History of the Cello
Part II: The Music of the Cello from Baroque through Modern

History of the Cello
Part II: The Music of the Cello from Baroque through Modern

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
University Park Campus

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, March 3, at 9 a.m.

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Join Ralph Kirshbaum, the chair of the USC Thornton School of Music String Department and one of the world’s top cellists, for a two-part series on the history of the cello.

History of the Cello: Part II will introduce you to the best of the cello repertoire from the Baroque to the modern era. The first half of the evening will examine the selected repertoire in detail, exploring different styles, fingering and bowing choices, and the aesthetic and technical range of the instrument. The presentation will also explore the relationship between cello music and other art forms, especially painting and literature.

The second half of the evening will be a recital of the works discussed in the first half—plus a surprise or two!—representing the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern periods of musical composition.

Ralph Kirshbaum, one of today’s most renowned cellists, has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, BBC, and London symphonies; Cleveland Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Philharmonia; Zurich Tonhalle; Orchestre de Paris; and Israel Philharmonic. He has collaborated with many of the great conductors of our time, including Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Andrew Davis, the late Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, and the late Sir Georg Solti. Kirshbaum has appeared frequently at such prominent international festivals as Edinburgh, Bath, Verbier, Lucerne, Aspen, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and New York’s Mostly Mozart. In 1988, Kirshbaum founded the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester International Cello Festival, bringing together the world’s great cellists in a celebration of the cello, its music, its musicians, and its makers. The last festival took place in 2007 and was awarded the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Music Award for Concert Series and Festivals. In 2012, Kirshbaum inaugurated the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles to worldwide acclaim. In 2008, Kirshbaum accepted the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello at the USC Thornton School of Music and recently became the chair of the String Department.

Related Events:
History of the Cello
Part I: The Instrument and Its Evolution, 1600–2015
Thursday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
For more info, click here.

Piatigorsky International Cello Festival Opening Concert
Sunday, May 15, 4:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
For more info, click here.

Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.