Below are upcoming, online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
22 May 7:30 PM EDT
Appalachian Spring and Wendy Warner
Cellist Wendy Warner returns to play Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations as only she can. The orchestra offers the ever-popular Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and Haydn’s final symphony.
Tickets are $15.
22 May 5:30, 8 PM BST (available through 30 May)
Northern Chamber Orchestra with Matthew Sharp, cello & baritone
Warlock Capriol suite
Mozart Madamina, il catalogo e questo (Don Giovanni)
Holst Brook Green suite
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33
Our Artist in Association Matthew Sharp (cello and baritone) returns to the NCO fold for our final concert of our 2020-21 season in Macclesfield. Matthew is internationally recognised as both a compelling classical artist and a fearless pioneer, who can just as easily turn his hand to remarkable cello-playing as he can to mesmerising audiences with his vibrant baritone. He returns to the North to close our season as we play to a live audience for the first time since December 2020.
The concert is available to view from 23-30 May with the purchase of a streaming pass (£15.00).
22 May 7 PM PDT, 23 May 3 PM PDT
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Zuill Bailey
Grammy Award winning cellist Zuill Bailey performs Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto, regarded as one of the greatest concertos of the classical era. Joining us on May 22nd and 23rd, Bailey’s rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists of today. Also, the scheduled return of Maestro Salvador Brotons!
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1
Bruch Kol Nidrei for Cello Quartet
Copland Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 Instruments
Bloch Concerto Grosso No. 1
Livestream tickets are $30.
23 May 3 PM CDT
Gateway Chamber Orchestra featuring Michael Samis, cello
Caroline SHAW: Entr’acte
Franz Joseph HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 2, Hob. VIIb/2
Cristina SPINEI: Prelude
Franz Joseph HAYDN: Symphony No. 96 “Miracle,” Hob. I/96
Tickets are available as a package for this concert and others in the series.
23 May 7 PM EDT
4th@4 Concert featuring Grammy Award-Winning Cellist Arlen Hlusko
Internationally acclaimed Canadian cellist ARLEN HLUSKO is a dynamic, versatile young artist who has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Asia, and Europe. Newly appointed cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Arlen is also a laureate of numerous competitions, Grammy-award winner for her collaboration with The Crossing, and recent alumna of both the Curtis Institute of Music and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect fellowship. She has recently debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and regularly performs at pre-eminent chamber music festivals such as Music from Angel Fire, Spoleto USA, and Tippet Rise. Committed to using her music to connect with and serve her community, Arlen founded her own interactive chamber music concert series, Philadelphia Performances for Autism, and is involved with several communities in Philadelphia & New York, including Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. http://www.arlenhlusko.com/
Register here for this free event.
25 May 7 PM EDT (available through 1 June)
Ecstatic Music: Seth Parker Woods
Virtual performance streamed from Merkin Hall
Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist and 2020-21 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. The works presented are excerpted from his solo show “Difficult Grace,” which draws inspiration from the Great Migration, archive research in the year 1915 of the historic newspaper The Chicago Defender, immigration, acts of translation and commentaries on the human condition, and their present and past histories. A few of the works feature roles for a speaking cellist, and all works on the program have an electronic component with film or visual artwork by Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Earl Thomas, Zoë McLean and Freida Abtan.
This performance will be available to ticket buyers through June 1.
FREDRICK GIFFORD – Difficult Grace
MONTY ADKINS – Winter Tendrils
(With film by Zoë McLean)
NATHALIE JOACHIM – The Race: 1915
With images of Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series
FREIDA ABTAN – My Heart Is A River
PIERRE ALEXANDRE TREMBLAY – asinglewordisnotenough 3 [invariant]
(with choreographer/dancer Roderick George)
Tickets are $15.
27 May 5:30 PM EDT
PROGRAM “The Immortals”
BACH Sonata for Viola da gamba (Cello) and Harpsichord (Piano) No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1028
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in A Major for Cello and Piano, Opus 69
Selected intermezzi for Solo Piano from Six Klavierstücke, Opus 118
- I. Intermezzo (A minor)
- II. Intermezzo (A Major)
Sonata No. 1 in E minor for Cello and Piano, Opus 38
27 May 7:30 PM EDT
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Everybody Loves the Cello
Fauré Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 (1898)
Fauré Papillon for Cello and Piano, Op. 77 (before 1885)
Glière Selections from Ten Duos for Two Cellos, Op. 53 (1911)
Golijov Mariel for Cello and Marimba (1999)
Rachmaninov “Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart in Peace” Arranged for Cellos from Vespers, Op. 37 (1915)
Arensky Quartet No. 2 in A minor for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos, Op. 35 (1894)
To attend this free online event please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
This event will stream online for free. Find FAQs for streaming online events here.
