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. January and February events will be announced in December.

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, Brahms' rousing tribute to student life, and the first masterwork of one of the great symphonists of our tradition. 
MONTGOMERY:
Starburst 
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture 
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 No. 1 in C Major (1761-1765)
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


CANCELLED

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  
DEBUSSY: Sonate pour violon et piano en sol mineur, L. 140 
FAURE: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 
DVOŘÁK: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77
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 works by great composers Ray Noble, Thelonious Monk, CCM faculty member Craig Bailey and more.
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. This performance is dedicated to the memory of Paul Sittenfeld.
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 
COMPOSING WITH JOY
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 
The CCM Wind Symphony ventures into the world of fables and dreams, featuring Percy Grainger’s classic Lincolnshire Posy.
HINDEMITH: March from Symphonic Metamorphosis
HOLLAND: Dream Elegy
TIAN: Petals of Fire
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


8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7
VIEWING: OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE 
Join us in CCM’s Watson Recital Hall to watch a concert that is simulcast from the University of Oklahoma School of Music. The viewing features the world premiere of No One Saves the Earth from Us But Us, a major song cycle commissioned by CCM Voice Professor Quinn Patrick Ankrum, mezzo-soprano; and Elizabeth Avery, pianist; and written by award-winning composer Lisa Neher with poetry by Felicia Zamora and Craig Santos Perez. The song cycle is generously funded by the UC Office of Research. The concert also features the world premiere of Earth Elements by Ioannis Andriotis, commissioned by Avery and tenor Joel Burcham, for piano, vocals, electric guitar, percussion and live electronics. Watch the simulcast online at https://www.ou.edu/finearts/music/live
Admission: FREE; registration is required.
Location: Watson Recital Hall


2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 
• Faculty Artist Recital • 
THE WELL TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOK 1
Dror Biran, piano 
A recital of J.S. Bach’s masterpiece of the keyboard repertoire.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
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.


CANCELLED

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. 
LocationSt. Catharine of Siena, 2848 Fischer Place, Cincinnati, OH 45211
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
CCM Percussion Ensemble  
James Culley and Allen Otte, music coordinators 
Featuring works by the late Frederick Rzewski, CCM alumni composers Christopher Deane, Rachel C. Walker and Eugene Novotney; and former faculty member Allen Otte.
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


Earl Rivers conducting.

Earl Rivers conducting.

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 
Tickets: $75 premium seats, $25 general, $10 students.

CCM Jazz Lab Band.

CCM Jazz Lab Band.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 
• Jazz Series •  
LATIN JAZZ 
CCM Jazz Lab Band 
Craig Bailey, music director 
Celebrating the greats of Latin jazz, including Poncho Sanchez, Ray Barretto and Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, and Jerry Gonzalez.  
Location: 
Corbett Auditorium  
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available.


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2  
CCM Classical Guitar Ensemble 
Christopher Wilke, music director 
Solos, duos, trios and quartets for classical guitar.  
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall  
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4  
• Guest Artist Recital •  
Boris Berman, piano 
CCM welcomes renowned Russian pianist and pedagogue Boris Berman for a guest recital performance!   
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall  
Admission: FREE


Once graphic.

Once graphic.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4  
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5  
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6  
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7  
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12  
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13  
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14  
• 
CCMONSTAGE: Musicals •  
ONCE 
Book by Enda Walsh 
Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová 
Based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney 
Richard Hess, director 
Steve Goers, musical director 
Eric Santagata, musical staging
  
On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music in this Tony Award-winning musical. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music. Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly," this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all.  
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater  
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available.


