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Spring “CCM Swag” Available for Online Purchase

The CCM Tribunal is sponsoring the college’s spring merchandise campaign to help raise funds for students. Red-and-white jerseys, grey T-shirts, cozy black hoodies and water bottles — all emblazoned with the UC College-Conservatory of Music emblem — are on sale now through May 18, 2018.

Fans of CCM and students can order their “CCM Swag” now to have in time for summer orientation! A portion of the funds raised by the sales of all merchandise benefit CCM students. CCM Tribunal has provided funding for social gatherings, the undergraduate opera, master classes, music stands and more.

The fundraiser is going on now through May 18, 2018, so be sure to order your new CCM swag and support CCM Tribunal’s programs and initiatives while you still can!

CCM spring merchandise is available for purchase online at uc.ignitecx.com/2018SpringCCM.

About CCM Tribunal
CCM Tribunal is the undergraduate Student Government at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Tribunal is comprised of students from every department within CCM.  The organization’s mission is to provide support for CCM students by sponsoring projects that would otherwise not come to fruition. In addition, CCM Tribunal hosts school-wide social events throughout the year, provides concessions for CCM’s Mainstage Series productions, holds fundraisers for community engagement programs like WhizKids and participates in UC’s Relay for Life.

You can learn more about the CCM Tribunal by visiting ccm.uc.edu/tribunal.

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CCM Prep Brass Choir Celebrates Music Director and Conductor Paul Hillner

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement’s Brass Choir presents a free concert in celebration of Paul Hillner‘s 40 years as the ensemble’s music director and conductor at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Paul Hillner

Paul Hillner.

“As I reflect over the last 40 years of conducting the CCM Prep Brass Choir, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have worked with so many talented high school students,” Hillner says. “It always amazes me to see the progress these students make from the first rehearsal until the concert.”

Hillner earned a BM in Trumpet Performance in 1974 from CCM, where he studied with Eugene Blee, former principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He earned a MM in Wind Conducting in 1978, studying at CCM with Robert Hornyak.

After graduating, Hillner began working in the CCM Admissions Office and later became Assistant Dean of CCM Admissions and Student Services. He worked in the CCM Admissions Office for 36 years before he retired in 2015. Hillner continues to teach in CCM Prep leading the Brass Choir and teaching trumpet lessons as an emeritus professor.

“Since my degrees from CCM are BM in Trumpet Performance and MM in Wind Conducting, directing this ensemble allows me the opportunity to continue my musical passion,” Hillner says of his time leading the CCM Prep Brass Choir. “It is with great honor that I look forward to celebrating my 40 years as director/conductor of this group by presenting our final concert of this season.”

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REPERTOIRE
To be selected from:
PAUL DUKAS: Fanfare pour précéder La péri
PERCY GRAINGER: Irish Tune From County Derry, trans. by Chris Rolfes
MAX DIJULIO: Bound in Brass
ANDREW LAW: Three New England Hymns
BILL HOLCOMBE: Fanfare and Toccata
JOSEPH KREINES: American Song Set
BILL HOLCOMBE: Looney Tunes
RICHARD WAGNER: Gathering of the Armies From Lohengrin, arr. by by Brian Buerkle

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
FREE

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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM graduate student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM Prep Presents Spring Youth Ballet Concert

CCM Prep Spring Youth Ballet

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement presents the Spring Youth Ballet Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. CCM Prep’s young dancers will exhibit their skills by performing excerpts from the ballet repertoire and new works.

This year, five graduating high school seniors choreographed original pieces that will be presented at the concert. In addition to these student-created works, the program also features Wishes on the Wind, choreographed by Prep instructor Heather Johnson, as well as Flower Whispers, choreographed by CCM Prep ballet director Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer.

The second half of the program consists of excerpts from Le Corsaire, a feature-length ballet based on Lord Byron’s poem of the same name. The excerpts to be presented include “Les Odalisques,” a pas de deux and a waltz. The choreography for these excerpts is based on that by Marius Petipa, with music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni and Leo Delibes.

You can see the CCM Prep’s Spring Youth Ballet Concert this weekend in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Single tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 for more information.
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PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28

LOCATION
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to CCM Prep’s Spring Youth Ballet Concert are $15 general, $10 non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Piano Instructor Wins UC’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

Andy Villemez, CCM Adjunct Instructor of Piano. Photo by Andrew Higley.

Andy Villemez, CCM Adjunct Instructor of Piano. Photo by Andrew Higley.

Distinguished faculty members were recognized in UC’s university-wide Faculty Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. They were each nominated by students, staff or other faculty members in December and given awards during Tuesday’s ceremony in Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall.

