CCM Named ‘Best of Cincinnati’ by CityBeat Readers and Staff

Three productions with CCM connections were voted “Best of Cincinnati” by CityBeat readers and staff. CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati 2020 issue is available online now!

CCMONSTAGE Play Series presented “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” in October 2019. Photo/Richard Hess

CCM’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won “Best Play (Student/Community)” in the magazine’s readers poll. Directed by CCM Acting Professor Richard E. Hess, the play was presented in October as part of the CCMONSTAGE Play Series.

Blind Injustice, CCM’s co-production with Cincinnati Opera and UC College of Law’s Ohio Innocence Project, received a special Best of Cincinnati staff pick award as “Best World Premiere Opera to Open Your Eyes.” Directed by CCM Opera Professor Robin Guarino, the opera featured stories of six wrongly incarcerated people who were aided by the OIP.

Blind Injustice, CCM’s co-production with Cincinnati Opera and the Ohio Innocence Project, was presented in July 2019 at Music Hall’s Wilks Studio. Photo/Philip Groshong

CityBeat staff wrote: “Robin Guarino’s terrific staging of the sold-out series of shows in the Wilks Studio in Music Hall in July 2019 drew excellent performances from a gifted cast that included members of Cincinnati’s Young Professionals Choral Collaborative. The five performances sold out months in advance, as did a free presentation at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Bond Hill. Blind Injustice is proof positive that opera can bear powerful witness to the social issues of our time, as well as to the strength of the human spirit in the face of mindless injustice. May it be seen again and again and again, here and throughout the country.”

CCM students self-produced “The Flick” at Clifton’s Esquire movie theater in July 2019. Photo/Ella Eggold

CityBeat staff also recognized CCM students who produced and acted in a unique presentation of The Flick, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Annie Baker, at Clifton’s Esquire movie theater. The production was dubbed “Best Play Held in an Unconventional Setting.” CCM Acting alumni and current students Ella Eggold, Gabriella DiVincenzo, Graham Rogers, Leonard Peterson and Kristina Steinmetz acted and produced the play, which was stage managed by CCM Theatre Design and Production student Jennelle John-Lewis. CityBeat staff praised the production team’s efforts as “spectacular” and “outstanding.”

Congratulations to all of our friends and partners also featured in this special issue of CityBeat! Read more on CityBeat’s website or view a digital version of the issue.


Featured image at top: Best of Cincinnati graphic by Taylor Speed/CityBeat

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New York Times: WVXU and CCM Revive Rare Rod Serling Baseball Comedy

Rod Serling’s comedy about confusion between Russians and the Cincinnati Reds airs at 8 p.m. on March 25 on WVXU 91.7.

CCM and Cincinnati Public Radio station 91.7 WVXU have co-produced a long-lost baseball comedy by The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. Recently featured by the New York Times, the radio play titled O’Toole From Moscow airs on 91.7 WVXU at 8 p.m. this Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The New York Times describes the comedy as “a screwball romp, with a side of whimsy.” Read the full article.

O’Toole From Moscow is about confusion between Russians and the Cincinnati Reds at the height of the “Red Scare” over possible Communist infiltration of American institutions during the Cold War. Serling originally wrote the one-hour television play for NBC Matinee Theatre and it was only broadcast once on Dec. 12, 1955. The performance was not filmed or recorded.

O’Toole From Moscow was adapted for radio and produced by WVXU’s John Kiesewetter, who tracked down the original script with the help of Serling historians. He also met with Serling’s daughter, Anne, who is the program host and narrator on the radio play. CCM Acting students recorded the comedy, which was directed by CCM Professor Richard Hess, at Cincinnati Public Radio’s studio. Sammi Grant, a visiting master’s student from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, tutored the cast so they would sound authentically Russian.

Hess hand-picked his lineup of eight student cast members for the radio play: Chandler Bates, Austin James Cleri, Matt Fox, Dustin Parsons, Jack Steiner, Frankie Chuter, Cameron Nalley and Lucas Prizant. The team also recruited Cincinnati Reds organist John Schutte, who provided the ballpark organ music for the broadcast. Read more about the making of this radio play on WVXU.

