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  • Musical Luncheon Series: CIM Alumni Giving Back

    May 25, 2016, 11:15 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Many CIM alumni stay in Cleveland after graduation. They’re performers and musical entrepreneurs building their own music ensembles, series and festivals and bringing the joy of music to the community in new and creative ways.  Join us as they share their talent and experiences.  Our host is pianist, Shuai Wang.

  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    June 3, 2016, 12:00 am
    Cleveland Institute of Music

    Guitars International in cooperation with the Cleveland Institute of Music presents the 16th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival at the Institute. Join us in welcoming this spring’s roster of internationally acclaimed artists in a concentrated series of recitals, premieres, master classes, lectures and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new.
  • Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

    June 3, 2016, 7:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Jason Vieaux, guitar


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David Bamberger (Artistic Director) has staged some 200 productions on three continents in styles from grand opera to musicals. A founder of Cleveland Opera, he was the company’s General Director from 1976 to 2004, building it into one of America's major regional opera companies. He secured The Three Tenors in Concert to celebrate its 25th anniversary. At the insistence of Jerome Robbins, Mr. Bamberger staged the dialogue scenes for West Side Story, thus gaining permission for Cleveland Opera to be the only opera company in the Western hemisphere permitted to re-create Robbins’ original choreography.

Mr. Bamberger’s work from coast to coast ranges from The Barber of Seville at Lincoln Center (New York City Opera) to The Ballad of Baby Doe (Los Angeles Music Center), with such stars as Roberta Peters, Beverly Sills and Sherrill Milnes. For Santiago, Chile, he staged Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor and, for the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, La Bohème and La Cenerentola.

In 1990, he represented the opera industry before Congress, testifying in a successful effort to garner support for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the Board of Directors of OPERA America and of the National Alliance for Musical Theater, of which he was a founder. At home on the non-musical stage, Mr. Bamberger directed the first major New York production of Sophocles’ classic tragedy Oedipus at Colonus and a national tour of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

His writings include several articles for Opera News and best-selling textbooks for religious schools. His two-volume history of the Jews based on Abba Eban’s "My People," banned in the former Soviet Union, has been used in Russian translation in both Russia and Israel.

Mr. Bamberger’s many honors include the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Administration and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College (his alma mater, from which he gradated Phi Beta Kappa), Cleveland State University and CIM. He joined the CIM faculty in 2004.


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