Kennedy Center Conservatory Project Hosts CIM for Sixth Year, Performances Streamed Live

CLEVELAND, OH (February 10, 2009) - On Saturday, March 6 at 6 p.m., CIM students will perform as part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC) Conservatory Project for the sixth consecutive year.

You can see their performances on www.kennedy-center.org. Other past performances are also archived on the site.

The Conservatory Project began in 2004 as part of the Kennedy Center's "Performing Arts for Everyone" initiative and aims to develop and present young talent from the nation's leading conservatories. Washington audiences are introduced to young performers with extraordinary talent in classical instrumentation, vocals, jazz, musical theater and opera - the next generation of professional musicians.

CIM will be represented by flutist MADELINE LUCAS (student of Joshua Smith), cellist MATTHEW ALLEN (student of Melissa Kraut), pianist ERI NAKAMURA (student of Sergei Babayan), soprano MEG HAMM (student of Mary Schiller) and the Fairmount Trio, comprised of violinist SHANNON THOMAS (student of Paul Kantor) cellist NATALIYA PSHENYCHNA (student of Stephen Geber) and pianist FRANK HUANG (student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi).

"I'm delighted to be able to help CIM present some of our finest young talent in the upcoming Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center," said Dr. Adrian Daly, dean, who will attend this year with CIM's President Joel Smirnoff. "Over the past several years, this venue has allowed America's top music schools to showcase not only the quality of the students but also the level of training available though the core values of CIM and through the CIM experience. On a daily basis, it's so energizing to see how the individual students here develop their talent and identity over the course of the year."

Sixteen conservatories and music schools are participating in the project, including The Juilliard School, The Peabody Institute, Eastman School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music. Each participant is responsible for selecting performers and sixty minutes of programming for their evening. The format is designed to distinguish each institution by allowing them to select and feature talented students who are ready for the exposure and experience this performance opportunity provides.

In addition to the Conservatory Project performance on March 6, the National Symphony Orchestra has invited a student from each participating institution to be part of John Adams: Perspectives, a residency with the composer. The performance takes place on Monday, May 17 in the Terrace Theater, conducted by composer John Adams. Oboist DANIEL RIOS, student of Frank Rosenwein, has been selected to represent CIM in this performance.

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