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  • 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

  • Fall Conservatory Concerto Competition

    October 13, 2016, 4:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Students compete for an opportunity to perform a concerto with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra in Spring 2017. 

Thalia String Quartet named 2013 BISQC Quartet in the Community

August 1, 2013

The Thalia String Quartet—an ensemble comprised of violinists Solomon Liang (CIM student of Stephen Rose) and Michelle Abraham (AD ’11), violist Rose Hashimoto and cellist James Jaffe (MM ’12)—has been named as the Quartet in the Community for the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), taking place Aug. 26 through Sept. 1, 2013.

Thalia String Quartet | 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition Quartet in the Community [Photo by Don Lee]

Formed in 2012 in Cleveland, the Thalia String Quartet has studied with CIM’s Peter Salaff, Stephen Rose and members of CIM’s own quartet-in-residence, the Cavani String Quartet.

The Thalia Quartet was selected to participate in The Banff Centre’s three-week Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, studying with members of the Emerson, Brentano, Keller, and Artis Quartets in addition to founding members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and St. Lawrence Quartets. As an ensemble committed to the art of community engagement, the Quartet has presented outreach programs across Cleveland and earned the honor of returning to Banff as the 2013 BISQC’s Quartet in the Community: Melba and Orville Rollesfson Residency.

As the Quartet in the Community, the Thalia Quartet will work with some of the leading chamber musicians of our time as well as performing in unconventional and unexpected locations—atop a mountain, for example, in a park or at a grocery store—to introduce new audiences to chamber music.

“There are things you can achieve outdoors, on a street corner, or in a park that you couldn’t achieve on a stage,” said Quartet cellist James Jaffe, according to an article published on the Made in Banff blog in early July. “A lot of the inspiration for composers whose music we’re playing is from nature and the outdoors. You could, if you wanted, make an argument that some of these pieces are better suited to a meadow.”

All expenses for their residency will be covered and each member will receive a performance stipend for the community concert and events that will be part of their demanding schedule at the end of August. They will give two or three performances per day—more than 30 total in the two-week period they are at The Banff Centre.

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