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Curator’s Corner: August 2023

August at the Cello Museum

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

Curator's Corner August 2023

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. Summer is in full swing here at the Cello Museum, and we have a lot happening as we round out the season.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Kim Sherman

Kim Sherman NYWC Spotlight “The Laodamiad”

Every month we showcase a woman composer through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of August 2023, we look forward to our next installment, spotlighting Kim Sherman and her unaccompanied cello work “The Laodamiad.

Catch up on the other articles in the series.

The Magic of Merlin

The Silver Swan, Bowes Museum A musical automaton and icon of the museum, the Silver Swan dates from 1774 and was purchased for the museum by John Bowes from a Parisian jeweller in 1872 for £200

The Silver Swan (1774) by John Joseph Merlin, Bowes Museum. Photo by Andrew Curtis, Wikipedia – CC BY-SA 2.0.

We’re thrilled to welcome cellist and writer Sarah Freiberg to the Cello Museum this month!

Last month, Sarah participated in the opening of a wonderful new exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the creation of the Silver Swan by the inventor John Joseph Merlin (1735-1803) at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, England, that will run through 7 January 2024.

Find out what this iconic mechanical silver swan, rollerskates, and Sarah’s cello have in common later this month in her article, “The Magic of Merlin.”

Cellos and Animals Series – Part III: Horses & Cows & Deer – Oh My!

Cellos and Animals Part III Horse and Cows and Deer Oh My (600 × 400 px)

In 2022, I put out a call for cello-lovers to send me their pet photos, anecdotes, and videos, and our Cello Museum family came through in spades. What started as a short article about cellists and animals, particularly cellists and their pets, grew into a mammoth undertaking. Actually, there were no mammoths—but there were elephants! So I’ve split the topic of cellists and animals into a multi-part series. Part III is about cellists playing for horses, cows, and deer.

Look for this third installment later this month. Revisit the previous articles in the series (about dogs and birds).

Postcards from Erica—Hispanic and Latino/Latina Composers Series

August 2023 Postcards from Erica

Erica Lessie will send us her next installment in her series about unaccompanied cello works by Hispanic and Latino/Latina composers in the last week of August. Be sure to check out her postcards featuring works by Black composers, her series featuring women composers, or revisit all of her postcards.

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