The Cleveland Cello Society - 2019-20 Season

October 12, Saturday, 3:30 PM: Cello Pedagogy Forum with guest artist Alan Harris

Calling all cello teachers and pedagogy students.  Master teacher, Alan Harris, is in Cleveland for the weekend.  To kick things off, we have organized a Q&A session with him at The Music Settlement.  Bring your questions, as this is a rare opportunity to gain insights from one of America's most experienced teachers.

Tickets:  $10

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

October 13, Sunday, 12:30-4:30PM: Workshop and Masterclass

12:30-1 pm – How to practice effectively and efficiently - presentation by Mark Kosower, The Cleveland Orchestra Principal Cellist and CCS President.

1:15-2:15 pm Strengthening & Stretching Exercises for Cellists - presentation by Kelly Fieseler, orthopedic physical therapist who has worked with countless musicians.

2:30-4:30 pm – Masterclass with Alan Harris, Eastman School of Music, Distinguished Professor Emeritus.  One of America’s most venerated cello pedagogues, Mr. Harris will coach four Cleveland-area high school students.

Tickets:  $25 Workshop and Masterclass; $30 Weekend Package (both Saturday and Sunday)

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

October 22, Tuesday, 7 PM: Tour of the Caldwell Collection of Viols

The Caldwell Collection of Viols is the second largest private collection in the world and is considered to be the finest.  This rare assortment resides in Oberlin, Ohio, where it was assembled by Catharina Meints Caldwell and her late husband, James Caldwell.  (This dynamic duo also co-founded the internationally acclaimed Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.)  

Tickets:  $75

Venue: 
Oberlin, Ohio

November 4, Monday, 7 PM: Bach for Humanity - Mark Kosower, Principal Cello of The Cleveland Orchestra

An evening of unaccompanied Bach: cello suites and violin sonatas and partitas (transcriptions by Kosower). Perhaps because it conveys both the human and divine so perfectly, Bach’s music has for centuries inspired people with its spirituality and ideals of love and compassion.  Bring family and friends to this program of universal appeal, performed in a beautiful and historic church.

Tickets:  $30 General Admission; $5 Student; $100 Supporting Patron

Venue: 
Old Stone Church - 91 Public Square, Cleveland

December 14, Saturday, 7:30 PM: Guest Artist Recital - Astrid Schween, cello; Victor Asuncion, piano

Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. The CCS is thrilled that Ms. Schween has found time in her peripatetic career as a member of the Juilliard Quartet to present a cello recital here in Cleveland.  Joined by pianist Victor Asuncion, their program will include works by Debussy, Franck, Schumann, and Popper.

Tickets:  $30 General Admission; $5 Student; $100 Supporting Patron

Venue: 
Harkness Chapel - 11200 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

December 15, Sunday, 1-3 PM: Masterclass with Astrid Schween

Known for her keen and articulate skills as a teacher, you will want to be present as Ms. Schween coaches four Cleveland area cello students.  Her studies with Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse, William Pleeth, and, as a very young cellist, Jacqueline DuPre, offer an entry point into the thinking of some of the finest 20th-century cellists.   

Tickets:  $10 general admission; $5 student

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

January 26, Sunday, 2 PM: CCS Scholarship Winners' Recital

Guaranteed to be an inspiring afternoon; come hear some of Ohio’s best young cellists, featuring the winners of the 2019 CCS Scholarship Competition!

Tickets:  Free to CCS members; $5 for non-members (at door)

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

March 6, Friday, 7:30 PM: i Cellisti!

Please join us for our popular annual cello ensemble extravaganza and fundraiser, this year featuring Mark Kosower and his students, Ensemble 207.  Numerous cellists of Greater Cleveland will join forces presenting a grand finale like no other.  This truly unique concert is not to be missed.  And remember, all proceeds from ticket sales provide the funds for the CCS Scholarships.

Tickets:  $30 general admission; $5 student; $100 patron

Venue: 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 2747 Fairmount Boulevard

April 19, Sunday, noon-5 PM: Annual CCS Scholarship Competition

Cellists from all over Ohio will compete for scholarships in four age categories: elementary, junior, senior, and collegiate.  A small number of seats will be offered at $25 to those wishing to observe the auditions.   Call the CCS to reserve a seat, 216-921-3480.

Entrants, note the scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2020.  Visit www.clevelandcello.com to apply for the competition online OR download the application form to return via U.S. Mail.

Applications will be available starting January 1, 2020.

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle