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.
For even more concert listings, here’s a Classic FM concert round-up.
4 December 7 PM PST
The Center for the Arts – Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling”, and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 20 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.
4 December 7:30 PM PST
Jacobsen Series: Faculty Recital with Cellist Alistair MacRae
Cellist Alistair MacRae is the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at University of Puget Sound School of Music and the cellist of the Puget Sound Piano Trio. He has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout North America and in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. His playing has been praised for its “rich sound and lyrical phrasing” (Palm Beach Daily News) and his performances have been featured in radio broadcasts across the United States on WQXR, WWFM, WDAV, WCQS, KING FM, and Vermont Public Radio. MacRae is a passionate advocate for new music. In his role on the School of Music faculty, he teaches and mentors students in cello and chamber music.
The School of Music is pleased to present the Jacobsen Series faculty recitals broadcast via Schneebeck LIVE this fall. Typically, Jacobsen concerts require tickets, however, due to the pandemic and restrictions on in-person events, we invite all to enjoy these inspiring performances free of charge.
Optional tickets on sale to support music outreach and scholarships.
5 December 8 PM EST
The North Carolina Symphony Presents – and Zuill Bailey and Natasha Paremski Play Rachmaninoff
- Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 1
- Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata
5 December 7 PM PST
From the Old First Church in San Francisco – Dirty Cello with the San Francisco Yiddish Combo
This will be a traditional Klezmer show with a mix of live performances and pre-recorded acts with special guests.
The San Francisco Yiddish Combo (SFYC) was formed by accident when a love of Klezmer music collided with their collective backgrounds in every genre except Klezmer. Now the SFYC is embarked on a journey around the world to present their own unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with years of experience in the jazz, blues, folk, and even hip hop world.
6 December 2-5 PM EST
Music at Tabaret – Paul Marleyn and Stéphane Lemelin: Complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello
Paul Marleyn and Stéphane Lemelin will join forces to perform the monumental complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello, to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 1770.
6 December 4 PM EST
Sala Sudasiri Sobha – “Tribute In Memory Of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great”
This program includes Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, HM King Rama IX’s “Falling Rain,” and Naomi Shemer’s “Jerusalem of Gold” performed by cellist Noa Lev Chorin from Israel and Nat Yontararak from Thailand. In addition, there are two speakers:
The evening will start with an opening remark by the Ambassador of Israel HE Dr Meir Shlomo and conclude with a talk with Chorin who will be sharing her life experiences growing up in a Kibbutz, a unique collective community in Israel traditionally based on agriculture.
6 December 2 PM PST
Tidemark Theatre – Cellist and Composer Cris Derksen
Cris Derksen is a label-defying composer and cellist from Canada. Read more here:
In a world where almost everything — people, music, cultures — get labelled and slotted into simple categories, Cris Derksen represents a challenge. Originally from Northern Alberta, she comes from a line of chiefs from NorthTall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. Derksen braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music.
Sponsored by the BC Touring Council, Campbell River Mirror and the What’s On Digest, the Tidemark Theatre presents, Cris Derksen on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
10 December 6 PM PST
Deschutes Public Library Presents – Know Feliz – Billy Mickelson, “Third Seven,” Cello Performance
The Deschutes Public Library presents a program by Third Seven (Billy Mickelson). Here is more about the program:
Third Seven is the stage name for Billy Mickelson of Bend, Oregon. Billy has played music his entire life but has been performing music professionally full time since 2008. He consistently travels in and with a number of bands, but as of late, Billy has been focusing his efforts on his solo work, Third Seven. Performing all around the world, (from Europe and beyond…) he knows no bounds. Billy has performed everything from yoga classes to punk rock shows and absolutely everything in between.
Billy uses looping and layering of cello, rhythm and vocals to create unique atmospheres for his audiences to get lost in.
12 December: 3 Events 1 PM, 4 PM, 7 PM EST
IDAGIO Livestream: Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma — Music and Conversation
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
2. Amid Tears and Sorrow: Finding Hope in Beethoven’s Middle Period
Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 pm EST
3. Looking Back: Beethoven’s Late Period and 40 Years of Friendship
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm EST
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.
