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March 31, 2022

The return of the Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival

Guest artists, artist-faculty headline inventive performances in this 20th anniversary celebration.

Chamber music aficionados will enjoy a jam-packed week of performances as the MSU College of Music welcomes the long-awaited return to the stage of the Ken and Sandy Beall Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival.


On a two-year hiatus since the pandemic shutdown in 2020, the beloved annual series will mark its 20th year of bringing innovative chamber music performances by MSU artists and international guests to the community. This year’s Cello Plus series consists of three concerts at Fairchild Theatre the evenings of April 5 at 7:30 p.m., April 7 at 7:30 p.m., and April 9 at 8 p.m. 

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Highlights of the special anniversary concerts include chamber works for piano and strings, vocal arts of the Romantic era, a “festival of keys” featuring solo piano and performances synced with silent movie scenes.


Joining Suren Bagratuni, MSU professor of cello and Cello Plus artistic director, are guest artists and fellow MSU string instrumentalists. Featured guest artists include composer and pianist Stephen Prutsman, New York City tenor Nils Neubert accompanied by strings and piano and renowned guest pianist Sergei Babayan.


More information can be found on the College of Music’s website.



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