Event Length: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
31 May 10 AM through 13 June 8 PM PDT (Pre-recorded)
2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival – Cris Derksen’s Nerds Whirlwind Musical Tour
You had me at cello! Take a Nerd’s Whirlwind Musical Tour with internationally respected Indigenous cellist, composer and big kid Cris Derksen where a “classical” instrument takes on a new life. She’ll share with you how she creates her unique musical ‘sound-print’ that weaves her classical background and her ancestry together with electronics. Cris will introduce you to her cello, loop station and effects pedals as she creates and performs using the technology that surrounds her. Come join Cris for a fun and creative exploration of the magic of music.
- Performer: Cris Derksen
- Country: Cree Nation, Northern Alberta, Canada
- Genre: Music
- Show length: 30 minutes
- Ages: Ages 8 and up (Grades 3 and up)
1 June 7 PM BST
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand: Sheku Kanneh-Mason Performs Dvorák’s Cello Concerto
Rory Macdonald conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
Needing no introduction, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason will draw all the nostalgic romanticism from Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, given here in a specially commissioned slightly reduced instrumentation by George Morton to accommodate the present restrictions. Written a surprise Christmas present for his wife, and to celebrate the birth of their new son Siegfried, Richard Wagner gave the first performance of Siegfried Idyll with just 13 players outside her bedroom door 150 years ago!
The concert will be available to watch from 7pm on Tuesday 1 June, preceded by a live preconcert talk on Zoom at 7pm with BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and author Stephen Johnson, and a post-concert Zoom q and a session with musicians, conductors and staff in a sort of ‘post-match analysis’, where you can ask questions and participate. Further information on how to join the Zoom will be sent to you after you purchase a ticket.
- Individual – £10
- Supporter – £15
- Superstar (what you would normally pay to attend a live concert) – £32
You can watch the video at any point without the Zoom element. Please note on demand videos will only be available for 30 days from the date of initial broadcast.
* Please note that you need to be logged in to view the video after you have purchased it.
1 June 5:45 PM CDT
International Music Foundation – The Schubert Cello Quintet
Franz Schubert – String Quintet in C Major, D. 956
- Stephanie Jeong and Gina DiBello, violins
- Lawrence Neuman, viola
- Brant Taylor, cello
- Kenneth Olsen, cello
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5 and 6 June (Reserve Your Time – Selling Out Fast!)
2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival – A Piece of You
Performance artist, cellist, and composer Greg Sinclair
We all have a story to tell, what’s yours? Imagine telling your story and then having it turned into a song! A Piece of You is a live intimate and interactive performance for children and their families; a private concert for just your household. Using the video conferencing tool Zoom, award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair will get to know you and your family. Like a musical portrait, Greg will transform your thoughts and feelings into your very own music score using colourful and expressive graphic notation. He then plays your music on his cello, in this unique performance all about you.
Online Programs and Events
23 May 7 PM London / 2 PM New York / 11 AM Los Angeles
Cello Museum Cello Book Club Meeting with author Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason: House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons
As May is the month of Mother’s Day in the USA, we chose House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons. We are thrilled to have the author and amazing mother, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, join us for an online book club meeting on 23 May 2021 at 7 PM BST.
House of Music is a moving and inspirational account of determination, music and love. It is a story about race, immigration and education. It is the story of a mother and her family. And it is the story of her children, seven phenomenally talented musicians.
For the first time, Kadie Kanneh-Mason opens up about what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race.
Saturdays in May 1 PM EDT
Cello Practice Club (Saturdays)
In Cello Practice Club, students new to an instrument learn good habits and basic technique while they receive individualized support on school orchestra music. Students play note-reading games, map fingerboards, and prepare their school parts in a manner which will make them reliable contributors and confident leaders of their section. This course addresses the needs of beginners who may not want to take up individuals lessons but want specific questions answered, skills demonstrated or explained, and encouragement given. Motivational practice tips are provided to parents by your instructor, cellist Julia Solomon. Flex Start means a new session begins at the top of each month, so you can join in whenever your pod or group is ready, or renew to keep building skills, enrolling for 4 meetings at at time. Create your own group – the familiar faces from music class, friends from the neighborhood who just started to play too, or a sibling with whom you would like to share a lesson. Youth: 7 – 12 years.
12, 19, 26 May 3 PM PDT
Bach G Major Cello Suite Class Series
Study the Bach Cello Suite in G Major in three master classes: May 12, 19 and 26. Get coached by the Guru and listen to others being coached. There’s a reason this Suite is the most popular cello music ever written. For the intermediate level cellist. Wednesday afternoon classes, 3pm Pacific time.
