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2023 CelloFest Houston

Eunghee Cho, Artistic Director

February 5-6

Presented by the University of Houston, Moores School of Music (MSM), the inaugural CelloFest Houston takes place February 5-6, 2023 and brings together master cellists and young cellists from the Greater Houston area to collaborate in two concerts that celebrate the cello, its music, and the musicians. 

View the concert programs here

CelloFest Houston Faculty Cellists

What to look forward to

  • Faculty Concert - Sunday, February 5 | 2:30pm

    Faculty Concert

    Sunday, February 5 | 2:30pm
    Dudley Recital Hall | FREE admission 


    J.C. Bach / H. Casadesus: Cello Concerto in C minor, I. Allegro molto ma maestoso
    Giovanni Sollima: Lamentatio
    Courtenay Vandiver Pereira, cello
    Frédéric Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65, III. Largo
    Karl Davydov: Am Springbrunnen (At the Fountain), Op. 20
    Anthony Kitai, cello & Gwyyon Sin, piano
    Andrea Casarrubios: Seven
    Eunghee Cho, cello
    Maurice Ravel: Tzigane (arranged for cello and piano by Laszlo Varga)
    Brinton Averil Smith, cello & Evelyn Chen, piano
    George Walker: Lyric for Strings (arranged by Eunghee Cho)
    Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody (arranged by Rohan de Korte)
    CelloFest Houston Cello Quartet
  • CelloFest Houston Concert - Monday, February 6 | 7:30pm

    CelloFest Houston

    Monday, February 6 | 7:30pm
    Moores Opera House | Reserve tickets here


    Richard Wagner: "Feierliches Stück" from Lohengrin (arranged by Friedrich Grützmacher)
    Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major, II. Adagio assai (arranged by Eunghee Cho)
    Dedicated to the legacy of David Tomatz, MSM Director, 1984-1999
    Carlos Gardel: Por Una Cabeza (arranged by James Barralet)
    CelloFest Houston Cello Quartet, soloist: Timothy Hester, piano
    Julius Klengel: Hymnus for 12 Cellos
    Arno Babadjanyan: Elegie "In Memory of Khachaturian" (arranged by Eunghee Cho)
    Dedicated to the legacy of Vagram Saradjian, MSM Professor of Cello, 2000-2019
    Astor Piazzolla: Fuga y Misterio (arranged by Pablo Zinger)
    Moores Cello Ensemble
    J.S. Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arranged by Laszlo Varga)
    Dedicated to the legacy of Laszlo Varga, MSM Professor of Cello, 1990-2000
    Heitor Villa-Lobos: Introduction from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1
    Houston Cello Orchestra, conductor: Ringel Sat
  • Full CelloFest Schedule

    Houston Cello Orchestra Rehearsal 1

    Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023 | 5:30pm-8:00pm
    Moores School of Music (University of Houston)

    Houston Cello Orchestra Rehearsal 2

    Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 | 11:00am-1:30pm
    Moores School of Music (University of Houston)

    CelloFest Houston Faculty Concert

    Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 | 2:30pm
    Dudley Recital Hall (University of Houston)
    (attendance recommended, but not required for participation in the cello orchestra)
    FREE to the public

    Houston Cello Orchestra Dress Rehearsal

    Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
    Moores School of Music (University of Houston)

    CelloFest Houston Closing Concert

    Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 | 7:30pm
    Moores Opera House (University of Houston
    (Houston Cello Orchestra students' tickets included with registration)
    Open to the public. Reserve tickets here.

  • Apply to the Houston Cello Orchestra

    You are invited to apply to participate as a member of the inaugural Houston Cello Orchestra which will perform as a featured ensemble on CelloFest Houston's Closing Concert.

    You will have the opportunity to perform alongside the CelloFest Houston faculty cellists Anthony Kitai, Brinton Averil Smith, Courtenay Vandiver Pereira, and Eunghee Cho.  The Houston Cello Orchestra will perform arrangements for cello choir by legendary cellist and former UH professor, Laszlo Varga, and the Introduction from Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1.

    Date:  February 5-6, 2023

    Location: University of Houston, Moores School of Music
    3333 Cullen Blvd, Houston, Tx 77204  

    Tuition fee: $60
    (Once your application is processed, we will email you with your invoice and any additional information needed. Invoices with a link to payment will be sent from caa@central.uh.edu within 3-5 business days of the registration deadline.)

    CelloFest Houston Faculty Cellists
    Eunghee Cho
    Anthony Kitai
    Brinton Averil Smith
    Courtenay Vandiver Pereira

Houston Cello Orchestra - Application Information

Application deadline is January 3, 2023 by 11:59 PM. 

Who can apply: high school and advanced middle school cellists

Moores School of Music will be accepting applications until January 3, 2023. Based on availability, students can email caa@central.uh.edu to inquire about late registration.

For other inquiries, please email caa@central.uh.edu or call 713.743.3398.  

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CelloFest Houston is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.