Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details, time zones, and ticket prices.
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 concert day.
23 July 9 PM EDT
From Adams To Zappa: Music of Today
The Madison New Music Ensemble presents a virtual video concert featuring an exciting variety of compositions that exemplifies the imagination and brilliance of today’s contemporary music. From mixed instrumental quartets to solo piano, and to the full seven-piece ensemble, the MNME will play works by the iconoclastic musician, Frank Zappa, (Peaches en Regalia), the most popular American composer John Adams (China Gates), and up-and-coming composer Kirstin Volness (little tiny stone, full of blue fire). Joseph Koykkar, founder and artistic director of the MNME, will be represented by his driving, rhythmic composition For Mallets and Strings.
New music cellist, Craig Hultgren, whose national reputation as an exponent of new works written for both acoustic and electric cello, will be featured performing two dynamic compositions for electric cello and electronics including Lacrimosa MMXVIII by Joseph Koykkar and Snakeskin (Verso) by Holland Hopson.
Introductory comments on each of the works by members of the ensemble will be interspersed during the program.
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 7 August (check countdown timer on the website for exact timing!)
Global Cello Project #15: Pirates of the Caribbean Medley
Have you been following the wonderful work of Tony Rogers and his Covid Cello Project? The name has changed, but the fun continues.
Cellists interested in participating, be sure to see the new information on the site—non-cellists who are interested click here to see how you can donate or support the project.
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
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.
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.
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.
26 July 10 AM
Keshet Eilon International String Masterclass With Cellist Hillel Zori
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.
16-20 August and 23-27 August
Midcoast Maine Adult Amateur Cello Workshop
Come develop your playing!
Learn in a supportive friendly atmosphere25 years ago cellist Peter Lewy started the Cello Workshop at The SummerKeys Music Festival dedicated to helping amateur adult cello players improve their skills. It has expanded enormously and met every year until Covid. The festival is not going to resume this year so he is going to do two 1 week sessions in the Midcoast region of Maine as he did last year.The workshop offers five private lessons, use of private practice studio two hours daily, daily group classes, ensemble work, 2 “master class” style instruction classes, and an end-of-week performance opportunity. An accompanist is available.
an intensive practice/study vacation for busy adults in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.There is no audition and no minimum skill level, the premise is: “Come as you are to enjoy the study” Absolute beginners to professionals are welcome.
We all learn from each other!
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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