CIM Announces Exciting New Concert Season!

Make this the year you GET TO KNOW CIM!

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has scheduled an exciting 2009-2010 concert season to take place at its University Circle Campus and nearby venues. The Institute’s unsurpassed faculty (which includes 38 members of The Cleveland Orchestra), extraordinary students and acclaimed guest artists will bring music to life with hundreds of concerts – most FREE of charge. In addition to its regularly scheduled performances, this season boasts the second stellar Mixon Hall Masters Series, the hot Latin band Tiempo Libre, a celebration of the life and works of Ernest Bloch, the Cavani String Quartet’s ambitious Beethoven Quartet Cycle, a benefit featuring violinist Mark O’Conner and the New Music Ensemble collaborates with MoCA. For those events that are ticketed, online purchasing is available at cim.edu.
            The second installment of the critically acclaimed Mixon Hall Masters Series will feature four unsurpassed artists in what is quickly becoming known as one of the finest acoustical and visually elegant halls in the world. This series opens with  Grammy Award winning soprano, Dawn Upshaw on Sunday, October 4 at 7 pm. Ms. Upshaw will conduct a master class the following day. On Tuesday, January 26 at 8 pm, CIM welcomes home cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a performer with unmatched intensity, passion and a link to CIM as a former Young Artist-turned faculty member. She will be accompanied by pianist Inon Barnatan. The next day, Ms. Weilerstein will conduct a master class at 10 am, followed by Mr. Barnatan on Thursday at 1 pm. On Wednesday, March 24 at 8 pm., one of today’s most talented virtuosos, pianist Yefim Bronfman, will grace the Mixon Hall stage. He’ll conduct a master class the following morning at 10 a.m.       Tickets are $50 for each recital and are available at cim.edu or by calling 216.791.5000, ext. 411.
FEELIN’ HOT! HOT! HOT! Tiempo Libre at Severance Hall
            It’ll be a hot night in Severance Hall, October 24, as high voltage Latin jazz meets classical when Tiempo Libre takes the stage. In a benefit hosted by CIM’s Women’s Committee, one of today’s hottest young Cuban Salsa bands  will join the CIM Orchestra, conducted by Carl Topilow, to perform Rumba Sinfónica, a piece written for them by highly respected Venezuelan composer, Ricardo Lorenz. The conservatory-trained, Miami-based musicians of Tiempo Libre have brought orchestral audiences across the country out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Benefit tickets start at $200 and include premier box and dress circle seating, cocktails and a gourmet dinner, a spectacular silent auction and parking. Benefit tickets are available by calling 216.791.5000, ext. 360. Tickets for the concert only are available by calling the Severance Hall Box Office at 216.231.1111 and are priced at $25 and $35.  Invacare Corporation is the presenting sponsor for this event.
VIOLINIST MARK O’CONNOR – “Brilliantly Original”, LA Times
On Saturday, April 17, the Friends of CIM present “An Evening with Mark O’Connor,” a benefit for the CIM Young Artists Program. Violinist and composer Mark O’Connor showcases his unparalleled talent as a fiddler, but also his ability to craft a unique, undeniably American form of concert music. As noted by the The LA Times, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal." For his latest chart-topping CD, American Symphony, CIM President Joel Smirnoff conducted Mr. O’Connor’s 6th Violin Concerto, “Old Brass.” Benefit packages start at $60. Concert-only tickets will be available after January 4 and are $30 on cim.edu or by calling 216.791.5000, ext. 411.
