Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
17 July 8 AM EDT
Goethe Institut Vietnam – Concert: Drifting Intervals
There are always women who transcend limits to freely express themselves and their creativities. They learn about different cultures and enrich their own experiences to make their life more interesting. “Drifting Intervals” is a music project that includes five female composers/performers. From the idea of artist Lương Huệ Trinh, material in each commissioned composition is the personal outlook of one composer on cultural exchange Vietnam-Germany. Not only that, delicacy and sensitivity of these artists will also be shown in the improvisation section. The concert is performed from Vietnam, Germany, France and Ghana.
- Eva Zöllner, accordionist
- Ngô Trà My, lecturer and Đàn Bầu soloist
- Séverine Ballon, cellist and composer
- Ute Wassermann, voice artist, composer, improviser
- Lương Huệ Trinh, multimedia composer, and electronics improviser
17 July 4 PM EDT
Aroma Presents: 1+2 Cello Afternoon
Hello! We are Aroma Duo! We want to invite you to our inaugural virtual Groupmuse performance. We will joined by our dear friend, and fantastic cellist, Timothy Paek. We will be performing a large variety cello works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Shostakovich, Schnittke and more! Please join us for an afternoon surrounded by the sound of the not one, but two cellos!
D. Shostakovich- 5 Pieces For 2 Violin and Piano: Prelude (arr. for two cellos)
J. Offenbach- Duos for 2 Cello, Op.54 No. 2
F. A. Kummer – 6 Duos, Op. 156 No. 6
W. A. Mozart- 12 Variations in C on the French Song, “Ah, Vous dirai-je Maman”
A. Vivaldi- Cello Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor
A. Schnittke- Life with an Idiot Tango
18 July 2 PM EDT
Tree of Life
In this beautifully produced HD documentary and performance film, Georgy Gusev and Natalia Pavlova present music for voice and cello, including a pair of Gusev’s original compositions, performed in front of a live audience in the beautiful setting of Moscow’s Art Centre.
21 July 7:30 PM EDT
Bach: Concertos & Arias
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Yehonatan Berick.
Celebrate the music of J.S. Bach with these eclectic selections from his œuvre for strings and voices.
This special concert features our TSM Academy Fellows performing alongside mainstage Festival Artists, plus the three Rising Star Award recipients from our Play Along With Jonathan Crow Challenge, in partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Rachel Mercer, cello
Jonathan Crow, violin
Sally Ahn, violin*
Irene Huang, violin*
Eden Silverberg, violin*
Christopher Bagan, harpsichord
*Rising Star Award recipients
and featuring TSM Academy Fellows from our Chamber Music Institute and Art of Song programs
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Aria: “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein”, from St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Aria: “Erbarme dich, mein Gott”, from St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Duet: “Et in unum Dominum”, from Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major, BWV 1048
The link to the video will be posted here at 10 AM EDT on the day of the concert.
23 July 7:30 PM EDT
Composers in the Romantic era were often inspired by the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Some even felt like he was too tough an act to follow: Brahms began writing string sextets in part because he felt too intimidated to write more quartets after Beethoven! These pieces all feature their own tip-of-the-hat to the great Ludwig Van.
Mayumi Seiler, violin
Jonathan Crow, violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola
Rémi Pelletier, viola
Rachel Mercer, cello
Adrian Fung, cello
Philip Chiu, piano
Asitha Tennekoon, tenor
Neil Deland, horn
Michael McMahon, piano
Louise Farrenc – Souvenir des Huguenots, Op. 19
Richard Wagner – Albumblatt for cello and piano, WWV 94 “Romance” (arr. David Popper)
Franz Schubert – Auf dem Strom, D 943
Johannes Brahms – String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36
The link to the video will be posted here at 10 AM EDT on the day of the concert.
