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Cello Concert Plays Tributes to Prince, David Bowie and Star Wars

The cello, described as having the sound closest to the human voice, will be in the spotlight this weekend at Central Washington University’s biennial Cello Celebration. More than 100 Northwest cellists will gather at the McIntyre Music building to revel in the rich cello repertoire and collaborate in a massive cello choir performance.

The Celebration will host several concerts throughout the weekend. There will be recitals at 7:00 p.m., October 21, and 2:00 p.m., October 22, in the Recital Hall, the latter featuring virtuoso Efe Baltacigil. Baltacigil is the principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony. The grand finale concert will be held later that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Concert Hall. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The musical program for the grand finale includes a Star Wars medley, a haunting rendition of Greensleeves, Heitor Villa Lobos’ Bachianias Brasilieras Number 5, and the world premiere of Messrs. Nelson and Jones, a special memorial tribute to Prince and David Bowie.

The Celebration is open to cellists of all ages. High-school level cellists can perform in recitals, workshops, and master classes during the two-day conference.

The celebration is sponsored by RL Ray Violin Shop, Hammond Ashley Violin Shop, Carlsen Cello Foundation, Rafael Carrabba Violins, Henry Bischofberger Violins, and the CWU Music Department.

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Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,
October 20, 2016