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· Itzhak & Toby Perlman to Receive Honorary Doctorates: May 14
· Alumni, Please Join Us! May 13
· Women's Committee Presents Final Musical Luncheon Next Week: May 18
· Prep Students Perform Chamber Music for Japan Benefit: June 3
· CIM Annual Fund Closes June 30, 2011 - Donate Today!
· We Have a Winner!
· Parade the Circle Volunteers Needed: June 11
· Guitar Weekend: May 20-22

Itzhak & Toby Perlman to Receive
Honorary Doctorates: May 14

Itzhak and Toby Lynn Perlman

CIM will add two more musical legends to its illustrious list of honorary doctorates at the 86th Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 14 in the Institute's Kulas Hall.

President Joel Smirnoff will confer approximately 155 degrees, certificates and diplomas upon the 2011 graduates at a ceremony that will also present violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman with an honorary doctorate. Perlman will be joined by his wife, Toby Lynn, in receiving an honorary degree and giving the Commencement Address.

Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded to a classical musician. He performed at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, received the Medal of Liberty in 1986 from President Reagan and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. (Full bio available here ).

A passionate advocate for arts and education, Toby Lynn Perlman has appeared as a frequent guest speaker for other educational institutions such as Public Television, The University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, Chamber Music America and others. Before founding The Program with her husband, she raised five children. (Full bio available here ).

The 2011 Commencement Ceremony at CIM is not open to the public.

CIM's Commencement is preceded by Honors Convocation, Friday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Mixon Hall. The Convocation ceremony honors student and alumni achievements and features musical performances.

Being recognized at this year's Convocation are the following alumni: Maurice Kaplow, recently retired from the New York City Ballet; Major Dwayne S. Milburn, assigned to the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"; and Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos, co-founder and COO of Complete bios can be found here.

Honors Convocation is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required as seating is limited. Call 216.791.5000, ext. 411.

Alumni, Please Join Us! May 13

The Annual Meeting of the CIM Alumni Association will take place this Friday, May 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 113. Pictures will be taken at 3:15 on the stage of Kulas Hall just prior to the meeting. After, you are invited to stay for the Honors Convocation in Mixon Hall at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Liz Huff, by phone: 216.795.3169 or by email:, by May 12. We look forward to seeing you there!

Women's Committee Presents Final Musical Luncheon: May 18

East side, West side, all around town -
in the best of places, CIM Alumni can be found!

On Wednesday, May 18, the Women's Committee of CIM will present the final Musical Luncheon of the season - and this time, it's perfect for West Side guests! CIM alumni play a significant role in Northeast Ohio's vibrant musical scene. Several will perform at the Westwood Country Club, located at 22625 Detroit Road in Rocky River at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $30 for Women's Committee members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required. Please call 216.791.5000, 311.

Prep Students Perform Chamber Music for Japan: June 3

Moses and Sato

Like many people around the world, teenage cellist Hannah Moses and quartet-mate violinist Haruno Sato were profoundly impacted when they saw the horrific images of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunamis that caused ongoing devastation and suffering to the people of Japan earlier this year.

The two musicians, determined to do something for the people of Japan, have organized a benefit concert to honor them. With the help of Cleveland Orchestra musicians Richard Weiss and violinist Jeanne Preucil Rose, as well as Cavani String Quartet violinist Annie Fullard, the two arranged a collaborative chamber music concert, also featuring fellow musicians in the CIM Young Artist Program (James Thompson, Jessi Pasternak, Robin Su, Dmitri Yevstifeev and Arianna Körting).The event, billed as "Kizuna-Chamber Music for Japan," will take place June 3, 7:30 p.m. at 20 South Franklin Street in Chagrin Falls. Kizuna is the Japanese word for bond.

The event has no charge, but good-will donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the event will go to the Japanese Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders / Medecins sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Last year, Doctors Without Borders was the recipient of proceeds from a benefit concert held by Körting after the Haitian earthquake.

To find out more about "Kizuna - Chamber Music for Japan," call 330.256.1699.

CIM Annual Fund Closes June 30, 2011 - Donate Today!

If you've already given to the CIM Annual Fund, thank you! Many individuals generously honored our CIM Emeriti Faculty by giving a gift in their name. Our treasured teachers were humbled to be remembered in a way that will continue to support the institution they love.

If you haven't taken the opportunity to make your gift this year, you have several options. Watch your mail for a special piece highlighting our talented students and the many ways that CIM gives back to the community. It will contain a response card which you can use to make your CIM Annual Fund gift or you can always give online here.

Your gift, as always, has an immediate and significant impact on our programs and students. Perhaps this gift you give will honor a graduating student or a program that has special meaning for you. Each gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference and brings us closer to our goal of training some of the world's finest musicians and, through their talent and efforts in the community, providing valuable and crucial outreach. For your consideration and your support, we are truly grateful!

We Have a Winner!

Thank you to all Cleveland Institute of Music alumni, trustees, students, staff and faculty who participated in the CIM strategic plan survey. We had a wonderful response! Those who completed the survey, who also shared their contact information, were entered into a drawing for a prize-bag of CIM keepsakes. Our lucky winner is Anne Waltner of Cleveland, Ohio. Anne graduated in 2010 with her DMA and studied collaborative piano with Anita Pontremoli. Thank you for filling out the CIM survey, Anne. Your gift is on the way!

Parade the Circle Volunteers Needed: June 11

Parade the Circle

On June 11, CIM will join other University Circle Institutions as the Cleveland Museum of Art and University Circle Inc. transform Wade Oval into a global village for twenty-first century artists. Circle Village is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and the famous parade begins at noon.

This year's theme is Voices Among Voices and will feature artists and musicians from South Africa.

Volunteers are needed to work the CIM booth! Are you interested in adding your voice to this year's artistic chorus? Enjoy the sights and sounds by volunteering with CIM to help children create a musical craft. Various shifts are available.

Guitar Weekend

Guitar Weekend: May 20-22

May 20 through 22, Guitars International, in cooperation with CIM, presents the 11th Annual Classical Guitar Weekend.

This season's roster of internationally acclaimed concert artists, teachers and scholars include the Beijing Guitar Duo, Irina Kulikova, master guitar maker Geza Burghardt, Zoran Dukic and CIM's own Jason Vieaux, with special guests harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and violinist Joan Kwuon.

All recitals are paid ticketed events but the master classes and lectures are presented free of charge.

For tickets and information, call Guitars International at 216.752.7502.

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