24 July 8 PM EDT
EXTENSITY Concert Series – Thomas Mesa, cello
Live from Uncommonly Studio
Immersive 360° VR and HD Performance
Cellist Thomas Mesa presents an emotional and timely recital celebrating an emergence from despair to joy. The program opens with Andrea Casarrubios’ SEVEN (2020), commissioned by Mesa and written as tribute to the essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by Elizabeth Start’s Echoes in Life (2015), a ruminative exploration of bi-culturality which combines Native American influenced melodic elements with Western musical developments. The program concludes with Lydia Jane Pugh’s jubilant Caroline’s Jig (2015), and Beethoven’s transformative Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69.
This concert is part of Analogs, EXTENSITY’s inaugural season. Analogs explores unexpected intersections between Western classical music and underrepresented, overlooked and new voices.
EXTENSITY,founded by pianists Francesca Khalifa and Chelsea Randall, presents innovative programming by emerging and established artists working across a range of disciplines including music, fine art and multimedia. EXTENSITY also aims to create frameworks for artists and audiences to interact, share ideas, and make new discoveries….
SEVEN for solo cello
-Lydia Jane Pugh
Echoes in Life
Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 6
Virtual tickets are pay-what-you-can, ranging from $15 and up. Register by July 19 with some levels to receive a free basic VR headset.
Online Programs and Events
Ends 15 August 11:59 PM EDT
Contest: Compose the Memorable Musical Fragment in The Cellist’s Notebook
The contest is to see who can compose the most fitting musical fragment of Leni’s cello and piano piece that Emily discovers in the notebook. Kittie Lambton describes the work as:
“the little melody that triggers memory and is so very important in my book. This need not be a long-winded music composition but just a fragment. Just enough to be timeless and generational.”
How to Enter the Contest
- Create a new, original work.
- The entry may be a fragment or an entire piece to fit the above description and the story in The Cellist’s Notebook.
- Instrumentation: cello and piano.
- Send a PDF score and MP3 recording. The recording can be digital or played on cello and piano.
- Submissions will be accepted from the next book club meeting (18 July 2021) through 11:59 PM, New York time, 15 August 2021.
- Send your PDF and MP3 files to us at curator(at)cellomuseum.org
- The winner will receive a signed copy of The Cellist’s Notebook and a Cello Museum mug.
- Two runners-up will each win a Cello Museum cello sticker.
- The Cello Museum and Kittie Lambton will share the winning pieces on their websites, social media, and emails.
Judging of Contest Entries
After the contest deadline, three judges, including author Kittie Lambton and two members of The Cello Museum team, will vote to determine the winners. The Cello Museum will then contact the winners to send out prizes.
By entering the competition, you give The Cello Museum and Kittie Lambton permission to publicize your piece.
All entries must be received by 11:59 PM (New York time) on 15 August 2021.
5 June – 1 August
The 3rd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2021
Most of the events are in June, and the Cello Academy is from 26 July – 1 August. Click here for the entire program.
- WFCF Cello Concerts
- Underground Lunchtime Recitals (in the historic Victoria Line carriage)
- Cello Weekend
- Make Music Day
The CELLO ACADEMY – Online Summer Cello Master Classes via Zoom / Skype: 26 July – 1 August
Individual Online Cello Lessons will take place daily from Monday 26th July till Sunday 1st August 2021 @ ca 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ca 55 minutes slots), online via Zoom or Skype.
- FRANTIŠEK BRIKCIUS – CELLO, CHAMBER MUSIC
- ANNA BRIKCIUSOVÁ – CELLO
- Book your One-to-One Cello Online Summer Course now (limited number of accepted students). It includes FINAL online performance meeting.
- All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8), and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome!
For more details, follow #WFCF21 @WalthamForestCelloFest, book your course here.
10, 17 July 2 PM PDT
At Home with Amos Yang
You’re a Musical Athlete
Two Saturday sessions: July 10 and 17, 2 p.m.
Join San Francisco Symphony cellist Amos Yang for an hour on two Saturdays in July to gain body awareness, musical confidence, and to learn how to channel stress into more effective and satisfying playing.
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Don’t let staying at home stop you from improving your music skills! Amateur Music Network online workshops bring master musicians into your home to share their knowledge and expertise.
