CCM and the ‘La Calisto’ Connection

Originally posted on College-Conservatory of Music:

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Cincinnati Opera’s season continues this week with a production of Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto (July 17 – 27), a Baroque opera that has a long history with CCM.

Cincinnati Opera’s current production features a number of CCM alumni in the cast, including Michael Maniaci (BM, 1999) as Endymion, Nathan Stark (AD, 2009) as Sylvano and Andrew Garland (MM, 2002; AD, 2004) as Mercurio.

La Calisto drew limited audiences during its initial run of 11 performances in 1651. The long-forgotten opera was resurrected by British conductor Raymond Leppard at the 1970 Glyndebourne Festival. CCM actually mounted the American premiere of La Calisto in April of 1972, with a production conducted by Carmon DeLeone with stage direction by the Metropolitan Opera’s Henry Butler.

That production’s cast featured Barbara Daniels, Leigh Dodson, Tom Fox, Brad Liebl, Don Ronci and Nancy Stelling, amongst others. Photos from that 1972 production are featured in the slideshow above!

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Let the piano festivities begin!

art of the piano

Piano music has always been something I could listen to for hours. This is fortunate for me because next week is the start of three straight weeks of piano events here at CCM! We kick things off with the World Piano Competition and continue the fun with our Art of the Piano workshop and concert series.

Here’s a rundown: The World Piano Competition features up and coming pianists from all over the world competing for a gold medal and prizes such as money and a New York debut recital. Last year’s winner was Marianna Prjevalskaya, who played Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 for her finals performance.  The 5 member jury for the World Piano Competition has been hand-selected by Awadagin Pratt, CCM Professor and Chair of the Piano department, and includes Frederic Chiu, Hee Sung Joo, Yoshikazu Nagai, Ursula Oppens, and Andrey Pisarev.

Art of the Piano is a two week intensive for piano students, giving them the opportunity to study with world-renowned pianists, including World Piano Competition jury members. The workshop features public performances of guest faculty as well as the students – giving competition audiences the chance to see jury members and possibly future WPC competitors perform! Giving young pianists the chance to learn from the best is a direct result of our close partnership with the World Piano Competition.


World Piano Competition public performances start Monday, June 23 and conclude with the finals performance on Saturday, June  28. Buy tickets for WPC events. 

Art of the Piano performances include both ticketed and free performances throughout the course of the workshop. Find out more.


Film Scoring Institute Week 1 Recap

The Film Scoring Institute wraps up this week and it was a great kick-off workshop for the summer! Students spent this week refining their compositions and today all their work is paying off: they are in the recording studio with CCM orchestral students. By tomorrow each student will have a live recording of their composition for their portfolio…an amazing end to a wonderful workshop.

Recording at The Monastery

Monastery Studio

Bands often seek out unique studio spaces that spark creative inspiration. There is no question The Monastery is one of those places. With a client list including Over the Rhine, Zak Morgan and The National, The Monastery welcomes musical artists from all genres and styles. The studio itself is unique in its history. Once a centenarian church, the building has seen over a century of music. Owner Ric Hordinski has contributed to the building’s history by opening the studio and making sure he is passionate about every project that comes through the door.

You may recognize Ric’s name from his career: he co-founded Over the Rhine, released five independent records under the moniker Monk, has been nominated for a Grammy, and received 2 Cammy awards and a Dove award for his work as a producer.


Our Recording & Sound Production workshop kicks off next Monday, June 16! There are still spots available, so if you are interested in learning about music production, this is your chance! Register here.

How does music change our perception of a movie?

Movie seats and credits

We’ve all been there – calmly watching a suspenseful movie when we are suddenly startled out of our seats by an unexpected event. A stranger jumps out of the closet, an animal screeches a little too close, or there is the sudden appearance of a paranormal…something. After a start, and with hearts racing, we ease back, reminding ourselves to relax because it’s just a movie. For me, the most memorable time this happened was during a showing of Dragonfly, the 2002 Kevin Costner movie. I can’t even remember what happened in the scene that startled me so much, but I clearly recall the rush of adrenaline and the feeling of silliness that immediately followed.

Most of the time, our emotions are so wrapped up in experiencing the movie we don’t even realize all the elements of production we are taking in. Music is often one of the most stimulating elements and plays the largest role in soothing, exciting, and startling us.

Helen Stewart explores this very question in a blog post over at BBC, so I won’t repeat here. The section about “Noise of panic” is particularly interesting.

So tell us – when have you ever jumped out of your seat during a movie? And did music have anything to do with it?


Our Film Scoring Institute kicks off next Monday, June 2! We will give you an inside look at the workshop in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!


Application deadline extended for Film Scoring Institute

The application deadline for the Film Scoring Institute has been extended from February 28 to March 15.  For all other programs, the deadline is March 15.

To apply for any of our programs, click here.

FREE Concert on Sunday – Verdi Intensive

Sunday, Oct. 6, 4:00 pm
Corbett Auditorium

Verdi Intensive Exhibition Concert
Mark Gibson, Artistic Director

Christopher Bozeka, tenor
Jeff Byrnes, baritone
Summer Hassan, soprano
Joseph Lattanzi, baritone
Xi Wang, soprano

CCM Concert Orchestra
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra

Several aspiring young conductors are on campus this weekend, under the tutelage of Mark Gibson, to learn selections from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata and Don Carlos.  Twelve conductors from all corners of the United States arrive at CCM on Friday to work with Maestro Gibson, Philharmonia Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and singers from CCM’s renowned Opera Program.  The weekend culminates in an exhibition performance of selections from the two operas in a concert setting.  The opera selections are performed in the original languages, Italian (La Traviata) and French (Don Carlos), without supertitles.


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