August 29, 2013

Cleveland Institute of Music Announces 2013-14 Concert Season


CLEVELAND, OHIO (08-29-13) The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) announced it's 2013-14 Concert Season, which and it promises to be one of the most exciting, innovative and full so far. This season is billed as the Year of the Composer/Virtuoso, rounding out the definition of the complete musician: the artist who understands community, hears culture in its diversity and creates new music based on that inspiration. CIM's own composer/virtuoso and winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition Daniil Trifonov premieres his new work this spring.

Although the robust season has a theme, it also includes classic favorites, such as the beloved opera theater, more than two dozen faculty recitals by world-renowned musicians, and orchestra performances both at CIM and Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra.

A complete listing of events is available at For those events that are ticketed, guests should visit the ticketing page 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.

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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.

Composer/pianists Lera Auerbach and Gabriela Montero and composer/vocal artist Meredith Monk will all perform standard classical music in novel ways, while introducing audiences to new repertoire through their own compositions and unique instrumentation.

Tickets for the Mixon Hall Masters Series at CIM are $28 and $40. Purchase tickets to all three events and receive a 20% discount. Call the CIM Box Office at 216.795.3211.

As part of this series, each performer presents a master class that is free and open to the public.

LERA AUERBACH, composer/piano

• Recital: September 17, 2013   • Master Class: September 18, 2013


• Master Class: January 22, 2014  • Recital: January 23, 2014

MEREDITH MONK, composer/singer, performer

• Recital: February 21, 2014 • Master Class: February 22, 2014

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.

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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On the heels of winning the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, pianist Daniil Trifonov made his CIM professional debut in November 2011. Not only was he the youngest artist to perform in CIM's Mixon Hall Masters Series at the age of 20, he is the only musician to do so while still attending CIM. Balancing study with a rigorous touring schedule, Mr. Trifonov earned his Artist Certificate from CIM in 2013 and continues his studies with Sergei Babayan in CIM's Artist Diploma program.

This season, he takes the stage at CIM for another unprecedented debut, performing a benefit concert for the institution that helped shape him into a composer/virtuoso. The CIM Orchestra will premiere one of his original works.

April 23, Wednesday

8pm, Kulas Hall

A benefit concert for CIM featuring

Daniil Trifonov, piano

with the CIM Orchestra

World premiere of Daniil Trifonov's new work for piano and orchestra

Details to be announced this winter on

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Young musicians aspire to perform in the greatest concert halls in world. As students at CIM, they're given that very opportunity, multiple times, during their academic careers.

The CIM Orchestra performs in the elegant Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra, five times this concert season during the CIM@Severance series. Each of these special performances features a student, guest artist or faculty member as a soloist, and provides students the opportunity to perform on the same stage of their mentors and teachers.

Tickets are $5 for balcony and orchestra level seating, $10 dress circle and $20 reserved box seats. Call the Severance Hall Box Office at 216.231.1111. These events are broadcast live on WCLV 104.9 FM with support from Audio Technica. Visit for complete repertoire information.

8pm, October 9, Wednesday

Carl Topilow, conductor

HaeSun Paik, piano

8pm, November 20, Wednesday

Carl Topilow, conductor

Kyung Ah Oh, violin, student artist

8pm, February 12, Wednesday

Carl Topilow, conductor

8pm March 28, Friday


CIM Orchestra

Cleveland School of the Arts Instrumentalists and Chorus

Antioch Baptist Church Choirs

The Singers' Club of Cleveland

Joel Smirnoff, conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Free, but tickets required. Tickets will be available beginning February 1, 2014.

8pm, April 9, Wednesday

Kimbo Ishii-Eto, guest conductor

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In the spirit of community collaboration, CIM will host a joint concert, inviting musicians from the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA), Antioch Baptist Church Choirs and the Singers' Club of Cleveland to join the CIM Orchestra on Severance Hall's magnificent stage. President Joel Smirnoff conducts the March 28 event.

This is the second such celebratory concert for the CIM Orchestra, showcasing a commitment to community and paying homage to CIM's special relationship with CSA, where CIM students and faculty teach. In April 2012, every inch of the Severance Hall stage was filled when more than 350 people performed Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection."


