CCM Jazz and Musical Theatre present Duke Ellington's 'Nutcracker Suite' on Nov. 21

Swing into the season with Ellington’s remarkable adaptation of the beloved holiday favorite

UC’s College Conservatory of Music presents a special seasonal treat at 2 p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, as CCMONSTAGE Jazz and Musical Theatre unite to present Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite in Patricia Corbett Theater.

One of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Duke Ellington recorded The Nutcracker Suite for the Columbia record label in 1960. The album featured jazz interpretations of well-known melodies by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Under the musical direction of Scott Belck, dancers from CCM’s Musical Theatre program will join the Jazz Orchestra to transform The Nutcracker Suite’s romantic orchestrations into jumping jazz melodies, including “Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Pipes),” “Peanut Brittle Brigade” and “Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy).” Featuring choreography by Diane Lala, a classical ballet becomes cool-cat jazz, infused with Vegas glitz, Hollywood glamour and a little New York razzmatazz.

The 2021-22 CCMONSTAGE Jazz series presents Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite on Nov. 21, 2021, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/slYZtORKiVs?rel=0

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity. All individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

Performance Details

  • Scott Belck, music director
  • Diane Lala, choreographer 
  • Tori Heinlien*, rehearsal assistant and dance captrain
  • Aiden Bezark*, lighting designer
  • Roza Gavriilidis*, production stage manager

*CCM student

Saxophone

  • Colin Palmieri, lead alto
  • Lee Sulivan, alto
  • Vincent Friedel*, tenor
  • Tyler Remagen*, tenor
  • Emily Jordan*, baritone

Trumpet

  • Brent Proseus*, lead
  • Charles Merk
  • Jack Phillips
  • Myles Twitty
  • Annaleigh Babcock

Trombone

  • Ian Elick*, lead
  • Anthony Bryson*
  • Zyele Gaither
  • Simon Jansen, bass

Rhythm Section

  • Chris Caporale, piano
  • Jack Early, bass
  • Patrick Oakes, guitar
  • Derek Johnson, drums
  • Richard Wilson, drums

Vocalist

  • Emily Jordan*

*Graduate Assistant

  • Jenna Bienvenue
  • Allison Bossart
  • Andrew Burke
  • Christian Feliciano
  • Annalese Fusaro
  • Christian Kidd
  • Eliza Levy
  • Coty Perno
  • Sammy Schechter
  • Brandon Schumacker
  • Sasha Spitz
  • Jess Zylstra

Performance Times

  • 2 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021

Location

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $29.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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 more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors

Feature image at the top: Screenshot from CCM Jazz Presents Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite Teaser Video.


Sponsors

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust 
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM 
Dance Department Sponsor 
All-Steinway School Sponsor

Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc. 
Community Partners

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel 
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor

ArtsWave: Funding Arts, Fueling Community 
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts  
The Strader Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Musical Theatre Department Sponsor

Genevieve Smith 
Opera Production Sponsor

Rafael and Kimberly de Acha 
Opera D’Arte Sponsor

An Anonymous Donor 
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander 
Mrs. William A. Friedlander 
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth 
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren  
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen 
Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld+ 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman 
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker 
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer 
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers 
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation 
Choral Studies Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn 
Orchestral Sponsor

Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation 
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor 
Starling Strings Sponsor

Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson 
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary 
Organ Department Sponsors

Louis and Susan Meisel 
Piano Department Sponsor

Richard E. Thornburgh 
Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter 
Jeff Thomas Catering 
The Castleberry Family 
KMK Law 
Sandra & Stephen Joffe 
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething 
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan 
Prestige AV & Creative Services 
Graeter’s Ice Cream 
CCMpower 
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate & Prejudice through the Performing Arts 
Event Sponsors

Buddy Rogers Music 
LINKS Sponsor

Sponsors listed as of August 30, 2021

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Jaime Sharp

CCM Graduate Assistant, Marketing + Communications

Jaime Sharp is a master's student studying Vocal Performance at CCM. She serves as the Vice President of the CCM Graduate Student Association and Student Liaison for the CCM DEI Committee. Jaime holds a bachelor's from the University of Michigan.