On Friday, Dec. 11 CLASSICAL VIRTUOSITY the first offering of the free series of digital concerts and performances CCMONSTAGE Online, featured the CCM Philharmonia student orchestra under the direction of Mark Gibson in an elegant performance of a program that included Claude Debussy’ Danse, Ottorino Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano, Julia Perry’s Short Piece for Orchestra and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201.
The program included brief conversations with several of the young musicians and with their leader, Mark Gibson, all of whom expressed appreciation for the effort involved in bringing this project to life.
There will be more programs like this one. Find out more about them and bout CCM on the school’s website: https://ccm.uc.edu and on Facebook’s CCM Alumni (and Friends) Network.
Rafael de Acha has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts as a performer, stage director, producer, and educator. He was born and grew up in Cuba. At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to study Drama at the University of Minnesota, and later Languages at L.A. City College, Music at the Juilliard School of Music, at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he received the Master's degree. He has taught courses on the History of Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at Florida International University, and contributed writings and reviews to Seen and Heard International (www.seenandheard-international.com ) and to this blog. He co-founded the award-winning New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where he produced and staged twenty seasons of classical and contemporary theater, including fifty world premieres of plays that went on to have international and national productions on and off Broadway, including Ana in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2002 and Tony Nomination 2003.) In 2006 he was presented with a citation from The Dade County Cultural Affairs Council for “trailblazing contributions to the arts in South Florida.”
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