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Cello moments 2017–2018

Cello moments (Jun 30, 2018)

2017–2018 Season finale:
BERNSTEIN CENTENARY

The centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein is Aug 25! Join us for the celebration and watch his "Meditation No. 3" performed by cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown, his piano trio (2nd movement) played by the Neave Trio, and an arrangement of "Tonight" from his "West Side Story" performed by Geoffrey Simon and the London Cello Orchestra.

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Photo: Leonard Bernstein, making annotations to musical score (Al. Ravenna / New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection / Library of Congress)

Cello moments (Jun 1, 2018)

From Šumava to the Appalachians

In celebration of World Environment Day on Jun 5, join the winning team of our 6th Listeners' Choice Award, Marc Coppey with conductor Kirill Karabits and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, for a walk through the Bohemian Forest in Dvořák's "Silent Woods". Next, journey through the Latvian plains with the trio of Eva Bindere, Kristīna Blaumane and Reinis Zariņš in Pēteris Vasks' "Plainscapes"; then re-visit the American frontier and reminisce a bygone era with Mark O'Connor, Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer in O'Connor's "Appalachia Waltz"!

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Photo: Šumava, the Bohemian Forest, in Czechia.

Cello moments (May 1, 2018)

International Museum Day

May 18 is International Museum Day so join us for three wonderful performances at art museums! Let's watch Elinor Frey (nominee of our 6th Listeners' Choice Award) with harpsichordist Geneviève Soly perform Carl Friedrich Abel's Sonata in G Major (3rd movement) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Mihai Marica play Ligeti's Sonata for Solo Cello (1st movement) on a mid-19th century cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume from the musical instrument collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Gary Hoffman with pianist Ilan Rechtman and violinist Arnaud Sussmann perform Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 (1st movement) at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

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Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Cello moments (Apr 5, 2018)

Spring music

Spring has arrived! Join us to celebrate the season with butterflies, cherry blossoms and water lilies! Let's watch Fauré's "Papillon" performed by cellist Bruno Philippe and pianist Tanguy de Williencourt, Michael Djupstrom's "Songs of Spring" played by The 6821 Quintet (Mayu Kishima, Eric Silberger, Meng Wang, Clancy Newman, and Michael Djupstrom), and Kaija Saariaho's "Petals" performed by cellist Katinka Kleijn.

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Cello moments (Mar 5, 2018)

Women's History Month

Welcome March and Happy Women's History Month! Join us to celebrate women composers and watch Lera Auerbach's Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1st movement) performed by husband-and-wife duo David Finckel and Wu Han, Sally Beamish's "Gala Water" played by Robert Irvine (nominee of our 5th Listeners' Choice Award), and Anna Clyne's "Fits + Starts" performed by Ashley Bathgate.

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Cello moments (Feb 2, 2018)

World Radio Day

In celebration of World Radio Day on Feb 13, join us for three special performances produced by National Public Radio in Washington DC, Radio România Muzical in Bucharest, and France Musique in Paris. First let's start with NPR Music Field Recordings of Alisa Weilerstein playing the Prelude from Bach's fifth cello suite at the National Aquarium, then to a recital organized by Radio România Muzical of Laura Buruiana (winner of our 1st Listeners' Choice Award) and pianist Ferenc Vizi performing Debussy's cello sonata at Muzeul Naţional Cotroceni, and finally to Maison de la Radio studio 107 for "Le live de La Matinale" of Vincent Segal and Ballaké Sissoko playing "N'Kapalema" on cello and kora.

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Photo: Atwater Kent (standing) - American inventor and radio pioneer known for his radio concert music program from 1925 to 1934.

Cello moments (Jan 2, 2018)

Winter escape

Happy new year to you and your family! Join us for a musical journey to Argentina, Brazil and Australia to escape from wintry January! Let's watch Astor Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango" performed by cellist Heinrich Schiff and pianist Paul Gulda, Sérgio Assad's "Menino" played by cellist Wendy Warner with the Sharpe Zohn Guitar Duo, and Brett Dean's "Huntington Eulogy" performed by cellist Ruben Palma and pianist Phillip Shovk.

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Cello moments (Dec 1, 2017)

Celebrating Finland 100

To celebrate the centenary of Finland's independence on Dec 6, join us for music of three renowned Finnish composers. Let's watch Jean Sibelius' "Malinconia" performed by cellist Alexey Stadler and pianist Karina Sposobina, Esa-Pekka Salonen's "knock, breathe, shine" (2nd movement: "breathe") played by cellist Eric Byers, and Kaija Saariaho's "Notes on Light" performed by cellist Anssi Karttunen with Reinbert de Leeuw conducting the Asko|Schönberg.

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Image: Market Square and Uspenski Cathedral, in Helsinki, Finland.

Cello moments (Nov 1, 2017)

World Science Day

To celebrate World Science Day on Nov 10, join us for three special performances in New York, Chicago, and São Paulo. Let's watch Garth Knox's "Satellites" (second movement: "Spectral Sunrise") performed by the Friction Quartet, Daniel DeHaan's "Intelligence in the Human-Machine" played by Katinka Kleijn on cello and brainwaves using an EEG headset, and Enrico Chapela's "Magnetar" concerto (1st movement) performed by Johannes Moser with Marin Alsop conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

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Cello moments (Oct 1, 2017)

International Coffee Day

Today is International Coffee Day so join us for three special performances at coffee hangouts! Let's start at Merchants of Green Coffee in Toronto and watch cellist Joseph Johnson (nominee of our 1st Listeners' Choice Award) with his colleagues from TSO Chamber Soloists—Joaquin Valdepeñas, Jonathan Crow, Mark Skazinetsky and Teng Li—perform Mozart's Clarinet Quintet (2nd movement) in a pop-up concert, then to New York where cellist Sumire Kudo and pianist Steven Beck play Magnus Lindberg's "Dos Coyotes" at New York Philharmonic Offstage in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, and finally to Boston for the Red Room at Cafe 939 where the Four Corners Quartet performs Eugene Friesen's "Maracaibo".

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Cello moments (Sep 5, 2017)

Campus spotlight

To welcome a new concert season and a new academic year, join us for three performances on conservatory and university campuses in Kazakhstan, Germany, and the U.S. Let's watch cellist David Geringas and pianist Zhaniya Aubakirova perform Grieg's Cello Sonata (1st and 2nd movements) at Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory; Morgenstern Trio (nominee of our 5th Listeners' Choice Award) play Ravel's Piano Trio at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock; and cellist Ronald Leonard with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, oboist Allan Vogel and bassoonist Richard Beene perform Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante (1st movement) at the Colburn School with Yehuda Gilad conducting the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra.

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Photo: The Colburn School across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall (Slices of Light / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Flickr)