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Curator’s Corner: October 2022

October at the Cello Museum

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October 2022 Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s October, and we’ve got a very busy month ahead. We’re celebrating Black History Month (UK), welcoming James to the Cello Museum team, looking at how climate change is affecting bow making – and more!

It’s Black History Month in the UK!

Black History Month Giveaway

While we’ve been celebrating unaccompanied music by Black composers since February (Black History Month in the USA), we are excited to celebrate Black History Month in the UK with a special giveaway. Wherever you are in the world, please help us celebrate by entering our Black History Month Giveaway for a chance to win a Cello Museum T-shirt and a copy of Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Song CD.

Want to know more about Erica’s Postcards? Check out her previous installments.

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.

This giveaway is now over. (1 November 2022) Congratulations to Teri McClain, of Seattle, WA, USA, the winner of our Black History Month (UK) Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Watch for more giveaways coming soon.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Leanna Primiani

Leanna Primiani in Her Studio

Leanna Primiani in her studio. Photo courtesy Leanna Primiani

Every month, we celebrate women composers through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of October 2022, we feature composer Leanna Primiani and her work, “Anxiety” for cello and electronics.

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

A Change in the (h)Air: Bow Making and Climate Change

Andrew Bellis in his workshop

In an email conversation this year, our bow specialist, Andrew Bellis, and I got onto the topic of climate change and its effects on the cello world in general and the bows and bow-making in particular. I encouraged him to send us his thoughts on the matter. I’m happy to report that he has sent us a thought-provoking article on the subject. He tells us:

I am not sure when I noticed the bows and instruments in my workshop being affected adversely by the weather, but by the 2000s I needed to be much more aware of my environment and materials.

Andrew’s regular series, Bellis on Bows, will return next month. If you missed his previous articles, you can catch up.

Reger’s Modernist Masterpiece

This month, we also look forward to the third installment of Dr. Peter Swanson’s series on the cello works of German composer Max Reger (1873-1916), whose 150th birthday we will celebrate next year.

The first article introduced Reger and explored his cello sonata Op. 5. The second discussed Reger’s first psychological breakdown and his more approachable sonata Op. 28. In this installment, Swanson presents a survey of Reger’s third effort in the genre, Op. 78, and also discusses Reger’s position as a modernist composer.

Read the whole series.

There’s Still Time to Enter!

Celebrating Two Years

Last month we began celebrating the second anniversary of our opening. We still have two more prize drawings – be sure to enter today for a chance to win one of our limited edition 2nd Birthday products. Visit our online museum shop if you don’t want to wait for the giveaways.

Help Us Welcome Our New Cello Museum Assistant, James!

James Vincent de Cadiz

James Vincent de Cadiz is a virtual marketing assistant who enjoys listening to cellos. He is the youngest of four siblings and currently resides in Davao, Philippines.

In order to pursue his passion, he underwent intensive training with Outsourced Doers. There, he improved his skills in social media and learned to implement ideas and strategies for promoting all things cello. One of his favorite cello pieces is the Game of Thrones cello theme.

He will use his passion for digital marketing to highlight the beauty of the cello because music in the soul can be heard by the universe. So please join us in welcoming James to the Cello Museum team!

Thank you so much to our Cello Museum Founders, who made it possible to hire James through late December.

Want to help us keep him longer? Please consider donating today.

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