Summer cello series returns

Mark Kosower

The International Cello Institute summer recital series will bring three distinguished recitalists to the Art Gallery at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., in July.

The recitalists are Mark Kasower, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra (and native of Eau Claire, Wis.); Astrid Schween, cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet; and Brannon Cho, recent Minnesota Orchestra WAMSO winner and top prize winner in the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium. The concerts are scheduled for July 17, 21 and 31, at 7:30 pm.

Laura Sewell, co-director of the institute and a resident of St. Anthony Park, said last year’s inaugural recital series was a great success.

Brannon Cho

On Tuesday, July 17, Kasower will perform with his wife, Jee-Won Oh, a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, works of Bridge, Barber, Beethoven and Bach. On Saturday, July 21, Schween will perform with Twin Cities pianist Mary Jo Gothmann in a program of Franck, Cassado and Debussy. On Tuesday, July 31, Cho will perform with pianist, Victor Santiago Asuncion, music of Britten, Bartok, and Schumann.

The recitalists are all part of the guest faculty at the nine-year-old International Cello Institute, a three-week student program held at St. Olaf College in Northfield each summer. The program offers serious young cellists, ages 12-24, the opportunity to work with master teachers from around the country. That includes Minnesota Orchestra principal cellist Anthony Ross and assistant principal cellist Silver Ainomae and University of Minnesota professor Tanya Remenikova.

Cellist Astrid Schween

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