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Curator’s Corner: September 2022

September at the Cello Museum

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September 2022 Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s September, and we’ve got a very busy month ahead. We celebrate our second birthday, talk to deaf cellist Paola Beals, thank our Cello Museum Founders, hire our first paid team member (an assistant), and more!

Thank you, Founders!

The Cello Museum Founders

Thank you to all of our new Founders. The donations received during this 45-day campaign enabled us to hire an assistant who is scheduled to complete training and start working with the Cello Museum during the last week of this month. We look forward to introducing our newest team member and sharing details of the Founders Cello later this month!

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Alyssa Reit

Alyssa Reit Composer

Alyssa Reit. Photo by Ian Donald courtesy Alyssa Reit.

Every month, we celebrate women composers through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of September 2022, we feature composer Alyssa Reit and her work, “Il Prigione I,” for cello and harp.

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Cellistoriography: Deconstructing the Gendered Cello Narrative

Cellistoriography Deconstructing the Gendered Cello Narrative

In the third week of September, we will have our third installment of Dr. Shulamit Sarid’s series about cello playing and gender, in which she explores “a new approach to cello history,” one not based in

“a Romantic story of the cello based on the nineteenth-century binary gender system of the ‘separate spheres,’ … [in] which men occupy the public sphere, . . . [and] women belong to the private sphere of the home.”

Read the first two articles in this series here.

What an Inspiration! Meet Paola, a Deaf Cellist

Paola the Deaf Cellist

This month we feature an interview with the inspirational Paola Beals, who started cello lessons as an adult and is an avid amateur cellist. She loves the cello, enjoys practicing, and has much in common with many adult amateurs. Like most students, she discovered that the cello takes work and dedication to learn to play it. What sets her apart is that she has been deaf since childhood. She tells everyone,

“I am deaf, I can do it, and you can do it. I love the cello!”

Paola truly feels every note, and her love of music and the cello shines through in everything she plays. Get ready to be inspired…

Postcards from Erica – Unaccompanied Cello Works by Black Composers Series

Postcards from Erica September 2022

For September, Erica Lessie will send us another installment in her series of postcards featuring unaccompanied cello works by Black composers. Check out her previous postcards here.

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.

Celebrating Two Years!

Celebrating Two Years

On the 18th,  we celebrate the second anniversary of our opening. Watch for announcements of a birthday prize drawing. Enter for a chance to win one of our limited edition 2nd Birthday products. Visit our online museum shop today to start celebrating before the giveaway.

Enter the Nancy Green CD Giveaway

Nancy Green CD Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of one of Nancy Green’s CDs. The winner will receive one autographed Nancy Green CD (choose which one you’d like in your entry below) plus a Cello Museum T-shirt. In addition, two runners-up will each get a Cello Museum cello sticker. The random prize drawings will be held on 18 September. Only one entry per person, please. Good luck!

You’ll find the entry form at the end of our (first) interview with Nancy Green.

Carol of the Bells Cello Peace Project

Carol of the Bells Cello Peace Project

As a follow-up to our Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project, Ukrainian cellist Vlad Primakov has suggested a new project this autumn, to launch in time for the winter holidays: a Carol of the Bells Cello Peace Project. He and the Cello Museum invite cellists from around the world to participate.

Vlad has prepared sheet music and practice/play-along tracks; details about how to participate in this project are coming soon.

Our original video will continue to be available on the Cello Museum’s YouTube channel, so please share the information across your networks to help amplify this call for peace (and to listen to a truly lovely piece of music with a moving personal story). If you haven’t read it yet, we encourage you to read the story of Ukrainian cellist, Vlad Primakov, and donate to a charity supporting those affected as you are able. Thank you.

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