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CCM's Bernstein at 100 Festival Concludes with 'Lenny Week'

Featuring a lecture, film screening and four major concerts, CCM’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial concludes Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2018

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) brings its yearlong Leonard Bernstein at 100 Festival to a grand finale with a series of events running Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2018, culminating with a rare concert performance of Stan Kenton’s Grammy Award-winning instrumental version of Bernstein’s West Side Story score.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Bernstein and his monumental career as a composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian. Visit ccm.uc.edu/bernstein for the full event schedule and ticket pricing, or refer to the event details below.

CCM’s “Lenny Week” begins with a Thinking About Music lecture on Mahler, Bernstein and Jewish Identity by guest scholar Matthew Mugmon on Friday, Oct. 26, in UC’s Albino Gorno Memorial CCM Library. It continues with a free screening of Gene Kelly’s On the Town on Monday, Oct. 29, at MainStreet Cinema in UC’s Tangeman University Center.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the CCM Wind Symphony presents “Bernstein and Friends,” featuring faculty artist and CSO clarinetist Ronald Aufmann in Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. The concert also showcases works by the composers most associated with the cultural icon, including Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by CCM Dean Stanley Romanstein.

Pianopalooza celebrates Lenny on Thursday, Nov. 1, with a concert by CCM’s Piano Department. The program features Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story played by faculty artists Michael Chertock and James Tocco, who will also play Bernstein’s arrangement of Aaron Copland’s El Salón México.

The CCM Philharmonia presents Bernstein’s Fancy Free and excerpts from Songfest on Friday, Nov. 2. CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson, who studied with Bernstein at the Tanglewood Music Center as the Bernstein Conducting Fellow in 1986, conducts the concert.

Stan Kenton Orchestra member, Cincinnati jazz drummer and CCM faculty member John Von Ohlen.

Stan Kenton Orchestra member, Cincinnati jazz drummer and CCM faculty member John Von Ohlen.

Guest conductor Vaughn Wiester leads the CCM Jazz Orchestra in Stan Kenton’s West Side Story on Sunday, Nov. 4. This Prestige concert is presented in loving memory of Stan Kenton Orchestra member, Cincinnati jazz drummer and CCM faculty member John Von Ohlen, who passed away on Oct. 3, 2018. Co-founder of the Blue Wisp Big Band, Ohlen was also a featured soloist with the Woody Herman, Ralph Marterie and Billy Maxted orchestras. He taught at CCM for more than 30 years, most recently as a leader of Jazz Combo and a drum instructor in fall 2017. During his career as a jazz musician, Ohlen played extended tours with Urbie Green, Holiday on Ice, Broadway pit orchestras, Tony Bennet, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and many others.

CCM Bernstein at 100 Festival: 'Lenny Week'

1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
MAHLER, BERNSTEIN AND JEWISH IDENTITY
Matthew Mugmon, University of Arizona
Location: Albino Gorno Memorial CCM Library Reading Room, 600 Blegen Library
Admission: FREE
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6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 Series •
MINI-FILM FESTIVAL: ON THE TOWN
Directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly, On the Town is a 1949 musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens. It was adapted from the Broadway stage musical of the same name and stars Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin as fun-loving sailors who are on a 24-hour leave in New York City.
Location
: MainStreet Cinema, UC’s Tangeman University Center
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are not required, but space may be limited.
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8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 Series •
BERNSTEIN AND FRIENDS
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Ronald Aufmann, clarinet
CCM Dean Stanley Romanstein, narrator

Celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, this program features CCM faculty artist and CSO clarinetist Ronald Aufmann in Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. The concert also showcases works by composers most associated with the cultural icon, including Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by CCM Dean Stanley Romanstein.
TOWER: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
THOMSON: A Solemn Music
COPLAND: Lincoln Portrait
BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
COPLAND: Quiet City
BERNSTEIN: Suite from Mass
Location
: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 Series •
PIANOPALOOZA CELEBRATES LENNY
Michael Chertock, music coordinator

This program will feature the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story played by CCM faculty artists Michael Chertock and James Tocco, who will also play Bernstein’s arrangement of Aaron Copland’s El Salón México. Additional works will be performed by faculty artists Mark Gibson, Sandra Rivers and student Kara Huber.
Location
: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 Series •
SONGFEST AND FANCY FREE
CCM Philharmonia
Featuring CCM student soloists
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Join the CCM Philharmonia in its final concert celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. Fancy Free features a vibrant, jazz-tinged score and Songfest blends late-romanticism with fiery Latin rhythms, blues, folksong and jazz. The performance also showcases excerpts from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 4, including Das himmlische Leben, which the Philharmonia dedicates in memory of CCM alumna and former voice faculty member Barbara Clark (Paver).
Location
: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 Prestige Event Series •
STAN KENTON’S WEST SIDE STORY
CCM Jazz Orchestra
Scott Belck, music director
Vaughn Wiester, guest conductor

CCM’s Bernstein Celebration continues with this rare performance of Stan Kenton’s West Side Story. This is the record that gave Kenton his first Grammy Award and introduced the band to a whole new generation of listeners. Guest conductor and Stan Kenton scholar Vaughn Wiester will also present a pre-concert talk at 6:15 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium. This performance is presented in loving memory of Stan Kenton Orchestra member, Cincinnati jazz legend and longtime CCM faculty member John Von Ohlen.
Location
: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $20 general, $15 non-UC students, UC students FREE

Admission

Tickets are available for purchase through the CCM Box Office in person, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/bernstein.

Ticket prices vary; see individual event listings for additional information.

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 information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

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

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