12th Cello Festival opens at Towson University

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Classical music

October 13, 2002|By Tim Smith

The three-week, 12th International Cello Festival, presented by Towson University's music department, is attracting cellists from as far away as Vietnam. The event, under way today, offers a wide variety of repertoire through Nov. 1.

For openers, founding artistic director Cecylia Barczyk and pianist Reynaldo Reyes, both on Towson's faculty, will be joined by the Blume Jazz Family from Germany in a program that includes music by Claude Bolling and a new work composed for the festival by Andrzej Zubek.

Pieces by Bach and Debussy complete the concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Towson's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors. Call 410-704-2787.

Other festival highlights include a recital by Gunnar Kvaran from Iceland's Reykjavik College of Music and a lecture/concert by Thanh-Hao Vu from Vietnam's National Conservatory .

Today's attractions also include the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet, which has won plaudits since its founding in 1996. For the Catonsville Presbyterian Concert Series, the ensemble, with Catonsville native Jennifer Kloetzel on the cello, will play works by Mendelssohn and Debussy, as well as the East Coast premiere of String Quartet No. 5 by former Peabody professor Benjamin Lees.

The concert is at 3 p.m. today at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-747-6180.

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