2016 Summer Workshops

Skill Builder July 24-July 30

Ensemble Week July 31 -Aug 6





The National Philharmonic Presents


Gloria at Strathmore!

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DISCOUNT OFFER Visit or call 301-581-5100 and use the code NPVivaldi for a 20% discount to the National Philharmonic’s concerts with cellist  Zuill Bailey.


Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8:00 pm

Free pre-concert lecture at 6:45 pm

Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3:00 pm

Free pre-concert lecture at 1:45 pm

Zuill Bailey, cello
Julie Keim, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Cellist Zuill Bailey opens the concert with two lively concertos by the popular Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi. Bailey then turns to Piatigorsky’s brilliant Variations on a Paganini Theme, composed for and dedicated to various famous musicians. Among the variations is a strikingly soulful one for the pre-eminent cellist Pablo Casals and a slow one with a gypsy flavor for the great violinist Fritz Kreisler. Beethoven’s short masterpiece "Elegischer Gesang" ("Elegiac Song"), for strings and mixed voices, is followed by Vivaldi’s Gloria, which concludes with a joyful, almost martial air and triumphant choruses.


Cello Concertos  RV 417 in G   minor and RV 413 in G Major


Variations on a Paganini Theme


Elegischer Gesang 

(Elegiac Song)  





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16 Cellos returns to the Church of the Epiphany on Sunday, March 6th at 3:00 PM

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Enjoy the warm, melodious sounds of our workshop faculty as they bring to life the arrangements of resident arranger and conductor Gary Fitzgerald! Compiled by our new artistic director Ken Law, the program will include works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Marquez, Mozart, Bizet, and Lalo.  Tickets are $35 for non-members and $31.50 for members.  Children under 19 listen for free!

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Some Final Words for 2015

2015 has almost disappeared with 2016 starting to peek over the horizon. For Cellospeak this has been both a fantastic year with our wonderful, ever-evolving workshops and successful 16 Cellos concert and also a year of change, most notably with Ken Law becoming the new Artistic Director. There is yet one more change before the year is out, which is that Kris and I will be stepping down from the Cellospeak administrative position. We will both remain on the board and look forward to participating as faculty in both the upcoming 16 Cellos concert and 2016 Workshops. Therefore, this is not a goodbye but simply a note to say we are wearing one less hat for the Cellospeak organization. We've enjoyed our tenure as administrators, which has afforded us the chance to connect with you and so many other extraordinary people and are thankful to have had this opportunity.

The wonderful news that accompanies this change is that the board has hired a multi-talented Administrative Director, 
Susanna Mendlow, who is already contributing to the organization in significant ways. She has outstanding administrative talent and, oh by the way, she's quite the cellist as well, having earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard, Master's from Michigan State, and her doctorate from Stony Brook, all in cello performance.  The best part is that she is simply a delight to know and work with, which you will find when you meet her before or at the summer workshops. We welcome her to our Cellospeak family.

Our final assignment as administrators is to complete the Year End Appeal successfully and, to that end, we would like to remind you how important your contribution is to Cellospeak. Your donation helps
to secure the future of the organization and enhance our mission which is, in part, to create a safe and supportive environment for adults to explore the challenges and rewards of learning to play the cello and make music with others. Not too many organizations offer this type of opportunity and none provide it in the special way Cellospeak does. Cellospeak offers the opportunity for adults to improve their cello skills with the help of our extraordinary faculty, to hear wonderful concerts, to perform individually or in an ensemble and to enjoy the community of others who have similar musical interests. Please help us continue the adventure by contributing to this year's appeal.
Kris and Marion

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We Are Excited To Announce Our Next

Artistic Director

Kenneth_Law_2 (3).jpg After months of meetings and careful consideration of our several extremely exciting candidates, the Board of Directors has selected Kenneth Law to be the new Artistic Director of Cellospeak. Ken’s official duties will begin after the 2015 Workshops in July and August, but he will make himself available, on a limited schedule, to assist in the final planning during the next six weeks. Then, in order to make a seamless transition, and to assist in the growth of Cellospeak, the Founder, Dorothy Amarandos, will continue on as Executive Chairman of the Board for the foreseeable future.

Kenneth, who is a brilliant performer, published author, and pedagogue, brings a host of skills and talents to the assignment – such as familiarity with the social media, a wide performing background and acquaintance with all kinds of musical styles and groups. His teaching experience includes six colleges and universities, the longest of which was after 15 years, as a tenured Professor, he was named Assistant Dean of the Petrie School of Music of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Ken has had annual experiences in hosting cello ensembles of the ASTA Annual Festivals, the largest of which was 250 cellists. During the last 20 years his performing and touring experiences have included a formidable list of concerts both in the US and Europe as a soloist, with his string quartet, as well as an orchestral musician. One year ago he founded a consortium of seven music teachers called “The Main Street Music Studios” in Fairfax VA, which provides music lessons to 150 students each week.

We especially appreciate Kenneth as a warm and caring person, full of energy and inspiration with ideas for expansion and improvement – always with collegiality and willingness to seek out the strengths of others as a true team player.  We are excited to find such a valuable leader for the many developing years ahead for Cellospeak.  Welcome Kenneth Law. 

The Board of Directors of Cellospeak, Inc.


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