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Classical Music

All Things Cello In Rio: The 20th International Cello Encounter

Houston musicians Michael Zuraw and Daniel Saenz head down to Brazil.



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Invited to attend the annual cello festival for the second time, Michael Zuraw, artistic director of Houston’s Aperio: Music of the Americas chamber ensemble, and Daniel Saenz, assistant professor of cello at Sam Houston State University, have prepared a program for their recital that features music by U.S. , South American, and Estonian composers.

Before heading to Brazil for the Cello Encounter, which begins August 14th, Zuraw and Saenz met Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn in the Geary Studio to play music from their recital and talk about ten days of cello celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.

As part of this interview, we hear Zuraw and Saenz perform two of Marlos Nobre’s Três Cantos de Iemanjá, and his Poema III as well as an excerpt from the second movement of Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata, Op. 6.

Watch video of Zuraw and Saenz performing part of their Cello Encounter program in the Geary Performance studio here.