The Cleveland Cello Society (CCS) presents its very popular annual cello ensemble extravaganza, i Cellisti! This year's program, "Inspired by Bach", will feature guest cellist Julie Albers, collegiate division winner of the very first CCS Scholarship Competition in 1999, now a prominent touring soloist.

The all-J.S. Bach concert will include the Solo Suites in G major (No. 1) and E? major (No. 4) performed by Ms. Albers; cello ensemble transcriptions by E. Heymann of Preludes and Fugues (D minor and G major) from the "Well- Tempered Klavier", performed by Richard Weiss and his students; and Lazlo Varga’s cello quartet arrangement of the monumental D Minor Chaconne from the Violin Partita No. 2, performed by Mark Kosower and his students. Mark Kosower, (Principal Cello Louis D. Beaumont Chair, The Cleveland Orchestra, and board member of the CCS) and Richard Weiss, (First Assistant Principal Cello, The Cleveland Orchestra and President of the CCS), who both serve on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will be joined by their students.

Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. Making her orchestra debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, she has performed with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2003, Albers was named the Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea’s Gyeongnam International Music Competition. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Albers String Trio and the Cortona Trio. Teaching is also a very important part of her musical life; she currently teaches cello at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Come hear splendid music, witness awe-inspiring cellists, and support a great cause: all proceeds from ticket sales provide the funds for the annual CCS Scholarship Competition!

Venue: The Music Settlement, 11125 Magnolia Drive (in University Circle), Cleveland.

Tickets: $10 suggested donation at the door, or consider becoming a $100 i Cellisti! patron.

Call 216-921-3480 or see for more information