CCM Drama Grad Diana Maria Riva Returns to Primetime TV

CCM alumna Diana Maria Riva on television's 'Saint George.' Photo courtesy of FX.

CCM alumna Diana Maria Riva on television’s ‘Saint George.’ Photo courtesy of FX.

We are thrilled to report that CCM Drama alumna Diana Maria Riva (BFA, ’91; MFA, ’95) returns to primetime television as a series regular in a new comedy starring George Lopez. The half-hour Saint George premieres at 9 p.m. ET tonight (Thursday, March 6) on the FX channel!

Riva plays Lopez’s “tough and sexy” boss, as described in FX press materials. Her character, Concepcion, is the assistant principal at a downtown Los Angeles school, where she supervises Lopez teaching an evening history class — his way to give back to the community.

You can learn more about the program courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer here and courtesy of UC Magazine here.

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NBC’s 2014 Olympic Coverage Features the Iconic Music of CCM Alumnus Randy Edelman

NBCSochiLogoTelevision viewers of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have a CCM alumnus to thank for the rousing theme music featured in NBC’s coverage of the games.

Beginning with the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the NBC television network has used music originally composed by distinguished alumnus Randy Edelman (CCM ’69, HonDoc ’04) extensively in its televised sports broadcasts.

A prominent singer, songwriter, arranger and film scorer, Edelman has led a prolific career since concluding his studies at CCM and has regularly seen his film and television scores find a second life in NBC’s sports coverage. Below, you can listen to the closing credits soundtrack for NBC’s Olympics coverage, which features Edelman’s “World of the Heart” and “Finale.”

As the Los Angeles Times has previously reported, the heroic music used by NBC to promote upcoming Olympic competitions was originally the theme for the comedy-western television series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. You can view the original title sequence for that program (complete with Edelman’s score) below:

This theme has come to soundtrack NBC’s Olympic coverage for nearly 20 years and has also been used in the network’s coverage of Major League Baseball playoffs and other major sporting events.

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CCM Welcomes Filmmaker James Chressanthis For Master Class and Film Screening on Feb. 17

CCM welcomes special guest James Chressanthis on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

CCM welcomes special guest James Chressanthis on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

CCM’s Division of Electronic Media welcomes cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASCfor a master class and film screening beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

An award-winning filmmaker, Chressanthis will host a free public lecture with a question and answer session from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. This will be followed by a free screening of his feature film directing debut, the Emmy-nominated No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos.

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How a CCM Alumnus Helped the Grinch Steal Christmas

CCM alumnus Albert Hague in his Marina Del Rey living room in 1998.

CCM alumnus Albert Hague in his Marina Del Rey living room in 1998.

Did you know that CCM alumnus Albert Hague (CCM, 42) composed “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” as an audition piece to win the job scoring the 1966 TV movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

UC Magazine‘s Deborah Rieselman interviewed Hague in 1997 and got the inside scoop on how this now-iconic song came together. You can read the 2001 feature article here.

When Jim Carrey made the story into a full-length feature film in 2000, Hague’s song and much of his score accompanied the movie, and he was listed in the credits.

In honor of the season, you can enjoy an excerpt from How the Grinch Stole Christmas below:

Hague was also well known for playing the role of Mr. Shorofsky, the music teacher, in the TV series Fame from 1982-87. In addition, his musical Plain and Fancy, a story set among the Amish of Pennsylvania, is performed all year long, and has been for decades, in Nappanee, Ind.

Hague passed away in November of 2011 at the age of 81.

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CCM Alums in NBC’s Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

NBC's 'The Sound of Music'The hills will be alive with the sound of CCM alumnae during this evening’s live television broadcast of The Sound of Music on NBC! The Carrie Underwood-starring musical features a number of former CCM students in its cast, including Ashley Brown, Nikki Renee Daniels and Adrienne Danrich!

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand recently spoke with Danrich about her role in the TV event. Read the interview online here.

Read about The Sound of Music‘s other Cincinnati connections courtesy of the Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter here.

The Sound of Music airs live at 8/7c tonight (Thursday, Dec. 5) on the NBC network. You can learn more about the broadcast by visiting NBC.com and view the complete cast list courtesy of Broadway World.

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CCM’s Mahler Marathon Featured on CET Arts Channel This Sunday, Oct. 27

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

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

In a continuing celebration of the local arts in Cincinnati, CET will present excerpts from CCM’s 2013 Mahler Marathon at 8:30pm Sunday, Oct. 27, on CET Arts.

Conducted by CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, CCM’s Concert Orchestra will play selections from Mahler’s “Des knaben Wunderhorn” (The Youth’s Magic Horn) followed by his “Symphony No. 4 in G Major.” The symphony was written to represent a child’s vision of heaven.