All you need to participate is a computer or other device connected to the internet. All registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the workshop.
To learn more about the workshop, visit the Workshop Information Page.
Admission to each session is $25. You may opt to attend both sessions by purchasing the series for $40.
No one is turned away for lack of funds! Contact email@example.com to request a reduction of the fee.
14, 21, 28 July 3 PM PDT
Music Theory for Cellists!
Come learn the basics! This is theory that centers on what you need to know to make your cello playing better through musical knowledge…starting with how to build a major scale and a major arpeggio…into moving through different keys and key signatures…into basic rhythms and how to practice them.
Your cello playing will be better when you have finished this really cool Zoom class, guaranteed. July 14, 21 and 28. Wednesdays @3pm PDT. 50 minutes.
The class is $147. Register here.
18 July 5 PM BST
The Cellist’s Notebook Discussion
July 2021 Cello Book Club
Kittie Lambton: The Cellist’s Notebook
We are thrilled that author Kittie Lambton has agreed to join us for our online book club meeting at 5 PM BST 18 July 2021.
In conjunction with our book club meeting, we are running a contest to composer the memorable musical fragment portrayed in this book! Click here for details.
Bach Cello Suites Workshop: A Unique Immersion for the Passionate Adult Amateur Cellist
The era of the pandemic has taught us to be flexible! In 2021, we are offering two separate tracks for participants in our online Workshop.
Full Registration: Cellists enrolling as full participants will be among a close coterie of like-minded adults who will share interactive lessons with four master cellists, presentations, lectures, masterclasses as well as online social activities and a closing concert. The sessions will be recorded and will be available for re-viewing for 30 days following the Workshop. Registration includes a 2021 Workshop T-shirt.
Auditing: Auditors will be able view the sessions in real time and will be able to view recordings for 30 days following the Workshop. No interaction with the faculty or other cellists will be available.
Why study J.S. Bach’s six cello suites? The Six Suites for Unaccompmanied Cello are the quintessential works for the instrument.
Bach Cello Suites Workshop offers you, the passionate adult amateur cellist, a unique opportunity to delve deeply into this iconic music. Workshop participants will work closely with Artistic Director Matt Haimovitz and the Workshop’s faculty of exceptional teaching cellists Phoebe Carrai, Elinor Frey and Jennifer Morsches. You will enjoy (virtually) the company of like-minded musicians all drawn together by a deep mutual love of Bach and the cello. The Workshop is an exceptional opportunity to enhance your musicianship and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Bach Cello Suites.
Registration is $900 for full participants and $200 to audit. Tickets for the closing concert are available separately.
29 July 2 PM CDT
Edward Arron Master Class
Guarneri Hall NFP will host a virtual master class with acclaimed cellist Edward Arron for students of the Fulton Summer Music Academy. The class will be open to observers free of charge via Zoom but RSVP is required.
Once registered, log in at this link to view the masterclass.
Virtual Cello Academy Session II: Intermediate/Early Advanced registration is now open. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to study with world class faculty from the comfort of your home August 2-6, 2021! Early registration deadline is June 15th.
VCA Intermediate Director Avi Friedlander will be joined on the faculty by Zachary Sweet, Melissa Solomon, Alex Croxton & Rick Mooney, for VCA Session II: Intermediate/Early Advanced. Don’t miss out on a great week of all things cello for students in Suzuki Book 4-10 or equivalent.
19-23 January (29 November application deadline)
International Instrument-making Competition (Cello)
Musée de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris and Talents & Violon’celles
From 19 to 23 January 2022 at the Philharmonie de Paris
In January 2022, in partnership with the association Talents & Violon’celles, the Musée de la musique/ Philharmonie de Paris is organising an international instrument-making competition exclusively dedicated to the cello. Programmed at the same time as the 10th String Quartet Biennial, this event follows in the tradition of the many international instrument-making competitions that Paris has hosted.
