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  • Faculty Recital: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 26, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Modernist II

    Shuai Wang, piano
    Madeline Lucas Tolliver, flute
    Benjamin Chen, clarinet, guest artist
    Yun-Ting Lee, violin, guest artist
    Eric Wong, viola
    Daniel Pereira
    , cello
    Thomas Sherwood, percussion, guest artist

  • New Music Symposium

    October 29, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Studio 113

    Guest composer Augusta Read Thomas discusses her music and approach to composition

  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Pre-concert Panel Discussion: Reflections on Boulez

    Augusta Read Thomas, University of Chicago; Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve University; and Joshua Smith, principal flute, The Cleveland Orchestra; moderated by Keith Fitch.

Tune in to WCLV 104.9 at 11:00 a.m. Saturday mornings and join host Merry Peckham.

CIM's radio program is designed to answer some pressing questions about classical music (well, maybe not so pressing, but thought-provoking nonetheless). Offbeat will be broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM and streamed live at

Each hour-long show will explore the work of an artist or delve into a musical topic. Offbeat provides a cool combination of great music, interesting guests and slightly off-the-wall commentary - a lively behind-the-scenes tour of classical music.

The People Behind Offbeat

2016 Schedule

January 2: Jeanette Sorrell
January 9: Pierre Boulez
January 16: Conductor Liza Grossman
January 23: Zsolt Bognár
January 30: Miho Hashizume - "Crossing Over"
February 6: Pianist Gary Graffman
February 13: Mezzo-Soprano Frederica von Stade
February 20: The Jupiter Quartet
February 27: The Voices of the Cleveland Orchestra with Jill Harbaugh
March 5: Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Memories
March 12: Yolanda Kondonassis
March 19: Violinist Dianna Cohen
March 26: Robert Walters and the English horn

January 2:

Janette Sorrell was part of a classical music movement that started to take shape and gain momentum in the 1990s. Performing on period instruments using techniques that existed during Bach and Vivaldi’s time were being revived and brought to audiences by Jeanette and a group of dedicated musicians. In 1992 Jeanette Sorrell, a classically trained pianist, founded Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's Baroque Orchestra. Now, almost 25 years later the group plays to sold out houses from Cleveland to London to Madrid. Under Jeanette's direction Apollo's Fire has released 21 CDs with many making it to Billboards top 10 list. Today we'll talk to Jeanette about her choice to trade in her piano for a harpsichord and how period instrument performance is perceived today by audiences and members of modern symphony orchestras.

January 9:

Pierre Boulez's recordings are known around the world. During his career he worked with Igor Stravinsky, Author Honnegar and Olivier Messiaen. He was one of the greatest promoters of modern classical music and he conducted most of the leading orchestras during his career which spanned more than 60 years. Volumes could be written about his life. Pierre Boulez shares his journey from studying math in college to becoming a world renowned conductor and composer. Join CIM and WCLV as we pay tribute to the man who contributed so much to the world of classical music.

January 16:

Liza Grossman is rocking the classical world. The conductor is the founder of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, a group that plays new works that have incorporated rock, hip-hop, DJs and more. Find out more about this successful group when Liza talks about the 21st century music she performs with the group she founded.

January 23:

The CD Franz & Franz was released by Zsolt Bognár in 2013. The pianist from Illinois has been receiving rave reviews for his release and for his work connecting audiences with the people who perform it as the host of "A Classical Life." You'll learn more about Zsolt's approach to music and his passion for keeping classical music relevant to today's audiences.

January 30:

Miho joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1995, after serving as a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A member of the first violin section, she is also a longtime member of Apollo's Fire/The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. She shares what it is like to play in a world class modern orchestra and then step back in time to play with a world class period instrument group.

February 6:

Gary Graffman has enjoyed an active career as a concert artist, concerto soloist with the world's great orchestras and as a chamber music collaborator with the most renowned artists of our time. He is also a sought after teacher who has worked with a number of successful pianist including Lang Lang. He shares his insights on conservatory education and his continuing career as a teacher and pianist.

February 13:

Meet the mezzo-soprano who is well known around the world through her on stage and television appearances. She has made over sixty recordings and garnered numerous awards for her solo work and opera performances. Find out more about her journey to the stage and her work to pass the love of opera on to the next generation.

February 20:

The Jupiter Quartet was founded in 2001. They have won First prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award. The quartet chose its name because Jupiter was the most prominent planet in the night sky at the time of its formation, and the astrological symbol for Jupiter resembles the number four. This family of musicians takes pride in the quartet heritage and repertoire, while reaching for new frontiers in music making with the works of living composers.

February 27:

In 1920 the first manager of The Cleveland Orchestra, Adella Prentiss Hughes, issued an invitation to singers to form a chorus that would accompany The Cleveland Orchestra. The group lasted a year…many attempts to form a permanent chorus where made in the years that followed. In 1952 George Szell called for the formation of a permanent ensemble. The organization now includes the voices of six different chorale groups. Jill Harbaugh is the manager of Choruses, tasked with the job of making sure that all of the groups have what they need to stay in tune. You'll learn what it takes to become a member of these groups from the person who makes sure they have what they need to keep the groups humming along.

March 5:

Cleveland Orchestra Chorus members hail from nearly 50 northeast Ohio communities. Together, the group’s 150 members volunteer more than 50,000 hours annually, through rehearsals and performances. The members of the group share more a love of song. Singers have not only added to the concert experience through their performances but those long hours of rehearsals have built memories and lifelong relationships. You'll take a trip on the road and into the lives of members of The Cleveland Orchestra and hear the music they’ve made together.

March 12:

Musicians play for the joy of making music, they play for an audience, and nowadays many are playing for a cause. Using their talents to raise awareness or money for a personal cause is becoming more common. Yolanda Kondonassis talks about the relationship between her music making and trying to make the world a better place through her non-profit organization that hopes to raise environmental awareness.

March 19:

Violinist Dianna Cohen is a Concertmaster, chamber musician, and soloist. In 2011 she added the title of arts administrator to her long list of responsibilities. Dianna with the support of her co-Artistic Director Franklin Cohen created a unique music festival in Cleveland that doesn't just take place in a concert hall. The festival offers a variety of events including concerts, pre-concert lectures, audience preparation, meet-the-artist receptions, parties, open rehearsals, collaborations with local Cleveland restaurants, and much more. Dianna Cohen is a violinist who ChamberFest Cleveland presents a vibrant summer chamber music festival each June featuring world-class musicians from around the globe.

March 26:

Robert Walters is a man who knows how to make music with just about any type of ensemble. He is the principal English horn player for The Cleveland Orchestra, a position he’s held since 2004. He has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the American Ballet Theatre and worked with a number of top orchestras around the country. The English horn is a versatile instrument and Robert Walters is a versatile performer. Today we'll learn more about the man and the instrument he plays.

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