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ArtsWave: CCM dazzles in a high tech leap to hyperspace

Carol Ellison reviews the CCM Wind Symphony's Feb. 21 'Pops in Space' concert

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Wind Symphony performed the music of the cosmos during its highly-anticipated “Pops in Space” concert on Friday, Feb 21, 2020. The program featured a mix of classic and contemporary space-inspired works by composers including Eric Whitacre, J.S. Bach, Gustov Holst and John Williams.

Carol Ellison reviewed the performance for the ArtsWave Guide, writing "[CCM Wind Symphony music director Kevin Michael] Holzman conducted the Wind Symphony in a masterful performance of tonal sounds that seemed at one time to accelerate and, at another, fade through the murkiness of space."

The performance concluded with selections from Williams' iconic scores for the Star Wars film series, leading Ellison to write: "Spirits soaring, the audience leaped to its feet at the end of the evening in a standing ovation, cheering the mastery of the young musicians and the power of their force."

Read the full review on ArtsWave Guide.

Featured image at top: CCM Professor Kevin Michael Holzman conducts the CCM Wind Symphony in a rehearsal in Corbett Auditorium. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative Services.