The course tuition is $147. Register here.
MC Live Masterclass – Steven Isserlis
Steven Isserlis, one of the most distinguished and diverse cellists of our time, gives the very first MC masterclass on May 12-13 and June 1-2
There are limited places available, each of the selected participants will have 1 lesson of 1 hour. The application deadline is May 5.
Please fill out the form below to register as an active participant,
we will inform you about the possible acceptance as soon as possible.
If you prefer to participate as an auditor, click here and purchase your registration now.
Click here to register as a participant.
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.
The Cello Museum will be giving a presentation on 6 June at 4 PM London / 11 AM New York / 8 L.A.
5 June (discounted application deadline 15 May.)
Cincinnati Young Artists One-Day Cello Intensive
VCA Directors Dr. Sarah Kim, Alan Rafferty & Avi Friedlander are pleased to invite intermediate and advanced pre-college students to the June One-Day Intensive with clinicians Pam Devenport, Nancy Hair, Kirsten Cassel Greer & Laura Usisken. Registration now open!
Book 4-6 schedule (Eastern Time Zone)
- 11:00-11:50 Warmups Nancy Hair
- 12:00-12:50 Vibrato Pam Devenport
- 1:00-1:50 Lunch
- 2:00-2:50 Technique Kirsten Greer
- 3:00-3:50 Rock and Chops Avi Friedlander
- 4:00-5:00 Effective Practice Avi Friedlander
Book 7+ schedule(Eastern Time Zone)
11:00-11:50 Vibrato Pam Devenport
12:00-12:50 Technique Kirsten Greer
2:00-2:50 J.S. Bach Class Laura Usiskin
3:00-3:50 Rock and Chops Avi Friedlander
4:00-5:00 Mindful Practice Sarah Kim
- $75 before May 15/$90 after
9-13 June (application deadline 15 May.)
Boulder Cello Festival 2021
Applications are now open!
Application deadline: May 15, 2021
Application fee: $35
Five intensive days of cello: private lessons, masterclasses, workshops, and livestreamed performances
Join us for the second year of the Boulder Cello Festival, happening entirely online with an artist-faculty of world-renowned cellists from across the country. Open to cellists of all ages. Apply now to participate, or purchase an All-Access Pass to view as an audience member or auditor.
27 June – 16 July (auditor registration due 17 May.)
Eastman Virtual Summer Cello Workshop
Cora Swenson Lee, coordinator
Faculty: Alan Harris, Eastman School of Music; Kathleen Kemp, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Cora Swenson Lee, Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan Universities; Lisa Caravan, Eastman School of Music; Daniel Ketter, Missouri State University
A three-week intensive course designed to help students develop strategies for learning and mastering the cello. Group classes will focus on techniques for healthy playing and longevity at the instrument, as well as techniques specific to solo and orchestral repertoire. Students will receive lessons with faculty members, perform in masterclasses for Eastman School of Music faculty, and participate in classes and topical workshops such as: “Developing Efficiency in Practice,” “Understanding the Bach Cello Suites,” “Audition Preparation,” and “Wellness for Cellists.”
Repertoire covered during the Institute will include Bach Cello Suites and other works for unaccompanied cello, standard concertos and etudes, and orchestral excerpts; specific pieces will be determined upon acceptance to the program. Students will be working from the Eastman Cello Institute Technique Book (free with registration).
To apply and for more information, click here.
21 June – 16 July
VIRTUAL SUMMER CELLO FESTIVAL
Click here for more information on the inaugural year of this festival.
New Directions Cello Festival
For over 25 years, the New Directions Cello Festival has been dedicated to new and innovative uses of the cello. We’ve created an international forum for the exchange of music and ideas and fostered the growth of the cello in all styles beyond classical music. The cello can now be seen and heard in countless genres of music around the globe.
You have the option of registering for the full 2-day festival (which includes all workshops, panels and concerts), a single day pass for either Sat 6/26 or Sun 6/27, or purchasing tickets to the streamed concerts on either night.
*Students- Contact us before placing your order to get your discount*
30 June application deadline
The Classics for Kids Foundation believes that playing a stringed instrument can transform a child, giving them experiences and skills that can help make them more successful in life.
