Radio Offbeat, Saturdays 11:00 AM
Tune in to WCLV 104.9 at 11:00 a.m. Saturday mornings and join host Merry Peckham as CIM's radio show enters its ninth season.
The Cleveland Institute of Music's radio program is designed to answer some pressing questions about classical music (well, maybe not so pressing, but thought-provoking nonetheless). Offbeat will be broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM and streamed live at www.wclv.com.
Each hour-long show will explore the work of an artist or delve into a musical topic. Offbeat provides a cool combination of great music, interesting guests and slightly off-the-wall commentary - a lively behind-the-scenes tour of classical music.
The People Behind Offbeat
Host Merry Peckham, cellist with the famed Cavani String Quartet and CIM cello/chamber music faculty member, will bring her energy, style and eccentric perspective to the program - definitely an unexpected turn from the normally more circumspect classical music world.
The Cavani Quartet won the prestigious Naumberg Chamber Music Award and was top prize winner at the Coleman, Fischoff, Banff International, and Cleveland Quartet Competitions. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Merry Peckham has made many solo guest artist appearances with orchestras and chamber ensembles. She was a prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the National Federation of Music Clubs, from which she received the top prize in cello and in overall string categories.
Ms. Peckham received her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University and her Master of Music Performance and Literature degree from the Eastman School of Music. She completed additional studies at The Ohio State University and Yale University. Her major teachers and mentors include Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, Aldo Parisot, Paul Katz and Peter Salaff.
Producer Nancy Sinning is a recognized award-winning professional both in front of the microphone as an announcer and behind the scenes as a producer. Nancy can be heard as the weekend on-air announcer for WCLV 104.9 FM and is featured on the program Golden Opportunities Sundays on WKYC (Channel 3).
She has been recognized for her arts and cultural features by the Press Club of Cleveland, the Associated Press, the Ohio Society of Journalists and nationally by the Gabriel Awards.
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This season marks the 30th anniversary of violinist Midori's concert debut at just 11 years old. It also marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of Midori and Friends, a non-profit program which provides thousands of under-served children with music lessons and experiences. Midori shares her passion for music and how she is sharing it with the world.
"For the Record" - Alan Bise
Musicians make sound and recording artists capture it. Alan Bise is a recording engineer who has mastered his art as the Chief Classical Producer for Azica Records and the founder of Thunderbird Records who has returned to CIM as the Director of Recording Arts & Services. Learn about his experiences, as well as what it means to be back at CIM in his new role.
"A Well Composed Life" - Joan Tower
Hailed by New York Magazine as "One of the Most Successful Woman Composers of All Time," Joan Tower was the first woman ever to receive the Grawemeyer Award in Composition in 1990. She was inducted in 1998 into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters, and into the Academy of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University in 2004. (from 2007)
"Everything Old is New Again" - Dean Southern
The great baritone Dean Southern has written extensively about what today's singers can learn from those who preceded them. He'll share the work of singers he has unearthed from the past, what they tell us about the evolution of Opera performance and how they influence today's singers.
You'll hear what it's like to be part of CIM's Young Artist Program from a musician who has taken the classical music world by storm. Alisa Weilerstein started playing the cello when she was two and a half, and never stopped. She made her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 1995 when she was only 13 and has gone on to perform with almost every major orchestra in the world. CIM's artist-in-residence shares her stories of a musical upbringing. (from 2009)
"Playing a New Tune" - Roger Tapping
Roger Tapping, chair of NEC's chamber music program, former violist of the Takács Quartet, is the newest member of the Juilliard String Quartet. You'll find out how Roger plans on balancing his life as an educator with the life of a full time member of one of the world's most famous string quartets.
"Just for Laughs" - Eric Charnofsky
In the deep, dark depths of musical history, one man's music has been unearthed, enlightening the world to works that could never be imagined by the likes of Mozart or Haydn! Offbeat talks to a performer who is bringing the compositions of the great PDQ Bach to audiences, along with his own humorous compositions -- Eric Charnofsky shares his musical witticisms. (from 2009)
Offbeat talks to CIM's newest violin faculty member (and Mixon Hall Masters Series season opener) about his career, his recordings and what it means to him to be at CIM.
"Queen of the Keys" - Joela Jones
Joela Jones, principal keyboardist of The Cleveland Orchestra, traveled the coasts of America as a child prodigy, a trip that led to encounters with some of the all-time greats of classical music. She'll share her stories, her music and some of her other lesser-known talents during this encore presentation of Offbeat. (from 2009)
"All About the Tuba" - Ron Bishop
It's an instrument that's played in concert bands, jazz ensembles and marching bands but when it comes to its place in the orchestra, the tuba stands alone. Ron Bishop was principle tuba for The Cleveland Orchestra for 38 years and has also coached and mentored the next generation of orchestral tuba players. He'll share the history of the bass voice of the brass section.
"The Rhythm of Life" - Jamey Haddad
Jamey Haddad has got the beat and he is sharing it with students at CIM. He discusses his career and what he teaches to the next generation of musicians. (from 2006)
"Life Inside the Conservatory" - Yolanda Kondonassis & Michael Sachs
Offbeat explores life at a conservatory through the eyes of teachers and their students. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and trumpeter Michael Sachs share what life is like for musicians who are on the path to becoming full-time professionals. (from 2007)
"Singing the Praises of Soprano Christine Brewer"
Offbeat asks about her recital career, her GRAMMY Award-winning recording, what it's been like to perform with the top conductors of our time and her efforts to pass on the love of opera to the next generation through the program she started called "Opera-tunities."