May 20, Saturday, Cello Solos Today - Workshop and Performance

The CCS is thrilled to partner with this exciting New York based project, Cello Solos Today!


The idea behind Cello Solos Today is simple: to commission a collection of 12 new short works for solo cello, composed for intermediate cellists in a variety of contemporary styles by many of today’s leading composers. By creating a repertoire of new works specifically designed for the non-professional cellist, Cello Solos Today seeks to actively engage young musicians with contemporary music through firsthand performance experience.


Saturday May 20, 2017                     Cleveland Music School Settlement  

3-7 p.m.                                        11125 Magnolia Drive (in University Circle)

Wow, do we have a great workshop opportunity for all aspiring cellists of intermediate level and above!  The CCS has partnered with the exciting New York- based project, Cello Solos Today!  Twelve new short works for solo cello in a variety of contemporary styles have been commissioned from many of today’s leading composers:

Anthony Cheung Michael Gordon
Mario Davidovsky Hannah Lash
Jonathon Dawe Steve Lehman
Mario Diaz de Leon Wei-Chieh Lin
James Dillon Augusta Read Thomas
David Fulmer Charles Wuorinen

The workshop from 3-5 pm is open to all intermediate skill-level cellists —no audition required.  Following an introductory video, through a variety of listening exercises and puzzles, all participants will be introduced to the “extended techniques” required of cellists playing music of the 21st-centruy.  The workshop will be lead by NY-based cellist and coordinator of Cello Solos Today, Chris Gross, and participating composer, Anthony Cheung, who is coincidentally The Cleveland Orchestra Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow for 2016-17. (His orchestral work will receive its world premiere in Severance Hall that weekend).  Upon registration, each participant will be sent a copy of Anthony Cheung’s piece and asked to spend some time studying it, with guidance from  your teacher.  This does not mean each workshop participant has to have it “performance-ready”.   Rather, a little advance acquaintance and preparation, knowing how the music looks on paper, etc. will allow maximum benefit to each participant.  This promises to be an adventurous afternoon filled with many “ah-ha” moments regarding you and your cello!  

After a short break, at 5 pm the concert of the Cleveland premiere of Cello Solos Today will take place.  As this brochure goes to print, several Cleveland-area cello students are working with their teachers, each preparing one of the pieces.  This concert will be about one hour in length and is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased for $10.  
The afternoon will conclude with a light supper allowing all participants a little mix- and-mingle time and marking the end of the workshop.  

A TOTALLY OPTIONAL OFFERING-for those wanting to continue the adventure, we have reserved a block of tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra concert at 8 pm.  (Program:  world premiere of a new work by Anthony Cheung, Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, as well as two Haydn Symphonies, No. 39 and No. 96 (“The Miracle”).  We’d plan to arrive at Severance Hall in time for Anthony Cheung’s pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.  
You can purchase up to 4 tickets at the CCS special group rate of $15. per ticket.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 5:00pm
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

Tickets: Workshop $40, concert only $10.

Click here to register online, or here to download a registration form.

Click here to purchase tickets for the 5 PM performance Cello Solos Today.

Tickets will not be mailed. Tickets will be available for pickup at will call window one hour before concert start.