In 1867, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music was first formed. Over the years, it merged with various other schools to become what it is today: the University of Cincinnati — College-Conservatory of Music, better known as CCM.
CCM is one of the most celebrated and prestigious music education programs in the country. According to Playbill, only NYU produces more actors on the Broadway stage. The school is also the single largest source of performing arts presentations in Ohio, with over 1,000 performances each academic year.
In September of 2017, CCM kicked off a season-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's founding. Along with their Mainstage series, this celebration also included world premieres, guest artist performances and a series of off-campus concerts. On Saturday, April 21, the celebration will come to a spectacular close with the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase.
This showcase concert gives audiences a rare opportunity to see an eclectic group of CCM alumni perform with current students for one night only in the newly renovated Corbett Auditorium. It's a concert 150 years in the making, celebrating the both the history and the future of the prestigious school.
The CCM Philharmonia student orchestra will join nearly a dozen remarkable alumni for a program set to include Strauss’ Overture to "Die Fledermaus," Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and much more. CCM faculty members Mark Gibson and Roger Grodsky will conduct.
Alumni guest artists include a Solti Conducting Award-winner, a Naumburg gold medalist, a Tchaikovsky Competition Prize-winner, stars from the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway, military band members and more, all of whom studied at CCM before earning musical renown.
In addition to this once-in-a-lifetime concert event, CCM and the UC Alumni Association will host an Alumni Weekend where graduates can reconnect with classmates and faculty, including a happy hour, tours of CCM’s newly-renovated facilities and a keynote luncheon.
Tickets for CCM’s Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase Concert are on sale now through the CCM Box Office. Event information can be found here.