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Cello moments 2016–2017

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Cello moments (Apr 5, 2017)

Passover and Easter

Following our previous feature on Passover and Easter, join us for three contrasting works in celebration of the upcoming holidays. Let's watch cellist Heinrich Schiff and pianist Paul Gulda play Martinů's "Rossini Variations" based on a theme from "Moses in Egypt"; the Apollo Chamber Players perform Gilad Cohen's "Three Goat Blues" which uses a Provençal tune of the Jewish Passover prayer "Chad Gadya"; and Tan Dun conduct his multimedia oratorio "Water Passion" featuring violinist Cho-Liang Lin and cellist Felix Fan with coloratura soprano Ying Huang and bass-baritone Stephen Bryant.

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Cello moments (Mar 5, 2017)

Saint Patrick's Day

Join us for a St. Patrick's Day celebration and watch a special arrangement of "Danny Boy" for cello and voice performed by cellist and singer Simon Wallfisch, Frank Martin's "Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes" (2nd and 3rd movements) played by cellist Isabel Gehweiler with violinist Arata Yumi and pianist Yulia Miloslavskaya, and Krzysztof Lenczowski's "Irish Pub" performed by the cellist-composer's Atom String Quartet.

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Image: St. Patrick's Day postcard, 1909.

Cello moments (Feb 2, 2017)

For the Valentines

Following our Valentine's Day feature last year, join us for two romances and a love song written for cello. Let's watch Peter Schmidt with pianist Katia Michel perform Pablo Casals' "Romanza", Suzana Stefanovic play Jesús Rueda's "Love Song No. 3", and Li-Wei Qin perform Luis Serrano Alarcón's "Tramonto: Romanza for Cello and Wind Ensemble" with the composer conducting the Philharmonic Winds of Singapore.

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Cello moments (Jan 2, 2017)

Centenary Celebrations

Welcome 2017 and Happy New Year! We're celebrating the 100th anniversary of three cello works written by Fauré, Villa-Lobos and Frank Bridge. Let's watch Fauré's Cello Sonata No.1 (2nd movement) performed by Timotheos Petrin with pianist George X. Fu, Villa-Lobos' "Song of the Black Swan" played by Greta Parks, and Frank Bridge's Cello Sonata performed by Edward Luengo with pianist Kevin Lee Sun. We're looking forward to another 100 years of wonderful music!

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Image: Fauré in his apartment in Paris, 1905.

Cello moments (Dec 7, 2016)

Holiday Concerts

Happy holidays to you and your family! To celebrate this joyous season, join us for three festive concerts! Let's watch violinist Rachell Wong and cellist Nicholas Mariscal play "Gloomy Winter's Now Awa'" and "Giga Do Tenerife" at the 2015 Heifetz Holiday Concert; the Trio Arte perform Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 (1st movement) at Istanbul German Consulate Christmas Concert 2013; and cellist Christoph Croisé play Saint-Saëns' "The Swan" with Kevin Griffiths conducting the Collegium Musicum Basel at the 2016 New Year's Concert.

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Image: "The Christmas Tree" by Albert Chevallier Tayler, 1911.

Cello moments (Nov 3, 2016)

Universal Children's Day

Following our Universal Children's Day celebrations in 2014 and 2015, this time let's watch 13-year-old cellist Krzysztof Michalski perform Paganini's "Variations on a theme from Moses" with pianist Ireneusz Boczek at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish National Radio; BBC Young Musician 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason play Bach's Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 2; and the 2016 YoungArts Winners in Music—Katherine Woo, Zlatomir Fung and Adria Ye—perform Pierre Jalbert's Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1st movement).

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Image: "La Musique" by Carle van Loo, 1752-1753.

Cello moments (Oct 4, 2016)


To stir up a festive spirit for Hallowe'en, let's watch "La ville: Cancan macabre" (from Thomas Adès' "Lieux retrouvés") performed by cellist Michael Kaufman and pianist Brendan White, Beethoven's famous "Ghost" Trio (2nd movement) played by pianist Gilbert Kalish with violinist Areta Zhulla and cellist Mihai Marica, and John Zorn's "All Hallows Eve (i. Matins)" performed by violinist Orin Laursen with violist Alexandra Simpson and cellist Marza Merophi Wilks.

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Cello moments (Sep 1, 2016)


Whether you're looking forward to the Moon Festival (Sep 15) or the Harvest Moon (Sep 16), join us to celebrate the brightest and longest moonlight of the year with vibrant, romantic, and festive moon-inspired music. Let's watch cellists Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber play William Lloyd Webber's "Moon Silver" with pianist Pam Chowhan; violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet join forces with the Modigliani Quartet to perform Schoenberg's string sextet "Verklärte Nacht" (Transfigured Night); and cellist Maja Bogdanović with narrator Dragoljub Mićko Ljubičić interpret Aleksandar Sedlar's "Mesečeva kći" (Moon's daughter) with Simfonijski orkestar RTS conducted by the composer.

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Image: "The Wandering Moon" by William Blake, 1816–20, an illustration to Milton's poems "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso".

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