Cellissimo had a very busy calendar last school year. The fourteen members of the group worked hard all year preparing for their first CD called Cellissimo. The eleven tracks on the recording include their beautiful rendition of the Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, the fabulous Julie-O and of course their signature pieces: Smooth Criminal and The Cello Song. The CDs are wonderful holiday gift ideas for your cellist, violinist and friends and family. You get the idea! Please support the group and in the meantime treat yourselves to some wonderful cello ensemble sounds. You will be notified when the CDs are available and how you can get your copy.
Cellissimo was invited by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to be the featured performing ensemble at their biannual Leadership Retreat held at Deer Creek Resort outside of Columbus, Ohio. The group had a group class with Carey Beth Hockett in which she put them through their paces and they were right on top of the challenges thrown to them. This was followed by a coaching with the well known Rick Mooney in which they worked on their Bachianas Brasileiras followed by Game of Thrones, after which Mr. Mooney turned to me and said, “I don’t have anything to say”.
We were very honored to receive this invitation and the students did not disappoint. The room was packed with Suzuki teachers from throughout North America for their performance and they were totally on top of everything. Amongst the comments I heard afterward were: “to know that much music when most of it was the harmony is very impressive”, “the interaction between the members of the group was spell binding, they communicated beautifully”, “loved the variety of the music, and they obviously enjoy playing it”.