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Curator’s Corner: December 2021

December at the Cello Museum

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


Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum! It’s hard to believe the year is almost over, and we have a busy month ahead of us.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are upon us! Whatever holidays you celebrate, we’ve got gift ideas to help you shop for the people in your life who love the cello. Please remember to check shipping times to your location and availability before ordering.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Jinhee Han

Jinhee Han

This month, we are thrilled to present the second installment of our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). This month we will highlight the work of composer Jinhee Han.

Many thanks to the NYWC, especially composer Rain Worthington for all of her help with this project. Read the others in the series here.

Cold Cases in Music Research

Music Research Cold Cases by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich

This month, rather than featuring an individual composer, our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich is taking a slightly different approach. This month, his focus is on cold cases. He tells us:

“According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a cold case is an unsolved criminal investigation … that has stopped being actively pursued because of a lack of evidence. There are cold cases in music research, too, although they typically are not related to criminal activity. “

New Series! Cello Research Resources

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections: The World's Largest Cello Music Collection

Later this month, our intern, Jonathan Simmons, launches our new series: Cello Research Resources, with an article about the world’s largest cello music collection.

Where is this amazing collection? New York? London? Paris? Brussels? No – it’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro (UNCG).

Jonathan, currently a student at UNCG, interviewed curator Stacey Krim to find out more about these phenomenal collections that include these items from luminary cellists Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Lev Aronson, Margaret Rowell, Maurice Eisenberg, Lynn Harrell, and others.

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

Postcards from Erica

This month, cellist and women’s music specialist Erica Lessie finishes her “That’s What She Said” series of digital postcards about unaccompanied cello repertoire by women composers. Her focus in this final installment of this series is music inspired by Pau Casals to celebrate his birthday and International Cello Day.

In this series, each month she has featured 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 additions to their playlists. She will begin a new series in the new year.

Erica’s November postcards featured works by Wanda Sobieska, Ilse Fromm-Michaels, and Lauren Bernofsky.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out previous installments of “That’s What She Said.” Interested in having your piece featured in a future series? Please contact us – we’d be happy to hear from you.

It’s Time to Celebrate!

International Cello Day 2021 Notebook

Our biggest holiday of the year is almost here – International Cello Day! Annually this holiday is celebrated on 29 December, the birthday of Pau Casals. The 27th is also our Founder’s Day.

To celebrate, we have added T-shirts, cards, and other products to our museum shop. In addition, we will be having some prize drawings. Please follow us on social media and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter to find out more.

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