To advance this mission, the foundation invites applications for its matching grant program. Through the program, grants will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations to support the incorporation of string instruments into music education programs. All instruments in the string family are supported (including guitars and ukuleles). Programs must serve children from kindergarten through grade twelve.To be eligible, applicants must have nonprofit status and be based in the United States.See the Classics for Kids Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Chosen Vale International Virtual Cello Seminar
Offering a high-calibre educational and mentorship structure for exceptionally gifted artists, the seminar participants will have access to daily cello lessons, masterclasses, workshops in performance practice (baroque, classical, contemporary, and electroacoustic musics), corporeal wellness and individualized career development; as well as solo and chamber music instruction. With the ever-changing landscape of the music field, The Chosen Vale International Cello Seminar is here to support a community of cellists ready to jump head-first into their artistry, bound with hope. The Chosen Vale International Cello Seminar will provide daily lessons, ensemble coaching, masterclasses and workshops over the two-week course period. Led by Seth Parker Woods, the world-renowned artist faculty include:Anthony Arnone – Elinor Frey – Katinka Kleijn – Nick Photinos – Rhonda Rider – Seth Parker Woods
For more information, and to apply, visit the Chosen Vale website.
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.
Fridays 10 PM (Amsterdam time)
Live Chakra Cleansing with Deep Ambient Cello
Prepare to relax and join The Wong Janice on this weekly 45-minute journey of deep ambient cello pieces aligned with the 7 major chakras that will leave you feeling more open and calm. The performance is a live interpretation of pieces from her 10-day Insight Timer course: Chakra Cleansing with Deep Cello. This event is hosted in collaboration with the meditation app Insight Timer.
Note: You can either join via a web browser on desktop / mobile device, or if you prefer, you can download the Insight Timer App for easy access on a mobile device.
It is free to join, but register via Eventbrite to get the details of the live-stream. If you wish to make a donation, you can do that here.
Saturdays 9:30-10:45 AM EDT
The Cello Camerata
Saturdays 11 AM – 12 PM EDT
The Junior Cello Camerata
The Junior Cello Camerata offers intermediate cellists of all ages (including adult amateurs) masterclass lessons, or the opportunity to observe rather than perform solos, as well as a twenty-minute weekly technique class for all with cellos in hand. It is an online, international weekly gather taught by Wendy Warner, Jonathan Kramer, and Lisa Liske.
Teachers may observe for free. All others may audit for one week for free before registering for a four-week session. Visit The Cello Camerata website for registration and tuition information. Scholarships are available.
Previous Concerts Still Available
Available through 24 May
Howard Community College – On the Wings of Spring
A showcase of exquisite works for cello/piano by Debussy, Fauré, and Cassadó will be heard. The virtual concert will also feature a single-movement Beethoven Piano Trio and Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 81a “Les Adieux” in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.
Patrons may view the concert at their convenience from May 10 – 24, 2021.
Buy Your Tickets Early and get this bonus event!
Patrons who purchase tickets prior to May 14th, will be invited to a special concert discussion on Friday May 14th to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the faculty performers as they talk about why they chose the pieces, how the virtual performance process is different for a performer, and what they miss about performing live. The discussion will be facilitated by Janelle Broderick and will include faculty performers: Bruce Casteel, Wei-Der Huang, Hsien-Ann Meng, Melissa Lindon, and Lisa Rehwoldt.
Debussy Nocturne et scherzo
Faure Romance, Op. 69
I-Hsuan Chiang, Cello
Sangmi Yoon, Piano
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 8, WoO 39
Rubinstein Melody in F, Op. 3 No. 1
Yoon Young Bae, Violin
Yoon Nah Cho, Cello
Hsien-Ann Meng, Piano
Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
I. Das Lebewohl
III. Das Wiedersehen
Lisa Rehwoldt, Piano
Available through 24 May
Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center – David Requiro, cello
- Ibert Trois pièces brèves for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn (1930) (Sooyun Kim, flute; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet; Marc Goldberg, bassoon; Eric Reed, horn)
- Janáček Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano (1910) (David Requiro, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano)
- Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos, Op. 45 (Alessio Bax, Orion Weiss, piano)
Watch the concert for free here.
Available through 1 June
The Great Slavs: Orchestre classique de Montréal with Stéphane Tétreault, cello
The OCM dives into the passionate music of Slavic composers. Québec cello sensation Stéphane Tétreault is back in Shostakovich’s famous cello concerto. Audiences will also be wowed with musical gems by renowned Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko and Bulgarian-Canadian, Vania Angelova.
Livestream tickets are $15.
Available through 17 June
Beethoven, György Kurtág and Schubert – Steven Isserlis cello; Irène Duval violin; Mishka Rushdie Momen piano
Wigmore regular Steven Isserlis is joined by French violinist Irène Duval and pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen for Schubert’s convivial 1827 second piano trio, to round off a varied programme that includes Beethoven’s second of two Op. 5 sonatas from 1797, written for performance to the King of Prussia, and a selection of works by Hungarian composer György Kurtág.
View the free concert at this link.
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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