LISTEN: CCM Wind Symphony releases 'Grand Pianola Music' recording

Featuring works by George Gershwin & John Adams, the recording is available for streaming online

The UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Wind Symphony released a new recording, "Grand Pianola Music" on Aug. 20 through Klavier Records. Featuring works by George Gershwin and John Adams, the recording showcases faculty artist Michael Chertock, student artist Giuliano Graniti and alumni artist Fabio Menchetti (DMA Piano, '19).

Recording artwork for CCM Wind Symphony's "Grand Pianola Music"

Recording artwork for CCM Wind Symphony's "Grand Pianola Music"

Conducted by CCM Director of Wind Studies and Division Head of Ensembles and Conducting, Kevin Michael Holzman, the CCM Wind Symphony performs Adams' Grand Pianola Music and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Piano Concerto in F Major. 

Planning for the recording started in 2018, when Holzman performed Rhapsody in Blue with the CCM Wind Ensemble and CCM Piano Department Chair and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra pianist Michael Chertock. The pianist mentioned how he has performed the work hundreds of times, but never recorded it.

"I instantly knew we would base our album around that work," Holzman says. "The challenge then was … if Rhapsody in Blue is the central (and most popular) work, what other pieces would go well with it? I decided to do an All-American, all-piano album for a sense of cohesiveness and to showcase both our fantastic winds and pianists at CCM."

The performance was recorded over the course of three days in CCM's Corbett Auditorium in October 2019. Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Wind Studies Thomas Gamboa was the recording producer and Joel Crawford was the recording engineer.

"For most of our students, this was their first experience recording for an album, which is different from anything else we do," Gamboa says. "The pressures of recording are immense, and what really stood out to me was how quickly the students adapted to the process, and the high level of focus and professionalism they brought to every moment."

Gamboa worked with a team of conducting graduate assistants to help provide immediate feedback to the ensemble in the recording process. After the recording process was done they combed through over 180 different takes of the works to find the best ones to include in the final product.

While listening, I hope that listeners are able to experience the joy that each soloist and the ensemble brought to each of these works. The entire album is full of life and excitement, and I hope that is palpable to the listeners.

Kevin Michael Holzman

CCM welcomes audiences back to our events

Join us for the CCM Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble's opening performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12 in Corbett Auditorium. Featuring a program of American composers to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Buy tickets online.

View CCM's lineup of ticketed September and October performances.


"Grand Pianola Music" Details

  • GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F Major, (trans. Stephen Bulla)
    • Featuring faculty artist Michael Chertock, piano
  • GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue, (trans. Hunsberger) 
    • Featuring faculty artist Michael Chertock, piano
  • ADAMS: Grand Pianola Music, 
    • Featuring alumni artist Fabio Menchetti (DMA Piano, '19), piano
    • Featuring student artist Giuliano Graniti, piano

Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor

Flute

  • Donghyo Kim
  • Yuan Liu
  • Isaiah Postenrieder
  • Chaouye Zhang

Oboe

  • Chandler Dorjahn
  • Meagan Flynn
  • Gabe Lane
  • Isaac Miller

Clarinet

  • Robert Bloomquist
  • Hannah Byrne
  • Andrew Compton
  • Pat Fansler
  • Emory Freeman
  • Rachael Hendricks
  • Sanchuan Li
  • Maria Seffrin
  • Leila Sereki
  • Jason Wilcox
  • Adelaide Young

Bassoon

  • Andi Bragiel
  • Melinda Hunt

Saxophone

  • Matt Abbott
  • Rico Allen
  • Alex Belkin
  • Chiane Boom
  • Peter Koury
  • Jonathon Nickell
  • Kash Sewell

Horn

  • Alex Dick
  • Hyunsu Jeoung
  • Tony Padilla
  • Lotti Ropert
  • Klayton Schaefer
  • Jacob Speakman

Trumpet

  • Jacob Haymans
  • Ben Hunter
  • Julia Kim
  • Sean McKay
  • Alex Strawn

Trombone

  • Anastasi Fafalios
  • Brett Galey
  • Nick Gilmore
  • Zongxi Li

Euphonium

  • Isaac Slavens

Tuba

  • Bryan Patterson
  • Evan Sacks-Wilner

Double Bass

  • Abby Singer-Miller

Percussion

  • Evan Glover
  • Declan Hayden
  • Rob Howe
  • Kyle Lamb
  • Patrick O’Rourke
  • Ryan Thomas

Piano

  • Paul Rosenberger