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CCM Choral Series Presents Culmination of 'Monteverdi Project'


The Nov. 28 performance of Monteverdi's masterworks will be recorded for future broadcast as part of a new collaboration with CET Cincinnati Public Television.

Date: 11/19/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Sara Kissinger
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2683
Photos By: Dottie Stover

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From left-to-right: Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord; Jennifer Roig-Francolí, Baroque violin; Annalisa Pappano, viola da gamba; James Onstad, tenor; Derrell Acon, bass; and Xi Wang, soprano.
From left-to-right: Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord; Jennifer Roig-Francolí, Baroque violin; Annalisa Pappano, viola da gamba; James Onstad, tenor; Derrell Acon, bass; and Xi Wang, soprano.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Chamber Choir teams with CCM’s Early Music faculty, students and guest artists for an evening featuring highlights from Monteverdi’s secular masterwork (Book 8: Madrigals of Love and War) and sacred collection (Selva Morale e Spirituale) beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Corbett Auditorium.

The performance is the apex of CCM’s Monteverdi Project, made possible through a generous grant from the Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation. Directed by Earl Rivers, and featuring the CCM Chamber Choir, the Monterverdi Project has been coached by CCM Early Music Faculty members Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord, and Annalisa Pappano, gamba and lirone. Guest artist continuo members include Michael Leopold, theorbo; Elizabeth Motter, Baroque harp; Jennifer Roig-Francolí, Baroque violin; James Lambert, contrabass and gamba; Yaël Senamaud, Baroque violin; and Rodney Stucky, archlute and Baroque guitar.

This concert event will be recorded for future broadcast as part of an exciting new collaboration between CCM and CET, Cincinnati Public Television. Learn more about this collaboration by visiting http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=16908

About the Monteverdi Project
The Monteverdi Project was conceived and initiated by Earl Rivers, CCM’s Director of Choral Studies, following the success of CCM’s Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 concert in November 2010. The Project has since engaged regional, national and international Early Music artist-performers and specialists to coach, rehearse and perform with fifty talented graduate and undergraduate CCM students in highlights from the collections of sacred music and secular music by the greatest Italian composer of the Early Baroque, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643).

About Michael Leopold
Michael Leopold holds a Master’s degree in historical plucked instruments from Sacramento State University (1998) and a degree in lute and theorbo from L’Istituto di Musica Antica of the Accademia Internazionale della Musica (2004) in Milan, Italy. Originally from Northern California, he continues to reside in Milan and performs both as a soloist and as an accompanist throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Chile, Mexico and the United States. He has played with a number of leading Italian early music groups, including Concerto Italiano, La Risonanza, La Venexiana and La Pietà de’ Turchini, as well as with several American period-instrument ensembles including Ars Lyrica and Catacoustic Consort. Leopold can be heard in recordings on the Stradivarius, Glossa, Naïve and Naxos labels.

About Vivian Montgomery
Vivian Montgomery, harpsichordist, fortepianist and CCM Adjunct Faculty member, earned her Master of Music in Early Keyboards from the University of Michigan and DMA in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University. She has experienced a rich and varied performance career and holds prizes from numerous international early keyboard competitions, as well as the award of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Montgomery was recently named Director of the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition.

About Annalisa Pappano
Annalisa Pappano, Artistic Director of Cincinnati’s Catacoustic Consort and CCM Adjunct Faculty member, studied at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute (Wendy Gillespie) and at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Catharina Meints). She is a highly sought after performer of the lirone, pardessus and viola da gamba who has performed throughout Belgium and the United States and has appeared on nationally syndicated radio. Pappano led the Catacoustic Consort to win the grand prize in the Naxos/Early Music America Live Recording Competition and recorded a program of Italian laments on the Naxos label.

Performance Time
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the “Monteverdi: Madrigals of Love and War and Music from the Selva Morale e Spirituale” concert are $12 general admission, $6 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Monteverdi Masterworks Sponsor: The Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation