Cello Festivals, Congresses, Events

There are several major cello events coming soon that every cellist will want to know of, and attend if possible. I list them here, so you won't miss them. If you know of another, please let me know, so I can advertise it here.

Musicora, April 24-28, Cite de la Musique, Conservatoire de Paris, Parc de la Villette. Phone (33) 01 49 53 27 20 for information.

Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop, May 20--June 6, 1997, for established string quartets, and other chamber groups, including cello/piano duos. Faculty includes cellists Sharon Robinson and David Finckel. Sponsored by "Carnegie Hall Presents." Applications must be received by February 5. For information call 212-903-9670.

New Directions Cello Festival (our 3rd annual), will be held at the University of Connecticut June 6 - 8. Featured guest cellists include David Darling, Matt Turner, Stephanie Winters, Peter Lewy, Jeffrey Krieger and more!

The New Directions Cello Association (NDCA) is a private organization which began in 1992 and has created a network for the growing field of alternative and nonclassical cello. The goals of the NDCA are to encourage interaction among nonclassical cellists, and to promote awareness among all cellists and the musically oriented public about the contributions that cellists are making in many styles of contemporary music.This encompasses those musical styles which are not commonly taught to cellists at music schools (jazz, blues, rock, folk, experimental, ethnic, etc.) especially those involving some amount of improvisation.

The NDCA publishes a newsletter called Cello City Ink twice a year which contains interviews, reviews, articles, and other information related to nonclassical cello. One of the NDCA's main projects is the New Directions Cello Festival, an annual symposium on the state of nonclassical or alternative cello. For more information on the NDCA and the NDCFest'97 please contact:

New Directions Cello Assoc.(NDCA)
501 Linn St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Eighth Annual Margaret Rowell String Seminar, June 16-20, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Featuring cellist Irene Sharp. Write for a brochure to the SFCM, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122-4498; or phone Irene Sharp at 415-759-3462.

Ravinia Festival 1997, June 16--July 19, Highland Park, Illinois. Featuring a program for strings and piano. For information phone 847-266-5106.

Eleventh Annual California ASTA Summer Institute of Chamber Music,June 22-28. Santa Barbara, California. Student, amateur and professional string players and pianists are invited to apply. Email Victor Sazer, Artistic Director for more information.

Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, June 21--August 2, at Bowdoin College, 12 Cleveland Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. Featuring cellists Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, Andre Emelianoff and John Whitfield. Send email to bsmf@bowdoin.edu for information.

Sewanee Summer Music Center & Festival,June 28--August 3, at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN 37383. Phone 615-598-1225.

Killington Music Festival, Rutland, VT 05703, June 22--August 2. Featuring cellists Ardyth Alton and Robert Marsh. Email kmfest@sover.net for information, or call 802-773-1168.

2nd Australasian International Cello Festival, and Adam Cello Competition, June 22-29, 1997.

Meadowmount School of Music, June 21--August 9, 1997. Cello faculty include Tanya Carey, Owen Carman, and Hans Jensen. Steven Doane will teach Cello Master Class. For information send email to carman@pilot.msu.edu.

1997 World Cello Congress! (The Second) July 1-8, 1997 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rostropovich is serving as President of the Congress. Send email to Dr. Helene Breazeale or Sergei Zverev for more information.

Dr. Zverev recently wrote to the ICS:

" Dr. Helene Breazeale (Executive Director of the Project, e7a7bre@toe.towson.edu) and Mstislav Rostropovich (President) are producing World Cello Congress II to be held 1- 8 of July, 1996 in St.Petersburg, Russia. The year 1997 also happens to be the 70th birthday of Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Congress will be a jubilee celebration of the event. We have been fund raising for World Cello Congress II for one and one-half years. Although we still need almost $100,000, we are going ahead with all plans for the Congress, and will continue fund raising as we go. All of our arrangements with St. Petersburg Philharmonic are complete in that all of the events will take place in the big and small halls. We are finalizing arrangements with the guest artists from all over the world who will perform with the orchestra in 4 of the major concerts. The final concert with over 200 cellists has been arranged."

Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, August 2 - 31.

Maine Coast Cello Vacation (for adults). August 18-31. Call 201-451-2338 for a brochure.

Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute

Cremona Mondomusica
International Salon of Stringed Instruments and Accessories for Violin Making in October

American String Teachers Association Summer Institute of Chamber Music
Ithaca College Chamber Music Institute

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