April 19, 2013

CIM's May Events Conclude Season

(04/19/2013) - The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) wraps up its concert season in May with chamber music, a musical luncheon and a national favorite, Guitar Weekend.

Read about May HIGHLIGHTS below, or visit cim.edu/calendar for a complete list.

The Cleveland Institute of Music presents hundreds of events each year, most of which are free of charge. Programs are performed at 11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland, unless otherwise noted. CIM's Box Office is open weekdays from 10a.m. - 3p.m. and has a NEW direct dial phone number: 216.795.3211.

Chamber Music Final Events

May 1 & 2

The spring semester culminates with a series of final concerts by various student ensembles. These events are free and offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Student ensemble performances conclude in May with the Intensive String Quartet Seminar on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. Members of the specialized program focus on the art of string quartet performance and are coached by the Cavani String Quartet and Peter Salaff, director of string chamber music.

Elizabeth Camus leads the Woodwind Ensemble May 2 in Mixon Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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Musical Luncheon to Feature Preparatory Students

May 22

The Women's Committee of CIM concludes this season's Musical Luncheon Series with "Sharing the Gift" in Mixon Hall on Wednesday, May 22 at 11:30 a.m.  Hosted by Dean of Preparatory and Continuing Education Sandra Shapiro, the musical selections include performances by Preparatory students and their teachers. The annual meeting of the Women's Committee begins at 11:30 a.m., with concert at noon, followed by lunch.

Tickets are $35 for members, $38 for non-members. Reservations are required by May 10. Call 216.791.5000, ext. 311 for more information.

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13th Annual Guitars International Classical Guitar Weekend

May 23 - May 25

On May 23-25, Guitars International, in cooperation with CIM, presents the 13th Annual International Guitar Weekend. This unique artistic event has consistently brought the world's finest guitars, lutenists, lecturers, composers and teachers to CIM to share their expertise and classical guitar music in a concentrated series of recitals, master classes, lecture demonstrations and exhibits.

The first recital of the series is presented by Jason Vieaux, head of CIM's guitar department and features CIM performers violinist Jijoo Cho, faculty violist Jeffrey Irvine and faculty cellist Melissa Kraut.

Master classes, lectures and exhibits are free and open to the public. All recitals are paid ticketed events, no credit cards at the door. Call Guitars International at 216.752.7502 for tickets and visit guitarsint.com for more information and a complete schedule. Please Note: The schedule of events has changed since CIM published the 2012-13 Concert Guide.

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Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy

Date Change - May 31

The Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy final concert will be presented in Mixon Hall on Friday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. This reflects a date and time change from the previously published Concert Guide.

The Academy draws exceptionally talented pianists from around the world to study with Sergei Babayan, the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Gilliam Artist-in-Residence at CIM. It was founded in 1996 to assemble a group of pianists who wish to explore in-depth the instrument and repertoire.

"I believe that artists must live and work at a fever-pitch in the incessant pursuit of ideal beauty and the highest degree of artistry," said Mr. Babayan. "My hope is to inspire students to focus intensely on a single facet of the music, for hours if necessary, in their 'search for the fire-bird.'"

The program culminates with this final recital performed by the participants.

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For a complete list of events at the Cleveland Institute of Music, visit the CIM event calendar.