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  • Faculty Recital: Boulez Legacy Series

    September 28, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Friend and Teacher

    Carolyn Warner & Friends XIII

    Carolyn Gadiel Warner, piano
    Daniel Shapiro, piano
    Franklin Cohen, clarinet
    Mari Sato, violin
    Brian Thornton, cello
    Victor Beyens, violin, student artist
    James Umble, alto/soprano saxophone, guest artist
  • CIM@CMA: Music in the Galleries

    October 5, 2016, 6:00 pm
    Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland

    The popular series of monthly concerts in the galleries featuring young artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the joint program with Case Western Reserve University’s early and baroque music programs enters its fifth season. Outstanding conservatory musicians present mixed programs of chamber music amid the museum’s collections for a unique and intimate experience—concerts regularly feature instruments from the museum’s keyboard collection.

    From standard repertoire to unknown gems, these early-evening, hour-long performances are a delightful after-work encounter or the start of a night out. Programs announced the week of the performance.

    Free, no tickets required. More information is available at:

  • CIM@HOME: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 5, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Boulez the Conductor

    Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra 
    Steven Smith, guest conductor 
    Joela Jones, piano

Classical Improvisation and the Cadenza with Marshall Griffith at CIPC 2013

August 8, 2013

A long-time supporter of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, CIM and our musicians play our part in the CIPC’s 2013 Festival Events. Recently, CIM alumnus, faculty member and improvisational pianist Marshall Griffith participated in a discussion and demonstration held in the Recital Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of CIPC 2013.

Marshall Griffith | Photo by Guytano Parks for Clevelandclassical.comMr. Griffith discussed how customary it was in Mozart’s time for a performer to not only improvise a cadenza during a special moment in a concert but to add notes throughout as the soloist rarely had a completely written out part, reported Guytano Parks in an article for

Additionally, Mr. Griffith acknowledged that the thought process of performers of that era and today’s jazz musicians shared a similar thought process related to improvisation.

“So, much like the artistry and creativity of today’s musicians who speak the language of jazz, performers in Mozart and Beethoven’s day were likewise equipped with elements of their Classical language, delighting and dazzling audiences with their technique, individuality and inventiveness,” wrote Mr. Parks. Mr. Griffith demonstrated some of his points performing excerpts from Scarlatti and Mozart.

This isn’t Mr. Griffith’s first appearance this year at CIPC; his trio brought a bit of the “language of jazz” to the opening reception on July 31, which was also hosted at the museum in their spectacular atrium.

To read an entire review of the event, visit

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