CCM’s ‘Chess’ Features ‘Great Singing, Great Dancing, Jaw-Dropping Costuming, Superb Orchestral Support, Sharp Techno Scenic Design’ Raves Enquirer

"Chess" runs Oct. 25 - 28 in UC's Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“Chess” runs Oct. 25 – 28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.
Tickets on sale now! Visit ccm.uc.edu for more information. Photography by Mark Lyons.

In her review of Chess for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jackie Demaline writes, “It’s easy to be swept up in the spectacle conjured by director Aubrey Berg – great singing, great dancing, jaw-dropping costuming, superb orchestral support (led by Stephen Goers), sharp techno scenic design (by Mark Halpin and Alan Hanson).”

Chess runs through this Sunday, Oct. 28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183, visiting CCM’s E-Box Office here!

Read more of Demaline’s review after the jump.

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CityBeat’s Stage Door Blog Reviews ‘Chess’

"Chess" runs Oct. 25 - 28 in UC's Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“Chess” runs Oct. 25 – 28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.
Tickets on sale now! Visit ccm.uc.edu for more information. Photography by Mark Lyons.

Theatre critic Rick Pender reviews Chess in today’s CityBeat Stage Door blog: “The story is set in Bangkok and Budapest during a mid-1970s world chess championship — and it’s driven by gamesmanship between nations, between lovers and, of course, between chess players. I saw the opening on Thursday, and it’s a BIG show with a gigantic cast. Several leading roles are double cast (with more juniors than seniors, in fact, which bodes well for CCM productions for this season and next). In particular, Matthew Paul Hill, playing the Russian grand master Anatoly, lifted the roof of Corbett Auditorium with his powerful baritone voice singing the stirring ‘Anthem,’ the Act 1 finale.”

Read more here. 

Chess tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183, visiting CCM’s E-Box Office here!

Directed by Aubrey Berg with musical direction by Stephen Goers, choreography by Diane Lala, scenic design by Mark Halpin and costumes by Rebecca SenskeChess runs Oct. 25-28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

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CCM Presents Acclaimed Rock Opera ‘Chess’ Oct. 25-28

CCM proudly presents the acclaimed rock opera Chess as the next installment in this year’s Mainstage Series. Featuring music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (of the Swedish rock group ABBA) with lyrics by Golden Globe, Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winner Tim Rice (of Jesus Christ SuperstarEvitaThe Lion King and more), Chess has what Time magazine calls “one of the best rock scores ever produced.” Directed by Aubrey Berg with musical direction by Stephen Goers, choreography by Diane Lala, scenic design by Mark Halpin and costumes by Rebecca SenskeChess runs Oct. 25-28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

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CCM Presents Comedy-Horror-Rock Musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Oct. 11-13

Cassie Levine as Audrey and Lee Slobotkin as Seymour in CCM’s Studio Series production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ Photography by Nik Robalino.

Cassie Levine as Audrey and Lee Slobotkin as Seymour in CCM’s Studio Series production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ Photography by Nik Robalino.

CCM proudly presents the award-winning Little Shop of Horrors as the first installment in this year’s Studio Series. UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater will be transformed into an iconic drive-in movie theater for this much-loved musical, which runs Oct. 11-13, 2012.

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CCM Winds Present ‘The Genius of Grainger’

CCM Wind Orchestra music director and conductor Glenn D. Price.

CCM Wind Orchestra music director and conductor Glenn D. Price.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the wind masterwork Lincolnshire Posy by renowned composer Percy Grainger with the concert “The Genius of Grainger” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Glenn D. Price.

Grainger was one of the most celebrated concert pianists of his day and a revolutionary composer whose contributions have been recently reassessed and featured in a major recording project of his complete works. Especially beloved by wind aficionados, he has composed light and serious works to the medium in equal measure, enriching the core repertoire for wind groups around the world. Also featured in the program are Colonial Song and Gumsucker’s March, both works by Grainger.

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CCM Jazz Department Celebrates the Music of Stevie Wonder

Guest artist Clyde Brown. Photography by Malinda Hartong.

Guest artist Clyde Brown. Photography by Malinda Hartong.

Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Clyde Brown joins CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band for a tribute concert to the legendary Stevie Wonder at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, in Corbett Auditorium.

Aptly titled “Songs in the Key of Life,” this concert features the soul of Stevie Wonder in an evening filled with such classics as “My Cherie Amour,” “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Higher Ground.” Hear the hits of this legendary musician brought to life as Clyde Brown joins the CCM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Scott Belck and Dominic Marino, on stage in Corbett Auditorium for one night only.

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