Along with the other award winners, CCM Piano Instructor Andy Villemez was honored in this year’s ceremony, where he was presented with the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. Visit the Faculty Awards website to read profiles on each of the recognized faculty members.

Villemez is praised by his CCM colleagues for going above and beyond for students. The adjunct instructor of piano carries a full course load, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, while mentoring students outside of the classroom.

“He uses his position as an adjunct instructor to better prepare his students for life as professional musicians rather than just fulfilling his duties as an instructor,” says one current student.

He graduated from CCM with a DMA in Piano in 2015 and incorporates his experience as a recent graduate into his teaching methods. In order to better prepare students for life after graduation, Villemez began the “Big Picture” lecture series, a professional development initiative that is open to all CCM students of any major.

The lecture series falls outside of Villemez’s typical responsibilities as an instructor. It includes mentoring students on community engagement, finance management and even how to build a professional website.

He is also the faculty advisor for CCM’s Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), where he works with students on research projects and conference proposals. Earlier this year, one student presented research at the MTNA Collegiate Symposium in Austin, Texas, and thanks Villemez for helping her develop an engaging presentation in her nomination letter.

Villemez recently presented two of his own research papers at the Ohio Music Teachers Association Annual Conference: “Building Arts Ambassadors Through Private Music Instruction” and “Teaching to Everyone: The Basics of Universal Design for Learning.” He has also written multiple scholarly articles focused on piano pedagogy for the MTNA Electronic Journal and Clavier Companion.

“What distinguishes Dr. Villemez is his commitment to research, pedagogical leadership and mentorship of students,” says CCM Interim Dean bruce mcclung. “Simply put, he is one of CCM’s most valuable adjunct faculty members for the model he sets and his deep engagement with student learning and career development.”

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CCM Acting Students Devise New Work for International Fringe Festival

H2O: A Play about Water will debut in Cincinnati on April 19, 2018, as part of CCM Acting’s Studio Series.

H2O: A Play about Water will debut in Cincinnati on April 19, 2018, as part of CCM Acting’s Studio Series. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 16 through the CCM Box Office. 

CCM students have devised a new work to be presented this summer at Scotland’s Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Before the production travels overseas, H2O: A Play about Water will premiere in Cincinnati as the final installment of CCM’s 2017-18 Studio Series on April 19-21 in Cohen Family Studio Theater.

The play is an original 60-minute piece of theatre that was created by 30 students from the Acting, Musical Theatre and Technical Production Departments at CCM. Admission to the CCM performances is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 16 through the CCM Box Office.

CCM Acting Department Chair Richard Hess conceived the show and directed the students as they crafted the new work. The play is a theatrical collage of scenes that explore the abundance, scarcity and restorative powers of water.

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“Water is life,” Hess says. “Seventy-one percent of our planet is water. Oceans rise. Droughts kill. Water soothes and water heals. H2O is an epic theatrical journey. Are you thirsty? Come have a drink of H2O.”

Faculty and students will travel to Scotland to present H2O: A Play about Water in four performances at the 71st Edinburgh International Fringe Festival on August 4-8, 2018. This is the first time CCM Acting students have presented an original work in the most prestigious Fringe Festival in the world.

“Some dreams can last 37 years, and when they come true, they are more vivid and more magical than expected,” says Hess about this opportunity. “In 1981 when I was a junior in college, I traveled to Scotland for a study abroad experience and stayed for the year studying drama and English at the University of Glasgow. I have dreamed of taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since I first set foot in Scotland 37 years ago. Taking 30 CCM students to Scotland is a dream come true.”

You can see the Cincinnati premiere of H2O: A Play about Water in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater from April 19-21. Visit CCM’s guide to Studio Series tickets for tips and tricks to secure your seats.
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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 20
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 16. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

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Ariel Quartet members Gershon Gerchikov, Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning and Alexandra "Sasha" Kazovsky. Photography by Robert A. Flischel.

Ariel Quartet Performs Schumann, Bartók, Cage and Brahms on April 26

The Ariel Quartet gives its final performance in its 2017-18 CCM Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Corbett Auditorium. The performance includes string quartets by Robert Schumann, Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms, along with John Cage’s Five, which features CCM emeritus faculty member Allen Otte, percussion.

Composer John Cage (far left) with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Composer John Cage (far left) with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Celebrating CCM’s 150th Anniversary season, the Ariel Quartet programed Five as a nod to John Cage’s time as CCM composer-in-residence from 1966-1967. The Quartet will be joined by Otte, who worked with and performed pieces by Cage with Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Composed in 1988, Five is one of Cage’s early so-called “number” pieces — fittingly scored for five instruments. The avant-garde composer “profoundly influenced 20th-centruy music,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer in a story about Cage’s time at CCM.

