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Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week – 19 December

Online Performances and Events

Below are upcoming, online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.

19 December 7:30 PM EST, Pre-show Zoom chat at 7 PM, online through 26 December

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Presents – “Music for Days Like This”: 4 Cellists 2 Percussionists

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week - 19 December

Featuring some unlikely ensembles, “Music for Days Like This” features four cellos. This program was pre-recorded and includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews as well as the performance itself.

The program will feature a new work by composer Molly Joyce.

Click here to purchase tickets and get more information.

Available through 20 December

IDAGIO Livestream: Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma — Music and Conversation

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week - 4 December

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax present a 3-part event, live from Boston. Each event is $10, and if you get all three, the third one is free. The performances will be available online through 9 PM EST on Sunday, 20 December. Here is the description from Yo-Yo Ma’s website:

On Saturday, December 12, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma come together for a three-part streaming event on IDAGIO. Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano are the musical catalyst for this intimate series featuring reflections on life’s joys and challenges, and plenty of good humor from these lifelong friends.

The performances are as follows. Purchase tickets for each event separately. Instructions below on how to get the package discount.

1. Beginnings: Beethoven’s Early Period & the Origins of a Friendship
Saturday, December 12 at 1:00 pm EST
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2. Amid Tears and Sorrow: Finding Hope in Beethoven’s Middle Period
Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 pm EST
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3. Looking Back: Beethoven’s Late Period and 40 Years of Friendship
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm EST
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Tickets are $10 per performance or $20 for all three performances. In order to receive the package discount, each ticket must be purchased individually and the price for the third ticket will automatically be $0 at checkout.

Online through 20 December 11:30 PM PST

Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash: The Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week - 19 December

This event was held on 17 December but will be online through 20 December.


Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; Assistant Principal Cellist of Opera San Jose and Fresno Philharmonic; and a member of Berkeley Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic. He spends his summers at the Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria, where he is Assistant Principal Cellist, and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, as Principal Cellist. Mr. Pastor-Chermak is the cellist of Black Cedar Trio, the only professional flute-cello-guitar ensemble in the country, and Ensemble 1828, a piano trio, as well as a frequent sonata collaborator with pianists Miles Graber and Alison Lee. He holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

A native of Fremont, California, pianist Alison Lee is a top prize winner of several competitions such as the Midwest International Piano Competition, Thursday Musical’s Scholarship Competition, and the Dorothy Van Waynen Piano Competition. She has been a soloist with orchestras around the country including Coeur d’Alene Symphony and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. In addition to her enthusiasm for the solo piano repertoire, Alison loves playing chamber music and is a founding member of a piano trio called Ensemble 1828. She frequently collaborates with her sister, pianist Katherine Lee, as well as with cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, with whom she has presented recitals featuring the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano. Other collaborative performances include appearances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and violinist Charles Castleman. Alison received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, where she was a student of Lydia Artymiw. Prior to studying in Minneapolis, Alison studied with Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University and Angela Cheng at Oberlin Conservatory. In her free time, Alison loves swimming, visiting national parks, cooking, and learning languages.

Tickets: $40 General Admission; $25 Students and Seniors. A link to the broadcast will be provided upon your ticket purchase.

Online Baroque Cello Bootcamp

1-2 and 4-5 January 11 AM – 6/7 PM EST

2021 New Year’s Resolution Virtual Baroque Cello Bootcamp with Phoebe Carrai

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week - 19 December

Auditors are still being accepted for the Baroque Cello Bootcamp under the direction of Phoebe Carrai. Auditors attend masterclasses and presentations:

ranging from bow technique and continuo classes to lectures and recitals. This Zoom workshop is a great way to invigorate your resolution to play more early music with a daily schedule of Bow Technique, Masterclasses, Lectures, and Continuo Class, as well as Guest Artist Recitals January 2 and 5. Auditors are encouraged to participate in Bow Technique and can ask questions at any time during sessions. The only technology requirements are a device capable of running Zoom software or the Zoom app.

Guest Lecturers:

Robert Mealy – Graces under Pressure: Italian and French ornaments, and how to make things up in Bach

David Watkin – Finding a context for the Bach Cello Suites

Jonathan Manson – Pointers on bowing and shaping in continuo playing

Recital Series:

January 2 – Keiran Campbell: music of Bach, Supriani, Colombi, and Vitali

January 5 – Kristin von der Goltz: music of Dall’ abaco

Please note: While the Bootcamp daily schedule is rigorous, auditors are welcome to pop in and out of sessions as needed. All sessions will be recorded and available to auditors and participants for later viewing.

Auditor Prices: $40 per day/$120 Full 2 Sessions

Recital Only Prices: $20 for 2 concerts January 2 and 5. Proceeds support financial aid recipients.

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Your Turn

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