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\ _/ 'TUTTI CELLI' Bi-Monthly Newsletter, January/February 1996
TUTTI CELLI CONTENTS
NEW ICS MEMBERS MESSAGE
WELCOME to the Internet Cello Society! We are currently 1200 members
strong and represent 27 different countries around the world! Countries
represented include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica,
Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Japan, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Switzerland,
Sweden, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
'TUTTI CELLI' is the Internet Cello Society's bi-monthly newsletter
and serves several purposes: 1.) to make announcements of what is new at
the ICS World Wide Web site, within the Internet music world, and throughout
the real music world. 2.) to feature a distinguished cellist, an ICS member,
and interesting articles. 3.) and to summarize activities in ICS cello forums
The WORLD WIDE WEB houses the Internet Cello Society at this address:
The WWW allows for the quick transfer of information in the form of text,
graphics, movies, and sounds to anywhere in the world. If you have direct
Internet access, all you need is a World Wide Web browser like Mosaic, Netscape,
MacWeb, or the text only Lynx application (Netscape is highly recommended!).
After opening your browser application, simply open the URL address of the
Internet Cello Society WWW site:
ICS ONLINE SERVICES include the following:
*A Cello Introduction, an interactive multimedia presentation
*'Tutti Celli', an online copy and back issues
*Young Cellists, Professional Performers, Teachers, Cellist-By-Night Forums
*Library archives including various cello society newsletters, articles,
*Membership register (optional) searchable by various criteria
*Classifieds and advertisements via The Web Classical Music Store
*Links to other Internet music resources
ICS MEMBERSHIP affords benefits as well as responsibility. As a virtual
community of cellists, ICS relies on its membership to write articles, volunteer
time, share expertise, and submit archive materials. If you have any documents
that you would like to share with the global society of users, send them
directly to CelloTalk@aol.com or on disk via snail mail. For a truly global
perspective of the music world, the Internet Cello Society needs the active
cooperation and contribution of each of its members.
Members are requested to fill out the complete REGISTRATION
FORM to be added to our ICS online directory. The Netscape browser is
recommended for form submission. The form is located at the URL address:
As more ICS members voluntarily register in our online directory, members
for other cellists by name, address, schools attended, teachers, city, country
and more!!! Check out this incredible database of cellists from around the
ONLINE CHATTING SCHEDULE VIA IRC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ICS holds open multi-user online real time chatting over the Internet
via IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Thanks to the efforts of our IRC host Nicoletta
Pintor, ICS maintains its own chat channel: #ICS
Everyone can open the channel at any time, and our IRC host will be online:
EVERY SATURDAY AT 1:00PM PST OR 4:00PM EST
Please join us to celebrate the Internet Cello Society's first anniversary!
We need a good showing to make this worthwhile. Detailed instructions.
If you have any further questions, please direct them to Nicoletta Pintor
ICS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Internet Cello Society celebrates its first year anniversary! We are
almost 1200 members from 27 different countries. 650 members have registered
in the online membership directory. Our virtual community of cellists continues
to thrive, thanks to the hard work of the ICS staff and members.
Central Washington University is generously purchasing me some video digitizing
equipment for my use. This spring I will be producing some cello CD-Rom
titles with the help of cellist Jeremy Rule and others!
I am also working on getting some ICS business materials: a logo, stationary,
business cards, etc....
I would like to establish our own Internet domain name. Currently it is
tahoma.cwu.edu:2000/~michelj which I hope I can reduce to cello.edu or cello.org
But like everything, it is not free. To start it up is $100. and then $50.
every year to register the name. We will also need our own web server ($1,500+).
The great advantage would be ICS could easily add many more audio samples
with much better quality.
The easiest way to fund the Society may be to encourage Central Washington
University to sponsor it. This does take away some of the autonomy and flexibility
of ICS. Other possibilities of funding would be to find commercial sponsors,
membership dues and/or personal donations. I welcome any contributions or
suggestions in this area.
