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Acclaimed Cellists Headline Festival Set for Oct. 6-7 at School of Music

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Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio. (Submitted photo)

Celebrated cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio will headline the two-day Southern Miss Cello Festival set for Oct. 6-7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The festival is a marathon of faculty and guest artist recitals, master classes and cello orchestra performances. The performances, set for Marsh Auditorium, are free and open to the public.

Grammy Award-winning Sant’Ambrogio first leapt to international attention when she won the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow, Russia.  As a result of her medal, Carnegie Hall invited her to perform a recital that was filmed by CBS News as part of a profile about her, which was televised nationally. The New York Times described Sant’Ambrogio’s New York debut as “sheer pleasure.”

The guest faculty includes Gregory Sauer, associate professor of cello at Florida State University; Allen Nisbet, associate professor of cello/bass atLoyola University; and Boyan Bonev, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. 

One of the festival highlights will be the student cello ensemble recital culminating in a performance of the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos in which the Southern Miss cellists will join forces with fellow participants from Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.

The festival begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 with a “Fanfare to Bach” concert. At 7:30 p.m. the Cello Orchestra Recital begins. Festivities continue on Friday, Oct. 7 with the Boyan Boney Recital at 11:30 a.m., followed by Sant’Ambogio’s performance at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the festival, visit the USM cello studio webpage at http://www.usm.edu/music/celloor contact Dr. Alexander Russakovsky at Alexander.Russakovsky@usm.edu.