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Curator’s Corner: May 2024

May at the Cello Museum

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May 2024 Curator's Corner

May is here, bringing with it exciting plans at the Cello Museum. Continue reading for a preview of what we’re planning this month.

Bethany Beach Cellofest 2024

Bethany Beach Cellofest 2024

There’s still time to register to join us for the Cello Museum’s first in-person summer program, the Bethany Beach Cellofest! Join soloist and chamber musician Jennifer Kloetzel, our own Erica Lessie, and me, for this intense but non-competitive program designed for adults—amateurs and educators alike. The focus is unaccompanied works by women, cello ensemble playing, wellness, and family time at the beach.

Choose one or more works from this list of unaccompanied pieces by women composers to add to your repertoire. You’ll also participate in a cello ensemble led by Jennifer Kloetzel.

Our Cellofest events include two programs at the South Coastal Library by Erica Lessie, a cello ensemble performance on the boardwalk, a cello ensemble program at the nature center, and a final concert and church service at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church.

Be sure to sign up today.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Anna Maria Manalo

New York Women Composers Spotlight Anna Maria Manalo Pieces of Mind Part 2 for cello piano violin and glockenspiel

In the second week of every month, we showcase one New York Women Composers (NYWC) member who has composed music for the cello. In May, we spotlight Anna Maria Manalo and her work “Pieces of Mind Part 2” for cello, piano, violin, and glockenspiel.

Catch up on the other articles in the series.

The Intersection of Homage and Originality: Max Reger’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Dr. Peter Swanson

Max Reger, 1910.

Max Reger, 1910.

This month, Dr. Peter Swanson continues his exploration of Max Reger’s cello compositions, focusing on the solo suites penned 1914-15. These works are known for their technical demands and musical accessibility, drawing attention for their stylistic nods to J.S. Bach, Reger’s favorite composer.

In his upcoming article, Dr. Swanson examines the structure and content of these suites, considering whether Reger aimed to reflect Bach’s influence in his own compositions.

Discover the blend of homage and innovation that characterizes Reger’s suites, and engage with the discussion on the extent of Bach’s impact on these compelling pieces of the cello repertoire.

Rudolf Matz, the Greatest Cello Theorist in the World by Dr. Jonathan Simmons

Rudolf Matz: The Greatest Cello Theorist in the World - by Dr. Jonathan Simmons

Later this month, Dr. Jonathan Simmons brings to light the remarkable legacy of Rudolf Vladamir Matz (1901-1988), the Croatian cellist-composer whose pioneering contributions to cello pedagogy and composition continue to resonate powerfully.

In this fascinating article, Dr. Simmons traces Matz’s journey from his mastery of languages and extensive correspondence with global music icons to his heroic actions during WWII to safeguard his wife and others from persecution. Discover the enduring impact of Matz’s pedagogical methods, his unpublished works, and how his innovative teachings continue to shape musicians around the globe.

Postcards from Erica – Asian Composers Series

May 2024 Postcards from Erica

Erica Lessie will send us the third installment in her new series featuring unaccompanied cello works by Asian composers in the last week of May,

Want more music while you wait? You can explore her postcards spotlighting Hispanic and Latino/Latina composers, postcards highlighting works by Black composers, her series presenting women composers, or revisit all of her postcards.



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