John Michel, ICS Director
RECORDING, KARAOKE & TRIBAL DANCE: MY VACATION
My December schedule took me in two very different musical directions. My
wife Carrie Rehkopf and I recorded for CD the exciting Violin and Cello
Duo "Deceptio Visus" by composer Maria Newman. The differences
between live performances and the recording studio are interesting. Not
the slightest aberration of pitch or ensemble are acceptable for a recording.
With editing one is able to get a flawless performance. It is rewarding
to finally produce a 'product' as visual artists and writers do.
This Christmas I visited the Philippines for the first time since I was
three years old. In the small town of Kalibo, Aklan, a very famous Christmas
parade called the Atiatian Festival takes place every year. Ad hoc bands
in elaborate costumes and enthusiastic crowds of people marched around the
town square to the incessant beat of native tribal drums. I joined in for
a time, but they marched all night long! I finally experienced the Ives
phenomenon of two independent bands converging on each other. But what struck
me was how much rhythm in music originates in motion, physical gesture,
dance! To know rhythm one needs to get out on that dance floor.
My cousins introduced me to karaoke. Normally I would not be caught
dead singing in a bar, but I figured I didn't have much to lose so far from
home. So I sang "West Virginia", "Top of the World"
and "Amazing Grace" with the karaoke video. It was fun. With a
lot of reverb, my voice didn't sound bad. The amazing thing was that my
cousins of no music background could all sing well. Some were slightly embarrassed;
others sounded better than the original artists! All were connected to the
music, producing music and living the meaning of the music.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
***If you would like to respond to something you have read in 'Tutti Celli',
write to CelloTalk@aol.com and type
"Letter to Editor" in subject field. (Letters may be edited.)***
[Regarding] the wonderful article about the cellist of Sarajevo. I was almost
brought to tears reading it. What a great account and tribute to the human
qualities of our instrument and its distinguished servants! I was lucky
enough to be present at the mentioned concert, and I remember very vividly
this emotional experience, of great solidarity, understanding, and power
of musical spirituality. In response to the inquiries about the availability
of any audio or video testimonial, I must say there's probably no chance
of that. You see, I got my Bachelor's from the Royal Northern College of
Music, in Manchester, UK., the host of the biennial International Cello
Festival (artistic director is Ralph Kirshbaum, the Texan, one of the Professors
there). During my four years and two cello festivals there, I have repeatedly
asked the organizers if they would be taping the concerts, masterclasses,
and workshops during the five-day celebrations, if only for educational
purposes, only to be told that, because of copyright and management implications,
this would be impossible. What a great loss! All that I have are the brochures
and concert programs, some hand-outs, and photos. And, of course the memories
of sounds! Can you imagine hearing the four remaining Montagnana cellos
in concert, and not recording it? Or the many great cellists in masterclass?
Pity we fail future generations in such a way! Anyway, on this grim note,
I must thank you once again for your great work !
>How can we keep informed of cello positions available worldwide?
>Antonio and Scott
***I agree that such a service would be invaluable. I just need to find
someone that is willing to gather and collect the different resources so
that we can post them on our WWW site. Might you be interested?
Hope everything is proceeding well with the grant and funding requests!
I've learned so much from the other cellists' ICS has put me in touch with;
I'd love to see it available to as many people as possible. Happy New Year
and Best Holiday Wishes :-),
I just wanted to say that since I'm a cellist your cello program is really
cool. It's nice to be
able to find some good stuff on the cello! Thanx a ton!!! I think all of
the stuff you have here is really great!
NEW MEMBERSHIP LETTERS
Greetings from the American University in Bulgaria. I saw the announcement
about the Internet Cello Society in Strings magazine, and I'd like to join.
I can offer reportage on the Bulgarian cello scene and Balkan cello literature,
among other things
cellistic. I await your reply.
Hi, my name is Jorge Espinoza. I came from Chile. I study Music (cello)
in Carnegie Mellon University. My teacher is David Premo (PSO). I'd like
to join in this Internet Cello.
