Cellists to convene in Towson

January 22, 1999|By Stephen Wigler | Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

Towson University yesterday revealed details of the third International Cello Congress, which will take place in the Baltimore area next year.

The congress is the largest event of its kind, typically attracting about 15,000 musicians, music lovers and tourists from all over the world, including most of the most celebrated cellists alive.

The third congress will take place May 28-June 14, 2000, on the campus of sponsor Towson University and in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Among the cellist-participants will be Yo-Yo Ma, who spoke at yesterday's luncheon announcing the details at Washington's National Press Club; Janos Starker; and Bernard Greenhouse.

"No matter how busy a cellist may be, most of us usually find time for the congress," said Greenhouse, the festival's artistic adviser.

The International Cello Congress, typically held in larger world cities, provides a forum for concerts, master classes, seminars and discussions. It also attracts and showcases young cellists as well as established stars, Greenhouse added.

"Perhaps it's just the nature of the instrument, but there is a sense of collegiality among cellists lacking among other instrumentalists. We just like to get together."

Among the events open to the public will be two concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and one by an orchestra composed of more than 200 cellists, including Ma, Greenhouse and Starker -- all under the baton of cellist-conductor David Lockington, the BSO's former associate music director and now music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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