GUITARAs some of you, dear readers may know, next Sunday December 3 (at 2 PM) Music for All Seasons will be presenting its annual Holiday concert, the second of four in its 2017-2018 lineup.

The participating artists are all current or former COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC faculty members, CCM graduates, and performers with strong ties to CCM and to Music for All Seasons.

There will be Classical, Broadway, Jazz, Bluegrass, and Traditional music from around the world, performed by this outstanding group of vocal and instrumental artists.

In addition to turning over 100% of tickets sales for this and all of our concerts to CCM for its Scholarship Fund and for its undergraduate program, Opera d’Arte, we will be holding a SILENT AUCTION to additionally benefit CCM and its programs.

We will have items that range from artwork by James Slouffman, Anna VanMatre, Johannes Bjorner and Virginia Cox to tickets to arts events, concerts, opera, ballet, museums, and restaurants around town.

And that’s not all. There will be designer jewelry by Linda Ellis, hand-crafted Santa Claus figures, CD’s by James Meade, Kim Pensyl, and Rick VanMatre

You might even get to bid on a private at home concert by the wonderful young guitarist James Meade. Many of the items for auction will make perfect holiday gifts.

We are giving you a heads up to come as early as one hour before the concert, so that you can view the items that we will be auctioning and place your bids. Once the concert begins the bidding will be closed and the results of the auction will be announced at intermission.

You will be able to pay (CASH OR CHECK ONLY) for your items then and we will have them ready for you to take home at the end of the concert and the reception with the artists that follows it.

We are immensely grateful to all of the persons and businesses that have contributed to this auction and to the artists who have generously donated their services on this occasion to help make the event a great success. And, of course, we are grateful to you, our loyal audience and supporters.


Many of our  readers from countries outside the United States may not know much about the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  Students from more than 32 countries are part of CCM’s student body. At CCM they study instrumental and vocal music, dance, theatre crafts, acting, and specialize in Opera, Musical Theatre, Classical Music, Jazz and a myriad other programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

A world-class faculty of master teachers works closely with the students in both classrooms and studios, rehearsals and in over 1,000 performances and special events given in several different state-of-the-art performance venues each year.

The city of Cincinnati and its many arts organizations with which students can collaborate, provide additional opportunities for CCM students within the City of Cincinnati and the greater Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky areas.

The number of CCM graduates who find employment in various areas of the arts is impressive. At one time or another as many as four dozen Musical Theatre CCM graduates can be seen on the Broadway stage.  24 CCM alumni currently perform in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Young Artists Opera programs around the country have many CCM graduates in their ranks, from which many young singers then move on to regional, national and European careers in Opera.

Diverse career paths that reflect the diversity of interests and specialization of CCM students include Music Education, where many CCM graduates find employment right after graduation, Theater Design and technology, and Arts Administration.

So it is with pride that Music for All Seasons donates all proceeds from  its concert ticket sales to the artistic treasure that CCM is.

Rafael de Acha


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