The cast of "The Theory of Relativity." Photo by Kaelin Butts.

Musical Theatre Meets Physics in CCM’s “The Theory of Relativity”

Art and science unite in the next Studio Musical Theatre Series production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Using Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity as a beautiful and thought-provoking metaphor, The Theory of Relativity offers a crash course in physics while telling the story of a group of interconnected people who are searching for love.

The cast of "The Theory of Relativity." Photo by Kaelin Butts.

The cast of “The Theory of Relativity.” Photo by Kaelin Butts.

The musical runs Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, March 31, 2018, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 26 through the CCM Box Office.

From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, The Theory of Relativity presents an array of characters experiencing life’s joys and heartbreaks and the inevitability and wonder of human connection.

The physics metaphors are expressed through lyrics, formulas and movement on stage, says CCM Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Katie Johannigman, director and choreographer of The Theory of Relativity.

CCM’s production invited Dr. Richard Gass, Undergraduate Director of UC’s Physics Department, to give the cast a crash course on General Relativity to prepare for the show. What was planned as a 30-minute lesson turned into an over two-hour interactive lesson about light cones, Newton’s laws, The Theory of Relativity and more, Johannigman says.

“Our students became enraptured by the physics and it launched a huge discussion about technology usage in our generation, perceptions people try to maintain through social media and how important our every action is during our time here on Earth.”

Gass listened to the musical and applied all of the physics lessons through the lyrics in the songs. He later brought ten of his students to watch a rehearsal of the show and had a discussion with the cast of CCM Musical Theatre students about how art and science overlap. Johannigman and The Theory of Relativity cast are grateful for Gass’ help, she says.

“We sing about the cosmos and our insatiable need to connect with each other through witty and contemporary lyrics that often reference Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein’s findings,” Johannigman adds. “The Theory of Relativity is funny, sad, heart-warming and familiar — a whirl of stars figuring out where we fit into every expanding universe.”
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THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY
Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Katie Johannigman, director and choreographer
Stephen Goers, musical director

CAST LIST
Delaney Guyer as Amy
Madison Deadman as Caroline
Camila Paquet as Catherine
Zoe Grolnick as Jenny
Kendall McCarthy as Julie
Mikayla Renthrow as Mira
Bailee Endebrock as Sara
Zach Triska as Adam
Dylan Mulvaney as Anthony
Dylan Dougal as Oliver
Jack Brewer as Mike
Sam Pickart as Paul
Frankie Thams as Ryan
Swings: Eli Goykham, Elle Zambarano 

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 30
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31

LOCATION
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 26. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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 CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Theory of Relativity is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. http://www.MTIShows.com

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CCM Presents Annual Pianopalooza Concert on March 25

The annual showcase features some of CCM's most gifted student pianists in a program that emphasizes romanticism and virtuosity.

CCM’s Spring 2018 Piano Series presents Pianopalooza: Fast and Fabulous Fingers at 7 p.m. this Sunday, March 25 in Robert J. Warner Recital Hall. The annual showcase features performances by some of CCM’s most gifted student pianists.

This dazzling concert highlights the talent of these students as they present a program that emphasizes romanticism and virtuosity. The program features works from renowned composers including Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Mozart and more! Complete event information is below.

Tickets for Pianopalooza are on sale now through the CCM Box Office for $15 general, $10 non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID.
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REPERTOIRE

RACHMANINOFF: Allegro agitato from Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36; featuring CCM student Benjamin Gittens
LISZT: Étude de concert, S. 144, No. 3 “Un Sospiro”; featuring CCM student Eunhwa Lee
RAUTAVAARA: Piano Sonata No. 2 “The Fire Sermon”; featuring CCM student Pyeongeon Kim
SIBELIUS: Romance, Op. 24, No. 9; featuring CCM student Jiwon Han
LISZT: Études d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, S. 140, No. 3 “La Campanella”; featuring CCM student Jiwon Han
— Intermission —
MOZART: Allegro con spirito from Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major, K. 448; featuring CCM students Sebastian Arredondo and Wenxing Zeng
RAVEL: Movements I, III and V from Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite); featuring CCM students Scott Sherman and Yaoyue Huang
BARBER: Movements I, III and VI from Souvenirs, Op. 28; featuring Eben Wagenstroon and Sam Reich