Delightful to find you. I would love to join and share experiences. I play
"by night" with a piano quartet and in a community orchestra and
would like to find some repertoire that is off the beaten track a bit. Again
- great to find you on the internet.
I enjoyed reading the offerings of the Internet Cello Society. Please register
me as a member!
Doctoral student and Director of the Young Cellists Program at Indiana
CONVERSATION WITH PAMELA FRAME
***An Internet Cello Society Exclusive***
Pamela Frame is Associate Professor of Cello at the Eastman School
of Music. Having taken lessons from Rostropovich for more than seven years,
Ms. Frame describes his teaching as ferociously demanding and inspiring.
In her own teaching she focuses on the balance between emotion and discipline,
importance of active listening, and the often neglected technique of the
bow arm. In playing Bach, Ms. Frame stresses the importance of articulation
and stylistically appropriate bowings. She shares her experience working
with the talented Garrison Keillor.
STRETCHING IS THE KEY TO
A LONG LIFE OF PLAYING
by Linda Hickey, Massage Therapist and Cello Student
"Repetitive stressed movement of muscle and in the joint can
lead to overuse
symptoms of inflammation, pain and conditions such as tendinitis or
bursitis. Continued playing can lead to chronic pain and restricted
and potentially forced early retirement from your cello. The key to
these dire consequences is stretching"
Linda Hickey prescribes an easy warm-up routine for cellists. Step-by-step
instructions are given for stretching the muscles that we use playing the
cello. Don't forget to breathe, unlock that jaw and memorize the feeling
of lengthened, relaxed muscles!
"In April of this year I lost my job of nearly five years at
a local hospital laboratory. It was an unexpected blow. But as my fellow
cellists and other musician friends rallied around me, I was reminded that
music has always been there, like a friend, through thick and thin. I've
had times that I wanted to sever the relationship, times I felt it didn't
want me, but it has always come through when it was important."
***This newsletter section will draw from correspondence and discussion
in the following on-line departments. All members are encouraged to join
a specific forum mailing list. Send any pertinent discussion, questions
& answers, articles or other correspondence to the appropriate department.
***Stacy Cowley, forum director at: Isoma@aol.com***
INTRO: The Young Cellists Forum is a meeting and correspondence place
for all cellists under 21. Whether you plan a professional career or your
playing is strictly for fun, this is the forum for you!
- The Young Cellists' Forum e-mail string has been busy this month!
Details and a review were sent out about the International Pan Pacific Music
Camp in Sydney, Australia, a nine day annual gathering attended by a forum
member several years ago. Information about the Red Lodge Music Festival,
held in Montana and currently in its 33rd season, was also sent, as well
as information on the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Washington
(of which ICS founder John Michel is a director), an intensive summer training
program. Finally, Forum Member Ariana Falk reviewed the Chamber Institute
of the Olympic Music Festival in Northern Washington, run by the Philadelphia
- If you have a tip, review, or comment to share with the Young Cellists'
Forum Members, would like more information on one of the above mentioned
programs, or would like to be added to or deleted from the Forum e-mail
list, e-mail Isoma@aol.com
***Camp announcements can be viewed on our ICS
CELLO TEACHER (K-12, College & Private)
***Bret Smith, forum director at BPSmith@aol.com***
INTRO: Welcome to the ICS Cello Teacher forum. We discuss the highs,
lows, potentials, problems, and all other interesting aspects of the cello
teaching process. Please join us to post ideas about literature, teaching
metaphors, anecdotes, or just a greeting. Your host is BPSmith, a cellist
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER (Orchestral, Chamber Music & Solo)
***Paul Critser, forum director can be contacted at CelloPaul@aol.com***
INTRO: What does it take to make a living on the cello?
***Tim Finholt, interim forum director can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org***
INTRO: The Cellist by Night Forum is for those who play the cello purely
for the love of it, and want to learn more about our wonderful instrument.
