Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
6 August 7 PM BST
BBC PROMS Saint-Saëns and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales present a concert featuring composers who found inspiration in music that came before them.
Musical echoes resonate in a programme featuring Brahms’ Fourth Symphony and a string arrangement of Purcell’s timeless masterpiece, Dido’s Lament, as well as a performance of Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto by Guy Johnston.
Join Suzy Klein and her guest, double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, for an evening that also celebrates the world premiere of a new piece by Elizabeth Ogonek and the 150th birthday of the Royal Albert Hall.
The program can be viewed live at this link and will be available shortly after the Livestream, as well.
8 August 3 PM EDT
Bach, Beethoven, Mowitz, & Fauré with cellist Zachary Mowitz and pianist Katsura Mizumoto
Please join Zach Mowitz and Katsura Mizumoto for a program recorded at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel in Belgium, where they are currently in residence. Having performed this program several times in Europe, they wanted to share it with a wider community, hence this streamed concert! Noriko, Zach’s long-time friend and neighbor, graciously agreed to host the concert from her home in Princeton, NJ, providing a welcoming atmosphere for this beautiful music.
The recital will include a work by Zach’s father, Ira Mowitz, a Bach Suite, a Beethoven Sonata, and two breathtaking concert pieces by Gabriel Fauré. We look forward to seeing you at the concert!
“Prelude” from Ira Mowitz Suite for Solo Cello
Bach Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Fauré Sicilienne, Op. 78
Fauré Romance, Op. 69
Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1
Tickets are $3 to reserve in advance, $10 at the time of the event.
10 August 7 PM CDT
Solo Cello works performed by Cellist Trace Johnson
I invite you to tune in for a short, 45-minute program of unaccompanied cello works by Osvaldo Golijov, Steven Stucky, J.S. Bach, Laura Elise Schwendinger, and Jesse Limbacher. I hope to see you there, cheers!
This groupmuse concert is an abbreviated version of my recital program at the Arts and Literature Laboratory on August 4th and 6th in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about the live recitals, check out tracejohnson.bpt.me or https://artlitlab.org/ !
Tickets are $3 in advance and $10+ at the time of the event.
10 August 8 PM EDT
Chamber Music featuring Sergey Antonov & Ilya Kazantsev
About this event
Evening of Chamber Music
featuring Sergey Antonov & Ilya Kazantsev Duo
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM
SMF Sunset Concert Pavilion
Sergei Antonov, cello
Ilya Kazantsev, piano
David Popper – Hungarian Rhapsody for cello and piano
Richard Strauss – Sonata for cello and piano
Karl Davidov – At the Fountain
11 August 7:30 PM EDT (available through 17 August 11:00 PM EDT)
Sebago Music Festival
BARRIÈRE: Sonata for Two Cellos in G Major
AMY BEACH: Piano Quintet, Op. 67
BEETHOVEN: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29, “Storm”
Min-Young Kim, violin
Keiko Tokunaga, violin
Laurie Kennedy, viola
Matthew Sinno, viola
Mihai Marica, cello
Bonnie Thron, cello
Mihae Lee, piano
One viewer, one device: just $20. Multiple viewers, one device $30.
14 August (available on Youtube following the premiere)
Arizona Chamber Festival – Garrick Woods, cello Rex Woods, piano
The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the great cellists of our time. He performs an opera-themed program of well-known works by Verdi, Rossini, Tchaikovsky and others.Learn more
A household viewing pass is available for $15.
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 Cellist’s Notebook story.
- 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.
2021 Global Musician Workshop
On June 30, Silkroad and the New England Conservatory announced its 2021 Global Musician Workshop (GMW). The event will take place virtually from August 8–14 and feature a workshops, jam sessions, panel discussions, topic-based elective classes, and a two-day Online Performance Festival open to the public.
Silkroad is a globally-minded musical organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 that includes the Silkroad Ensemble and emphasizes new music, social initiatives, and educational partnerships.
Cellist and Silkroad artist Mike Block directs the festival, and members of the Silkroad Ensemble will teach the various workshops and classes virtually from the New England Conservatory campus in Boston.
16-20 August and 23-27 August
Midcoast Maine Adult Amateur Cello Workshop
Learn in a supportive, friendly atmosphere.
An intensive practice/study vacation for busy adults in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.
We all learn from each other!
BRUCE UCHIMURA, cello
Bruce Uchimura is Professor of Cello at Western Michigan University and was director of the WMU Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. He was Associate Conductor of the Augusta (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra from 1985-87 where he developed a highly successful Symphonic Pops and Educational Series. He also formed and conducted the Western String Chamber Orchestra from 1987-1998. In 1998, he took over the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. The WMU Orchestra won the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best College Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and was invited to perform at the Michigan Music Educator’s Conference in 2007 and 2016. The WMU Orchestra was the third-place winner in the 2015 “American Prize” media-based competition’s Best College Orchestra category.
Admission is free for this event. Register to receive the Zoom information for the event.
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.
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.
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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