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You have to admire the sheer imaginative chutzpah these young performers bring to their envelopepushing enterprise. – Chicago Tribune on Fifth House Ensemble

Top: The Chicago-based Fifth House ensemble leads several workshops on refining professional skills prior to embarking on a career. Bottom: Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir works with student quartet on blending sounds. Photos: Roger Mastroianni

Ms. Thorsteinsdottir is one of those people that makes you feel at ease and excited at the same time.

Here’s a full list of the guests CIM has hosted this year: David Kim, violin Thomas Hampson, voice Renee Fleming, voice Fifth House Ensemble Harri Maki, clarinet Gail Williams, horn Raphael Wallfisch, cello Marie Ross, clarinet Cuarteto Casals Cicilia Yuddha, piano Lara Downes, piano Tim Burdick, woodwind repair Joel Braun, double bass Vincent Dubois, organ Lawrence Wheeler, viola Jupiter String Quartet Elizabeth Freivogel, viola Rebecca Albers, viola Julie Albers, cello Laurie Smukler, violin Ning An, piano Owen Lee, double bass Jinjoo Cho, violin Warren Jones, voice Matti Hirvonen, voice Claudio Mehner, piano Steven Hough, piano Marcia Ferritto, viola Paul Ellison, double bass Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello Jahja Ling, piano Elizabeth Oakes, viola She-e Wu, marimba Christian Lane, organ Arnaldo Cohen, piano Ani Kavafian, violin Craig Knox, tuba Peter Evans, trumpet Jennifer Montone, horn Eric Wong, viola

– Susan Bengtson (viola, pictured) S P R I N G 2 0 16

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CIM Notes | Spring 2016