If you need help with certain passages in your music, choosing repertoire,
thoughts on stage fright, finding good books and articles, or you need to
talk about anything musical, then write to Tim Finholt at email@example.com.
- A flurry of activity occurred when the subject of cello strings was
brought up. Which brand and type of strings should we use? As is usually
the case with this topic, each player has his or her own preference. Many
soloists use Larsen A and D with Thomastik "Spiracore" G and C.
Another common setup is Dominant G and C with Pirastro "Chromcor Plus"
A and D. One member felt that a full set of D'Addario "Helicore"
is best. It was correctly pointed out that ultimately "it is a matter
of taste in the end. Different cellos will react differently, and different
players can obtain different tone colors from the same strings."
- Tim Finholt
- CELLO MUSIC LIBRARIAN
***Sarah Dorsey, official ICS librarian at SBDORSEY@steffi.uncg.edu
(Please do not abuse this valuable service; check local libraries and resources
before contacting Sarah.)***
- MUSIC FESTIVAL WATCH
***If you have announcements, comments or reviews of music festivals, please
contact Roberta Rominger at firstname.lastname@example.org***
May 1996 sees two major cello festivals. Details should be out any day now,
but unfortunately, they are not out yet! So for now, here are the dates
and venues again. You can write to these addresses directly for information,
or email me and I'll keep you posted as things arrive.
1. 1-5 May, 1996 Manchester (England) International Cello Festival. Concerts,
master classes, workshops, films. Artists include Blondal Bengtsson, Anner
Bylsma, Lluis Claret, Christophe Coln, Patrick & Thomas Demenga, Eugene
Friesen, Karine Georgian, David Geringas, Bernard Greenhouse, Natalia Gutman,
Frans Helmerson, Tim Hugh, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirschbaum, Truls Mork,
Miklos Perenyi, Heinrich Schiff, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Raphael Wallfisch.
Full brochure available from Festival Office, The Grange, Clay Lane, Handforth,
Cheshire SK9 3NR, U.K. FAX 44-1625-530140.
2. 28 May - 1 June, 1996 Fifth American Cello Congress, Tempe, Arizona Details
from the American Cello Council, 340 West 55th St 5D, New York, NY 10019.
- REVIEWS of Cello Recordings, New Repertoire, Contemporary Music
***Dale E. Newton, contributing writer***
- INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT--Maintenance, Purchasing & Selling
***If you have any questions on this topic, contact KRB100@aol.com.***
- NETWORK LIAISONS
Claudio Jaffe has volunteered to inform CompuServe users of the Internet
Cello Society and regularly post the 'Tutti Celli' Newsletter. He can be
contacted at email@example.com
- America Online
Chris works for AOL and can be reached at Laphroaig@aol.com
or AFA Chris@aol.com
***If you would like to contribute an article about other topics, write
ICS LIBRARIES & BULLETIN BOARD
- ICS BULLETIN
- This web page is a summary of correspondence between forum directors
and members and contains some informative dialogue. If you would like to
post a message (non-commercial) to this BBs, please send it to Arturo Larizza
who maintains the page at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of cello society newsletters, bibliographies of music, teaching
materials, references, indices, lists or articles that should be added to
ICS Library, please send data to CelloTalk@aol.com
or send disks to Internet Cello Society; 1309 Skyline Drive; Ellensburg,
WA 98926.(Library contents will be available to all Internet users; please
include author and written statement of release for unlimited or limited
ACTIVITIES AND NOTES BOARD
***All members are welcome to post announcements or news that are pertinent
to our global cello society. Send information to BPSmith@aol.com***
ICICLE CREEK CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE
JULY 28-AUGUST 11 1996
The Institute will serve students whose serious preparation allows them
to benefit from interaction with a community of professionals. Primarily
for very advanced college and high school strings and piano. Students will
work and receive coaching in chamber ensembles and will be offered private
studies with any of the artist-faculty participating. Students are housed
at the luxurious Sleeping Lady Conference Retreat, with gourmet meals provided
by chef Damien Brown. Students also have regular chances for performances
in and around the City of Leavenworth, as well as weekly concerts presented
on the grounds of the Center.
