CCM Jazz Celebrates Stan Kenton

Photography by Scott Belck.

Photography by Scott Belck.

CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band explore the Neophonic sounds of legendary and sometimes controversial jazz bandleader Stan Kenton in a tribute concert to the biggest-sounding big band of all time at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, in Corbett Auditorium.

Faculty artist and Kenton alumnus John Von Ohlen joins CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band for this exciting tribute concert. Scott Belck and Dominic Marino conduct.

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CCM’s Annual Choreographers Showcase Spotlights Dance Student Creations

Photography by Rene Micheo.

Photography by Rene Micheo.

CCM’s Ballet Ensemble presents its 2012 Choreographers’ Showcase on March 10 and 11 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Jiang Qi and Michael Tevlin co-direct this annual event, which consists entirely of student-created works. Admission is free and open to the general public. The concert is dedicated to the memory of CCM dance major Corrine Patterson (1991-2010).

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CCM’s ‘Into the Woods’ Receives a Record Nine League of Cincinnati Theatres Awards

CCM presents INTO THE WOODS, Feb. 23 - March 4, 2012. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM presents INTO THE WOODS, Feb. 23 - March 4, 2012. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods has earned nine awards from the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT)! The fairytale adventure turns traditional stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and others upside down, examining the “after” in these happily-ever-after tales.

LCT panelists praised nearly every aspect of the production, which was described as “fitting CCM like the golden slipper on Cinderella’s foot.” Awards were given in the following categories:

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The reviews are in and CityBeat‘s Rick Pender calls Into the Woods a “remarkably mature and thoroughly entertaining production,” while the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Jackie Demaline writes: “Delights include first-rate work from graduating seniors and a show of great promise from freshmen in the wonderful storybook world created by the design team.”

Find out for yourself what happens after “happily ever after” when CCM presents Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning Into the Woods, running this Thursday through Sunday, March 4, 2012 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

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CCM’s ‘The Tragedy of Carmen’ Brings New Fervor to the Classic Opera

Marco Cammarota and Leah de Gruyl in CCM's Studio Series production of 'The Tragedy of Carmen.' Photography by Steven Goldstein.

Marco Cammarota and Leah DeGruyl in CCM's Studio Series production of 'The Tragedy of Carmen.' Photography by Steven Goldstein.

Take the entrancing story of a gypsy woman’s raw seductive power and the men that want her, add the fervor of the hallowed music of Georges Bizet and mix in a bit of modern storytelling. The result is a 90-minute, action- and passion-packed retelling of the beloved opera Carmen, adapted by the daringly innovative stage director Peter Brook.

Sung in French with English surtitles, experience the frenzy of Carmen in an entirely new way. Performed as part of CCM’s acclaimed Studio Opera Series, The Tragedy of Carmen runs March 2-4 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater in CCM Village on the University of Cincinnati campus. Isaac Selya conducts with stage direction by Steven Goldstein.

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Discussing ‘The Damnation of Faust’s Visuals with CCM E-Media’s Raul Barcelona

CCM Assistant Professor of Electonic Media Raul Barcelona.

CCM Assistant Professor of Electonic Media Raul Barcelona.

This Saturday, CCM presents a unique multimedia production of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. CCM E-Media faculty member Raul Barcelona recently discussed his work on the project with CCM Public Information Assistant and Arts Administration student Lillian Matchett.

Lillian Matchett: Could you give me a little background about your work at CCM?

Raul Barcelona: I’ve been here now for almost two years. My role here is Assistant Professor of Electronic Media, and I specifically teach new media and video production classes. My main focus is film making, but in the past I have also worked as a web designer and graphics designer, so I am also teaching some of those new media courses as well.

LM: Could you tell me a little about how you originally got involved with the production of The Damnation of Faust?

RB: Earl Rivers [CCM’s Director of Choral Studies and conductor] approached me to see if I would be interested in developing some visuals for the performance. He had this idea that it’s a work that is very cinematic in nature, even just by itself, and he thought that it would be a good opportunity to collaborate so that the music is accompanied with visuals.

LM: What was your original inspiration for the visuals we’ll see on Saturday?

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Discussing ‘Into the Woods’ Wigs and Make-Up with Student Designer Kaitlyn Adams

Kaitlyn Adams with INTO THE WOODS' Witch, played by Victoria Cook.

Kaitlyn Adams with INTO THE WOODS' Witch, played by Victoria Cook.

Into the Woods Wig & Make-Up Designer Kaitlyn Adams recently sat down with CCM Public Information Assistant and Arts Administration student Jenifer Thomas to discuss the work that went into this monumental production. Kaitlyn is handling wig and make-up design for this production alongside CCM faculty member Kelly Yurko.

Jenifer Thomas: Hi Kaitie! Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Kaitlyn Adams: I’m a Senior from Cincinnati. I went to high school at Seton on the West side.

JT: Local girl, huh? So what got you into wigs and make-up?

KA: My mom is actually a wig master and make-up artist, so I’ve grown up with it.

JT: And why’d you choose CCM?

KA: There are only two schools in the country that teach wigs and make-up. The other school focuses primarily on wigs and make-up for film, and that wasn’t where I was interested. I want to do stage work.

JT: So when you found out you were assigned to design Into the Woods, what did you do?

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LISTEN: CCM’s ‘The Damnation of Faust’ Featured on WVXU’s Around Cincinnati

Robyn Carey-Allgeyer discussed the upcoming multimedia production of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust with CCM’s Earl Rivers on the latest edition of WVXU’s Around Cincinnati.

You can listen to the full interview here. Performance information for The Damnation of Faust is available after the jump!

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Looking Back At CCM’s Original Production of ‘Into the Woods’

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In anticipation of this month’s anniversary production of Into the Woods, we present a look back at CCM’s 1991 production of Into the Woods, the show that celebrated the initial creation of CCM’s endowed chair of Musical Theatre.

CCM Musical Theatre is the oldest program of its kind in the country. Established in 1969, the innovative program was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for accreditation of musical theatre programs nationwide.

Likewise, at the time of its inception in 1991, the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre was the only academic chair of its kind in the United States, the American equivalent of the Chair in Musical Theatre endowed by Cameron Macintosh in honor of Stephen Sondheim at Oxford one year later.

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