The “O’Toole From Moscow” team, from left: WVXU engineer Josh Elstro, Frankie Chuter, Matt Fox, Chandler Bates, director Richard Hess, Cameron Nalley, Jack Steiner, Austin James Cleri, Dustin Parsons, Sammi Grant and Lucas Prizant. Photo/John Kiesewetter

Long-time baseball fans will enjoy Serling’s script and hear references to some of baseball’s biggest stars of the 1950s including: Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berri, Stan Musial and Ted Kluszewski.

In O’Toole From Moscow a Russian consulate staffer named Mushnick is being sent back from New York to Moscow for re-education because of his high absences due to attending Brooklyn Dodgers games at Ebbets Field. So Mushnick and a muscular Russian security officer named Joseph Bishofsky hop a train and go as far west as their money will take them — to Cincinnati. Bishofsky panics in Cincinnati and goes to the Reds office to turn himself in, mistaking the baseball team for his Russian comrades. Mushnick bursts in to explain that Joseph – whom he calls “Joseph O’Toole” – is an outfielder wanting a tryout. The Reds give O’Toole a shot, and he ends up being a better slugger than Kluszewski – until the Russians find him.

Tune in to hear the O’Toole From Moscow broadcast on 91.7 WVXU at 8 p.m. this Wednesday, March 25. A live stream of the broadcast will also be available on the WVXU website.
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Watch: CCM Alumnus Edward Nelson Wins Glyndebourne Opera Cup

CCM alumnus Edward Nelson (BM Voice, 2011; MM Voice, 2013) took home the first prize award at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an international competition designed to discover and spotlight the best young opera singers from around the world. Dame Janet Baker, the competition’s honorary president, gave Nelson his trophy, which was inspired by the golden lyre that Baker used in Glyndebourne’s 1982 production of Orfeo ed Euridice.

This prize includes £15,000 (about $18,400 in U.S. currency) and the guarantee of a professional role at a top international opera house. The members of the deciding jury included opera legends Sumi Jo, Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Felicity Lott, as well as other industry professionals.

Following preliminary rounds in Cape Town, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Vienna and New York, six singers advanced to compete in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup final, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Nelson performed two dramatic arias from Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet before sealing his win with a spectacular performance of “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville. His winning performance is available to watch online at YouTube.

Nelson recently made his European debut with the Norwegian premiere of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera. His performances were well-reviewed, despite his having learned the role in just four weeks. Bachtrack.com said that “Nelson impressed with a ringing baritone, excellent French diction and a surprisingly easy top [register].”

This season, Nelson appears with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Vancouver Opera as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, with San Francisco Opera as Bosun in Billy Budd and with the Saint Louis Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Read more about Nelson’s professional accomplishments.


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Students rehearse for CCM's TRANSMIGRATION Festival. Photos by CCM Acting student Jabari Carter.

TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student Works Returns to CCM March 11-13

Admission to CCM’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival is free. Reservations are required. Tickets are available in person or over the phone through the CCM Box Office.

CCM presents six original, student-created works in the Acting Department’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival: (im)mature, Rotten Kids of Witchwood Pine, Phantasmagoria, Dirty Laundry, Entermission and HINT! A Play About Clue. Celebrating its 12th anniversary, the festival runs Wednesday, March 11, through Friday, March 13, 2020, throughout CCM Village.

TRANSMIGRATION gives CCM Acting students the freedom to produce an entirely new show from start to finish. The teams are tasked with writing, designing and producing a 30-minute piece of theatre all on their own. The shows are performed simultaneously and in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees may customize their personal theater-going experience by viewing up to four shows of their choice throughout the evening. Show details are below.

“This is my third year in TRANSMIGRATION, and it has always been a highlight of my year. It’s always so fun and really works the muscle we need to create our own work,” said CCM Acting student Sydney Miles. “My personal favorite year and favorite role was my freshman year when I played a suitcase and travelled along with my pal, Cooper the Compass. With TRANSMIGRATION, anything can happen!”