This performance was recorded in March of 2013 as part of CCM’s Mahler Marathon, which was dedicated to the memory of loyal arts patron and UC alumna Louise Dieterle Nippert with the support of The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund. A classically trained singer, Mrs. Nippert was a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1957.

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CCM E-Media Welcomes Fox Senior Vice President of Marketing for Guest Lecture This Week

Senior Vice President of Marketing for the FOX Broadcasting Company Nick Belperio.

Senior Vice President of Marketing for the FOX Broadcasting Company Nick Belperio.

CCM’s Division of Electronic Media welcomes guest speaker Nick Belperio to the Cohen Family Studio Theater from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Senior Vice President of Marketing for the FOX Broadcasting Co., Belperio will provide an inside look at the development, promotion and evaluation of the new hit television drama Sleepy Hollow, scheduled to air Monday nights on FOX. This presentation is free and open to the general public.

Belperio was named Senior Vice President of Affiliate Marketing in November 2007. He is responsible for supervision of the network’s Affiliate Marketing team, which oversees marketing and promotion at 209 FOX affiliates across the U.S., as well as its National Radio Promotion department. Belperio also helps guide the general objectives of the network’s marketing team, effectively maximizing affiliate TV stations’ air across all dayparts, producing creative launch kits and promo merchandise, as well as maintaining significant presence on local websites and social media platforms.

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CCM Alumnus Travis Hagenbuch Nominated For Fourth Primetime Emmy

CCM Alumnus Travis Hagenbuch with the first two Emmys he won.

CCM Alumnus Travis Hagenbuch with the first two Emmys he won.

CCM alumnus Travis Hagenbuch (BFA, 2007) was nominated for his fourth primetime Emmy award this year (ceremonies were held on Sept. 22).

Nominated in the category of “Lighting Design,” Hagenbuch has designed lighting for such live televised events as the Olympics, President Obama’s inaugural celebration, a Super Bowl halftime show with Tom Petty, the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, BET Awards, as well as TV specials for Lionel Richie, Betty White’s 90th birthday and Celine Dion.

The three Emmys has won to date are for the Vancouver Olympics’ opening ceremony in 2010 and for two Grammy ceremonies in 2011 and 2012.

You can learn more about Travis Hagenbuch courtesy of UC Magazine.

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CET Cincinnati Public Television Broadcasts Premiere of ‘Mahler’s Fourth From CCM’ on Oct. 27

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

Mark Gibson leads CCM’s orchestras in rehearsals. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Save the date for Sunday, Oct. 27!

CET Cincinnati Public Television will premiere the CCM Concert Orchestra’s recent performance Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at 8:30 p.m. that evening on the CET Arts channel. This program is part of an  ongoing collaboration between CCM and CET, which will bring CCM’s world-class performances to PBS viewers throughout the Greater Cincinnati viewing area.

You can read more about this collaboration here.

Mahler’s Fourth from CCM was shot on location in CCM Village in March of 2013. The performance was part of CCM’s day-long Mahler Marathon, which was dedicated to the memory of loyal arts patron and UC alumna Louise Dieterle Nippert, who passed away in July of 2012 at the age of 100. A classically trained singer, Mrs. Nippert was a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1957.

You can learn more about CCM’s Mahler Marathon here.

This Sunday, Sept. 22, we aim to top the spectacle of our Mahler Marathon with an epic concert production of Verdi’s grandest opera, Don Carlos. Learn more about that production here.

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CCM Professor of E-Media Joins Investigative Team at Cincinnati’s Fox 19

From left to right: Fox 19 General Manager Bill Lanesey and CCM Professor of Electronic Media Hagit Limor welcomed CCM Dean Peter Landgren and E-Media Division Head John Owens for a tour of the WXIX-TV news studio earlier this month. Professor Limor joins Fox 19′s newly expanded investigative team this fall. Photography by Dottie Stover.

From left to right: Fox 19 General Manager Bill Lanesey and CCM Professor of Electronic Media Hagit Limor welcomed CCM Dean Peter Landgren and E-Media Division Head John Owens for a tour of the WXIX-TV news studio earlier this month. Professor Limor joins Fox 19′s newly expanded investigative team this fall. Photography by Dottie Stover.

We are delighted to report that CCM’s award-winning Professor of Electronic Media Hagit Limor will begin reporting for Cincinnati’s Fox 19 this fall, as she joins the station’s newly expanded investigative team.

Professor Limor will continue to teach media writing, ethics and journalism courses at CCM, taking students from the classroom and newsroom to the studio for taped productions.

Fox 19 General Manager Bill Lanesey joined Professor Limor in welcoming CCM Dean Peter Landgren and CCM E-Media Division Head John Owens to the WXIX-TV news studio for a tour earlier this month.

Learn more about Limor’s new role at Fox 19 courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  

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