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Piano Portraits: Alexander Schimpf to Perform in a Private Home for Pianopalooza

December 14th 2012

David Franklin, Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Antonia Reiner-Franklin will host a very special afternoon in their Shaker Heights home featuring a concert by 2011 first prize winner Alexander Schimpf.  The event is a highlight of CIPC’s PianoPalooza series of music and fun in distinctive venues.

Alexander Schimpf
Alexander Schimpf

Guests also will be treated to a pre-concert conversation between Alexander and CIPC Executive Director Pierre van der Westhuizen.  They will discuss the afternoon’s repertoire and catch up on the highlights of Alexander’s career since winning the Competition in 2011.  An elegant reception will follow the concert.

“It is rare to have the opportunity to enjoy an artist of Alexander’s caliber in such a personal setting,” said CIPC Executive Director Pierre van der Westhuizen.  “His warm and engaging personality will definitely be felt by the audience, making it a very special concert experience.”

“We are grateful to the Franklins for opening their home for this event,” van der Westhuizen added.  “It is the perfect setting for a concert and reception.”  Interestingly, the Franklins live in the home formerly owned by Martha Joseph, one of the founders of the Competition.  We think Martha would have been pleased!

“Piano Portraits” will be held Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $200 each and may be purchased online or by phone at 216-707-5397.  Seating is limited and the event will almost certainly sell out, so interested individuals are advised to make their plans early.  Proceeds benefit the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

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