CELLOBRATION 2020 with Jeffrey Zeigler

CELLOBRATION 2020 with Jeffrey Zeigler

CELLOBRATION 2020 with Jeffrey Zeigler!

January 19, 2020
Where: Levine Music at the Music Center at Strathmore

2:30-4:00 All-Cello Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Popov and Alison Bazala Kim. Music ranges from advanced beginner level (for example, Suzuki book 2) through some parts in treble clef with thumb position. Participants should be able to sight read music comfortably, are not required to play every piece and can enjoy listening when not playing. Observers welcome. Repertoire includes excerpts from the “Magic Flute” by Mozart, “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdinck, “Hunter’s Chorus” by Weber, “Pavane” by Faure and the Sonata in E minor, first movement, by Romberg.

4:30-6:00 Guest Artist Presenter: Jeffrey Zeigler, former cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet and current Co-Chair of the String Department and Professor of Cello at Mannes School of Music in New York City. In his presentation, “New Voices: Solo Cello in the 21st Century,” Jeffrey Zeigler will explore the ever-expanding world of voices and approaches in solo cello repertoire and will offer us insights into where this path could lead.

Both events will be held at Levine Music at the Music Center at Strathmore.

Pre-register online until capacity reached.

ASTA Members and their students, $10
MCYO/PVYO Students, $10
Parents/Non-members, $20 at the door, $15 if preregistered online (deadline: January 18, 2020)

Please bring a music stand and a cello strap or other endpin stop. Attire is nice casual.

Thank you to our sponsors, Gailes Violins and Levine Music!


Jeffrey Zeigler is one of the most innovative and versatile cellists of our time. He has been described as “fiery”, and a player who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone” by the New York Times. Acclaimed for his independent streak, Zeigler has commissioned dozens of works, and is admired as a potent collaborator and unique improviser. Zeigler is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, the Polar Music Prize, the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recorded Arts (Grammy’s), the Chamber Music America National Service Award and The Asia Society’s Cultural Achievement Award.

Zeigler’s multifaceted career has led to collaborations and tours with a wide array of artists from Yo-Yo Ma and Roomful of Teeth to Tanya Tagaq and Hauschka, and from Philip Glass and John Corigliano to Laurie Anderson and John Zorn. He has also performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Radio Symphony and the Ulster Orchestra under the batons of JoAnn Falletta, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Oundjian and Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

This season, Zeigler will give the World Premier of a new cello concerto by Mark Adamo in Carnegie Hall as well as the European Premier of “The Sacred Veil” by Eric Whitacre in St John’s Smith Square in London. Also, as a champion of interdisciplinary collaboration, Zeigler is the cellist of the vocal punk band (M)iyamoto is Black Enough alongside slam poetry champion Roger Bonair-Agard, Rome Prize recipient Andy Akiho and drummer Sean Dixon, and the feature of a new cello opera entitled Old Man and the Sea directed by Karmina Šilec with music by Paola Prestini and libretto by Royce Vavrek.

Mr. Zeigler has released dozens of recordings for Nonesuch Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Cantaloupe and Smithsonian Folkways and has appeared with Norah Jones on her album Not Too Late on Blue Note Records. Zeigler can also be heard on the film soundtrack for Paolo Sorrentino’s Academy Award winning film, La Grande Bellezza, as well as Clint Mansell’s Golden Globe nominated soundtrack to the Darren Aronofsky film, The Fountain. Zeigler can also be seen making an on screen cameo performing the music of Paola Prestini in Season 4 of the Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe Award winning series Mozart in the Jungle.

When he is not on stage, Zeigler is the Label Director of National Sawdust Tracks, the non-profit, in-house record label of National Sawdust, an artist-led, multidisciplinary new music venue in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. National Sawdust Tracks releases content that reinterprets genre, facilitates provocative collaboration, and encourages new ways of listening. New releases this season include albums by Kamala Sankaram, Square Peg Round Hole and music by the winners of the Hildegard Competition for Female, Trans, and Non-Binary Composers.

Jeffrey Zeigler was the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. During his tenure, Zeigler had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of luminaries from Henryk Gorecki and Steve Reich to Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Tom Waits. Zeigler is currently the Co-Chair of the String Department and Professor of Cello at Mannes School of Music in New York City, and is on faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.

NOTE: Registration and attendance at or participation in this event constitutes as agreement to ASTA’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the individual’s image, likeness, or voice in photographs, video tapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities for promotional purposes.

    January 19, 2020
    2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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