CIM@Severance / Washington Place Bistro











The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
In Concert at Severance Hall
Wednesday, March 27th at 8 p.m.
Carl Topilow, conductor – featuring I-Chieh Wang, piano

MUSSORGSKY - Prelude to Khovanshchina (Dawn on the Moskva River)
GRIEG - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 16
PROKOFIEV - Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100

Cleveland Institute of Music presents: Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina; Grieg: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16; Prokofiev: Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100


Carl Topilow is director of the CIM orchestral program and primary instructor for the master’s degree program in orchestral conducting. In addition, he is music director and conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer music festival based in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky.

Founding conductor of the Summit Brass, Topilow has also served as principal pops conductor of the Toledo and Southwest Florida Symphonies. He received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He began his career as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He served as a conducting fellow of the National Orchestral Association from 1972 until 1976, with Leon Barzin; he was also a conducting fellow at Aspen School of Music in 1976, with Jorge Mester and John Nelson. He was first place winner of the Baltimore Symphony Young Conductor’s Competition in 1976, and appeared as guest conductor with that orchestra this past July. A frequent guest conductor both in the U.S. and abroad, he will appear as guest conductor with the Akron Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, Portland (ME) Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Youngstown Symphony. He has served as guest conductor for more than 100 orchestras in 30 states and 11 foreign countries.

Taiwanese pianist I-Chieh Wang is an active solo and chamber musician.

She has established herself as a pianist with great promise in both her native Taiwan and now in the United States. She was the first prizewinner for the 3rd annual “Elite Award” for piano in Taiwan, and also won the International Chamber Music Competition in Taiwan. Ms. Wang has performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor with the Kaohsiung Municipal Youth Orchestra, and also performed as a solo pianist in the Liszt Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat Minor with the Kaohsiung Municipal High School Orchestra. In 2006, she won the NEC Piano Honor and performed in the honors concert to celebrate Mozart 250th anniversary. She also played clarinet as a second major performing with the Kaohsiung Municipal Youth Orchestra.



She earned a bachelor degree from New England Conservatory of Music and won the NEC Piano Honor and performed in the honors concert of the NEC piano department celebrates the Mozart anniversary.

I-Chieh Wang is currently a master student at CIM and studies with Paul Schenly and Kathryn Brown. I-Chieh has already established herself as a pianist with great promise in Taiwan and has begun to make a respectable career in the United States.





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WHO: The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
with Carl Topilow, conductor – featuring I-Chieh Wang, piano
WHAT: CIM@Severance
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, 44106
DINNER: Washington Place Bistro – arrive 6 p.m. or later









TICKETS: We have made special arrangements with the CIM for ticketing. Since the nominal concert tickets are just $5, we didn’t think that a discount was appropriate. As an added incentive – in addition to the great music and affordable ticket pricing – we will have elegant group seating for the concert.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience great music from the Dress Circle at Severance? Here’s your opportunity!

We have obtained a limited number (20) of seats in the prestigious Dress Circle for Music Cleveland! members. In order to qualify, you must RSVP by March 21st including your phone number, full name, and direct email address (they will be kept confidential and only shared with CIM). We will also have a Wait List to handle late replies. You are not required to join us for dinner before the concert.

You will pick up and pay for your tickets at the CIM table in Smith Lobby at Severance Hall on the evening of the concert.  Cash or checks only.  No credit cards please.

This is our first opportunity to sit together at Severance as a group in such prime seats. RSVP as soon as possible since we anticipate reaching our seat allocation quickly. Don’t be left out.

Late RSVPs can still attend the concert albeit from seats in “steerage.”

Here is a shot I made from the Dress Circle seats last year -










DINNER: Washington Place Bistro & Inn, 2203 Cornell Road (former Baricelli Inn in Little Italy),[masked]
Time: Arrival around 6 p.m.
Parking: Washington Place offers complementary Valet Parking on site and limited street parking may be available.











On Wednesday evenings, Washington Place offers a special menu. For just $40, two diners can share an appetizer, enjoy 2 entrees and a bottle of wine! Two for $40 menu (click here)

Map and Directions (click here)

The Washington Place Bistro offers Classic American Cuisine, featuring produce from local growers, hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, house-made soups and grilled sandwiches.
Menus are priced very affordably yet offer a wide range of tastes while presenting food fashionably. Most dinner entrees range between $16 - $24.

Newly remodeled dining rooms feature intimate dining and a separate cocktail lounge. An extended private outdoor courtyard offers dining alfresco amid the lush greenery of the Little Italy neighborhood.

The bar at Washington Place is the ideal meeting location for after-work cocktails, or pre-dinner libations.

Members Note: Please don’t forget your annual Membership Fees. You may use the PayPal link in the upper left margin of the home page or pay the Organizer/Host in cash at your next event. Your dues help cover the costs of being on and related administrative costs. Organizers are not compensated and do this for their love of music, fine wine and food, and, of course, friendship. And, our sincere thanks to those members who are current with their dues!

You may join Music Cleveland! and pay the annual fee of $10 and your dues for Ciné Arts Cleveland! will be waived – two groups for the price of one. But, you must have paid the membership fee before CAC dues can be waived.








RSVPAs always we will ask you a series of questions in the process – full name, direct email and phone number – that we will consider private and confidential. If you don’t see these questions, please contact the event host for assistance.

Most important questions are regarding dinner. If you indicate yes in your RSVP, we will consider that a firm commitment since we will be making reservations in your name. If you must cancel dinner, please do so 24 hours in advance and notify the host via email.











A variety of parking options are available for concerts at Severance Hall. Pre-paid parking passes are not offered for this event.

The Case Western Reserve University Campus Center Garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Hall (parking entrance is off East Boulevard), with stair and elevator access to Severance Hall. Event parking in the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for $10 per vehicle when space permits.

Limited additional event parking is available in the Case Western Reserve University Lot 1 off Euclid Avenue across from Severance Hall, or at the University Circle Lot 13A on Adelbert Road, and at the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking garage on East Boulevard. Space at these lots may be particularly limited during weekday daytime hours. Some on-street parking is also available, but it often fills up well before curtain time.

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  • Bill J.

    Great food, excellent music and good friends!

    March 28, 2013

  • Bill J.

    Not to worry. The concert is at 8, I just changed the posting time for early check-in. I'm here ;)

    March 27, 2013

  • Bill J.

    RSVPs for concert only are reopened. If you want to join us for dinner we might have room. Email me.

    March 26, 2013

  • Bill J.

    Everyone who responded by the initial deadline will have Dress Circle seating. I have reopened the RSVPs since we still have four spots open for dinner. Concert tickets will continue to be available but may not be in the Dress Circle.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    $5 for the Dress Circle and one of my favorite restaurants? Count me in. :)

    March 11, 2013

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