You can see the Ariel Quartet give its final performance of its 2017-18 CCM Concert Series on April 26! Tickets can be purchased in person or online at the CCM Box Office and over the telephone at 513-556-4183.

Please note: the repertoire for this concert has changed from what was previously announced at the request of the Quartet. See updated program information below.

REPERTOIRE
HAYDN: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85
SCHUMANN: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Sz. 40
CAGE: Five (1988)
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Thursday, April 26

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Single tickets are on sale now.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Ariel Quartet Sponsors: Anonymous, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, and Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker

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CCM Dance student Emma Webb rehearses for Legends of Dance.

Senior Ballet Student Gives Final CCM Performance in Legends of Dance

Senior ballet student Emma Webb is finishing up her time at CCM with a role that many dancers only dream of performing: the principal role of Nikiya in “The Kingdom of the Shades,” an excerpt from La Bayadère. She will dance the role alongside Cincinnati Ballet guest artist Derek Brockington during CCM’s upcoming Mainstage Dance production, Legends of Dance, which runs from April 12 through April 14 in Corbett Auditorium.

“Dancing and training for this principal role was one of the most difficult and inspiring experiences that shaped me at CCM,” Webb says. “It helped transform my dancing and it allowed me to gain maturity and understanding of what kind of dancer I want to be onstage.”

“This physically and artistically difficult pas de deux feels like a culmination of everything that I have been training for, and I cannot wait to share all that I have become and to share what I love to do in my last performance at CCM.”

The program also includes a restaging of José Limón’s A Choreographic Offering by guest choreographer Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba. Although this work is set to music by J. S. Bach, the dance itself uses much more modern language. Webb is also in the company for this piece.

“It has many challenging choreographic motifs and is filled with entirely different movements compared to classical ballet,” Webb says. “As a ballet dancer, taking off the pointe shoes to be barefoot and to move with a grounded quality was such an exciting experiment and transformation.”

Emma Webb.

Emma Webb.

Legends of Dance also includes the finale of The Sleeping Beauty, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa. Each of these works holds a place in today’s dance repertoire and has something unique to offer potential audience members.

“The production as a whole includes wonderful mixed repertoire suitable for everyone and demonstrates what we as dancers practice and work hard for every day of our lives as artists,” Webb says.

While she’s very excited about the Legends of Dance production, Webb’s favorite ballet during her time at CCM was Swan Lake during the 2015-16 Mainstage season.

“My roles in Swan Lake included lead Czardas, swan corps, four tall swans and lead waltz girl,” she remembers. “Dancing all of those roles in one of my favorite ballets with live music and custom-made tutus was so rewarding after all of the hard work in the studio.  The entire production created extremely memorable moments dancing alongside so many talented students.”

One of Webb’s favorite parts of the dance program at CCM has been the daily ballet technique class she takes with other dance majors, especially because of the guidance and encouragement she received from CCM dance faculty.

“There was emphasis on attending every single day of class ready to work, and it really pushed me to be better,” Webb adds. “There were so many great and inspiring perspectives and talented teachers that profoundly impacted my professional development.”

After her graduation at the end of this semester, Webb plans to continue to pursue a career in dance performance; she has taken several professional auditions already, although she is unsure which dance company she will be a part of in the fall.  In addition to her BFA in Ballet, Webb has earned a minor in Business Management.

Congratulations to Emma Webb and all of CCM’s graduating class of 2018!

To see Webb onstage, attend one of the four performances of Legends of Dance from April 12 through 14 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.
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LEGENDS OF DANCE

CREATIVE TEAM

  • Jiang Qi, director
  • Aik Khai Pung, music director
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Chelsea Taylor*, stage manager
  • Daniel Mallampalli*, Fernando Gaggini*, conductors for “The Kingdom of Shades”
  • Maria Fuller*, conductor for A Choreographic Offering
  • Alexandria Black*, Joseph McNamara*, conductors for “Aurora’s Wedding”

* CCM student

Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère Drop Provided by: Cincinnati Ballet

GUEST ARTISTS
Derek E. Brockington, of the Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company, will play Solor in “The Kingdom of the Shades” evening performances Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.

David Morse, of the Cincinnati Ballet, will play Prince Desire in the performances of “Aurora’s Wedding.”

The full cast list will be available at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/legends-of-dance.

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12
  • 8 p.m. Friday April 13
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to Legends of Dance are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

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/mainstage/legends-of-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 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

Dance Performance Sponsor: Teri Jory & Seth Geiger

This performance of A Choreographic Offering is presented by arrangement with the José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc.
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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