CCM Alumnus Receives 2018 Morton Gould Young Composer Award

CCM alumnus Charles Peck (MM Composition, 2012) is one of 17 young composers to receive a 2018 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

This year, the ASCAP Foundation received 520 submissions of for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award, which honors the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the foundation’s former president Morton Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. Open to composers of original, classical concert music, the award encourages developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers.

Peck won the award for Vinyl, a work for chamber orchestra that imitates the flaws of the sound produced by vinyl records, including skips and pitch warping. The piece was written for New York-based chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound and has been performed at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Peck currently teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, where he earned the Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award in composition. He received his bachelor’s degree in music industry from Drexel University. During his time at CCM, Peck was named the winner of the Composition Competition and was awarded the Scott Huston Award for composition.

Later this week, CCM’s Composition Department hosts the 2018 Midwest Composers Symposium, which opens with a concert by the CCM Wind Symphony, Chorale and Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. There will also be participant concerts featuring the compositions by students from CCM, Indiana University, University of Iowa and University of Michigan throughout the day on Saturday, Oct. 20. Learn more about CCM’s Composition program at ccm.uc.edu/music/cmt.

About the ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. Learn more at www.ascapfoundation.org
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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City of Cincinnati Declares Oct. 20 “CCM Musical Theatre Day”

In an official proclamation, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has declared Oct. 20, 2018, as "CCM Musical Theatre Day" in honor of the program's 50th anniversary.

In an official proclamation, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has declared Oct. 20, 2018, as “CCM Musical Theatre Day” in honor of the program’s 50th anniversary.

The City of Cincinnati has officially declared Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, as “CCM Musical Theatre Day” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s legendary BFA program in musical theatre!

CCM commemorates this milestone with a special gala performance of Guys and Dolls on the evening of Oct. 20. Arts lovers are invited to get “all dolled up” for a 7-9:30 p.m. performance of the Broadway classic in CCM’s newly-renovated Corbett Auditorium and then enjoy the Guys and Dolls-themed “Saints and Sinners Bash” afterparty in the Great Hall of UC’s Tangeman University Center!

Tickets and event details are available online at uc.edu/news/articles/legacy/enews/2018/08/e26724 or over the phone at 513-556-2100.

CCM Musical Theatre major Frankie Thams and Acting alumna Mackenzie “Kenzie” Clark in a Guys and Dolls promotional image. Photo/Mark Lyons, graphic design/Mikki Graff.

CCM’s Mainstage Series will also present performances of Guys and Dolls on Oct. 19, 21, 26 and 27. Learn more about these performances at uc.edu/news/articles/2018/10/n203102.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors: Graeter’s Ice Cream

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GUYS AND DOLLS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 http://www.MTIShows.com

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Guest Artist Paul Watkins Gives Recital at CCM on Monday, Oct. 15

Emerson String Quartet member Paul Watkins, cello, and CCM Professor/ Eminent Scholar of Chamber Music and Piano James Tocco present a free recital at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

The program features works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms and Britten, along with Joan Tower’s Trés Lent (Hommage à Messiaen) and Wild Run, which was composed for and dedicated to Watkins and Tocco. Complete repertoire and event information is below.

Paul Watkins will also present a master class on October 16 from 9-11 a.m. in CCM’s Watson Hall.

About Paul Watkins
Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as concerto soloist, chamber musician and conductor. During his solo career he has collaborated with world renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Paavo Berglund, Leonard Slatkin, Sakari Oramo, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Andris Nelsons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Sir Charles Mackerras. He performs regularly with all the major British orchestras and has made eight concerto appearances at the BBC Proms, most recently with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the world premiere of the cello concerto composed for him by his brother, Huw Watkins.

He made his concerto debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Yakov Kreizberg, and has performed with the Norwegian Radio, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony and Queensland Orchestras, and with Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin. He has toured to Italy and Prague with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and to China and the Far East with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He also premiered (and was the dedicatee of) Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new concerto with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Edo de Waart, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons.

A dedicated chamber musician, Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 until 2013, when he joined the Emerson String Quartet. With the Quartet he has travelled extensively, performing at major international festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, Edinburgh, Berlin and Evian and has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Renee Fleming and Barbara Hannigan. He is a regular guest artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and Music@Menlo, and in 2014 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit.

Watkins plays on a cello made by Domenico Montagnana and Matteo Goffriller in Venice, c.1730.
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Event Information:

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15
• Guest Artist Recital •
Paul Watkins, cello
James Tocco, piano
BEETHOVEN: 12 Variations for piano and cello in F Major on Mozart’s Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Op. 66
JOAN TOWER: Très Lent (Hommage à Messiaen) (1994)
JOAN TOWER: Wild Run (Composed for and dedicated to Paul Watkins and James Tocco) (2018)
BRITTEN: Cello Sonata, Op. 65 (1961)
BERNSTEIN: Three Meditations from “Mass” for cello and piano, arranged by the composer (1977)
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 2 for piano and cello, Op. 99
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
Master Class with Paul Watkins
Location: Watson Hall
Admission: FREE
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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 Mainstage Series Continues With Broadway Classic ‘Guys and Dolls’

CCM Musical Theatre presents Guys and Dolls on Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-27, 2018 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

CCM celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Musical Theatre program with a cherished musical comedy from Broadway’s golden age, Guys and Dolls. Named one of Cincinnati CityBeat’s “most eagerly anticipated fall productions” and listed in Cincinnati’s Magazine’s “10 can’t-miss performances,” Guys and Dolls opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2018 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

The musical tells the story of Nathan Detroit, a gambler trying to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while eluding the authorities. Detroit turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, who ends up chasing straight-laced missionary Sister Sarah Brown as a result.

