December 20, 2013

Sounds of the Season Celebration

Sounds of the Season Celebration


 Holiday Circlefest at CIM, A Pictorial Review

This year's festive event kicked off at 1pm in Kulas Hall with the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf, a symphonic fairy tale with narration by guest artist Dr. Michael Mauldin, and conducted by S. Mordecai Fuhrman.



Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Peter & the Wolf in Kulas HallHoliday Circlefest at CIM | Peter & the Wolf, conducted by S. Mordecai Fuhrman, with narration by Dr. Michael Mauldin

The performance was accompanied by an activity sheet (download a copy front / back) that featured a story based on the work and narration, an illustration of the instruments as characters (along with the chamber orchestra roster) and fun drawings to be colored.


Peter & the Wolf was followed closely by the ever-popular program featuring excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite performed by the CIM Harp Ensemble, accompanied by a playful pair of dancers, and narration by Yolanda Kondonassis.

Holiday Circlefest at CIM | Harp Ensemble plays The Nutcracker Suite with guest dancers

Shortly after 2pm, adorable and talented violin, viola and cell students from the CIM Sato Center for Suzuki Studies, directed by Kimberly Meier-Sims, took Kulas Hall stage to present holiday classics and family favorites.

Holiday Circlefest at CIM | Students from the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies

Back in Mixon Hall CIM Brass Chamber Ensemble, directed by Ed Zadrozny, invited audience members to join in the merry melodies of familiar holiday carols.

Holiday Circlefest at CIM | Jingle Brass Ensembles Concert

Maestro Zadrozny welcomed to the stage a special guest conductor.

Holiday Circlefest at CIM | Jingle Brass Ensembles Concert with special guest conductor

An intimate gathering of singers studying opera in CIM's Voice department shared songs and carols in different languages and drawing upon diverse religious traditions.

Holiday Circlefest at CIM | CIM Carolers bring diversity to Circlefest

Finally, amazing student performers from the Preparatory and Young Artist Programs--headed by Dean Sandra Shapiro--wrapped up the day of seasonal sounds.

Holiday Circlefest at CIM | Students from the Preparatory & Young Artist Programs

Holiday Circlefest at CIM | Preparatory & Young Artist Program performers

Enjoy more photos from CIM's Holiday Circlefest by visiting our Facebook page and check out live-blogged images from the event via Instagram.