

MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides, Op. 26
BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
Feat. the winner of the CCM Violin Concerto Competition
DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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DECEMBER

8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1
• Winds Series •
FROM LANDS NEAR AND FAR…
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, conductor

Pack a bag and travel across the seas to distant lands of musical wonder. Explore the sights and sounds of the CCM Wind Ensemble as they take you on a journey throughout the world and beyond the stars. This will be an adventure you will not want to miss!
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
• Winds Series •
A CHILD’S GARDEN OF DREAMS
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

GRAINGER: Children’s March
PRICE: Voices of Spring
TOCH: Spiel
MASLANKA: A Child’s Garden of Dreams
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
3 & 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
• Dance Series •
FALL DANCE CONCERT
CCM Ballet Ensemble
Michael Tevlin & Andre Megerdichian, directors

Celebrate the joyous season as the CCM Ballet Ensemble presents a mixed bill of five pieces choreographed and restaged by CCM Dance faculty members Deidre Carberry, Andre Megerdichian and Michael Tevlin, as well as by guest choreographers Diego Salterini and David Hochoy. The evening will showcase some of the nation’s most talented collegiate dancers and promises to rouse the audiences to their feet!
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
• Prestige Event Series •
FEAST OF CAROLS
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra; UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses; Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Featuring guest choirs from Elder, Sycamore and Walnut Hills High Schools
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Christopher Albanese, Alexander  Sutton, David F. Allen, Kenneth Holdt and Anthony Nims, conductors

Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2015 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CCC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter, music director

The area’s most talented middle school and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Brian Diller, music director and conductor

Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Preparatory Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
• CCM Preparatory Department •
FALL YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director

The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adults. The featured ballet in this holiday concert will be Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland in addition to other traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Preparatory faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tri-state area, perform holiday songs from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
• CCM Preparatory Department•
CCM Preparatory Jazz Combo Concert
Location: Mary Emery Hall 3250
Admission: FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
New Performance Date: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
• CCM Preparatory Department•
Cincinnati Junior Strings
Rachel Bierkan, director

Cincinnati’s first string ensemble for middle school students presents its annual spring concert, featuring music by a variety of composers.
Location: Muntz Theater, UC-Blue Ash Campus
Admission: FREE
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Purchasing Tickets
Subscription packages and concert series single tickets are on sale now. Single tickets for CCM’s Mainstage Series productions go on sale at noon on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

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.

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 new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

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

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support of $10,000 and above:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

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

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

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

ArtsWave
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

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

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

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

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor
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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, 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.

CCM News
The Ariel Quartet. From left to right: Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov and Gershon Gerchikov.

CCM Extends Residency of Internationally Acclaimed Ariel Quartet

Peter Landgren, dean and Thomas James Kelly professor of music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has announced that the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet will continue to serve as the college’s string quartet-in-residence for the next seven years. An ensemble-in-residence since 2012, this extension will keep the Quartet at CCM through the 2021-22 academic year and concert season.

“I am thrilled that the Ariel Quartet will call CCM its permanent home for the foreseeable future,” said Landgren. “Their residency has already had a notable impact on both our college and the city of Cincinnati. In their first three and a half years, the members of the Ariel Quartet have provided unparalleled coaching and mentorship to our students, presented our community with its first complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, performed as part of Bryce Dessner’s MusicNOW Festival, collaborated with distinguished CCM guest artists like Menahem Pressler and David Geringas, and served as ambassadors for the Queen City as part of the CINCYinNYC initiative.”

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998, and they have been playing together ever since. 2014 recipients of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet directs CCM’s chamber music program as part of this residency, in addition to their annual series of concerts at the college.

“The past three and a half years exceeded our initial expectations of this residency in every respect,” the members of the Ariel Quartet explained. “The eagerness of CCM’s students paired with the incredible support of our esteemed faculty colleagues has enabled us to help cultivate the active and enthusiastic chamber music community of our dreams. We are thrilled to be able to make Cincinnati our permanent home and are excited at the prospect of continuing to be a part of this community’s musical life.”

