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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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CCM’s 2015-16 Subscription Packages Are On Sale Now. Plan Your Season With Our New Brochure Today!

Established in 1867, the nationally ranked and internationally renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts.

CCM's 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Click here to view CCM’s 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Each year, our talented young artists and world-class faculty and staff members collaborate on an unparalleled series of performing arts events.

This year, we proudly present over 50 major concert and theatre productions, ranging from all-time classics to modern Broadway blockbusters.

Whether you prefer charming operas or thrilling dramas, stunning symphonies or swinging jazz, old favorites or world premieres, there’s something for you at CCM this season.

Join us for a performance and see for yourself why critics and audiences alike can’t stop talking about our resident artists and “stars of tomorrow!”

Plan your season today by downloading a digital copy of CCM’s 2015-16 brochure. Physical copies are available at CCM’s Box Office, as well!

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single Concert Series and Ariel Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 24, 2015. Single Mainstage Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 31, 2015.

For more details about CCM’s 2015-16 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

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SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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.

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Digital Media Cluster Hires Bring Filmmaking, Program-Building Expertise to UC

Matt Irvine.

Matt Irvine.

Building a digital media program from the ground up comes naturally to Matt Irvine, who joins the University of Cincinnati in fall 2015 as the inaugural director of the Digital Media Collaborative (DMC), a collective effort between the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP), the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and UC Libraries.

The DMC began with seed funding from President Santa Ono’s Transformation Fund matched by CCM, DAAP and A&S, and was successfully launched as part of Provost Davenport’s Cluster Hiring initiative.

Kristyn Benedyk.

Kristyn Benedyk.

Irvine, who joins UC with appointments across all of the related areas, comes to Cincinnati from DePaul University, where he was instrumental in founding DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts. The school, which is ranked in the top 20 film schools in the nation, includes bachelor’s degrees in animation and digital cinema, bachelor’s of fine arts in animation and graduate degrees in animation, cinema production, documentary, cinema and screenwriting. Irvine will be joined at UC by Kristyn Benedyk, an accomplished screenwriter and teacher who helped launch DePaul’s screenwriting program in 2011. Benedyk, who is also Irvine’s wife, will also be appointed across the same three colleges and UC Libraries.

“These dual-career cluster hires exemplify the power of aggressive recruitment and collaboration,” said Provost Beverly Davenport, whose office led the call for cluster hiring in summer 2014. “Together, these three colleges and our libraries were able to woo industry and educational leaders to build an exciting and forward-looking program in Cincinnati.”

The Digital Media Cluster includes multiple departments in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, CCM’s Division of Electronic Media, and Graphic Communication Design and Media Art out of DAAP, as well as technology and other resources from UC Libraries. “Speaking on behalf of my fellow deans who are involved in this collaborative, we are extremely enthusiastic about Matt and Kristyn’s hire,” said Peter Landgren, dean of CCM, the home college for both new faculty members.

“Their talents will enhance the existing strengths of our colleges, allowing us to provide our students with the creative, intellectual and interdisciplinary skills necessary to make an impact in the constantly changing digital media landscape.”

“There’s an excitement in Cincinnati,” Irvine said. “There has been so much support from everybody.”

Benedyk, who leaves her post as chair of the screenwriting program at DePaul, agreed. “There are already so many incredibly talented faculty at UC working in established, interesting and successful programs,” said Benedyk, who founded and produced a successful annual entertainment writers’ conference in Chicago. “I think it is great that the Digital Media Cluster is going to bring all of those people together working towards a shared objective that will result in UC becoming one of the top destinations for media education in the country.”

Both Benedyk and Irvine credited UC’s Cluster Hiring initiative and Dual Career Assistance program, both led by Provost Beverly Davenport, for sparking their interest in and eventually their commitments to Cincinnati.

“We’re better together than we are apart,” he said.

For Benedyk, whose background in Education fuels her passion for teaching, the move, in the end, was about quality of life.

“The dual career program was a huge draw for me,” said Benedyk, who was impressed by the reaction she got from faculty and administrators when she visited campus. “I immediately felt very welcomed as a potential faculty member.”