            This season, the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernest Bloch, CIM’s first director, with a vast array of concerts and events; complete listing at www.ernestbloch.org.  CIM will host four concerts in his memory, the first of which includes a Symposium: Ernest Bloch - The Life and Times of CIM’s First Director on Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm in Mixon Hall. President Joel Smirnoff moderates. At 4:00 p.m. that afternoon, a faculty recital featuring The Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, consisting of Joela Jones (piano), Peter Otto (violin, guest artist) and Richard Weiss (cello) will play works by Bloch. Carol Ruzicka (violin) and Cara Chowning (piano) celebrate the composer in recital with works by Bloch, Stravinsky, Bach and Krzysztof Penderecki on Sunday, November 1 at 4 pm and The CIM Chamber Orchestra honors Bloch with a program on Wednesday, November 4 at 8 pm.The final Bloch Celebration event will be held November 8 at The Temple-Tifereth Israel on Shaker Boulevard in Beachwood. Guest speaker Rabbi Roger Klein will provide a concert preview at 2:15 pm followed by a CIM faculty recital at 3 pm. Joel Smirnoff will be joined by his wife and CIM faculty member, violin virtuoso Joan Kwuon, violinist Peter Salaff, pianist Carolyn Gadiel Warner and others. To find out more about these and other Bloch events at CIM, visit cim.edu.
            Last season, the Cavani String Quartet, CIM’s quartet-in-residence, celebrated their 25th Anniversary in a big way – performing all of Beethoven’s Quartets in the intimate settings of public libraries. Sixteen performances celebrated music and the message of Beethoven. In a special encore, the Cavani will perform a Complete Beethoven Cycle over the next two concert seasons. Performances this year are Sunday, September 27 at 4 pm (Quartet’s No. 9 in C Major and No. 14 in C-sharp minor), as part of the Chamber Music Festival on Friday, December 4 at 8 pm (“La Malinconia”, “Serioso” and “Heiliger Dankgesang”)and conclude Wednesday, April 28 at 8 pm (Rasumovsky 1 and 2). For more information on the Cavani (consisting of violinists Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violist Kirsten Docter and cellist Merry Peckham) or this Beethoven series, please visit cim.edu or call 216.791.5000, ext. 411.
Compositions by students, guest composers and the marriage of
Contemporary  Music to Contemporary Art
            Under the direction of Keith Fitch, CIM’s head of composition, CIM’s New Music Ensemble will present a series of new works by composition students and a fantastic line up of guest composers. The season begins with guest composer George Tsontakis, winner of the prestigious Charles Ives Living by the American Academy of Arts and Letters award, discussing his music and approach to composition on Tuesday, October 13 at 4 pm. The CIM Orchestra, guest conducted by Michael Adelson, will perform works by Tsontakis at 8 pm the next evening, violinist Paul Kantor will be the soloist. On Sunday, November 8, the New Music Ensemble will perform works by Toru Takemitu and Jacob Druckman and on Sunday, November 22, the New Music Ensemble will premier works by CIM composition students. Sunday, April 11, the ensemble will present a program that includes the works of Eugene O’Brien, Keith Fitch and others. Mr. O’Brien will also be in-residence at CIM.
            New this season, CIM’s new music weds new art in a special collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MoCA).To begin CIM @ MOCA: Harmonic Hues,  New Music Ensemble will repeat the November 8 program on Wednesday, November 11 at MoCA at 7 pm. The April 11 performance will be repeated on Wednesday, April 14 at MoCA. Enjoy CIM’s New Music series while viewing MoCA’s latest works of art. Reservations are required. Call 216.421.8671.
The CIM Opera Theater will present an Opera Gala November 11 through 14 at 8 pm, celebrating three great works of the Romantic era to kick off the CIM Opera season. The evening will begin with the first act of the world's favorite operatic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretelby Engelbert Humperdinck.  Next comes a major scene from Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber, which launched the Romantic movement in opera and includes some of its most beautiful arias.  The Gala will conclude with the final two acts of the ever-popular La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.  Directed by David Bamberger, the production will be fully-staged and costumed. The CIM Orchestra will perform under the baton of Harry Davidson
The second fully-staged opera of the season, February 24 through 27 at 8 pm in Kulas Hall will be announced this fall. Visit cim.edu for regular updates.
