One of the design inspirations for CCM's new production of THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN.

Discussing the Cycles of Life Presented in CCM’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ with Director Vince DeGeorge

Leoš Janáček’s fantastical opera The Cunning Little Vixen comes to the CCM stage April 8 – 10 as part of this year’s Mainstage Series. To share what inspired his vision for the anthropomorphic production, Stage Director and Choreographer Vince DeGeorge reflected on the relationship between humans and nature with CCM Public Information Graduate Assistant Charlotte Kies.

A mask from CCM's 2016 production of THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN. Photography by Mark Lyons.

A mask from CCM’s 2016 production of THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN. Photography by Mark Lyons.

Could you tell me about your inspiration for the design of the masks in this production?

I’ve had this little vixen figurine for about 10 years. It was a gift from my wife, and it has become a touchstone for this project. You’ll see the geometric nature of the fox sculpture reflected in the masks by third-year graduate student and Costume Designer Oran Wongpandid. They’re very cool looking. There’s a sort of formalism about this little creature that I love, but there’s also a playfulness that embodies the spirit of this production.

CCM’s production of Leoš Janáček’s 'The Cunning Little Vixen.’ Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s production of Leoš Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen.’ Photo by Mark Lyons.

How do they use these masks?

They carry the masks and sometimes wear them. They don’t sing with the masks on. One of the things that is most prevalent in this opera is the relationship between humans and animals. The actors come on stage as humans and they transform into animals in front of the audience. It’s a simple transformation through movement and mask work.

Is this something traditionally done, or is this a new idea of your own?

That’s something that I bring to it. Mark Halpin, the designer of the set, and I have never done a show together but we’ve worked a lot together. He sort of understands my aesthetic and he brought his own point of view to it as well. He has come up with this design that I think really embodies this very human aspect of this story. We become animals to tell a very human story.

'The Cunning Little Vixen'

CCM’s production of Leoš Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen.’ Photo by Mark Lyons.

What is that human story?

I think the human story is that every day, life is happening all around us. Often times we are too distracted, or aggressive, or controlling to notice. If you actually take the time to be aware, you will experience everything that’s going on around you. You may not experience all of it, but you will be more receptive to experiences. That’s the journey of the Forester, from very aggressive and controlling, to very open and receptive.

CCM’s production of Leoš Janáček’s 'The Cunning Little Vixen.’ Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s production of Leoš Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen.’ Photo by Mark Lyons.

The Vixen has a different journey. She starts very innocent, open and receptive. Then events occur that change her to become more aggressive and more controlling. She eventually finds her way back into a much more open and receptive place with her love, the Fox.

What’s so beautiful about this opera is that it runs in cycles, in circles. Someone starts a scene and ends up in almost the same place, but something has changed within them. There is a giant cycle that’s going on within the entire opera and the Vixen has a cycle that’s running through her and the Forester. We don’t see the top of the Forester’s cycle but we see him changing back to this more open and receptive person. The music just cycles and cycles in a wonderful repetition and revision that Janáček is an expert at creating.

That sort of fits in with what I’ve read.

The opera is full of life cycles! But within them are tiny little journeys that are going on within ALL of the characters.

That is one aspect that makes this opera so amazing, and another reason why Mark and I decided to set it in a more distilled, abstract way, as opposed to setting it in the 1920s or in Czechoslovakia. To nail it down to a certain time period could diminish the universality of the performance. It doesn’t have a time period, but I think the story in itself is timeless. I’m not saying this is the way to approach this opera, this is the way we approached it.

'The Cunning Little Vixen'

CCM’s production of Leoš Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen.’ Photo by Mark Lyons.

Is this opera often translated into English?

Well, I’m not an expert at that. What I can say is that when I was an undergrad here, David Adams was my voice teacher. Then he did the translation of my first opera here!

That’s a nice little cycle!

Yes, it is! And even though he is a professor emeritus here, David has been at a lot of rehearsals. He has been really involved. It’s been fantastic to work with him in a very different way and still learn from him.

Was it his choice to put this in English?

Actually, David wrote this for Professor Kenneth Shaw’s production here but then retired after spending a lifetime here. This is one of our ways to thank and honor him and the work that he’s done for CCM.

Are English-sung operas a theme this year?

Well, that’s something that we as a department really made an effort to do this year. Both Mainstage Operas were in English, which is more challenging to sing than other languages. The students need to learn how to sing in English and make it understandable and not lose their vocal quality.

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Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen runs April 8 – 10 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Mark Gibson conducts with stage direction and choreography by Vince DeGeorge. This production will be sung in English, with a new translation by CCM Professor Emeritus David Adams. You can learn more about the production here.

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A mask from CCM's 2016 production of THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Series Presents ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ April 8 – 10, 2016

CCM brings you Leoš Janácek’s anthropomorphic opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, from April 8 – 10 as part of this year’s Mainstage Series. Instead of the typical protagonists of kings, queens and courtly staff, the stars of Janácek’s opera are foxes, dragonflies and badgers, and a host of woodland creatures, as well as the humans who try to tame them. Mark Gibson conducts with stage direction and choreography by Vince DeGeorge. This production will be sung in English, with a new translation by CCM Professor Emeritus David Adams.

The story begins with a Forester who, asleep at the base of a tree after a long night of drinking, awakens to the sight of a playful vixen cub. Delighted with his newfound furry friend, the Forester stumbles home to his farm to show his family. Discontent with her life in captivity, the cunning Vixen plots her escape, ruffles some feathers among the farm animals, and flees into the night. The Forester is then devastated and left alone to pine after his lost treasure.

Meanwhile, the Forester’s drinking buddies have troubles of their own. The Schoolmaster lusts after a young woman engaged to another man, and the Priest struggles to reconcile a misstep in his past with his present life of piety. Each man finds himself tormented by his own obsession, and struggles to accept the natural progression of life and death when it is out of his control.

One of the design inspriations for CCM's new production of THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN.

One of the design inspriations for CCM’s new production of THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN.

Inspired by a serial comic strip printed in the local paper, Leoš Janácek uses music and dance to breathe life into the characters he saw on the page. DeGeorge said a muse in the form of a little wooden vixen, gifted from his wife 10 years ago, inspired his vision for CCM’s production of the opera.

The geometric nature of the figurine, which is featured on the program cover, is reflected in the masks worn and carried by the characters as they transform throughout the opera.

“One of the things that is most prevalent in this opera is the relationship between humans and animals. The actors come on stage as humans and they transform into animals in front of the audience,” DeGeorge said. “There’s a sort of formalism about this little creature that I love but there’s also a playfulness that embodies the spirit of this production.”

It’s that very spirit, the transformative essence and flow of cycles within the opera, that Janácek masterfully elicits in your ears. Janácek will mesmerize you with his lush harmonies and sweeping melodies, Hollywood strings, flittering elfin-like woodwinds solos, and powerful romantic brass, in this fantastical tale of the intimate relationship between man and nature.

Join us in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium, this April 8-10, to explore the human condition within the enchanted world of music and dance.

Leoš Janácek’s
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
An Opera in Three Acts
Critical revised version by Jiri Zahrádka
Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, U.S. and Canadian agent for Universal Edition Vienna, publisher and copyright owner.