UC’s Cluster Hiring Initiative, launched by the Office of the Provost, supports existing and emerging partnerships within and between colleges, divisions and areas. Cluster hiring investments harness the power of faculty members focused on solving the world’s biggest challenges through leading-edge research and interdisciplinary collaborations that erase boundaries and embrace creative, bold ideas. Designed to attract top-quality faculty from around the world, UC’s Clusters represent the university’s commitment to investing in faculty and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The Provost’s Dual Career Assistance program dedicates funds and resources to accommodate job candidates and employees with opportunities to sustain healthy, connected families.

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Through this new Diversity Fellowship Program, students will get to perform with the CSO while completing a graduate degree at CCM.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Awarded $900,000 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are honored to announce the two institutions are the combined recipient of a $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This grant will be used to pilot a groundbreaking collaborative fellowship program aimed at developing young, graduate-level musicians from underrepresented populations and preparing them for the professional orchestra world.

The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Program responds to a need among American orchestras and professional music conservatories, which face issues of underrepresentation, and is driven by the mutual desire of the CSO and CCM to foster a more inclusive environment in the orchestral industry. Selected graduate school Fellows from underrepresented populations will participate in a specialized two-year program that is already garnering attention among leaders throughout the music world. This educational opportunity will consist of frequent performances with the CSO, focused mentorship by professional CSO musicians, and simultaneous enrollment in a master’s or artist diploma degree program at CCM where fellows will be guided by CCM’s illustrious faculty.

Learn more at Cincinnati.com.

Learn more at Cincinnati.com.

“We looked at the data and saw that only four percent of American orchestra musicians were African-American or Latino, a figure that is also reflected in conservatory settings,” said Trey Devey, CSO President. “The CSO and CCM felt it essential to address this issue head-on and provide life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment for graduate-level musicians across the country.”

“There are many fine programs designed to address underrepresentation in our industry, but none of those experiences include both a major American symphony orchestra and a major conservatory. Together, CCM and the CSO will provide unparalleled experiential learning opportunities for young musicians on the verge of a professional career,” said CCM Dean Peter Landgren.

“CCM and the CSO are perfectly positioned for this initiative. Our organizations’ recent partnership with the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, our joint Conducting Fellowship, as well as the large number of CSO musicians who are CCM alumni and serve as CCM faculty, speak to the deep connections between our two institutions. As the birthplace of cooperative education, the University of Cincinnati also serves as the perfect backdrop for this new approach to professional mentorship for musicians,” said Mr. Landgren.

CCM's Concert Orchestra, performing at the annual Moveable Feast gala event.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra, performing at the annual Moveable Feast gala event.

How the Fellowship Works
The four-year pilot program, as funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will graduate two classes of up to five Fellows each through June 2019. Fellows will consist of graduate level string musicians who are simultaneously enrolled in CCM’s master’s or artist diploma degree programs. Each class of Fellows will include up to two violins, and one each of viola, cello and double bass. They will perform five weeks per season with the CSO in a progressive sequence of concert weeks based on program difficulty, with one week focused on community engagement and educational activities.

These Fellows will be provided with a unique support system built on intensive professional mentorship. In addition to the community formed with other Fellows, they will receive focused mentorship by CSO musicians, which includes advance coaching sessions prior to a rehearsal cycle, ongoing stand partner coaching throughout rehearsal weeks and post-performance feedback. There will also be structured time for non-performance related mentorship such as career counseling and audition preparation.

Additionally, Fellows will receive a CCM Fellowship Stipend and one time Graduate Dean’s Excellence Award, with opportunities for additional performing and non-performing community engagement activities through CCM, eight career development seminars including mock auditions and full tuition scholarships.

Application procedures and deadlines will be announced at a later date.

The Anticipated Impact
It is anticipated this new fellowship opportunity will attract talented young musicians from throughout the nation.

“I think I speak for all the musicians of the CSO, and particularly those of us who will be deeply involved in mentoring, that in seeking to identify and prepare more underrepresented musicians for orchestral auditions, we will be helping make American orchestras richer,” said Stacey Woolley, CSO violinist. “There is such a varied career path available to musicians in every facet of professional music, and fostering this awareness with the next generation will continue to serve orchestras and communities for decades to come.”

An alumnus of CCM, Landgren has a first-hand understanding of the life changing opportunities this new initiative will provide. “As a student at CCM, I had the rare privilege of performing as an extra musician with the CSO. That transformative learning experience led to my 29-year career as a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,” he explained. “When I returned to CCM as the Dean, developing a program to provide similar opportunities for tomorrow’s professional musicians became a driving priority.”

