Radio Offbeat

Now celebrating its 10th Season!

CIM's radio show celebrates its 10th anniversary. Tune in to WCLV 104.9 at 11:00 a.m. Saturday mornings and join host Merry Peckham.

CIM's radio program is designed to answer some pressing questions about classical music (well, maybe not so pressing, but thought-provoking nonetheless). Offbeat will be broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM and streamed live at

Each hour-long show will explore the work of an artist or delve into a musical topic. Offbeat provides a cool combination of great music, interesting guests and slightly off-the-wall commentary - a lively behind-the-scenes tour of classical music.

The People Behind Offbeat

2014 Schedule

January 4:Franklin Cohen
January 11:Sharon Robinson
January 18:Lera Auerbach
January 25:Leon Fleisher - Part 1
February 1:Leon Fleisher - Part 2
February 8:Alisa Weilerstein *
February 15:Perlman's at CIM *
February 22:Isabel Trautwein
March 1:Ron Bishop (Presented in his memory)*
March 8:Vivian Horneck
March 15:Benjamin Zander*
March 22:Daedalus Quartet

January 4:

Considered by many it to be the most lyrical of the woodwind instruments, the clarinet is known for its smooth, velvety tone: warm and rich in its lower range, brilliant and vibrant in its upper register. Franklin Cohen is the principal clarinetist of The Cleveland Orchestra, a position he’s held since 1976. This Grammy award-winning musician will share his insights into the sound of the world’s most versatile and popular instruments, the clarinet.

January 11:

Sharon Robinson is an internationally acclaimed cellist, chamber musician and teacher. She is an artistic director for music organizations and festivals around the country. Sharon has earned the Avery Fisher Recital Award, The Piatigorsky Memorial Award and a Grammy nomination. She not only celebrates the great works that came before her, but also adds to the repertoire through the performance of new works.

January 18:

Lera Auerbach has composed more than 100 scores that are performed around the world. She was named Poet of the Year by the International Pushkin Society, she was named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic forum. She is a pianist, a painter and a sculptor. If the arts are a language that can convey a message or emotion, it can be said that Lera Auerbach speaks many of those languages fluently.

January 25:

Leon Fleisher was only 16 in 1944 when he was deemed "The pianistic find of the century" by conductor Pierre Monteux. Fleisher fulfilled his destiny, becoming one of the greatest concert pianists of all time, before the sudden loss the ability to use two fingers on his right hand when he was 36. Like a phoenix from the ashes, he rose to new heights as a pedagogue, a conductor and a concert pianist.

February 1:

This week on Offbeat we continue our conversation with the great musician Leon Fleisher. His career as a musician brought him to Cleveland and led to his recordings with George Szell in the 1950s. Recordings that are still considered "the definitive" renditions by which are others are measured. He'll share his experiences as a pianist with George Szell and what it's like to return to The Cleveland Orchestra as a conductor this week on Offbeat.

February 8:

In 1985 The Young Artist Program was initiated at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Ali Weilerstein was a participant. The cellist made her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 1995 when she was only 13 years old and has gone on to perform with almost every major orchestra in the world. Ali shares her music- making and stories of growing up as the daughter of Donald and Vivian Weilerstein with you.

February 15:

Itzhak and Toby Perlman have made a difference in the lives of a countless number of people and have shared a life filled with music and love. They shared their vision, passion and memories of a life well lived when they received their honorary doctorates from CIM in 2011.

February 22:

Isabel Trautwein believes in bringing music to the community and is a member of the first violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra. In September of 2011, she partnered with the Rainey Institute in Cleveland to launch an intensive after-school music program, El Sistema at Rainey. El Sistema , "the system," was founded 35 years ago in Venezuela to bring the power of music into the lives of children.

March 1:

It's an instrument that's played in concert bands, jazz ensembles and marching bands. When it comes to its place in the orchestra, the tuba stands alone. There is only one tuba player in modern day orchestras; A job Ron Bishop held with The Cleveland Orchestra for 38 years. Offbeat pays tribute to the late, great Ron Bishop. Hear him share his music and history as bass voice of the brass.

March 8:

Vivian Hornik Weilersteins's destiny may have been to become a member of a piano trio. She is a pianist who married a violinist and raised a daughter who has become one of the top cellists in the world. Vivian went from playing as a successful soloist to forming the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio. Hear about her journey from working as one, to two to three and how she’s guiding other piano trios to reach new levels of performance this week on Offbeat.

March 15:

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and records regularly with the London Philharmonia Orchestra. He is also a best selling author. Maestro Zander shares his thoughts on the music of Mahler and what he hopes people learn from the New York Times best selling book that he co-authored "The Art of Possibilities."

March 22:

The string quartet performance legacy has been passed down from one generation to the next. The Daedalus Quartet is part of a new generation of successful string quartets. The New Yorker called them, "An exceptionally refined young ensemble with a translucent sound." Violinists Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul from the Daedalus Quartet fill listeners in on their journey as a string quartet founded in the 21st century this week on Offbeat.

See past seasons:    2013    |    2012    |    2011    |     2010

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