December 7, 2011

Three Great Concerts to Kick Off the New Year CIM Announces January Events + February Opera Change

Join the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in January to kick off your New Year with some of the area’s most talented performers. Violin virtuoso Joan Kwuon, an all-star cast for the eighth Carolyn Warner & Friends, 21 years of Black Heritage and more will be presented the first month of the year.

Read about January 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 Boulevard, Cleveland, unless otherwise noted.



Wednesday, January 18

Violin virtuoso and former Mixon Hall Masters Series artist, faculty member Joan Kwuon, will perform in Kulas Hall on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Kwuon’s reviewers have called her “fiery, intensely musical and impassioned.” In a recent interview, CIM President Joel Smirnoff referred to her sound as “crystalline.”


Ms. Kwuon will be accompanied by pianist Elizabeth DeMio in a program of works by Bach, Ravel and Franck.

Presented in honor of The Giant Eagle Foundation, this concert is free of charge.

Read more about faculty members Joan Kwuon and Elizabeth DeMio.



Sunday, January 22

Cleveland Orchestra pianist Carolyn Warner celebrates her 25th year as a member of CIM’s faculty with this special event, Carolyn Warner and Friends, now in its 8th season, on Sunday, January 22 at 4 p.m. in Mixon Hall. She’s joined by fellow member of The Orchestra and faculty, cellist Mark Kosower. Cleveland Orchestra violinist Steven Warner and director of CIM’s chamber music department, Peter Salaff, are also on the program. CIM students will perform as guest artists.


The event features works by Milhaud, Martinů, Piazzolla and Brahms.

Presented in Mixon Hall, there is no charge for this event but seating is limited. Seating passes are required and will be available at the CIM Box Office beginning January 17.

Read more about Cleveland Orchestra performers.

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Sunday, January 29

Students from the Cleveland School of the Arts return to CIM’s Kulas Hall for a community favorite, the Black Heritage Concert, celebrating its 21st year on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m.


Director William B. Woods leads the R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir and Intermediate Concert Choir with Jazz Art Ensemble. Diana Richardson directs the CSA Chamber Orchestra. The event also features soprano Kisma Jordan, recipient of the 2011 A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship.



Monday, January 30

Members of the acclaimed Albers Trio will present a master class at CIM at 4 p.m. in Mixon Hall on January 30. The sisters, two of whom hold degrees from CIM, have captivated audiences with musical styles as diverse as their distinctive personalities. The class is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Chamber Music Society.

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CIM Opera Theater Replaces Rossini With Humperdinck


The CIM Opera is having a fairy tale season. Following a successful staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella) in the fall, artistic director David Bamberger decided to keep the magic going with Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel February 29 – March 3.

This reflects a change from the published Concert Guide. Originally, Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio was slated for the first production in the New Year, but following in the footsteps of television producers, the Opera Theater opted for a “mid-season replacement” that will delight audiences of all ages.

Sung in its original German, the production features projected translations. Buy online at or call the CIM Box Office at 216.791.5000, ext. 411 for tickets and information.


- CIM@Severance with guest conductor Jeffrey Kahane and tenor Vinson Cole

- New Music Series: All Del Tredici

- Mixon Hall Masters Series: Emanuel Ax, piano