September 2011 | view online

· CIM@Severance Series Begins Next Week
· Academic and Performance Season Begins with Opening Exercises
· Alumni Association Honors Preparatory Students
· Preparatory Student Named Davidson Fellow
· Richard Weiner to Receive Cleveland Orchestra Award
· CIM's Music Store - Reloaded!
· Martinis and Moonshine

CIM@Severance Series Begins Next Week

CIM at Severance

The first concert in the CIM@Severance series takes place Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. Conducted by Carl Topilow, the Orchestra will perform Michael Torke's Bright Blue Music, Mussorgsky and Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition and will feature soloist Natalie Lin during Britten's Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15.

As part of CIM's commitment to the local community and thanks to the support of generous donors, concerts in this series are presented at no charge, although tickets will be required. Call the Severance Hall Box Office at 216.231.1111 to reserve your seats.

This concert will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9 FM with support from Audio-Technica.

To learn more about this series, click here.

Academic and Performance Season Begins with
Opening Exercises

During his tenure, President Smirnoff has brought many things to CIM - a love of jazz, a strong focus on composition, a passion for community and an internal event at CIM simply called Opening Exercises.

Opening Exercises Each fall since 2008, CIM students, faculty, staff and alumni have gathered together in Kulas Hall to launch the new performance and academic season.

On September 2, alumnus Carlos Javier returned to Kulas to speak to students about something that profoundly shaped his CIM experience - performing in the community. He spoke of forming an ensemble that took music into nursing homes and elementary schools. He remembered fondly one child, more engaged than the rest, in an elementary school performance. When the concert ended, he found out the child was deaf - but the music had united her with her peers as she watched the movements and felt the vibrations for Mr. Javier's performance. At the close of his story, he urged current students to experience for themselves the benefits of community involvement.

Special guest Dr. William Woods, the director of vocal music for the Cleveland School of the Arts, led his chorus in a performance accompanied by CIM violist, Daniel Urbanowicz. Together, Dr. Woods and Chris Haff-Paluck, CIM's director of community outreach, also urged audience members to give of themselves - their time and talent - by performing and teaching in the community.

With a message of community impact freshly imparted upon them, the audience at Opening Exercises joined together in a performance of Randall Thompson's Alleluia to embark on the new musical season.

Alumni Association Honors Preparatory Students


Violinist Haruno Sato and cellist Hannah Moses received an award from Alumni Association President Loren Toplitz at CIM's Opening Exercises.

The award recognizes a student who has shown the highest level of academic and performance achievement and will continue music studies at the Conservatory level at CIM.

The girls were recently featured in Notes magazine for their charity event "Kizuna," which raised funds for Japan following the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis earlier this year.

Arianna Korting

Preparatory Student Named
Davidson Fellow

Teenage pianist Arianna Körting, a recent Junior Juror for The Cleveland International Piano Competition, was named a Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Reno, Nevada that supports profoundly gifted youth.

Ms. Körting was selected for her portfolio, Celebration of Life Through the Piano - a showcase of Haydn, Ginastera and Liszt. With her work, she hopes to bring audiences into the lives of the great composers to experience their humor, tenderness and brilliance.

"Music is my language; I speak it, breathe it and play it," she said. Ms. Körting, a student of Gerardo Teissonnière, was one of only 18 people selected for the fellowship.

Richard Weiner to Receive Cleveland Orchestra Award


Co-head of CIM's percussion faculty and Cleveland Orchestra principal percussionist, Richard Weiner, will receive the 16th annual Cleveland Orchestra Distinguished Service Award on October 13. The Award honors a person or organization that has provided continuing exemplary service to the Musical Arts Association. After a 48-year career with The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Weiner retires this month.

Plain Dealer reporter Zachary Lewis interviewed Mr. Weiner for an article that looks back on 48 years and looks ahead at what comes next for this percussionist. Read more on

CIM's Music Store - Reloaded!

cute lil bear

Last spring, CIM publically launched a fresh new logo, beautiful photography and a warmer message - Your Gift. Magnified. Last month, Suzuki students performed in teal "CIM button" t-shirts at a Cleveland Indians game and this fall, Notes magazine will debut its new look.

You too can sport the new logo and colors of CIM by visiting CIM's Music Store, located downstairs at our main campus. In addition to music scores, CDs (by faculty, alumni and students) and instrument accessories, you can purchase new CIM coffee mugs, t-shirts, polos, hoodies and more. CIM logo items make great gifts, and gift certificates are also available.

Store hours are noon until 5 p.m., weekdays year-round and Saturdays 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the school year. Call 216.795.3212 for more information.

Martinis and Moonshine

CIM Womens Committee

The Women's Committee of CIM is shaking things up this fall with Martinis and Moonshine, a mini benefit at the Metropolitan Ballroom on Sunday, October 9.

Cleveland Orchestra members Maximilian Dimoff, Trina Struble, Mark Dumm and Henry Peyrebrune share the fun of blues and bluegrass. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., with a performance at 6 p.m, followed by dinner.

Tickets are $85, $125 for patrons. Reservations are required. Call 216.791.5000, ext. 311.

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