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Mission Statement

OUR MISSION It is our mission to provide opportunities for inspiring and enriching cello instruction for adults from all professions, backgrounds, and stages of life to come together in the Cellospeak Programs to share a love of music and the cello. These are opportunities for all those who desire to improve their playing by immersing themselves in the study of this noble instrument with like-minded individuals and accomplished cellists and to experience renewed interests, friendships, and a sense of social engagement and accomplishment. It is a well-known fact that adults of all ages who are actively engaged in one of the intensive creative arts are happier, healthier, and significantly more able to delay the negative effects of aging. While that is true, the cello is perhaps the most ideal instrument to study - whether as a first-time activity or as a renewed interest from younger days - because of its magnificent sound and range of tone and expression, and because of its suitability to play in orchestras and all forms of chamber groups. To provide opportunities to play with others, learn from the experts, and expand musical and personal horizons is what Cellospeak is all about.


CELLO LOVERS GATHER FOR GALA CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION MAY 16 Cellospeak 10th Anniversary Concert Features NSO Cello Quartet 4In Correspondence Reston, Virginia April 18, 2010 -- Cellospeak, a non-profit for adult cello enthusiasts, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a Gala Concert and Silent Auction on May 16, 2010. The concert features 4In Correspondence, an all-cello quartet of National Symphony Orchestra musicians. The quartet, led by Steven Honigberg, includes cellists James Lee, David Teie, and Rachel Young. They will present a varied program of cello ensemble music including a world premier of a composition by Joel Hoffman of the Cincinnati Conservatory. Cellospeak faculty members also will perform. The Cellospeak concert and silent auction will take place on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the Episcopal High School Ainslie Art Center, 3900 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302. Doors open at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at http://cellospeak.eventbrite.com. Students under 18 are free. Silent Auction items include a cello, an original cello-themed painting, the Yo Yo Ma complete CD set "Outside the Box," several unique cello accessories, and numerous items of general interest. Cellospeak Founder and Artistic Director, Dorothy Amarandos, says "Cellospeak is all about sharing the joy and satisfaction of playing the cello with others. We are thrilled that such an accomplished group as 4In Correspondence will help us celebrate our growth and success through a virtuoso performance of cello ensemble music." Cellospeak sponsor, Bill Gailes of Gailes Violin Shop of College Park, Maryland says "Cellospeak is a wonderful community of adults of diverse backgrounds from across the country who bond together through the cello. We are really pleased to support their worthwhile programs." The concert and silent auction will help fund Cellospeak's growing portfolio of unique programs and projects that promote the enjoyment of the cello through ensembles. In addition to its largely self-funded summer cello ensemble workshop for adults, Cellospeak also is producing instructional videos, commissioning original works, and publishing its own multi-part arrangements specifically for cello ensembles and orchestras.



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