CCM Presents Staged Version of J. S. Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’

CCM presents J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, a work for chamber orchestra, choir and vocal soloists that premiered in 1724. The staged performances of this timeless piece will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at Cincinnati’s Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave.

This production features CCM’s Chamber Choir and Concert Orchestra, led by Earl Rivers, CCM director of choral studies. Artist diploma candidate Audrey Chait directs the St. John Passion and will also direct CCM’s Studio Opera production of Dinner at Eight in February. Faculty artist Daniel Weeks, tenor, sings the role of the Evangelist, with student soloists playing the other roles.

“The Passion story is told here through the eyes of the Apostle John,” Chait says. “Through reliving his memories of the final days of Jesus, he explores both the interior and exterior of the narrative, as well as his own role in creating the canonical version of the text. We utilize a simple, timeless visual language to emphasize the beauty and transcendence of Bach’s landmark work.”

“In recent seasons throughout the world, staged productions of Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion have sprung up and blossomed, as music directors and stage directors explore new means of expressing these timeless settings of the Passion story,” Rivers adds. “By staging the St. John Passion, CCM is preparing CCM students for real-world professional performances they will experience over their careers.”

Student soloists will sing the roles of Jesus (Daren Small, baritone), Pontius Pilate (John Siarris, baritone) in this production, with the parts for the Disciples sung by Claire Lopatka and Victoria Okafor, sopranos; Michelle La Jeunesse and Brenda Iglesias Zarco, mezzo-sopranos; Victor Cardamone, tenor; Joshua Cook and Antonia Cruz, baritones; and Michael Hyatt, bass.

Admission for this production is free, but subscribers receive access to a preferred section of the best seats. Subscribers can call the CCM Box Office on Monday, October 22 to reserve seats.

CCM’s production of Bach’s St. John Passion will be sung in German with English surtitles.
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Performance Times

  • 4 p.m. Saturday, October 27
  • 4 p.m. Sunday, October 28

Location
Knox Presbyterian Church
3400 Michigan Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Admission
Admission is free, reservations are not required.

CCM subscribers receive access to a preferred section of the best seats. Subscribers can call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 on Monday, October 22 to reserve seats.

Parking and Directions:
Please visit the Knox Presbyterian Church website at https://www.knox.org/ for more information on parking and directions.
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CCM Choral Studies Sponsor: Jan Rogers and Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

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

CCM’s production of Bach’s St. John Passion is supported by a generous grant from the Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation.
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Slideshows: ‘Guys and Dolls’

CCM celebrates the 50th anniversary of its BFA Musical Theatre program with a lavish production of classic Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. The musical opens at 8 p.m. tonight, Oct. 19, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in CCM’s newly renovated Corbett Auditorium. Get a sneak peek of the production in the slideshow below.

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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.

Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

Read more:

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GUYS AND DOLLS
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters by Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Creative Team

  • Diane Lala, director and choreographer
  • Roger Grodsky, musical director
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Nicholas Smith*, lighting designer
  • Jason Sebastian, sound designer
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Meredith Keister*, wig and make-up designer
  • Caroline Castleman*, production stage manager
  • Jenny Jones, fight coordinator
  • D’Arcy Smith and Kate Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Nick Berninger asNicley-Nicely Johnson
  • Sam Pickart as Benny Southstreet
  • Hank Von Kolnitz as Rusty Charlie
  • Aria Braswell as Sarah Brown
  • Dain Alan Paige (BFA Dramatic Performance, 1993)+ as Arvide Abernathy
  • Michael Canu as Harry the Horse
  • Stone Mountain as Lt. Brannigan
  • Kevin Chlapecka^/Matt Copley* as Nathan Detroit
  • Andrew Alstat as Angie the Ox
  • Kendall McCarthy^/Anya Axel* as Miss Adelaide
  • Frankie Thams as Sky Masterson
  • Eli Mayer as Joey Baltimore
  • Dylan Dougal as Hot Box MC
  • Bryn Purvis as Mimi
  • Elle Zambarano as General Matilda B. Cartwright
  • Elijah King as Big Jule
  • Sofie Flores as Agatha
  • Cole Harksen as Calvin
  • Britta Rae as Martha
  • Hot Box Girls: Bailee Endebrock, Jamie Goodson, Zoe Grolnick, Bryn Purvis
  • Tower Boys: Leo Carmody, Christian Feliciano, Kai Horvit, Christian Kidd, Drew Minard, Eli Owens, Aaron Richert, Sammy Schechter
  • Ensemble: Andrew Alstat, Kurtis Brown, Michael Canu, Dylan DougaL, Sofie Flores, Haley Holcomb, Chip Hawver, Jack Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Eli Mayer, Jordan Miller, Britta Rae, Mikayla Renfrow, Erich W. Schleck, Veronica Stern, Quinn Surdez, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph
  • Dance Captain Bryn Purvis

Understudies:

  • Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Erich W. Schleck
  • Benny Southstreet – Andrew Alstat
  • Sarah Brown – Mikayla Renfrow
  • Sky Masterson – Ethan Zeph
  • Swings – Anna Chase Lanier, Brandon Schumacker

* Friday, Oct. 19; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.

^ Saturday, Oct. 20; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

+ Denotes CCM alumnus

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 19
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, October 20 (CCMpower gala event; special pricing applies)
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, October 21
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, October 21
  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 26
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 27

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. 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

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

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors: Graeter’s Ice Cream

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 www.MTIShows.com

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The Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at UC's College-Conservatory of Music.

CCM Announces Memorial Service for Alumna and Former Faculty Member Barbara Clark (Paver)

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) will celebrate the life and teaching legacy of Barbara Clark (Paver), DMA, in a memorial service scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. A reception in the Baur Room will follow. A video stream of the service will be available at ccm.uc.edu/resources/technology/barbaraclarkmemorial. A CCM alumna and a beloved member of our faculty from 2004-13, Clark passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 2, 2018.

CCM alumna and former faculty member Barbara Clark (Paver).

CCM alumna and former faculty member Barbara Clark (Paver).

Most recently an Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of Voice at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Clark began her teaching career at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York. A highly-regarded teacher and artist, Clark taught a generation of students, many of whom are now performing in leading opera houses and festivals all over the world. Blessed with a lustrous, beautiful voice and a keen intelligence, she was also a sought-after soprano soloist who enjoyed a distinguished performing career. She will be remembered as a gifted teacher and mentor, a compassionate and generous friend known by all for both her good humor, and her kind and loving nature.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Clark received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s and doctorate from CCM. She was a treasured aunt and sister, and is survived by her sisters Susan Clark Joul and Jill Meiburg, and her brother Robert Clark. In addition, she is survived by her beloved niece Ivy Brooke Joul, and nephews Henry, Sebastian, and Maxwell Meiburg. She is also survived by brothers-in-law Thomas Meiburg and Kent Joul, in addition to her many current and former students.

The CCM community sends its deepest condolences to Clark’s family and friends. Her impact on her family, students and colleagues remains immeasurable.

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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 Magazine’s “10 can’t-miss performances,” Guys and Dolls opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, 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.”

Read more about the musical in Cincinnati CityBeat: https://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/theater/article/21027438/the-guys-and-dolls-at-ccm-are-golden-this-fall  

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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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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