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Cleveland International Piano Competition “Crescendo”

“Crescendo” was an extraordinary first-time event. The black-tie benefit for the Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) was chaired by Anne Ames and held at the Cleveland Museum of Art with 350 guests in attendance.


The evening began with a concert in Gartner Auditorium that sold out with 680 people. The featured performers were the four medalists from the 2013 CIPC, accompanied by Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Jeannette Sorrell. They played individually, followed by compositions for two pianos, concluding with a lively and entertaining piece for eight hands on one piano!


The glorious Ames Family Atrium was the site of the post-concert cocktail reception and sit-down dinner. Lovely flower arrangements were done by budding floral designer, William Lynch, a senior at University School.


According to Della Homenik, CIPC director of communications and artist management, “Crescendo” raised more than $100,000. The competition brings the world’s best emerging pianists to Cleveland. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAROLINE R. MERK

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