Both the CSO and CCM extend sincere gratitude to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its extraordinary impact in making this Diversity Fellowship Program a reality.

“Without the extraordinary support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this groundbreaking new fellowship program simply wouldn’t be possible,” said Mr. Devey. “It advances the Orchestra’s already strong and award winning commitment to more inclusiveness, a goal we share with the community we serve.”

“This generous gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enhance the already world-class UC College-Conservatory of Music and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra by enabling a unique partnership between two great Cincinnati institutions,” said UC Foundation President Rodney Grabowski. “The collaboration is a great example of the university’s commitment to inclusion initiatives, focus on the cooperative education and dedication to the performing arts.”

For more information about about this historic announcement, check out Janelle Gelfand’s coverage on Cincinnati.com today and be sure to pick up the Sunday, July 19, edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer for the full story!

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Next Installment of Student-Produced ‘Gold Rush Expedition Race’ Film Series Premieres on May 27 on the Universal Sports Network

The newest installment of the University of Cincinnati‘s student-produced Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary film series will receive its national broadcast premiere on NBC’s Universal Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27.

Created by UC’s Production Master Class, the 90-minute long documentary film is part of a three-year series about the Gold Rush Expedition Race, one of the world’s premier expedition races. The race features an international field of 50 elite athletes as they trek, mountain bike, climb and kayak along a grueling 275 mile course admits the beauty of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The race is part of the Adventure Racing World Series.

The 2014 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary will air 10 times on USN. The cable network aired the 2012 and 2013 installments of this action-packed documentary series last October. You can learn more about those initial broadcasts by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/student-produced-film-series-airs-on-universal-sports-network.

The UC Production Master Class involves an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty who work with nationally recognized television and film professionals to produce digital media content that reaches a national and global audience.

Since 2012, it has involved three UC Professors, a UC alumnus, a cadre of media professionals and over 90 students from nine different academic programs at CCMDAAP and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about the 2014 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary’s broadcast schedule, please visit goldrushracedoc.com/2014-premiere.

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Kevin McCollum talks to CCM musical theatre students at a master class.

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer Kevin McCollum Joins CCM’s Faculty as Distinguished Visiting Professor

Peter Landgren, dean and Thomas James Kelly professor of music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has appointed leading Broadway producer Kevin McCollum to the position of Distinguished Visiting Professor. McCollum’s initial appointment will be for three years and will become effective in August of 2015.

Alumnus and Distinguished Visiting Professor Kevin McCollum.

Alumnus and Distinguished Visiting Professor Kevin McCollum.

A distinguished alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, McCollum (BFA Musical Theatre, 1984; HonDoc, 2005) is the Tony Award-winning producer of RentAvenue QIn the HeightsMotown the Musical and many other acclaimed Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions. Earlier this spring, McCollum received two more Tony nominations for his current productions of Something Rotten! (Best Musical) and Hand to God (Best Play). He also received 12 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and nine Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Musical.

As a Distinguished Visiting Professor at CCM, McCollum’s influence on the college’s students and programs will be broad, focusing his work on musical theatre, although his entrepreneurial expertise will also be applied to aspects of auditioning, career development, arts administration and more.

Through this new appointment, McCollum will also work with faculty and administrators to develop a new musical theatre incubator program at CCM. A collaborative venture between CCM and Alchemation, McCollum’s Broadway producing office, this incubator will be designed to support the creation of new musical theatre works, utilizing McCollum’s entrepreneurial expertise and CCM’s abundance of talent.

“We are very excited to bring Kevin back to CCM as a member of our faculty,” says Dean Landgren. “Kevin is arguably the most accomplished and successful producer working in theatre today. Given his diverse background and his proven expertise in the business of the performing arts, his presence on our faculty will enhance the already world-class training that our students receive.”

“CCM was an essential part of my professional training and I am thrilled to return to such a top-notch institution,” says McCollum. “There are many things that attracted me to this position on CCM’s faculty; Peter Landgren’s bold leadership and openness to collaboration, the level of excellence found in the faculty, the highly accomplished young artists and the state-of-the-art facilities of my Alma Mater. I am proud to be counted amongst the internationally renowned faculty of this great institution. CCM has a longstanding commitment to presenting new works, and I am equally proud to help develop a program that will usher in the next generation of musical theatre artists.”