PERFORMANCE TIME
7 p.m. Sunday, March 25

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

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets for Pianopalooza are on sale now through the CCM Box Office for $15 general, $10 non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office 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 U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM Wind Studies Presents 21st Annual PRISM Concert

This edition of the annual crowd-pleasing concert includes students from CCM Jazz and CCM Preparatory.
CCM presents the 21st installment of its annual PRISM concert, a 60-minute musical revue featuring CCM Wind Studies, Jazz Studies and Preparatory and Community Engagement. The annual concert is at 4 p.m. this Sunday, March 25, 2018 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

This year’s program includes performances by the CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, CCM Brass Choir, the Miles Davis Collective, the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and a solo performance by nine-year-old pianist Sophia Suwiryo, a CCM Prep student who recently performed with the Cincinnati Pops.

“This concert is packed with exciting performances by gifted performers” says Terence Milligan, CCM’s Interim Director of Wind Studies and Professor Emeritus of Music. “In fact, the concert moves so quickly from one work to another that there will be no time for applause until the end.”

PRISM will use all of Corbett Auditorium as its stage, with acts performing in front of the curtain while large ensembles move into position on stage. The concert is fast-past and riveting, as well as a prime opportunity for new and returning CCM patrons to discover ensembles and genres that pique their interest.

“Our target audience includes anyone who enjoys good performances by fine players, from jazz, to brass choirs, to concert bands, to flute duets, to trumpet quartets and anything in between,” Milligan says.

The addition of CCM Preparatory and the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble to PRISM this year is an exciting change from previous years, which will serve as an opportunity for CCM Preparatory students and parents to become better acquainted with the musical life of CCM as the young students share their talents with CCM patrons.
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PERFORMANCE TIME
4 p.m. Sunday, March 25

LOCATION

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets to Prism XXI are $15 for general audiences, $10 for non-UC students. UC student tickets are FREE. 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.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle
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CCM Behind-the-Scenes: Directors’ Notes for ‘Suor Angelica’ + ‘Gianni Schicchi’

CCM pairs two of Puccini’s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production on March 22-25.

CCM pairs two of Giacomo Puccini‘s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production, which opens this Thursday, March 22, and continues through Sunday, March 25, 2018. These two operas highlight Puccini’s mastery of emotional storytelling, each sharing two contrasting tales about moral hypocrisy and greed.

CCM graduate students direct each production; Meredith Kitz directs Suor Angelica while Andreas Hager directs Gianni Schicchi. These young directors are not only challenged with mounting top-notch productions, but also have the added difficulty of presenting two distinct operas as a cohesive show.

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi work well together because they are so different,” says Hager. “The former takes religion and social order very seriously, while the latter completely skewers the awful and rich Donati family. In Suor Angelica, God is the moral compass, but Gianni Schicchi is about flesh and desire, with both the good and bad urges in every human.”

Tickets for CCM Opera’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schcchi are available now through the CCM Box Office.

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You can read more about the productions in the directors’ notes below:

Puccini’s Suor Angelica tells a story of faith, redemption and unconditional love. Under the ever-watchful eye of the Virgin Mary, a cloistered community faces the the daily toil of life in service of God and the greater good. Any longing for the outside world is left behind, and the encouragement to grow in relationship to God is brought to life in pastoral beauty. When a bitter presence thrusts harsh reality into this delicate atmosphere, will mercy and forgiveness provide the respite and salvation these women seek?

Suor Angelica asks us to see beyond desires and material attachments and surrender to a love that is greater than anything this world has to offer — a love that transcends life itself.

– Meredith Kitz, director of Suor Angelica

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Firenze è come un albero fiorito,
che in piazza dei Signori ha tronco e
fronde,
Ma le radici forze nuove apportano
delle convalli limpide e feconde

Florence is like a flowering tree,
With trunk and branches in the piazza,
But the roots draw new strength
From the clear and fertile valleys.

