Cleveland Institute of Music Program

Sculpture of Mozart


This course will feature the upcoming performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute opening Wednesday, February 26 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The pre-performance reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m.


Register for the Full Series
Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $55 | Nonmember cost: $78

Per session cost without performance. Click on the individual dates below.
Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $10 | Nonmember cost: $15

Pre-Performance Reception and Concert
Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $25 | Nonmember cost: $30

Click here to register for the full series, or click below to register for individual sessions.


The course will be comprised of 4 parts:


Thursday, January 30 | 7 p.m.
François Germain, Vocal Coach
An overview of Mozart, his operas, and The Magic Flute: How the genius of Mozart is portrayed through this legendary musical work.


Friday, February 7 | 2:30 p.m.
Dean Southern, Artistic Director of CIM Opera Theater
Staging the opera: How a director makes artistic decisions, including observations of a staging rehearsal.


Thursday, February 13 | 7 p.m.
Mary Schiller, Head of CIM Voice Department
Conversations with CIM students and faculty: How the students learn the roles, with demonstrations by student performers.


Friday, February 21 | 3:30 p.m.
Harry Davidson, conductor
The Sitzprobe: How the musical director, singers, and the orchestra musicians work together to interpret the music.


Cleveland Institute of Music – Kulas Hall


Phyllis Lassner
February 24|7 p.m. ET
Dawn Teele
March 10|7 p.m. ET

In the 1880s, women were barred from voting in all national-level elections, but by 1920 they were going to the polls in nearly thirty countries. What caused this massive change? Why did male politicians agree to extend voting rights to women?

Yehonatan Indursky
March 16|11:00 a.m. ET

Filmmaker and celebrated screenwriter Yehonatan Indursky, creator of Shtisel, speaks about his show Autonomies, a dystopian drama set in an alternate reality of present-day Israel.

Sarah Bunin Benor
March 17|7 p.m. ET

Yiddish has influenced the English of Jews (and non-Jews) in the United States.

Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah
March 18|3 p.m. ET

The passover Haggadah is an iconic Jewish text. With each generation, the traditional recounting of the Exodus story finds new relevance and as such, each edition of the Haggadah is a unique statement of the moment and context in which it is written.

Roger C. Klein
March 19|noon-1:00 p.m. ET

In this session, we will reflect on what we do on the holiday of Simchat Torah; namely, finish the Torah. We then immediately proceed in two ways: we return to the beginning but we also read the opening verses of the next book, the Book of Joshua.

Gila Silverman
March 22|1:30-3 p.m. ET

Join Gila Silverman for an informal discussion on the recent lecture: Chutzpah to Chidush: A Century of Yiddish with speaker Sarah Bunin Benor presented on March 17.

David Hammack
March 23|7 p.m. ET

Why is Greater Cleveland home to so many notable private institutions? The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art both make persuasive claims to be among the very best in the United States. University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic give the region two nationally-notable medical systems.

Anthony Wexler
March 24 (please note date change)|7 p.m. ET

The book of Genesis is full of stories about siblings who do not get along. Indeed, it would be impossible to read Genesis without considering the first fratricide, or the struggles between Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah, and Joseph and his brothers.

Vanessa Sasson
April 02|noon-1:30 p.m. ET

The story of the Buddha’s life is known all over the world. So the story goes, he was a prince of a small kingdom, destined to one day take the throne. But after a moment of insight, he decided to leave worldly ambitions aside. Thus did he begin his quest towards Awakening.

Emuna Elon
April 07|12 p.m. ET

As a part of the Israeli Speaker Series, join Siegal Lifelong Learning for an informal Hebrew conversation with author Emuna Elon. (For Hebrew speakers only) 

Michael Posner
April 13|7 p.m. ET

Join Michael Posner, bestselling author and biographer, as he draws on hundreds of interviews to reach beyond the myth of singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen and reveals the unique, complex, and compelling figure of the real man.

Andrew Cappetta
April 15|1-2:30 p.m. ET

Using works from the eponymous exhibition on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Andrew Cappetta will discuss the characteristics and qualities that make an object “art”; the issues and ethics surrounding art conservation; and the stories left untold on museum walls and floors.

Paula Giddings
April 16|4:00 p.m. ET

Professor Paula Giddings, known for her writings on the complicated history of Black women in America, will answer your questions about her scholarship, advocacy, and books, including When and Where I Enter and A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.

Brandon Edwin Chrostowski
April 16|noon-1 p.m. ET
John McBratney
April 19|1-3 p.m. ET

The Association for Continuing Education has chosen On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong as the book for common reading for Book Discussion Day. Read this award-winning novel then hear Professor John McBratney’s lecture.

