The second of eight TCCA concerts on Monday, Oct. 1, featured Cellisimo, dynamic soloists Ruslan Biryukov and Anne Suda. They delighted the audience with an entertaining blend of dual virtuosity cello and storytelling, introducing the history and composers behind the music they played.

The pieces they played included Johannes Brahms “Hungarian Dance,” David Popper’s “Tarantella,” Nito Rota’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and Camile Saint Saens’ “The Swan.”

Biryukov and Suda connected while performing together in Los Angeles Cello Quartet and, with their respective Russian and American backgrounds, they represent two countries with rich individual musical heritages as well as a complex and powerful relationship.

Passionate about bringing artists of different disciplines to its projects, Cellisimo also speaks to a range of audiences by creating multi-genre performances and interactive experiences.

Embracing the warm vocal quality heard exclusively from cellos performing together, Cellisimo works to expand chamber music repertoire by commissioning and premiering pieces from composers worldwide. Recent collaborations include projects with composers from Iran, Kazakhstan, and the U.S./Puerto Rico. Cellisimo is a project of Positive Motions Foundation (initiated by Ruslan Biryukov).

The next TCCA concert will feature Twin Kennedy at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. Twin Kennedy, comprised of West Coast sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy, have been making music together since they could talk. Born and raised in the small town of Powell River, Twin Kennedy grew up perfecting their sibling harmonies and dynamic life performances with Carli on vocals and guitar, and Julie on vocals and violin.

For information on the eight-concert TCCA series, and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.tccarim.org

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