Music and The Middle East Up Next for Dialogue Series

The programming committee at South Franklin Circle continues to book a wide array of speakers for its ever-popular Dialogue Series.

The South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series offers Chautauqua-inspired lectures designed to stimulate and inspire the greater community, promoting an active, healthy lifestyle focused on culture and engagement.  The forums are free and open to the public.

We’re intellectually curious people who enjoy lifelong learning,” says resident Rev. Joan Campbell. “We are inspired by each other’s energy.”

“It’s exciting working with the committee to come up with ideas for speakers,” says Campbell.  “We all learn something because we all bring something different to the table.”

Past speakers have included former Ohio Governor George Voinovich, Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., Arun Gandhi and Aaron David Miller.

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up for February and March.

The Study of Quartet in the Training of the Complete Musician
Joel Smirnoff, President & CEO of The Cleveland Institute of Music

Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.

SmirnoffPicture-CIM-120x170Since the Renaissance, it has been essential for musicians to develop the ability to hear, write and perform in four-piece ensembles.

This Dialogue Series event will showcase the artistry of ensemble work, featuring Joel Smirnoff and three of the most talented students of The Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory Division in a performance of Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major, K. 387. Following the performance, Mr. Smirnoff will lead a roundtable discussion with the students, all of whom have varying backgrounds and professional aspirations.

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is one of eight independent music conservatories in the country and is known for superior orchestral, chamber music, composition and opera programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. CIM’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Division welcomes the broader community to the world of art music and its study, and develop the highest talents within our area and for those who come from outside our area to study.

Conductor, violinist and eminent pedagogue Joel Smirnoff has been president and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) since 2008. During his tenure, CIM formalized its composer/virtuoso curriculum and launched its strategic plan that focuses on developing the complete musician for the 21st century, connecting students to community, culture and relevant new composition. Previously, Mr. Smirnoff was a member of the Juilliard String Quartet, winning a 2011 Lifetime Grammy Award with this ensemble. He made his American conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony in 2000 and conducts orchestras throughout the world, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Basel Sinfonietta. As a jazz soloist, he has been featured on albums with Tony Bennett and in performance with Gunther Schuller and the American Jazz Orchestra, and the Billy Taylor Trio.

Reserve your spot today!

Latest Developments in the Middle East
Aaron David Miller, Middle East policy expert, author, media commentator

Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Aaron David Miller at South Franklin CircleCleveland native Aaron David Miller returns to South Franklin Circle to offer his expert take on the latest developments in the Middle East. His talks always sell out, so reserve your spot now!

Mr. Miller is currently Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., where he’s finishing his new book Can America Have Another Great President?

For two decades he served in the Department of State as an analyst, negotiator and adviser on Middle Eastern issues to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State. Between 2003 and 2006, he also served as President of Seeds of Peace, an internationally recognized program in conflict resolution and co-existence for young people from regions of conflict.

He has written four books, including his most recent, The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (Bantam Books, 2008). His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and his column “Reality Check” appears weekly in Foreign Policy Magazine. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.

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