September 17, 2013

CIM Announces October 2013 Events


The "Hendrix of the Flute," HaeSun Paik at Severance Hall, Mark O'Connor at the Art Museum and more!


CLEVELAND, OHIO (09-17-13) The Cleveland Institute of Music's Year of the Composer/Virtuoso continues in October with Robert Dick, billed as the "Hendrix of the Flute," Mark O'Connor as part of the Mixon Hall Masters Series, the CIM Orchestra at Severance Hall and faculty performances as part of the Faculty Recital Series.

For those events that are ticketed, guests should visit or call the CIM Box Office at 216.795.3211. Some events require seating passes, which are available at the Box Office beginning one week prior to the event.

[Members of the media interested in attending ticketed events should contact Communications Manager Katie Kucera at  a minimum of two weeks prior to an event with interest. Please indicate dates of performances.]


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Rockin' Bach with Robert Dick October 4




The Women's Committee of the Cleveland Institute of Music is proud to present ROCKIN' BACH, a musical evening to benefit the students of CIM, featuring Robert Dick.

With roots in classical repertoire, new music, free improvisation and jazz,

Robert Dick has established himself as a composer/virtuoso who has not only mastered, but redefined the flute, earning the moniker of "The Hendrix of the Flute" for his intensity during performances. (On Saturday, September 5, Robert Dick will discuss his compositions and approach to music in a Symposium at CIM at 1:30pm.)

He will be re-united at the benefit with former pupil, flutist Mary Kay Fink, a member of The Cleveland Orchestra and CIM faculty. Ms. Fink performed on one of Robert Dick's recordings early in her career, which has taken her across the country as a flute and piccolo soloist and teacher.

Violinist, recording artist, composer, conductor, Grammy Award winner, pedagogue and CIM President Joel Smirnoff will bring his penchant for jazz into play for this musical evening. Mr. Smirnoff, previously first violinist with the Juilliard String Quartet, has recorded with Tony Bennett and played with Gunther Schuller, the American Jazz Orchestra and the Billy Taylor Trio.

Together with student musicians, these acclaimed artists will rock some Bach and beyond.

Tickets are $85 and $130 for patrons. Call 216.795.3209 to RSVP before September 25.

Friday, October 4, 2013

6pm The Country Club (2825 Lander Road, Pepper Pike)


Robert Dick, composer/flute

Joel Smirnoff, violin

Mary Kay Fink, flute

BACH   Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049

Additional repertoire to be announced

6pm cocktails, 6:45pm performance, 7:30pm dinner

Tickets $85 / $130 patron*


RSVP by September 25. *To be included in the program, patron reservations must have been made by September 16.



CIM@Severance Hall October 9


CIM Orchestra / Carl Topilow, conductor / HaeSun Paik, piano

Join us as we launch our Severance Hall season with Fireworks, the dazzling overture that launched Stravinsky's career.  Get acquainted with new faculty member HaeSun Paik as she performs Tchaikovsky's universally beloved First Piano Concerto. Rachmaninoff's vigorous Second Symphony completes the all-Russian program, conducted by Carl Topilow.

CIM@Severance concerts are ticketed events. Tickets are $5 orchestra and balcony, $10 dress circle, $20 reserved box seats. (Box seats must be purchased by phone or in person). Call the Severance Hall Box Office at 216.231.1111 or


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Mixon Hall Masters Series: Mark O'Connor - October 30


6pm A Conversation with Mark O'Connor and CIM President Joel Smirnoff

7:30pm Recital

Violinist and composer Mark O'Connor is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America. A product of America's rich aural folk tradition and also trained in the classical and flamenco music traditions during his formative years, O'Connor began his creative journey at the feet of Benny Thomasson, who ushered in the modern era of American fiddling in the 1940s, and Stéphane Grappelli, a French jazz violinist who was one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the instrument. Along the way, O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. He has melded and shaped these influences into a new American classical music and is perpetuating his vision of an American school of string playing. His first recording, Appalachia Waltz (Sony Classical), was a collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and composer-bassist Edgar Meyer, which gave him worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. The tremendously successful follow-up release, Appalachian Journey, received a Grammy Award in February 2001. Made up of some of the most talented and exciting string players on the scene, this quartet offers an unforgettable evening of explorations in new musical territory. Also featured are high- flying, virtuoso duets with each possible pairing of the group members. All of these celebrated works draw on O'Connor's own well-documented (and uniquely American) musical history.

He'll perform Wednesday, October 30 as part of the Mark O'Connor String Quartet. Among the most talented and exciting string players on the scene, these four virtuosi combine for an unforgettable evening of explorations in new musical territory.

Mark O'Connor and the O'Connor String Quartet are co-presented by CIM and the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of the Mixon Hall Masters Series: Return of the Composer/Virtuoso and the CMA Performing Arts Series: Masters of the Violin. The recital will be held at CMA's Gartner Auditorium. Tickets for the O'Connor String Quartet range from $33 through $51. Patrons who purchase tickets to the entire Mixon Hall Masters Series at CIM will receive a 15% discount off of this special event. Call the CMA Box Office at 216.421.7350.

This season's Mixon Hall Masters Series celebrates the Year of the Composer/Virtuoso by featuring innovative musicians whose distinctive compositions and world-renowned performances redefine the modern classical music experience.

MARK O'CONNOR, composer/violin  and the O'CONNOR STRING QUARTET

Educational Workshop@CMA: October 29, 2013

Master Class@CIM, compositions: October 29, 2013

Master Class@CIM, improvisation: October 30, 2013

Recital with O'Connor String Quartet @CMA: October 30, 2013


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Faculty Recital Series


CIM's renowned faculty, including members of The Cleveland Orchestra*,  perform in more than two-dozen incredible events this season, with five in October. Free seating passes are required for recitals in Mixon Hall. Visit for details.

Wednesday, October 2, Mixon Hall, 8pm

Susan Williams, soprano, guest artist

Dean Southern, baritone

Jeffrey Brown, piano, guest artist

A semi-staged interpretation of songs from Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with his early piano works and letters to Melanie Köchert. Sung in German with projected English translations and photographic images. Conceived and directed by Dean Southern. Free seating passes required

Sunday, October 6, Mixon Hall, 8pm

*Mark Kosower, cello

Jee-Won Oh, piano, guest artist

The Complete Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Friday, October 11, Mixon Hall, 8pm

*Richard Weiss, cello

*Maximilian Dimoff, double bass

*Mark Damoulakis, percussion

*Joela Jones, piano

Wednesday, October 16, Mixon Hall, 8pm

*Stephen Rose, violin

Peter Salaff, violin

*Lynne Ramsey, viola

*Mark Kosower, cello

Kathryn Brown, piano

Wednesday, October 23, Kulas Hall, 8pm

Jinjoo Cho, violin, student artist

Stephen Geber, cello

Anita Pontremoli, piano