Speaking of the significance of an incubator program for musical theatre, Landgren explains, “Keeping with the University of Cincinnati’s proud tradition of cooperative education and experiential learning, this collaboration with Kevin and Alchemation will present our students with extraordinary opportunities to hone their craft while working to develop future theatre classics. Developing Broadway’s blockbusters-of-tomorrow with CCM’s stars-of-tomorrow is a win-win.”

Kevin McCollum (center) with CCM Musical Theatre's Class of 2015 after his seminar at Pearl Studios in New York.

Kevin McCollum (center) with CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2015 after his seminar at Pearl Studios in New York.

About Kevin McCollum
With a career spanning 25 years in the theatre industry, Kevin McCollum remains one of the most prolific and successful producers on Broadway today. He has received the Tony Award for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004) and Rent (1996), which also won the Pulitzer Prize. He produced Motown the Musical (Broadway and National Tour), The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006, which won five Tony Awards, Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme in 2002, [title of show] in 2008, the touring and Broadway productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the off-Broadway hit De La Guarda, the recent hit revival of West Side Story and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

In 1995 McCollum co-founded the Producing Office, and has since created Alchemation, a theatrical and media producing company committed to new work. In addition to his training at CCM, McCollum earned his Master’s degree in film producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California.

In 1995, McCollum received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Commercial Theatre Producing. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. He is represented on Broadway this spring with the original musical Something Rotten! and the New American Play Hand to God. His wife is actress and fellow UC graduate Lynette Perry-McCollum (BM Musical Theatre, 1985).

About Alchemation
Founded in 2012, Alchemation is a theatre and media company under McCollum’s leadership. Productions under the Alchemation banner include Motown the Musical, Something Rotten!Hand to God and the third season of theatrical web-series Submissions Only. In the summer of 2013, McCollum entered a joint venture with 20th Century Fox to develop titles from the Fox catalogue into stage properties.

About CCM
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. Declared “one of the nation’s leading conservatories” by the New York Times, CCM provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment.

CCM’s educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at our core since that time. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage.

CCM’s faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school’s roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts.

More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in the areas of Composition, Musicology and Theory; Electronic Media; Ensembles and Conducting; Keyboard Studies; Music Education; Performance Studies and Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration.

The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 1000 major public performances each year, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

For more information about the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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Participants from the Music for Youth in Cincinnati's (MYCincinnati's) free youth orchestra program in Price Hill.

CCM Hosts Gathering of Midwestern “El Sistema” Inspired Programs This Weekend

This Saturday, May 9, CCM will welcome “El Sistema” inspired programs from throughout the region for the Fourth Annual Midwestern Seminario.

Hosted by CCM’s Preparatory Department and Office of Community Engagement, the event will draw nearly 200 young performing artists who are involved in programs inspired by “El Sistema,” Venezuela’s National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras. Over the past 35 years, El Sistema has evolved into a world-renowned youth development program, which uses music as a vehicle for social change. El Sistema’s success in helping children build better futures has led to the creation of similar programs in over 30 countries around the world.

Participating programs include North Limestone Music Works (Lexington, KY), Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra (Chicago), Q the Music (Dayton, Ohio), MYCincinnati (Cincinnati) and the Avondale Youth Orchestra (Cincinnati).

The Seminario‘s guest speakers will include CCM Dean Peter Landgren and UC President Santa J. Ono.

The program on Saturday, May 9, will culminate with a participant’s concert at 4 p.m. in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the general public!

The concert will be conducted by CCM alumni Eddy Kwon (BM Jazz Studies, 2011) and Isaac Selya (DMA Orchestral Conducting, 2014), along with Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras Artistic Director Daniel Chetel.

“We believe in the power of the arts to bring people together to create a strong, vibrant community,”  explains CCM Director of Community Engagement Anne Cushing-Reid. “This gathering reflects our ongoing commitment to community engagement and collaboration. We are also proud to support the efforts of the CCM students and alumni who are working locally with MYCincinnati, through a grant provided by ArtsWave.”

You can learn more about the other community engagement initiatives fueled by ArtsWave’s grant support here.

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