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  • Cleveland International Piano Competition

    July 26, 2016, 10:00 am
    Kulas Hall

    Golandsky Institute Workshop
    Edna Golandsky, Founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Golandsky Institute, presents a workshop and Q&A session for area piano students. The Institute is the preeminent center for the teaching of the Taubman Approach, which gives pianists the tools to play with brilliance and ease.
  • Lunch and Listen Recitals

    July 26, 2016, 12:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    CIM alumnus Ben Malkevitch, piano, playing All-American Gems, including works by MacDowell, Barber, Bauer and Bernstein.
  • Cleveland International Music Festival - Faculty Recital

    July 31, 2016, 7:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    The 1st Cleveland International Music Festival will be held from July 29th, 2016 to August 6th, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. World-famous music maestros and eminent music educators will offer young pianists, string players and singers individual professional instruction. Cleveland is a city with abundant musical resources, and the Cleveland International Music Festival, with professionalism and precision, aim to cultivate CIMF as one of the most influential music festivals internationally.

New Album Pays Tribute to Piaf and Poulenc

October 2, 2013

Though singer Edith Piaf and classical composer Francis Poulenc never met in life, concert pianist and CIM faculty member Antonio Pompa-Baldi has brought the two together 50 years after their deaths with his new release: The Rascal and the Sparrow.

The Rascal and the SparrowInspired largely by Poulenc’s Improvisation #15 ‘Hommage a Edith Piaf’ for solo piano, the pianist played “posthumous matchmaker” by wedding the works of these two musicians in The Rascal and the Sparrow. Poulenc’s ‘Hommage’ may have provided the bridge by which Pompa-Baldi connected the two seemingly disparate worlds of Piaf and Poulenc but, he says, the two “have more in common than may meet the ear.”

In a recent interview with National Public Radio’s Tom Huizenga, Pompa-Baldi explains:

“I believe they share some significant traits, as musicians and human beings. True, they came from completely different backgrounds—Poulenc from a well-to-do family, Piaf basically born on a street corner—but their astonishing musical talent expressed itself best through songs. They had a powerful way to express emotions and touched lives by means of incredibly beautiful melodies. The divide between classical and popular is not so important here, nor so marked in my opinion. The idea of pairing them together comes from one certainty: Poulenc knew a lot of Piaf songs well, and loved them.”

And, a happy musical marriage he has made with the album! While The Rascal and the Sparrow wasn’t available for purchase until Tuesday, September 24, it gained traction with airplay on Cleveland’s 24/7 classical music station, WCLV 104.9 FM, well in advance of its official release.  Promoted as the station’s “Choice CD” in the weeks leading up to album’s release, it was also one of five favorite CDs offered as a donation thank you gift package in the WCLV’s Fall Pledge Drive, which ran September 6-15, 2013.

Read more of his interview on NPR.org and enjoy excerpts from the recording, Pompa-Baldi’s first on the Steinway label.

 


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