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A Night of Rushing Ladies

Martha Lufkin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Fifty
Martha Lufkin

It was the end of November, and my daughter and I were hoping to go to the Boston Symphony for a rare appearance by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It all depended on my getting to the box office in time to get tickets, which I had vowed to purchase if I could finish a certain project in time to leave my office by 5:00 p.m.

Daily Meditation: Weather The Storm

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Music: Beautiful. Inspirational. The Piano Guys.

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Marcus T. Wright

The power of harmonic sound provides an ever-present soundtrack to our lives. Through the greatest of joys and even the times of challenge, music - through song and sound - has the capability to unite us, define us, and undoubtedly, move us. There is no group that personifies this more at the moment than The Piano Guys.

Child Prodigy Cellist Justin Yu Teaches Ellen His Victory Dance

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts

While most kids are busy learning basic math, 7-year-old Jun (Justin) Yu is busy being a cello master. The son of Chinese composer and conductor Z...

The Walk to Fisterra - a Cellist's Journey

Dane Johansen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Dane Johansen

Beginning in May, I will walk nearly 600 miles on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route beginning in France and crossing Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. I will carry my cello, performing and recording Bach's Suites in ancient churches along the way.

String Cover Of 'Happy' Is Too Perfect For International Day of Happiness

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Entertainment

Today is International Day of Happiness. Coincidentally, there happens to be a very popular song by Pharrell Williams practically everywhere right now...

Yo-Yo Ma: Behind The Cello

Yo-Yo Ma | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Yo-Yo Ma

A new way of thinking is possible, a new consciousness -- perhaps a new Enlightenment -- that brings the arts and science back together.

This Cellist Plays Every Part Of Famous Muse Song And The Result Is Simply Amazing

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

Talent alone can only take you so far in this world. Fortunately for Naoko A. Maruko, she also has an amazing amount of creativity, too. The San F...

WATCH: Wonderful 'Christmas Medley 2013' Mashup On Piano And Cello

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Entertainment

Christmas is upon us and holiday cheer is hopefully in full swing for everyone. But if you'd like to up your merriment ante even more, we have this be...

Lady Gaga + Cellos = Gold!

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts

While an amazing variety of subjects will likely come to mind when pondering all that is Lady Gaga, from music to fashion to causes to controversy and...

WATCH: Kung Fu Piano Will Bring You To Tears

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.11.2013 | Weird News

I think we can all agree that what modern music tends to lack most these days is real heart and passion. Well, that and some serious kung-fu fight...


Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Al-Sham is a tribute to the people of Syria: a letter of love and solidarity. I am preparing for the premiere of this new cello suite with a deep desire of peace for the Syrian people and with the hope that, in a year from now, we will not have another massacre that eclipses the killings of this year.


David Finckel | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

Almost a month has passed since I played my final concert as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet after a run of 34 years. After thousands of concerts, incalculable hours of rehearsals, unforgettable meals, joke-telling and schlepping; one moment I was in, and the next I was out.

Disappearing Music

David Finckel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I've never before said a final goodbye to a piece of music, but just before Christmas I packed up two enormous suitcases of quartet music and took it to my basement storage bin. It was a strange sensation, somewhat ghoulish, like burying one's self alive.

Making Music in the Emerson String Quartet

David Finckel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I have told people often, in all seriousness, that I became a cellist in my teens through learning the solo literature, but that I became a musician in my twenties from playing in the Emerson String Quartet.

Vanishing Rituals

David Finckel | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

There is a good deal of curiosity about the private lives of string quartets, as if they were bizarre, secret societies. I answered a small variety of questions this way I can begin to give you some idea of what it's really like.

Touring Scenarios: Places, People and Passion

David Finckel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

Over the past thirty-four seasons my world has grown to enormous proportions of extraordinary depth and richness because of the places and people now as familiar to me as my own home, and in some cases, as my own family.

Stellar Cellists Come From Oklahoma City, Too

Laurence Vittes | Posted 01.13.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Without an intermission (it was a Casual Friday concert, after all) the Philharmonic threw itself into a powerful performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. The woodwinds made incredibly beautiful noises and the brass was loud and glorious.

The Long Goodbye

David Finckel | Posted 01.08.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

Having announced that I would be vacating my chair as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet I had sailed through the rest of the densely-packed 2011-12 winter season, putting off for a future date the heavy thinking that I knew would come into play as my final year of concerts approached.

Exclusive Interview With Yo Yo Ma on the Spirituality of Music

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.30.2012 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Tonight in Chapel Hill, N.C., Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will give the world premiere of Dmitry Janov-Janovsky's hour-long Stravinsky fantasy called Sacred Signs at the University of North Carolina.

Artist Spotlight: Ian Cooke & His Cello-Heavy Folk Rock

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.30.2012 | Denver

Ian Cooke and his cello-heavy folk rock have been winning over critics and gathering up awards for years. He has been featured in Spin magazine, has w...

Maya Beiser: Musical Cubism, Provenance, and the Creative Performer

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 01.01.2012 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

There is no doubt that cellist Maya Beiser is a dynamic performer. But her command is not limited to conventional concert stages.

Lucas Kavner

Bringing 'Random Acts Of Culture' To The Masses | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact

A few years ago, Dennis Scholl, the Vice President of Arts for the Knight Foundation, stumbled across a YouTube video of a spontaneous opera performan...

WATCH: Breakdancing To Yo-Yo Ma

Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts

You don't have to wear a tutu to be en pointe. In this modernized treatment of "The Swan," a cello standard composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, cellist ...

Meet TED Fellow Joshua Roman, 26 year-old Virtuoso Cellist

Tom Rielly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Rielly

Joshua earned his national reputation by performing a wide range of repertoire, collaborating with artists such as DJ Spooky and using the internet to make classical music accessible to a wider audience.