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Cello Concerto & Sutter’s Triumph in Cabrillo


Wendy Sutter performing at the Cabrillo Festival. Photo by rr jones. ( rr jones )

Fresh off her South American premiere and tour of the Glass Cello Concerto, Wendy Sutter performed at the Cabrillo Festival's grand finale concert this weekend.  The Mercury News reports.

After being commissioned in 2001 by Julian Lloyd Webber, the Glass Cello Concerto almost fell into obscurity.  Between 2001 and 2007 with the exception of the BBC Symphony, there were only two or three performances of the piece and only with minor or youth orchestras. Sutter made the US premiere with the La Jolla Symphony, the continental European premiere with the Brussels Philharmonic this past June, the South American premiere with the Youth Orchestras of the Americas, and she'll be performing the work in September with the Northern Netherlands Symphony Orchestra an ensemble which frequently performs the work of Philip Glass.

It's nice to finally see this work fully realized. Glass composed a new cadenza for the work, and revised and elongated the circus-like third movement.  The new version of the work was recorded and should be released in early 2011.

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