The Ariel Quartet will continue to perform four concerts per year in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium for the duration of this new seven-year agreement. The Quartet will continue to coach 20 – 25 student string quartets in the fine art of chamber music performance, as well. The members of the Ariel Quartet will also expand their pedagogic roles at CCM by adding one-on-one teaching to their responsibilities.

CCM’s new agreement with the Quartet also provides a fund to attract guest artists who will perform with the Ariels and provide masterclasses for students, along with funding to support an annual student string quartet competition.

The Ariel Quartet will also be able to maintain its impressive international performance schedule thanks to support from the University of Cincinnati, which was key in assisting the members of the Quartet in obtaining their H-1B visas.

According to Paul Katz, the scope of the Ariel Quartet’s new arrangement with CCM is quite noteworthy. Founding cellist of the world-renowned Cleveland Quartet and a master teacher at the New England Conservatory, Katz said, “The long-term nature of this agreement brings both deserved economic security to this amazing young string ensemble, and gives CCM and the Ariel Quartet time together to build a first class string chamber music program for the school.”

Prior to its residency at CCM, the Ariel Quartet was the resident ensemble of the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, which is led by Katz. “I am delighted that my 26 years in the Cleveland Quartet and our groundbreaking residency arrangement at the Eastman School of Music was able to serve as a successful model for CCM’s relationship with the Ariel Quartet,” he observed.

Katz concluded, “In 45 years of mentoring extraordinary young groups, seldom have I seen an arrangement of comparable perception, detail and mutual benefit.”

“This has all been made possible by a group of individuals who understand how their investment in this young quartet revives a proud tradition initiated by the LaSalle Quartet,” Landgren explained, referring to CCM’s storied string quartet-in-residence from 1953-88. “Cincinnati and CCM will continue to benefit from the remarkable talents and engaging personality of the Ariel Quartet, whose members are writing an exciting new chapter in our community’s strong history of chamber music.”

A poster for the Ariel Quartet's 2015-16 concert series at CCM.

Learn more about the Ariel Quartet’s upcoming CCM Concert Series by visiting ccm.uc.edu/ariel.

A New Era Dawns: The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 Concert Series
For its next season in residence at CCM, the Ariel Quartet will present concerts at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, Nov. 10, Jan. 26 and March 1. These Tuesday night concerts will be held in CCM’s acoustically stunning Corbett Auditorium and will feature works by Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Brahms, Haydn and others.

Series highlights will also include a performance of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite and a collaboration with CCM artist-in-residence Awadagin Pratt on Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81. Complete concert series repertoire is available online at ccm.uc.edu/ariel.

Audiences can experience the Ariel Quartet’s next concert series in its entirety for just $75 per subscription, a savings of 25% off single ticket prices. Subscription packages can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183.

Single tickets become available on Monday, August 24, and are $25 for general audiences and $15 for non-UC students. Single 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.

About the Ariel Quartet
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation.

The Quartet was formed in Israel 17 years ago when its members were young students, and they have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where its members direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts – a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young.

Highlights of the 2014-15 season include a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge; a performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; performances resulting from the Cleveland Quartet Award in Kansas City, Austin and Buffalo; and a tour of South America.

The Ariel Quartet performs widely in North America, Europe and Israel, including two recent record-setting Beethoven cycles, performed before all the members of the quartet turned 30. The Ariel continues to astonish with its performances of complete works by memory and has remained committed to performing extensively in Israel. In addition, the Ariel has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein during the 2013-14 season, and performs regularly with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and for the Perlman Music Program.

Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of international prizes including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize at the international competition “Franz Schubert And The Music Of Modernity” in Graz, Austria, in 2003, when the Quartet’s members were remarkably young. After they won the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók, as well as the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and called their performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 “the pinnacle of the competition.”

The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian and Martha Strongin Katz, among others. The Quartet has received extensive scholarship support throughout its studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, the Legacy Heritage Fund, as well as The A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.

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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