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Curator’s Corner: October 2021

October at the Cello Museum

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

October Curator's Corner - Pumpkin with f-holes on it and a black cat

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

The Celebrations Continue – Enter for a Chance to Win

Cello Museum First Anniversary Prizes

We are continuing to celebrate our first anniversary with our limited-edition birthday products, which are only available through 31 October. We have two more prize drawings from this special collection. Be sure to enter for a chance to win.

Prize Drawing Entry Form

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Whitney George

Whitney George

Whitney George. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Beginning in October, we are collaborating with the New York Women Composers (NYWC) to feature a woman composer of cello music. Cellists can look forward to learning about new music to add to their repertoire, and listeners can find new favorites, too.

This month we are excited to begin our new series with a feature highlighting the work of composer Whitney George.

Many thanks to the NYWC, especially composer Rain Worthington for all of her help with this project.

A True Tour de Force: Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 2

Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns. Photo by Nadar

To celebrate Camille Saint-Saëns (9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) birthday in the year that marks the centenary of his death, our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich, will highlight this talented composer’s oft-overlooked second cello concerto.

Dr. Leonovich says:

“The Second Cello Concerto is a tour de force, in the vein of concertos by Dvořák and Prokofiev.”

A Debut Album by Kaitlyn Raitz: Me, Myself, Myself, and I 

Kaitlyn Raitz

Kaitlyn Raitz. Photo by Betsy Phillips.

This week I was thrilled to interview the multi-talented Kaitlyn Raitz from Nashville, TN, in anticipation of her release later this month of her debut solo album, Me, Myself, Myself, and I. 

Later this month, read more about Kaitlyn and her innovative, soulful cello work before the release of this wonderful album.

Contest Prize Winners – The Cellist’s Notebook by Kittie Lambton

Composition Contest Winners: Kittie Lambton's The Cellist's Notebook

Congratulations to the winners of our first composition contest!

Winner – Kari Juusela: “Reminiscence”
1st Runner-Up – Samuel Araya: “Melody”
2nd Runner-Up – Anna Vienna Ho: “Memories”

This month, we will share the winning compositions and additional words from award-winning author Kittie Lambton. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry.

The contest was to compose the most engaging and appropriate musical fragment portrayed in her book, The Cellist’s Notebook.

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

That's What She Said

Cellist and women’s music specialist Erica Lessie continues her “That’s What She Said” series of digital postcards about unaccompanied cello repertoire by women composers.

Each month she features three pieces in the form of short, digital postcards. These postcards are for cellists in search of new repertoire and for listeners eager to discover new additions to their playlists.

Erica’s September postcards featured works by Ayala Asherov, Meira M. Warshauer, and Tanya Anisimova.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out previous installments of “That’s What She Said.” Interested in having your piece featured? Contact us, and we’ll be happy to work with you.

Announcing Our New Exhibition!

Cello Exhibition COMING SOON!

We are thrilled to have our second exhibition nearly ready for display in a new “wing” of the Cello Museum:

Prized Far More: Thomas Hardy and a Century of English Church Cellos

The focus of this exhibition is not on a specific type of cello. Instead, it explores use of cellos in English churches, c. 1750 – c. 1850. This was a time when most village churches lacked organs, so local musicians provided accompaniment for the parish’s worship services on the instruments available to them. When cellos were not available (or affordable), amateur local luthiers made them.

Our anticipated opening is at the end of this month. Stay tuned!

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