April brings an opera-lover’s favorite program – Spring Scenes. This diverse program of opera scenes, fully-staged and costumed with piano accompaniment returns to conclude the season in Kulas Hall. Directed by David Bamberger with musical direction from John Simmons, this performance is sure to delight. This performance also offers the only matinee of the season on Sunday, April 18 at 3 pm. Additional performances at 8 pm on Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16.
A projected translation is used for each performance so audiences won’t miss a word. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at cim.edu or by calling the box office at 216.791.5000, ext. 411.
            Members of CIM’s distinguished faculty will perform in 20 recitals on the concert series throughout the year. Performances by faculty members (including many members of The Cleveland Orchestra) are even more exceptional in that almost every concert is free of charge! Concerts include a celebration of Mendelssohn’s 200th Birthday performed by Annie Fullard (violin), Paul Kantor (violin), Jeffrey Irvine (viola) and CIM students on September 16 at 8 pm; works by Rachmaninov and Scriabin performed by pianist Sergei Babayan, the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Gilliam Artist-in-Residence at CIM, on Sunday, October 18 at 4 pm who performs again on Friday February 12 at 8 pm with works by Mozart; soprano Jung Eun Oh performs works by Bach, Debussy, Liszt, Mahler and more with Jeffrey Rathbun (oboe) and John Simmons (piano) on Wednesday, November 18 at 8 pm; Franklin Cohen (clarinet), Stephen Rose (violin), Kirsten Docter (viola), Melissa Kraut (cello) and Kathryn Brown (piano) perform on Friday January 15 at 8 pm.; Mary Kay Fink (flute) and Richard King (horn) are joined by guest artists Randall Fusco (piano) and Nicholas Underhill (piano) on Sunday, March 21 at 4 pm. For a complete list of Faculty Recitals, along with bios, please visit cim.edu.
            The CIM Orchestra is skillfully directed each season by Carl Topilow and several guest conductors. On select Wednesday evenings at 8 pm, audiences can enjoy a wide range of music and hear soloists who are winners of CIM’s Concerto Competition, including September 30 (conducted by Topilow, featuring clarinetist Elinor Rufeizen); October 7 (guest conducted by James Feddeck, featuring violinist Charles Morey) and November 20 (guest conducted by Tito Muñoz, featuring Elizabeth Breslin, viola). Spring semester soloists have not yet been chosen, but will be available on cim.edu after January 1. Further orchestra performances include January 27, February 3, March 31 and April 7. The CIM Orchestra wraps its season with a performance conducted by Topilow in the beautiful Severance Hall on April 21 at 8 pm. Tickets are free but required and will be available by calling the Severance Hall Box Office at 216.231.1111 beginning February 1.
            From Tuesday, December 1 through Saturday, December 12, CIM will feature concerts of string and string/piano, brass and woodwind chamber music performed by faculty, students and guest artists. Chamber music master classes will be presented by faculty members and this year’s guest ensemble, the Daedalus Quartet. Participation of the Daedalus is made possible in part by the Dr. Sydney and Gussie B. Klein CIM Chamber Music Ensemble Fund and in collaboration with the Cleveland Chamber Music Society. Events include an all- Beethoven recital by the Cavani String Quartet, Friday December 4 at 8 pm; the Intensive String Quartet Seminar Gala Concert on Sunday, December 6 at 7 pm, featuring Beethoven quartets performed by students participating in CIM’s Intensive String Quartet Seminar; the Daedalus String Quartet in concert at Plymouth Congregational Church, Tuesday, December 8 at 8 pm; and the Chamber Music Festival Marathon on Wednesday, December 9, beginning at 6:30 pm, featuring quartets, quintets and trios with simultaneous performances in three locations and refreshments available to audiences during breaks. Tickets for the Daedalus String Quartet are $25 for general admission, $23 for seniors and $5 for students. They can be obtained by calling the Cleveland Chamber Music Society at 216.291.2777 or visiting CCMS web site at clevelandchambermusic.org.
