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


Monica Miller
September 21|noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

In the midst of a global pandemic as well as uprisings protesting race-based violence and police brutality, the fiction of Flannery O’Connor resonates as much now as when it was first written sixty years ago by the Georgia writer, whose life was struck short by lupus at 39.

Joy Bostic
September 23|7-8:30 p.m. EDT

This talk will delve into the core values and organizing strategies Black women use locally and nationally in the struggle for inclusive voting rights in the United States.

Cosponsored by the LWV of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland History Center

Chris Ronayne
September 25|1-3 p.m. EDT

Siegal Lifelong Learning is pleased to host the Association for Continuing Education (ACE) Annual Meeting including keynote speaker Chris Ronayne, President, University Circle Inc., a nonprofit community service organization.

Samuel Barnett
October 02|noon-1:00 p.m. EDT

In his book, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, Joseph Ellis, a prolific American historian, considered contemporary issues facing America today and combs history for a sense of what some of our country’s founders had to say about them.

Blanton Tolbert
October 06|6-7 p.m. EDT

Research in the Tolbert Group endeavors to understand the molecular mechanisms RNA viruses use to express their genomes.

John Grabowski
October 07|7 p.m. EDT

Did John D. Rockefeller forget Cleveland? Dr. Grabowski will talk about the various long-held beliefs of many Clevelanders about John D. Rockefeller and whether they are based in truth.

Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland History Center.

Phil Lieberman
October 07|7-8:30 p.m. EDT

This lecture will introduce the Qur'an and the world out of which it emerged, paying particularly close attention to the relationship between the Qur'an and the Bible.


Amanda Mikolic
October 12|1:00 p.m. ET
Jürgen Bosch
October 13|6-7 p.m. EDT

Dr. Jurgen Bosch has over fifty scientific publications and five patents. He is an expert on vaccine design and has been working on a vaccine and Rapid Diagnostic Tests for malaria but has retooled for coronavirus. He will give us an insider’s view of how the SARS-2 virus ticks and what progress is being made in the area of testing.

Doron Kalir
October 16|noon-1 p.m. EDT

Recent events in Israel—both on the borders and in Jerusalem—are a stark reminder that in Israel, no moment is a dull moment. Israeli-born Professor Kalir will take us on a quick trip through Israel’s current affairs—from national security to political reality, from recent legislation proposals to key Supreme Court cases.

Elisabeth Hildebrand
October 20|6-7 p.m. EST

Elisabeth Hildebrand and colleagues recently published stunning data on social complexity among nomadic pastoralists in what is now Turkana, Kenya with date drawn from excavations and ground-penetrating radar surveys at the earliest and most massive monumental site in eastern Africa. Lothagam North Pillar Site.

Deborah Dash Moore
October 21|4:00 p.m. EDT

The end of the 20th century hosted quite a few critical historical events which will be examined during this lecture.

Brent Larkin, Plain Dealer; Tom Beres, WKYC-TV (retired); and Leon Bibb, WKYC-TV, WEWS-TV (retired)
October 21|7 p.m. EDT

The 1990s in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio were molded by 3-term Mayor Michael R. White (1990-2002). Changes to the Cleveland Public Schools, Gateway stadium (and stadiums in general), the Browns, the airport, and many other decisions were made that are impacting the region to this day.

Assaf Boker
October 26|1:00 p.m. ET

Our tour begins with an overview of the Old City from the peak of the Mt. of Olives, welcoming you to Jerusalem, taking in the geography, history, religion, and culture of the city that has touched the hearts of so many, gaining new perspective for the city and an understanding of its unparalleled role for all three Abrahamic religions.

Mark Aldenderfer
October 27|6-7 p.m. EDT

Archaeologist Dr. Mark Aldenderfer, the MacArthur Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced, has spent his life investigating the origins of settled village life, human adaptation to high altitude environments, hunting, and gathering, and early plant and animal domestication.

Elisheva Carlebach
October 28|4:00 p.m. EDT

Learn about a momentous period in Jewish women’s history (1750 – 1880), a time “in which every aspect of Jewish life underwent the most profound changes to have occurred since antiquity.”  Representing a tumultuous era of changing borders, demographic shifts, and significant Jewish migration, this discussion will explore how Jewish women respond

Sara Seager
November 3|6-7 p.m. EST

In 25 years we have gone from knowing only about the (then 9) planets of our solar system to a wealth of over 4000 known planets around thousands of stars.

Neil Cornish
November 10|6-7 p.m. EST

In September 2015, 100 years after Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity, the LIGO collaboration announced the first every observation of gravitational waves emanating from the merger of two black holes over 1 billion light years away, opening up a new window on the universe.

Zvi Gitelman, Professor emeritus of Political Science and Preston R. Tisch Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
November 11|4:00 p.m. EST

One conspicuous feature of the Jewish cultural and political landscape in the 1920s and 1930s was the robust health of Jewish movements that were avowedly secular in their outlook. The most prominent were Bundism, Labor Zionism, and Yiddishism.

Jonathan L. Entin
November 12|7 p.m. EST

Gender-based distinctions used to pervade American law. The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment gave women a constitutional right to vote, but did nothing to disturb other forms of gender discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would have guaranteed equal rights regardless of sex, but was never ratified.

Lee Makela
November 16|noon-1:00 p.m. EST

Among cultural historians, Fashion and Fashion Consciousness, "change for the sake of change", play key roles in defining and illustrating the general overall process of modernization at work.  Other factors - mechanization, urbanization, the emergence of a monetary economy, the development of a national identity - contribute as well.  Taken tog

David Roskies, Instructor of Yiddish literature and culture and Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
November 17|4:00 p.m. EST

The establishment of a Jewish State presented growing challenges to the collectivist, statist, patriotic Zionist narrative that dominated Israel's early years.  Kassow and Roskies will examine Jewish writing during the Holocaust, the Renaissance of Jewish life in America after WWII and Jewish creativity behind the iron curtain in the Soviet Unio

John Ruhl
November 17|6-7 p.m. EST

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is the glow of the universe from when it was just 400,000 years old. It has also been our most valuable tool in deciphering the nature of the universe on large scales, especially the universe before that time.

Alexandra W. Lough
November 19|7 p.m. EDT

Cleveland during the period of Mayor Tom L. Johnson (1901-1909) was considered by many to be one of the best-governed cities in the nation. But Johnson was just one of several mayors who were followers of the 19th-century political economist and social reformer Henry George. Dr.

Shelley Zimmerman
November 20|noon-1:00 p.m. EST

As the first woman Police Chief of a major American City, Shelley Zimmerman witnessed San Diego's overall crime falling to its lowest level in 49 years during her tenure. She will discuss the authentic leadership principles she instituted and why public safety must be a shared responsibility.

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
December 03|7 p.m. EST

The talk will examine the role of the Wade family women and their milieu in shaping the culture of philanthropy and the Settlement Movement in late nineteenth century Cleveland.

Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland History Center

Don Rosenberg
December 18|noon-1:00 p.m. EST

Few musical titans have been more ubiquitous than the German-born composer of powerful and poetic masterpieces - Ludwig van Beethoven. So does he need to be saluted, even on what may appear an important milestone? Two days after the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, we'll explore why the answer is an emphatic "Yes!"

Cathy Lesser Mansfield
January 26|11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Join Cathy Lesser Mansfield for this haunting photographic history of  life in Berlin and Germany before, during, and immediately after the Holocaust.