Mozart's Requiem Artists

Left to right: Zack Grubbs, Sarah Hairston; Janessa Touchet, Olgucan Borova; Cincinnati Ballet dancers | Photography: Peter Mueller

Mozart's Requiem


Adam Hougland | Resident Choreographer

Adam grew up in Dallas, Texas and studied visual arts and acting from an early age. At 14 he began his dance training at the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet and the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In 1999 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from The Juilliard School and then went on to perform with The Limon Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. While at Juilliard Adam choreographed his first group dance, Beyond, which won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography. This piece set his Choreographic career in motion and was quickly taken into the repertoires of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus and The Louisville Ballet.

Adam has gone on to create original works for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company,The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Introdans in the Netherlands, The Limon Dance Company, Cedar Lake Ensemble, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Ballet X and The New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet. He has created works for internationally recognized dancer such as Sofiane Sylve (San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Dutch National) and Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theater). In 2006 he created a world premiere for Juilliard's Centennial Celebration that toured to Chicago and Los Angeles and was broadcast on the PBS 'Live from Lincoln Center' series. He has won The Princess Grace Award for Choreography, The Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, a New York State Council for the Arts Commissioning Grant and was one of Pointe Magazines' 10 VIP's of 2006. This past January he was named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to watch for 2011.

Adam is the Principle Choreographer for The Louisville Ballet and has created five critically acclaimed original works for the company, the most recent being Rite of Spring with special guest artist Wendy Wehlan (principle dancer, New York City Ballet). In 2009 Adam was named Resident Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet and has since created a new evening-length Mozart's Requiem and a new Firebird for the company.

Adam spends his time in New York City and Bristol, England with his partner Ashley and their dogs Liza and Bruno.
Trad A Burns | Resident Lighting Designer

Trad A Burns is a lighting and scenic designer based in Cleveland, his career has spanned theatre, dance, and amusement parks, as well as architectural and retail lighting. Designing over 400 productions during the last two decades, his varied work has been seen around the world. Designs include works for Cincinnati Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet theatre, Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet theatre, Ballet British Columbia, Washington Ballet, Spectrum Dance, Ballet Hawaii, Verb Ballets, New York theatre Workshop (NYC), The Public theatre (NYC), La Mama ETC (NYC), HERE (NYC), Classic Stage Company (NYC), The Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cedar Point, ValleyFair, Knott's Berry Farm, Kings Island, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Disney Sea, Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Florida & Japan, Woodstock Ice Productions, and The Family of Charles M. Schulz.
Enjoying his tenth season as the Resident Lighting Designer for Cincinnati Ballet, Trad has been privileged to design two world premieres by Choreographer Adam Hougland, as well as world premiere works by Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Johanna Bernstein Wilt, Kirk Peterson, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Donald Byrd, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sarah Slipper, Luca Veggetti, Viktor Kabaniaev, and Jessica Lang.

Carmon DeLeone | Music Director

Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of The Cincinnati Ballet, The Middletown (OH) Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York's Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been named the Illinois "Music Director of the Year." Under Mr. DeLeone’s leadership, The Illinois Philharmonic was twice named the “Illinois Orchestra of the Year.”
As a composer, he most recently premiered his Fanfare, Funk and Fandango (An American Dance Set). He has composed many original scores for the ballet, most recently his Princess & the Pea. His best known work, the full-length ballet in two acts, Peter Pan, is enjoying continued praise in major cities from coast to coast, as well as overseas. Maestro DeLeone conducted the debut of Peter Pan in London during a 28-performance run with the Atlanta Ballet at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. His list of ballet score creations also includes FrevoGuernicaWith Timbrel and Dance Praise His Name, and Ruth Page's Billy Sunday, which was nationally televised in 1983.
During his 12-year tenure as Assistant, and later Resident Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Maestro DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind, and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected personally by Maestro Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center.

Maestro DeLeone earned B.M., B.S., and M.M. degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Music Theatre. He has been presented with the Conservatory's "Distinguished Alumni Award."
Maestro DeLeone is very pleased to have made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their season-opening gala performance of Carmina Burana and Revelations at New York's City Center. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and was immediately re-engaged to host and conduct all of the following year's series of Family Concerts.
 Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati's most prestigious "Post-Corbett Award" for excellence in the arts and was recently named as “A Gentleman Of Style And Substance” by Cincinnati Magazine. He lives in Cincinnati (North Avondale) with his wife of 40-plus years, Kathleen.

  Marion Williams | Scenic and Costume Designer

Marion Williams is a scenic and costume designer based in New York working in theatre, opera, and dance. Ms. Williams has designed five consecutive commissions with choreographer Adam Hougland for the Louisville Ballet including last season’s Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Additional Dance design includes work with Introdans, Parsons Dance, Jose Limon Dance Company, and The Juilliard School. Her designs for regional theatre and opera companies include: Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Juilliard School (Opera and Drama Divisions), Manhattan School of Music, Mint Theater Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Round House Theater, Sacramento Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Two River Theatre Company, The Women’s Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. Internationally, her designs were featured in Turn of the Screw (opera) in Leipzig, Germany. Ms. Williams received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and is a recipient of a 2004 Princess Grace Award and a 2007 Princess Grace Special Projects grant.

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