27 Cellists! BoCoCelli and Chappaquoit Cellists to Perform at Falmouth Academy

bococelli-on-stairsBoCoCelli, a cello octet of graduate students from Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of music coached by noted cellist and teacher Rhonda Rider, will perform at Falmouth Academy’s Morse Hall on Saturday, October 15, at 7 PM. Joining them for part of the concert will be 19 local cellists who study with Nikki Patton at her West Falmouth Chappaquoit Cello Studio.

The program includes works by Victoria, Piazzolla, Riley, Ashley, and Beethoven. The local cello students will join BoCoCelli for a six-part arrangement of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” by Javier Caballero.

Ms. Rider is a member of the celebrated piano trio Triple Helix and was a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over 20 years. Her chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy awards and cited as Critic’s Choice in both the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Ms. Rider has won numerous awards as a chamber musician and a soloist. Dedicated to the performance of new music, Ms. Rider has premiered and recorded works by renowned contemporary composers.

In 2010, Ms. Rider was named Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Eleven pieces for solo cello were commissioned for her residency. More recently, she was named Artist-in-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park. Ten new solo cello pieces will emerge from this project in 2016-17.


Members of BoCoCelli are:

Jeremiah Everard Barcus, from Philadelphia, is the cellist of the Videri Quartet, which specializes in string quartet video game music. He attended New England Conservatory.

Olivia J.P. Harris is from Cleveland and cellist of the contemporary music trio Forty-Sixty. She attended the Hartt School of Music.

William Laney, from South Carolina, and has attended Aspen and Green Mountain Festivals. He studied at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Ashley Ng is from California and has performed in Hong Kong, Nanjing and Beijing. She attended Azusa Pacific University.

Elisa Rodriguez Sadaba, from Donostia–San Sebastian, Spain and won first prize in the Wagner Society of Madrid Competition. She attended the Yale School of Music.

Marguerite Salajka, is from Tuscon. She attended Arizona State University and was principal cellist of the Symphony of the Southwest.

Nathaniel Taylor, of Washington DC, won First Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association Massachusetts Competition.

Alexander Ulllman is from Fairfield, Connecticut. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied cello and was a research assistant in chemistry.

Students from the Chappaquoit Cello Studio participating in the concert include: Shusei Tani, Maki Tani, Maria MacDonald, Taylor Willman, Nell Bowan, Ursula Junker, Eric Preisig, Alex Tang, Angela Rose Diana, Shu-tong Murray, Randall Driscoll, Sara Fisichella, Clara Preisig, Carol Knox, Kaden Rodgers, Ava Warner, Marilyn Rowland, Celeste Newman, and Qianlong Xu.

Tickets are $15 (cash only) at the door. For more information, contact Nikki Patton at 508-457-4564

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