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Evolution of the Cello

November 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST

$10 – $40

Emerald City Music reveals the wild historical development of the cello from the Baroque period to today, in the newly renovated Washington Center for the Arts.



Johann Sebastian BACH: Prelude to Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012, for piccolo cello (1720)

Domenico GABRIELLI: Ricercar No. 7, for baroque cello (1688)

Kaija SAARIAHO: Sept Papillons (2000)

Luigi BOCCHERINI: Sonata in G Major, G. 5, for baroque and piccolo cello (1772)

– Intermission –

Marin MARAIS: Les Folies d’Espagne, for viola da gamba (1701)

John ZORN: Babel (2013)

Johannes BRAHMS: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (1862-1865)



Nathan Whittaker, co-curator & baroque cello 

Caroline Nicolas, piccolo cello & viola da gamba 

Mihai Marica, cello 

Henry Kramer, piano 


For the Curious Minds:

Artistic Director Kristin Lee shares her inspiration behind this program: “After the thrilling success of the Evolution of the Keyboard last season, I’m excited to cement the “Evolution Series” moving forward as part of the ECM programming oeuvre. I’m joined by co-curator Nathan Whittaker – baroque cello specialist – as we explore the fascinating history of the cello. From what was a five-stringed instrument that only functioned as a “bass line” in an ensemble during the 16th century, the cello evolved to become one of the most celebrated solo instruments of today. Throughout the evening, you will witness rarely seen instruments that were created and experimented with before the cello became what we recognize now as the modern cello. Along the way, you will hear a variety of eclectic and historical works composed at each phase of the cello’s evolution. 



$40 premium section

$30 general section

$10 students


November 12, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
$10 – $40
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Emerald City Music
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Washington Center for the Performing Arts
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Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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