CCM Philharmonia presents powerful works by Beethoven and Mahler on Jan. 31

"The Long Goodbye" features Beethoven's Piano Sonata “Les Adieux” & Mahler's Symphony No. 9

The UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Philharmonia opens its 2020 CCMONSTAGE Orchestra Series with "The Long Goodbye" at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 31 in Corbett Auditorium. The performance features Beethoven's emotionally powerful Piano Sonata E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux” and Mahler's ninth — and final — Symphony in D Major.

Led by CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, the CCM Philharmonia’s concert features passionate masterworks performed by the college’s student stars. Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” sonata, completed in 1810, was inspired by the composer’s sadness as his friend Archduke Rudolph fled the country during Napoleon’s siege of Vienna. The work is praised for its "extraordinary power and imagination" in “dealing with the emotions of separation and, ultimately, reunion — music meant to be heard with the eyes and heart as well as the ears” (NPR Music).

Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, completed in 1910, is the composer’s final completed symphony and is often considered as foreshadowing his death, which occurred before it was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. It is described in the Guardian’s “50 Greatest Symphonies” series as both a “hymn to the end of all things” and as an “ultimately affirmative love song to life and to mortality.”

Tickets to "The Long Goodbye" are on sale now through the CCM Box Office. The performance on Jan. 31 marks the continuation of the 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Orchestra Series. The series concludes on Feb. 15 with a special concert by the CCM Philharmonia featuring guest conductor Louis Langrée, Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31


Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single ticket prices start at $25 each; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

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Story by CCM Graduate Student Kelly Barefield