2014 events


Sunday, January 19th
2:00pm to 6:00pm
MIC Campus
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL

This CCS event will allow cellists to experience an orchestral audition as a candidate or an observer, develop the skills necessary for a successful audition experience and receive helpful feedback from a professional panel of local musicians. Please see the attachments for more information or contact Rebecca Zimmerman at violoncellogirl@hotmail.com.



Sunday, February 2nd
Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

Join CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Civic Orchestra for an afternoon of conversation and music-making. The first portion of the event will include dialogue with Mr. Ma, Civic Orchestra musicians, and members of the audience regarding the opportunities for musical entrepreneurship in today’s cultural landscape, and the importance of practicing both one’s instrument and one’s values in engaging with the world. Mr. Ma and the Civic musicians will share their experiences from work together on the Civic’s Artistic Challenge project and the Citizen Musician Fellowship pilot program. The second portion of the event will include a moment for audience members to join in a reading session of Haydn’s C Major cello concerto and selections from Grieg’s Holberg Suite.

This event is open to invited guests from the Chicago Cello Society, Roosevelt University Department of Music, and Civic Orchestra. Members only are eligible to attend.

Please note that RSVPs are required and capacity is limited. You may RSVP for this event by emailing 1) your name, 2) your affiliation, 3) your instrument, noting whether you would like to play in the second part of the session. RSVPs should be emailed to cellotrope@yahoo.com by Monday, January 27, 2014.


Each Chicago Cello Society event will have a String Bin Donation Box where you can drop off your used strings. These strings will be distributed to students in the Chicago area who cannot afford a nicer set. You are also welcome to drop off old metronomes, rock stops, rosin or any other gently used cello-related items.


Monday, March 24th
Curtiss Hall
410 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

The Chicago Cello Society is pleased to announce it will bring back one of the most successful programs ever presented by the CCS. On December 3, 1990 (!), fifty members gathered together to "test" old instruments against new – something that is probably as old as instrument making itself. At that program, we attempted to improve on the test that was conducted at the Fourth Cello Congress in the summer of 1990 held in Tempi, Arizona. The improvements included (1) providing guidelines on the ballot for judging the instruments, (2) having two cellists doing the playing to show that different players can make an instrument sound different, and (3) adding passages to extend the playing to the outside limits of the instrument. The modern cellos were all from Chicago area makers: Carl Becker, Gary Garavaglia, Bernard Gutterman, August Olshovy, Gunther Reuter and T. Lynn Spiegel. The old instruments were by Grancino, Kennedy, Mantegazzi, Montagnana and Rugeri. For our 2014 session, we will, once again, seek the best of the modern to compete with the best of the old with two of the finest cellists available. As an added accompaniment to this event, we will be hosting a wine tasting; pairing each cello with a complimentary wine. You will not want to miss this gala evening of cello testing and wine tasting redux!

Please RSVP for this event to Karen at cellotrope@yahoo.com by Monday, March 17th.


Monday, May 5th
Nichols Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL

Our season will conclude with an event featuring Latin-inspired music performed by both Chicago youth and professional cellists in a unique cello choir setting. Celebrate with us after the performance with traditional Cinco de Mayo refreshments!

Admission:  FREE  for current CCS Members
                      Adults - $10
                      Students - $5
                      RSVP - none, payment collected via cash or check at the door

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