Co-produced by CCM Acting Professors Richard Hess and Brant Russell, this unique festival has presented more than 60 original productions over the past 12 years. This year, junior Anastasia Jacques is the Associate Producer, and senior Chandler Bates is the Communication Manager.

(IM)MATURE
Remember grade school? The science fair. Getting picked last for kickball. Missing the bus. Cliques. Falling outs. Falling in love. Do you remember how you dealt with them? Did you shut down or grow up? What advice would you give your childhood self? The bus is almost here, hop on as we take a trip down memory lane and remember what it was like to discover new truths, redefine our obstacles and find out what maturity even means. As kids, all we want is to grow up. But as adults, all we want is to remember.
Cast: Zoe Cotzias, Rachel Jones, Lucas Prizant, Cameron Nalley, Ethan Murphy, Charles Gidney, Jason Pavlovich, Jake Weinheimer, Maddie Gaughn, Neuma Cohen-Denson, Mason Doyle
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


ROTTEN KIDS OF WITCHWOOD PINE
As a group of students retreat to the woods, they stumble into a cursed forest called Witchwood Pine, a forest that manipulates your mind and traps you inside it. As they realize where they are and what the pine can do, they must discover what it takes to escape. Can you trust what you see?
Cast: Jabari Carter, Chandler Bates, Duncan Weinland, Reid Robison, Jack McElroy, AJ Civello, Shakoria Davis, Kay Waltermire, Ava Panagopoulos, Lydia Robison
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.


PHANTASMAGORIA
What is a phantasmagoria? A sequence of real or imaginary images, like those seen in a dream. This folk tale fever dream takes you on a ride through the subconscious of two sisters as they hang between life and death. Welcome to limbo. Welcome to Phantasmagoria.
Cast: Sierra Coachman, Cameron Mills, Lydia Noll, Michelle Jardine, Eli Lucas, Matt Fox, Olivia Buss, Emma Fitzgerald, Zoe Peterson, Abby Palen, Rachel Baker, Grace Eddy, Beza Kidane
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.


DIRTY LAUNDRY
There are some places that normal humans do not go. One of those is a laundromat at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday. Come visit our 24-hour laundromat, where career criminals go to wash away their dirty secrets. Tuesday after Tuesday, week after week, they’ve become an eclectic sort of clan. Aside from being loyal patrons, they all work as mercenaries for the owner. One day, when given assignments, some of the names on their lists look a little too familiar. What happens when the thing that goes “bump” in the night gets scared? Will this family of shady characters choose blood over money, or will they succumb to their fears? Step inside our laundromat, where you call some of the shots, but you may leave less clean than you came in.
Cast: Paige Jordan, Rin Wallace, Sydney Miles, Kayla Temshiv, Lily Olsen, Dustin Parsons, Noah Buyak, Malik Smith, Rachel Larson, Hunter Trammell, Morgan Piper, Jack Fogle
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 8:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.


ENTERMISSION
We are sad to announce that the Entermission we know and love is coming to a close. After years of dedication and imagination, it’s time to say goodbye to America’s most revolutionary attraction. But before it’s gone for good, you have one more chance to enjoy this timeless experience! Join Bells and Whistles one last time as they guide you through the love story of Humanity and Technology. Enjoy a laugh as you jump backwards in time, shed a tear as you step toward the future and witness the marvels that bridge the gaps in our lonely and fragmented world. With the help of your favorite advanced animatronics, enjoy the once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing tomorrow today. Take a seat, strap yourselves in and enter the mission!
Cast: Briley Oakley, Carlee Coulehan, Frankie Chuter, Leonard Peterson III, Gabe Nasato, Julianna Weis-Palacios, Kristina Steinmetz, Mateo Sollano, Kevin Naddeo
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.