So sings the lover Rinuccio, begging his narrow-minded family to allow him to marry his girlfriend. The problem: his family does not want him to associate with “newcomers,” as his aunt refers to the non-native born. The aria morphs into a sweeping ode to immigration and the exchange of cultures. Who brought the great arts and sciences to Florence? Arnolfo, Giotto and the Medici were all born outside the city, Rinuccio reminds them.

The family rejects this and doesn’t warm to the marriage until the girl’s father, the titular Gianni Schicchi, crafts a plot to forge a new will and help them inherit their dead uncle’s money. It’s a masterful study in hypocrisy, all the more remarkable because it remains lighthearted and effervescent.

Like the best of Shakespeare, Gianni Schicchi transcends its time period and national distinctions. We recognize each one of the characters onstage. Composed during the final years of World War I, the opera questions the stability of a fossilized world order but also concedes that a rejuvenated and more diverse society will only emerge through a bit of trickery. If the moral lesson is muddied, Gianni Schicchi certainly gets at a fundamental truth: it’s fun to watch the wicked fall.

– Andreas Hager, director of Gianni Schicchi

Suor Angelica will last 1 hour and will be followed by a 15-minute intermission. Gianni Schicchi will last 1 hour. View the program booklet online here.
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CREATIVE TEAM:

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Meredith Kitz, director (Suor Angelica)*
  • Andreas Hager, director (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Theron Wineinger, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Rin Marie Schwob, hair and make-up designer*
  • Sidney Martin, props master*
  • Hankyu Lee, sound designer*
  • Chelsea D. Taylor, stage manager (Suor Angelica)*
  • Margo Leist, stage manager (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Ashley Trujilo, costume designer*
  • Marie-France Lefebvre, musical preparation

*CCM student

CAST LISTS:
SUOR ANGELICA

  • Caitlin Gotimer*, Nicolette Book^ as Sister Angelica
  • Amber Fasquelle*, Karis Tucker^ as The Princess
  • Brenda Iglesias-Zarco as The Abbess
  • Briana Moynihan as The Monitress
  • Mia Athey as The Mistress of the Novices
  • Claire Lopatka*, Allison Anderson^ as Sister Genovieffa
  • Hannah Consenz as Sister Osmina
  • Madeline Jentsch as Sister Dolcina
  • Rebecca Printz as The Nursing Sister
  • Amber R. Monroe as Alms Sister 1
  • Victoria Okafor as Alms Sister 2
  • Amanda Olea as Novice
  • Yewoon Yeon as Lay Sister 1
  • Natalie Sheppard as Lay Sister 2
  • Mercer May Barton as Griffin

GIANNI SCHICCHI

  • Jonathan Stinson*, Samson McCrady^ as Gianni Schicchi
  • Teresa Perrotta*, Lisa Rogali^ as Lauretta
  • Brandon Scott Russell*, Chandler Johnson^ as Rinuccio
  • Rebecca Printz*, Abigail Hoyt^ as Zita
  • Dongwhi (Tony) Baek*, Tyler Jonson^ as Gherardo
  • Murrella Parton*, Amy Joy Stephens^ as Nella
  • Daniel Roger Lefebvre Chaitkin as Gherardino
  • John Siarris*, Antonio Cruz^ as Betto di Signa
  • Michael Hyatt as Simone
  • Zane Hill as Marco
  • Briana Moynihan as La Ciesca
  • Antonio Cruz*, John Siarris^ as Maestro Spinelloccio
  • Miles Wilson-Toliver as Ser Amantio di Nicolao
  • Joshua Cook as Pinellino
  • De’Ron McDaniel as Guccio

* Thursday, March 22 & Saturday, March 24
^ Friday, March 23 & Sunday, March 25

PERFORMANCE TIMES

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

LOCATION
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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The Cincinnati Children's Choir, ensemble-in-residence at CCM.

Cincinnati Children’s Choir Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Concert at CCM

CCM’s Ensemble-in-Residence, The Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary with Concert on March 17

CCM Ensemble-in-Residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir celebrates its 25th Anniversary in concert on March 18. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir holds a celebratory concert to honor its 25th anniversary at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Celebrate Youth – Legacy 25 highlights some of the finest, most recognized children’s choir repertoire as well as new and past commissions.