March 28, Friday

8pm | Severance Hall

CIM Orchestra

Cleveland School of the Arts instrumentalists and chorus

Antioch Baptist Church Choirs

The Singers' Club of Cleveland

Joel Smirnoff, conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

*Free, but tickets required. Tickets will be available beginning February 1, 2014.

Severance Box Office: 216.231.1111

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In addition to their signature Musical Luncheon Series, the Women's Committee of the Cleveland Institute of Music presents two exciting benefit events this season.


The Country Club, 2825 Lander Road, Pepper Pike

On October 4, composer/virtuoso Robert Dick, known as "The Hendrix of the Flute" because of his revolutionary musical approach, is joined in performance by CIM President Joel Smirnoff (violin), faculty and Cleveland Orchestra member Mary Kay Fink (flute) and CIM students.

6pm Cocktails, 7pm Performance, 8pm Dinner

Tickets are $85 / $130 Patron. Call 216.795.3211 for reservations.


Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, 1545 Sheridan Road, South Euclid

On June 7, Anita Pontremoli, fellow faculty members and star students combine their tantalizing talents to showcase the enticing music of the Tango.

6pm Cocktails, 7pm Performance, 8pm Dinner

Tickets are $85 / $130 Patron. Call 216.795.3211 for reservations.

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"The CIM Opera Theater is reveling in the work these days....conjuring the whimsical and ominous worlds that help put the opera in a class of its own," according to critics. Audiences will have three chances to see and hear for themselves this season.

Under the artistic direction of David Bamberger, with the CIM Orchestra conducted by Harry Davidson, the Opera Theater's season presents two fully staged and costumed productions.

All CIM Opera Theater productions feature projected translations so that audiences stay in on the action. Tickets for each production are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for groups of 10 or more and $10 for students. Call 216.795.3211 or buy online at


Die Zauberflöte

November 6, Wednesday - November 9, Saturday

7:30pm Kulas Hall

The Magic Flute returns to Kulas stage (where it was last seen in 2008) in a new production filled with magic, adventure, laughter and the enchanting music of Mozart's final masterpiece.

To Be Announced

February 26, Wednesday - March 1, Saturday

7:30pm Kulas Hall

Spring Scenes

April 11, Friday & April 12, Saturday

7:30pm Kulas Hall

April 13, Sunday

3pm Kulas Hall

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Celebrate the diverse spectrum of music that forges new paths while embracing the traditions of the classics in the New Music Series, directed by Keith Fitch (head, composition).

Discover the next generation of composers at composition department recitals featuring innovative new works November 24, March 2 and April 27.

Take in a symposium by renowned guest composers such as Robert Dick (October 5), Joan Tower (November 9), Bernard Rands (January 27) and Chen Yi (April 5). The New Music Ensemble will perform works by these guest composers on November 10, January 29 and April 6.

Enjoy the juxtaposition of new music and modern art at CIM+MOCA on March 20. This season's special event, SUDDENLY IT'S EVENING, is inspired by the art of "giving up the ghost." Each work reflects the composer's experience with death, providing a fitting counterpoint to MOCA's exhibition Dirge. Tickets are free for MOCA members and just $8 for non-members. Guests will have access to the galleries with admission. A pre-concert reception begins at 7:30pm. For tickets, visit or call 216.421.8671.

A unique collaboration between CIM, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History returns for 360 ᵒ of Sight + Sound. Join us for the premiere of original films by CIA students, scored by CIM composers, on CMNH's Planetarium dome. Tickets are just $10. Showings are at 9pm and 9:45pm. Call CMNH at 216.231.1177 or visit

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The Faculty Recital series includes more than two dozen solo artist and chamber music performances. These inspiring concerts are presented at no charge and feature CIM's world-renowned faculty. Many faculty and guest artists are members of The Cleveland Orchestra. In fact, more than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as faculty, alumni or both. Visit for a complete list of faculty performances, including some by Sergei Babayan, the Cavani String Quartet, Sharon Robinson, Jaime Laredo, Joan Kwuon and Ivan Zenaty.