This week, internationally-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell visits UNCG. He’ll hold a masterclass with advanced cello students and will play with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra on Friday evening, “a performance opportunity normally reserved for the world’s major orchestras,” said UNCG Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras Kevin Geraldi. Harrell will also give a concert on Saturday as part of the University Performing Arts Series.
Harrell’s appearance at UNCG is part of the “War and Peace Imagined” series. His cello teacher, cellist and composer Lev Aronson, was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, and his musical scores and manuscripts are part of UNCG Libraries’ collection.
Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and the National Symphony.
He has served as the head of the Royal Academy in London and artistic director of the L.A. Philharmonic Institute orchestra. Since 2002, he has taught cello at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Regarding the value of hosting a performer such as Harrell, Kevin Geraldi said, “I imagine that every student will gain insights into musicianship and performance that only come in the presence of a world-class artist.”
In the Friday show, Harrell will join Geraldi and the UNCG Symphony for a performance of Ernest Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody, “Schelomo.” The overture to Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” and Mussorgsky’s magnificent “Pictures at an Exhibition” round out the program. It begins at 7:30 in UNCG Auditorium.
Tickets for this performance are $10 general admission or $5 for students. Purchase tickets through the Triad Stage Box Office online by clicking here. You may also order tickets by phone from the Triad Stage Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. or Saturday 2 to 6 p.m. by calling (336) 272-0160, or they may be purchased in person at the UNCG Music Building Box Office. Proceeds from ticket sales for this concert will go directly to the School of Music scholarship fund.
Harrell’s Saturday recital will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online with a pre-sale discount here or at the door for $8-$35. This performance will be in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.