Joshua Shanes
April 19|7 p.m. ET

Decades ago, Milton Himmelfarb quipped that American Jews tends to “earn like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans”; that is, they remain liberal despite achieving economic success. While that has broadly continued in the age of Trump, a new trend has grown clear.

Ron Leshem
April 20|11:00 a.m. ET

Join us for a conversation with Rob Leshem, screenwriter, author, and creator of Valley of Tears, a new HBO Max series shaking Israeli society and now reaching American audiences. Inspired by true events, Valley of Tears is a ten-part miniseries depicting the Yom Kippur War through the eyes of young combatants.

Christine Hayes
April 22|7 p.m. ET

What is the best way to engage with those who appear to us to be ignorant or wicked? What can biblical and rabbinic debates over the duty, utility, and virtue of answering a “fool” teach us about the possibilities and limitations of the disappearing art of civil discourse?

Ron Leshem
April 22|12:30 p.m. ET

As a part of the Israeli Speaker Series, join Siegal Lifelong Learning for an informal Hebrew conversation with screenwriter and author Ron Leshem. (For Hebrew speakers only) 

Brian G. Redmond
April 22|7 p.m. ET

One of the most interesting problems for those who study the archaeology of northern Ohio has to do with the apparent out-migration of Native American societies after A.D. 1650.

Gila Silverman
April 26|1:30-3 p.m. ET

A casual conversation with Gila Silverman, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, dedicated to further discussion of a book or topic featured in a recent Jewish Studies course or lecture.

Alison Joseph
April 28|4-5:30 p.m. ET
Raphael Zarum
May 03|noon-1:30 p.m. ET

Join Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum to honor the memory of Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom and one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our time.

Meir Shalev
May 04|11:00 a.m. ET

The first love in the Bible did not involve a couple. The first kiss in the Bible had nothing to do with love. Overall, the biblical concept of love is much different than how we perceive it today.

Meir Shalev
May 04|12:30 p.m. ET

As a part of the Israeli Speaker Series, join Meir Shalev, one of Israel's most celebrated authors, for an intimate conversation in Hebrew. (For Hebrew speakers only) 

Kristin Stasiowski
May 05|7-8:30 p.m. ET

The Jesuits labeled him “the devil’s partner in crime,” Frederick the Great of Prussia called him “a monster” who wished to destroy humanity, and his name appears frequently in the plays of Shakespeare in reference to nefarious and murderous characters.

Ron Conlon
May 14|noon-1:30 p.m. ET

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna "for the development of a method for genome editing." Charpentier and Doudna discovered the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. Dr.

Beth Wenger
May 20|7 p.m. ET

The Great Depression presented Jewish women with a unique set of challenges and choices. In response, Jewish women found new survival strategies to cope with the difficult economic conditions and changing family dynamics of these turbulent years.

Steven Litt
May 21|noon-1:00 p.m. ET

From the Group Plan to the Terminal Tower, Urban Renewal, and University Circle, Cleveland’s history is full of attempts at building a better community.

Gila Silverman
May 24|1:30-3 p.m. ET

A casual conversation with Gila Silverman, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, dedicated to further discussion of a book or topic featured in a recent Jewish Studies course or lecture.  This session will focus on Alison Joseph's lecture, which was held in partnership with the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, on What's New In t

Darcy Freedman
June 11|noon - 1:30 pm ET

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to World Food Programme (WFP) "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict." As the world’s largest humanitarian organization addr

Ayelet Gundar Goshen
June 15|11:00 a.m. ET

Literature loves catastrophes, as they reveal a person's true nature. For two thousand years, Jewish texts have faced this question: how should one behave when the world dissolves into chaos? In these moments, we find ordinary men who turn into heroes, heroes who turn into villains, we find cruelty – but also grace, and love.

Ayelet Gundar Goshen
June 16|12:30 p.m. ET

As a part of the Israeli Speaker Series, join novelist Ayelet Gundar Goshen for an intimate conversation in Hebrew. (For Hebrew speakers only) 

Gila Silverman
June 18|noon-1:00 p.m. ET

Letters from a navy soldier killed in the Pacific during WWII, photos of Israel's first Independence Day parade, a commemorative ashtray from a 1961 Jewish Federation fundraiser, a half-finished weaving of Hebrew letters, Yiddish letters wrapped carefully in a white cloth and hidden at the bottom of a box.

Gila Silverman
June 28|1:30-3 p.m. ET

A casual conversation with Gila Silverman, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, dedicated to further discussion of a book or topic featured in a recent Jewish Studies course or lecture. This session will focus on "The Liar" by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen.