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Curator’s Corner: June 2021

June at The Cello Museum

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June Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at The Cello Museum! It’s June, and we have a busy month ahead of us.

Join us at the Waltham Forest Cello Fest Cello Weekend!

The Cello Museum and Innovations in Cello-Making Materials at the Waltham Forest Cello Fest

You are invited to join us tomorrow, 6 June 2021, at 11 AM (New York) / 4 PM (London) time.

We will be giving an introduction to The Cello Museum and an online tour of our current exhibition, Innovations in Cello-Making Materials. Afterward, we will have a live Q&A session. If you can’t be there, please feel free to ask your questions ahead of time and watch later on YouTube.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful events during this Cello Weekend and the entire Cello Fest. See the schedule here.

PLEASE NOTE: During this event, we will be giving away three of our new exhibition T-shirts before we add them to our museum shop.

Innovations in Cello-Making Materials Design T-shirt

Join us on Sunday at our Waltham Forest Cello Fest presentation for a chance to win an exhibition T-shirt!

Inspired by Miriam K. Smith – A Modern Cello Prodigy

Miriam K. Smith

Cellist Miriam K. Smith. Photo courtesy M. K. Smith.

Intern Jonathan Simmons spoke with prodigy Miriam K. Smith last month. Next week read his interview with this remarkably talented and well-spoken young cellist. Learn about her work with another prodigy, her love of ballet, her dreams for the future of classical music, and more.

It’s bow time!

Andrew Bellis in his workshop

We are excited to announce that this month we are launching a new series about bow history by our new bow specialist, Andrew Bellis. Look for his first installment later this month. In the meantime, read more about Andrew here.

Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody

1971 Photo of Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian. Photo by Mieremet, Rob / Anefo – Fotocollectie Anefo. Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, nummertoegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 924-9784., CC BY-SA 3.0 nl.

Many consider Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Aram Il’yich Khachaturian (6 June [O.S. 24 May] 1903 – 1 May 1978) to be three of the strongest voices among Soviet-era composers. Khachaturian was also a cellist!

To celebrate Khachaturian’s birthday this month, our cello music editions specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich, will discuss Khachaturian’s 1963 Concerto Rhapsody for cello, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich. 

Love Bridgerton? Love the Cello?

This month we look at a cello book Bridgerton fans will want to add to their summer reading lists. Author Julia Quinn’s tagline is:

“The world’s worst amateur musicians finally take center stage.”

Why make them bad musicians? According to Quinn, she thought that

“Bad music is so much funnier than good music,” so (perhaps in honor of the Veterans Park Elementary School band concerts my parents were forced to sit through) I created the annual Smythe-Smith musicale.

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

This month, Erica will be away, but she will return soon. Last month, she featured works by Barbara Heller, Ilse de Ziah, and Nina Shekhar. We are looking forward to Erica’s return after her short break.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out the previous installments of “That’s What She Said.” Interested in having your piece featured? Please contact us.


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