Since the organization’s founding, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir has always had deep ties with CCM. The choral ensemble regularly collaborates with the CCM Music Education Division, the CCM Opera Department and the CCM Division of Ensembles and Conducting. The Cincinnati Children’s Choir became Ensemble-in-Residence at CCM in August 2001 and is lead by Artistic Director and Founder, Robyn Lana.

This award-winning choir is an educationally based choral ensemble program with more than 950 youth students from across the Greater Cincinnati region. Members perform in seven resident choirs, eight satellite choirs, Cincinnati Public School Honor Choir, Queen City Festival, summer festival choir and the Cincinnati Choral Academy.

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s touring choir, Bel Canto, includes 85 singers in grades 6 through 12 with excellent vocal technique and strong sight-singing skills. Bel Canto has been recognized with awards from Chorus America/ASCAP (2016), American Prize in Choral Performance (2015) and a Gold Medal in the 2012 World Choir Games. Singers in this group rehearse twice each week and maintain a prestigious performance and touring schedule. The choir has toured Scandinavia, England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada and extensively throughout the United States.

The March 18 concert features performances from all of the choruses that encompass the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. The performance includes premieres of commissioned works by Dominick DiOrio, Andrea Ramsey and Rollo Dilworth.

Celebrate Youth – Legacy 25 represents a culmination of the history and significance of this nationally celebrated ensemble and the impact the Cincinnati Children’s Choir has had on the lives of children as well as the entire Cincinnati area.

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PERFORMANCE TIME
5 p.m. Sunday, March 18

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

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

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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Vocalists Compete for 2018 CCM Opera Scholarships on March 17

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Every year since 1976, CCM vocalists take the stage by storm to compete for five coveted full-tuition scholarships and $62,500 in awards that accompany them. This year, the Opera Scholarship competition will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Twenty-seven current and incoming students will compete before a panel of acclaimed judges for the five scholarships and named awards, including:

  • Corbett Award ($15,000): Supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with CCM.
  • Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000): Supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with CCM.
  • Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500): Supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000): Supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.
  • John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000): Supported by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Each contestant will be judged on the basis of voice, acting, language, musicianship and style. This year’s judges are Michael Eberhart from Opera Philadelphia, Cory Lippiello from the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Steven Osgood from the Chautauqua Opera Company.

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. Last year, four CCM alumni competed in the semi-finals: Jessica Faselt, soprano (MM Voice, 2016); Summer Hassan, soprano (MM Voice, 2014); Andrew Manea, baritone (MM Voice, 2016); and Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone (BM Voice, 2015) — who was chosen as a finalist in the national competition. This year, CCM Artist Diploma in Opera Performance student Brandon Scott Russell took first place at the Met’s National Council Auditions Southeast Regional Competition. Russell will move on to the semi-final round, held on April 22, 2018 in New York City.

In addition, CCM’s Mainstage Opera and Studio Opera Series 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 2017-18 Mainstage Opera season concludes with a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Meredith Kitz and Andreas Hager. The production runs from March 22-25, 2018. Learn more about the production at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

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2018 CCM OPERA SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

PERFORMANCE TIME
Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
Admission to the Opera Scholarship Competition is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required and audience members may enter and exit the theater at appropriate times throughout the day.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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The Ariel Quartet’s CCM Concert Series Continues on March 20

CCM’s String Quartet-in-Residence will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and the regional premiere John Harbison’s newly commissioned String Quartet No. 6.

CCM proudly presents the Ariel Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. The performance features works by Mozart, Brahms and the regional premiere of John Harbison’s String Quartet No. 6, which was co-commissioned by the Ariel Quartet with the generous support of Ann and Harry Santen.

The concert opens with Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, which is part of a set of six string quartets that Mozart dedicated to his friend and mentor Joseph Haydn — who is often referred to as the “Father of the String Quartet.” Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor is regarded as a pillar of the classical string quartet repertoire, and it is one of the most celebrated and performed works of the genre.

Next on the program is the regional premiere of Harbison’s String Quartet No. 6, which was composed in 2016 and co-commissioned by the Ariel Quartet through support from Ann and Harry Santen, the Lark Quartet, Telegraph Quartet and Tanglewood Music Center with the generous support of the Merwin Geffen, M.D. and Norman Solomon, M.D. New Commissions Fund. Harbison is a Grammy Award-nominated composer who has received multiple national and international commissions. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize.

