CCM Village panoramic photo; Winter of 2015. Photography by Curt Whitacre.

Welcome To CCM’s Spring Semester Performance Series

Peter Landgren

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Musicspring semester! Creative collaborations are an essential part of CCM’s vision of UnCompromising Excellence, and the concept of faculty and students working across divisional boundaries is one of five strategic priorities embedded within the ONECCM initiative. Through these efforts, the magic of building talent in front of your eyes comes alive on CCM Village’s many stages.

CCM is showcasing these partnerships through once-in-a-lifetime performances this semester, and perhaps nothing speaks more vividly to the collaborative spirit than CCM’s Moveable Feast, a veritable smorgasbord of student and faculty artists from all corners of our college working together to create a single can’t-miss evening on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Moveable Feast returns to CCM Village on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

CCM also brings world-class guest artists to campus through ongoing collaborations like Opera Fusion, a special co-presentation between CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival and the Xavier University Classical Piano Series and even a guest appearance by Shanghai’s East China Normal University choir at an upcoming CCM Choral concert.

Learn more about CCM’s schedule of public performances this spring by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/spring-2015-calendar-of-events.

CCM’s mission is to provide life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment, and fortunately for us all, the lives that are changed through this process of education include YOU – CCM’s patrons.

Welcome,

DeanSignature

 

Peter Landgren, Dean
Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music

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Moveable Feast returns to CCM Village on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

A Moveable Feast Returns to CCM Village on Jan. 23

Cincinnati’s premier fundraiser returns later on this month when CCM presents “A Moveable Feast!”

Hosted by the Friends of CCM volunteer organization, this unique benefit event showcases students from all corners of CCM in an evening of live entertainment and by-the-bite cuisine. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, and this year’s “Feast” celebrates the theme ONECCM and invites attendees to experience the performing and media arts institution’s UnCompromising Excellence.

A star-powered showcase of CCM’s world-class academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the fundraiser features samplings of artistic and culinary delights throughout CCM Village.

Guests can plan their own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Opera, Drama, Dance, Harpsichord and Saxophone, Choral and Orchestra performances, along with tours of CCM’s Electronic Media facilities, Lighting Design labs and other backstage areas. Back by popular demand, this year’s artistic menu also includes performances by CCM’s Steel Drum Band and artists-in-residence the Ariel Quartet.

New for 2015, A Moveable Feast will offer up suggested “Artistic Tracks” for patrons to follow throughout the evening. Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy these pre-planned pathways through CCM Village. Learn more about this year’s Artistic Tracks by visiting ccm.uc.edu/tracks4feast.

The evening’s program will begin in Corbett Auditorium with a prelude performance featuring the CCM Jazz Ensemble and will conclude with a performance of the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, by the CCM Philharmonia.

Cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering will be served throughout the evening.

Event Time
6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23

Location
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “Moveable Feast” are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/CCMMoveableFeast2015 or over the telephone at 513-556-2100.

  • Host Tickets: $125 (ticket price includes valet parking)
  • Friends of CCM Member Tickets: $50
  • General Public Tickets: $75 (ticket price includes a Friends of CCM Membership)
  • Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets: $35
  • CCM Alumni Tickets: $35

Seating is limited. Event proceeds raised by the Friends of CCM, a group of 600 volunteers and an active board, support student scholarships for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow.”

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

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the 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 Prep’s Youth Ballet Company Presents Its Annual Fall Concert Dec. 12 and 13

CCM Prep's Youth Ballet Company performing "Sleeping Beauty" at a previous concert. Photography by Ann Choe.

CCM Prep’s Youth Ballet Company performing “Sleeping Beauty” at a previous concert. Photography by Ann Choe.

CCM’s Preparatory Department presents its annual Fall Youth Ballet Concert with a mix of traditional and contemporary ballet on Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Patricia Corbett Theater. Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer directs.

This year’s program highlights the junior company’s production of Les Sylphides originally choreographed by Michel Fokine with music by Frédéric Chopin. This lighthearted “romantic reverie” unfolds while selphs, greek mythological spirits of the air, dance in the moonlight.

The junior and mini companies will perform an adaptation of Hansel and Gretel with music by Engelbert Humperdinck as well as Les Patineurs with original choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton and music by Giacomo Meyerbeer. This lovely one-act piece depicts a skating party on a frozen lake during a quiet winter’s eve.

The CCM Preparatory Ballet Company consists of three companies: the Mini, the Junior and the Senior Company. There are 50 dancers in the program ranging from age eight through adult.

To receive a program brochure, or receive further information please contact us at 513-556-2595, email ccmprep@uc.edu or visit ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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Santa Claus makes a guest appearance at the 2012 Feast of Carols. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM Welcomes the Holidays with Choral Concerts in December

CCM's annual Feast of Carols. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s annual Feast of Carols. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Hundreds of voices will fill the stage of Corbett Auditorium this December as CCM celebrates the season with a pair of holiday-themed concert programs!

