UC Hosts Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Oct. 9

The University of Cincinnati welcomes the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and its Cincinnati Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The fair runs from 7–9 p.m. in the Great Hall at Tangeman University Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

College-bound high school students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in the areas of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, graphic design and other related disciplines are encouraged to attend this informational event.

CCM will also be hosting “Choosing the Right Music School for You – The Fit Factor Workshop,” a special panel discussion, from 5:45–6:30 p.m. in room 400 of the Tangeman University Center. This discussion will feature presentations by several admission representatives, including those from CCM, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory. Students and parents attending the NACAC fair are invited to participate in this discussion.

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UC Hosts Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Oct. 9

Are you a college-bound high school student interested in pursuing a college degree in the areas of music, dance, theatre, visual arts or graphic design? Learn about admission, and explore your college options and more at the Cincinnati Performing and Visual Arts College Fair!

The free event will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in the Great Hall of UC’s Tangeman University Center.

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CCM Theatre Design & Production and E-Media Students Team with Artist Amy Shackleton to Give ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ a Colorful Twist

Scenic designer and third-year graduate student Ryan Howell (left) and Canadian artist Amy Shackleton give a design presentation to CCM Theatre Design and Production students.

Scenic designer and third-year graduate student Ryan Howell (left) and Canadian artist Amy Shackleton give a design presentation to CCM Theatre Design and Production students.

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream receives a colorful and refreshing update in the upcoming production at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. Beginning with a preview performance on Oct. 3, audiences will be transported to the 1960s and will follow four lovers and some unfortunate “mechanicals” as their lives become the playthings of a band of fairies.

Director Michael Burnham wanted to take a new approach to a traditional piece and encouraged set designer and third year graduate student Ryan Howell to contact Canadian artist Amy Shackleton to collaborate on an original art piece for the show. With the help of CCM’s Division of Electronic Media, Amy Shackleton was filmed while painting the piece and the resulting footage will be used to create a backdrop that will paint itself as the story develops.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Scenic Design of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Amy Shackleton, Toronto-based gravity artist, demonstrating her technique to CCM students.

Amy Shackleton, Toronto-based gravity artist, demonstrating her technique to CCM students.

To ignite its 2012-13 Mainstage Season, CCM will be presenting one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from Oct. 3 (preview) – 7 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

The play takes us on a wistful journey with four lovers and a weaver as they interact with some Puck-ish pranks in the wood. Director Michael Burnham and fellow designers add a spin to this version of the show as we find ourselves in the summer of 1963, right before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Learn more about how this spin influenced the show’s costume design here.

As previously reported, international artist Amy Shackleton joins the design team of CCM’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream to engage in a unique collaboration, creating an original piece of art. Amy’s process was documented and will set the backdrop for this production.

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Constella Festival Offers Student Tickets for Anthony McGill Concert at CCM this Sunday

Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill

This Sunday, the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts brings Metropolitan Opera Orchestra principal clarinetist Anthony McGill to CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall for a festival-opening celebration. The performance begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, and students can purchase discount tickets for just $10!

Students can use the code “constellarush” to get up to 2 tickets at this discounted rate. A valid student ID is required to pick up tickets at the event. Tickets for this concert are sold exclusively through the Constella Festival. Visit the Constella Festival website for more information.

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Discussing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Costumes with Student Designer Brittany McManus

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Brittany McManus is a third-year master’s degree student in costume design. Along with the production’s scenic designer, lighting designer, sound designer and wig & make-up designer (all of whom are third-year graduate students at CCM), McManus’ work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is serving as her thesis project.

McManus’ unique costume design concepts for this production draw inspiration from the 1960s. “We are doing three different groups of people,” she explains. “The 60s are when the countercultures really emerge, so you start to see these different facets of society in a way that you may have seen before… but not to this extent.”

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Cincinnati Season Openers Feature the Talents of CCM Drama

CCM alumna Torie Wiggins in Cincinnati Shakespeare's production of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

CCM alumna Torie Wiggins in Cincinnati Shakespeare’s production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

This fall, visit any stage in Cincinnati to enjoy season opening theatre productions and you will have the chance to see the talents of current and former CCM Drama students!

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CCM Student Wins Third Prize in Li Delun National Conducting Competition

Jing Huan was awarded third prize in China's first Li Delun National Conducting Competition (photo: Ren Xihai)

CCM student Jing Huan was awarded third prize in China’s first Li Delun National Conducting Competition (photo: Ren Xihai)

Congratulations to CCM doctoral candidate Jing Huan for winning third prize in China’s first Li Delun National Conducting Competition in Qingdao!

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, China Symphony Development Foundation and Qingdao local government, the competition was held from June 18-23, 2012.

Learn more courtesy of Gramophone Magazine here.

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CCM Jazz Student Profiled By Soapbox Cincinnati

Josh Jessen performing with the CCM Jazz Ensemble.

Josh Jessen performing with the CCM Jazz Ensemble.

Congratulations to current CCM student Josh Jessen on his recent Soapbox Cincinnati profile! Jessen is a multi-genre oriented pianist working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at CCM.

“He’s got it all,” says CCM Adjunct Instructor of Jazz and “living guru of big band drumming” John Von Ohlen. “He can write his own ticket if that’s what he wants to do.”

You can view the entire Soapbox Cincinnati feature here.

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CCM Horn Performance Major Wins Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition

Congratulations to horn performance major Austin Larson, who has been named one of five winners of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition! The performance of Larson’s winning solo will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday, May 13. Larson currently studies with Randy C. Gardner, Professor of Horn at CCM.

Learn more about Larson’s win here.

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