12 December 6 PM PST
Winter Date Nights with the Clark Center Presents – Dirty Cello: Holiday Blues & Bluegrass Concert
The high-energy band Dirty Cello presents an online holiday program. Donations welcome. (Donations split equally between Dirty Cello and the Clark Center.)
Read more about Dirty cello here:
From China to Iceland, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
13 December 2 PM EST
Kunst der Stunde – Mischa Maisky, Violoncello
The great Mischa Maisky performs unaccompanied Bach from Vienna. Read more about the program here:
As part of our new »Art of the Hour« format, Mischa Maisky plays the music with which a single musician can fill not only the Great Hall but the entire universe – the six suites for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Maisky himself said of the pieces that he recorded several times to Die Zeit: “The cello suites are like a diamond – you turn it around and it always shimmers differently. Remember the biblical interpretation: the texts can be translated and interpreted in different ways. It’s the same with great music. The better the music, the more ways there are to play it. All paths are fine, only two are prohibited by music law: playing great music ugly or boring. “
Now through 13 December
Guerrilla Opera: Dreamwalker
“Dreamwalker” centers on two videos, Papillon and Ofelia’s Life Dream. In Papillon, Guerrilla’s Co-Artistic Director Aliana de la Guardia engages in clever shadow puppetry to the accompaniment of Finish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Sept Papillons for solo cello. Directed and animated by Deniz Khateri, the video tells the story of a folkloric Cuban refugee. The image of the butterfly fits the narrative well—alongside the biological parallel of the monarch butterfly’s yearly migration north from Central America, the sheer defenselessness of the insect emphasizes the precarious nature of every migrant’s journey.
Cellist Stephen Marotto should be commended for his performance of Saariaho’s virtuosic work. Marotto plays with finesse and Khateri’s choice that he appear on-screen for much of the video was welcome.
Other Cello Events: Online Documentary, Cello Course, Yoga with Cello, and Masterclass
26 November – 6 December with Live Q&A 4 December
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Midwest Premiere of the Documentary The Bowmakers Virtually
Cello, viola or violin may come to mind when one thinks of an orchestra but those instruments require a player using another instrument — the bow — to produce music.
Billed as “the story of the most important instrument you’ve never heard of,” the feature-length documentary “The Bowmakers” makes its Midwest premiere via virtual screenings hosted by Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra from Nov. 26-Dec. 7.
The Midwest run of “The Bowmakers,” which is a fundraiser for Park Forest-based Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, includes a live question and answer session at 6:30 PM Dec. 4 via Zoom. Advance registration, which to scheduled to open Nov. 9, is required at ipomusic.org.
“If you’re a classical music fan or a musician, this would be a real eye-opening film and it’s made for you.”
5 December 2020 – 16 January 2021 – Register NOW
First Hour Online Journey with Amit Peled
Learn and master the unique cello emoji language, Peled’s scale system and how to wisely practice your first hour of the day in the most beneficial way!
Q&A for 15 minutes at the end of each session.
Fee: $440, discount available to current and former Peabody Institute students, and former First Hour and Amit Peled Online Cello Academy students
6 December 2-4 PM GMT+1
Yin Yoga with Live Cello and Harmonium
During this afternoon, Lonneke will guide you in relaxing and opening yin poses. To enhance the opening and nourishing effect, there will be beautiful live music.
Lonneke will play the harmonium and use her healing voice together with Willemijn playing the cello. These healing sounds will relax the mind, calm down the nervous system, and soothe the heart.
This workshop will support you in turning inwards and coming home to your true Self.
12 December 6 PM EST
The Golden State Youth Orchestra Presents – A Cello Masterclass with Amos Yang
Watch this masterclass with cellist Amos Yang online. Here is more information:
Mr. Yang will lead a masterclass featuring GSYO Symphony cellists: Karissa Ning, Ariel Pham, Aaron Song, and Noah Vin. The event provides a learning opportunity for performers as well as observers.
Tickets are free, but the event has a suggested donation of $15.
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