CIM hosts a SayYES to Sweets for Scholarships fundraiser this morning for employees and anyone who wants to stop by! (at Cleveland Institute of Music)

CIM hosts a SayYES to Sweets for Scholarships fundraiser this morning for employees and anyone who wants to stop by! (at Cleveland Institute of Music)


CIM Opera Theater :: Sensational Scenes on the Menu this Weekend at CIM, April 11-13

Each spring, the CIM Opera Theater serves up a fresh selection of Sensational Scenes from Operas Grand and Light. For this third and final production in our 2013-14 opera series – running Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 – artistic director David Bamberger has cooked up a delectable program with something for everyone! 

This year’s scenes are filled with international flavor, coming from works set all around the globe – from Italy to Japan, Spain to Maine – and spanning the centuries. Regardless, many of their themes remain universal and timeless: love and loss, death and despair, hope and happiness.

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Concert Series :: Tickets are Still Available for the Final CIM@Severance Concert of the Season, April 9

imageWednesday, April 9, is the fifth and final Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra concert at Severance Hall for the 2013-2014 season. For many of our musicians, this may be the last time they perform as a student on the stage shared by many of their esteemed instructors and mentors who are members of The Cleveland Orchestra. 

From the first to last concert of the season, each performance at Severance Hall is a special one for our musicians. Each is a voyage of discovery filled with energy and excitement for these young artists, who bring a freshness to the classical repertoire—perhaps even reminiscent of the first time each great masterwork was performed on stage.

We invite you to join our Orchestra, concerto competition winner Shicong Liu and guest conductor Kimbo Ishii in the regal and awe-inspiring home of The Cleveland Orchestra for one more concert this year!

Wednesday, April 9 at 8pm
Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
Kimbo Ishii, guest conductor
Shicong Liu, piano, student artist
Severance Hall | 11001 Euclid Avenue in University Circle
$5 orchestra | $10 dress circle | $20 reserved box seats
Severance Box Office: 216.231.1111 |

The program for the evening will be:

BERLIOZ   Overture to Le Roi Lear (King Lear), Op. 4
SCRIABIN   Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20
TCHAIKOVSKY   Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

To purchase your tickets, please contact the Severance Hall Box office at 216.231.1111 or visit Please note that box seats can only be purchased by phone or in person.


Faculty Recital :: CIM’s Preucil & Kosower Present an Evening of Beethoven, Kodaly & Dvorak TONIGHT!

Cleveland Institute of Music string faculty (The Cleveland Orchestra members) William Preucil, violin, and Mark Kosower, cello, are joined by guest pianist Jee-Won Oh tonight for a chamber music recital in Kulas Hall. 

Wednesday, April 2 at 8pm
William Preucil, violin
Mark Kosower, cello
Jee-Won Oh, piano, guest artist
Cleveland Institute of Music | Kulas Hall
11021 East Boulevard in University Circle

Tonight’s program will include:

BEETHOVEN   Twelve Variations for Cello and Piano
  on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen”, Op. 66
KODÁLY   Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
DVOŘÁK   Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 21

If you can’t make it out to CIM tonight or live outside the area, you can enjoy a simulcast of the concert (with support from Audio-Technica) on WCLV 104.9 FM in NEOhio and streaming on anywhere that you are! 


SayYES to the CIM Scholarship Challenge to Help Aspiring Young Musicians Pursue Their Passion

imageEach spring—coinciding with the mailing of acceptance letters to prospective students—CIM sets aside time to focus on raising funds to support student scholarships.The time is NOW, and we need your help!

We’re asking you to SayYES to the Scholarship Challenge by making a financial donation to the 2013-14 CIM Annual Fund. When you do, you help talented aspiring musicians, like violist Gabrielle Skinner,  SayYES to CIM. 

Scholarship assistance enables Gabrielle to focus on her studies, her playing and her commitment to service. The president of the CIM Student Government Association, she is also an active member of the our Community Outreach Program and regularly performs at museums, hospitals and senior centers—opportunities she finds personally and professionally rewarding.

See Gabrielle perform, learn more about her CIM experiences and find out how you can make a difference in the lives of CIM students like her when you SayYES to the CIM Scholarship Challenge: Visit today!


