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Curator’s Corner: April 2024

April at the Cello Museum

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

Cello April

April is here, bringing with it the second quarter of 2024 and exciting plans at the Cello Museum, including our first cello festival – the Bethany Beach Cellofest 2024. Continue reading for a preview of what we’re planning this month.

Bethany Beach Cellofest 2024

Every day is Earth Day at the Bethany Beach Nature Center

Later this month, we will have a warm-up event for our Bethany Beach Cellofest 2024: a cello storytime with me, Brenda Neece, at the Bethany Beach Nature Center as part of their Every Day is Earth Day celebration. If you are in the area, come join in this family-friendly event on 20 April at 10:30 AM, rain or shine. There will be a giveaway of cello-themed stickers as long as supplies last.

Our other events will occur in June, including performances on the boardwalk, at the nature center, and at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church. There are still places left for participants to join the Cellofest cello ensemble and repertoire classes, so be sure to sign up for the Cello Museum’s first in-person summer program, the Bethany Beach Cellofest! Join soloist and chamber musician Jennifer Kloetzel for this intense but non-competitive program designed for adults—amateurs and educators alike. The focus is unaccompanied works by women, cello ensemble playing, wellness, and family time at the beach.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Elizabeth Bell

April 2024 NYWC Spotlight Elizabeth Bell

In the second week of every month, we showcase one New York Women Composers (NYWC) member who has composed music for the cello. In April, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of New York Women Composers, we spotlight the NYWC’s co-founder and special angel, Elizabeth Bell (1928–2016) and her work Soliloquy A Collection of Reflections for Solo Cello.

Catch up on the other articles in the series.

Andrew Bellis: Slip Sliding Away, or Those Bothersome Pegs

Andrew Bellis standing in a doorway holding a bow

Andrew Bellis, Bow Specialist

As the seasons change, many of us deal with changes to our cello pegs. Later this month, Andrew Bellis will be back to tell us why:

So, what’s with this peg-slipping business? You know that awful feeling when you open the case, and some, or all, of the strings, are floppy; at worst, the sudden lowering of tension will allow the bridge and the soundpost to go down. And why? Blame the weather.

Postcards from Erica – Asian Composers Series

April 2024 Postcards from Erica

In the last week of April, Erica Lessie will send us the second installment in her new series featuring unaccompanied cello works by Asian composers.

Want more music while you wait? You can explore her postcards spotlighting Hispanic and Latino/Latina composers, postcards highlighting works by Black composers, her series presenting women composers, or revisit all of her postcards.

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