Free Concerts will be Summer Highlight

CIPC-ArtsConnectThursday evenings will be especially sweet this summer thanks to CIPC ArtsConnect and the talents of local instrumentalists and vocalists. With strong support from Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland and the City of Beachwood, CIPC ArtsConnect will present a Summer Concert Series at the Beachwood Community Center, nine special concerts that are free and open to the public. All concerts are held indoors, rain or shine. Continue reading

CIPC’s New ArtsConnect Program Continues Mission of Access to the Arts

The indefatigable Graham Grund, one of the city’s grandest arts patrons, stood at the helm of Access to the Arts for more than two decades.  It was an organization she founded at age 70, using mostly volunteer students from the Cleveland Institute of Music to bring music and joy to the residents of nursing homes across Northeast Ohio.  CIPC also was a partner in the program, coordinating performances by CIPC contestants at the start of each Competition.

With Ms. Grund’s passing last year, the program was searching for a new direction.  Then Jeanne Hoffmeyer, Special Projects Consultant at the Golden Age Centers, and Martha Towns, a CIPC Board member, had a rather brilliant idea. Continue reading

Help Support the CIPC!

Looking back over the past two years, particularly the thrilling weeks of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, we are filled with gratitude by the support we have enjoyed from so many individuals in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

This support was evident in our largest and most successful Competition ever, held this past summer at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall.  A professional survey taken this year indicated that 87 percent of those responding rated their experience at the event “excellent.”  We are very proud of this result, which reflects well on our entire community. Continue reading

Why I Like Competitions

Mike Telin
Mike Telin

by Mike Telin,

I’ve recently become impressed by how deeply concerned organizations and companies are about finding out whether or not I have had an enjoyable experience. People everywhere are asking — how did you find your banking experience, your shopping experience, or your flight experience? Even websites have these little popup surveys — How was your experience using our online booking system?

What I would like to tell these people is, look, I got what I wanted, it didn’t take too long or cost an arm and a leg, so my experience was just fine and it would be even better if I didn’t have to talk to you. But I’m from the Mid-west so I just smile and say, thank you very much. Continue reading

Look But Don’t Touch? Not For This Art!

Cambridge Claude SchneiderAs if Gartner Auditorium and Severance Hall were not large enough to contain the glorious music of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, 22 brightly decorated pianos will pop up on the streets of Cleveland to help celebrate the event this summer.

Presented jointly by CIPC and Case Western Reserve University, the pianos are a delightfully hands-on art installation called Play Me, I’m Yours.   British artist Luke Jerram conceived the concept and this iteration is being carried out by artist volunteers at Case Western, CIPC, and 11 other community institutions. Continue reading

Heartfelt Thanks to the Mixons

Mal and Barbara Mixon
Mal and Barbara Mixon, photographed at the 2011 Bravo Piano gala.

CIPC extends its deepest thanks to Mr. and Mrs. A. Malachi Mixon III, who have pledged their commitment to present the Mixon First Prize of $50,000 for the 2013 Competition and for the next four Competitions to follow.  The Mixons have been presenting the first prize since 2005, making their total commitment to date $450,000. Continue reading

CIPC Board Honors Six Special Patrons

Richard and Connie Manuel, Mal and Barbara Mixon, and George and Rosalyn Sievila were unanimously elected Honorary Directors of the Cleveland International Piano Competition at the Annual Meeting in December.  The action was taken to honor their remarkable services and contributions to the Competition over the course of many years of dedicated support.  All of us at the CIPC extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Manuels, the Mixons, and the Sievilas – the Competition would not exist as it does today without them!

Grab a Seat for a Great Performance!

Pierre and Sophie
Pierre and Sophie van der Westhuizen

CIPC’s Pierre and Sophié van der Westhuizen will hold the spotlight for an exciting piano duo performance as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival FILM FEAST fundraising series.  The concert will be held at the Warrensville Heights branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm.  The event is being hosted by Allyn and John Davies, who serve on the board of directors for both CIPC and the Film Festival. Continue reading

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities at CIPC

Coordinating an event as large and as complex as the Cleveland International Piano Competition takes a lot of time, and the organization relies on part-time staff and volunteers in the months and weeks leading up to the start of the event to make it all come together.  This year, for the first time, employment and volunteer opportunities will be posted on the website. Continue reading