The Creative Team

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Vince DeGeorge, stage director and choreographer
  • Marie-France Lefebvre, musical preparation
  • Mark Halpin, scenic designer
  • Jeremy Dominik, lighting designer*
  • Oran Wongpandid, costume designer*
  • Kelly Yurko, wig & make-up designer
  • Kristen Budke, properties designer*
  • Susan Moser, choreographer
  • Michael Medina, stage manager*
  • John Murton, assistant conductor (Sunday matinee)*
  • Maria Fuller, rehearsal pianist*
  • Levi Hammer, rehearsal pianist*
  • Michael Medina, rehearsal pianist*

* CCM student

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 8
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to The Cunning Little Vixen are $31-35 for adults, $20-24 for non-UC students and $18-22 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 at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/cunning-little-vixen.

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 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 and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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The Lotte Lenya Competition.

CCM Students Advance to the Final Round of the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition

We are elated to report that CCM students Talya Lieberman and Reilly Nelson have been named as finalists for the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition. They have been selected alongside 13 other young singer/actors and will take part in the final round of the competition on Saturday, April 16.

Both Lieberman and Nelson also made strong showings in last year’s Lotte Lenya Competition. Nelson advanced to the semifinal round of the competition (along with three other CCM-trained singers), while Lieberman won the Lys Symonette Award for Outstanding Performance of an Individual Number during the final round.

Lieberman and Nelson are the latest in a long line of CCM students and alumni who have reached the final rounds of the Lotte Lenya Competition. CCM alumna Lauren Roesner (BFA Musical Theatre, 2013) took Third Prize in the 2013 installment of this prestigious international theatre singing contest. CCM alumna Caitlin Mathes (MM Voice, 2009; Artist Diploma in Opera, 2010) earned First Prize in 2011 and fellow alumna Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (BM Voice, 2008; MM Voice, 2010; DMA candidate) progressed to the final round of the competition that same year.

Selected from 31 semifinalists, this year’s finalists represent a diverse range of performers, ages 21 to 31, from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. All will sing repertoire from the operatic, golden age and contemporary musical stages, and of course, the music of Kurt Weill, for a chance win the top prize of $15,000.

Semifinalist judges, Tony Award-winners Jeanine Tesori and Victoria Clark, adjudicated and coached the performers. Clark, who first judged the competition in 2008, noted that “I can feel the leap in overall talent from when I last judged the semifinals.”

Kurt Weill Foundation President Kim Kowalke stated that “this year’s finalists are the largest and most diverse group in the Competition’s 19-year history, with contestants currently working on- and off-Broadway, in national touring companies, and in major regional theaters and opera companies. Many are well on their way to distinguished careers.”

The final round takes place April 16 at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Each finalist will present a 15 minute program of four selections in the daytime round, 11:00-4:00. An evening concert, in which contestants sing only a segment of their programs, follows at 8:00. The concert concludes with the announcement of awards and prizes. Both the daytime round and evening concert are free and open to the public.

All finalists receive a minimum cash award of $1,000, with additional discretionary awards of $3,500 each, and top prizes ranging from $7,500 to $15,000. Total prizes will exceed $60,000.

Returning to judge for the tenth time, international opera legend Teresa Stratas leads the judges’ panel. The Lenya Competition remains the only vocal competition she has ever consented to adjudicate. Joining her on the jury are Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President and former American Theater Wing Chairman Theodore S. Chapin (also returning for his tenth time), and Broadway (and Audra McDonald’s) music director, conductor and accompanist Andy Einhorn.

Past prize winners have gone on to appear on major theater, opera and concert stages around the world. Don’t miss the competition described by Opera News as “target[ing] today’s total-package talents, unearthing up-and-coming singers who are ready for their close-ups.”

About the Kurt Weill Foundation
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc. is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composer Kurt Weill (1900-50) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981). The Foundation administers the Weill-Lenya Research Center, a Grant Program, the Kurt Weill Book Prize and the Lotte Lenya Competition, and publishes the Kurt Weill Edition and the Kurt Weill Newsletter. Learn more by visiting www.kwf.org.

CCM student Talya Lieberman.

CCM student Talya Lieberman.

About Talya Lieberman
Originally from Forest Hills, New York, soprano Talya Ilana Lieberman is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at CCM as a student of Professor William McGraw.

Recently described by Opera News as “poetically compelling,” “delectably stylish” and “technically refined,” Lieberman is equally at home with operatic, art song and musical theatre repertoire. Starting in September 2016 she will be seen frequently on stage at Komische Oper Berlin, where she will be assuming the soprano position in the Opernstudio. Her upcoming performances include debuts with Cincinnati Opera and Opera Columbus, as well as the title role in CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

Lieberman returned to Cincinnati this fall after completing a summer as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where her ability to “make a point with the merest flick of a finger” (Washington Post) shined in a highly lauded run as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She also appeared in concert with Steven Blier at Wolf Trap in a program celebrating the Broadway legacy of the Rodgers family (The Rodgers Family – A Century of Musicals).

Lieberman is a convert from the orchestra pit and started singing after receiving her master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Judith Saxton. She completed her BA at Duke University with highest distinction in linguistics (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude). She is a two-time winner of full tuition and stipend—winning the Russell-Seybold and Italo Tajo Awards, respectively—at CCM’s Opera Scholarship Competition.

CCM student Reilly Nelson. Photography by Kate Lemmon (http://www.katelphotography.com).

CCM student Reilly Nelson. Photography by Kate Lemmon (http://www.katelphotography.com).

About Reilly Nelson
Born in the coastal town of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada, Reilly Nelson attended the Eastman School of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and CCM where she completed a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.

Nelson is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at CCM.

At CCM she performed Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Mary in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star. She also performed Hansel, as well as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, at Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center.

The mezzo-soprano was a vocal fellow at the renowned Tanglewood Music Festival for the summers of 2014 and 2015, performing Les nuits d’été, Op. 7 and Folk Songs by Bernard Rands.

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Story by Curt Whitacre

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Cherished by music-lovers since its 1843 premiere, DON PASQUALE will delight audiences of all ages. Mark Gibson conducts this beloved opera buffa, with stage direction by Omer Ben-Seadia. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Announces 2016 Opera Scholarship Competition Results

Five voice students were named winners of CCM’s 2016 Opera Scholarship Competition, which was held on Saturday, March 12, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

Since its inauguration in 1976, the annual competition welcomes current and incoming CCM voice students to compete for scholarships and cash prizes, and a panel of judges composed of opera industry professionals selects each year’s class of prizewinners.

The 2016 CCM Opera Scholarship Competition winners are:

Kayleigh Decker (first year Master of Music student)
From Woodstock, Md., studying with William McGraw
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Corbett Award ($15,000)
The Corbett Award is supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Christian Pursell (first year Master of Music student)
From Aptos, Calif., studying with Thomas Baresel
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000)
This award is supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife, Mrs. Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Erica Intilangelo (second year Master of Music student)
From Fairfield, Conn., studying with William McGraw
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500)
This award is supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Murrella Parton (first year Master of Music student)
From Seymour, Tenn., studying with William McGraw
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000)
The Seybold-Russell Award is supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Grace Newberry (first year Master of Music student)
From San Rafael, Calif., studying with William McGraw
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000)
This award is sponsored by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The following student also received an award as part of the competition:

Alexandra Schoeny (incoming Doctor of Musical Arts student)
From Cincinnati, Ohio
Prize: Corbett Incentive Award for new graduate students ($2,000)
This award is supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The judges’ panel for CCM’s 2016 Opera Scholarship Competition included:

  • Michael Heaston, Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and Advisor to the Artistic Director at Washington National Opera and Associate Artistic Director of Glimmerglass Festival
  • Peter Kazaras, Professor of Music and Director of Opera at UCLA Herb Albert School of Music
    Stage Director
  • Viswa Subbaraman, Artistic and Music Director of the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee

About CCM Opera
The Department of Opera at CCM boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. Students at CCM work with some of the most renowned teachers and artists active in opera today.

CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As recently reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, four singers with ties to CCM advanced to the semi-final round of this year’s Met Auditions.

In addition, CCM’s Mainstage and Studio Series of Opera have received some of the National Opera Association Production Competition’s highest honors throughout the years, taking home six of the 18 non-professional prizes awarded in 2010 and four prizes in 2011.

CCM Opera graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy) and more.

CCM’s 2015-16 opera season concludes next month with Janáček’s classic The Cunning Little Vixen (April 8 – 10), conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Vince DeGeorge. Learn more about the production at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/cunning-little-vixen.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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CCM performance photography by UC Photojournalism major Lauren Kremer.

CCM Announces Spring 2016 Calendar of Major Events

CCM is delighted to announce its spring schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM proudly presents 120 major public performances, lectures and showcases from Jan. 12 through May 7, 2016.

This spring’s lineup of major events includes faculty and guest artist concerts, fully supported theatrical productions, guest lectures and much more!

CCM also introduces a new addition to its concert offerings this spring: a collaboration with the national hunger relief initiative Music for Food to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Join us on Feb. 28 and April 3 for the inaugural benefit performances coordinated by the Ariel Quartet and members of our Voice and Opera faculty. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation and enjoy a musical feast!

The cover to CCM's Spring 2016 Calendar of Events.

Download CCM’s Spring 2016 Calendar of Events now.

You can learn more about CCM’s spring schedule of performing and media arts events by referring to the list below or picking up a Spring 2016 Calendar of Major Events at the CCM Box Office.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

View a digital copy of CCM’s Spring 2016 Calendar of Major Events below or click on the image to the right to download a copy of our latest calendar booklet.

Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise, tickets to CCM performances can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

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 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 SPRING 2016 CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS

JANUARY

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
• Faculty Artist Series •
Alan Rafferty, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano

CCM piano faculty member Sandra Rivers joins Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist and fellow faculty member Alan Rafferty to kick off the CSO’s two-year Brahms Fest. Johannes Brahms was composing music at the same time Cincinnati was being settled. This performance of the composer’s rich works for cello and piano sets the stage for the city-wide festival honoring the German roots of Cincinnati, and connecting Brahms’ music to the romance and intrigue of the architectural treasures of our city.  
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15
BOOM!
CCM Lighting Technology II Course Project

Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular creations of CCM’s talented stage lighting, technical production and audio students as they come together to present performance art of robotic lighting and technical systems integration in this once-every-two-year event!
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE, but seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17
• Faculty Artist Series •
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PAT LINHART?
Patricia Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
Luke Dumm, cello
Assisted by Musical Theatre seniors Hannah Kornfeld and Samantha Pollino

You’ve come to expect the unexpected from Pat and Julie. This year is no different! Join us for an afternoon of great fun and music from across the musical spectrum…and – of course – party favors!
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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CCM's 'Moveable Feast' benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016!

CCM’s ‘Moveable Feast’ benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016!

6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
“MOVEABLE FEAST” BENEFIT EVENT

Experience the unparalleled magic of CCM Village as you sample performances by our “stars of tomorrow.” Create your own menu and timetable of artistic selections, including jazz, musical theatre, piano, opera, drama, dance, choral, orchestra, E-media video productions and much more! Your ticket will help the Friends of CCM continue to support the hopes and dreams of CCM students through student travel funds and scholarships.
Location:
 CCM Village
Tickets:
 Special ticket prices and limited seating. For more information, contact CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.

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10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 (Viewing only)
6 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 (Gala Showing)
THE TD&P 2016 PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE

Come see the spectacular work of CCM’s talented senior and master’s Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) students as they highlight their portfolios, websites and designs in this once-a-year event!
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater – Backstage Entrance
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
• Faculty Artist Series •
Nathan Nabb, saxophone
Chialing Hsieh, piano

FRANCK/arr. FOURMEAU: Violin Sonata in A Major
ALBRIGHT: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer joins CCM's Ariel Quartet on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

Acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer joins CCM’s Ariel Quartet on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet
Featuring guest artist David Krakauer, clarinet

Named quartet-in-residence at CCM in 2012, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. After the success of the ensemble’s initial appointment, CCM has extended the Ariel Quartet’s residency through 2022… and that new era continues with this concert, complete with a guest appearance by famed clarinetist David Krakauer!
DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
WEBERN: Sechs Bagatellen, Op. 9
GOLIJOV: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
Feat. David Krakauer, clarinet
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of Anonymous, Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.

Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artist

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2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
ORCHESTRATIONAL SCENARIOS IN THE MUSIC OF SIBELIUS
Blair Johnston, Indiana University

Orchestration—and, with it, the roles that timbre plays in musical rhetoric, expressive trajectories, and the choices made by performers—deserves more attention from scholars than it has received. In an ongoing project, Blair Johnston is examining the rich ways that orchestrational choices in post-Romantic symphonic works interact with the “structures” described by more conventional music analysis, an area that features music-theoretic vocabularies that do not always allow for easy discussion of certain dimensions of sound—in broad terms, its shapes, its colors, its densities—that are especially essential in music from this era. This talk will explore this through the use of late symphonic works by Sibelius (excerpts from the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Symphonies and Tapiola), music in which complex approaches to musical form and material are fused to a highly individual orchestrational language—indeed, music in which there may be almost no line between form, material and timbre.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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CCM Assistant Professor Amy Johnson in Arizona Opera’s production of 'Salome.' Photography by Tim Fuller.

CCM Assistant Professor Amy Johnson in Arizona Opera’s production of ‘Salome.’ Photography by Tim Fuller.

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
• Orchestra Series •
THE GREAT DECADE IN OPERA: RICHARD STRAUSS’ SALOME (1905)
CCM Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artists Amy Johnson, Kenneth Shaw and Tom Baresel, guest artists Elizabeth Bishop and Allan Glassman, and student soloists
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Emma Griffin, stage director
The capstone of CCM’s festival celebrating “The Great Decade,” Richard Strauss’ 1905 masterpiece Salome represents the epitome of pre-World War I decadence, opulence and extravagance. An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s controversial stage work of the same name, this staging is an hour and a half of irresistible drama and ecstatic hyper-romanticism. It is a must see for opera fans, theatre enthusiasts and lovers of massive orchestral sound.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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CCM's Steel Drum Band, performing at the annual Moveable Feast event; directed by Professor Russell Burge. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Steel Drum Band, performing at the annual Moveable Feast event; directed by Professor Russell Burge. Photography by Dottie Stover.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30
• Percussion Series •
A TRIP TO TRINIDAD AND BACK
CCM Steel Drum Band
Russell Burge, director

CCM’s Steel Drum Band presents an evening of the traditional music of Trinidad, along with pop, folk and reggae compositions.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor
Featuring the Torrential Saxophone Quartet

Featuring Philip Glass’ Glassworks and original works by CCM Composition students.
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31
• Jazz Series •
THE COMET’S TAIL: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL BRECKER
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

One of the most influential saxophonists and composers of the last half of the 20th century, Michael Brecker’s music runs the gamut from straight ahead to funk and beyond. Also featuring exciting original new works from CCM students, alumni and today’s hottest writers.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

FEBRUARY

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2
• Orchestra Series •
ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
Featuring a new work by CCM student composer Xian Wang along with classic works from European composers!
WANG: New work TBA
Winner of the CCM Composition Competition
BARTÓK: Viola Concerto
HINDEMITH: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4
• Winds Series •
MASTERWORKS
CCM Wind Orchestra & Wind Ensemble
Glenn D. Price and Angela Holt, music directors and conductors
Featuring guest artist Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

J. S. BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
SCHWANTNER: …and the mountains rising nowhere
IVES: Variations on “America”
Feat. Craig Kirchhoff
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8
• Faculty Artist Series •
Piotr Milewski, violin
Donna Loewy, piano

J. S. BACH: Adagio and Fugue in G Minor”(from Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Meditation, Op. 42, No. 1
BRAHMS/JOACHIM: Hungarian Dance, WoO 1, No. 6
YSAŸE: Sonata, Op. 27, No. 6
WIENIAWSKI: Legende, Op. 17
LIPINSKI/MILEWSKI: Polonaise, Op. 7
PAGANINI: I Palpiti, Op. 13
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Associate Dean R. Terrell Finney directs this beloved classic by Eugene O'Neill.