Artist/Faculty for 1996 include the following:
Camilla Wicks, internationally known concert soloist and pedagogue
David Perry, concertmaster of Aspen Festival Chamber Orchestra, and
violinist of the Pro-Arte Quartet at the University of Wisconsin,
Kairos Quartet, Quartet-in-residence at Icicle Creek Music Center
Francine Kay, piano, Toronto, Ontario
Peter Longworth, piano, Toronto, Ontario
Maria Newman, composer, violin, viola, Los Angeles, California
Cost for the session is $950 and scholarships are available for qualified
students. Audition tapes are accepted until May 1, 1996, and must include
two contrasting movements of current repertoire. For more information or
an application please call: (509) 548-6347 or write to Icicle Creek Music
Center, PO Box 2071, Leavenworth, WA 98826.
Scott Hosfeld, Icicle Creek Director
INFORMAL CELLO CASE POLL
Felix Wurman, a case manufacturer, would like to know if we cellists are
interested in a cello case that he is thinking of producing. The case would
be tight fitting like a soft case and could fit in the airplane overhead
compartment but it would be made of a rigid material. Please encourage him
to produce it, if you think it would be marketable.
MUSICELLI PUBLICATIONS, founded by cellist Laszlo Varga - the founder of
cello quartets in America, is presenting two cello ensemble concerts in
February in Texas. The first concert is at the U of Houston on Tuesday,
Feb 13. in the evening (Time and location tba). The 2nd concert will be
in San Antonio at the TMEA Convention on 2/16 at 8pm in Beethoven Hall.
Mr. Varga is the former Pr. VC with the NY Phil, and former Prof. at San
Francisco State and Aspen. He is currently cellist with the Borodin Trio
and Prof. at the Univ. of Houston. Members wishing more information about
the concerts or brochures may contact me.
Barbara Smith Hedlund from Urbana, IL
OTHER INTERNET MUSIC RESOURCES
***Paul Critser, ICS Internet Surfer at CelloPaul@aol.com***
We'll have fun fun fun till our daddy takes the PC away!!!
WANTED: ICS INTERNET SURFERS!!!
Paul Critser would like to spend more time as the Professional Performer
Director and so ICS is looking for new volunteers to surf the Net to interesting
pages on the cello or music. All you need to do is create a list of abstracts
as the one below, bi-monthly. Experience in writing HTML would be desireable.
St. John Internet Cello Resources Page
- Arizona Cello Society
Casals Festival in Prades
- Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra:More Musical Websites
on Musician's Injuries
- including repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Maintained by Paul Marxhausen at email@example.com
- EMail Lists/Listserves:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Amateur Chamber Music Players)
email@example.com (American Musicological Society)
firstname.lastname@example.org (The "Bottom Line" list)
ASTA-L@cmsuvmb.bitnet (American String Players Association)
ATMI-L@uiowa.edu (Ass. for Technology in Music Instruction)
email@example.com (music education)
MUSPRF-L@cmsuvmb.cmsu.edu (Music Performance and Pedagogy)
Classifieds are now possible via the Web
Classical Music Store! Any businesses or individuals that might be interested
in posting advertisements, please write firstname.lastname@example.org
and type "advertising" in subject field.
- Discontinued Set of Rostropovich CDs for Sale!
- Only four sets of 16CDs left for $160/set
- Live performances of Rostropovich in the 1960's
- For more information e-mail : email@example.com
- Cello for sale - David Burgess-1985-mint condition-$25000
- Write Peter Kempter at PetKemp@aol.com
Hans Johannsson - instrument maker; Reykjavik, Iceland
- http://www.centrum.is/hansi/ NOT http://www.centru.is/hansi
Address letters to the appropriate department editors listed above
and any other correspondence to John Michel at CelloTalk@AOL.COM
Send comments on the content of this server to John
Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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