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Curator’s Corner: April 2021

April at The Cello Museum

What’s happening this month at The Cello Museum? Find out here.

April Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at The Cello Museum! It’s April, and we are hard at work on our new exhibition: Innovations in Cello Design. Do you have or know of a cello you think would fit? If so, please contact us. Keep reading for more April Cello Museum news and events.

Oh, That Cello! – Charlie Chaplin the Cellist

Cover of Charlie Chaplin's sheet music for "Oh! That Cello"

“Oh! That Cello” – written and composed by Charlie Chaplin (1916). From the archives of Roy Export Co. Ltd.

In his birthday month, we explore the cello connections of the famous English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer, Charlie Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977).

Chaplin played the cello in his youth; after his rise to fame, he socialized with many prominent musicians, including Pau Casals.

Can’t see the forest for the trees? Dr. Leonovich Discusses David Popper’s “Im Walde”

David Popper

Dr. Leonovich has produced a new edition of  “Im Walde.” He said:

Very few cellists today play the entire Suite, but I believe that it could brighten up any recital program or symphony/chamber orchestra concert. I am happy to present my new edition of the Suite and would like to thank the Free Library of Philadelphia for providing the orchestra parts as an important source for my edition.

Learn more about this piece and its new edition later this month.

That’s What She Said . . . Unaccompanied Works for Cello by Women Composers

In the last week of every month cellist and women’s music specialist Erica Lessie features three pieces in the form of short, digital postcards. These postcards are for cellists in search of new repertoire and for listeners eager to discover new pieces.

Last month Erica featured works by Elaine Fine, Kaitlyn Raitz, and Andrea Casarrubios. We are looking forward to Erica’s April postcards.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out the previous installments of “That’s What She Said.” Interested in having your piece featured? Please contact us.

Meet Renate Kwon, Our New Content Editor & Advertising Manager

Renate Kwon, Content Editor and Advertising Manager

Renate Kwon, Content Editor & Advertising Manager

We are thrilled to welcome multi-talented Renate Kwon to The Cello Museum as our Content Editor and Advertising Manager. Want to advertise on our site? Contact her here.

Renate’s connection to cellos began back in the 20th century with a senior year performance (as the vocalist) of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Ária (Cantilena) for a Young Chamber Musicians Competition of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has been not-so-secretly hoping to recreate that experience ever since.

Read more about her here.

Welcome aboard, Renate!

Meet the Curators on Zoom!

Curators Brenda Neece and Erica Lessie

Curators Brenda Neece and Erica Lessie

Want to learn more about The Cello Museum and meet our curators? Join us on 11 April at 7 PM EDT on Zoom when we meet with the North Carolina Cello Society to introduce ourselves and talk about The Cello Museum. After our presentation, there will be a Q & A session.

Please send us questions you’d like answered if you can’t make it to the event.

21,000 and Counting!

21,000+ Likes on Facebook

This past weekend we hit 21,000 “Likes” on Facebook! Thanks to all of you for being part of The Cello Museum family. Please tell your friends, students, teachers, and family about us. The Cello Museum is for everyone who loves the cello.


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