The Ninth International Cello Festival, sponsored by Towson State University and the International Friends of Cello Association, begins today and will feature concerts, classes and lectures from some of the world's top cellists.
Hungarian-born cellist Uri Vardi of Israel opens the festival with a concert at 8:15 p.m. in TSU's Fine Arts Concert Hall. The concert will feature works by Bach, Hindemith, Debussy, Avni and Beethoven. Mr. Vardi will give a master class tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fine Arts Room 392.
All cellists are invited to participate in the festival by performing with the university's Cello Ensemble, under the direction of festival director Cecylia Barczyk, in the final concert March 19.
Those interested in performing should attend "Cellomania," the group rehearsals for the concert. "Cellomania" begins next Saturday.
On March 12, there will be a rare concert by Peabody Conservatory's Stephen Kates. Heralded by his peers as one of the world's most gifted cellists, Mr. Kates will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin and Strauss. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Concert Hall.
A concert for children, "Introduction to Strings," will be presented at 1 p.m. March 17 in the Fine arts Concert Hall. The Makers' Exhibition will feature violin maker Howard Needham and bow maker Donald Cohen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18-19 in the Fine Arts Center.
David Lockington, associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, will conduct a master class at 9 a.m. March 18 in the Fine Arts Concert Hall, followed by a lecture at 11 a.m., titled "Preparing for the Career of an Orchestra Musician."
The final concert of the festival will feature Ms. Barczyk on cello, with Russian pianist Roman Lebedev and the Cello Ensemble at 3 p.m. March 19 in the Fine Arts Concert Hall.
Master classes, lectures, "Cellomania" and the concert for children are free and open to the public. Admission to the concerts is $10; $8 for students, senior citizens and TSU faculty and staff. Call (410) 830-ARTS for information.