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CCM Choirs Welcome the Holidays with Annual Feast of Carols

Guest ensembles from the Cincinnati area will join with CCM Choirs for this festive concert.

Date: 11/28/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Lillian Matchett
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2683
Photos By: Dottie Stover

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More than 300 voices will fill the stage of Corbett Auditorium with favorite holiday songs during the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) annual Feast of Carols on Dec. 8 and 9. The festivities will include treasured sounds of the season performed by CCM’s Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and outstanding area guest choirs, including the May Festival Youth Chorus, School for Creative and Performing Arts Chorale and Winton Woods High School Varsity Ensemble. Performances will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 and 5 p.m. in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

The annual Feast of Carols – a tradition that dates back decades – will feature an eclectic mix of holiday songs ranging from the classic and traditional to the contemporary and even barbershop. “Feast of Carols is like going to Radio City Musical Hall in New York,” says Earl Rivers, director of choral studies at CCM. “It’s a bit of classics; it’s a bit of pops, gospel and Broadway. It has everything you can imagine for the holiday season.”

Rivers joins conductors Brett Scott, Olga Artemova, Michael Fuchs, Robyn Lana, James Bagwell, David Bell and Laurie Wyant-Zenni in inviting audiences to sing along to favorite holiday carols during the spectacular “Fa-La-La” Feast of Carols finale with audience, combined choirs and CCM’s Concert Orchestra. In addition to CCM’s ensembles and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, outstanding choruses from Greater Cincinnati will join in the festivities.

The featured guest choir at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, is:
  • May Festival Youth Chorus, James Bagwell, conductor, David Kirkendall, assistant conductor and accompanist.
The concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, features:
  • Winton Woods High School Varsity Ensemble, David Bell, conductor, and Elizabeth Barth, associate conductor.
This impressive festival of choirs will conclude at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, with:
  • School for the Creative and Performing Arts Chorale, Laurie Wyant-Zenni, director.
Performance Times
  • 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8
  • 2 and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
A small number of limited-view tickets will become available at noon on Monday, Dec. 3. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 for more information. Tickets to CCM's Feast of Carols are $12 adults, $6 non-UC students and free for UC students.

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 for more information on parking rates.

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