Performances and Public Events

Welcome to CCMONSTAGE, where next begins.

Before they appear on the world stage, tomorrow's arts leaders and luminaries get their start on the CCM stage.

CCMONSTAGE is the public's chance to see these "stars of tomorrow" today. Whether it's exhilarating concerts, breathtaking theatre, innovative multimedia presentations or inspiring public master classes, the artistry that you love lives here.

CCM’s performances and events will be announced in two-month intervals. November and December events will be announced in October.

A woman plays an oboe on stage

CCM Winds.

4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 
• Winds Series • 
IN MEMORIAM: PLACES WE CAN NO LONGER GO 
CCM Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble 
Kevin Michael Holzman and Thomas Gamboa, music directors and conductors 
Featuring Shannon Cochran, soprano 
The CCM Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a program of American composers. 
Wind Ensemble: 
NELSON: Rocky Point Holiday  
McCUNE: High Water Rising  
SCHUMAN: New England Triptych 
Wind Symphony:  
ARCHER: Fanfare Politeia 
IVES: Variations on “America” 
MACKEY: Places We Can No Longer Go  
STILL: Symphony No. 1 in A-flat Major, “Afro-American” 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available.


A woman plays an instrument on stage

CCM Philharmonia.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 
• Orchestra Series • 
PHILHARMONIA ASCENDANT 
CCM Philharmonia 
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor 
For the first time since February 2020, the CCM Philharmonia returns to the Corbett Auditorium stage at full strength in a diverse and dynamic program, featuring works by a rising star, a neglected master, and the first masterwork of one of the great symphonists of our tradition. 
MONTGOMERY:
Starburst 
PRICE: Piano Concerto in One Movement 
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available.


A conductor leads a jazz orchestra on stage

CCM Jazz Orchestra.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 
• Jazz Series • 
PILGRIMAGE: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL BRECKER AND JACO PASTORIUS 
CCM Jazz Orchestra 
Scott Belck, music director 
Featuring Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist Chip McNeill, saxophone 
Live and in living color, the acclaimed CCM Jazz Orchestra celebrates the music of two of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Michael Brecker and Jaco Pastorius. The band is joined by modern Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Chip McNeill, so buckle your seatbelts for a night of fireworks! 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available.


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 
• Orchestra Series • 
CLASSIC TITANS 
CCM Concert Orchestra 
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor 
Join the CCM Concert Orchestra for an evening and enjoy three titans of the classical music world, including one of Beethoven’s most admired symphonies, “Eroica”. 
SCHUBERT:
Fierrabras Overture, D. 796 
HAYDN: Cello Concerto 
BEETHOVEN: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica” 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 
• Winds Series • 
THE ROMANTICS 
CCM Chamber Winds 
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor 
DONIZETTI: Sinfonia for Winds 
DVOŘÁK: Czech Suite 
HINDEMITH: Septet for Winds 
RAFF: Sinfonietta 
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 
MAHLER 4 
CCM Chamber Orchestra 
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor 
Join the CCM Chamber Orchestra for an evening of music featuring Klaus Simon’s beautiful arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. 
VINE: Café Concertino 
HAILSTORK: Consort Piece 
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 (Chamber Version), arr. Klaus Simon 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Admission: FREE


2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26
• Faculty Artist Series •
Kristin Lee, violin 
Featuring Alan Rafferty, cello; Catharine Carroll Lees, viola; Rachel Calin, double bass; and Dror Biran, piano 
Location
: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE


Jazz Lab Band performing on stage.

CCM Jazz Lab Band.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 
• Jazz Series • 
BURNING 
CCM Jazz Lab Band 
Craig Bailey, music director 
The CCM Jazz Lab Band performs high-energy classics by great composers Cole Porter, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and others. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available.


Ariel Quartet.

Ariel Quartet.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 
• CCM String Quartet-in-Residence • 
OPENING CONCERT 
Ariel Quartet 
Described by the American Record Guide as "a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power," the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. The ensemble is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. 
SCHUBERT: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde" 
RAVEL: String Quartet in F Major 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available.


Our Town graphic.

Our Town graphic.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 (preview) 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 
CCMONSTAGE: Plays • 
OUR TOWN 
By Thornton Wilder 
Brant Russell, director 
Carol Brammer, assistant director 
Karl Meyers, music director 
Winner of the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this timeless portrait of life in a mythical New Hampshire town has become an American classic. Through the lives of Grover’s Corners residents George Gibbs and Emily Webb, Wilder explores the universal questions about the meaning of love, life and death. 
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater 
Tickets: Prices start at $32.50; student and group discounts available. Preview performance tickets start at $15.50.


12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 
Guest Lecture by Carl Vine, visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member 
Australian composer Carl Vine has written 25 scores for classical dance, eight symphonies, 12 concertos and a wide range of chamber music as well as music for film, television and theatre. His music is available on more than 60 commercial recordings and is performed frequently around the world. Vine served as a jury member for the 2019 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition. 
Location: Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
• Guest Artist Recital •
THE MUSIC OF CARL VINE
Featuring guest artists Beo String Quartet 
Featuring student artists from the CCM Chamber Orchestra
Enjoy a recital of works by visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member Carl Vine. The program includes Vine's Piano Trio "The Village," String Quartet No. 3, Cafe Concertino and String Quartet No. 6. Reception to follow in the CCM Baur Room. 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE

A woman plays an oboe on stage

CCM Winds.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 
• Winds Series • 
DREAM ELEGY 
CCM Wind Symphony 
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor 
Featuring faculty artist Denise Tryon, horn 
The CCM Wind Symphony ventures into the world of fables and dreams with CCM Associate Professor of Horn Denise Tryon and Percy Grainger’s classic Lincolnshire Posy. 
TIAN:
Petals of Fire 
HOLLAND: Dream Elegy 
LIKHUTA: Vivid Dreams Concerto for Low Horn and Wind Ensemble 
TICHELI:
Lux Perpetua 
GRAINGER: Lincolnshire Posy 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available


5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 
• Starling Series • 
Starling Showcase 
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director 
Showcasing Starling violin students from the college and pre-college programs. 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE


8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 
• Choral Series • 
SUNG COMPLINE SERVICE 
Vox Antiqua 
Matthew Peattie, Brett Scott, and Michael Unger, music directors 
Join CCM’s newest choral ensemble, Vox Antiqua, for their inaugural concert of sung compline featuring chant, organ improvisation and the music of Josquin des Prez. 
Location: Church of the Redeemer, 2944 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 
• Winds Series • 
CCM BRASS SHOWCASE 
CCM Brass Choir 
Timothy Northcut, music director and conductor 
CCM’s nationally-recognized Brass Choir performs selections featuring ensembles large and small formed by students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium and percussion studios. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 
• Winds Series • 
SLAVYANSKAYA 
CCM Wind Ensemble 
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor 
The CCM Wind Ensemble performs an evening of powerful music, featuring Valerie Coleman’s exciting Roma and Boris Kozhevnikov’s classic Symphony No. 3, “Slavyanskaya.” 
DUBLE:
Bravura 
McFARLAND: Sunset on the New England Coast 
COLEMAN: Roma 
MARQUEZ: Danzon No. 2 
KOZHEVNIKOV: Symphony No. 3, “Slavyanskaya” 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Admission: FREE


Student Choreographer's Showcase 2021

CCM Student Choreographers' Showcase graphic.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 
CCMONSTAGE: Dance • 
STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE 
Shauna Steele, director 
Experience emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors present dynamic and diverse works from classical ballet to contemporary dance with themes ranging from the definition of love, to the nature of light and dark in our souls, to a work embodying the aurora borealis. Music ranges from Claude DeBussy’s Suite bergamasque, L. 75, No. 3, “Clair de lune" to an instrumental composition by MISSIO. 
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Admission: Prices start at $15.50; student and group discounts available.


CCM Philharmonia

CCM Philharmonia

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 
• Orchestra Series • 
AMERICAN VOICES 
CCM Philharmonia 
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor 
The CCM Philharmonia honors American composers from different traditions with music influenced by rock, folk and European styles. 
TORKE:
Ecstatic Orange 
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 80 
DAWSON: Negro Folk Symphony 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available.


3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 
• Choral Series • 
CCM Chorale 
THE PORTUGUESE CHORAL TRADITION 
Goncalo Lourenco and Brett Scott, conductors 
Compositions by contemporary Portuguese conductors. 
Location: St. Catherine of Siena, 1803 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 
SONIC EXPLORATIONS 
Mara Helmuth, music director 
An evening of electroacoustic music by CCM students, faculty and guests. 
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Admission: FREE


A roller skate graphic to promote Xanadu

Xanadu graphic.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 
• CCMONSTAGE: Musicals •
XANADU  
Book by Douglas Carter Beane  
Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar  
Based on the Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danusand Marc Rubel 
Diane Lala director and choreographer  
Ian Axness, musical director 
Experience the magic of the 1980s in this Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you! Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time: the first roller disco! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. 
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater 
Tickets: Prices start at $39.50; student and group discounts available.


