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Curator’s Corner: July 2022

July at the Cello Museum

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July 2022 Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s July, and we’ve got a very busy month ahead with our first Cello Guild classes and our Founders Campaign.

There’s Still Time to Register for Cello Guild Summer Classes

The Cello Guild Fret Not, Dear Cellist classes by Erica Lessie

Our first Cello Guild classes begin this month with a series by cellist and curator, Erica Lessie. The classes cover neck positions into thumb and are designed for adult students and mature teens. There is still time to sign up for face-to-face and asynchronous options with access to recordings of prior sessions.

Register for classes here or get in touch with any questions.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Hilary Tann

NYWC Spotlight July 2022 Hilary Tann On Ear and Ear for cello and piano

Composer Hilary Tann. Photo courtesy Hilary Tann, copyright Javier Monjas.

Every month we celebrate women composers through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of July 2022, we feature composer Hilary Tann and her work for cello and piano, “On Ear and Ear …”

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Welcome, Dr. Shulamit Sarid!

Dr. Shulamit Sarid

Dr. Shulamit Sarid. Photo courtesy Dr. Shulamit Sarid.

This month we welcome cellist and musicologist, Dr. Shulamit Sarid in a new series about cello playing and gender. Dr. Sarid is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. She obtained a Bachelor of Music from Tel Aviv University, a master’s degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She pursued her studies for a Doctor of Music degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where her advisors were Profs. Matt Haimovitz, Lisa Barg, and Christoph Neidhöfer.

Shulamit played as a soloist with l’orchestre classique de Montréal and the McGill Contemporary Ensemble. She will continue her studies as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem, Israel.

We look forward to the installment in her series later this month: “The Unladylike Instrument:  Thoughts About Cello Playing and Gender.”

Postcards from Erica – Unaccompanied Cello Works by Black Composers Series

Postcards from Erica July 2022

Erica Lessie will send us another installment in her series of postcards featuring unaccompanied cello works by Black composers. Check out her previous postcards here.

Are you interested in having your piece featured in this or a future series? Please get in touch with us – we’d be happy to hear from you.

Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project Update

Ilay and Nuri Kenes

Nuri and Ilay Kenes. Screenshot from YouTube video of “Hope,” composed by Ilay Kenes and dedicated to the children of Ukraine (© Ilay Kenes 2022). Performed by Ilay Kenes and Nuri Kenes.

Our Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project video continues to get views on Facebook and YouTube. We were honored that the project was featured in the July print edition of The Strad and an online article. We’ve had news of lovely videos from other groups and an original composition by the young cellist and composer, Ilay Kenes.

If you have links or news you’d like to add, please send those soon, so that we can include as many of these heartfelt messages as possible in our follow-up article later this month.

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.

Our Founders Campaign Continues

Help Us Grow

Help us continue to grow, so that we can provide you with even more cello materials, including a podcast, more videos, our Cello Guild – and more. We are running our 45-day Founders Campaign to raise money to hire an assistant. All contributions are gladly accepted, and we have thank you gifts starting at $5. We even have a custom 20 x 24” framed canvas mixed media portrait as one of our “thank you” options for anyone contributing $10,000 or more. Click here for more information.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed and especially to our new Founders!

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