Associate Dean R. Terrell Finney directs this beloved classic by Eugene O’Neill.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
• Mainstage Drama Series •
AH, WILDERNESS!

Written by Eugene O’Neill
R. Terrell Finney, director

Set in an idyllic Connecticut town during the Fourth of July weekend of 1906, Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! offers a tender portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains and young love. Described as “a breath of fresh air” and “vividly alive” by the New York Post and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival in both 1989 and 1998, this charming comedy is directed by CCM Professor Emeritus R. Terrell Finney.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
• Choral Series •
HONEGGER’S JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE AND VERDI’S OVERTURE FROM GIOVANNA D’ARCO
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir and Chorale; UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses; and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Earl Rivers, conductor
Marcus Shields, stage director

CCM showcases the American university premiere of a staged concert production of Arthur Honegger’s 1938 Joan of Arc at the Stake (Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher), featuring Joan of Arc in the final moments of her life, with flashbacks to her trial and younger days. Actors, soloists, choristers and children play and sing multifaceted roles in Honegger’s borderline opera and oratorio of classical, popular and jazz styles. This program also features the Overture to Verdi’s take on the Joan of Arc story: 1845’s Giovanna d’Arco.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

Performance Sponsor: Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Foundation

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Daniel Weeks, Associate Professor of Music in CCM's Department of Voice.

Daniel Weeks, Associate Professor of Music in CCM’s Department of Voice.

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
• Faculty Artist Series •
SONGS OF LOVE AND DEVOTION
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Donna Loewy, piano

DALBY: Excerpts from A Muse of Love
HOEKMAN: For the Most Improbable She
PREVIN: Is it for now?
MUSTO: Echo
BRAHMS: Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 57
CAPLET: Trois Poèmes de G. Jean-Aubry
ROYEN: Farewell Love
FAITH: If I were
HENNESSEY: I’ll Love You
GENDEL: Variation on a Lennon and McCartney Song
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Assistant Professor Craig Bailey and the CCM Jazz Lab Band.

Assistant Professor Craig Bailey and the CCM Jazz Lab Band.

7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
• Jazz Series •
THE GREAT JAZZ SAXOPHONE COMPOSERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
CCM Jazz Lab Band
Craig Bailey, conductor

Featuring music of artists such as Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and Oliver Nelson, a chosen few who have influenced generations of jazz performers and composers through their playing AND composing.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15
• Faculty Artist Series •
Kurt Sassmannshaus, violin
Rohan DeSilva, piano
Featuring Gyuhyun Han, violin; Boyun Li, viola; and Christoph Sassmannshaus, cello

BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
DEBUSSY: Sonata in G Minor, L 140
DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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6 p.m. Tuesday, February 16
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra & Jazz Explosion
Jennifer Grantham and Matthew Holt, directors

The area’s most talented high school and middle school jazz musicians.
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
  FREE

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CCM's famed Faculty Jazztet.

CCM’s famed Faculty Jazztet.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
• Faculty Artist Series •
CCM FACULTY JAZZTET

CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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UPDATE: Percussion Group Cincinnati’s Feb. 19 has been canceled.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19

• Faculty Artist Series •
PERCUSSION GROUP CINCINNATI

CCM faculty artists Allen Otte, Russell Burge and James Culley present an exciting concert featuring their own arrangement of Stockhausen’s Twelve Signs of the Zodiac as well as CCM alum Mark Saya’s new piece From the Book of Imaginary Beings.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
• Studio Opera Series •
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO  

Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa
Avishai Shalom, conductor
Frances Rabalais, director

A brilliant one-act operatic farce based upon the play Le fils par hasard, ou ruse et folie by Alissan de Chazet and E.T.M. Ourry, Il signor Bruschino features the traditional hallmarks of opera buffa: mistaken identity, star-crossed lovers, betrothed confusion and an ending that ties up all the loose ends. Relax your mind and enjoy a playful romp in a French castle!
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 15. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
• Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society Concert •
2016 CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Join us as we usher in the “Year of the Monkey” at our annual Chinese New Year concert! CCM Philharmonia principal cellist Yijia Fang is featured as soloist in the classic Butterfly Lovers Concerto.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 Contact the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society at 513-254-9402 or 513-328-8921 to order tickets.

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Professor Timothy Northcut and the CCM Brass Choir.

Professor Timothy Northcut and the CCM Brass Choir.

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director

CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections, featuring Peter Graham’s On the Shoulders of Giants.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Composition Department Recital
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
MUSIC INHERITANCE AND HEREDITARY MUSICIANS: INDIA TODAY, THE WEST IN THE PAST
Daniel Neuman, University of California at Los Angeles

In this talk, Daniel Neuman considers the role of hereditary musicians in India in the recent past as well as today, as they become increasingly rare in the Hindustani classical music world. Some comparative gestures to Western classical music (and in particular J.S. Bach) highlight the important roles that genealogy, pedigree and biography play as different kinds of authentication markers and historical sources in each classical music practice.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
• Orchestra Series •
PROKOFIEV AND SHOSTAKOVICH
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

PROKOFIEV: Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto TBA
Featuring the winner of the CCM Violin Competition
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission: 
FREE

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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
• Jazz Series •
ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL: GALA CONCERT

CCM is honored to host its first annual “Essentially Ellington Festival” (sponsored by Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center)—a daylong event featuring the region’s top high school jazz ensembles. The gala concert will feature the competition’s Outstanding Ensemble winner as the opening act, with the CCM Jazz Orchestra following with a performance featuring a very special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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Logo for "Music for Food" initiative.4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28
MUSIC FOR FOOD – CCM BENEFIT CONCERT
The Ariel Quartet, Lydia Brown and Gwen Coleman Detwiler, series coordinators
CCM presents an exciting new chamber music series supporting Music For Food, a national musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger. CCM is pleased to partner on this series with the Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati’s leading hunger relief organization. Bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation and enjoy a feast of chamber music favorites!
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Admission: Non-perishable food items or cash donation. Suggested donation: $20 general, $15 students.

MARCH

8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence •
The Ariel Quartet

Praised by the Wall Street Journal for its “consummate musicianship” and the New York Times for its “gift for filling the pristine structures of Classicism with fire,” the Ariel Quartet concludes its fourth concert series at CCM with works by a trio of heavyweight composers!
HAYDN: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
BRAHMS: String Quartet, Op. 51, No. 2
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $25 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of Anonymous, Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman.

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8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1
• Guest Artist Series •
Erinn Frechette, flute

Flutist Erinn Frechette of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra joins us for an evening of delightful music!
Location: 
Watson Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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From left to right, recent CCM graduates Eric Geil, Thomas Knapp, Dallas Padoven and Nate Irvin rehearsing 'Holiday' from 'American Idiot.'

