Creative Cello Summit Concert in Bellows Falls


BELLOWS FALLS >> Stone Church Arts and Sonoterra present five world class musicians who join forces for an evening of jazz, gypsy-jazz, rock, blues, free improvisation, Brazilian and more. The concert, at Immanuel Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. on Friday is a part of the Creative Cello Summit which brings together cellists from all over the world for an intense celebration of non-classical styles, techniques, and contemporary practice methods. There will also be a free, open student concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Cellists Mark Summer (Turtle Island Quartet), Crispin Campbell (Interlochen Arts Academy), and Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort, Berklee College of Music) will be joined by Vocalist Peter Eldridge (New York Voices, Berklee College of Music) and Pianist Tim Ray (pianist for Lyle Lovett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and others) in a special concert seldom seen in Bellows Falls, Vermont

Mark Summer, co-founder of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, is one of the very first swinging jazz cellists to have devoted his career to performing and recording new compositions and arrangements of jazz. Mark's approach to bass lines, ensemble work, creative collaboration, and inventive jazz soloing has been featured in recordings and in concerts all over the world with TIQ, and more recently in duo with vocalist Tierney Sutton.

Crispin Campbell, a 30-year faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy—considered one of the leading arts schools in the United States—is well known as a performer throughout North and South America. His musical style reflects his individuality. In a typical performance he makes seamless transitions from Bach to Zappa to Django, earning him the label: "A musician who defies categories."

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.

For more than twenty years, Peter Eldridge has remained at the forefront of the jazz/ singer-songwriter scene as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator. Eldridge is a founding member of internationally acclaimed jazz vocal group, New York Voices, which has performed in some of the world's most preeminent venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and has been involved in two Grammy-award winning projects with Paquito D'Rivera and the Count Basie Orchestra. He is also a member of vocal group, Moss, alongside Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann, and Lauren Kinhan.

Perhaps best known as long-time pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray's wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 70 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

Join Stone Church Arts and Sonoterra for the Creative Cello Summit Concert, on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. 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 at

For additional information call 802-460-0110.


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