CCM Choral Ensembles Present World Premiere by Dale Warland on Feb. 11

The Spring 2018 Choral Series opens with the world premiere of Dale Warland’s I Hear America Singing, commissioned to celebrate CCM’s 150th Anniversary.

The Spring 2018 Choral Series opens with the world premiere of Dale Warland’s I Hear America Singing, commissioned to celebrate CCM’s 150th Anniversary.

The Department of Choral Studies at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music presents nine free and ticketed performances during its Spring 2018 Concert Series, beginning with a special program honoring CCM’s Sesquicentennial at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Corbett Auditorium.

The CCM Chamber Choir, led by Earl Rivers, opens the concert series on Sunday, Feb. 11 with the world premiere of Dale Warland’s I Hear America Singing, commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of CCM’s founding.

Founder of the Grammy Award-nominated Dale Warland Singers and an inductee in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, Warland’s (HonDoc, 2008) distinguished career as a choral composer and conductor spans more than six decades. CCM is home to the Dale Warland Singers Archive, which is among the largest collection of contemporary choral works in the country.

Warland chose to set the commissioned choral work to text from Walt Whitman’s I Hear America Singing, which was revised for the fourth edition of Leaves of Grass in 1867 — the same year Clara Baur founded the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

“Whitman, in this poem, creates an image of an America unified by song and hard work,” Warland says. “I cannot help but believe that the founders and early participants associated with CCM must have been fully aware of Whitman’s passion for music and the high regard that he had for singing.”

In celebration of CCM’s Sesquicentennial, acclaimed countertenor and alumnus Michael Maniaci (BM, 1999) returns to CCM as the featured soloist in the Feb. 11 concert with the Chamber Choir in Leonard Bernstein’s Missa Brevis. Praised for his rare, thrilling voice and sensational stage presence, Maniaci will also return to CCM to solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms for a second concert on March 8.

The Feb. 11 concert also features performances from the Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, directed by Robyn Lana; the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, conducted by Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger; and the CCM Chorale, conducted by Brett Scott, in Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder (New Love Songs).

CCM’s Spring 2018 Choral Series presents nine concerts between Feb. 11 and April 29. View the complete performance listings below! Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.
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Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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 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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SPRING 2018 CHORAL SERIES

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 •
CELEBRATING CCM’S SESQUICENTENNIAL WITH DALE WARLAND
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Earl Rivers, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger, conductors

CCM’s Sesquicentennial Celebration features guest conductor/composer-in-residence Dale Warland (HonDoc, 2008), inductee in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and founder of the Grammy Award-nominated Dale Warland Singers. The CCM Chamber Choir presents the world premiere of I Hear America Singing commissioned by the CCM Choral Department and composed by Warland in honor of the 150th anniversary of CCM’s founding. CCM Chamber Choir also presents Leonard Bernstein’s Missa Brevis, featuring countertenor and CCM alumnus Michael Maniaci, and the CCM Chorale presents Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder (New Love Songs).
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, March 5
• Guest Artist Series •
COLORS OF EUROPE: CONTEMPORARY CHORAL MUSIC
Madrigalchor from Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Martin Steidler, music director and conductor

Madrigalchor presents contemporary a cappella and accompanied choral works of Buchenberg (Germany), Busto (Spain), Esenvalds (Latvia), Gjeilo (Norway), Herzog (Austria), Petrassi (Italy), Tormis (Estonia) and Vujic (Serbia).
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 8
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 •
BERNSTEIN’S CHICHESTER PSALMS AND SAXOPHONE CONCERTOS
CCM Concert Orchestra and Chorale
Featuring guest artists from the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention
Aik Khai Pung and Brett Scott, music directors and conductors

Bernstein’s most popular choral/orchestra work, Chichester Psalms, premiered in 1965 with the composer conducting. The work features countertenor and CCM alumnus Michael Maniaci and Bernstein-selected texts from Psalms 23, 100, 108 and 131 of the Hebrew Bible. Saxophone repertoire to be announced.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, March 18
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CELEBRATE YOUTH: LEGACY25
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir celebrates its 25th anniversary. Premiering commissions by Ola Gjeilo and Rollo Dilworth, the program will highlight some of the finest, most recognized children’s choir repertoire as well as past commissions.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21
• Choral Series •
MUSIC THAT UNITES
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger, conductors

Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers offer a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz arrangements of Copland, Davison, Forrest, LaBarr, Ramsey and Walker.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, April 8
• Choral Series •
MONTEVERDI FESTIVAL
CCM Chamber Choir, CCM student soloists and Early Music guest artists
Earl Rivers, conductor

CCM’s Monteverdi Festival features madrigals from Books V, VI, VII and VIII, and concerto works from Selva Morale e Spirituale. Early Music guest artists playing period instruments join CCM students for a feast of chamber and large-scale works.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Saturday, April 14
• Choral Series •
LISZT’S VIA CRUCIS
CCM Chorale
Brett Scott, conductor
Kenneth Griffiths, piano

Composed between 1866 and 1878 for chorus and solo organ or piano, Liszt’s Via Crucis portrays Jesus’ journey carrying the cross in 14 meditations, each representing a station of the cross.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, April 15
• Choral Series •
CCM Chorale
Featuring Cincinnati’s Musica Sacra Chorus
Brett Scott, conductor

CCM Chorale combines with Music Sacra, one of Cincinnati’s notable volunteer choruses, to perform an all-Schubert program of Romantic choral/orchestral masterworks.
SCHUBERT: Mass in A-Flat, D. 678
SCHUBERT: Stabat Mater, D. 383
Location: St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, April 29
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
WE SING: HOPE AND UNITY – LEGACY25
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

This concert will complete the 25th anniversary season as we celebrate international friendships made since the choir began.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors: Jan Rogers, Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

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CCM’s Spring Choral Series Includes Collaborations, Honored Guests and Works by Iconic Figures

CCM Chamber Choir and Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra perform Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. Photo by Andrew Higley/University of Cincinnati.

Professor Earl Rivers conducts a performance of Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers of 1610’ on Nov. 16, 2014. Photo by Andrew Higley.

CCM’s Department of Choral Studies presents a strikingly diverse and unique series of concerts this spring.

Under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers and Associate Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Brett Scott, CCM’s and UC’s choral ensembles will present four major concerts from Feb. 8 through April 19. Tickets are on sale now for all performances.

From concert programs celebrating the lyricism of William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman to performances of the monumental works of French, Russian and American composers, CCM’s Spring Choral Series spotlights a wide range of masterpieces spanning several centuries.

The Choral Series opens on Sunday, Feb. 8, with an outstanding guest choir from Shanghai East China Normal University joining CCM ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and the CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale and the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses in a performance celebrating The Shakespeare Quadricentennial. Entitled “Music of the Bard II,” the concert features choral settings of Shakespeare’s texts, including Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs and Frank Martin’s Songs of Ariel.

CCM’s Choral Series continues with the monumental works of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz and 20th century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky in a unique double-bill of Te Deum and The Rite of Spring on Friday, March 13. CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chorale join forces with the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and the CCM Philharmonia for this concert, which also features faculty artist Michael Unger, organ; and student artist Christopher Bozeka, tenor.

On Wednesday, March 25, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses’ annual Spring Showcase returns, featuring students from all 13 UC colleges singing a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz tunes. The program highlights include Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me, written for solo guitar and chorus and based on a Civil War text by Walt Whitman, along with works by Francis Poulenc, Moses Hogan, and Z. Randall Stroop.

The Spring Choral Series comes to a powerful conclusion on Wednesday, April 19, as the CCM Chorale and Brass Choir are joined by the Phil DeGreg Trio and the Martin Luther King Chorale for a performance of Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice. Originally co-commissioned by CCM and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, The Gates of Justice premiered in 1969 for the dedication of Cincinnati’s Rockdale Temple. The iconic work features text drawn from the Hebrew Bible, speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Negro Spirituals, the writings of Hillel and lyrics by the composer’s wife, Iola Brubeck. Please note: the venue has changed for this performance. See listing below for full details.