HINT! A PLAY ABOUT CLUE
There has been a murder at the mansion. The guests are appalled: why would anybody want to murder the gracious host? Nobody quite knows what happened… except for the murderer, of course. Join us in retracing the truth. Will you be able to navigate the web of lies, betrayal and unrequited love in order to solve the crime?
Cast: Madison Pullman, Jack Steiner, Anastasia Jacques, Amanda Nelson, Liza Lagerstrom, Isabella Wagner, Austin Cleri, Gracie Schmidt, Ava Duvall, Ariel Shaw
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


TRANSMIGRATION Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 13

Location

CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets are available in person or over the phone through the CCM Box Office. 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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First Look: CCMONSTAGE ‘The Secret Garden’

The CCMONSTAGE Musicals Series presents “The Secret Garden” through March 8, 2020. Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents this award-winning story tonight, March 5-Sunday, March 8, 2020. Tickets available online.

Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight, March 5, and continues through Sunday, March 8, 2020 at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Presented by CCM’s Musical Theatre student stars of tomorrow, this “turn-of-the-century fairy tale” (Los Angeles Times) offers an enchanting evening of entertainment for the whole family.

The musical is brought to life on stage by director and choreographer Connor Gallagher (BFA Musical Theatre, ’06), who most recently created choreography for Broadway’s Beetlejuice. Get a sneak peek at the production in the slideshow below. Photos by Mark Lyons.

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The compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal centers on 11-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who moves from India to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his ailing son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents The Secret Garden on March 5-8, 2020, at Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student and group discounts are available.

CCM’s production of The Secret Garden will last two hours, plus a 15-minute intermission.

The Secret Garden Billing Credits

  • Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
  • Music by Lucy Simon
  • Based on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Creative Team

  • Connor Gallagher, director and choreographer
  • Jeremy Robin Lyons*, musical director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Zach Buscher* and Seth Howard*, prop masters
  • Andrew Volzer*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Marnee Porter*, wig and make-up designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Zoe Mezoff as Mary Lennox
  • Delaney Guyer as Lily
  • Madison Hagler as Archibald Craven
  • Sam Pickart as Dr. Neville Craven
  • Anna Chase Lanier as Martha
  • Kurtis Bradley Brown as Dickon
  • Jenna Bienvenue as Colin
  • Britta Cowan as Mrs. Medlock
  • Jamie Goodson as Mrs. Winthrop/Jane
  • Nick Berninger as Ben
  • Christian Feliciano as Fakir
  • Sofie Flores as Ayah
  • Mikayla Renfrow as Rose Lennox
  • Matt Copley as Captain Albert Lennox
  • Michael Canu as Lt. Peter Wright
  • Elijah King as Lt. Ian Shaw
  • Hank Von Kolnitz as Major Holmes
  • Veronica Stern as Claire Holmes
  • Jack Brewer as Major Shelley
  • Zoë Grolnick as Mrs. Shelley
  • Bailee Endebrock as Alice
  • Chip Hawver as William
  • Cassie Maurer as Betsy
  • David Littlefield as Timothy
  • Swings: Sasha Spitz and Cole Harksen
  • Dance Captains: Michael Canu and Bailee Endebrock

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $35.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


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CCM Presents Enchanting Musical ‘The Secret Garden’ on March 5-8

 

The CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents this enchanting musical based on the beloved children’s story on March 5-8, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

CCM presents award-winning musical The Secret Garden on March 5-8, 2020, at Corbett Auditorium. This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in musical style by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, and brought to life at CCM by Broadway’s Connor Gallagher with musical direction by Jeremy Robin Lyons.

A 2006 graduate of CCM’s BFA Musical Theatre program, Gallagher most recently created choreography for Broadway’s Beetlejuice, currently playing in New York. He returns to his alma mater to choreograph and direct CCM’s production of The Secret Garden, working with CCM Musical Theatre’s student stars of tomorrow.

The compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal centers on 11-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who moves from India to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his ailing son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life.

Winner of a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, this “turn-of-the-century fairy tale” (Los Angeles Times) offers an enchanting evening of entertainment for the whole family! CCM’s production of The Secret Garden will last two hours, plus a 15-minute intermission.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents The Secret Garden on March 5-8, 2020, at Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student and group discounts are available.

