Celebrate the holiday season with upcoming CCM concerts

The festivities begin with CCM's Jazz Nutcracker on Nov. 19 and Feast of Carols on Dec. 2-3

CCM's collegiate and preparatory ensembles celebrate the winter holidays with a variety of upcoming performances!

Swing into the festive season on Sunday, Nov. 19, with the CCM Jazz Orchestra's original retelling of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's remarkable adaptation of The Nutcracker Suite! Under the musical direction of Scott Belck, dancers from CCM’s Musical Theatre program will join the Jazz Orchestra to transform the romantic orchestrations from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker into jumping jazz melodies. Featuring choreography by Diane Lala, a classical ballet becomes cool-cat jazz, infused with Vegas glitz, Hollywood glamor and a little New York razzmatazz. Below, watch a teaser video for this year's Jazz Nutcracker.

The festivities continue Dec. 2-3 with Feast of Carols, CCM's annual winter holiday concert of choral favorites. A Cincinnati tradition for more than 100 years, Feast of Carols features performances by the CCM Chamber ChoirCCM ChoraleCCM Concert Orchestra, CCM Graduate Brass QuintetUC Choruses and Cincinnati Youth Choir. Each performance also features one of the outstanding guest choirs from Milford High SchoolLittle Miami High SchoolSt. Xavier High School and Campbell County High School. Joe Miller, Brett Scott, Aik Khai Pung and Robyn Lana conduct, along with guest conductors including Tracy Carpenter and Robin Baker. Each Feast of Carols performance features a mix of iconic classic songs, jovial favorites and sparkling new holiday carols. Below, watch an excerpt from last year's Feast of Carols.

CCM's Youth Wind Ensembles and the Cincinnati Youth Choir also present holiday concerts in December. See full details below.

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Upcoming CCM Holiday Concerts

CCM Jazz Nutcracker

CCM Jazz Nutcracker

4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• Jazz Series •
CCM Jazz Orchestra 
Scott Belck, music director 
Featuring CCM Musical Theatre dancers 
Diane Lala, choreographer 
Enjoy our original retelling of Ellington’s remarkable adaptation of The Nutcracker Suite, brought to life with stunning choreography from CCM Musical Theatre’s stars of tomorrow. 
Estimated run time: 90 minutes 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: $25 adult, $12.50 student, $20 UC faculty/staff, $10 UC student, $5 CCM student; group discounts available.

Feast of Carols. Photo/Andrew Higley

Feast of Carols. Photo/Andrew Higley

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
• Choral Series •
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Graduate Brass Quintet Concert Orchestra, UC Choruses and Cincinnati Youth Choir 
Featuring guest choirs from Milford High School, Little Miami High School, St. Xavier High School and Campbell County High School 
Joe Miller, Brett Scott, Aik Khai Pung and Robyn Lana, conductors with guest conductors Tracy Carpenter and Robin Baker 
Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2023 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CYC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs. 
Estimated run time: 2 hours 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: $21.50-$25.50 adult, $16.50-$20.50 student, $17.50-$21.50 UC faculty/staff, $10 UC student, $5 CCM student; group discounts available.

Upcoming CCM Prep Holiday Concerts

7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 *NEW DATE
• Prep Series •
CCM Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE) 
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor  
CCM Jr. Youth Wind Ensemble (Jr. CYWE) 
Richard Canter, director 
Celebrate the season by joining us for an evening of spectacular performances! In partnership with CCM’s collegiate Wind Studies and Music Education programs, CCM Prep presents the region’s premier ensemble and musical training program for high school and middle school aged woodwind, brass and percussion students. 
Estimated run time: 90 minutes 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Admission: FREE

Cincinnati Youth Choir. Photo/Provided.

Cincinnati Youth Choir. Photo/Provided.

5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 
• Ensemble-in-Residence Series • 
Cincinnati Youth Choir 
Robyn Lana, music director and conductor 
Celebrate the season with the voices of youth! The Cincinnati Youth Choir, ensemble-in-residence at CCM, will feature resident and regional CYC programs as they perform music that globally represents the spirit of the season.
Estimated run time: 90 minutes 
Location: Corbett Auditorium 
Tickets: $15 adult, $10 student, $10 UC faculty/staff, $10 UC student, $5 CCM student; group discounts available.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit ccm.uc.edu/onstage

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Featured image at the top: CCM's combined choirs and orchestra perform on the stage of Corbett Auditorium during the Feast of Carols grand finale. Photo/Andrew Higley

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