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Curator’s Corner: May 2023

May at the Cello Museum

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

May 2023 Curators Corner

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. Spring is in the air here at the Cello Museum, and we have a lot to look forward to this month.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Debra Kaye

NYWC May 2023 Spotlight Debra Kaye

We showcase women composers every month through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of May 2023, we are pleased to feature Debra Kaye and her work for unaccompanied cello, “Dialogue with the Ghost.” 

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

A Cellist’s Best Friend – Dogs and Cellos

Cellist Best Friend - Dog and cellists

Last year I put out a call for people to send me their pet photos, anecdotes, and videos, and our Cello Museum family came through in spades. In addition, I wanted to find out what animal-related treasures are at UNCG. So I contacted Stacey Krim, Curator of Manuscripts & Cello Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She promptly sent fabulous materials and allowed me to spend a couple of happy afternoons in the archives.

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 up the topic of cellists and animals into a multi-part series and decided to start with some of cellists’ very best friends – dogs.

Look for these good boys (and girls) and their cellists later this month.

A Gut Feeling About This – Meet Cellist Jason Calloway

We’ve had several requests for an article about cello strings, and in my work on this topic, I was thrilled to interview cellist Jason Calloway. Although he lives in Florida (the only place I’ve lived where I didn’t use gut strings – due to the humidity) and often plays new music – in my mind, both strikes against using gut strings. Surprisingly, Jason should be a paid gut strings ambassador.

I enjoyed our conversation so much that I decided to share the interview with you even before presenting you with the article on choosing cello strings. So, later this month, look for a transcript of our conversation. Thank you so much, Jason!

Postcards from Erica – Hispanic Composers Series Continues

Postcards from Erica April 2023

In the last week of May, Erica Lessie will send us her latest installment in her new series about unaccompanied cello works by Hispanic composers. Click here for a quick round-up of her postcards featuring works by Black composers, here for her works featuring women composers, or revisit all of her postcards.

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