August 30, 2011

Martinis and Moonshine, Mixon Hall Masters Series with Kremer, CIM@Severance and more


Join the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in October and experience exciting events with some of the area’s most talented performers. October concerts are as diverse as the colors in the fall foliage, featuring blues and bluegrass, the intimacy of a renowned chamber ensemble and the glorious sound of a full symphony in the splendor of Severance Hall. Read about select October events below, or visit the event calendar for a complete list.

The Cleveland Institute of Music presents hundreds of events each year, most free of charge. Programs are performed at 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, unless otherwise noted.

Martinis & Moonshine

October 9

On Sunday, October 9, the Women’s Committee of CIM will share the fun of a different kind of musical experience at Sammy’s Metropolitan Ballroom with a mini benefit. Cleveland Orchestra (TCO) members Maximilian Dimoff, Trina Struble, Mark Dumm and Henry Peyrebrune perform blues and bluegrass together in a night of Martinis & Moonshine. The event begins with cocktails at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. performance and concludes with dinner.

Tickets for this unique event are $85 and $125 for patrons. Reservations are required by calling 216.791.5000, ext. 311.

Maximilian Dimoff is the head of CIM’s double bass department and the principal bassist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Trina Struble, TCO’s principal harpist, joined CIM’s harp faculty this fall. Read more about them in the Faculty Directory.

Violinist Mark Dumm and double bassist Henry Peyrebrune are both members of TCO. Read more about them here:

Kremer and collaborators perform on Mixon Masters Series

October 12

Mixon Hall has quickly gained a reputation with audiences and artists alike for its intimate yet open design and magnificent acoustics. One critic ranged the hall as “a magical place that ought to rank as one of the world’s most beautiful buildings for musical performances.

Fans of the Hall and the Mixon Masters Series won’t be disappointed when violinist Gidon Kremer, widely considered one of his generation’s most original and compelling artists, performs on October 12 at 7:30 p.m. Having performed in virtually every major concert hall, his repertoire is unusually extensive, encompassing standard classical as well as new works. He’ll be joined by Kremerata Baltica cellist Giedrė Dirvanauskaite and pianist Andrius Zlabys, a CIM alumnus and winner of the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

The trio will present Homage to Bach with works by Silvestrov, J.S. Bach, Gubaidulina and Shostakovich.

Tickets for events in the Mixon Masters Series are $28 and $40 and are available online at or by calling the CIM Box Office at 216.791.5000, ext. 311.

CIM@Severance - October 19

Special Event October 30

Young musicians in a conservatory share a dream – to one day perform on the same magnificent stages as their idols. Students at CIM get that very opportunity, every year – before they’ve even completed their education.

Thanks to the generous support of CIM donors and corporate sponsors, the CIM Orchestra performs multiple times in Severance hall each season.

Carl Topilow conducts, with violin soloist Emily Nebel, as the orchestra performs Michal Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango (1988-93), Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15 and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky/Ravel.

Although this event is presented at no charge, tickets are required and are available by calling the Severance Hall Box Office at 216.231.1111. The event will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.89 FM with support from AudioTechnica and is presented in honor of the KeyBank Foundation.

The CIM Orchestra visits Severance Hall a second time in October, as guest performers for The Cleveland Orchestra’s Family Series in “Halloween Spooktacular” on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. This unique ticketed event will feature CIM students, conducted by Carl Topilow, performing popular, contemporary works, such as the themes from Superman, Harry Potter and the Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back.

Tickets are $22 and $15 for this event. Family Series subscriptions start at $40 for four concerts. Call the Severance Hall Box Office for tickets and information.


Carl Topilow is the director of CIM’s orchestral program. He is also the music director and conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. Read more about Carl Topilow.


Faculty Recitals

October 2, 16, 26 and 28

Violinist Stephen Rose, violist Stanley Konopka, cellist Richard Weiss and pianist Joela Jones are joined by guest violinist Jeanne Preucil Rose on Sunday, October 2 for a faculty recital featuring the works of De Falla, Granados, Turina and Elgar. Free seating passes are required.

On Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m., flutists Katherine DeJongh and Kyra Kester are joined by violinist Stephen Sims, cellists Melissa Kraut and Bryan Dumm, along with harpsichordist Shuai Wang and pianist and conductor Eric Charnofsky in a program of Bach, Ibert, Maggio and Beaser.

On Wednesday, October 26, faculty members present an All Brahms recital, featuring violinist Mari Sato and violist Kirsten Docter (both of the Cavani String Quartet), cellist Melissa Kraut and pianist Elizabeth DeMio. Free seating passes are required.

On Friday, October 28, critically acclaimed pianist Sergei Babayan performs in Mixon Hall. His program will include music by Tchaikovsky. Free seating passes are required.

Read more about these faculty members in the Faculty Directory.