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WCPO Features 9-year-old CCM Prep Piano Prodigy

Nine-year-old Sophia Suwiryo has studied piano with CCM Preparatory instructor Takako Frautschi for the last four years. This weekend, she will display her talent on stage with the Cincinnati Pops in the “Mozart’s Neighborhood” program.

The Lollipops concert takes place at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. Local news station WCPO, featured Suwiryo in a preview story about the performance. News anchor Chris Riva caught up with the young star and her family during a CCM Prep piano lesson with Frautschi, who says Suwiryo is a “once-in-a-generation talent.”

You can watch WCPO’s feature online at wcpo.com/entertainment/music/9-year-old-piano-prodigy-will-play-with-the-cincinnati-pops.

Learn more about CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement at ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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CCM Prep Presents ‘Xanadu, Jr.’ and ‘Peter and the Wolf’ This Spring

The CCM Youth Ballet Company performed 'Peter and the Wolf' at Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra earlier this season.

The CCM Youth Ballet Company performed ‘Peter and the Wolf’ at Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra earlier this season.

CCM’s Preparatory Department proudly presents its annual spring productions with the CCM Prep Ballet and Junior Musical Theatre. Tickets for both productions are on sale now.

On Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater, the CCM Youth Ballet Company, Jr. Company and Mini company perform traditional and contemporary works including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

The Junior Musical Theatre will perform Xanadu, Jr. the following weekend at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the Cohen Family Studio Theater.

The CCM Youth Ballet Company consists of the Mini, Junior and Senior Youth companies with 50 dancers total, ranging from age 8 through adult. This year they will perform Sergei Prkofief’s beloved Peter and the Wolf. Soloists are Hannah Musser and Andrea Springman as the bird, Helga Paris-Morales and Jackie Sidow as the duck, Vera Bostwick and Juju Stojanovic as the cat, Lucas Wilmes and Blake Funk as Peter, Samuel St. John as the wolf and guest dancer John Wilmes as grandfather. CCM Preparatory faculty Tricia Sundbeck and Thomas Bell choreographed this production. The CCM Youth Ballet Company recently performed Peter and the Wolf at Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of the Lollipops music series.

The Junior Musical Theatre Intensive program provides a challenging and disciplined educational experience for students ages 9-14 who have a special interest in musical theatre. Last fall, 30 students were selected and then traveled to Atlanta the following January for the Junior Theater Festival, which included over 3,000 middle school students from all over the country. The CCM Junior Musical Theatre students presented a scene from Xanadu, Jr. and the group was given an “Excellence in Music” award. Margot Grom, Tanner Gleeson, Henry Howland, Nora DeGreen and Jonah Sorcher are the featured students in this disco-inspired musical, directed by Dee Anne Bryll, with musical direction by Becky Childs.

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