Featuring iconic musical numbers like “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and more, this Tony Award-winning show takes audiences from the heart of Times Square to the cafés of Havana in a tale of saints and sinners and the lengths they will go for love.

Directed and choreographed by Professor Diane Lala, with musical direction by Professor Roger Grodsky, Guys and Dolls showcases the unbelievable on-stage talent of CCM’s musical theatre majors with live accompaniment by CCM’s world-class student orchestra.

“CCM established the first BFA musical theatre program in the country, and we are rated as one of the top musical theatre programs in the country,” Lala says. “Celebrate our golden anniversary with us as we present this award-winning classic musical.”

CCM Musical Theatre 50th Anniversary gala: Arts lovers are invited to get “all dolled up” for a special performance of Guys and Dolls followed by the one-night-only Saints and Sinners Bash on Oct. 20, 2018. Read more about this special performance and gala after party in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

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CCM’s 2018-19 Studio Series Presents Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’

This play re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Admission is free but reservations are required.

CCM kicks off its 2018-19 Studio Series with Sarah Ruhl’s retelling of Eurydice on October 11-13. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking poetry, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Susan Felder, CCM professor of acting and movement, directs the production. In her director’s note, Felder explores the theme of grief in Eurydice:

“The play is adapted from a myth by the Greeks, who believed that after we die, we travel through a river that washes and rids us of burdensome memories of life and loss. The play offers us just that proposition. What if we could rid ourselves of the passage through grieving times? What if it were that easy?” Felder asks.

Performances of Eurydice take place Oct. 11-13, 2018, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 8. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

On November 17, CCM and the Cincinnati Opera will also present an operatic version of this play, featuring music by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin. Admission to this Opera Fusion production is free, but reservations are required. Tickets will become available through the Cincinnati Opera box office on Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m; call 513-241-2742 to reserve.
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Eurydice Cast List:

  • Madison Pullman as Eurydice
  • James Egbert as Father
  • Jabari Carter as The Interesting Man
  • Duncan Weinland as Orpheus
  • Ella Eggold as Loud Stone
  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Little Stone
  • Jack Steiner as Big Stone

Performance Times:

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission:
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8. 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 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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Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Slideshows: ‘The Government Inspector’

CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series opens with Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s comic masterpiece The Government InspectorDirected by Richard Hess, the play is presented at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 4 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

View the slideshow below for your first look at The Government Inspector. You can read more about CCM’s production in preview stories by CityBeat Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“The story has all the clever banter and comic timing of a snappy modern-day sitcom.” – David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer

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“The Government Inspector is a zany satire written by Nikolai Gogol in 1836 — but it still finds relevance today.” – Rick Pender, CityBeat Cincinnati

Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard E. Hess, director
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Courtney Paige Hickenlooper*, stage manager
  • Kelly Yurko, wig and make-up designer
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Kate Webster, dialect and vocal coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Carter LaCava as Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov
  • Briley Oakley as Osip, his servant
  • Graham Rogers as Mayor
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Anna Andreyevna, his wife
  • Zoe Cotzias as Marya, his daughter
  • Amanda Nelson as Grusha, their maid
  • Matt Fox as Judge
  • Cameron Nalley as School Principal
  • Sarah Durham as Postmastress
  • Lucas Prizant as Doctor
  • Trey Peterson as Dobchinsky
  • Reid Robison as Bobchinsky
  • Michelle Jardine as Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
  • Paige Jordan as Svetsunov, the police chief
  • Frankie Chuter as Abdullin/Constable 1/Imperial Messenger
  • Jason Pavlovich as Pentelaeyev/Constable 2

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 5*
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6*
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7

*Travel and parking may be impacted by UC Homecoming events on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series.

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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Allen Otte, James Culley and Russell Burge in Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Percussion Group Cincinnati presents concert at CCM this Friday

CCM ensemble-in-residence Percussion Group Cincinnati presents a musical tribute to composer Herbert Brün, a pioneer of electronic and computer music, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Featuring music by Brün, Eugene O’Brien and Frederic Rzewski, the free concert is at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Recently inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, Percussion Group Cincinnati was founded in 1979 and consists of CCM faculty members Allen Otte (Emeritus, 2017), James Culley and Russell Burge.

The performance includes Brün’s More Dust with Percussion, which was originally composed as an electronic music piece, but the composer added percussion at Percussion Group Cincinnati’s request. The ensemble performed this piece during its first concert at CCM in 1979. The concert also includes Brün’s Touch and Go, which Otte will perform on a single tabletop with a large array of both traditional and unusual instruments. Watch a YouTube video of Otte performing the piece in a previous concert.

Complete repertoire information for Percussion Group Cincinnati’s Sept. 28 concert is below. Learn more about Percussion Group Cincinnati at pgcinfo.com/PGC.

Repertoire
O’BRIEN: Allures
BRÜN: Infraudibles with Percussion
BRÜN: on stilts among ducks (arr. Otte)
RZEWSKI: Inti Illimani/El Peublo Unido (arr. PGC)
BRÜN: Touch and Go
BRÜN: More Dust with Percussion

Performance Time
8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
FREE

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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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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