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 
CLASSICS 
CCM Chamber Orchestra 
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor 
The CCM Chamber Orchestra performs classic works by Hindemith, Ravel, and Schoenberg alongside Valerie Coleman’s moving Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes
RAVEL: Introduction and Allegro 
COLEMAN:
Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes 
HINDEMITH: Octet 
SCHOENBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 
• Orchestra Series • 
THE SCANDINAVIANS 
CCM Concert Orchestra 
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor 
The CCM Concert Orchestra explores the world of Scandinavia through Grieg and Sibelius, featuring the world premiere of Aaron Travers’s orchestration of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, Op. 43 alongside Greig’s famous piano concerto, performed by the winner of CCM piano concerto competition. 
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, Op. 43, arr. Aaron Travers (world premiere) 
GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16                                    
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 
• Starling Series • 
Starling Chamber Orchestra 
Kurt Sassmannshaus, music director 
Showcasing the superbly talented young students from the Starling Preparatory String Project. Featuring Mendelssohn's String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23
Percussion Ensemble 
James Culley, music coordinator 
Location
: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Admission: FREE


CCM Jazz Orchestra.

CCM Jazz Orchestra.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 
• Jazz Series • 
GROOVE SHOP: THE MUSIC OF JOHN CLAYTON 
CCM Jazz Orchestra 
Scott Belck, music director 
Join the CCM Jazz Orchestra for a swinging night of music from the pen of jazz master John Clayton. Leader of the Grammy Award-winning Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and one of the most in-demand bass players on the planet, Clayton’s music runs the gamut from hard-swinging big band, to funky post-bop, to the subtle beauty of the most poignant ballads. This night will have you dancing in your seat. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available.


7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE 
A showcase of newly-written musical works by CCM’s brilliant composition majors. 
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 
• Winds Series • 
THE CLASSIC ERA 
CCM Chamber Winds 
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor 
MOZART: Overture to Don Giovanni 
KROMMER: Partita a 8 in E-flat Major, “La Chasse” 
HAYDN: Octet in F Major 
MOZART: Serenade in E-flat, K. 375 
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Admission: FREE


3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 
• Choral Series • 
TO THE HANDS: A CELEBRATION OF THE LEADERSHIP OF EARL RIVERS, DIRECTOR OF CHORAL STUDIES EMERITUS 
CCM Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Youth Choir and Choral Alumni Choir 
Joe Miller, conductor 
BUXTEHUDE: Membra Jesu nostri 
SHAW: To the Hands 
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th Street, Cincinnati OH, 45202 
Admission: FREE

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
ArtsWave: Funding Arts, Fueling Community
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer
Musical Theatre Department Sponsor
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsor
Richard E. Thornburgh
Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter
Jeff Thomas Catering
The Castleberry Family
KMK Law
Sandra & Stephen Joffe
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan
Prestige AV & Creative Services
Graeter’s Ice Cream
CCMpower
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate & Prejudice through the Performing Arts
Event Sponsors
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of August 30, 2021

Event Programs

All of CCM's free and ticketed events will have digital programs instead of printed programs. QR codes will be displayed at events to give access to the digital programs to patrons. The programs are also accessibile through the link below. Programs for ticketed events will be shared closer to the event date.


Update On Public Events

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity. All individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC’s physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC’s physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

CCM’s performances and events will be announced in two-month intervals. November and December events will be announced in October. We will continue to share updates and additional information online and in future installments of our Next OnStage email newsletter.


Featured Digital Performance

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/UJiSJVyJrZU?rel=0

The Essentially Ellington Gala concert with the CCM Jazz Orchestra features the CCM Jazz Orchestra performing Duke Ellington's Rockabye RiverLaunching PadDiminuendo/Crescendo in Blue and more swinging hits by legendary jazz artists.


Calendar of All Events

CCM offers free admission to many of its performances. Some events do require purchased tickets. View a current list of ticketed performances and purchase tickets online.

Performance dates and details subject to change.


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