i Cellisti! is back

As many of you know, due to heavy snow on February 4,  i Cellisti!, was cancelled.   But miraculously, we were able to find a new date that worked for 48 of the 50 cellists originally involved!  Thus, we are thrilled to announce that our ever-popular annual cello ensemble extravaganza and fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 PM  - same venue, St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The program, identical to what was planned for February 4, features Khari Joyner, recently-arrived cello professor at Baldwin-Wallace University.  A composer as well as a performer, Dr. Joyner will play his work for solo cello, PetrolMusic.  

The concert will also include cello ensemble performances by the teaching studios of Bryan Dumm and Ida Mercer at Case Western Reserve University;  Brian Snow at Bowling Green State University; Khari Joyner at Baldwin-Wallace University; and Mingyao Zhao at Wooster College,  as well as duos and a trio performed by Cleveland Orchestra Principal, Mark Kosower, First Assistant Principal, Richard Weiss, and Mingyao Zhao.

The program will commence with a performance by an ensemble specially created for this event --  a mix of 20 of Cleveland’s professional cellists, high school students, and adult amateurs playing side-by-side.  Cleveland Orchestra cellists Mark Kosower, Richard Weiss, Bryan Dumm, and Alan Harrell; Cleveland Institute of Music cello faculty members, Abbey Hansen and Ida Mercer; and private instructors/free lancers, Sameer Apte, Isabel Dimoff, and Pamela Kelly have all  generously volunteered their time and talent, making this side-by-side performance experience possible for ten student and adult amateur members of the Cleveland Cello Society.

You’ll not want to miss this truly unique concert.  The last time it was held was just before the beginning of the pandemic, and last season, in the throes of Covid, we simply could not pull it off.  So we are thrilled to bring back i Cellisti! this season.  And remember, as always, all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to our CCS Scholarships.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 2747 Fairmount Boulevard

Tickets:  $30 general admission; $5 student; $100 patron

HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: In response to Cuyahoga County’s designation by the CDC as an area of low-level viral spread, neither COVID-19 vaccinations nor negative test results will be mandatory for attendance.   Masks will no longer be required for CCS events. However, performers and guests who feel more comfortable wearing a mask are encouraged to do so.