In addition to the Spring Choral Series concerts, the CCM Chamber Choir will also collaborate with the Ballet Ensemble, student percussionists, faculty artist James Tocco and members of his piano studio for a production of Stravinsky’s Les Noces (The Wedding), running April 23 – 25. Premiered in Paris in 1923, this remarkable dance cantata is written for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass soloists, mixed chorus, four pianists and six percussionists.

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visitccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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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2015 Spring Choral Series

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
• Choral Series •
MUSIC OF THE BARD – CHORAL SETTINGS OF SHAKESPEARE II
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, UC Men’s & Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and guest choir from Shanghai’s East China Normal University
Brett Scott, Christopher Albanese, Alexander Sutton, Daniel Blosser, Stephen Milloy, Robyn Lana and Yaru Tan, conductors

CCM’s Choral Department continues The Shakespeare Quadricentennial, a two-year commemoration of the playwright’s legacy through choral music spanning his 450th birthday this past April 23, 2014, and culminating on April 23, 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. Each choir offers a Shakespearean choral setting from the Renaissance through our own time. Featured works include Frank Martin’s “Five Songs of Ariel” from The Tempest, Jaakko Mantyjarvi’s “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” from Macbeth and Matthew Harris’ “Shakespeare Songs” from Measure by MeasureThe Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hamlet.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Friday, March 13
• Choral and Orchestra Series •
MONUMENTAL: BERLIOZ AND STRAVINSKY
CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Mark Gibson and Earl Rivers, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Michael Unger, organ and student artist Christopher Bozeka, tenor

CCM’s Mighty Harrison pipe organ and Philharmonia Orchestra dialogue as “Pope” and “Emperor” in Berlioz’s monumental Te Deum, featuring two mixed choirs, children’s choir and tenor soloist. Te Deum originally premiered in 1855 in Paris’ Saint-Eustache Church. This concert program also features Stravinsky’s monumentally influential The Rite of Spring.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
• Choral Series •
SPRING SHOWCASE
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Christopher Albanese and Alexander Sutton, conductors

The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers, comprised of students from all 13 UC colleges, perform a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz tunes. UC Women’s Chorus presents “Oceania and the Ocean; Americana and Devotion,” featuring works of William Billings from The New England Psalm Singer, Irving Fine from Alice in Wonderland, and Jussi Chydenius, Craig Hella Johnson, Stephen Leek and Annea Lockwood. UC Men’s Chorus offers Grieg’s Brothers Sing On. Combined Choruses perform Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me for solo guitar and chorus on a Civil War text by Walt Whitman.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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3 p.m. Sunday, April 19
• Choral Series •
DAVE BRUBECK’S THE GATES OF JUSTICE

CCM Chorale and Brass Choir
Featuring the Phil DeGreg Trio and guest choir The Martin Luther King Chorale

Brett Scott, conductor
Originally premiered in 1969 for the dedication of Cincinnati’s Rockdale Temple, Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice was a co-commission by CCM and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, with a premiere conducted by Erich Kunzel. The text is drawn from the Hebrew Bible, speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Negro Spirituals, the writings of Hillel and lyrics by the composer’s wife, Iola Brubeck.
Location: St. Francis de Sales Parish, 1600 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH
New venue: Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
Tickets: $12 general, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE. Tickets will also be available beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of the performance at St. Francis de Dales Parish Knox Presbyterian Church; cash and check only at the door.

Sponsored by The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts

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8 p.m. Thursday, April 23
8 p.m. Friday, April 24
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25
• Special Event Series •
SPRING DANCE CONCERT – FEATURING STRAVINSKY’S LES NOCES (THE WEDDING)
CCM Ballet Ensemble
Jiang Qi and Michael Tevlin, directors
Earl Rivers, conductor
Featuring the CCM Chamber Choir, Percussionists and faculty artist James Tocco, along with members of his Piano Studio
Premiered in Paris in 1923, Stravinsky’s Les Noces captures the scenes and flavor of a Russian peasant wedding through the unique texture of four pianists, six percussionists, solo quartet and chorus.
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: 
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM
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