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Agassiz Music’s International Cello Festival is Back

Agassiz Music’s International Cello Festival is BackDo you like the sound of the cello? Then don’t miss Agassiz Music’s second International Cello Festival of Canada, June 19-22.

In 2011, the Agassiz Music Festival presented the first ever International Cello Festival of Canada to rave reviews and sold out crowds. The festival is back in 2014 with a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest cellists. In addition to concerts, the festival presents workshops, master classes, collaborations and free public performances at venues all around the city.

Virtuoso Cellists will Blow Your Socks Off

Colin Carr

Colin Carr

I asked Artistic Director Paul Marleyn which cellists he thought would blow our socks off. He modestly refrained from including himself, even though he too is internationally renowned, and said: “I’m really excited to hear Alexander Rudin, an amazing virtuoso cellist from Moscow, and Colin Carr never fails to blow socks off all around the concert hall. However if you want socks (and perhaps other articles of clothing…) spontaneously removed, I recommend the four cellists at the AfterHours Heavy Metal Cello “Wood-shredding” Concert on the 19th at 10:30pm at the Gas Station Theatre!”

I’m really excited to hear Alexander Rudin, an amazing virtuoso cellist from Moscow, and Colin Carr never fails to blow socks off all around the concert hall.

Festival Director Rita Menzies says: “I am looking forward to the performance of the six Bach Solo Sonatas for Cello at Westminster Church on Friday, June 20.  At the same event three years ago, a capacity crowd filled the church and those turned away refused to leave and sat on the front steps of the church. It was a candle-light event on a very hot evening and the front doors of the church remained open.  The concert went on very late until dark with little external light for the hushed crowd. After the final piece was played the crowd erupted with excitement. The experience was magical.”

After the final piece was played the crowd erupted with excitement. The experience was magical.

Cello player videoTo get more information about schedules and tickets, download the festival brochure.

Colin Carr performing JS Bach-Cello Suite No. 1, III

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