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Curator’s Corner: February 2023

February at the Cello Museum

2023-02 Curator's Corner

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

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s February, and we have a lot to look forward to as we celebrate Black History Month in the USA, launch our new #cellistsforpeace project, and learn about another great unaccompanied cello work by Victoria Bond.

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month February 2023

Just in time to help us all celebrate Black History Month in the USA, Erica Lessie sent us a list of all the unaccompanied cello works in her most recent series of digital postcards about Black composers. Be sure to download her PDF containing a handy reference list in your preferred format (US letter size or A4).

In addition, we have a celebratory giveaway below. (Please scroll down to enter for a chance to win a CD by cellist Gretchen Yanover and a Cello Museum T-shirt.)


#cellistsforpeace Celtic Music Project

Later this month, we will be launching our first 2023 #cellistsforpeace project. We’ll have the new piece by cellist and composer Clíodhna Ní Aodáin ready for download soon, with all the details on how to participate in this project to celebrate Earth Day (22 April). So be sure to sign up for #cellistsforpeace updates to receive the details.

Everyone who participates may include a video in the final presentation. So be sure to sign up here if you are interested in participating. Also, if you love Celtic music, please consider signing up for Clíodhna’s mailing list. Cellists wanting to get started playing Celtic music can find Clíodhna’s introductory course here.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Victoria Bond

Victoria Bond

Composer Victoria Bond. Photo courtesy Victoria Bond.

Every month, we showcase women composers through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of February 2023, we are pleased to feature Victoria Bond, and her work for unaccompanied cello, “Jasmine Flower.”

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Ukrainian National Anthem Project Update

Last year we did two projects in support of Ukraine – the Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project and  – rather than an update on this project, we did another project – the Carol of the Bells Cello Project.

This month we plan to have our long-overdue update on our Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project. Our original video continues to get views on Facebook and YouTube, and we were honored that the project was featured in the June 2022 print edition of The Strad and an online article. We’ve also had news of lovely videos from other groups and an original composition by the young cellist and composer, Ilay Kenes.

The video will continue to be available on the Cello Museum’s YouTube channel, so please share the information across your networks to help amplify this call for peace (and to listen to a truly lovely piece of music with a moving personal story). If you haven’t read it yet, we encourage you to read the story of Ukrainian cellist, Vlad Primakov, and donate to a charity supporting those affected as you are able. Thank you.

February Giveaways!

Cello Love

Metal Print of Paola Beals Trademark

11″ x 14″ metal print of Paola’s Cello Love trademark design.

Enter for a chance to win this fantastic 11″ x 14″ metal print of Paola’s cello love trademark design which cleverly combines the ASL sign for “love” (🤟🏼) with the word “cello.”

The giveaway entry form is at the end of this article about Paola Beals. The prize drawing is on Valentine’s Day.

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month Giveaway Feb 2023

We were excited to celebrate Black History Month in the USA with a special giveaway. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate by entering our Black History Month Giveaway for a chance to win a Cello Museum T-shirt and a copy of Gretchen Yanover’s Bridge Across Sound CD. The giveaway is now over.

Congratulations to our winner: Angie Sutliff of Wisconsin, USA!

Not a winner this time? We’ll have another giveaway soon. In the meantime, you can get cello-related merch from our online museum shop. Every purchase supports the Cello Museum.

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