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      CIM Orchestra to hold inspirational concert at Severance

      Kevin Pfister

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Focus
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      With the economy in the dumps and employment opportunities for college students scarce, it's hard these days to find inspiration. However, the Cleveland Institute of Music is making it easy for Case students to be inspired this Wednesday, April 15th at 8:00 p.m. by seeing the "exceptional-by-any-measure" CIM orchestra play in Severance Hall.

      This Wednesday's concert will be an emotional exercise for concertgoers with pieces by Strauss, Dohnanyi, and Prokofiev. The first piece on the program, Strauss's Till Eulenspeigel, vividly depicts the tale of a famous German jokester. The audience is sure to be captured by the catchy syncopated theme that makes it seem as if the jokester is dancing around on stage. "There is genius in certain aspects of the work, notably in the amazing sureness of the orchestration and in that frenzied movement which sweeps us on from beginning to end, making us live through all the hero's adventures," said renowned composer Claude Debussy.

      The second piece on the program, Ernst Dohnanyi's violin concerto, will be performed by one of CIM's most distinguished students, violinist Stefani Collins. Ms. Collins is at the beginning of a promising solo career as she has won numerous prestigious competitions throughout the country and has performed solos and toured with a number of professional orchestras, including the North Carolina Symphony. "The solidity and emotion of her playing combined with the powerful music of Dohnanyi is sure to captivate the listeners and leave them in awe," said Dorothy Ro, fellow CIM violinist.

      The last piece on the program is one of love and heartbreak. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suites No. 1 and 2, tells the Shakespeare tragedy through music. The flowing melodies passed around the orchestra describe the love story and make the characters come alive, while the heart-wrenching chords in the slow sections make the tragedy seem real. This is one experience that is definitely worth being a part of.

      Since 1920, CIM's education and results have proved to be exceptional in the field of music. The conservatory has grown immensely and is currently ranked as one of the leading conservatories in the world. Evidence of the Institute's teachings and talents should be found in Wednesday's concert, which hopes to be a rare chance for students to be inspired and emotionally exercised, and in the process, be able to hear a famous soloist-in-the-making.

      Their teaching faculty is largely made up of Cleveland Orchestra members and other famous music teachers. This outstanding faculty has produced some of the world's finest musicians, 35 of which currently hold positions in the Cleveland Orchestra.

      Admission is free, but tickets are required. They can be reserved via the Severance Hall box office at (216)-231-1111.
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