The annual Feast of Carols returns with 2 and 5 p.m. performances on both Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7.

The following Saturday, Dec. 13, CCM’s ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir presents its Holiday Concert with performances at 2 and 5 p.m.

Only a limited number of seats remain for each of these concerts.

The annual Feast of Carols – a tradition that dates back decades – will embrace an eclectic mix of holiday songs ranging from the classic and traditional to the contemporary. CCM’s Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and outstanding area guest choirs, including Connor Middle School, Lakota East and Mason High Schools, will perform these treasures sounds.

Conductors Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Christopher Albanese, Alexander Sutton, Becky Bertelsen, Becky Huddilston and Elaine Santos invite audiences to sing along to favorite holiday carols during the spectacular “Fa-La-La” Finale with audience, combined choirs and CCM’s Concert Orchestra.

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s Holiday Concert will feature all 450 members of the Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the tri-state area, performing holiday songs from around the globe. Robyn Lana conducts.

Only a limited number of seats remain for each of these performances. Please see individual listings below for ticket prices and additional information.

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CCM's Mainstage Production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Receives Glowing Reviews

CCM's Mainstage Production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. Photography by Mark Lyons.

The critics have weighed in with unanimous praise for CCM’s recent production of Hansel and Gretel!

In her review of the fairy tale opera for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand calls the production “magical” and “breathtaking.” She singles out the performance of the CCM Philharmonia, writing that “you could get lost in the glowing orchestral score, so beautifully led by Mark Gibson.”

Mary Ellyn Hutton‘s review for Music in Cincinnati was similarly enthusiastic. “Highlights of the performance were many,” she writes, “One was the prayer scene… where Hansel and Gretel knelt and sang, with snow falling in the background. Another came during the dream pantomime… where the 14 angels, all children, cavorted on an angelic playground, with a swing, a seesaw and bicycles hanging over the stage, as the children looked on.”

Rafael de Acha calls the production a “sweet treat” in his review for Seen and Heard InternationalRobin Guarino sets the story during the Depression in America,” he observes, “but surprisingly, this setting undermines neither the lush Romanticism of the music nor the innocent fairytale story, and the results are nothing but happy.”

Hansel and Gretel concluded its run on Sunday, Nov.  23. CCM’s Opera Season resumes in February with a Studio Series production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea running Feb. 20-22 and a CCM Opera d’arte Series production of Handel’s Alcina running Feb. 27 – March 1.

The season concludes April 9 – 12 with a Mainstage Series production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Robin Guarino.

Last fall, Guarino directed the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Così fan tutte, which also served as James Levine’s highly anticipated return to the Met. In his review of the opera for the New York Times, Anthony Tommasini noted that “Guarino worked with this cast of gifted actors to inflect their characters with telling comic bits and hapless human touches.”

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Adria Caffaro as Hansel and Talya Lieberman as Gretel in CCM's Mainstage production of Hansel and Gretel, Nov. 20-23. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Series Presents the Fairy Tale Opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Nov. 20-23

Talya Lieberman as Gretel and Adria Caffaro as Hansel. Photography by Mark Lyons.

Talya Lieberman as Gretel and Adria Caffaro as Hansel. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Series proudly presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s timeless opera Hansel and Gretel from Nov. 20 – 23 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. This magical production also features the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, ensemble-in-residence at CCM.

Based on the German fairy tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm, this contemporary production is conducted by CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson with stage direction by the J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera Robin Guarino. This opera will be sung in English with supertitles.

Composed by Humperdinck, with a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette, the perennially popular opera premiered in 1893 to instant success. Showing the influence of German folksong, along with harmonic and textural influences of Richard Wagner, the opera was hailed by fellow German composer Richard Strauss (who conducted the premiere) as “a masterpiece of the highest quality.” The opera has since become a holiday tradition throughout the world.

Guarino’s production transports the classic fairy tale to the 1930s Depression Era. The precocious brother and sister duo are poor, hungry and dreaming of tasty treats. When their overworked mother sends them into the world to find food, they lose their way in the forest and encounter a scary witch with a deliciously sinister plan.

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Broadway's Cinderella.

CCM Alumna Stephanie Jae Park Performs in National Tour of ‘Cinderella’

CCM alumna Stephanie Jae Park.

CCM alumna Stephanie Jae Park.

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumna Stephanie Jae Park (BFA Musical Theatre, 2014) has been cast in the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which is due at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center early next year!

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I will delight local audiences Jan. 6 – 18, 2015.

Park’s previous credits include Tuptim in The King and I at the St. Louis Muny. At CCM, she played the role of Cosette in the acclaimed Mainstage Series production of Les Misérables. She also played Marcy Park in the Showboat Majestic’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Learn more by visiting www.stephaniejaepark.com.

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