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Eugene Friesen.

BELLOWS FALLS >> As part of the Vermont Improv Intensive taking place at Immanuel Retreat Center July 21 through 24, Stone Church Arts and Sonoterra present cellist Eugene Friesen in concert on Friday at 7:30 p.m. This rare event for a master of musical collaboration will take place at Immanuel Episcopal Church, the stone church on the hill, 20 Church St.

Four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, conductor and teacher. He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater, and has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families.

A pioneer in the teaching of improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America and around the world. His book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians (Berklee Press) was published in 2012.

Eugene's newest CDs are: Colorful Transitions, a collection of jazz, Brazilian and originals with Lyle Lovett's pianist Tim Ray; Trio Globo's Steering by the Stars; and Love Songs of the Americas, a collection of songs in Spanish, Portuguese and English featuring Mexican vocalist Mili Bermejo and the Berklee World Strings. He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and the Artistic Director of Stone Church Arts.


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The concert with cellist Eugene Friesen will be at at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $17 general admission, $13 for seniors and $35 premium, reserved seating. Tickets at the door are $20 general and $15 for seniors. Advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, and online atstonechurcharts.org.

For additional information on this concert or any of the upcoming Stone Church Arts concerts, visit the website atstonechurcharts.org or call 802-460-0110.