About Connor Gallagher
A 2006 graduate of CCM’s Musical Theatre program, Connor Gallagher is thrilled to re­turn to CCM to direct The Secret Garden. He most recently created choreography for the worldwide Broadway phenomenon Beetlejuice, currently playing in New York at the Winter Garden Theatre. Gallagher works extensively with the Walt Disney Company, most recently directing and choreographing a new adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, based on the 2017 film. The production won the international Brass Ring Award and is currently running onboard the Disney Dream. He’s choreographed music videos for artists VINCINT, Stefan Benz and 2020 Best New Artist Grammy nominee Tank and the Bangas. Other selected credits include The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2016 Astaire Award), Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Camelot (Westport), the world-premiere stage adaptation of Disney’s Tangled (Disney Creative Entertainment), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse), The Twelve (Denver Center), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), Vanity Fair (Shakespeare DC and San Francisco ACT), Dancing at Lughnasa (Two River) and more than a dozen shows for Theatreworks USA. Gallagher choreographed the hit musical adaptation of Elf, which has had more than a dozen touring companies since 2012, with sit-down runs at Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center. Gallagher has created choreography for Glidden Paint, Luxxotica Eyewear, Hanky Panky underwear, the Writers Guild Awards and the HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe. Gallagher is currently developing the new musical It’s The Bear, two new works with Disney Creative and an international arena show that will debut in 2021. Gallagher made his Broadway debut as a performer in Beauty and the Beast. Visit connorgallagher.com for more information.

The Secret Garden Billing Credits

  • Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
  • Music by Lucy Simon
  • Based on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Creative Team

  • Connor Gallagher, director and choreographer
  • Jeremy Robin Lyons*, musical director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Zach Buscher* and Seth Howard*, prop masters
  • Andrew Volzer*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Marnee Porter*, wig and make-up designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Zoe Mezoff as Mary Lennox
  • Delaney Guyer as Lily
  • Madison Hagler as Archibald Craven
  • Sam Pickart as Dr. Neville Craven
  • Anna Chase Lanier as Martha
  • Kurtis Bradley Brown as Dickon
  • Jenna Bienvenue as Colin
  • Britta Cowan as Mrs. Medlock
  • Jamie Goodson as Mrs. Winthrop/Jane
  • Nick Berninger as Ben
  • Christian Feliciano as Fakir
  • Sofie Flores as Ayah
  • Mikayla Renfrow as Rose Lennox
  • Matt Copley as Captain Albert Lennox
  • Michael Canu as Lt. Peter Wright
  • Elijah King as Lt. Ian Shaw
  • Hank Von Kolnitz as Major Holmes
  • Veronica Stern as Claire Holmes
  • Jack Brewer as Major Shelley
  • Zoë Grolnick as Mrs. Shelley
  • Bailee Endebrock as Alice
  • Chip Hawver as William
  • Cassie Maurer as Betsy
  • David Littlefield as Timothy
  • Swings: Sasha Spitz and Cole Harksen
  • Dance Captains: Michael Canu and Bailee Endebrock

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $35.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


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CCM presents Handel’s ‘Partenope’ on Feb. 20-23

The CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents this witty romantic comedy from Feb. 20 through 23, 2020. Tickets available online.

CCM opera and voice students sing their way through mistaken identities and declarations of love and war in Partenope, with music by George Frideric Handel and libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. The opera, approaching its 300-year anniversary, tells the story of four rival suitors vying for the hand of Queen Partenope of Naples. Performances run from Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Greg Eldridge directs this production and CCM master’s student Caleb Glickman conducts. The story centers on Queen Partenope and her surplus of potential husbands: the handsome Prince Arsace, the shy Prince Armindo, the volatile Prince Emilio and Eurimene, who is actually Arsace’s ex-fiancée Rosmira in disguise. Who will win the Queen’s heart? In his director’s note, Eldridge says audience members will be able to see glimpses of themselves in each of the characters in the opera.

“It is Handel’s ability to write music that at once humanizes his protagonists while underscoring their majestic or mythological natures that makes his work such a delight for directors, performers and audiences alike,” says Eldridge. “It is this relationship between characters, their emotions and each other that we seek to explore in this production.”

