Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!

Paul, Irene, SangAe, Karen, John

Here's a picture of us from Saturday, December 7, when we played for the Lakeside Christmas Brunch. We missed Alyssa and Rebecca, our dear cello-friends who have moved away -- but were glad to welcome SangAe to the fold. Music is such fun when you can share it! Thank you for listening.

Bonus: Several of us are enamored of the podcast Mind of Finger, about mindful music-making. Check it out!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays from Birmingham Cello Project

Alyssa Zasada, Irene Latham, Rebecca Cleveland,
Paul Houston, John Nelson, Karen Morris (l-r)

What a great year we had playing together! We met monthly and performed...

Birmingham Arts Journal reception in April
Birmingham Arts Journal reception in November 
Highland Lake Christmas Brunch in December

We look forward to sharing more music together in 2019. 

May your holidays be joyous and bright!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What It Means to Be An Amateur

At the Adult Strings Weekend in Tuscaloosa during sectionals, Anne Witt asked us why we chose to play the cello.

All of us -- ALL -- said it was because we loved the sound of the cello.

Ann reminded us that the word "amateur" has it's roots in "love:"

 -- late 18th century: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover,’ from amare ‘to love.’

She went on to say that she wished some of her students were more in touch with the "love" of the instrument.

Meanwhile, we, the amateurs, wish we were more in touch with the skill to make the beautiful sound we love. 

Working on it!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Top Ten Rules for Performers

Spotted on bulletin board at Moody Music Bldg.,
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL


1. Be on time and prepared.
2. Create the need for music.
3. Know what you're saying.
4. It's not an aria, it's a duet.
5. Play the moment.
6. Act before you think.
7. Silence and stillness are golden.
8. If it's obvious, why bother?
9. Screw it up from time to time.
10. The Countess does not wear Crocs (wear appropriate performance attire.)

Isn't that awesome?! So many of these stand out and demand more thought and  consideration... and you know, I think it applies to far more than musical performance.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hello, Cello!

Last night was the first group class of the semester, and there were twelve of us in attendance: 11 students and 1 fabulous teacher named Laura Usiskin. Here is a pic, taken by Laura:

Four of us are also participating in Adult Strings Weekend at University of Alabama. We look forward to this all year and are busy preparing for those difficult spots!

This past April, Birmingham Cello Project performed at the reception for Birmingham Arts Journal. We will play for another reception November 1 at Leeds Arts Center. If you'd like some beautiful cello music at your next event, be sure and let us know!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Why Cellists Should Wear Flip Flops

... for when you forget to bring your end-pin anchor. :)

Rebecca -- cellist/creative problem solver!