CCM's Fall 2015 Dance Concert.

CCM’s Department of Dance Presents Diverse, Collaborative Concert of Mixed Repertoire Dec. 4-6

CCM’s Department of Dance presents an impressive array of diverse and collaborative selections in this year’s Fall Dance Concert, running Dec. 4-6 in the Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert features works choreographed by guest artists Diego Salterini and David Hochoy, along with contributions by CCM faculty members Andre Megerdichian and Deirdre Carberry.

CCM's Fall 2015 Dance Concert. Photo by Will Brenner. Poster design by Mikki Graff.

The concert begins with the classic staging of the famous pas de deux from Le Corsaire, staged by CCM Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry. Set to music by Adolphe Adam, who also wrote the popular ballet Giselle and the Christmas song “O Holy Night,” the pas de deux is one of the most beloved selections in the entire ballet cannon. “This dance is so grand and virtuosic. It really starts off the concert by showing the audience who we are as a program,” explains Andre Megerdichian, an Assistant Professor of Dance at CCM and the director of this year’s Fall Dance Concert.

On the heels of this classic start comes the largest and most collaborative performance of the night, Night’s Daughters, which is an original collaboration by Megerdichian and CCM Drama visiting faculty member Giles Davies. The piece explores the consequences of betrayal, but in a unique way, “Usually stories of betrayal are told from the perspective of the one betrayed, but this story is told from the perspective of the one who commits the act and details how one puts themselves back together afterward,” says Megerdichian.

Joining the dancers on stage will be a drummer, a Shakespearean actor and the quirky harp duo Beyond Pluck, who are quickly making a name for themselves thanks to their classic rock covers for the harp. “Beyond Pluck members Rachel Miller and Paula Bressmen are adventurous and were really excited to create this with us,” says Megerdichian. Usually understood to be stationary instruments, the harps in Night’s Daughters will move around the stage on custom-built platforms and are an integral part of the piece’s movement.

Diego Salterini, founding co-director of Dance Now! Miami, choreographs the third work, Themes and Variations. The Interlochen and Joffrey Ballet faculty member created the work specifically for CCM, which features dancers on pointe, but with a twist, “It’s not traditional ballet by any means, it’s far more contemporary with a jazzy element to it,” explains Megerdichian.

To end the show with a bang, the department presents the incredibly athletic and strenuous iconoGlass, which features music by the renowned composer Philip Glass. Choreographed by David Hochoy, artistic director of the Indianapolis-based company Dance Kaleidoscope, the work premiered in 1998 with a cast that included Megerdichian himself as one of the featured dancers. “I remember being completely exhausted after this piece, so it’s an amazing challenge for our dancers,” says Megerdichian.

The 2015 Fall Dance Concert is a collection of varied and exciting works that will showcase the unbelievable versatility of the students in CCM’s Department of Dance.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
  • 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the “Fall Dance Concert” are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

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

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

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

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

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CCM Dance Presents Annual Fall Concert Dec. 5-7

Photo copyright Luke Isley.

Choreography by guest artist Michael Bearden. Photo copyright Luke Isley.

CCM’s Department of Dance concludes its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with a demanding and impressive Fall Dance Concert, running Dec. 5-7 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The concert program features ballets by guest choreographers Michael Bearden and Tong Wang, as well as works by CCM Dance faculty members. Department Chair Jiang Qi and Associate Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry direct.

This concert’s mixed repertoire includes a world premiere of Tong Wang’s contemporary ballet Good Monsters with music by Philip Glass. Wang’s young son, who shares his fantasies about his imaginary animal friends each morning, inspired this piece. Wang has danced a full range of ballets from classical to contemporary with world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and Frederic Ashton.

Michael Bearden choreographs Simpatico, a contemporary ballet with music by Dmitri Shostakovich depicting the human condition with an emphasis on our struggle for unity as we wrestle with internal battles and conflicts with others over ideals. Earlier this fall, CCM students performed Simpatico at the Beijing Dance Academy’s 60th anniversary international gala celebration under the direction of Jiang Qi. CCM was one of only 20 schools from around the world – and one of only three schools from the United States – invited to participate in this event. Bearden also studied with Balanchine, Ashton and Tudor along with many others.

Jiang Qi presents his work The Reflection of Autumn with music by Mauro Giuliani, which was originally performed in 2007. A neoclassical ballet,The Reflection of Autumn portrays how young people experience the challenges and complications in their relationships.

Deirdre Carberry restages Flames of Paris with choreography by Vasily Vainonen and music by Boris Asafyev. This classical ballet depicts the turbulent era of the French Revolution and was originally created to portray the Soviet ideology for the Soviet stage during the 1930s and 40s. The contemporary version focuses on the struggle of the heroic revolutionary.

In addition to these wonderful works, newly appointed faculty member Andre Megerdichian premiers Released Naked with music by Aaron Copland. This piece is a visceral rite of passage following a young woman’s journey through the innocence of youth, the passion of love and the realization of her personal manifest destiny.

CCM’s Fall Dance Concert promises to be a bold combination of choreography and talent by both students and professional dancers.

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CCM’s Promethean Saxophone Quartet Competes in Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition Finals This Weekend

Comprised of CCM graduate saxophone students, the Promethean Saxophone Quartet competes in the Coleman Chamber Music Ensemble Competition Finals on April 27, 2013.

Comprised of CCM graduate saxophone students, the Promethean Saxophone Quartet competes in the Coleman Chamber Music Ensemble Competition Finals on April 27, 2013.

We are excited to share that CCM’s own Promethean Saxophone Quartet will compete in the finals of the 67th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena, California!

The competition will take place this Saturday, April 27, in the Ramo Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology, and winners will be presented in a public concert the following day.

The Promethean Quartet is comprised of CCM graduate saxophone students:

  • Alex Magg, soprano saxophone
  • Jeremy Castañeda, alto saxophone
  • Om Srivistava, tenor saxophone
  • Ryan Van Scoyk, baritone saxophone
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CCM Hosts A Conversation With Philip Glass and Matt Haimovitz On March 29

Tomorrow afternoon, CCM welcomes composer Philip Glass and cellist Matt Haimovitz for a special talk presented by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Led by CSO assistant conductor William White, the panel will delve into the topics of personal stye and inspiration and how one goes about preparing to perform a brand new concerto by this giant of American music.

“A Conversation with Philip Glass and Matt Haimovitz” takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 513-381-3300 to reserve.

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