From left to right, recent CCM graduates Eric Geil, Thomas Knapp, Dallas Padoven and Nate Irvin rehearsing ‘Holiday’ from ‘American Idiot.’

8 p.m. Thursday, March 3
8 p.m. Friday, March 4
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5
2 p.m. Sunday, March 6
8 p.m. Thursday, March 10
8 p.m. Friday, March 11
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12
2 p.m. Sunday, March 13
• Mainstage Musical Theatre Series •
AMERICAN IDIOT

Book and lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Michael Mayer
Music and lyrics by Green Day
Aubrey Berg, director
Steve Goers, musical director
Samantha Pollino, choreographer

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths diverge when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot features minimal dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line. This production contains mature subject matter, including references to drug use, sexual content and profanity.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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8 p.m. Thursday, March 3
8 p.m. Friday, March 4
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5
• Studio Dance Series •
DANCE STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE
Andre Megerdichian, director

Come experience the next generation of emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors take the stage with exciting and diverse new works.
Location:
 Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 29. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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5 p.m. Saturday, March 5
• Starling Series •
Starling Showcase
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

CCM’s finest violin soloists from college and pre-college appear in performances with orchestra.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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4 p.m. Sunday, March 6
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

SAINT-SAËNS: Carnival of the Animals
VAN OTTERLOO: Sinfonietta
HINDEMITH: Kammermusik
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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NEW ADDITION
6 p.m. Sunday, March 6
• Guest Artist Series •
The U.S. Army Ground Forces Band’s “Forscom Four” Clarinet Quartet
The Army Ground Forces Band’s Clarinet Quartet performs works by Bernstein, Farrenc, Sayers and more.
Location: 3250 Mary Emery Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, March 6
• Jazz Series •
SWING, SWING, SWING!!
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, conductors

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to jump, jive and wail to the classic big band hit parade of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James and many more!
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

This concert is dedicated in memory of Lincoln “Link” Wendell Pavey, a long-standing CCM jazz supporter.

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TRANSMIGRATION, CCM Drama's festival of student-created new works.

TRANSMIGRATION, CCM Drama’s festival of student-created new works.

7 p.m. Thursday, March 10
7 p.m. Friday, March 11
7 p.m. Saturday, March 12
• Studio Drama Series •
TRANSMIGRATION 2016
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess, coordinator
Brant Russell, producer

TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the acting students in CCM Drama. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. “Thanks to the drama program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender, “theater fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality.”
Location:
 Various locations throughout CCM Village
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 7. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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UPDATE: Brian Kane’s March 11 lecture has been canceled.
2:30 p.m. Friday, March 11
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
HEARING DOUBLE: JAZZ AND ONTOLOGY
Brian Kane, Yale University

Philosophers have often considered the ontology of music, worrying over the relation between works, scores and performances. Yet, surprisingly, jazz has not received the same consideration, even though jazz—where performances of works such as “standards” vary widely in their properties—represents an even more challenging ontological problem than found in classical music. In this talk, Brian Kane will argue for a non-essentialist, network-based ontology of jazz standards. This argument will depend on two basic operations—chains of replication and chains of nomination—that together provide a robust basis for judgments concerning a performance’s identity and individuation. Also, just as jazz is an exemplification of a network-based ontology of music, Kane will try to draw out some wider implications for the ontology of music more generally.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, March 11
• Orchestra Series •
AMERICAN VOICES XVIII
CCM Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artist James Bunte, soprano saxophone
Also featuring recent music of faculty composer Douglas Knehans
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

CCM presents the world premiere of a new symphony by faculty artist Douglas Knehans, along with the exhilarating soprano saxophone concerto by Jennifer Hidgon and “Cruel Sister” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.
KNEHANS: Unfinished Earth
HIGDON: Soprano Sax Concerto
James Bunte, soloist
WOLFE: Cruel Sister
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Friday, March 11
8 p.m. Saturday, March 12
2 p.m. Sunday, March 13
• CCM Opera d’arte – Undergraduate Opera Series •
MARIA STUARDA

Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giuseppe Bardari
Brett Scott, music director and conductor
Amy Johnson, stage director
Kenneth Shaw, co-producer

One of the hallmarks of bel canto opera, Maria Stuarda is a story of intrigue, confrontation and tragedy loosely based upon the lives of Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart) and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I.
Location:
 Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 7. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12
OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

Hear tomorrow’s opera stars today as CCM hosts its prestigious national competition, featuring current and new students vying for tuition scholarships and cash awards.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 FREE

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CCM ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children's Choir.

CCM ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir.

4 p.m. Sunday, March 13
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
TAPESTRY OF VOICES
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

The CCM resident choirs of the award winning, internationally celebrated Cincinnati Children’s Choir will premiere new works in recognition of their 23rd season.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15
• Winds Series •
THE MUSIC OF EUROPE
CCM Wind Orchestra
Featuring guest artist George Carpten, trumpet
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

STRAUSS: Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare
SWEELINCK: Variations on “Mein junges Leben hat ein End”
STRENS: Danse Funambulesque
PÜTZ: Trumpet Concerto
LUKAS: Musica Boema
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16
• Winds Series •
A SPRING POTPOURRI
CCM Wind Ensemble
Featuring the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble with music director and conductor Ann Porter
Angela Holt, music director and conductor

Spring is in the air! Join the CCM Wind Ensemble and CYWE as they collaborate for a concert assortment of musical sounds and colors.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Admission: 
FREE

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NEW ADDITION
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16
• Guest Artist Series •
The U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” Woodwind Quintet
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Thursday, March 17
THE MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
A Friends of CCM Benefit
Created and performed by the Class of 2016 in Musical Theatre

The Friends of CCM invite you to see our musical theatre stars of tomorrow in action at the 24th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2016 prior to their New York City debut. The annual CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award will be presented at the showcase.
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets:
 Special ticket prices and limited seating. For more information, contact CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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2 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 18
THE DRAMA SENIOR SHOWCASE

Enjoy the talents of the CCM Drama Class of 2016 in their exciting industry showcase prior to their professional debuts in New York and Los Angeles. The performance will be followed by the 13th annual DOLLY awards (recognizing excellence in the 2015-16 Drama Season) as well as a reception in the Baur Room.
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
 FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, March 18
• Orchestra Series •
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director

Featuring the winners of the CCM Composition Competition.
Location:
 Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 FREE

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4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19
THE MUSICAL THEATRE SENIOR SHOWCASE
Created and performed by the Class of 2016 in Musical Theatre

Our musical theatre stars of tomorrow in action at the 24th edition of the “Not Famous Yet” showcase featuring the Class of 2016 prior to their New York City debut.
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 14. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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NEW ADDITION
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
Caroline Hong, piano
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
SONIC EXPLORATIONS
Mara Helmuth, music director

Featuring an evening of electroacoustic and computer music by CCM students, faculty and guests.
Location:
 Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30
• Choral Series •
UC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHORUSES
Christopher Albanese and Alex Sutton, conductors

Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz works. The program will include a newly commissioned work from Daniel Elder titled The Brightest Heaven (with texts from Shakespeare’s Henry V) and highlights from the UC Choruses Spring Break Tour to Washington, D.C., featuring masterpieces by Bernstein, Dickau, Barber, Miller, Belen, Gibbs, Lang, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi, DeCormier, Nelson, Burchard, Sperry and Thompson.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE

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NEW ADDITION
7 p.m. Thursday, March 31
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
J.S. BACH: THE COMPLETE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER BOOK II
CCM Student Pianists
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

APRIL

2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
SENSIBILITY TRIUMPHANT: C. P. E. BACH AND THE ART OF FEELING
Annette Richards, Cornell University

