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Biennial Cello Summit Calls all Cellists

Central Washington University’s Music Department will hold its biennial summit of Northwest cellists who revel in rich cello repertoire and collaborate in a massive cello choir performance. The Central Cello Celebration is open to cellists of all ages. High-school players will also perform in recitals, workshops, and master classes. The summit culminates with a final performance on October 25, 7:30 PM in the Concert Hall in the McIntyre Music Building on campus.

The combined Grandioso Celebration Cello Choir will perform the world premiere of Tom Walworth’s Emerald Rocks, a medley of the best songs by Seattle rock bands (Hendrix, Heart, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden); Christopher Rouse’s Rapturedux; Rabinowitz Suite Hispaniola; Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Khachaturian Sabre Dance, arranged by Douglas Moore. (Click here for a full list of activities.)

Meeka Quan DiLorenzo (pictured above) is the featured artist/clinician and is the current Assistant Principal Cellist of the Seattle Symphony. DiLorenzo has a polished tone, commanding technique and a no-nonsense approach that inspires all audiences.

Pall Grondal is a special honoree at Central Cello Celebration, an honor that posthumously recognizes his distinguished performing and teaching career in Iceland and the US, more recently centered on the music scene in the city of Bellingham, Washington. “With a carefully thought out, systematic approach to teaching cello playing, Pall Grondal developed a studio of very accomplished and enthusiastic students” said John Michel, professor of cell at CWU’s Music Department.

Cello players of all ages can register HERE. For more information visit the Department of Music Web site at: