Christian Labhart’s film “Apassionata” tells the story of a Ukrainian-Swiss concert pianist who returns to her homeland to deliver a concert grand piano to her first music school, visits her parents and music teachers and hears ghostly refrains from the past. “Apassionata” will be shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 8 at 2:10 pm, April 9 at 4 pm and April 10 at 8:40 pm in cooperation with the Cleveland International Piano Competition, whose members and friends will receive a $2 discount on tickets. (Purchase online and use the code PIANO).
David H. Stull, who was appointed dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2004 (after four years as associate dean) will become the next president of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in July. An Oberlin graduate, he worked at Lawrence University’s conservatory of music and at the Juilliard School before returning to his alma mater. Stull presided over many new initiatives at Oberlin including the new Kohl Building to house Jazz Studies, the Cooper International Competition, the Creativity & Leadership Project, Music in America, the creation of an Oberlin record label, national and international tours of the Oberlin Orchestra, and the Rubin Institute for Musical Criticism, helping generate some $40 million in donations for construction, project and program support. On behalf of Oberlin Conservatory, Stull accepted the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2010.