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CCM's Choral Ensembles Present a World Premiere by Dale Warland on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

The Sesquicentennial Celebration continues at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, with the world premiere of Dale Warland’s I Hear America Singing, commissioned in honor of 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.

Photo of Dale Warland, founder of the Grammy Award-nominated Dale Warland Singers and CCM Sesquicentennial composer-in-residence.

Dale Warland, founder of the Grammy Award-nominated Dale Warland Singers and CCM Sesquicentennial composer-in-residence.

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.”

Also in celebration of CCM’s Sesquicentennial, acclaimed countertenor and alumnus Michael Maniaci (BM, 1999) returns to CCM as the featured soloist 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).

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Corbett Auditorium Seating Chart

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 using the buy tickets button on the upper righthand portion of this page!

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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 for more information on parking rates.

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CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor and Opera Fusion: New Works Sponsor

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter & All-Steinway School Sponsor

H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Community Partners

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Production Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

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

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bloom
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors

Dr. and Mrs. Carl G. Fischer
Ms. Margaret L. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman

Studio Drama Series Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual
Graeter's Ice Cream

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors

Teri Jory & Seth Geiger
Dance Performance Sponsors

Trish and Rick Bryan
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challending Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Roz Harkavy
Jeff Thomas Catering
Arlene and Bill Katz
Jared Queen and Matthew McFee

Event Sponsors

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor

Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation
Opera d'arte Sponsor


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