In Goethe’s Triumph der Empfindsamkeit (1777), sensibility, feeling and sympathy are brutally exposed as trivial obsessions with postures and props. Excess, bad taste and poor behavior are the focus of Goethe’s hilarious critique of the craze unleashed by his own Sorrows of Young Werther. Embodied in this strange and funny text is satire aimed not only at the cult of Empfindsamkeit and at the works of the artist himself, but also at the conspicuous blurring of public and private spheres, the untoward exposure of personal proclivities and private feeling. Given the ubiquitous textbook designation of C. P. E. Bach as the architect of the ‘Empfindsamer Stil’ in music, Dr. Annette Richards takes another look at what ‘Empfindsamkeit’ might mean, especially for the composer’s late keyboard works. By examining this music (along with then-contemporary views on humor, satire and other cultural elements), the audience may have to reconsider Bach’s own claims about the competing aesthetics of public and private music.
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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Logo for "Music for Food" initiative.4 p.m. Sunday, April 3
MUSIC FOR FOOD – CCM BENEFIT CONCERT
The Ariel Quartet, Lydia Brown and Gwen Coleman Detwiler, series coordinators

CCM presents an exciting new chamber music series supporting Music For Food, a national musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger. CCM is pleased to partner on this series with the Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati’s leading hunger relief organization. Bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation and enjoy a feast of chamber music favorites!
Location:
 Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Admission: 
Non-perishable food items or cash donation. Suggested donation: $20 general, $15 students.

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 3
• Piano Series •
PIANO-POW-LOOZA: STUDENT SHOWCASE
Andy Villemez and Sophie Wang, music curators

Come hear an all-star evening of performances by some of CCM’s most spectacular student pianists. Selected from CCM’s nearly 100 piano majors, these young artists will provide witty repartee and stunning performances, triumphantly helping us conclude a week of special events in our annual Bearcat Piano Festival!
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Clare Callahan, music director

Featuring solos, duos, trios and quartets by CCM’s classical guitar majors.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, April 7
8 p.m. Friday, April 8
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9
• Studio Musical Theatre Series •
LYSISTRATA JONES

Lyrics and Music by Lewis Flinn
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Emma Griffin, director
Danny White, musical director
Patti James, choreographer

The Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop “giving it up” to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end. Adapted from Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy, Lysistrata Jones takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are.
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 4. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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8 p.m. Friday, April 8
8 p.m. Saturday, April 9
2 p.m. Sunday, April 10
• Mainstage Opera Series •
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

Composed by Leoš Janáček
Libretto by Leoš Janáček (after Rudolf Tesnohlídek)
Mark Gibson, conductor
Vince DeGeorge, director

Based on the famous 1920s Czech comic strip and newspaper serial, The Cunning Little Vixen is Leoš Janáček’s symphonic celebration of the diversity and interdependence of all life. The opera, focusing on the lives of an aging Forester and an adventurous Vixen, tells the story of humans living long lives of quiet desperation along side animals interacting with each other in brutal harmony. It is a playful and heartbreaking tale of how life unfolds before us, circles around and reveals itself to be nothing more, nothing less, than a million little miracles. Sung in English, in a new singing translation by CCM Professor Emeritus David Adams.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$31–35 adults, $20–24 non-UC students, $18–22 UC students

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 10
• Jazz & Orchestra Series •
CHARLIE PARKER WITH STRINGS

CCM Jazz Orchestra and Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung and Craig Bailey, conductors

Our annual collaboration between Jazz and Orchestra! Join us for an exciting night of orchestral jazz featuring music from the classic album Charlie Parker with Strings.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 10
• Winds Series •
CONDUCTOR’S CHOICE
CCM Chamber Winds
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

Prof. Glenn Price journeys into his library of wind works to find some of his favorites to share!
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, April 11
Composition Department Recital
Location: 
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12
• Winds Series •
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
CCM Wind Ensemble
Angela Holt, music director and conductor

This is your opportunity to hear the creative minds of CCM’s composition students debut a variety of new music with help from the CCM Wind Ensemble – you will not want to miss out!
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
• Winds Series •
SKETCHES
CCM Wind Orchestra
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

ZUK: Scherzo
TULL: Sketches on a Tudor Psalm
Feat. the winner of the CCM Wind Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition
MASLANKA: Give Us This Day
VALENCIA: Suite Colombiana No. 2
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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2:30 p.m. Friday, April 15
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
DOMENICO SCARLATTI, ESCAPE ARTIST: SIGHTINGS OF HIS “MIXED STYLE” TOWARDS THE END OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Janet Schmalfeldt, Boston University
Location: 
Baur Room
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, April 15
Percussion Ensemble
James Culley, music director

The CCM Percussion Ensemble presents a variety of modern chamber compositions from established composers such as Frederick Rzewski and Stuart Saunders Smith, as well as CCM student composers Hangrui Zhang, Nate May and Evan Williams.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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3 p.m. Sunday, April 17
• Jazz and Choral Series •
WYNTON MARSALIS’ ABYSSINIAN MASS: A GOSPEL CELEBRATION
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Chorale and Central State University Gospel Choir
Scott Belck, Brett Scott and Jeremy Winston, directors
Featuring guest artist Damien Sneed, conductor

Commissioned to celebrate the 2008 bicentennial of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, Marsalis’ Mass is a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentals and vocals with “hand-clappin’” and “tambourine-slappin’,” reflecting the form of the African American church service.
Location: 
Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Visiting Artists

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4 p.m. Sunday, April 17
• Winds Series •
CCM Chamber Players
Glenn D. Price, music director and conductor

STRAVINSKY: L’histoire du soldat
PINKHAM: Music for an Indian Summer
LIGETI: Chamber Concerto
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 17
Classical Guitar Chamber Music
Clare Callahan, music director

An evening of music for guitar with cello, violin, voice and other combinations.
Location: 
Watson Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, April 18
STAR QUALITY
CCM Brass Choir
Timothy Northcut, music director

CCM’s nationally recognized brass ensemble performs classical, folk and popular selections. This concert features brass students as soloists.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20
• Orchestra Series •
CAFÉ MOMUS PRESENTS THE 2016 CCM ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director

This public reading by the CCM Philharmonia features new works by CCM students. The winning composer will write a new work for the 2016-17 CCM Orchestra Series.
Location: 
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: 
FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, April 21
8 p.m. Friday, April 22
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23
• Studio Drama Series •
VERY DUMB KIDS
(formerly THE GREAT MAJORITY)
Written by Gracie Gardner
Brant Russell, director

Join us for a staged reading of an in-process play by rising New York star Gracie Gardner. Sarah Nehal was murdered while working as a correspondent in New Delhi while her college friends were at home in the U.S. watching TV on the internet and peddling their esoteric skill sets. One year after her funeral, the friends meet for their annual Fourth of July reunion. The play explores entitlement and how its effects are visited upon the disenfranchised as well as the privileged. But it’s also about empowerment. How do we live responsibly in an irresponsible universe? Join CCM Drama as we embark on a new play commissioning initiative: plays that speak to the unique experience that is being young in America; plays that are written for and about our students; plays that will go on to be produced by educational institutions and professional theatre companies all over the country; plays that will involve a new generation of artists and audiences. And you’ll be able to say you were there when it all started.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
 Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 18. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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The CCM Ballet Ensemble presents 'Swan Lake.' Photography by Rene Micheo.

The CCM Ballet Ensemble presents ‘Swan Lake.’ Photography by Rene Micheo.

