Solo Cello/Solo Viols

Two Mondays, February 6 and 13, 7:00–8:30 p.m. | Mirabeau, 3202 Argonne (one block east of Kirby, one-half block south of West Alabama) Limited Enrollment

Barrett Sills will play and discuss the most noble of stringed instruments and some of its early cousins. The first session includes works by Romantic composers and a suite for unaccompanied cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the second session Sills will demonstrate instruments of the viol family and compare them with the modern cello; music may include works of Telemann and the great French gambist Marin Marais (subject of the 1991 film Tous les Matins du Monde).

A prizewinner in international competitions, Sills is heard frequently on cello, Baroque cello, and viola da gamba, in music ranging from early to contemporary. He was teaching assistant to Aldo Parisot at Yale University, where as undergraduate he won the Belding Internship Award from the Yale School of Music. He traveled in South America as Artistic Ambassador, performed with orchestras in France and Germany, and taught at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris. Principal cellist with both the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet, he performs in summer at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

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Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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