CH cellist Rauschenfels to perform on March 11

Malina Rauschenfels will perform solo cello music on March 11.

Multi-instrumentalist Malina Rauschenfels will perform solo cello music on March 11, at St. Alban Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. Composer Toby Twining will join Rauschenfels for pre-concert talk.

Rauschenfels is an Eastman- and Juilliard-trained cellist and composer currently living, teaching and performing in Cleveland Heights. She is best known to Greater Cleveland audiences as a soprano, through her work with Burning River Baroque and Quire Cleveland. In the March 11 concert, Rauschenfels will shift her focus to cello repertoire as she performs a diverse selection of solo cello music from the past three centuries. From seldom-played works by the Baroque cello virtuoso Gabrielli, to Bach, performed on a Baroque cello, her performance will progress to 20th- and 21st-century selections, including one of her own compositions (in its Ohio debut), performed on a modern cello.

Rauschenfels will also present the world premiere of music by contemporary composer Kala Pierson, and the Ohio premiere of music by New York-based composer Twining, the recipient of prestigious awards including Pew and Guggenheim fellowships. His pre-concert talk, with Rauschenfels, will be a discussion of compositional techniques, “The Creative Urgency of Re-tuning the Scale.”

The March 11 concert program is a preview of Rauschenfels’ upcoming CD, In D. All concert proceeds will go toward producing the recording, which Rauschenfels hopes to release in 2017. The performance will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, where audience members can chat with Rauschenfels and Twining, and pre-purchase In D.

The concert will take place on March 11 at 7 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., at St Alban Episcopal Church, 2555 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights.

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Hannah Baxter

Hannah Baxter is a freelance writer who focuses on the arts. 

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 11:22 AM, 03.04.2016