8 p.m. Friday, April 22
8 p.m. Saturday, April 23
2 p.m. Sunday, April 24
• Mainstage Dance Series •
SWAN LAKE

Composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Jiang Qi and Deirdre Carberry, co-directors
Aik Khai Pung, conductor

Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet about love and magic returns to CCM in a fully staged spectacle! The young Prince Siegfried, disinterested in the potential wives that his mother has picked for him, heads into the woods to hunt one night and comes across a beautiful swan… who then turns into the maiden Odette! She tells him of the curse she and others have been placed under by the evil knight Rothbart, forcing them to become swans by day and human by night. Siegfried instantly falls in love, but will he and Odette be able to overcome the curse, or will Rothbart succeed in keeping his enchantment intact?
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students.

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

Sponsors: Rosemary & Mark Schlachter, Teri Jory & Seth Geiger and Graeter’s

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7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23
• Choral Series •
MUSIC OF THE BARD IV – 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF SHAKESPEARE
CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Drama Department

CCM’s Department of Choral Studies culminates its two-year Shakespeare Quadricentennial, honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing (April 23, 1616). The Chamber Choir performs music on Shakespeare texts with scenes presented actors from CCM’s Department of Drama. Featured are premieres of newly commissioned choral works on Shakespeare texts by American composers Ola Gjeilo, Dominick DiOrio, and Jake Runestad.
Location: 
Knox Presbyterian Church, Michigan and Observatory Avenues, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Admission: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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The Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble.

The Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble.

7 p.m. Monday, April 25
• CCM Preparatory Department •
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble & Jr. Wind Ensemble
Ann Porter and Jim Daughters, conductors

The area’s most talented middle and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Brian Diller, music director and conductor

Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Admission:
 FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
• CCM Preparatory Department •
CCM Prep Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director

The area’s finest young brass musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for brass choir.
Location:
 Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
 FREE

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7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30
• CCM Preparatory Department •
SPRING YOUTH BALLET CONCERT
CCM Preparatory Ballet Company
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director

The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adults, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty. 
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

MAY

2 & 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CELEBRATE YOUTH!
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

Celebrate spring and 23 years of choral artistry with the 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, CCM Resident Choirs and Satellite Choirs.
Location:
 Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
 $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Thursday, May 5
7 p.m. Friday, May 6
3 p.m. Saturday, May 7
• CCM Preparatory Department •
MARY POPPINS, JR.

CCM’S Junior Musical Theatre Intensive Program
Dee Anne Bryll, director
Rebecca Childs, musical director

CCM Preparatory Department’s Junior Musical Theatre Program is proud to be included in a select group of pilot productions of Mary Poppins, Jr. Join the talented young actors ages 9–15 as they perform this “practically perfect” one-act version of the award winning musical. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, this is a musical treat for the entire family.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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7 p.m. Saturday, May 7
• Starling Series •
Starling Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director

Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project.
Location: 
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: 
FREE

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SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

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

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter
All-Steinway School Sponsor

ArtsWave
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

Anonymous
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor

Rosemary & Mark Schlachter
Teri Jory & Seth Geiger
Graeter’s

Swan Lake Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Friends of CCM
The CCM Harmony Fund:  Challenging Hate and
Prejudice through Performing Arts

Event Sponsors

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, 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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A portion of the cover to CCM's 2015-16 Season Brochure.

CCM’s 2015-16 Subscription Packages Are On Sale Now. Plan Your Season With Our New Brochure Today!

Established in 1867, the nationally ranked and internationally renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts.

CCM's 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Click here to view CCM’s 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Each year, our talented young artists and world-class faculty and staff members collaborate on an unparalleled series of performing arts events.

This year, we proudly present over 50 major concert and theatre productions, ranging from all-time classics to modern Broadway blockbusters.

Whether you prefer charming operas or thrilling dramas, stunning symphonies or swinging jazz, old favorites or world premieres, there’s something for you at CCM this season.

Join us for a performance and see for yourself why critics and audiences alike can’t stop talking about our resident artists and “stars of tomorrow!”

Plan your season today by downloading a digital copy of CCM’s 2015-16 brochure. Physical copies are available at CCM’s Box Office, as well!

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single Concert Series and Ariel Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 24, 2015. Single Mainstage Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 31, 2015.

For more details about CCM’s 2015-16 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

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SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support of $10,000 and above:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

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

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter & All-Steinway School Sponsor

ArtsWave
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Macy’s
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, 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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Accomplished Director and Choreographer Vince DeGeorge is Named Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage at CCM

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Vince DeGeorge to the position of Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage, a faculty position shared by CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre and Department of Opera. DeGeorge first joined CCM as a Visiting Professor in the fall of 2013. His new appointment becomes effective on August 15, 2015.

CCM Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting Vince DeGeorge.

CCM Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting Vince DeGeorge.

“I would like to thank Dean Peter Landgren, Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg and Opera Chair Robin Guarino for selecting me for this important post,” DeGeorge remarked on his new appointment. “I would also like to thank my colleagues at CCM for welcoming me so graciously. I am grateful and excited to begin this new challenge.”

DeGeorge made a considerable impact during his tenure as a Visiting Professor, directing and/or choreographing seven CCM productions during the last two seasons. Most recently, he served as director and choreographer on CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series production of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ rarely produced 110 in the Shade. “DeGeorge infuses action into a story which could easily be presented in a stagnant fashion,” theatre critic Scott Cain observed in his review of the musical for Talkin’ Broadway, ultimately calling the show, “a praiseworthy one, with strong direction and first-rate performances.”

Local audiences will not have to wait long to see DeGeorge’s next project for the CCM stage. This summer, in addition to directing a feature length film (entitled 18 Mornings), DeGeorge will serve as stage director for the Opera Studio Summer Workshop. He will then direct two productions during CCM’s 2015-16 performance season: a Studio Series production of William Hauptman’s musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in October of 2015 and a Mainstage Series production of Leoš Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen in April of 2016.

An alumnus of CCM, DeGeorge (BFA Musical Theatre, 1992) recently completed his MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia Tech. Following his graduation from CCM, DeGeorge performed as an actor and dancer in regional theaters across the country and was a member of the New York based contemporary dance company dre.dance under artistic directors and choreographers Taye Diggs and Andrew Palermo.

DeGeorge directed numerous works during his time in New York. Highlights include the musical revue Nashville, which he co-wrote and directed in 2009. The production won Nightlife, Bistro and Mac Awards that year. In 2011, DeGeorge directed New York City’s first fully staged production of The Exonerated to critical acclaim.

At Virginia Tech, DeGeorge directed and designed A Dream Play by August Strindberg, and productions of Chekhov’s The Vagabond and Three Sisters. He also developed, directed and designed The Jo Carson Project, a new musical based on the writings and theories of the Appalachian storyteller and playwright, Jo Carson.

During his studies at Virginia Tech, DeGeorge was also a company member of Building Home, a participatory theatre and music engagement project, led by Bob Leonard along with Jon Catherwood-Ginn. Building Home uses theater to foster healthy civic dialogue among the citizens of the New River Valley concerning pressing regional issues and planning for sustainable communities.

As a part of the Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival 2014, DeGeorge was engaged to design and build Life In The Trees – an art installation, purposed as both a gallery exhibition and the theatrical setting for two performance pieces, adapted and directed by DeGeorge as well.  While working on Life In The Trees, DeGeorge collaborated with Alaskan artist Kesler Woodard, as well as novelist Tom Gardner.

DeGeorge has spent the last 14 years researching and developing the Theatrical Awareness Practice, a somatic and experiential theater technique that trains the actor to live fully in their experiential mind/body. This practice consists of deeply researched and highly structured improvisational explorations that are designed to reacquaint the artist with the infinite intelligence and creative capacity of their own human body experience.

