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The Elemental Beatles Premieres at Central Cello Celebration

October 16, 2012

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- More than 80 cellists from across Washington and Idaho will come to Central Washington University to participate in the fifth Central Cello Celebration, hosted by the CWU Music Department, on October 19 and 20. 

The Finale Concert will be held on October 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the CWU Music Concert Hall. The CWU cello studio will join with cellists from around the Northwest in a vast cello ensemble. In the spirit of this year’s College of Arts and Humanities theme: "How Green Is My Valley? Land, Water, Wind, the Human Impact on the World, Sustainability,” the Central Cello Celebration has commissioned Tom Walworth to compose a new cello choir work, The Elemental Beatles. This whimsical piece features Walworth’s fun twist on “Blackbird” (air), “Penny Lane” (earth), “Yellow Submarine” (water), and “Here Comes the Sun” (fire). Walworth is the principal cellist for the Rainier Symphony Orchestra.

The program will also showcase Seattle Symphony cellist Roberta Downey and pianist Anne Schilperoort performing a movement of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata and CWU music professors John Michel and Nikolas Caoile performing Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango.  Also on the program will be a cello quartet arrangement of Stairway to Heaven and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.  Nikolas Caoile and Bruce Walker, cellist and director of Orchestral Activities for the Sunnyside School District, will conduct the two cello ensembles. Walker is also the assistant conductor and conductor of Preparatory Orchestras for the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton, Oregon.

During the concert, former principal cellist and 45-year veteran of the Seattle Symphony, Raymond Davis will be recognized for his distinguished career as a versatile performer and master teacher.

Recitals featuring talented young cellists from Washington State and CWU’s cello performance majors are scheduled for Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. and October 20 at 3:00 p.m., in the CWU Music Recital Hall. For more information about these events please go to

All performances are free and open to the public. Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except where specifically designated.

Media Contact: John Michel, CWU Music, 509-963-2116,
Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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