7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2023, Corbett Auditorium

CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Join the CCM Philharmonia and two of CCM's star soloists for a concert of orchestral and solo virtuosity from around the world! This performance features the winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition on Barber’s Piano Concerto Op. 38.

Musical Selections

CCM Philharmonia

  • Der Ziguenerbaron: Overture (1885)
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) 

  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 38 (1962)
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981) 
    Filivos Gkatzios, piano (student of Prof. Ran Dank)
    • I. Allegro appassionato
    • II. Canzone
    • III. Allegro molto       
  • Reflet d’un Temps Disparu (1995-96)
  • Chen Qigang (b. 1951)
    Xiao Geng, guest conductor
    Liam Battle, cello (student of Prof. Alan Rafferty)

  • Dances of Galánta (1933) 
    Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967)

About CCM Philharmonia

The CCM Philharmonia, under the direction of Professor and CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, is recognized as one of the world’s elite conservatory orchestras. The breadth of each season’s concert series rivals many of the world’s great performing organizations, and the Philharmonia presents a body of repertoire that encompasses more than what most conservatories venture to program. The close bond between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s orchestral program invigorates student conductors and instrumentalists alike, and CCM’s commitment to high standards enriches the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati. 

the flair and technique of a professional ensemble

Rafael's Music Notes


CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, music director and conductor 
Xiao Geng, guest conductor

Strings after principal stands are listed alphabetically

Violin 1

  • Cassidy Franzmeier, concertmaster
  • Ava Shedd, assistant concertmaster
  • Sejin Byun
  • Yu-Ting Chiu
  • Danbi Choi
  • Riki Nagai
  • Natalie Orth
  • Zhe Xiao

Violin 2

  • Clara Brown, co-principal
  • Gabby Sewell, co-principal
  • Ju-Young Lee
  • Madeline C. Marshall
  • Rafael Roig-Francoli
  • Andrew Smeader


  • Tyler McKisson, co-principal
  • Cristian Diaz, co-principal
  • Lauryn Koeppel
  • Yufeng Lin
  • Celeste Meisel
  • Melissa Peraza
  • Yue Qin
  • Lila Reeser
  • Peng-Huei Shen
  • Emily Stegmuller


  • Jacqueline Pegis, co-principal
  • Luis Parra, co-principal                                                   
  • Abigail Leidy
  • Hye-Jeong Oh      
  • Lucas Orth
  • Samantha Powell


  • Peter McCutcheon, principal
  • Lorenzo Nigrelli
  • Jack Kotchka-Smith
  • Brooks Salloum
  • Corey Watzek
  • Lydia Young


  • Lianna Bartlett1
  • Dayna Hagstedt4
  • Anne Luetkenhaus2
  • Jocelyn Zhang3


  • Leo De La Cruz4
  • Luca Ortolani3
  • Elena Suarez Davila1
  • Zac Walker2


  • Rachel Beil
  • Ian Bunt3
  • Ji-Wen Tyler Song4
  • Jason Wilcox1&2


  • Bryan Benson1&3
  • Kathleen Moran4
  • Taylor Shorey
  • Collin Walter2


  • Joseph Bagdovitz
  • Brady Catlett4
  • Jesus Garcia Palacios1
  • Daniel Itzkowitz3
  • Jacob Speakman2


  • Jarod Gallenstein1
  • Mary Maule4
  • David Riggs2&3


  • Gabriel Gilliland2&3
  • Cameron Webb1

Bass Trombone

  • Sean Reynolds


  • Kyle Roemer


  • Emily Dickman
  • Jared Kohli
  • Peter Loferski


  • Zibin Zhou

Graduate Assistants

  • Stephan Fillare
  • Stephen Hardie
  • Brian McCann
  • Hannah Schendel


  • Liam Gibb
  • Citlalmina Hernandez Toro

1 denotes principal player in Strauss 
2 denotes principal player in Barber 
3 denotes principal player in Chen Qigang 
4 denotes principal player in Kodaly

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Donate instruments at LINKS drive on May 10-11

May 6, 2024

Through the Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program, you can donate your used band or orchestra instrument to a young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own. The LINKS instrument donation drive is at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11 2024, at any Willis Music or Buddy Rogers Music location. A project of CCMpower in partnership with Willis Music and Buddy Roger’s Music, LINKS began in 1994 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971). The owner of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was to create a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

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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
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
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. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
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
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

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
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
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General Information

Land Acknowledgment

The Cincinnati area and the land that the University of Cincinnati has been built on is the native homeland of the Indigenous Algonquian speaking tribes, including the Delaware, Miami, and Shawnee tribes.

Box Office

Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
  • Telephone: 513-556-4183
  • Email:
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003


Convenient parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue. Additional parking is available in garages throughout the UC campus. Any questions concerning on-campus parking should be directed to UC Parking Services at 513-556-2283.

Tax Credit

If you find that you cannot attend your performance, your tickets may be donated for tax credit as a charitable contribution. Simply notify the Box Office prior to the performance to release your seats, and give your name and address. A tax donation receipt will be mailed to you.

Lost and Found

If you have lost an item, contact lost and found at 513-556-9413.

House Policies

The House Manager has been instructed to minimize the disturbance to patrons already seated when accommodating latecomers. The director and producer of each production select times that are least likely to interrupt the performance, and latecomers will be seated only during these times. Latecomers who miss these opportunities will not be admitted until intermission. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Cameras, Phones and Recording Devices

The video or audio recording of performances is prohibited.

The use of cameras, with or without flashes, recording devices, cellular phones and other electronic devices inside the theater is prohibited. Please leave them with the House Manager.

Smoking and Refreshments

Smoking and refreshments are not permitted in the theater. Effective May 1, 2017, smoking and tobacco use (including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes) shall be prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors at all times in or on University of Cincinnati properties, including events on university property during non-school hours. This includes all shelters, indoor and outdoor theaters and athletic facilities, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, parking lots, and street parking and garages owned by the university.

Hearing Enhancement

Telex listening devices are available for checkout during performances in both Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

Group Sales

The Box Office can accommodate groups for major productions and concerts. Preview and benefit performances are also available for some productions. For more information, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

CCM Faculty and Staff

CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in eight areas of study.

Know Your Exit

Corbett Auditorium emergency exits are located at the back left and right of the balcony level, the back left and right of the main floor level, and at the left and right at the front of the stage.

Performance dates and repertoire are subject to change. View CCM's current calendar of events.

The purpose of these performances is educational, and they are part of a University of Cincinnati academic program.