CIM Benefit Concert :: Trifonov World Premiere Supports Student Scholarships, April 23

imageOn Wednesday, April 23, international sensation Daniil Trifonov, piano virtuoso and winner of both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions, will premiere his first original concerto for piano and orchestra at a special benefit concert supporting scholarships for musicians studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

imageTrifonov, who is continuing his studies with Sergei Babayan at CIM, joins with his classmates—the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra—under the skillful baton of CIM President Joel Smirnoff to perform his original composition for the first time publicly anywhere in the world. The concert also will include standard repertoire from composers Liadov, Bartók and Tchaikovsky.

Wednesday, April 23, at 8pm
Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Joel Smirnoff, conductor
Cleveland Institute of Music | Kulas Hall
11021 East Boulevard in University Circle
Tickets: Call 216.791.6770 or visit

The program for this special benefit concert will be:

Anatoly Liadov The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62
Béla Bartók Magyar képek (Hungarian Sketches), BB103
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Polacca
  from The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Daniil Trifonov Piano Concerto in E-flat minor (2014)

Tickets for this benefit concert are:

  • Virtuoso Seating | Premier piano side seating; ticket purchase includes program recognition, complimentary valet parking, autographed Trifonov CD (one per household) and exclusive post-concert reception with the composer: $1,000
  • Maestro Seating | Piano side concert seating; ticket purchase includes program recognition, complimentary valet parking: $250
  • Orchestra Seating | Ticket purchase includes concert only: $50

For tickets, call the CIM Box Office at 216.791.6770 or visit

Proceeds from this concert support CIM student scholarships through the CIM Annual Fund. Benefit sponsors include McLadrey (Silver Level) and Materion Corporation (Bronze Level).

If you would like to make a separate gift to the CIM Annual Fund to support scholarships and the mission and vision of CIM, visit


Read Timothy Robson’s entire review of CIM+MOCA: Suddenly It’s Evening concert by visiting


Concert Series :: CIM Community Concert Sells Out; Listen Live on WCLV, March 28 at 8pm ET

A CIM alumna shared the following story from the official Helen Keller Facebook fan page about Ms. Keller’s first experience “hearing” Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on the radio.

As Friday’s CIM community concert featuring this very same work will be broadcast live in Cleveland on WCLV 104.9 FM (streaming around the world on, it seemed only fitting to share this wonderful story—especially since the concert is now sold out.

Helen Keller wrote the following letter to the New York Symphony Orchestra in March 1924. Here’s how she describes listening to Beethoven’s “9th Symphony” over the radio:

“Dear Friends:

I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” I do not mean to say that I “heard” the musicin the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but I did not dream that I could have any part in their joy.

Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibration, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roil of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and plowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voices leaped up thrilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women’s voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my fingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth – an ocean of heavenly vibration – and died away like winds when the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.

Of course this was not “hearing,” but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sense, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand-swaying reeds and winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations.

As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others – and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magnificent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.”

— The Auricle, Vol. II, No. 6, March 1924
     American Foundation for the Blind, Helen Keller Archives

If you haven’t already procured a ticket, please tune in to WCLV this Friday, March 28, at 8pm Eastern for what is sure to be a most enjoyable and memorable performance of this legendary symphony!


CIM Opera Theater :: Sensational Scenes from Operas Grand & Light, April 11-13

imageThe Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater's popular scenes program returns to the Kulas Hall stage this April. Artistic Director David Bamberger has promised renditions of works “both favorite and unusual,” letting slip that audiences can expect to hear pieces from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Fidelio, Pagliacci and Madama Butterfly.

Accompanied on piano by Musical Director John Simmons, singers will perform each work in its original language with projected text—so you don’t miss a word!

Friday, April 11 & Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm
Matinee on Sunday, April 13 at 3pm
CIM Opera Theater: Sensational Scenes
David Bamberger, artistic director
John Simmons, musical director
Cleveland Institute of Music | Kulas Hall
11021 East Boulevard in University Circle
Tickets: $20 adults | $10 students | $15 seniors/groups of 10+
Call the CIM Box Office 216.795.3211

Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance start time. For more information, visit

It’s about time for another Friday Funny! Enjoy!!

It’s about time for another Friday Funny! Enjoy!!

(Source: gregbackwards, via thepianoblog)