Partenope is Handel’s first comic opera; completed just two weeks before its premiere in 1730, it was such a departure from Handel’s successful opera seria works that the Royal Academy of Music rejected the opera. However, the public disagreed, and it had a successful seven-performance run during the premiere production, with revivals following in the next decade. After a lull in performances of over two centuries, it was premiered in the United States in 1988.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents Partenope on Feb. 20-23, 2020, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Greg Elridge, director
  • Caleb Glickman*, conductor
  • Marie-France Lefebvre and Kathleen Kelly, preparing coaches
  • Nia Burns*, production stage manager
  • Mark Halpin, scenic designer
  • Kelly C. Howland*, lighting designer
  • Hakura Iihoshi*, sound designer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Claire Lopatka as Partenope
  • Nicholas Kelliher as Arsace
  • Grace Kiver as Armindo
  • Tyler Johnson as Emilio
  • Christina Hazen as Rosmira/Eurimene
  • Justin Burgess as Ormonte

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Location

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $23.50; Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


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Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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CCM Wind Symphony presents ‘Pops in Space’ concert on Feb. 21

Journey to the galaxy with an evening of celestial works, including John Williams’ ‘Star Wars Suite.’ Tickets available online.

The CCM Wind Symphony performs the music of the cosmos in its “Pops in Space” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb 21, 2020 in Corbett Auditorium. The concert features a mix of classic and contemporary space-inspired works by composers including Eric Whitacre, J.S. Bach, Gustov Holst and John Williams.

The Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, led by Ann Porter, opens the performance with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’ American Overture and Derek Jenkins’ We Seven, the title of which comes from a book by the same name written by the United States’ first astronauts.

The CCM Wind Symphony then takes the stage to present Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, led by conductor-in-residence Fangfang Li. The journey through outer space continues with Eric Whitacre’s Deep Field, featuring images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Audience members can enjoy both the sights and sounds of the galaxy during the concert by downloading the free Deep Field App from the App Store or Google Play Store. CCM Wind Symphony music director Kevin Michael Holzman will cue the audience to activate the app.

After a brief intermission, the performance resumes with Holst’s “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets. Known for its swelling brass and slow waltzing strings, the piece is led by Fangfang Li.

The performance’s epic finale features the Star Wars Suite by John Williams. The music behind the beloved media franchise invokes feelings of nostalgia with pieces including the “Star Wars Main Title,” “Imperial March,” “Princess Leia’s Theme” and more.

This concert is presented as part of the 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Winds Series. Visit ccmonstage.universitytickets.com for a complete listing of upcoming ticketed performances. Save up to 10 percent off of single ticket prices by purchasing six or more tickets with a Concert Flex Package.

Repertoire

STAR WARS: POPS IN SPACE
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE)
Ann Porter, music director and conductor
Featuring conductor-in-residence Fangfang Li

J. JENKINS: American Overture
D. JENKINS: We Seven
BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
WHITACRE: Deep Field, featuring images from NASA
HOLST: Selections from The Planets
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single ticket prices start at $19.50 each; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


Story by CCM Graduate Student Kelly Barefield

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First Look: CCMONSTAGE ‘Clybourne Park’

CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents Bruce Norris’ provocative comedy inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” through Feb. 16, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

Bruce Norris’ award-winning play, Clybourne Park continues at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music tonight, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, as part of the CCMONSTAGE Play Series. Acting Professor Richard Hess, director of the production, recently discussed how he and students have prepared for the play with Cincinnati arts reporter Rick Pender on WVXU’s “Around Cincinnati” program.

“When choosing titles at CCM I try to pick exciting pieces that have something to say about the world today, and Clybourne Park might be yelling more loudly in 2020 than even when it was first written,” Hess says in the interview. Listen to the full interview on WVXU.

Get a sneak peek at the production in the slideshow below. Photos by Mark Lyons.