The concert closes with Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, which was completed in 1873 after many years of work by Brahms. He sought to exhibit the same care as Mozart while composing his quartets, and he also sought to produce something worthy of performance in a genre widely dominated by Ludwig van Beethoven’s compositions. The work closes with a movement based on a Hungarian folk dance.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Complete program information for the March 20 concert is below.
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REPERTOIRE
Please note that previously announced repertoire has been updated:
MOZART: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
HARBISON: String Quartet No. 6 (co-commissioned by the Ariel Quartet with the generous support of Ann and Harry Santen)
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

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

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

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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

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CCM Mainstage Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and ‘Gianni Schicchi’

 CCM pairs two of Puccini’s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production on March 22-25.

CCM’s Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series presents a pair of operas with music by Giacomo Puccini and librettos by Giovacchino Forzano on March 22-25, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Suor Angelica‘s tragic story focuses on a young nun who is serving penance for conceiving an illegitimate child, while Gianni Schicchi is a comedic opera about a family who tries to alter a large inheritance to their favor.

CCM graduate students are directing each production; Meredith Kitz directs Suor Angelica, while Andreas Hager directs Gianni Schicchi. CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson conducts the opera double bill.

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi work well together because they are so different,” Hager says. “The former takes religion and social order very seriously, while the latter completely skewers the awful and rich Donati family. In Suor Angelica, God is the moral compass, but Gianni Schicchi is about flesh and desire, with both the good and bad urges in every human.”

The unique challenges of Gianni Schicchi are twofold, according to Hager; even though the opera is only about an hour long, it is vocally demanding of its leading singers, and those who play members of the Donati family music be completely coordinated with one another for long periods of time. In this way, the family acts as one large, nearly farcical character.

“We’re lucky at CCM to have students with the musical training to negotiate the complicated ensembles and the physical and mental stamina to execute precise comedic timing, often running around the stage at full speed — literally like chickens at one moment,” Hager says.

“The cast has been so supportive of each other, and they have been coming to rehearsal with a complete willingness to play. For me, that’s the essential ingredient to creating a Gianni Schicchi that is funny, moving and perhaps even a bit profound.”

Suor Angelica will last 1 hour and will be followed by a 15-minute intermission. Gianni Schicchi will last 1 hour.
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Creative Team:

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Meredith Kitz, director (Suor Angelica)*
  • Andreas Hager, director (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Theron Wineinger, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Rin Marie Schwob, hair and make-up designer*
  • Sidney Martin, props master*
  • Hankyu Lee, sound designer*
  • Chelsea D. Taylor, stage manager (Suor Angelica)*
  • Margo Leist, stage manager (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Ashley Trujilo, costume designer*
  • Marie-France Lefebvre, musical preparation

*CCM student

Cast Lists:
SUOR ANGELICA

  • Caitlin Gotimer*, Nicolette Book^ as Sister Angelica
  • Amber Fasquelle*, Karis Tucker^ as The Princess
  • Brenda Iglesias-Zarco as The Abbess
  • Briana Moynihan as The Monitress
  • Mia Athey as The Mistress of the Novices
  • Claire Lopatka*, Allison Anderson^ as Sister Genovieffa
  • Hannah Consenz as Sister Osmina
  • Madeline Jentsch as Sister Dolcina
  • Rebecca Printz as The Nursing Sister
  • Amber R. Monroe as Alms Sister 1
  • Victoria Okafor as Alms Sister 2
  • Amanda Olea as Novice
  • Yewoon Yeon as Lay Sister 1
  • Natalie Sheppard as Lay Sister 2
  • Mercer May Barton as Griffin

