First ever cello festival in Melbourne

EDWARD GHYSEN

The cello festival aims to educate and entertain people who are passionate about cello music. Source: The Melbourne Newsroom

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music will hold their first ever cello festival this month.

The festival will run over three days featuring panel discussions, master classes with national and international renowned cellists and concerts at midday and in the evenings.

Melbourne Cello Festival artistic director Alvin Wong said the festival aims to give cellists from around the world the opportunity to learn from one another and to celebrate music written for the cello.

“The community engagement aspect of the festival is key – inviting cellists of all ages to play in the 100 Cello Orchestra; as well as the educational component, the festival provides a platform for the guest artists to impart their experience and knowledge to student musicians,” Dr Wong said.

One of the highlights is the ‘CelloXtravanganza’ which is an orchestra collective of 100 cellists from around the globe.

The Melbourne Cello Festival goes from September 27, 2015 to September 29. For more information go to http://mcm.unimelb.edu.au/community-engagement/melbourne-cello-festival/about

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