It’s open for debate whether the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Pianofest is about the performers or the audience. It’s essentially a master class for CIM’s top piano students and faculty members, but thanks to helpful feedback and a post-concert reception, it’s a lot more fun. Cleveland International Piano Competition artistic director Paul Schenly, whose career includes European tours and soloist gigs with all of the major U.S. orchestras, heads up CIM’s piano department and the contest, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at Mixon Hall (11021 East Blvd., 216.791.5000). Tickets: $5. — Michael Gill
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