Following two successful summer workshops in 2011 and 2012
at Bryn Mawr College, the Cellospeak instrumental choir-- comprised of more than
80 cellists--will again perform two free concerts in Thomas Great Hall on Friday
August 2 and Friday August 9 at 7:30 p.m. Area residents are invited to attend these
extraordinary concerts presented by participants and faculty of Cellospeak’s 13th Annual Cello Workshop for Adults. These
free concerts will be the grand finales of two separate week-long workshops for
adult amateur cellists.
The Concert on August 2 will be a demonstration of the
Skill-Builder week, as well as a faculty performance of Respighi's “Andante Con Variazioni” arranged by Gary
Fitzgerald for 16 cellos, and the Villa Lobos “Bachianas Brazileiras #5” also for 16 players, with Carl Donakowski
as the cello soloist and his sister Monica Donakovska as the soprano soloist.
On August 9 the entire cello choir--under the
direction of Conductor Miriam Burns--will perform pieces by Bach, Telemann,
Beethoven, Dvorak and a special cello version of the Orange Blossom
Special. In addition to a repeat of the
work by faculty in a performance of the Respighi, we will also have the premier
of a brand new edition for cellos of the Tchaikovsky “Serenade for Strings” for the entire ensemble.
Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Dorothy Amarandos with
just 13 of her cello students, Cellospeak’s Annual Cello Workshop has grown to more than 120 participants and 20 cello professors from across the U.S. who
come together at Bryn Mawr College for one or two weeks of musical study. They share their love of the cello by
performing in coached quartets and in Cellospeak’s signature choir. The Workshop offers students opportunities to
improve their technical skills, gain exposure to diverse teaching styles and
enjoy their own and other’s performances at nightly recitals.