Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend with an Afternoon of Music and Memories at CCM

Student and faculty artists from CCM’s music and theatre arts programs present a concert of great works about love on Sunday, Feb. 18 — just in time for Valentine’s weekend.

Student and faculty artists from CCM’s music and theatre arts programs present a concert of great works about love on Sunday, Feb. 18 — just in time for Valentine’s weekend.

CCM’s Acting, Choral, Dance, Jazz, Opera, Orchestra, Piano and Winds departments unite for a special concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Corbett Auditorium. Dubbed “Con Amore,” this unique program features excerpts from iconic works by Ravel, Shakespeare, Brahms, Puccini and more!

Repertoire
RAVEL: Bolero; featuring dancers from CCM’s Ballet Ensemble and the CCM Concert Orchestra

SHAKESPEARE: Romeo and Juliet (excerpt); featuring performers from CCM’s Acting program

BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Waltzes; featuring the CCM Chorale

VARIOUS: Love Songs; featuring CCM Jazz musicians performing with the Art Blakey Ensemble

MOBBERLEY: Words of Love; featuring the CCM Wind Orchestra with soprano Yewon Yoon

RAVEL: La Valse; featuring husband-and-wife pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank

PUCCINI: “Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso” from La Rondine; featuring the CCM Concert Orchestra and singers Amber Monroe, Claire Lopatka, Brandon Russell and Robert Stahley

Presented as part of CCM’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, Con Amore will spotlight 150 years of love stories during one unforgettable afternoon of music and memories.

Performance Time
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 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. Free UC student tickets available beginning Feb. 8.

Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though out 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 presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Foundation

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Xinghai Concert Hall. Photo by 慕尼黑啤酒.

Musical Theatre Students Travel to China for Valentine’s Day Performance

CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson and four musical theatre students are taking a whirlwind trip to China to perform with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Xinghai Concert Hall on Valentine’s Day.

Students Michelle Coben, David Paul Schwensen, Emily Morris and Zach Erhardt will head to China with Gibson on Friday, Feb. 10. They will rehearse over the weekend and present the program, “A Valentine to New York,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Michelle Coben.

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David Paul Schwensen.

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Emily Morris.

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Zach Erhardt.

 

 

 

 

The program includes excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls and How to Success In Business Without Really Trying and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. The concert will also feature George Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy and Jule Styne’s Overture to Gypsy. 

“This will be a first for the GSO, a first for CCM as a school, a first for each of the gifted students involved and, frankly, a first for me — my very first all-Broadway concert,” Gibson says.

The trip began with an invitation from CCM alumna Huan Jing (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2010), who studied under Gibson and was also a visiting faculty member at CCM. Jing is the resident conductor of the prestigious Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the only Chinese orchestra to tour and perform on five continents.

“The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra is one of the half-dozen top orchestras in China,” Gibson says.  “Huan Jing is not the only CCM alumna in the orchestra. CCM alumna Nicole Leong is the GSO’s new principal harpist, making this a true family affair!”

CCM Musical Theatre professor Roger Grodsky prepared the students for the concert with assistance from Luke Flood, a master’s of music student in Orchestral Conducting. Gibson and the students will return to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

“We are going to rock Guangzhou!” Gibson says. “Thanks to Huan Jing, Roger Grodsky, Aubrey Berg, Interim Provost Peter Landgren, Interim Dean bruce mcclung, Patti Hall and many more for making this all possible!

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CCM's spring 2016 production of 'Ah, Wilderness!' Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!

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CCM’s Mainstage Series continues tonight through this Sunday, Feb. 14, with a charming revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Tony Award nominated Ah, Wilderness!: A Comedy of Recollection in Three Acts.

Directed by R. Terrell Finney, this tender portrait of teenage growing pains and young love has been described as “a breath of fresh air” and “vividly alive” by the New York Post.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s performances. Learn more about the production here.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Ah, Wilderness! are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 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 at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/ah-wilderness.

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 new 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 and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Ah, Wilderness!: A Comedy of Recollection in Three Acts is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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University of Cincinnati Closing at 3 PM Today (Feb. 14, 2014)

Due to inclement weather, the University of Cincinnati will close at 3 p.m. on Friday Feb, 14. Classes are canceled after 3 p.m., and all offices – with the exception of those noted in the UC emergency closing policy (University Rule 30-16-01) – will be closed at 3PM. This announcement includes all campuses of the university.

All of CCM’s public performances on Friday, Feb. 14, are cancelled. Tonight’s performance by the CCM Wind Ensemble has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Our Studio Series production of L’Étoile will run at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. Tonight’s performance of L’Étoile will not be rescheduled.

CCM will continue to hold auditions on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, as originally scheduled. If you are unable to arrive in Cincinnati for your audition, please contact the CCM Admissions Office at 513-556-9479 or ccmadmis@uc.edu for further information.

You can check the status of UC on the University home page at www.uc.edu, follow UC on Twitter at UCEmergency, or call the status line at 513-556-3333.

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In Honor of Valentine’s Day, CCM Library Shares a Heart-Shaped Book for Lovers

Le Chansonnier Cordiforme is perhaps the most beautiful of all surviving music manuscripts.

Le Chansonnier Cordiforme is perhaps the most beautiful of all surviving music manuscripts.

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day this Friday, the CCM Library and the UC Archives and Rare Books Library present an item from the Rare Books Collection, Le Chansonnier Cordiforme, or Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu.

The original manuscript dates from the 1470s and is owned by the Bibliothèque de France (Ms. Occ. Rothschild 2973). The UC Libraries’ copy is a facsimile of the original, bound in red velvet and created by Vicent García Editores of Valencia, Spain in 2007.

Le Chansonnier Cordiforme is perhaps the most beautiful of all surviving music manuscripts. Its first owner was the French nobleman Jean de Montchenu (d. 1497), who commissioned the work. It was compiled during the 1470s and contains 43 songs from the preceding thirty years by Guillaume Dufay, Gilles de Binchois, Johannes Ockeghem, Antoine Busnoys and other contemporary composers.

The entire manuscript was performed by the Consort of Musicke in 1980, the recordings of which are held in the CCM Library.

You can learn more about this remarkable manuscript by visiting LiBlog, the blog of the University of Cincinnati Libraries!

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Cincinnati CityBeat Shows CCM Student, Alum and Upcoming Production Some Love in Latest Issue

CityBeat's "Love List" issue is on newsstands now.

CityBeat’s “Love List” issue is on newsstands now.

The Feb. 5 – 11 issue of CityBeat is on newsstands now and we are delighted to report that the magazine’s “Love List” features CCM alumnus Drew Klein and senior musical theatre major Blaine Krauss!

A graduate of CCM’s Electronic Media program, Klein has been making a name for himself as the Contemporary Arts Center’s first-ever performance curator. You can read his full profile here.

Krauss can next be seen as Jean Valjean in CCM’s upcoming Mainstage Series production of Les Misérables, playing Feb. 27 – March 9 in Patricia Corbett Theater. You can read his full profile here.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Rick Pender also previews this week’s production of Metamorphoses at CCM (also in Patricia Corbett Theater) and NKU’s upcoming production of Arabian Nights, both written by Mary Zimmerman.

Visit citybeat.com/cincinnati to view the full issue online.

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CCM Presents a Plethora of Piano Performances This February

CCMWinter2014PianoPerformancesCCM will celebrate the art of the piano with a series of special events this February. The fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival presents master classes and guest artist concerts from Feb. 6 – 11 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and the Mary Emery Hall Master Classroom, followed by the ninth edition of CCM’s Pianopalooza showcase at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Corbett Auditorium.

Launched in 2010 by CCM’s Piano Department Chair Awadagin Pratt, the Bearcat Piano Festival has grown into a veritable piano spectacular with several days of master classes and recitals by piano greats. This year’s Festival will feature a “Friends, Family and Favorites” theme:

  • Performances by “friends” include Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Louisville Dror Biran and University of Michigan doctoral student pianists.
  • The festival celebrates “family” as Professor Emeritus Frank Weinstock returns to the CCM stage, while Momoro Ono – Juilliard graduate and brother of UC President Santa J. Ono – makes his CCM debut.
  • As for “favorites,” CCM presents performances by acclaimed pianist Boris Slutsky and 2013 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya (who also studied with Slutsky). This will mark the first time in the history of the World Piano Competition that the winner is presented in a public recital.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Pianopalooza IX, directed by CCM’s Division of Keyboard Studies Head Michael Chertock, will include songs of love and romance. The program showcases spectacular student pianists and features special appearances by CCM faculty artists including Awadagin Pratt, James Tocco and Chertock himself. Pratt will perform music by Rachmaninoff, Tschaikovsky, Schumann and celebrated jazz pianist (and Cincinnati native) Fred Hersch. Tocco and Chertock will present selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Pianopalooza IX and the Bearcat Piano Festival promise to excite audiences with the beautiful sound and versatile styles that this popular and complex instrument has to offer — the perfect listening opportunity for music and keyboard enthusiasts of all ages.

Event Information
Please see individual listings below for additional information. The Boris Slutsky, Marianna Prjevalskaya and Pianopalooza IX concerts require paid admission. All other Bearcat Piano Festival events are free and open to the general public. All dates and programs are subject to change.

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CCM Presents the Ever-Romantic Opérette ‘Doctor Miracle’ Feb. 15 – 17

Photography by Nikolas Robalino.

Photography by Nikolas Robalino.

CCM proudly presents Le docteur Miracle (Doctor Miracle, 1875) as the next installment in the Opera Department’s award-winning Studio Series. Composed by Georges Bizet with libretto by Léon Battu and Ludovic Halévy, this delightful opérette runs Feb. 15–17 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission to Le docteur Miracle is free, but reservations are required. The opera will be sung in French with English supertitles.

Based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play Saint Patrick’s DayLe docteur Miracle is one of Bizet’s earliest operas, featuring some of his liveliest music. Conducted by Stefano Sarzani with stage direction by Omer Ben-SeadiaLe docteur Miracle is a charming operatic comedy – a love story about two young people who overcome all obstacles in order to live happily ever after. “The opera,” Ben-Seadia explains, “is a derivative of Italian commedia dell’arte, which employs the timeless humor of mistaken identity, costume and masks, along with slapstick physical humor.” The farce revolves around the making of an omelet, thought to be poisonous.

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CCM’s Annual Prism Concert Celebrates the Season of Love

 

Last year's PRISM Concert. Photography by UC Photographic Services, 2010.

Last year's PRISM Concert. Photography by UC Photographic Services, 2010.

CCM presents the 14th annual Prism Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 in Corbett Auditorium. This concert event features the CCM Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, UC Men’s Chorus, Percussion Group Cincinnati, Chamber Winds and others performing an entertaining mix of love songs just following the quintessential day of love, Valentine’s Day.

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