10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5 
Master class with Boris Berman 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE


CCM Winds

CCM Winds.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5  
• Winds Series •  
NEW MORNING FOR THE WORLD 
CCM Wind Symphony and Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE) 
Kevin Michael Holzman and Ann Porter, music directors and conductors 
Featuring faculty artist James Bunte, saxophone 
Featuring guest artist Jason Alexander Holmes, narrator 
The CCM Wind Symphony is joined by the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE) and faculty artist James Bunte, saxophone, in a thrilling program featuring Joseph Schwantner’s monumental work inspired by the visionary speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
HIGDON: 
Fanfare Ritmico 
WORK: Autumn Walk   
LOVE: Solace, A Lyric Concerto  
SCHWANTNER: 
New Morning for the World: “Daybreak of Freedom” 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available.


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 
• Choral Series • 
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses 
Gregory Miller and Reina Dickey, music directors and conductors 
Join the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses for an exciting evening of choral music, conducted by CCM Choral Studies graduate conductors. 
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater  
Admission: FREE


Ariel Quartet

Ariel Quartet

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9  
• CCM String-Quartet-in-Residence •  
AUERBACH AND BARTÓK 
Ariel Quartet 
CCM’s internationally acclaimed String-Quartet-in-Residence continues its concert series with Lera Auerbach’s “Frozen Dreams,” which premiered in 2020, and Béla Bartók’s penultimate quartet.  
AUERBACH: String Quartet No. 10, “Frozen Dreams”  
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 5  
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall   
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available.


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 
THE AFFECTIONS 
CCM Chamber Orchestra  
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor 
The CCM Chamber Orchestra performs beautiful works by Joan Tower, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Henryk Góreck.  
TOWER: 
Petroushskates 
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Nonet in F minor  
GÓRECKI: 
Kleines Requiem für Eine Polka 
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater  
Admission: FREE


CCM Philharmonia

CCM Philharmonia

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12  
• Orchestra Series •  
CCM FACULTY ALL STARS 
CCM Philharmonia 
Mark Gibson, music director  
Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor
  
Featuring faculty artists Michael Chertock, piano; Catharine Lees, viola; and Michael Mergen, trumpet 
We are thrilled to welcome faculty artists Michael Chertock, Catharine Lees and Kevin Michael Holzman back to the stage. They are joined by CCM’s new trumpet professor, Michael Mergen, in a program of challenging virtuosity and creativity. Featuring music of Tania León, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music.  
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 35  
LEÓN: Para Viola y Orquesta (1994) 
HAYDN: Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major  
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater  
Tickets: Prices start at $25; student and group discounts available.


7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14  
• Choral Series •  
SUNG COMPLINE SERVICE 
Vox Antiqua 
Matthew Peattie, Brett Scott, and Michael Unger, music directors 
Sung Compline featuring chant, organ improvisation, and the music of Josquin des Prez.  
Location: St. Peter in Chains Cathedral 325 W 8th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202  
Admission: FREE 


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16  
• Winds Series •  
TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY 
CCM Wind Ensemble 
Thomas Gamboa, music director and conductor 
The CCM Wind Ensemble performs emotionally powerful works by Thomas, Ticheli, Gillingham, Shostakovich, and Barnes.  
THOMAS: 
A Mother of a Revolution! 
TICHELI: An American Elegy 
GILLINGHAM: Heroes, Lost and Fallen 
SHOSTAKOVICH: Folk Dances 
BARNES: Symphony No. 3, Op. 89 “The Tragic”  
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater  
Admission: FREE


12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 
GUEST LECTURE 
Missy Mazzoli, Grammy Award-winning composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member 
Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed by the Kronos Quartet, LA Opera, eighth blackbird, the BBC Symphony, Scottish Opera and many others. In 2018 she became one of the first two women, along with Jeanine Tesori, to receive a main stage commission from the Metropolitan Opera and was nominated for a Grammy award. Mazzoli 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, Nov. 18  
• Guest Artist Series •  
THE MUSIC OF MISSY MAZZOLI 
Missy Mazzoli, Grammy Award-winning composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member  
Featuring guest artists Beo String Quartet and student artist Michael Delfin, piano
  
William R. Langley, guest conductor 
Enjoy a recital of works by visiting composer and Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition jury member Missy Mazzoli. The program includes Mazzoli’s Vespers for Violin (2014), Enthusiasm Strategies (2019), Harp and Altar (2009), A Thousand Tongues (2009), Lies you Can Believe In (2007), Heartbreaker (2013), Ecstatic Science (2017) and Still Life with Avalanche (2008). Reception to follow in the CCM Baur Room.   
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall  
Admission: FREE 


The Marriage of Figaro graphic.

The Marriage of Figaro graphic.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 
• CCMONSTAGE: Opera •  
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, 1786) 
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte 
Brian McCann, conductor
  
Robin Guarino, director  
The most popular of Mozart’s operas, 
The Marriage of Figaro presents a comically tangled web of infidelity, duplicity, blackmail and mistaken identity, all leading to a happily-ever-after ending. Recounting a single day of madness in the palace of Count Almaviva, this classic opera buffa is celebrated for its wonderful arias, complemented by some of the finest ensemble scenes ever written. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Tickets: Prices start at $35.50; student and group discounts available

Please note that traffic around campus will the heavier than normal due to a UC basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 18 and due to a UC football game on Saturday, Nov. 20.


5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 
Master class with Emanuel Ax 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall 
Admission: FREE


3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 
• Choral Series • 
THE PORTUGUESE CHORAL TRADITION  
CCM Chorale 
Brett Scott, music director and conductor 
Gonçalo Lourenço, guest conductor 
CCM Chorale performs music by contemporary Portuguese composers under the direction of CCM alumnus Gonçalo Lourenço. The ensemble will also perform the choral/orchestral Requiem in D minor by 19th century Brazilian composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia under the direction of Brett Scott. 
Location: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011 
Admission: FREE


CCM Jazz Nutcracker.

CCM Jazz Nutcracker.

2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21  
• Jazz Series •  
DUKE ELLINGTON’S NUTCRACKER SUITE 
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
  
Featuring CCM Musical Theatre students  
Scott Belck, music director  
Diane Lala, choreographer  
Enjoy our original version of Ellington’s remarkable adaptation of 
The Nutcracker Suite, brought to life with stunning choreography from CCM Musical Theatre’s stars of tomorrow.  
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater  
Admission: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available.


7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22  
• 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 


2 p.m. 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22 *Please note this performance time has been changed from what was originally announced
• Choral Series • 
EMERGING CONDUCTORS 
Harry Cecil and Reina Dickey, conductors 
CCM Chamber Choir 
Enjoy an afternoon of choral music for chamber ensemble. 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall  
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 
• Orchestra Series •  
FROM HEAVEN I 
CCM Concert Orchestra  
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor 
Featuring faculty artist Amy Johnson, soprano 
CCM faculty member Amy Johnson joins the CCM Concert Orchestra to present our first From Heaven concert, honoring and remembering those who lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic. This concert also features a world premiere composed by CCM alumna Hsin-Lei Chen for this series.  
BARBER: 
Adagio for String Orchestra  
HOVHANESS: 
Artik 
MAHLER: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5  
CHEN: Prayer on a Theme of J.S. Bach’s 
Chaconne (world premiere)  
MAHLER: “
Das himmlische Leben,” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30  
OLD MEETS NEW 
CCM Chamber Winds 
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor 
COLEMAN: Umoja 
LACHNER: Octet, Op. 156  
BIRD: Serenade for Wind Instruments  
GOUNOD: Petite Symphonie  
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall  
Admission: FREE

12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1  
GUEST LECTURE  
Aya Yoshida, Winner of the 2019 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition   

Japanese composer Aya Yoshida’s works have been performed in Japan and Europe by a diverse range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras, including the performances by Curious Chamber Players in Viitasaari, Finland; by Arditti Quartet and by Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, Denmark. She recently won the 2019 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition for her 10-minute piece Double-face. The first prize award includes $30,000 along with a new orchestral commission for dance. The commissioned piece will receive a world premiere by the CCM Philharmonia and CCM Ballet Ensemble during the CCMONSTAGE Dance Works performances on Dec. 2-5. 
Location: Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250   
Admission: FREE


Dance Works graphic.

Dance Works graphic.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 
• CCMONSTAGE: Dance •  
DANCE WORKS 
Shauna Steele, director 
Featuring world premieres by choreographer Shauna Steele and composer Aya Yoshida, Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition winner 
CCM Dance showcases an array of classic and contemporary works restaged and choreographed by CCM Dance faculty and guest choreographers. From Paquita, choreographed by Marius Petipa (1910) and restaged by Deirdre Carberry, to Falling Upwards by Shauna Steele, which features the world premiere of a new work by Aya Yoshida, winner of the international Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition. The premiere is performed by the CCM Dance Ensemble and the CCM Philharmonia, conducted by Mark Gibson.  
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater   
Tickets: Prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available.


Julius Caesar graphic.

Julius Caesar graphic.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 
• CCMONSTAGE: Plays • 
JULIUS CAESAR  
By William Shakespeare  
k. Jenny Jones, director 
Roman senators Brutus and Cassius lead a group effort to assassinate Julius Caesar and end his tyrannical rule. But his assassination does not help matters, sending the people of Rome into warring factions as the city descends into bloody civil chaos. CONTENT ADVISORY: For mature audiences. This show includes depictions of violence, blood, themes of suicide and self-harm.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater 
Tickets: Prices start at $27; student and group discounts available.


Feast of Carols

Feast of Carols

2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 
2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 
FEAST OF CAROLS  
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Cincinnati Youth Choir  
Featuring guest choirs from Mason High School, Kings High School, Dixie Heights High School, and Anderson High School 
Robyn Lana, Joe Miller, Brett Scott, conductors, with guest conductors 
 
Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2021 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CYC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs from Mason High School, Kings High School, Dixie Heights High School and Anderson High School. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Tickets: Prices start at $21.50; student and group discounts available.

Please note that traffic around campus will the heavier than normal due to a UC basketball game at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at UC's Fifth Third Area.


7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement • 
Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and CYWE Symphony Band 
Ann Porter, Kevin Michael Holzman, Thomas Gamboa and Christopher Nichter, conductors 
The area’s most talented high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band music. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement •  
Jr. Youth Wind Ensemble and CYWE Flute Choir 
Rick Canter and Emily Jordan conductors 
 
The area’s most talented middle and high school instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary band and flute choir music.  
Location: Corbett Auditorium   
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 
FALL CONCERT  
University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra  
Aik Khai Pung, artistic director 
Julius Adams, conductor 
Comprised of non-music majors, UC’s campus orchestra is designed to provide students with an opportunity to share their love of great music from the orchestral repertoire. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 
FALL CONCERT EXTRAVAGANZA  
UC Bearcat Bands 
Christopher Nichter, music director 
Join the UC Bearcat Bands for a thrilling evening of music. Consisting primarily of students majoring in fields outside of music, these future musical citizens are sure to impress and inspire! 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement • 
FALL YOUTH BALLET CONCERT 
Tricia Sundbeck, director 
The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty. 
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater  
Tickets: Prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available.


2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 
ILLUMINATE THE SOUL 
Cincinnati Youth Choir 
Robyn Lana, music director 
The Cincinnati Youth Choir will brighten your hearts and minds with sounds of the season celebrating holidays, family, friendship, and singing together again. 
Location
: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets
: $10


2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 
• CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement • 
Cincinnati Junior Strings 
Rachel Bierkan, director
 
Cincinnati Junior Strings features the area’s premiere string players, ages 10-14, performing a variety of traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural string orchestra music. 
Location: Corbett Auditorium  
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
Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld+
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 links below. Programs for events will be shared shortly before 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. January and Feburary events will be announced in December. 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 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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