You can learn even more about Vince DeGeorge by clicking here. Please join us in congratulating him on his new appointment.

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A photo from CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Peter Pan' from March of 2015. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Announces 2015-16 Mainstage Series of Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama and Dance

CCM is pleased to announce details for its 2015-16 Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions. Between Sept. 30, 2015, and April 24, 2016, CCM’s stars-of-tomorrow will present seven masterworks for the stage under the guidance of its internationally acclaimed faculty artists.

These works include David Edgar’s epic drama Pentecost, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel, Franz Lehár’s comedic operetta The Merry Widow, Eugene O’Neill’s acclaimed coming-of-age story Ah, Wilderness!, Green Day’s iconic punk rock musical American Idiot, Janácek’s farcical opera The Cunning Little Vixen and Tchaikovsky’s beloved romantic ballet Swan Lake.

Production details are listed below. Details on subscription packages and single ticket sales will be announced this summer.

Visit ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/subscribe to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.

Additional Information
Titles and dates are subject to change—rights pending. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.
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CCM 2015-16 MAINSTAGE SERIES
Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama, Dance

Pentecost
Written by David Edgar
Richard E. Hess, director

A play of politics and ideas, Pentecost details the discovery of a painting stunningly similar to Giotto di Bondone’s The Lamentation in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. If proven to pre-date the master’s work, the fresco will revolutionize Western Art. A dramatic power struggle ensues, as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of 12 refugees sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “funny, frightening and deeply moving,” this powerful play by the Tony Award-winning adapter of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.

Performance Dates: Sept. 30 (preview), Oct. 1–4, 2015
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Carousel
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar
As Adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
Diane Lala, director

Set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, Carousel is the story of carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow and his reckless adventures with women, gambling and the wrong side of the law. Billy loses his job just as he learns that his wife is pregnant and, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” 15 years later, Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day and encounters the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. Declared “Best Musical of the Century” by Time Magazine in 1999, it’s easy to understand why Carousel became Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite.

Performance Dates: Oct. 29–Nov. 1, 2015
Location: Corbett Auditorium
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The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe)
Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
Emma Griffin, director

A 20th century opera molded in the tradition of the great opera seria of the 1700s, The Merry Widow tells a dizzying tale of star-crossed lovers and political intrigue in Paris. Baron Zeta of Pontevedro must prevent the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari from marrying a foreigner; if she does, all of her wealth will leave Pontevedro, thus bankrupting the country. Zeta urges Hanna’s former fiancée Count Danilovich (who pretends to not care for her anymore) to marry her, but Zeta’s wife pushes the flirtatious Camille de Rosillon to go after Hanna instead. Farcical confusion, romance and jealousy abound in this light-hearted romp. Sung in English.

Performance Dates: Nov. 19–22, 2015
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Ah, Wilderness!
Written by Eugene O’Neill
R. Terrell Finney, director

Set in an idyllic Connecticut town during the Fourth of July weekend of 1906, Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! offers a tender portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains and young love. Described as “a breath of fresh air” and “vividly alive” by the New York Post and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival in both 1989 and 1998, this charming comedy is directed by CCM Professor Emeritus R. Terrell Finney.

Performance Dates: Feb. 10 (preview), Feb. 11–14, 2016
Location:
 Patricia Corbett Theater
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American Idiot
Book and lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Michael Mayer
Music and lyrics by Green Day
Aubrey Berg, director

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths diverge when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot features minimal dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

Performance Dates: March 3–13, 2016
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody lišky Bystroušky)
Composed by Leoš Janácek
Libretto by Leoš Janácek (after Rudolf Tesnohlídek)
Vince DeGeorge, director

Based on a famous 1920s Czech comic strip, Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen humorously explores the universal longing for youth. The three main characters – all older men – attempt to connect to their younger days through various means: one longs for a village girl, one obsesses over a childhood indiscretion and one chases a young vixen through the countryside. Will they continue to cling to their delusions? Or will their experiences help them come to terms with the inevitability of time? Sung in English.

Performance Dates: April 8–10, 2016
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Swan Lake
Composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Jiang Qi, director

Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet about love and magic returns to CCM in a fully-staged spectacle! The young Prince Siegfried, disinterested in the potential wives that his mother has picked for him, heads into the woods to hunt one night and comes across a beautiful swan…who then turns into the maiden Odette! She tells him of the curse she and others have been placed under by the evil knight Rothbart, forcing them to become swans by day and human by night. Siegfried instantly falls in love, but will he and Odette be able to overcome the curse, or will Rothbart succeed in keeping his enchantment intact?

Performance Dates: April 22–24, 2016
Location: Corbett Auditorium
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Mainstage Series Subscriptions
The 2015-16 CCM Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre and drama productions includes subscription packages for six-show, four-show and three-show combinations. Subscribers also have the ability to add the Mainstage Series production of Swan Lake to any subscription package “a la carte.”

Full details on subscription packages and single ticket sales will be announced this summer. CCM’s customizable subscription packages range in price from $84 – $180. Current subscribers will get priority access to next season’s subscription packages.

Visit ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/subscribe to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave
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Titles and dates are subject to change—rights pending. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM Welcomes Acclaimed Director Emma Griffin to its Opera Faculty

Please join us in welcoming Emma Griffin to CCM’s Department of Opera! Photography by Heather Phelps-Lipton.

Please join us in welcoming Emma Griffin to CCM’s Department of Opera! Photography by Heather Phelps-Lipton.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of stage director Emma Griffin to the faculty of CCM’s Department of Opera. Griffin joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Music in Opera/Directing beginning in August of 2014.

Lauded by the New York Times for her “intelligent staging,” Griffin earned her BFA in Theatre from New York University in 1994 and has served as adjunct faculty in directing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts since 1999.

She is the Artistic Director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater. Highlights with Salt include Stage Door where she was awarded a FringeNYC Excellence Award for Best Director, Rinne Groff’s Inky, The Cherry Orchard and Conquest of the Universe.

Griffin has also directed work at theaters such as Perseverance Theater, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Southern Rep, Actor’s Express, Virginia Stage and Williamstown Theater Festival.

She is a frequent collaborator on new music and theater pieces, including Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts, which received an “Outstanding Performance Art Production” at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards and Thirteen Near Death Experiences; Susan Bernfield and Rachel Peters’ Stretch, a fantasia; and Phil Kline’s Out Cold & Zippo Songs at BAM’s Next Wave Festival.

Griffin’s opera credits include The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck at the Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater; I Capuleti e i Montecchi, The Rake’s Progress, Postcard from Morocco and The Magic Flute at Curtis Opera Theater; and Les Mamelles de Tirésias and The Cunning Little Vixen at Juilliard Opera. The New York Observer hailed her production of The Cunning Little Vixen as one of the “Top 10 Performances of 2013.”

Griffin is currently developing the performance piece Backstage Door with playwright Sybil Kempson and The Three Christs, a new work by composer Corey Dargel for the NEWSPEAK ensemble.

Learn more about CCM’s accomplished faculty by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/faculty.

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CCM’s Undergraduate Voice Students Shine in ‘Serse’

One of Handel’s most performed operas comes to life at the hands of talented undergraduate students when CCM presents the annual Opera d’arte production on March 30 and 31 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free but reservations are required.

The CCM Undergraduate Opera program’s 2010 and 2011 productions were both recognized by the National Opera Association‘s Annual Production Competition. The 2012 production of Serse is conducted by Brett Scott with stage direction by Kenneth Shaw.

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