Promoting contemporary excellence and developing future talents
Open to professionals as well as to students of instrument-making schools, the Talent Makers Instrument-making Competition is composed of two different parts organised in parallel:
Jury and Prizes
A jury composed of eminent musicians and personalities from the world of instrument-making will judge the craftsmanship of the participants as expressed by the instruments themselves and how they sound. Six prizes will be awarded to professionals, and three prizes will be awarded to students with one instrument joining the collection of facsimiles at the Musée de la musique. The finals and semi-finals will be organised as a real rendezvous with the public of the 10th String Quartet Biennial.
Opening date for submissions: now opened
Closing date for submissions: Monday 29 november 2021
Competition rules and Submission of applications avalable soon
For more information, click here.
Face-to-face and videoconference classes: Approach to Latin American popular music with the cello
Harmony, Cipher, Chords, Arpeggios, Scales and Fingering Patterns
Rhythmic Harmonic Base
(+54 9 11) 5150-3805
Cello Yoga with Mea the Creative Cellist
Journaling With Cello For Grounding & Positivity
Welcome to this 8-day course on Insight Timer, which focuses on journaling with cello for grounding and positivity. Over the course of seven days, The Wong Janice will take you through seven different themes, each with its own unique writing prompts and with the beautiful sounds of deep cello music, designed to inspire you to write freely with full awareness from your heart while harnessing the power of journaling for healing.
The themes covered are:
By the end of the course, you will have covered seven journaling exercises, and with daily practice, learn to express yourself better and understand who you are at a higher level, bringing more stability in your life, and feeling more grounded and calm from within.
For more information on this and other courses by The Wong Janice, click here.
Trad Cello – Tunes and Techniques with Natalie Haas
Let Natalie Haas teach you some tricks of the trade as well as some great melodies!
Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound.
In this series she will teach some bowing techniques when accompanying melody players before moving on to chords and arranging, finishing with some melodies that sit well on the cello.
Although this series is aimed at the cellist, many of the skills and techniques will sit as comfortably on any string instrument.
Click here to learn about membership options.
Win a Year of Free Lessons!
Enter a drawing for a year of free lessons via video exchange with cellist Mike Block. Click here to enter.
Previous Concerts Still Available
Available through Friday 30 July 2021 (from 7 May 7:30 PM BST)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chamber Concert – Cello Jewels, Aleksei Kiseliov, Cello, and Alasdair Beatson, Piano
Beethoven Variations in F major on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ for Cello and Piano
Beethoven Cello Sonata No5
R Strauss Cello Sonata
Dvořák Silent Woods for Cello and Piano
Each player in the RSNO is a star in their own right – and when you get them on their own, they’ve got some great stories to tell! For the RSNO’s Principal Cello Aleksei Kiseliov, that means teaming up with pianist Alasdair Beatson in the ebullient Cello Sonata by the youthful Richard Strauss. Add Beethoven at his most exuberant, plus a moment of sheer magic from the Czech forests, and you’ve got a concert that’s small in scale but huge in personality.
This performance was recorded by BBC Radio 3.
Household ticket: $21. Price excludes VAT (added at the point of purchase).
Available through 31 October 2021
DWB (Driving While Black)
Dwb is the premiere filmed version of the opera by the same name Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel. Presented by UrbanArias, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. UrbanArias is an opera company dedicated to producing short – 90 minutes or less – contemporary operas.
A solo chamber opera, dwb derives much of its power from the voice of soprano Karen Slack, starring as the various mothers. Slack, who has sung with the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera, among other prestigious opera houses, moves easily from lyric to dramatic sounds and offers theatrical skills to boot.
A two-musician ensemble – composed of cellist Rosanna Butterfield and percussionist Eric Plewinski – is conducted by Robert Wood. Known as an innovator in opera, Wood founded UrbanArias in 2009.
Du’Bois A’keen directed and choreographed the film; Camry A’Keen was the creative director. Both have drawn on their extensive operatic, choreographic, and film backgrounds to bring elements of modern dance and music video production.
Tickets are $15 and allow unlimited viewing through October 31.
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