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Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week – 9 January

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Composer Debbie Wiseman’s New Cello and Piano Piece Celebrates Better Times Ahead

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 January

Hear Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence, Debbie Wiseman’s new piece, “A Lustre to this Day,” recorded with Steven Isserlis. This new work was inspired by the life of Queen Anne.

Listen to the piece and read more here.

A Bearcat – and Cellist – for Life

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 January

Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, Santa Ono, was featured in a recent article about his previous position as President of the University of Cincinnati. Vice-Chancellor Ono is a biologist, university administrator, and cellist.

The way Ono tells the story, he was an accomplished cellist as a teenager, didn’t play the instrument for about 25 years, but picked it up again at UC. A faculty member gave him free cello lessons for a year, and it became part of his life again.

Cellist Jordan Hamilton Clinches No. 1 Regional Song of 2020

Jordan Hamilton’s “No Songs for the Weekend,” ranks as the most-played local/regional track of 2020.

Cellist Finds Success on Tik Tok

Cellist Andrew Savoia has found success and solace during the pandemic through his Tik Tok performances.

Miracle for Margate

Margate Synagogue

Klezmer cellist Francesca Ter-Berg has been campaigning to save the Margate Hebrew Congregation’s 1920s building in the Cliftonville area, to create a Clifton Cultural Space.

An anonymous benefactor’s donation provided the remaining funds needed to reach their goal of £300,000.

Ter-Berg said:

There were many sleepless nights and even some tears, but we did it, it feels amazing and we are all so excited about the next steps. We have the full support of the local community and it has been amazing to connect with people from all over the world who have a historical personal relationship to the Synagogue itself.

Congratulations to all involved. We love hearing how cellists are shaping the world.

R.I.P. Composer Claude Bolling (10 April 1930 – 29 December 2020)

French pianist and composer Claude Bolling died at age 90 on 29 December 2020. Famous for his blend of classical and jazz styles, he is known in the cello community for his collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma on his Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio.

R.I.P. Claude Bolling.


From the Top – Cellist Daniel Dorsey, age 17

This hour-long program features several talented young musicians, so you may enjoy listening to the entire program. However, if you only want to listen to cellist Daniel Dorsey, click here and go to 37:42.

Click here to read more and listen to the entire show.

All of It with Alison Stewart – Cellist and Composer Marika Hughes

This is a re-broadcast from January 2020, celebrating artists who persevered in 2020. Enjoy this interview with the extremely talented cellist Marika Hughes, granddaughter of cellist Emanuel Feuermann.

The Tale of the Little Countess’s Little Cello

Young Christine Walevska with her Bernadel Cello

This BBC Outlook program presented by Saskia Edwards tells the tale of concert cellist Christine Walevska’s rare, one-eighth-size Bernardel cello, its loss, and how the cello brought her a new student, the talented Starla Breshears.

Even if you already know the story, this program is worth hearing as it includes interviews with both cellists and clips of them performing.


Ayanna Witter-Johnson – Rise Up

Enjoy this re-release of “Rise Up” by cellist/vocalist Ayanna Witter-Johnson featuring British rapper Akala.

Camille Thomas Performs at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Dvorák: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Enjoy this beautiful performance by Camille Thomas in the Natural History Museum in Paris. She performs with the Brussels Philharmonic under Mathieu Herzog.

Camille Thomas dedicates this video the Children all around the world and to UNICEF.

The Violin Channel – Rockport Music Concert View Series Guy Fishman and Ian Watson

Enjoy this performance on period instruments by cellist Guy Fishman and harpsichordist Ian Watson.

NPR’s From the Top – Daniel Dorsey performs Bach Cello Suite No. 6 (III. Courante)

Enjoy this energetic performance by talented 17-year-old cellist, Daniel Dorsey.

Daniel Dorsey (cello), 17, hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and is in his senior year at St. Xavier High School. He studies music with Dr. Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty through the Cincinnati Young Artists Cello Studio. Daniel has placed in numerous competitions and has performed as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of music, Daniel enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, and doing volunteer work.

From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Archives: Cellist Frank Miller with Walter Hendl Conducting

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 1 January

Click on the image above to watch and hear this concert, recorded on 25 February 1962.

Frank Miller, longtime principal cello of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is featured in Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto in this WGN telecast from February 1962. The program continues with Associate Conductor Walter Hendl leading the CSO in Sinigaglia’s concert overture Le baruffe chiozzotte (Brawling in Chioggia) and closes with a suite from Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Click here for the video of the concert.

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