Honoring women with music: CCM Philharmonia and Choral present concert on March 11

The program is dedicated to the mission of Lydia's House, which helps women and children in crisis

UC College-Conservatory of Music's Philharmonia and Choral ensembles present "Women Lost, Forgotten, Celebrated," a program that honors women through the healing power of music, on March 11, 2022. The concert is dedicated to supporting the mission of Lydia's House, which provides safe, stable and supportive housing for women and children in crisis.

This performance will also be live streamed on CCM's website.

March 11 concert poster. Performance details below. Design by Mikki Graff.

The CCM Philharmonia, led by Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, welcomes Director of Choral Studies Joe Miller to the podium for the March 11 performance. Featuring the CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, the concert also showcases student artists Xiao Geng and Hannah Schendel, conductors; and faculty artist Gwendolyn Coleman, soprano.

The program opens with Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 36 (1847). Farrenc was a mid-19th century French composer, teacher and scholar who fought to have her music performed publicly due to gender inequalities in the Parisian music scene. She also fought to be paid equal to her male collegaues: "It was only after she had been Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatoire for seven years that she finally received the same pay as her male colleagues. She went on to hold the post for 30 years, becoming one of the most successful and sought-after piano pedagogues of her time, and the only female professor at the Conservatoire in the entire century." Read more about Farrenc's legacy via The Guardian

Gwendolyn Coleman joins the CCM Philharmonia to perform John Harbison's Mirabai Songs (1982), musical settings of six poens written by an Indian princess Mirabai Rathor in the 16th century. Historical accounts of Mirabai's life differ. According to some versions of her story, she was very religious and had a close relationship with her god, Krishna. She objected to her arranged marriage, saying that she was already married to Krishna, but was ultimately forced to marry the son of the ruler of a neighboring clan. Her husband later died and she controversially refused to commit sati, a practice in which a wife sits on the funeral pyre of her husband and is burned along with his body. Instead, she sang that since her husband, Krishna, lives eternally there was no reason for her to commit sati. The poems that serve as a basis for Harbison's songs describe the full range of Mirabai's emotions regarding Krishna, "from her longing for his presence to her defiant defense of her own actions as one of his followers." Read more about Mirabai Songs via Amy Carr-Richardson's "Feminist and Non-Western Perspectives in the Music Theory Classroom: A Study of John Harbison's Mirabai Songs" via the College Music Symposium.

The concert's finale features Coleman with the Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale in Francis Poulenc's Stabat Mater (1950). The text tells the suffering of Mary as she sees Jesus dying on the cross and the piece is divided into 12 movements — each of them different in tempo, rhythm and orchestration. 

The CCM ensembles dedicate their March program, "Women Lost, Forgotten, Celebrated," to supporting the mission of Lydia’s House, which provides safe, stable and supportive housing for women and children in crisis. Located in Norwood, Lydia's House offers a home where people from all walks of life can help one another grow toward wholeness. Students from CCM ensembles will be volunteering with Lydia’s House throughout the year to build awareness of music’s value in the community and the ability to effect positive change through the joining of voices. The audience will have the opportunity to learn about the work of Lydia’s House at the performance.

CCMONSTAGE presents "Women Lost, Forgotten, Celebrated" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office

This performance will also be live streamed on CCM's website.


CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale 
Mark Gibson, music director 
Joe Miller, conductor
Featuring student artists Xiao Geng and Hannah Schendel, conductors
Featuring faculty artist Gwendolyn Coleman, soprano

LOUISE FARRENC: Symphony No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 36 
HARBISON: Mirabai Songs 
POULENC: Stabat Mater

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022


Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are $25; student and group discounts 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.

Parking and Directions

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.


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 
Rhinegeist Brewery
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

Feature image at the top: The CCM Philharmonia performs on stage. Photo by Joe Fuqua II/UC Creative Services.

Additional Contacts

Curt Whitacre | Director of Marketing/Communications | UC College-Conservatory of Music

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