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Now in its 10th anniversary year, Clybourne Park examines how Americans talk — or don’t talk — about race, class and real estate. It was written by Norris as a modernized response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, focusing on the home Hansberry’s protagonists were set to move into at the end of her seminal drama. Clybourne Park begins in 1959, as a grieving white family prepares to sell their home to an African-American family, causing anxiety in their middle-class Chicago neighborhood.

The second act takes place 50 years later, as a white family purchases the same home in the now predominantly African-American neighborhood, and makes plans to raze and rebuild the dwelling. Tensions rise in each act as the characters debate over the past, present and future of the home. This production contains strong language.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents Clybourne Park through Feb. 16, 2020, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard Hess, director
  • Will Graham*, production stage manager
  • Mark Halpin, scenic designer
  • Nina Agelvis*, lighting designer
  • Joanne West*, costume designer
  • Jerome Horng*, wig and make-up designer
  • Ryan Hurt*, sound designer
  • Sammi Grant, dialect and vocal coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Matt Fox as Russ Stoller
  • Abby Palen as Bev Stoller
  • Paige Jordan as Francine
  • Charles Gidney as Albert
  • Dustin Parsons as Jim
  • Duncan Weinland as Karl
  • Julianna Weis-Palacios as Betsy
  • Lucas Prizant as Steve Driscoll
  • Madison Pullman as Lindsey Driscoll
  • Carlee Coulehan as Kathy
  • Neuma Joy as Lena
  • Trey Peterson as Kevin
  • AJ Civello as Tom
  • Gabe Nasato as Dan
  • Austin James Cleri as Kenneth

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 (preview)
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

Location

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $32.50; preview performance ticket prices start at $15.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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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Review: CSO Presents ‘Spellbinding’ Concert with CCM Student Singers

CCM student singers joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in concert at Music Hall this past weekend. Next weekend, the CSO’s Louis Langrée comes to campus to conduct the CCM Philharmonia in a program of French works!

CCM boasts a top-notch opera and vocal performance program, and these students shone in the spotlight at Music Hall this past weekend. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra featured 10 CCM student soloists and the CCM Chamber Choir, led by Earl Rivers, in its performances of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, or “The Child and the Sorceries,” on Feb. 7-8, 2020.

In her review of the concert for the Cincinnati Business Courier, Janelle Gelfand described the entire staged production as “a spellbinding feat that blended a cast of terrific young singers with whimsical animations.”

“It was a stroke of genius to employ opera singers from the Opera Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, who added youthfulness as well as vibrant voices to the wondrous score,” wrote Gelfand.

The performance featured Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in the title role. CCM students who performed as soloists are Yewon Yoon, coloratura; Raven McMillon, coloratura; Anyeé Farrar, coloratura; Elana Bell, mezzo-soprano; Joyner Horn, mezzo-soprano; Georgia Jacobson, mezzo-soprano; Brenda Iglesias Zarco, mezzo soprano; Victor Cardamone, tenor; Ryan Wolfe, bass, and Antonio Cruz, baritone.

This weekend, the onstage partnership between CCM and the CSO continues. On Saturday, Feb. 15, the CSO’s Music Director Louis Langrée will join the CCM Philharmonia in Corbett Auditorium for a concert of symphonic favorites, including Debussy’s Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Kara Huber, a CCM doctoral candidate and Grammy-nominated pianist, will perform as the soloist on Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM and the CSO have long worked together on various projects; many of the musicians of the CSO are on faculty at CCM, and CCM alumni often find employment with the symphony as musicians or administrators. One significant development in this symbiotic relationship is the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship, a program generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that provides an unparalleled two-year learning experience for graduate-level violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music. These students perform alongside the CSO for five weeks of the performance season and receive several stipends from the CCM and the CSO.

More information on the CCM Philharmonia’s Saturday, Feb. 15, concert with Louis Langrée is available online and in the event information below.

Repertoire

CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Louis Langrée, conductor
DEBUSSY: Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune
RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major, featuring Grammy-nominated CCM doctoral student Kara Huber
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati 

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $29.50; Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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.


 Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

Orchestral Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hirschhorn

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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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