            Guitars International, in cooperation with CIM, will present a concentrated series of artists in performances and master classes beginning Friday, May 21 with master classes by Dan Lippel at 1 pm and Duo Melis (Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzurakis) at 4 pm; Jason Vieaux Saturday at 1 pm and Nigel North, Sunday at 12:30 pm. Recitals include Nigel North on Friday, May 21 at 8 pm; on Saturda,y May 22 the Duo Melis performs and on Sunday, CIM faculty member Jason Vieaux performs with collaborating artists. For more information and ticket prices for all Guitar Weekend performances, please call Guitars International at 216.752.7502.
In addition to the Concert Series, more than 250 student recitals are presented each year. Log on to cim.edu for details on these free performances as they are scheduled.
Get to know CIM, its music and its performers! A complete guide to the 2009-2010 season will be available after Labor Day, but always check cim.edu for an up-to-date list of all CIM’s offerings.
16 Wed. 8:00 pm, Mixon Hall
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mendelssohn’s Birth
   ANNIE FULLARD, violin
   PAUL KANTOR, violin
MENDELSSOHN   Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18
MENDELSSOHN   Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87
z Seating passes required
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20 Sun. 2:00 pm, Mixon Hall                       
 Commemorating the life and work of Ernest Bloch, CIM’s first director, as part of a world-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of his death.
   JOEL SMIRNOFF, moderator
   RABBI ROGER KLEIN, guest panelist
4:00 pm, Mixon Hall             
      JOELA JONES, piano
     PETER OTTO, violin, guest artist
      RICHARD WEISS, cello
BLOCH   Three Nocturnes for Piano, Violin & Cello
BLOCH   Suite No. 1 for Cello Solo
BLOCH   Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
SCHUBERT  Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 99, D.898
z Seating passes required for both the symposium and concert.
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23 Wed. 10:00 am, Mixon Hall
Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Chamber Music Society
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23 Wed. 8:00 pm, Kulas Hall                                      
   CARL TOPILOW, conductor
BERLIOZ  Overture to Benvenuto Cellini     
GINASTERA  Harp Concerto, Op. 25
DVOƘÁK  Symphony No. 9, E minor, Op. 95 (“New World”)
Presented in honor of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Audio-Technica live broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM
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27 Sun. 4:00 pm, Mixon Hall                                   
   ANNIE FULLARD, violin
   MARI SATO, violin
BEETHOVEN   Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59/3, “Hero” / “Rasumovsky 3”
BEETHOVEN  Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
z Seating passes required
Audio-Technica live broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM
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29 Tues. 7:30 pm, Mixon Hall
Directed by Paul Schenly, PIANOFEST combines CIM student/faculty performances with lively commentary, bringing the great piano literature to life. Reception following.
General admission $5 at the door; students free
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30 Wed. 11:30 am, Nighttown Restaurant & Jazz Club
12383 Cedar Road, Cleveland Hts.
Presented by the CIM Women’s Committee                
Listen to Joel Smirnoff and CIM students for your lunch break with a totally new program of jazz and blues. Stay for lunch, or ‘take out’, if you must return to work.
Members $30;  non-members $35
Reservations required. Call 216.791.5000, ext. 360
30 Wed., 8:00 pm, Kulas Hall
   CARL TOPILOW, conductor
   ELINOR RUFEIZEN, clarinet
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 3, F Major, Op. 90
PENDERECKI   Clarinet Concerto
RAVEL   Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Presented in honor of National City, Now A Part of PNC
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The majority of CIM’s hundreds of concerts are presented free of charge, but seating passes are often required for concerts expecting capacity attendance and are specially marked in the Concert Guide and on cim.edu.  To reserve your free seating pass, call the CIM Box Office at 216.791.5000, ext. 411, one week in advance of the performance. Reserved seating passes may be picked up the evening of the concert, no later than 15 minutes prior to the start, after which they will be distributed to patrons waiting for seats.

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