GIANNI SCHICCHI

  • Jonathan Stinson*, Samson McCrady^ as Gianni Schicchi
  • Teresa Perrotta*, Lisa Rogali^ as Lauretta
  • Brandon Scott Russell*, Chandler Johnson^ as Rinuccio
  • Rebecca Printz*, Abigail Hoyt^ as Zita
  • Dongwhi (Tony) Baek*, Tyler Jonson^ as Gherardo
  • Murrella Parton*, Amy Joy Stephens^ as Nella
  • Daniel Roger Lefebvre Chaitkin as Gherardino
  • John Siarris*, Antonio Cruz^ as Betto di Signa
  • Michael Hyatt as Simone
  • Zane Hill as Marco
  • Briana Moynihan as La Ciesca
  • Antonio Cruz*, John Siarris^ as Maestro Spinelloccio
  • Miles Wilson-Toliver as Ser Amantio di Nicolao
  • Joshua Cook as Pinellino
  • De’Ron McDaniel as Guccio

* Thursday, March 22 & Saturday, March 24
^ Friday, March 23 & Sunday, March 25

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages
throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM E-Media Alumni in Oscar-Nominated Films

Two alumni from CCM’s Electronic Media Division worked behind-the-scenes on films nominated for Oscars in the 2018 Academy Awards! Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this Sunday, March 4 and will be broadcast live on ABC at 8 p.m.

Nick Lipari (BFA, 2012) was the first assistant editor on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which is nominated for best Film Editing. Directed by Martin McDonagh, the film is nominated for three Oscars, including Writing (Original Screenplay) and Music (Original Score). This isn’t Lipari’s first time working on a major film. He previously served as the assistant editor on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was one of the highest-grossing films of 2016.

Dan Schroer (BFA, 1999) worked as the second camera assistant on Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which is nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Schroer has worked on multiple blockbuster films directed by Nolan, including Inception, Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises. You can see his latest work in A Wrinkle in Time, which comes to theaters on March 9, and in Rampage, which comes to theaters on April 20.

E-Media alumni aren’t only being recognized at the Academy Awards. Brian Lazarte (BFA, 2004) was the film editor for Kailash, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. At the 2018 Grammy Awards, David Pescovitz (BFA, 1992) won the Grammy Award for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition.

Learn more about CCM E-Media at ccm.uc.edu/emedia.

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CCM alumnus Jordan Dodson. Photo: Vanessa Briceño Photography

CCM Welcomes Alumnus Jordan Dodson in Performance of New Work for Guitar and Winds

CCM continues its sesquicentennial Winds Series with a special guest appearance by Jordan Dodson (BM Guitar, 2009), who will appear alongside the CCM Chamber Players in a performance of Stephen Goss’ A Concerto of Colours, which debuted earlier this year. The free concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

This new work for guitar and wind ensemble was co-commissioned by CCM and eleven other schools, which are Arizona State University, Columbus State University, Illinois State University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Miami (Florida), University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington at Seattle. The idea for commissioning the work came from Andrew Zohn and Jamie Nix at Columbus State University, whose school premiered the work in September.

Goss chose the colors for his Concerto of Colours after being inspired by the vivid landscapes and cultures of the American Southwest. The movements are short, dramatically contrasting, and, of course, are each named for a color: “Albuquerque Turquoise,” “Still Black,” “Green Movement,” “Nocturne in Blue and Gold” and “Red Rocks.”

This free performance will also include Arthur Bird’s Serenade for Wind Instruments, Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro and Steven Stucky’s Partita-Pastorale after J.S. Bach.

About Jordan Dodson
Jordan Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. In 2013, he was the winner of Astral’s National Auditions, as well as a Young Artist-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today. He has performed at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Museo Nacional de Colombia, as well as with the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Festival Daniou in France. He performs in several New York City chamber ensembles, including Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Marcel and Ensemble sans maître. He recently collaborated with such acclaimed artists as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ransom Wilson and Contemporaneous. He can be heard on the album Subject on Tzadik Records.

About Stephen Goss
Welsh composer and guitarist Stephen Goss has won the praise of many artists, most notably John Williams, and his catalog is already substantial. Goss studied guitar at the Royal Academy of Music and won its Julian Bream Prize in 1986, and he has collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Orpheus Sinfonia, Peter Maxwell Davies, Toru Takemitsu, the Tetra Guitar Quartet, Paco Peña, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the English Sinfonia, among others. His Albéniz “Concerto” for guitar and orchestra was released on EMI Classics in 2010.
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Performance Time
4 p.m. Sunday, March 4

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

Admission
Free; no ticket reservations required.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

Photo: Vanessa Briceño Photography

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