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Maestro Mark Gibson Unveils An Upbeat Conducting Compendium

CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson recently released the paperback edition of The Beat Stops Here: Lessons on and off the Podium for Today’s Conductor, which not only discusses conducting techniques but also provides lessons on score study, musical analysis and the many roles of the modern conductor.

“It is part score analysis, part scholarly thoughts on musical matters, part humorous,” Gibson says. “There is something in it for any and every musician.”

This isn’t Gibson’s first time writing a book; he has collaborated with Elizabeth A. H. Green to produce several editions of The Modern Conductor, an essential conducting text. The Beat Stops Here is less of a textbook and more of Gibson’s personal take on the nuances of his craft, and it stems from his blog of the same name.

“I have accumulated a lot of ideas and writings about conducting and music, many going against conventional wisdom, and I just felt I needed to get them out there.”

thebeatstopshereGibson’s musical reach extends well beyond CCM. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Sichuan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and a guest conductor and consultant with the China National Opera. Prior to arriving at CCM, Gibson served as the principal conductor of the Alabama Symphony, visiting director of orchestral studies at the Eastman School of Music and music director of the New York City Opera National Company, among many other positions.

“Every time I teach — be it in writing, in class, in rehearsal, in lesson, in guest master classes — I learn,” he says. “That is one of the joys and blessings of teaching.”

The Beat Stops Here: Lessons on and off the Podium for Today’s Conductor is published by Oxford University Press and is available on Amazon in paperback for $29.95 or as a Kindle e-book for $19.99.  It will be available in hardcover for $99.00 on Thursday, Feb. 23.

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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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Cincinnati Public Television Broadcasts CCM Philharmonia Concert on June 10

Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s internationally-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra will be coming to a television near you this month courtesy of CET, Cincinnati Public Television. The CET Arts channel will premiere CCM’s Orchestra Series: Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 10.

This broadcast is part of an ongoing collaboration between CCM and CET, which will bring CCM’s world-class performances to PBS viewers throughout the Greater Cincinnati viewing area. CET Arts, which is celebrating three years on-air, brings the world stage to Greater Cincinnati and showcases the arts in our community.

Recorded in March, this performance was part of CCM’s day-long “Mahler Marathon,” which featured performances of Gustav Mahler’s Third and Fourth Symphonies and other selections by the CCM Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras. CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson conducted the entire “marathon” performance.

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‘Cincinnati Enquirer’ Previews CCM’s March 2 Mahler Marathon

The CCM Philharmonia.

The CCM Philharmonia.

Janelle Gelfand provides an in-depth preview of CCM’s Mahler Marathon for the Cincinnati Enquirer. If you missed the feature in the Enquirer‘s Feb. 24 issue, you can find it online here.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major, along with selections from his Des knaben Wunderhorn, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

After a program break for dinner, the CCM Philharmonia will be joined by choirs from throughout the region at 8 p.m. for Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.

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CCM Orchestras Mount a Mahler Marathon This March

Mark Gibson leads the CCM Philharmonia in rehearsals. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Mark Gibson leads the CCM Philharmonia in rehearsals. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras proudly present Gustav Mahler’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, along with other selections from the composer’s oeuvre, during a unique double-bill performance on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

This unique undertaking begins with a 4 p.m. performance by CCM’s Concert Orchestra, featuring selections from Mahler’s Des knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn), followed by his Symphony No. 4 in G Major.

At 8 p.m. that evening, the CCM Philharmonia will then present Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, his longest piece and the longest symphony in the standard repertoire.

Due to its length and the significant forces it requires, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is performed in concert far less frequently than his other symphonies, making this double-bill an especially rare feat. CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson conducts both symphonies.

“The Third and Fourth Symphonies of Mahler, based on the worldview and musical material from Des knaben Wunderhorn, outline the progress of humankind from earthly life to heavenly life,” Gibson explains. “I, along with 300 gifted student performers in our orchestras and choruses, look forward to sharing this unique spiritual and sonic journey with the Cincinnati public on March 2.”

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