Designed to promote and celebrate the art of classical piano music, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is held annually at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and attracts applicants from across the globe.

The 2015 World Piano Competition returns to UC’s CCM June 7-13 and joining Frank Johnson for a preview are Mark Ernster, their executive director, and pianist Awadagin Pratt, the competition’s artistic director.

CCM's Peter Pan

Feb 27, 2015

Based on the famous story by Sir James Barrie, CCM's Mainstage Musical Theatre Series presents Peter Pan - the tale of the mischievous boy who can fly, who never ages and who spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the spellbinding isles of Neverland as the playful leader of the Lost Boys.

A special free concert is happening on Tuesday, February 24 at the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at UC’s College - Conservatory of Music – the Academy Wind Quintet from the West Point Academy Band will perform. Brian O’Donnell learns more about this group and the upcoming performance from Sergeant First Class Matthew B. Smith, a hornist with the quintet.

Phil DeGreg's concert tonight at CCM has been postponed (email from him a few minutes ago):

I am really sorry to have to make this notification and to intrude into your email inbox, but due to the fact that the University of Cincinnati has officially closed today through midnight because of inclement weather, my retirement celebration concert at Patricia Corbett Theatre this evening has been cancelled. I hope that I will have the opportunity to reschedule it some time, and certainly will send out word.   Thanks for your support.   Phil DeGreg

Phil DeGreg is an acclaimed local jazz pianist and professor at UC’s CCM. For his upcoming Faculty Artist Series concert, he will feature all music he has written, performed by him and a group of talented guest artists. He talks about this free, one-night only event (Tuesday, February 17) with our Robyn Carey-Allgeyer.

The Cincinnati Opera and UC’s College Conservatory of Music Opera Department have announced that Great Scott, a new opera with music by Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking; Moby Dick) and libretto by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Ragtime; Kiss of the Spider Woman) has been selected for their Opera Fusion New Works residency this year. To discuss this opera and the upcoming residency with our Anne Arenstein are Heggie, McNally and Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray; Henry IV)

"Songs of Peace and Freedom" choral concert at UC

Oct 24, 2014

The Men’s and Women’s Choruses of UC’s College Conservatory of Music will present a combined concert on November 5 entitled Songs of Peace and Freedom. Graduate conducting students Christopher Albanese and Alexander Sutton join Anne Arenstein to discuss the premise of this concert and their upcoming conducting debuts.

  Twenty-four of the world's best pianists will be in Cincinnati next week for the 2014 World Piano Competition. Designed to promote and celebrate the art of classical piano music, the competition is held annually at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and attracts applicants from across the globe. Joining us to talk about the competition are U.C. College-Conservatory of Music Director of Summer Programs Sara Danner Dukic and World Piano Competition Executive Director Mark Ernster. The Opening Draw party is Sunday, June 22 and the competition runs through June 28. For more information, go to 2014 World Piano Competition.

Will Brenner, provided, CCM


Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's Department of Dance marks a major milestone this spring as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Dance graduates have performed with companies around the world. CCM Assistant Professor of Dance Michael Tevlin joins us to discuss the Dance program. Mr. Tevlin is also co-choreographer of CCM’s current production of “Giselle,” with performances tonight and tomorrow afternoon at Corbett Auditorium.

"Giselle" on stage at the College Conservatory of Music

Apr 11, 2014

The classic ballet Giselle will be performed by UC’s College Conservatory of Music April 17-19. Anne Arenstein has a preview of this production from Michael Tevlin (co-choreogrpaher) and Olivia Lafrenz (one of the 3 ballerinas performing the role of Giselle.)

Possibly the most significant American oratorio of the late 20th century, John Adams’ “El Nino” will be performed by the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Musics Philharmonia, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Cincinnati Children’s Choir on March 2. Anne Arenstein welcomes in studio Earl Rivers, who will conduct this oratorio, to share his thoughts on the challenges, instruments and written words that make the pieces magic.

ETC's Lynn Meyers directs next drama at UC's CCM

Jan 31, 2014

D. Lynn Meyers from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is the guest director for the production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses at UC’s College Conservatory of Music. As she tells our Jim Stump, this play, based on the poem of the same name by Ovid and winner of a Tony Award, offers the audience a challenging and provocative night of theater.

The Bearcat Piano Festival is coming to the UC campus starting February 6 and will feature two weeks of performances, master classes and other activities, concluding with the popular Pianopalooza concert on February 16. Two of the area’s finest pianists and professors at the College Conservatory of Music, Awadagin Pratt and Michael Chertock, are in the studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about this mid-winter piano celebration.

New CD from local jazz musician Rick VanMatre

Aug 16, 2013

Rick VanMatre, Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music stops by the studio to talk with Ron Esposito about his new CD, Lines Above, and the upcoming release party at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club on September 6.

Great music, old and new, is coming to town this week. The Bunbury Festival offers 80 live performances by local and national bands for three days of outstanding rock. And UC's Corbett Auditorium will resound with the classics, as twenty-four brilliant pianists compete in the World Piano Competition.